By on December 9, 2011

You’ll probably hear that the Chinese car market grew a tiny bit in November. Don’t believe it. Not true. According to data released today by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) the market for all automobiles dropped 2.42 percent compared to November last year. Not that the sky would be falling: (Read More…)

By on December 2, 2011

The German new car market appears to be unimpressed by the European tribulations. Germans bought 269.144 new cars in November, up 2.6 percent compared to November 2010. This according to registration data released by the German Kraftfahrtbundesamt.

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By on December 2, 2011

Regular Vehicle Sales Japan November 2011

Manufacturer Nov ’11 Nov ’10 Change FYTD’11 FYTD’10 Change
Daihatsu 296 257 15.2% 2,874 5,621 -48.9%
Hino 3,068 2,540 20.8% 30,792 26,617 15.7%
Honda 32,777 32,294 1.5% 347,587 457,669 -24.1%
Isuzu 4,185 3,270 28.0% 37,802 40,591 -6.9%
Lexus 3,795 1,938 95.8% 40,123 31,752 26.4%
Mazda 10,879 7,050 54.3% 135,236 166,853 -18.9%
Mitsubishi 4,550 3,026 50.4% 51,505 64,885 -20.6%
Mitsubishi Fuso 3,159 2,059 53.4% 24,448 22,669 7.8%
Nissan 39,470 31,486 25.4% 411,811 474,380 -13.2%
Subaru 4,841 4,396 10.1% 66,959 73,958 -9.5%
Suzuki 6,080 3,948 54.0% 71,007 54,483 30.3%
Toyota 120,305 96,874 24.2% 1,056,105 1,453,901 -27.4%
UD Trucks 955 559 70.8% 7,593 7,510 1.1%
Other 17,876 13,549 31.9% 183,272 169,161 8.3%
Total 252,236 203,246 24.1% 2,467,114 3,050,050 -19.1%

All things are relative: Now that we are comparing with absolutely dismal numbers in the preceding year, November car sales in Japan look downright healthy. Sales of new cars, trucks and buses were 252,236 units, up 24.1 percent from a year earlier in November, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association says. The numbers do not include sales of separately reported minivehicles. (Read More…)

By on December 2, 2011

November was a rough month on our analysts. The surprisingly strong showing of Chrysler threw everybody’s aim off. Real-time powered Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds takes the top spot again – but with a degree of precision that would have landed her back in the field in the preceding months. She won because the others did worse. (Read More…)

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