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AID Newsletter 1515 front page preview

 ISSUE NL1515 | Published - 20 Aug 2015
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BRAZIL AID EXCLUSIVE

Brazil Hyundai HB20 top selling car in BrazilKorean model tops half year best sellers' list in Brazil 

If one word could sum up Brazil’s current car market it would probably be change. That’s driven home most forcefully by news that Brazil’s front-runner at this year’s halfway point was neither a Fiat, Volkswagen or GM product. That’s the first time in living memory that a car not born and bread by Brazil’s long-ruling oligopoly headed the country’s top sellers’ league 
 

  > Crystal ball gazers looking at Indonesia’s future car market like what they see
 
> Brazil’s move from fast Samba to sobering austerity blues

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterVolvo Cars - Good cards but poor game 

"Making next to no progress on the profitability and global sales side, and essentially still a laggard. This is the harsh verdict on Volvo Car’s first half performance
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | Bugatti, there is a bright future waiting out there

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

BMW in-depth car sales Report Western Europe AID NewsletterBMW’s European party balloon just keeps climbing 

BMW, which currently ranks as the world’s leading manufacturer of prestige sector cars, but plays second fiddle to leading Audi in both Western Europe and China, is arguably among the most successful and best-run carmakers in the business 
 

  > Backing wrong horse on product side has blunted Toyota’s edge in Europe
 
> Škoda’s first million - Spotlight on one of Europe’s biggest gainers

 


 

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WORLD / PREMIUM  BRANDS AID EXCLUSIVE

AUdi Bmw Mercedes Worldwide sales July 2015Mercedes in July dethrones BMW in battle for global prestige car sales crown 

Figures compiled by AID show that Mercedes, as a likely precursor to what the immediate future holds in store, last month outsold both BMW and Audi on the richly rewarding and hotly contested global luxury car sales stage 
 

  > Star performer – Mercedes car brand in July
 
> First speed bumps for China’s previously speeding luxury car bandwagon

 


 

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KOREA AID EXCLUSIVE

BMW South Korea car sales first half 2015 importerKorea’s car import door finally swings open

When one door shuts another one opens. South Korea, infamous for its traditional hostility towards imported cars, has finally opened its formerly heavily bolted door to foreign carmakers. Latest AID compiled figures tell their own story
 

  > Russia’s new car sales falling like a stone
 
> India’s car market cranked back to life

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE 

Asian carmakers targetting EuropeAsian carmakers turn focus on Europe for growth

AID reports exclusively on the scramble for the spoils of Europe’s recovering car market which last month saw the 23rd successive monthly rise and the 9 per cent growth in July was the third-best best rise this year
 

  > All is not lost for Europe’s long-squeezed volume carmakers
 
> Burst of bright July sunshine – West Europe’s July car market

 


 

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NEWS IN BRIEF

BMW’s July China sales down by an ominous-looking 6 per cent 

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE 

West European July car salesBurst of bright July sunshine West Europe’s July car market

AID compiled figures reveal that the second half of 2015 is off to a great start. July’s car sales beat last year’s comparative levels by 9 per cent, helped by higher sales in all of the region’s main markets and in particular by a stronger than expected 7.4 per cent jump in Germany, Europe’s biggest overall market
 

  > June sees 22nd successive car sales gain in a row
 
> West Europe’s May car sales grow at slowest pace in 18 months

 


 

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WORLD / PREMIUM  BRANDS

Mercedes Maybach sales per month China 2015 Star performer – Mercedes Cars in July

The Mercedes car brand, this July, remained resolutely in the fast lane and also set a new milestone by breaching for the first time the 1 million car sales barrier after just 7-months. In otherwise slowing China, which overtook the US as Mercedes’ biggest overall car market in both July and the year to date, Mercedes’ July car sales rocketed ahead by 41.5 per cent
 

  > Audi pride dented by Mercedes’ superior 2nd quarter and first half profit margin
 
> Mercedes on track to relegate Audi into 3rd slot in global prestige car sales arena

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
> WORLD PRESTIGE CAR SALES    
 

By manufacturer and marque  July 2015 v July 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  7-months 2015 v 7-months 2014

