04 August 2022

Europe Top 50 : 2022 (Jan-Jun)

The VW Golf has been knocked off its perch as the leading model. Of course, there are still six months for that to be rectified. While the Golf is a good car, its Euro success has been based on extreme German loyalty and as the largest market in the region, that carries much weight.

It's been replaced by the Peugeot 208, no doubt reliant on local support too but not on the same scale. Meanwhile, the Dacia Sandero is from Romania and that relies on exports for most of its popularity so a well received model across Europe. 

Stellantis' Opel Vauxhall Corse is fourth and up four places too. The Ford Puma has moved into the top ten but the Renault Clio has fallen from second to fourteenth. Tesla now has two models in the top 50 but that may not last as the 3 is on a slide. 

Data source: JATO Dynamics.

UK CV Production : 2013-22 (Jan-Jun)

For the first six months of the year, the production of commercial vehicles in the UK is the best going back to 2013. What's not to like? Well, the fact that historically, the volume is poor. Going back to 1945, 122,500 units were made and it grew from there. The peak was 1969, when nearly 466,000 cvs were made. 2009 was a shocker but after a slight improvement, 2020 heralded a low point. Now the numbers are returning. 

Stellantis has made a commitment to van production in the UK although car manufacturing for the firm is going altogether. That is no doubt helping but without a breakdown of production by brand it's speculating. LVEC is growing but as for the likes of Leyland DAF trucks and Alexander Dennis buses, I have no idea. 

So far 41% of the volume is for the local market, but that tends to fluctuate. The overall CV assembly industry is tiny but at least it is moving in a positive direction.

Data source: SMMT.

03 August 2022

Europe Sales : 2022 (Jan-Jun)

Registrations for June was -17% and for the first six months of 2022 was -14% on the corresponding period of 2021. The 'Diff' figure compares six months of this year with the total 2021 share. Green means market share gain but not necessarily an increase in sales. Figures are distorted by supply issues. 

No brand was able to secure double digit share so far this year. As usual, VW leads with a clear gap to second. Toyota meanwhile is gradually improving its position with steady, incremental gains. Some of the smaller brands are doing well, green being a prominent colour further down the list.

As new brands arrive due to a push for greener cars, unusual names are popping up. The Hongqi should sell well in Italy. The German electric start up brand e-Go is not lacking in confidence. JACs are starting to hit the road too. 

Data source: JATO Dynamics.

Bosnia-Herzegovina Sales : 2022 (Jan-Jun)

Registrations for June were +13% and the first six months of 2022 were +10% on the corresponding period of 2021. The 'Diff' figure compares six months of this year with the total 2021 share. Škoda and VW have been the top two brands (in that order) for many years but that tradition is under threat with Toyota narrowly edging out VW. 

The Hyundai Tucson (170 sales) leads the model race, up from fourth in a full 2021. The Škoda Octavia is demoted to second (157), the Toyota Yaris third (147), Kia Sportage next (131) and the Dacia Sandero (129) rounds off the top five. 

02 August 2022

UK Car Production : 2013-22 (Jan-Jun)

The UK motor industry has a fine historical record and still is a very important part of the economy but nothing like it once was. What changed? Poor management. Militant unions. Government indifference. Ignorance and apathy from the locals. They all played their part. If it ever disappeared, few would notice or care. 

Back in 1964, vehicle production peaked at over 2.3 million. Passenger cars were at their zenith in 1972 with in excess of 1.9 million made. In 2021, vehicle volume was down to 930,000 and cars 860,000. They were the lowest figures since 1953 and 1956 respectively. 

Bringing things closer to today, the chart below covers the last ten years for cars only. In 2013, 764,000 were made in the first six months of the year. It was on a roll as each year the numbers grew to 2017 and 892,000. Since then, it fell to a low of 380,000 in 2020. The next two years a slight improvement but nothing startling.

The curious thing is for the period below there haven't been factory closures apart from Honda in July 2021. All major manufacturers have reduced units assembled. Some smaller volume manufacturers are doing well but they don't affect the total to any great degree. 

May and June of 2022 have not been bad so we will see how the rest of the year pans out. Nissan accounted for 29% of production so far and Toyota 14%. I don't have data for the rest. 

Data source: SMMT.

01 August 2022

Toyota/Lexus Production : 2020-22 (2022 Jan-Jun)

Having to walk to work because the car's not charged.
I hate it when that happens.

Toyota manufactures cars in many places as we can see in the chart below. Managing it all must be a logistical exercise of careful planning and deliberation as to what is made where. 

Asia: Many countries in Asia 'protect' their car industries with import duty so to be there you have to make cars there. The problem is the tariffs stay in place even when the industry no longer requires them. Some still do require protection but for others, it's simply an anti-import policy. 

65% of all Toyota's are made in this region, over three quarters of which are assembled in Japan and China. Japan and Thailand are strong in exports, the rest mainly for local consumption to get around import duty.  

North America: Plants in all three Nafta nations produce cars for the company, comprising 21% of all vehicles made. 

Europe: Not as many cars made here as should be? Five countries have been involved although one has dropped off, Russia. The lack of sales in the region of Europe inhibits production volume. The smaller nimbers involved for now at least cannot justify assembling more in Europe, unless share increases.

Latin America: Growing numerically as market share gains are achieved. Two countries are manufacturing, Brazil and Argentina. 

Africa: That is South Africa and not much else, as expected. 

Data source: Toyota.