The Truth About Cars » worldwide http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » worldwide http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com G.M. Back On Top In The Sales Race, Volkswagen Second http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/g-m-back-on-top-in-the-sales-race-volkswagen-second/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/g-m-back-on-top-in-the-sales-race-volkswagen-second/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:15:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427403 General Motors reclaimed the worldwide sales crown in 2011, as sales growth and a crippled Toyota helped the General climb back to the top.  General Motors sold 9,025,942 worldwide in 2011, a 7.6 percent gain. Volkswagen was second with 8,156,000 million units, a 14 percent gain. Toyota ranked third, though exact figures have yet to […]

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General Motors reclaimed the worldwide sales crown in 2011, as sales growth and a crippled Toyota helped the General climb back to the top. 

General Motors sold 9,025,942 worldwide in 2011, a 7.6 percent gain. Volkswagen was second with 8,156,000 million units, a 14 percent gain. Toyota ranked third, though exact figures have yet to be released. Estimated peg Toyota sales at 7.9 million units, a 6 percent drop. Toyota sales were no doubt impacted by March 2011’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With Toyota back at full production capacity, 2012 should see increased competition, with Volkswagen still trying to snatch the overall sales crown.

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Top 40 Automobile Manufacturing Countries 2010 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/top-40-automobile-manufacturing-countries-2010/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/top-40-automobile-manufacturing-countries-2010/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:09:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388285 The international auto manufacturers association OICA finally got around to publishing its 2010 production statistics by country. Officially still provisional, but don’t expect material change. Publication of the all important by manufacturer part will probably take well into summer, but you, esteemed TTAC reader, are well ahead of the game. Before we delve into the […]

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The international auto manufacturers association OICA finally got around to publishing its 2010 production statistics by country. Officially still provisional, but don’t expect material change. Publication of the all important by manufacturer part will probably take well into summer, but you, esteemed TTAC reader, are well ahead of the game.

Before we delve into the numbers, some kudos:

J.D. Power had announced last February that the world had quietly left carmageddon behind itself in 2010 and set a new record: 72 million light-vehicles were sold worldwide in 2010, a number never seen before, J.D. Power said. The echo at the time was utter disbelief, the story did not get a single comment on TTAC, and very little traction in the world’s media. Oh, well, good news don’t sell.

The 2010 OICA list bears J.D. Power’s observation out. OICA lists a total production of all motor vehicles, including commercial, of 77.6 million. A solid 25.8 percent jump from 2009. In the world according to OICA, a motorvehicle is anything with an engine that has four wheels or more and does not run on rails (or flies, but they don’t say that.)

The “light vehicle” count is an American invention. It encompasses cars, pick-ups, vans, SUVs etc, everything except heavy trucks and busses. 72 million light vehicles from J.D. Power and 77.6 million total units from OICA leave room for 5.2 million heavy trucks and busses, sounds about right. My usual remark at this point: In absence of a true light vehicle count, ALWAYS use the total vehicle count. NEVER use the car or passenger vehicle count. 72 or 77.6 million don’t make a big difference. 58 million “cars” made world-wide and more than 70 million light vehicles do make a difference – unless you are a total moron.

Speaking of which, I fully expect the Associated Press to announce today that the United States has produced fewer cars than places like India, Brazil or South Korea. It sure did, check the table: 2.7 million “cars” were made in the U.S. in 2010. In addition to 5 million “commercial” vehicles. But AP continues to ignore those when writing about China, so I expect that they give the U.S. equal treatment. Fair is fair. Why am I not holding my breath?

Of all the lists, this is the list I like the most. I don’t (well …) really care how many cars a country buys. The true measure of the strength of a national industry is how many cars it makes and sells, be it at home or in Timbuktu.

China rules this list with 18.3 million units made. Nearly twice as many as the runner-up, Japan, did produce.  Third on the podium, the U.S.A. Nearly all countries on this list recorded gains, some breathtaking. Only five, not really consequential markets, show losses.