> CHINA PRESTIGE CAR SALES     
 

By manufacturer and marque  July 2015 v July 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  7-months 2015 v 7-months 2014

> USA PRESTIGE CAR SALES     
 

By manufacturer and marque  July 2015 v July 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  7-months 2015 v 7-months 2014

> WESTERN EUROPE PRESTIGE CAR SALES     
 

By manufacturer and marque  July 2015 v July 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  7-months 2015 v 7-months 2014

> BRAZIL CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  June 2015 v June 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> BRAZIL CAR SALES  
 

By top selling model  June 2015 v June 2014
>  By top selling model  6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> SOUTH KOREA CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  June 2015 v June 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

>  By country July 2015 v July 2014
By country 7-months 2015 v 7-months 2014

> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque July 2015 v July 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque 7-months 2015 v 7-months 2014

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT ::BMW::  
 

In depth look into Renault West European sales performance

 

 


 

AID Newsletter Memebers front page 1514

 ISSUE NL1514 | Published - 04 Aug 2015
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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Toyota in-depth AID Newsletter supplementBacking wrong horse on product side has blunted Toyota’s edge 

Recent history reveals that in Europe’s cutthroat automotive business nothing can be taken for granted and anybody resting on their laurels will suffer the unpalatable consequences
 

  > Renault back from the cold thanks to rethink on trendy Crossovers
 
> Škoda’s first million - Spotlight on one of Europe’s biggest gainers

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterBugatti, there is a bright future waiting out there 

"If it’s Prada, Gucci, Cartier or Rolex, the name has great value. So in today’s status-driven world of luxury goods, the right name associated with desirable quality products still finds plenty of willing buyers. Even the faintest whiff of mass-market associations will handicap any aspirations in this highly profitable segment, where pedigree is by its very nature status-driven. Bugatti fits the bill
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | BMW fears lashing from storm brewing in China

 


 

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ELECTRIC  AID EXCLUSIVE  

FIRST HALF ELECTRIC CAR SALES EUROPEEuropean electric car market - First flicker of hope

Good June news cuts through the clouds of misery still engulfing Europe’s electric car market – Exclusively compiled AID figures reveal that the really good news comes mainly, but not entirely, from France – Potentially spirit-lifting 1% market share barrier now breached by six West European markets, thus setting new record for still struggling European electric car sector... AID investigates 

  > LEAF and ZOE photo-finish in West Europe’s half-year electric car sales race
 
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France’s €10,000 superbonus sparks June electric car sales rally

 


 

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

World car sales supplement AID NewsletterGlobal car sales screech to a halt, Europe rides to the rescue

Growing evidence that strengthening consumer demand in Western Europe is proving a main prop of this year’s underlying global car sales expansion was supported this week by exclusive AID figures showing that without Western Europe half-year global car sales have barely grown 

  > First speed bumps for China’s previously speeding luxury car bandwagon
 
> Toyota outshines all of Europe’s aristocratic old guard

 


 

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WORLD / PREMIUM  BRANDS

Audi and Mercedes Q2 2015 profit marginsAudi pride dented by Mercedes’ superior Q2 and first half profit margin

Today’s high-flying Mercedes car division, after cutting Audi’s shrinking global volume sales lead to less than 4,000 units at this year’s halfway stage, scored a spirit-boosting victory nevertheless by narrowly outperforming the brand with the four rings with a superior 2nd quarter and first-half profit margin 

  > Mercedes on track to relegate Audi into 3rd slot in global prestige car sales arena
 
> Mercedes Q1 margin hits 9.4%

 


 

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TRUCKS

West European Truck sales first half 2015Heavy truck sales recovery in Western Europe continues to build momentum

Europe’s truck industry and their suppliers probably felt more relief than satisfaction this week after the European autoindustry federation ACEA confirmed that this June West Europe’s market for heavy trucks had grown at the fastest clip since the start of this year 

  > UK heavy truck sales already reached pre-crisis 2007 levels
 
> Truck demand remains on the rebound

 


 

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NEWS IN BRIEF

UK heavy truck sales already reached pre-crisis 2007 levels 

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Diesel fuel pumps Germany 2013Diesel powered cars: 
From Darling to Demon

