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AID NEWSLETTER 1616 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1616 | Published - 02 September 2016
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WESTERN EUROPE | TRUCKS
Scania wheels out all-new heavy truck range


Scania, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group and one of the industry’s leading and most profitable manufacturers of heavy trucks, has released first details of its new truck range. Completely new inside and out, the new cab range, kicked off with the S and R models and built at Scania’s new Oskarshamn plant in Sweden, was brought into production after an investment of SEK20bn (€2.1bn)


  | Europe’s heavy truck market sees 18th successive sales gain in a row
 
| Europe’s heavy truck market on fire

 



| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterBullitt – A true Ford marketing master-class

"In whatever industry, and the autoindustry is no exception, lucky them who come up with a fashion icon. Particularly so if rivals cannot jump on this particular speeding bandwagon simply because your product stands out as a unique creation tied rigidly to your company. Clearly, that rules out today’s automotive trendsetter; the SUV, or for that matter Apple’s iPhone. Ford, not renowned for its trendsetting automotive creations, but thanks to a great piece of luck, however did just that
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Uber and Volvo self-driving taxi joint-venture
  | Déjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?

 


 

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USA
USA Light Vehicle Sales 7-Months 2016Never in US history have Light-Trucks captured a higher share of US Light-Vehicle sales


This year’s US Light-Vehicle market, to an extent, reflects the changes now rippling through many of the world’s car markets. The common thread, largely a function of today’s cheap-fuel era and at a time when notably fewer would-be new car buyers it seems are putting a car's green credentials high up their priority list, are that growing numbers are now flocking into SUV-Crossovers in droves. In the US, Europe and China, for instance, the sheer scale of the change is dizzying.


  | It’s the big SUV comeback
 
| Hottest ever US Light-Vehicle sales zoom to 17.5m record

 



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EUROPE | DIESELS |  AID EXCLUSIVE
Europe’s car buyers continuing to desert diesel cars


This June, continuing a trend that first gathered momentum during the closing months of last year after the bombshell news of Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal, West Europe’s diesel car sale share slipped below the 50 per cent mark, raising industry fears that today’s trickle of desertions could soon turn into a torrent


  | In Europe diesels continue to lose ground, but nothing drastic
 
| Slow drift back to cheaper petrol cars

 



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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE
West European passenger car sales July 2016 AID NewsletterEurope’s July electric car sales stumble for 3rd month running


West Europe’s electric car registrations (BEV) – excluding plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) - tumbled further in July, with registrations dropping by nearly a quarter from year-ago, marking this year’s steepest percentage decline and the third successive drop in a row, exclusive AID figures reveal


  | Tesla's previous European highflyer takes a nosedive
 
| Far from picking up speed, in Europe electric car demand has lurched into reverse

 



DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
DIESEL CAR SALES
  |  By country Jun 2016 v Jun 2015
|  By country 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By country Jul 2016 v Jul 2015
|  By country 7-months 2016 v 7-months 2015
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer July 2016 v July 2015
|  By manufacturer 7-months 2016 v 7-months 2015

 



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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE
Tesla 7-Months registrations Europe 2016 vs. 2016Tesla’s previous European highflyer takes a nosedive


Tesla’s bigwigs across the pond, after removing their rose-tinted spectacles may be about to realise to their horror how much greyer this year’s electric European skies look. Seven months through the year, West Europe’s Tesla registrations already trail last year’s comparative levels by almost a quarter. But according to AID’s exclusive figures, it was a more than halving in Tesla’s July registrations in Western Europe that finally drove home the message that in Europe Tesla’s cars appear to have lost much of their earlier attraction as the year progressed. AID investigates


  | Renault’s ZOE, thanks to home advantage, remains W.Europe’s leading electric car
 
| Tesla’s Model S outsold Mercedes S-Class in Europe last year

 



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EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE           
Volkswagen office Wolfsburg August 2016 AID Newsletter 1615Volkswagen agony runs into July


