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AID NEWSLETTER 1608 MEMBERS EDITION

 ISSUE NL1608 | Published - 05 May 2016
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IN-DEPTH REPORT | KIA  
Kia in-depth report Western Europe sales AID NewsletterEyes focused on upcoming Kia

Korea’s near identical twins, Hyundai and its sister Kia brand, have recorded some of the fastest growth of any newcomer since they it opened for business in Europe. Hyundai, which was first to open its stall in the region in the late 1970s, was joined a decade later by Kia. Since then, almost acting like a double act, both Korean brands appeared to shadow each other, with both moving almost rely

  | Hyundai masterclass, don’t run before you can walk  
 
| Škoda’s first million - Spotlight on one of Europe’s biggest gainers

  

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterEurope still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

"Outwardly at least, the stored up heat in the market, thanks to a continuing flow of upbeat tell-tale indicators on Europe’s economic front, is such that this year's passenger sales alone remain on track for a likely 14m sales
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Fast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats
  | Editorial | Is it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

 


 

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WORLD  |  AID EXCLUSIVE  
World global car sales 2016 Q1 AID NewsletterGlobal car sales back on track

Almost a decade after the global financial crisis, and the subsequent car sales slump in key car sales regions such as Europe and the USA, the once fanciful idea of a quick return to car market normalisation may not have happened. However, and somewhat later than earlier expected, at long last global new car sales appear to have re-joined the market’s long-term intrinsic upward trajectory

  | March new car sales - Just one small step away from near normal health  
 
| Germany’s return to pre-crisis car sales levels

  

 


 

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GERMANY  
Volkswagen Wolfsburg mist and fog 2016 AID NewsletterVolkswagen car brand takes dieselgate ill-effects on the chin

Almost a decade after the global financial crisis, and the subsequent car sales slump in key car sales regions such as Europe and the USA, the once fanciful idea of a quick return to car market normalisation may not have happened. However, and somewhat later than earlier expected, at long last global new car sales appear to have re-joined the market’s long-term intrinsic upward trajectory

  | Has Volkswagen’s fool’s game primed ticking time bomb?  
 
| Volkswagen, for 2nd month running, takes dieselgate ill-effects on the chin

  

 


 

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GERMANY | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET  
German Electric car subsidies graphic smallGermany’s E-Car buyers to get €4,000 subsidy from May

Finally, after a long drawn-out overture, from the middle of next month Germany’s prospective electric car buyers will at least be tempted by a jointly funded industry/government €4,000 subsidy – buyers of qualifying plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) will benefit from a slightly slimmer €3,000 subsidy

  | March electric car sales in W.Europe reach highest total for any month on record  
 
| Editorial | Is it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

  

 


 

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W. EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE
West European car sales Q1 Western Europe graphMarch electric car sales in Western Europe reach highest total for any month on record  

Electric car sales in Western Europe, excluding plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) last month reached the highest-ever level for any month on record, but the rate of growth slowed sharply to the lowest level for sixteen months. AID’s exclusively compiled sales numbers show that West Europe’s electric car sales in March rose 12.2 per cent to a highest-ever 11,935 units, boosted once more by a more than doubling in registrations in France’s heavily subsidised electric car market

  | Tesla’s Model S outsold Mercedes S-Class in Europe last year  
 
| PHEVs – Take off or transitory blip?

  

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
 

|  By country March 2016 v March 2015
|  By country Q1 2016 v Q1 2015

| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
 

|  By top selling models Q1 2016

| WORLD 
Quarterly supplement | Q1
EXCLUSIVE
 

|  In-Depth world car sales round-up over 4 separate pages

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EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | KIA
|  In depth look into Kia's West European sales

 


 

 

 


 

AID NEWSLETTER 1607 front page preview

 ISSUE NL1607 | Published - 20 Apr 2016
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IN-DEPTH REPORT | JAGUAR
Jaguar in-depth car sales historical report Western Europe AID NewsletterJaguar, at long last, has regained its long-absent sharper bite  

Since time immemorial, Jaguar, just like its Land Rover brother, was perceived the world over as a manufacturer of desirable premium sector cars. In consequence, Jaguar’s cars were competing for the same upmarket buyers as Germany’s Mercedes and BMW, which in turn were joined somewhat later by Volkswagen’s upmarket Audi brand

  | For BMW, MINI turns into pillar of strength  
 
| Lexus’ sales pitch in Europe has scarcely raised a ripple  

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterGolden boys, silk purse out of a sow's ear?

"Not so long ago, autoindustry whispers rather than predictions, forewarning of the slow death of Fiat, joined more recently by trouble-struck Peugeot Citroën, have proved overly pessimistic. Likewise, albeit after first biting the bullet and declaring itself bankrupt, previously woe-struck Chrysler also bounced back from the brink. Add GM and Ford to this list, and earlier still, Japan’s Nissan and Germany’s tradition-laden Porsche and Britain’s Jaguar, and what you’ve got is a pattern
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Fast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats
  | Editorial | Honda – another missed opportunity?