Growing numbers of Europe’s new car buyers, presumably put off by the uncertainty now surrounding the future of diesel fuelled cars in inner city centres, plus the related fears of future discriminatory extra taxes on diesels, are doing what they have always done at times of uncertainty and change. They are increasingly opting for the safe option 

  > June sees 22nd successive car sales gain in a row
 
> Diesels still account for more than half the cars sold in Western Europe

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
> EUROPE DIESEL CAR SALES  
 

By country First Half 2015 v First Half 2014

> EUROPE ELECTRIC CAR SALES  
 

>  By country June 2015 v June 2014
>  By country First Half 2015 v First Half 2014
>  By top selling model June 2015
>  By top selling model First Half 2015

> EUROPE TRUCK SALES (16.0T GVW AND ABOVE)  
 

>  By country June 2015 v June 2014
>  By country First Half 2015 v First Half 2014

> WORLD WORLD CAR SALES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT
 

New car sales by major market:
First Half 2015 v First Half 2014
Plus history (includes BRIC markets)
WESTERN EUROPE  
New car sales by manufacturer and market:
First Half 2015 v First Half 2014
Historical quarterly changes manufactures & markets

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT TOYOTA  
 

In depth look into Toyota's West European sales performance

 

 


 

AID Newsletter Memebers front page 1513

 ISSUE NL1513 | Published - 21 July 2015
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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Renault in-depth market report AID NewsleterRenault back from the cold thanks to rethink on trendy Crossovers

French carmaker Renault, long overshadowed by its Peugeot-Citroën rival, wouldn’t choose to boast about its historical car sales record in its West European backyard. But after taking a severe beating from harder trying rivals such as Volkswagen, and no doubt encouraged by the miraculous comeback from its Nissan half-brother, of late Renault has also staged a comeback, albeit from a record low 

  > Škoda’s first million - Spotlight on one of Europe’s biggest gainers
 
> In Europe Honda is taking a battering

 


 

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GERMANY  

Cabriolet cars sales trends 2015 GermanyCabriolets join yesterday’s fad

More evidence, if any were needed, that Europe’s new car market is driven increasingly by the latest whims of fashion, that can all too quickly transform previous hottest sellers into mere wallflowers within a few months, is contained in latest German car sales numbers 

  > It’s third time round for Porsche’s Boxster
 
> Aston Martin tossed technology lifeline by Mercedes-Benz

 


 

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Every second Golf sold in The Netherlands is a PHEV 

 


 

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STOCK MARKET VIEW

Peugeot 2008 crossover production lineIran car market will grow again when sanctions expire 

Peugeot, Renault ready to go - China has already entered market with importer network - Car sales in Iran are likely to accelerate when sanctions are lifted later this year or early in 2016, with Chinese automakers in the fast lane along with other Asian manufacturers, a report from IHS Automotive said 

 
> Mercedes’ Smart subsidiary has stopped losing money
  > Nissan/Datsun - Cannibalisation could be a worry

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterCan Audi avoid Icarus type fate in China? 

"Audi, encouraged by forever growing demand for its cars in China, continued to ramp up its local car production capacity. This, it is understood, was on schedule to reach some 700,000 cars by close of this year. But what happens from now if the rosy glow from local sales starts to wear off?
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | Honda - another missed opportunity?

 


 

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PREMIUM BRANDS  AID EXCLUSIVE    

China BMW China sales half year 2015China’s 1st class express is slowing fast

The day that Europe’s previously booming prestige car industry has been secretly dreading for years appears to have arrived a great deal earlier than feared. Given their high dependence on China’s previously dizzying prestige sector expansion, some, if not all members of this small exclusive band of brothers could soon find themselves against the ropes and absorbing some serious punishment from now on. 