To say that the Volkswagen car brand is still taking a hammering in its European backyard is perhaps understating the extent of the agony.  As if it didn't already have enough on its plate, AID’s exclusive July figures reveal that the deeply damaging fallout from the dieselgate scandal is continuing to play havoc with Volkswagen’s sales at home and in its domestic European backyard. 


  | July sees deceptive 2.2% drop in Europe’s new car sales
 
| Volkswagen, more pain and no gain

 

 

 

 


 

 

AID NEWSLETTER 1615 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1615 | Published - 19 August 2016
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TURKEY |  AID EXCLUSIVE
Turkey’s belated car sales spring likely nipped in the bud by failed coup frost


This year’s opening first half, prior to the only very recently encountered political mayhem, chiefly the failed military coup, Turkey’s passenger car market was destined to edge up another notch after posting an all-time sales record last year. While in recent years Turkey has cunningly managed to sidestep the very worst of the economic fallout that dogged much of Western Europe, of late it has almost certainly created its own poison pill


  | Renault, with India-built KWID Crossover, set the cat among the pigeons
 
| Crystal ball gazers looking at Indonesia’s future car market like what they see

 



| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterUber and Volvo self-driving taxi joint-venture

"If there is one trend that most prognosticators agree on, urbanisation the world over is in full swing. Today, more than half of the world’s population already lives and works in cities. Say in a couple of decades from now, that proportion is likely to rise to two thirds. By contrast the rural population will continue to shrink. Around the world, city planners are hounding the private car, effectively encouraging car-less cities. That’s urban planning for people, not vehicles. As is already the case today, public transport systems will convey city dwellers within city limits. Accordingly, the significance of taxis will, due in part to a growing elderly population, continue to grow in line with urbanisation
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Badge culture, what’s safety got to do with it?
  | New Volvo XC-90 faces harsh competition from Germans, Range Rover

 


 

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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE
Tesla 7-Months registrations Europe 2016 vs. 2016Tesla’s previous European highflyer takes a nosedive


Tesla’s bigwigs across the pond, after removing their rose-tinted spectacles may be about to realise to their horror how much greyer this year’s electric European skies look. Seven months through the year, West Europe’s Tesla registrations already trail last year’s comparative levels by almost a quarter. But according to AID’s exclusive figures, it was a more than halving in Tesla’s July registrations in Western Europe that finally drove home the message that in Europe Tesla’s cars appear to have lost much of their earlier attraction as the year progressed. AID investigates


  | Renault’s ZOE, thanks to home advantage, remains W.Europe’s leading electric car
 
| Tesla’s Model S outsold Mercedes S-Class in Europe last year

 



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EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE           
Volkswagen office Wolfsburg August 2016 AID Newsletter 1615Volkswagen agony runs into July


To say that the Volkswagen car brand is still taking a hammering in its European backyard is perhaps understating the extent of the agony.  As if it didn't already have enough on its plate, AID’s exclusive July figures reveal that the deeply damaging fallout from the dieselgate scandal is continuing to play havoc with Volkswagen’s sales at home and in its domestic European backyard. 


  | July sees deceptive 2.2% drop in Europe’s new car sales
 
| Volkswagen, more pain and no gain

 



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EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE           
Europe car sales July 2016 small AID NewsletterJuly sees deceptive 2.2% drop in Europe’s new car sales


First doubts were cast on the strength of West Europe’s car sales recovery in the second half of the year, as AID compiled figures reveal the first fall in sales after nearly three years of unbroken recovery car sales growth. Despite July’s sales dip, after seven months the cumulative car sales total already reached 8.6m, up 7 per cent over last year’s comparative total. 


  | Renault Dacia edges ahead of Peugeot-Citroën in June’s European car sales race
 
| Volkswagen, more pain and no gain

 



 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| TURKEY 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer June 2016 v June 2015
|  By manufacturer 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By country Jun 2016 v June 2015
|  By country 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By country July 2016 v July 2015
|  By country 7-months 2016 v 7-months 2015