OICA 2010 Provisional Production Statistics

Rank Country Cars Commercial vehicles Total % change
1 China 13,897,083 4,367,584 18,264,667 32.40%
2 Japan 8,307,382 1,318,558 9,625,940 21.30%
3 USA 2,731,105 5,030,338 7,761,443 35.40%
4 Germany 5,552,409 353,576 5,905,985 13.40%
5 South Korea 3,866,206 405,735 4,271,941 21.60%
6 Brazil 2,828,273 820,085 3,648,358 14.60%
7 India 2,814,584 722,199 3,536,783 33.90%
8 Spain 1,913,513 474,387 2,387,900 10.00%
9 Mexico 1,390,163 954,961 2,345,124 50.20%
10 France 1,922,339 305,403 2,227,742 8.80%
11 Canada 968,860 1,102,166 2,071,026 39.00%
12 Thailand 554,387 1,090,126 1,644,513 64.60%
13 Iran 1,367,014 232,440 1,599,454 14.70%
14 Russia 1,208,362 194,882 1,403,244 93.50%
15 UK 1,270,444 123,019 1,393,463 27.80%
16 Turkey 603,394 491,163 1,094,557 25.90%
17 Czech Rep. 1,069,518 6,867 1,076,385 9.50%
18 Poland 785,000 84,376 869,376 -1.10%
19 Italy 573,169 284,190 857,359 1.70%
20 Argentina 508,401 208,139 716,540 39.70%
21 Indonesia 528,200 176,515 704,715 51.60%
22 Malaysia 522,568 45,147 567,715 16.00%
23 Slovakia 556,941 0 556,941 20.70%
24 South Africa 295,394 176,655 472,049 26.20%
25 Romania 323,587 27,325 350,912 18.40%
26 Belgium 313,520 24,770 338,290 -37.00%
27 Supplementary 227,987 101,302 329,289 9.80%
28 Taiwan 251,490 51,966 303,456 34.10%
29 Australia 205,334 38,161 243,495 7.10%
30 Sweden 177,084 40,000 217,084 38.80%
31 Slovenia 195,207 10,504 205,711 -3.30%
32 Hungary 165,000 2,890 167,890 25.90%
33 Portugal 114,563 44,160 158,723 26.00%
34 Uzbekistan 130,400 26,480 156,880 33.10%
35 Austria 86,000 18,814 104,814 44.90%
36 Netherlands 48,025 46,081 94,106 22.60%
37 Ukraine 75,261 7,872 83,133 20.00%
38 Egypt 44,480 24,580 69,060 -25.20%
39 Finland 6,500 0 6,500 -40.80%
40 Serbia 5,620 850 6,470 -35.80%
Total 58,264,344 19,345,557 77,609,901 25.80%

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2010 New Car Sales Around The World: Mostly Up (With Exceptions) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/2010-new-car-sales-around-the-world/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/2010-new-car-sales-around-the-world/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 16:40:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379568 New car sales around the world are mostly rebounding – except in the markets where they had been artificially stimulated last year. This list will be continuously updated as new data becomes available. In China, sales rose 32.37 percent in 2010 to 18,061,900 vehicles. Automobile production rose to 18,264,700 units, an increase of 32.44 percent. […]

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New car sales around the world are mostly rebounding – except in the markets where they had been artificially stimulated last year. This list will be continuously updated as new data becomes available.

In China, sales rose 32.37 percent in 2010 to 18,061,900 vehicles. Automobile production rose to 18,264,700 units, an increase of 32.44 percent. China established a new world record, previously held by the U.S.A. with sales of 17.4 million units in 2000.

In the U.S.A., new car sales climbed 11 percent to 11.59 million units.

In Japan, sales rose 7.5 percent to a total of 4,956,136 vehicles (including minivehicles.)

In India, new car sales rose 31 percent to 1.87 million, according to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers data cited in the Wall Street Journal.

In Russia, new car and light vehicle sales rose 30 percent to 1.91 million units, according to data provided by the Association of European Businesses’ Automobile Manufacturers Committee to the Moscow Times.

In the EU as a whole , sales dropped -5.5 percent to 13,360,599 units.
In Austria , sales grew 2.9 percent to 328,563 units.
In Belgium , sales grew 14.9 percent to 547,347 units.
In Bulgaria , sales dropped -28.9 percent to 16,257 units.
In The Czech Republic , sales grew 4.7 percent to 169,236 units.
In Denmark , sales grew 34.8 percent to 151,550 units.
In Estonia , sales grew 7.5 percent to 8,848 units.
In Finland , sales grew 23.6 percent to 111,968 units.
In France , sales dropped -2.2 percent to 2,251,669 units.
In Germany , sales dropped -23.4 percent to 2,916,260 units.
In Greece , sales dropped -35.8 percent to 141,499 units.
In Hungary , sales dropped -25.1 percent to 45,081 units.
In Ireland , sales grew 54.7 percent to 88,373 units.
In Italy , sales dropped -9.2 percent to 1,960,282 units.
In Latvia , sales grew 32.9 percent to 4,976 units.
In Lithuania , sales grew 13.8 percent to 7,970 units.
In Luxembourg , sales grew 5.2 percent to 49,726 units.
In Netherlands , sales grew 24.9 percent to 483,619 units.
In Poland , sales grew dropped 4.1 percent to 333,539 units.
In Portugal , sales grew 38.8 percent to 223,491 units.
In Romania , sales dropped -18.5 percent to 94,541 units.
In Slovakia , sales dropped -14.3 percent to 64,033 units.
In Slovenia , sales grew 6.3 percent to 59,226 units.
In Spain , sales grew 3.1 percent to 982,015 units.
In Sweden , sales grew 35.7 percent to 289,684 units.
In The United Kingdom , sales grew 1.8 percent to 2,030,846 units.

In the Philippines, new car sales rose 27.2 percent to 168,490 units, surpassing the industry’s highest ever sales of 162,000 units in 1996, the Manila Bulleting writes.

Israel celebrates a record year for vehicle sales. 216,430 vehicles were sold in 2010, up 25.3 percent from 2009, according to data provided by the Vehicle Importers Association to Globes.

Malaysia’s new car sales rose 13 percent in 2010 to a record 605,156 vehicles, the Malaysian Automotive Association told The Nikkei [sub]

In Australia, sales of new cars and trucks jumped 10.5 percent to 1.04 million. This was only the third time the million mark has been broken in a calendar year, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries told The Australian.