  > First speed bumps for China’s previously speeding luxury car bandwagon
 
> EDITORIAL | BMW fears lashing from storm brewing in China

 


 

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ELECTRIC  AID EXCLUSIVE  

Electric car sales by model Renault Zoe June 2015LEAF and ZOE photo-finish in West Europe’s half-year electric car sales race

Halfway through the current year, Nissan’s LEAF has scooped the coveted title of top-selling electric car in Western Europe by the narrowest of margins, beating Renault’s fast gaining ZOE in a photo finish into the runner-up slot with a winning sales margin of just 200 units, according to AID’s exclusively compiled figures 

  > France’s €10,000 superbonus sparks June electric car sales rally
 
> Europe’s uphill electric car journey runs into May

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE  

Spanish Car Parc age of car 2014Average age of car on Europe’s roads continues 
to rise

Motorists hold on to their cars longer when economies hit the buffers. While this probably does not qualify as one of the autoindustry’s best-kept secrets, it is a sound consumer behaviour pattern that with few notable exceptions is reflected in many of today’s Western world markets 

  > May sees Spain’s 21st successive car sales gain in a row
 
> Reborn Jeep brand already outsells both Lancia and Alfa Romeo brand in Europe

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE  

West European 1st half passenger car sales 2015June sees 22nd successive car sales gain in a row

After the unexpectedly firm start to this year’s West European car sales season and just a momentary pause for breath in May, when underlying car recovery growth slowed notably to just 0.2 per cent, last month the market seems to have regained its stride with June sales growing at the fastest pace since September 2013 

  > West Europe’s May car sales grow at slowest pace in 18 months
 
> Ford of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
> GERMANY CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque June 2015 v June 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque 6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> GERMANY CAR SALES  
 

By top selling SUV/Crossovers 6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

>  By country June 2015 v June 2014
By country 6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque June 2015 v June 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque 6-months 2015 v 6-months 2014

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT ::RENAULT::  
 

In depth look into Renault West European sales performance

 


 

 


 

AID Newsletter Memebers front page 1512

 ISSUE NL1512 | Published - 07 July 2015
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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

In-depth Skoda Auto image AID NewsletterŠkoda’s first million - Spotlight on one of Europe’s biggest gainers

From caterpillar to butterfly - Škoda stands out as one of the few all-round success stories in Europe’s cut-throat mass car market. Whichever way true and sustainable commercial success in today’s car world is measured, Volkswagen’s Škoda brand stands out as an outstanding winner on all counts 

  > Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self
 
> Renault - Le rebound

 


 

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RUSSIA    

Lada Hyundai badges Russia June 2015Lada now outsold at home by trendbucking Hyundai-Kia

The day that both Russia’s political thinkers and Lada’s French masters have now been dreading for years has arrived: Formerly state-controlled Lada, that traditionally generated the bulk of its revenues and profits in its domestic Russian market, is now being outsold by a foreign western carmaker 

  > Indonesia’s future car market - Future outlook looking promising
 
> Global car sales zoom to new record high, fourth record in a row

 


 

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RUSSIA    

Russia car sales June 2015 trendsRussia’s new car sales falling like a stone

Russia’s slump-struck car market has rarely looked in worse shape, and the outlook for the rest of this year looks no less dismal. Today’s consensus view among auto industry analysts points to a severe drop of between 30 and 40 per cent at best, thanks to the worst underlying rate of decline seen in recent memory 

  > India - Nissan/Datsun - Cannibalisation could be a worry
 
> Brazil’s move from fast Samba to sobering austerity blues

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterHonda - another missed opportunity? 

"What looked likely to turn into a potential safe path out of the morass, chiefly a torrent of HR-V customer orders, now looks likely to turn into a conceivable flop. Despite its Small-Sector origins, and a short class-typical wheelbase of 2,610mm, the new HR-V is priced dangerously above today’s sector norm. UK prices trumpeted to the world only yesterday, start just Ł5 short of the Ł18,000 mark
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> In Europe Honda is taking a battering

 


 

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FRANCE / ELECTRIC   

Renault Zoe France electric car salesFrance’s €10,000 superbonus sparks June electric car sales rally

Following a comparative lull after April’s opening sales broadside, last month saw yet another dramatic firework display in France’s previously largely dormant electric car market 

  > Renault’s comeback stays on the rails, but Dacia’s advance has slowed to a crawl
 
> 2014 full year electric car sales analysis

 


 