 


 

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PREMIUM BRANDS | AID EXCLUSIVE
World Premium Car Sales Q1Mercedes dethrones BMW in global prestige car sales arena  

Daimler’s Mercedes luxury car unit, buoyed in near equal measure by its determined global car sales drive and the high on-going popularity of its latest status-rich cars, upset long-standing rankings by dethroning BMW as the long-reigning global prestige car sales king during this year’s first quarter

  | Gloves are off at Mercedes - 2015 car production  
 
| China’s prestige sector rally fizzles out as year closes

 


 

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W.EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE
West European passenger car sales by top gainers and losers 2016Volkswagen buffeted by stiffening headwinds in March  

The Volkswagen car brand, when judged from AID’s provisional March car sales numbers from West Europe’s still fast recovering new car market, remains up against the ropes and is still taking some serious punishment, particularly in its German backyard where its March sales dropped 6.3 per cent in a static market. AID’s provisional March car sales numbers spotlight Volkswagen’s seemingly losing battle to regain the confidence of Europe’s new car buyers

  | Is Volkswagen’s Teflon coating starting to wear thin?  
 
| Burst of February spring sunshine – February passenger car sales

 


 

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W.EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE
West European Car Sales Q1 2016March new car sales - Just one small step away from near normal health  

AID compiled data for March shows that Western Europe’s continuously improving new car market, following yet another 5.1 per cent sales gain in March - the 31st successive rise in a row - now remains just 7 per cent below comparative pre-crisis levels

  | Europe’s car market got off to a fine start  
 
| Hottest SUV sales year on record

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
 

|  By country March 2016 v March 2015
|  By country 3-months 2016 v 3-months 2015

| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer March 2016 v March 2015
|  By manufacturer 3-months 2016 v 3-months 2015

| GERMANY 
CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer March 2016 v March 2015
|  By manufacturer 3-months 2016 v 3-months 2015

| GERMANY 
CAR SALES
 

|  By sector March 2016 v March 2015
|  By sector 3-months 2016 v 3-months 2015

| WORLD 
PREMIUM CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer March 2016 v March 2015
|  By manufacturer 3-months 2016 v 3-months 2015

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Jaguar logo small 2016EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | JAGUAR
|  In depth look into Jaguar's West European sales

 


 

 


 

AID NEWSLETTER 1606 Preview

 ISSUE NL1606 | Published - 06 Apr 2016
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WESTERN EUROPE | TRUCKS
West European February Truck Sales Europe’s heavy truck market simply fails to run out of puff  

For Europe’s heavy truck industry it just gets better as the year rolls on. That’s the upbeat message from latest West European heavy truck sales figures, showing that an already hot underlying sales pace is showing precious few signs of cooling down

  | Europe’s heavy truck market is on the mend  
 
| Heavy truck demand in Europe defies doom and gloom predictions

 


 

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IN-DEPTH REPORT | MINI
Mini in-depth report Western Europe smallFor BMW, MINI turns into pillar of strength  

In a blow to British patriotism, following BMW’s decision to dump the Rover car brand in 2000, and after only a short-lived struggle to prevent the inevitable, the UK’s long-troubled Rover car brand sank beneath the waterline without trace

  | Fall and rise of Mercedes in Europe 
 
| SEAT, Volkswagen Group’s traditional laggard, maybe about to come of age

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterFast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats

"In just two year’s France’s SUV-Crossover share sky-rocketed from 16.3 per cent in 2013 to last year’s 26.1 per cent. That’s a gain of close on 10 percentage points in just two short years. Moreover, in the three months to March this year France’s Crossover share ballooned to 27 per cent. Significant for the bottom line, these vehicles are among the autoindustry’s most profitable products
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Is it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?
  | CO2 battle, odds stacked against carmakers

 


 

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W.EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET | AID EXCLUSIVE
Tesla sold more cars than Mercedes S-ClassTesla’s Model S outsold Mercedes S-Class in Europe last year  

Last year, Tesla Models S sales in Western Europe edged up to 15,787 units, according to AID’s exclusively compiled data, while Mercedes sold 14,990 of its top-notch S-Class model

  | Last autumn’s promising electric car sales rally runs out of puff 
 
| PHEVs – Take off or transitory blip?