In New Zealand, new car sales in 2010 were up 14 percent to 62,029, while sales of new commercial vehicles rose 17.8 percent to 18,424, according to data by the New Zealand Transport Agency, cited by TVNZ.

In Argentina, vehicle sales climbed 29 percent, the Argentina Automobiles Dealer Association told Bloomberg.

In Brazil, auto sales expanded 11 percent last year, the national car dealers’ association FENABRAVE told AFP. A total 3.3 million light vehicles were sold. Truck sales jumped 44 percent. The all vehicle total is 3.51 million, a plus of 11.9 percent.

In Chile, sales of new automobiles and light trucks surged 68 percent to 289,280 units sold, the Anac automotive association told the Wall Street Journal.  Anac expects 325,000 new automobiles and light trucks to be sold in 2011.

In Turkey, the market recovered after a deep decline. Sales grew 30 percent to 750.000 units, the Gerson Lehmann Group reports. Last time the Turkish market had seen these levels was in 2005, when sales stood at 758.000 units. The group expects the Turkish market to be close to 900.000 units in 2011, and to cross the 1 million mark in 2013.

In Switzerland, new car sales climbed 10.6 percent to about 294,000, the highest number of cars sold since 2002, automobile importer association auto-suisse told Reuters.

In Canada, sales rose 6.6 percent from a weak 2009, Reuters says.

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Car Sales Around The World In 2009: Mostly Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/car-sales-around-the-world-in-2009-mostly-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/car-sales-around-the-world-in-2009-mostly-down/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:08:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340902 Here are some full year 2009 new car sales data as they have become available. Along with the source. Caution: Data as reliable as the source. U.S.A.: down 21.2 percent – 10.4 million units China: up 45 percent – 13.6 million units Japan: down 9.3 percent – 4.6 million units Australia: down 7.4 per cent– […]

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At the car wash. Picture courtesy carsuk.net

Here are some full year 2009 new car sales data as they have become available. Along with the source. Caution: Data as reliable as the source.

U.S.A.: down 21.2 percent – 10.4 million units
China: up 45 percent – 13.6 million units
Japan: down 9.3 percent – 4.6 million units
Australia: down 7.4 per cent– 937,328 units
Canada: down 10.7 percent – 1.46 million units i
India: up 18.7 percent– 1.43 million units
Brazil: up 11.35 percent – 3.14 million units
Turkey: up 12.77 percent – 557,126 units
Taiwan: up 28.3 percent – 294,423 units
Philippines: up 6.4 percent – 132,444 units
Russia: down 49 percent – 1,465,917 units

Austria: up 8.8 percent – 319,403 units
Belgium
: down 11.1 percent – 476,194 units
Denmark
: down 25.3 percent – 112,271 units
Finland
: down 35.2 percent – 90,574 units
France
: up 10.7 percent – 2,268,671 units
Germany
: up 23.2 percent – 3,807,175 units
Greece
: down 17.5 percent – 220,548 units
Ireland
: down 62.1 percent – 57,460 units
Italy
: down 0.2 percent – 2,158,010 units
Luxembourg
: down 9.7 percent – 47,265 units
Netherlands
: down 22.5 percent – 387,679 units
Portugal
: down 24.6 percent -160,996 units
Spain
: down 17.9 percent – 952,772 units
Sweden
: down 16.0 percent – 213,408 units
United Kingdom
: down 6.4 percent – 1,994,999 units
Iceland
: down 77.6 percent – 2,020 units
Norway
: down 10.8 percent – 98,675 units
Switzerland
: down 8.2 percent – 264,798 units
Bulgaria
: down 49.3 percent – 22,869 units
Czech Republic
: up 12.5 percent – 161,659 units
Estonia
: down 66.2 percent – 8,234 units
Hungary
: down 50.4 percent – 78,590 units
Latvia
: down 80.5 percent – 3,745 units
Lithuania
: down 67.4 percent – 7,003 units
Poland
: up 0.1 percent – 320,119 units
Romania
: down 59.4 percent – 115,979 units
Slovakia
: up 6.7 percent – 74,717 units
Slovenia
: down 18.7 percent – 55,712 units

European Union (EU15): up 0.9 percent – 13,267,425 units
EFTA
: down 10.5 percent – 365,493 units
EU15+EFTA
: up 0.5 percent – 13,632,918 units
EU (New Members):
down 26.6 percent – 848,627 units
European Union
: down 1.3 percent – 14,116,052 units
Total Europe (EU+EFTA):
down 1.6 percent – 14,481,545 units


Speaking of unreliable sources: German motormouth  Professor Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Germany’s most quoted “expert” when it comes to cars, also gained the title “most unreliable sales data source.” In his analysis of worldwide car sales, as quoted by Das Autohaus, he put 2009 U.S. sales at 12.5m (correct number 10.4m.) He prognosticated Chinese sales to be 8.2m (correct number 13.6m.) At the same time – wonder of arithmetic- he correctly presaged that China would outsell the US in 2009. Readers of the magazine demanded his ouster.

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