Category: By The Numbers

By on September 10, 2014

1. Toyota Corolla Washington Toyota Corolla in Washington DC (these are from Maryland for illustration purposes)

After managing to drive through Manhattan and escape unscathed, we are now travelling 250 miles Southwest to the country’s capital city, Washington DC. But first, I’ll answer a few of the questions you asked in my first article:

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By on September 9, 2014

3. Ford E-Series New York 1Ford E-Series in Times Square, New York City – September 2014

You may remember my Trans-Siberian Railway series that took us from St Petersburg through to Mongolia. This time we are crossing the United States of America from the East to the West coast, departing in New York and arriving in Los Angeles. Last month the US new light vehicle market rebounded back to levels not seen since January 2006, so what better timing than now to explore it in detail, observing specificities in the automotive landscape as we go through various cities, States and regions.

Full report below the jump…

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By on June 25, 2014

This is the final Mongolian post in our Trans-Siberian Series, exploring a very unique and surprising list of the best-selling models in the country. Next stop will be China! But first, a slice of modern Mongolian culture for you. As you will see below the Mercedes G-Class is at world-best levels in the Mongolian sales charts and has reached cult-level in the country. Proof: above is the music video for Mongolian R’n’b artist Tselmuun’s latest hit “Setgel”. From 2min49 in the video you can see a line of Mercedes G-Class behind the dancers, not one but 4 of them – so hot right now…

If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or check out 174 other car markets on my blog.

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By on June 20, 2014

This is the next step in our Trans-Siberian adventure. After reporting on the impressive number of Hummers in Mongolia’s capital city Ulaanbaatar, today we have a look at one of the most peculiar characteristics of the car landscape of Ulaanbaatar (and the country): used right-hand drive Japanese imports. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for the last Mongolian update in this long-term Photo Report, detailing the official best-selling cars in Mongolia in 2013…

If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or check out 174 other car markets on my blog.

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By on June 16, 2014

Hummer 2One of the many Hummers I saw in Ulaanbaatar

This is the next step in our Trans-Siberian adventure. We stay in Mongolia, and after one week in the Gobi desert, saying that getting back to the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar (nicknamed UB here) is a total shock is an understatement. You would assume that civilisation progressively creeps back to culminate in UB, but it’s not so. Anything outside of UB is desert steppe, and when you arrive in the city it’s like turning a huge switch on: you instantly are in traffic jams going for kilometres! I saw in 10 seconds the amount of cars it took one week to spot outside the capital…

I couldn’t go on without pausing on one of the most surprising particularities of the UB car landscape: the astounding frequency of Hummers…

If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or check out 174 other car markets on my blog.

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By on June 13, 2014

Silver MustangMake no mistake: our van is a Silver Mustang.

Today we continue on our Trans-Siberian adventure, with the last report dedicated to the Gobi region in Mongolia. We have seen in the previous Gobi post that the UAZ vans and jeeps were by far the most popular in the Gobi desert. It’s no surprise then that we did this whole trip in one of them, the UAZ Bukhanka. In Russia, this off-road van (real name: UAZ 452) has earned a few nicknames - Bukhanka: (loaf of bread), Tabletka (pill) or Golovastik (tadpole) – in Mongolia our driver has baptised its own Silver Mustang, because of its grey colour and its ability to gallop to the most isolated stretches of the Gobi.

If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or check out 174 other car markets on my blog.

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By on June 2, 2014

Ghost motorbike rider Gobi desertLike a ghost riding the desert… Forget cars, motorbikes are the preferred motorised means of transportation in the Gobi.

Today we continue on our Trans-Siberian adventure. The last update was just an introduction to the Gobi desert region, now we are getting serious. Traversing the harshest terrain in the Gobi desert took us 4 days on an often disappearing track, only rarely flat. Needless to say only the sturdiest four wheel drives are allowed here.

If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or check out 174 other car markets on my blog.