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ELECTRIC  AID EXCLUSIVE 

BMW i3 orange electric car sales MayEurope’s uphill electric car journey runs into May

Europe’s rose-tinted May electric car story, when measured in percentage growth terms, clearly tells an upbeat tale. That’s chiefly because electric car registrations topped last year’s same month level by a quarter. May’s bounce brings the sector’s five months gain to an outwardly impressive 51.8 per cent. Impressive headway by any measure 

  > High Voltage March - Best month for electric car sales in Europe
 
> Golf dethrones LEAF as Europe’s top-selling electric car

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
> RUSSIA CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  May 2015 v May 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> RUSSIA CAR SALES  
 

By top selling model  5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> EUROPE ELECTRIC CAR SALES  
 

>  By country May 2015 v May 2014
>  By country 5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT ::Škoda::  
 

In depth look into Škoda's West European sales performance

 

 


 

AID Newsletter front page 1511

 ISSUE NL1511 | Published - 18 June 2015
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STOCK MARKET VIEW

Smart Daimler orange AID NewsletterMercedes’ Smart subsidiary has stopped losing money

“We are not planning an SUV, but never say never” - Mercedes’ Smart subsidiary has stopped losing money, although it won’t say how much it is making 

  > Mercedes’ comeback still in full swing helped by rich mix and China
 
> Mercedes on track to relegate Audi into 3rd slot in global prestige car sales arena

 


 

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NEW TECHNOLOGY

New Techonology, Bosch Daimler self-parking Self-parking cars - Bosch and Daimler’s car2go pool know-how

The way technology has progressed, in the near future specially equipped cars will look on their own for vacant spaces in say a city parking garage and on request will return to the waiting driver all by themselves, using either a button on the car’s key-fob or a smartphone app 

  > AdBlue blows fresh life into diesels
 
> Diesel piston technology for latest diesel engines moves full circle

 


 

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NETHERLANDS  AID EXCLUSIVE 

Mercedes C-Class 350 e PHEV Netherlands sales volumePlug-ins capture 6.4% of Netherlands’ May car sales

In Europe’s largely bleak looking PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) landscape, latest signs are that the Netherlands is showing some promise of becoming a regional hot spot for PHEVs, thus emulating to an extent the closely watched role now played by Norway as the unquestioned King player in the global market for pure electric cars 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Matthias Schmidt AID Newsletter Assistant Editor portraitBMW fears lashing from storm brewing in China 

"During a classical orchestra overture and the glitzy backdrop of laser lights focused on BMW’s all-new 7-Series, Harald Krüger patiently waited in the wings to make one of his first official appearances as BMW’s new Chief Executive. Either Mr. Krüger is blessed with a poker face, or, conceivably one of his data experts – unwilling to dampen the party spirit – didn’t dare show him China’s May premium car sales figures
Matthias Schmidt - Assistant Editor

 
> First speed bumps for China’s previously speeding luxury car bandwagon

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Honda HR-V plus Honda sales history Western EuropeIn Europe Honda is taking a battering

In every edition AID now pays close attention to the European failures and successes of one particular carmaker – this time it’s Honda’s turn... 

  > Ford of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes
 
> Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

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NEW PRODUCT

New product evaulation test - BMW 2-Series Active TourerNot a Driving Machine – 1st FWD BMW aims for niche that is no longer hot

New Active Tourer, first BMW-badged car with front-wheel-drive, has been developed to do battle with same concept Mercedes B-Class and Volkswagen’s roomier family size Golf Sportsvan. UK prices for BMW’s first-ever People-Carrier start at Ł22,475 for the manual 136PS 3-cylinder petrol-fuelled 218i 

  > New Product | Moving on up - VW Passat
 
> All about the right product - Porsche

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

Jeep sales 2015 Western EuropeReborn Jeep brand already outsells both Lancia and Alfa Romeo brand in Europe

Good news is that May saw the 21st successive rise in West European car sales. The not-so-good news is that last month the market barely grew at all. AID’s non rose-tinted view is that May’s abrupt slowing in the market’s rate of advance to a mere 0.9 per cent could easily be attributable to two fewer working days in the month than in May last year 