 

 

 


 

 

AID NEWSLETTER 1614 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1614 | Published - 05 August 2016
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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE
Renault Zoe charging Hamburg GermanyRenault’s ZOE, thanks to home advantage, remains W.Europe’s leading electric car


A distinct home advantage, chiefly France’s €10,000 super bonus, plus an encouraging steady take-up in both Norway and the UK has handed West Europe’s half year electric car sales crown to Renault’s ZOE. According to AID’s exclusive numbers, half year ZOE sales in Western Europe soared by a trend-bucking 40.7 per cent to a chart-topping 11,710 units. More than half - 6,526 units - found buyers in domestic France. 


  | Rosier glow to Europe’s hybrid car market, thanks chiefly to PHEVs
 
| Far from picking up speed, in Europe electric car demand has lurched into reverse

 



 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterKing Buyer holds key to electric car future

"Europe’s electric car story is not a happy one. To date these cars have made scarcely a ripple. What’s more, against the backdrop of blooming West European new car sales, electric car sales have now fallen for two successive months in a row. In Norway, the only country in Europe where E-cars appeared to be doing well thanks to their tax-free status and sweetheart user benefits, of late sales have slipped back into reverse
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Renault’s ZOE, thanks to home advantage, remains W.Europe’s leading electric car
  | Far from picking up speed, in Europe electric car demand has lurched into reverse

 


 
 

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WESTERN EUROPE | TRUCKS           
West Europe first half truck sales trendsEurope’s heavy truck market sees 18th successive sales gain in a row

The heavy truck sales recovery in Western Europe remains in full swing. In spite of losing some steam during the second quarter when growth eased back to 13.8 per cent from a slightly more vibrant 15 per cent in the first quarter, the underlying pace of advance supports the view that West Europe’s heavy truck market is still heading for the best turnout since 2008. 


  | Vans bounce-back, more growth on the card
 
| Europe’s heavy truck market on fire

 



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WORLD CAR SALES H1 | AID EXCLUSIVE           
Car sales supplement AID Newsletter First Half 2016China and Europe prop up world car sales but US shows signs of fading

Half-year global car sales rose for the seventh successive time in a row to a new all-time high for this particular 6-months spell, according to AID’s latest half-year statistical car sales supplement. Unlike recent years, following the fallout from the global financial crisis, this year’s continuing growth in global new car sales is driven foremost by China, Western Europe and to a lessening extent by the US. 


  | Japan ploughs its own furrow, home-born hybrids already captured quarter of sales
 
| Global car sales back on track

 



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PREMIUM BRANDS           
World passenger car profits Mercedes Cars H1 2016Mercedes’ car profits take big hit as exceptionals take toll

Second quarter pre-tax profits of Daimler’s Mercedes Cars operation, dragged down by the weight of €799m exceptional one-off charges, chiefly the cost attributable to the Takata recall and inventory adjustments, slumped 37 per cent to €1,410m from a still lofty €2,227m during the corresponding period last year


  | Europe fastest growing luxury car sales scene
 
| Gloves are off at Mercedes – 2015 premium car production

 



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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE          
H1 European Electric car sales AID NewsletterFar from picking up speed, in Europe electric car demand has lurched into reverse

According to AID’s exclusive research, June saw the second successive month of falling electric car sales in Europe, cutting West Europe’s electric car sales share for the month to 0.59 per cent from 0.70 per cent during the same month last year. Not only has this year’s electric car market failed to pick up speed from an already distressingly low level, sales in May and June lurched into reverse. But perhaps most disheartening for electric car makers, Germany’s car buying public, following the belated introduction of a €4,000 electric car subsidy at the start of this month, appears to have given an early thumbs down to the scheme


  | Rosier glow to Europe’s hybrid car market, thanks chiefly to PHEVs
 
| Europe’s electric car market fails to build up steam

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By country Jun 2016 v June 2015
|  By country 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer June 2016 v June 2015
|  By manufacturer 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| EUROPE 
TRUCK SALES 16T GVW AND OVER
  |  By country Jun 2016 v June 2015
|  By country 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015