 


 

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W.EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE
SUV Crossover sector share historyHottest SUV sales year on record  

Europe’s long-buzzing SUV-Crossover market is still booming. With a dozen countries posting double-digit growth last year, including all of the region’s major markets, last year’s West European SUV-Crossover market rocketed ahead by close on 25 per cent

  | December’s miraculous electric car sales surge grabs the limelight 
 
| Last year the Netherlands stood out as Europe’s towering PHEV capital

 


 

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W.EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET | AID EXCLUSIVE
European Electric car sales. rolling sales total historyLast autumn’s promising electric car sales rally runs out of puff  

Signs that the outwardly encouraging fizz seen in Europe’s electric car market during the closing months of last year has fizzled out again since the start of this year comes from AID’s exclusive latest survey of West Europe’s electric car market

  | December’s miraculous electric car sales surge grabs the limelight 
 
| Last year the Netherlands stood out as Europe’s towering PHEV capital

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| WESTERN EUROPE  
SUV-CROSSOVER SALES
 

|  By model full year 2015 v full year 2014

| WESTERN EUROPE  
SUV-CROSSOVER SALES
 

|  By market full year 2015 v full year 2014

| WESTERN EUROPE  
SUV-CROSSOVER SALES
 

|  By market and sector share full year 2015

| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
 

|  By country February 2016 v February 2015
|  By country 2-months 2016 v 2-months 2015

| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
 

|  By top selling models  2-months 2016

| RUSSIA 
CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer February 2016 v February 2015
|  By manufacturer 2-months 2016 v 2-months 2015

| RUSSIA 
CAR SALES
 

|  By top selling models  2-months 2016

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Mini Logo 2016EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | MINI
|  In depth look into MINI's West European sales

 


 

 


 

AID NEWSLETTER 1605 Preview

 ISSUE NL1605 | Published - 18 Mar 2016
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USA
USA SUV Crossover Light Truck sales AID NewsletterIt’s the big SUV comeback  

Sales share of SUV-Crossovers, thanks to cheap fuel, zooms to new all-time record. America’s new car sales in the two months to February this year picked up where they left off from last year’s bumper result, with Light-Trucks leaving conventionally bodied passenger cars like Toyota’s sector leading Camry way behind in the dust.

  | Ford’s US profits soar on cheap fuel 
 
| Hottest ever US Light-Vehicle sales zoom to 17.5m record  

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterWinning is paramount

"This year, following compatriots Daimler and Audi in this year’s results’ reporting season, BMW didn’t even attempt to spoil Audi’s annual full year results party. Instead, BMW’s first-off results were published well after this year’s notably more sober and distinctly less glitzy Audi results presentation. This year BMW has plainly ignored Audi’s numbers show. Is Audi no longer seen as a threat?
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Star wars – Mercedes force awakens
  | Brand with the four rings kept dealers’ tills ringing, fight on for future sector positions

 


 

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INDIA | AID EXCLUSIVE
Renault Kwid sales history India AID Newsletter smallRenault, with India-built KWID Crossover, set the cat among the pigeons  

Reacting to a challenge that few thought was attainable - an attractively styled - volume produced Crossover priced well below €4,000 - Renault almost overnight moved the price/value bar in ultra-low-price India to stunning new heights.

  | These are frustrating days for hard-pressed carmakers and dealers in Russia 
 
| Nissan/Datsun - Cannibalisation could be a worry  

 


 

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PREMIUM BRANDS | AID EXCLUSIVE
World passenger car production 2015 AID Newsletter 1605Gloves are off at Mercedes – 
2015 premium car production
 

The stakes have been raised again in the tense game of poker being played over the future leadership of the world’s still lucrative market for high-status cars, and in particular over the future premium sector position of hard-challenging Mercedes.

  | China’s prestige sector rally fizzles out as year closes 
 
| Star wars – Mercedes force awakens

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE
Western Europe February car sales history AID Newsletter 2016Burst of February spring sunshine - February passenger car sales  

Spring came early for those earning their livelihood in Europe's car market, according to AID’s provisional February car sales figures for Western Europe. Trading in the region’s car sales arena has held up notably better than earlier expected, and judged from February’s 13.5 per cent jump in sales, new cars are still flying off dealer forecourts. February sales fell in only three of the 17 markets regularly tracked by AID, and sales in the five major markets grew by between 8.3 and 27.3 per cent.

  | Pace of electric car sales slowing? 
 
| Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE
West European car sales Opel Volkswagen AID NewsletterVolkswagen, for 2nd month running, takes dieselgate ill-effects on the chin  

If AID’s own provisional February car sales numbers are any guide, there were smiles of smug satisfaction at the European headquarters of Fiat and Ford, Peugeot-Citroen and Renault, and particularly GM’s European Opel offshoot. In Wolfsburg, at Volkswagen Group’s headquarter, there were subdued cries of consternation

  | Burst of February spring sunshine – February passenger car sales 
 
| Suddenly, Opel making hay from Volkswagen’s handicap 

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| WORLD  
Global CAR PRODUCTION BY GERMAN CARMAKERS
 

|  By manufacturer full year 2015 v full year 2014

| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
 

|  By country February 2016 v February 2015
|  By country 2-months 2016 v 2-months 2015

| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer February 2016 v February 2015
|  By manufacturer 2-months 2016 v 2-months 2015

| USA 
LIGHT TRUCK SALES
 

|  By manufacturer February 2016 v February 2015
|  By manufacturer 2-months 2016 v 2-months 2015