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By on June 1, 2014
Our whirlwind tour around the planet takes you to a new country every week. We have explored 75 destinations so far, and they are all listed below.
Each title is also the link to the full article.
If the nation you are looking for is not here, my blog covers 177 countries and territories so it should quench your thirst…
Datsun Go. Picture courtesy of What Car? India
The Indian new car market and its dynamics have very unique characteristics. Understanding India is essential in today’s worldwide automotive scene – a lot of the innovation taking place here will soon be applied to other developing markets (like Africa). Jump in to be an instant Indian car market expert.
1938 Delahaye 135
Now that Dongfeng and the French state have stakes in PSA Peugeot Citroen, does it make the French manufacturer better equipped than Renault mid-term profitability?
Zhiguli for TTAC
Trans-Siberian Series:
For the next few weeks I take you on a trip through the Russian, Mongolian and Chinese steppe… Follow the journey step by step below.
Russia
Mongolia
Shanghai traffic. Picture courtesy of Flickr
Check out what made car sales headlines around the world last year.
Carfree Paris. Picture courtesy of www.menly.fr
Ford and Renault don’t see a return to growth until the end of the decade. I ask: Will it ever?
Volvo V40. Picture courtesy of autowp.ru
I’ve been generous: no less than 6 models are under the worldwide spotlights this month…
Kia Rio. Picture courtesy of autowp.ru
The Jeep Wrangler is the best-selling US model in this Carribean Island…
Toyota-Prius-C-Picture-courtesy-of-www.motortrend.com_
8 of the 9 best-selling models in California are Japanese…
Renault Captur. Picture courtesy of Auto Bild
Two French models and two Czech shine this month…
JAC Tojoy. Picture courtesy of JAC
Somehow hitting a wall at home, Chinese manufacturers have had to develop strategies to win overseas. We explore how they do in 5 Parts.
Honda CR-V. Picture courtesy of netcarshow.com
Literally. Check out the ranking above.
2013 Honda Accord Sport Sedan
It depends on how you look at it…
Toyota RAV4. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ru
Toyota waited 8 years to replace its RAV4, and now it’s making waves worldwide…
Audi A3. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ru
A perfect example of the ‘low-cost or premium’ trend at play in European markets…
Wuling Hongguang. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.com.cn copy
A Chinese on the podium! Discover the 200 best-selling cars in the world by clicking on the link above.
Nissan Leaf. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ru
If the Nissan Leaf has struggled to make itself noticed in most parts of the world, it’s a completely different story in Norway…
Nissan Qashqai.Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ru
Even though it is basically a facelifted version of a 6 year-old model, the Nissan Qashqai continues to turn all car marketing knowledge upside down, still breaking record after record…
It’s no secret that Chinese brands have been struggling in their home market. Is this about to change though? Yes sir…

World Full Year 2012: Discover the Top 1000 (yes. One Thousand.) best-selling models!
For the first time in the history of the internet and cars, you have access to the 1000 best-selling cars around the globe. So enjoy!

Mexico Full Year 2013: The only country where Nissan is #1
There is a new #1 in the models ranking in Mexico this year, and surprisingly it’s not a Nissan…

Germany Full Year 2012: Volkswagen sovereign
What model has been #1 in Germany for 37 of the last 38 years? Click on the title above to find out…

By on May 28, 2014

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Nomadic life in action: Proud Mongolian woman in front of her family’s Hyundai pick-up with her ger all packed-up in the back.

After a little pause we are back on track for our Trans-Siberian Railway series.  After a tiny hop to Terelj National Park we are now entering ‘real’ Mongolia and getting lost in the Gobi desert for a week. This region is bigger than France (612,000 sq km) and home to just 313,000 inhabitants, and I will try and relate this amazing experience with 3 posts on here. One of the big questions I will ask (and try and answer) is: which cars survived this environment, one of the most inhospitable in the world – yes, which cars did survive the Gobi desert?

If you can’t wait for the next report, you can follow my trip in real time here, or check out 174 other car markets on my blog.

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By on April 11, 2014

Datsun Go India March 2014. Picture courtesy of What Car? IndiaThe Datsun Go starts at US$5,340. Only in India is such low pricing possible at the moment.

A recent stay in India has enabled me to get a much better understanding of the Indian new car market and its dynamics which have very unique characteristics. Understanding India is essential in today’s worldwide automotive scene – a lot of the innovation taking place here will soon be applied to other developing markets (like Africa).

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