 

 

 


 

 

AID NEWSLETTER 1613 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1613 | Published - 19 July 2016
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PREMIUM BRANDS | AID EXCLUSIVE          
World Premium car sales half year 2016 AID NewsletterEurope fastest growing luxury car sales scene

Western Europe, described more often than not as the ‘old world’ and largely forgotten or side-lined at best when sketching out colourful future car sales scenarios, has of late surprised most professional market observers and the autoindustry no less by its sudden vitality



  | Mercedes sets another new milestone, outsells BMW in China
 
| Mercedes dethrones BMW in global prestige car sales arena

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterDeliberate autoindustry attempts to keep observers in the dark

"Europe’s heavy truck makers no less acted as though they were untouchable. From a governmental or regulatory point, to grant such sweeping powers and trust and then to be surprised when they are abused is as naive as to hand the drug cupboard key to an addict and not to expect it to be used. As Volkswagen’s diesel deceit tragedy now illustrates, the financial penalties for such behaviour have now rocketed to new stratospheric heights. As if that weren’t enough, Europe’s heavy truck makers also enriched themselves by breaking the rules big time
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Europe’s heavy truck market on fire
  | Editorial | It’s like lunatics running the asylum

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | DIESELS |  AID EXCLUSIVE          
West European Diesel passenger car sales trends and mix AID NewsletterIn Europe diesels continue to lose ground, but nothing drastic

First the soothing news for an otherwise anxious diesel car industry. It may still be a slow turning tide. But just as a small stone can potentially trigger a dangerous rock slide, European consumers’ initially slow switch from today’s badly tainted diesels back to the comparative safety of petrol-fuelled cars could quickly pick up speed. This is the latest underlying message from AID’s exclusive latest take on Europe’s underlying diesel car sales trends 



  | Slow drift back to cheaper petrol cars
 
| Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?

 


 

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W.EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE          
PSA vs. REnault Group West European passenger car sales trends AID NewsletterRenault Dacia edges ahead of Peugeot-Citroen in June’s European car sales race

AID's provisional West European car sales reveal that this June, if not for the first half, hard-pushing Renault Group (Renault & Dacia) has nudged aside Peugeot-Citroën as West Europe's second biggest seller of cars. 



  | Renault back from the cold thanks to rethink on trendy Crossovers
 
| Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

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W.EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE          
Western Europe First Half passenger car AID NewsletterW-Europe | June car sales strong - up 5.8%

Good June keeps West Europe’s car market on track for 14m plus sales this year – UK’s car sales rally finally runs out of steam - Brexit puts damper on UK’s 2nd half result – autoindustry urged to batten down the hatches in preparation for what threatens to be a stormy 12 to 18 months for Britain’s potentially fast-cooling UK car market 



  | Europe’s car sales motor, far from stuttering, is still purring
 
| Europe’s car market got off to a fine start
 

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
DIESEL CAR SALES
  |  By country May 2016 v May 2015
|  By country 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By country June 2016 v June 2015
|  By country 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer June 2016 v June 2015
|  By manufacturer 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| UNITED KINGDOM  
LCV SALES  
  |  By manufacturer June 2016 v June 2015
|  By country 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015
| WORLD 
PREMIUM CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer June 2016 v June 2015
|  By manufacturer 6-months 2016 v 6-months 2015

 

 

 


 

 

AID NEWSLETTER 1612 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1612 | Published - 06 July 2016
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IN-DEPTH REPORT | OPEL         
Opel in depth sales report and analysis AID NewsletterOpel and Ford, how the mighty have fallen

This is the tale of a once market-dominating offshoot of a once mighty and powerful US parent that blazed a trail for affordable value-for-money motoring in Europe and then squandered its long-enjoyed mass-market domination. It serves as a powerful and timely reminder of the potentially life-threatening risks of underestimating competition and failing to anticipate seismic product shifts in their sector. 



  | Hyundai masterclass, don’t run before you can walk
 
| Is this the start of a Fiat comeback?