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EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | LAND ROVER
|  In depth look into Land Rover's West European sales

 


 

 


 

AID NEWSLETTER 1604 FRONT PAGE PREVIEW

 ISSUE NL1604 | Published - 04 Mar 2016
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IN-DEPTH REPORT | MERCEDES
Meredes passenger cars in-depth report 2016 including in-depth dataFall and rise of Mercedes in Europe  

Even in this day and age of cut-throat competition, given the required level of fighting spirit, deep pockets and products that today’s spoiled for choice car buyers want to purchase, there is every opportunity for a determined carmaker to bounce back from a low. Like Nissan’s miraculous recent rebound in Europe, Mercedes is also one of those comeback kids. As it turns out, not just in Europe or on the global scene, but the same goes for China

  | BMW’s European party balloon just keeps climbing 
 
| Lexus’ sales pitch in Europe has scarcely raised a ripple 

 


 

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WORLD CAR PRODUCTION 
Infiniti prodcution Sunderland UK 2016Global car production engines have fired up again, but industry still sits on some surplus capacity  

Last year’s global passenger car sales, following the brief interlude of plummeting sales during the aftermath of the recently endured global financial crisis, have resumed their inexorable rise into higher orbit for these past half-dozen years. But when judged from a mere 1.7 per cent rise in last year’s global car production to a peak 78.6 million units, a fair chunk of last year’s sales appear to have come from stock rather than higher production

  | There’s more to cost-effective car production than low wage costs 
 
| Hottest ever US Light-Vehicle sales zoom to 17.5m record 

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterIs it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

"AID has learned that Germany’s government insists that two-thirds of the subsidy, say €3,500 of a conceivable €5,000 subsidy must come out of the carmakers’ own bulging pockets
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Paradox of today’s PHEV market
  | Last year the Netherlands stood out as Europe’s towering PHEV capital

 


 

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SWITZERLAND  
Switzerland car sales trends 2015 AID NewsletterMountain goat all-wheel-drive country  

This week’s opening of the Geneva’s motor show, a much-liked, upscale affair where the world’s carmakers showcase their would-be trendsetters, takes place in one of Europe’s most unbiased and neutral markets. At the same time though, acting as conceivable lead indicator for the wider region, it is perhaps interesting to spot some of the latest car buying trends and sector movements 


  | 4WD take-up rate in Europe’s recovering car market hits yet another all-time record 
 
| SUV-Crossovers heading for new European sales record, again

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET | AID EXCLUSIVE  
European Electric car sales January 2016 AID Newsletter Pace of electric car sales slowing?  

January’s electric car sales pace in Western Europe slows to mere trickle - is scale back of cash-draining subsidies and cheap fuel to blame? Strong growth in West Europe’s electric car market, which saw monthly sales increasing by between 24.8 and 71.8 per cent during the whole of last year, has slowed abruptly during the first month of this year. 


  | Last year the Netherlands stood out as Europe’s towering PHEV capital 
 
| Renault ZOE was last year’s top-selling electric car in Western Europe

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE  
Carlos Tavares PSA CEO 2015 FY resultsPeugeot back on terra firma  

Peugeot-Citroën PSA, the French automotive group, achieved a €2.1bn turnaround in its operating performance last year with a full year group operating profit €1.98 billion, compared with a minor €124 million operating profit the year before 


  | Peugeot-Citroën recovery thought to be jeopardised by “DS” project 
 
| PSA hits rock bottom

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | DIESELS | AID EXCLUSIVE  
AID Nwwsletter European Diesel car sales January 2016Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?  

Whichever way January’s car sales figures are worked, Europe’s previously high-flying diesel car balloon may not have burst, but AID’s latest data points nonetheless to a continuous, albeit slow loss of altitude 


  | Europeans stick to diesels that have served them so well for decades 
 
| Feared mass desertion of Europe’s diesel car buyers fails to materialise

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| WORLD  
Global CAR PRODUCTION
 

|  By country full year 2015 v full year 2014

| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
 

|  By country January 2016 v January  2015

| EUROPE  
DIESEL CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
 

|  By country January 2016 v January  2015

| EUROPE 
TRUCK SALES (16.0T GVW AND ABOVE)
 

|  By country January 2016 v January  2015

| SWITZERLAND 
CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer  December 2015 v December 2014
|  By manufacturer  12-months 2015 v 12-months 2014

| SWITZERLAND 
CAR SALES
 

|  By sector 12-months 2015 v 12-months 2014

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EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | MERCEDES
|  In depth look into Mercedes' West European sales

 


 

 


 


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