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterDéjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?

"The UK’s decision to exit the EU is likely to lead to higher UK car prices, born out of intensifying added costs stemming mainly from the now widely predicted future weakness of the pound and the conceivable imposition of future UK tariffs on EU manufactured cars and components
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | It’s like lunatics running the asylum
  | Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

 


 

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SOUTH KOREA | AID EXCLUSIVE     
South Korea Diesel passenger car sales 2016Diesel Fallout - Reputations, which take years or even decades to build, take just moments to destroy

In Korea, whose comparatively modest overall car market is dominated more than any other major global market by just one domestic automotive juggernaut - Hyundai-Kia - diesel-fuelled cars accounted last year for almost half the new cars sold, rising to a 90 per cent plus sales share for the leading importers Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Little wonder then that Volkswagen’s infamous dieselgate scandal sent shock waves through Korea’s automotive market. 



  | VW Korea ordered to recall 125,000 diesel fuelled Volkswagen and Audi models
 
| Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?

 


 

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UNITED KINGDOM |  BREXIT | AID EXCLUSIVE     
UK EUROPE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BREXIT AID NEWSLETTERGerman car brands account for half the new cars sold in the UK

The UK remains the world’s biggest export market for German-made cars. Last year some 809,853 German-built cars were shipped to the UK, thus beating by some margin same year German car exports to both China and the US. Moreover, some 85 per cent of the new cars sold in the UK are imported


  | Europe’s car sales motor, far from stuttering, is still purring
 
| West Europe’s sales share of 4WD cars climbs to highest-ever 13.1 per cent

 


 

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EUROPE | HYBRID CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE     
Hybrid car sales Western Europe 2016 AID NewsletterRosier glow to Europe’s hybrid car market, thanks chiefly to PHEVs

Supported increasingly by the strengthening pillar of subsidised Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) in some regional hot spots such as the UK and Norway for example, this year’s underlying demand for cars in the overall hybrid category has continued to outpace an already fast recovering overall European car market, but it isn’t quite what it seems
 

  | Slow drift back to cheaper petrol cars
 
| Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?

 


 

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EUROPE | PHEV CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE     
Volvo XC90 PHEV plug-in West Europe sales May 2016In Europe PHEVs already outsell electric cars

Sales of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) in Western Europe continue to rise as both environment- and value-conscious consumers, thanks principally to the lure of tempting plug-in grants in some markets such as the UK, are now opting in growing numbers for the flexibility of today’s PHEVs.

  | PHEVs – Take off or transitory blip?
 
| Last year the Netherlands stood out as Europe’s towering PHEV capital

 


 

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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE     
West European Electric Car sales May YTD Europe’s electric car market fails to build up steam

May’s electric car sales down 0.7 per cent, lower sales in half of West Europe’s electric car markets – dragged down by sudden cooling demand in Norway

For the emerging electric car industry, doing business in Europe has been anything but a joy ride. Last month, Europe’s car buyers not only bought far fewer electric cars than expected, but to the dismay of an outwardly upbeat electric car industry, May sales of pure electric cars in Western Europe fell in ten of the sixteen markets monitored by AID every month.

  | Europe’s April electric car charge drops to near zero  
 
| Tesla’s Model S outsold Mercedes S-Class in Europe last year

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
HYBRID CAR SALES
  |  By country May 2016 v May 2015
|  By country 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By country May 2016 v May 2015
|  By country 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer May 2016 v May 2015
|  By manufacturer 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| SOUTH KOREA  
CAR SALES  
  |  By manufacturer May 2016 v May 2015
|  By manufacturer 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| UNITED KINGDOM  
CAR SALES  
  |  By manufacturer May 2016 v May 2015
|  By manufacturer 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
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EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | OPEL
|  In depth look into Opel's West European sales

 


 

 

 


 

 


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