  > Toyota, with last year’s 10.1% operating margin, outshines Europe’s old guard
 
> Nissan’s European streak continues, outsells Toyota in February

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

 

West European May car sales 2015West Europe’s May car sales grow at slowest pace in 18 months

Good news is that May saw the 21st successive rise in West European car sales. The not-so-good news is that last month the market barely grew at all. AID’s non rose-tinted view is that May’s abrupt slowing in the market’s rate of advance to a mere 0.9 per cent could easily be attributable to two fewer working days in the month than in May last year 

  > Italian consumers are back and buying
 
> Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

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

>  By country May 2015 v May 2014
By country 5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> EUROPE CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  May 2015 v May 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> USA CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  May 2015 v May 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  5-months 2015 v 5-months 2014

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT ::HONDA::  
 

In depth look into Honda's West European sales performance

 


 

AID Newsletter front page preview 1510

 ISSUE NL1510 | Published - 05 June 2015
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WORLD / PREMIUM  BRANDS AID EXCLUSIVE

Premium car sales worldwide selected manufacturersFirst speed bumps for China’s previously speeding luxury car bandwagon

In China, some leading European prestige car makers are bracing themselves for a slowdown over this and next year after new AID compiled figures showed a marked slowing of prestige sector car sales since the start of this year. 

  > For now at least, China builds cars foremost for its own consumption
 
> China and US lead in 2014 global car production stakes

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Ford of Europe in depth report small image AID NewsletterFord of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes

Characterised by a continuing erosion in market share and awash in red ink, in Western Europe things have not quite gone the Ford way in the past few years, or for that matter the past couple of decades. During the whole of last year, with its car market share skidding to a new record low of just 7.3 per cent, Ford of Europe posted a pre-tax loss of $1.06bn followed by a pre-tax loss of $185m during this year’s first quarter. 

  > In depth report: PSA - Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self
 
> Innovate or die - All is not lost for Europe’s long-squeezed volume carmakers

 


 

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ELECTRIC  AID EXCLUSIVE

Electric car sales April Western EuropeElectric car sales in Europe up by two-thirds in April

AID’s exclusively compiled figures reveal that first-time registrations of electric cars in Western Europe are still flourishing. An outwardly upbeat view underlined by heartwarming news of a two-thirds increase this April, bringing the year to date sector gains to a no less cheery looking 58.1 per cent 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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SPAIN

Spain car sales history AID NewsletterMay sees Spain’s 21st successive car sales gain in a row

Spanish patient finally responds to treatment, but it will be some time yet before the convalescing patient will again walk totally unaided. 

  > Italian consumers are back and buying
 
> Europe’s car market remains on course for sunnier climes

 


 

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TRUCKS

West European first 4-months sales trendsTruck demand remains on the rebound

Contrary to gloomy earlier predictions that this year’s West European heavy truck market would remain static at best, latest sales data for April, showing a fourth successive rise in heavy truck sales, adds further weight to a markedly more upbeat outlook for the whole of this year. 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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NEW PRODUCT

SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE new product test evaluationSEAT Leon X-Perience, with new 4WD Leon estate heads for Quattro country

With eyes focused on the perpetually expanding market for affordable and versatile family-size cars with four rather than two driven wheels, VW Group’s SEAT offshoot has joined its Czech Škoda brother by also launching its Golf-based Leon estate with a near go-anywhere all-wheeldrive system 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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ELECTRIC / PHEV  AID EXCLUSIVE

UK PHEV Hybrid car share 2015 April UK and Netherlands alone account for 2-in-3 of Europe’s PHEV sales

A casual glance at overall PHEV registrations in Western Europe give little indication as to the true state of demand for vehicles of this type. However, echoing to an extent today’s uneven sales distribution of electric car sales in Europe, AID’s compiled figures
reveal a similar uneven distribution.
 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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EDITORIAL  FULL ARTICLE 

Matthias Schmidt AID Newsletter Assistant Editor portraitRaising the bar - techniques to reach new heights

"With the 2021 fleet average bar for cars raised by the EU to 95g/km, one wonders which technology will ultimately be chosen to clear this particular high bar.  Mercedes with a higher mix of powerful, larger and heavier cars is likely to adopt a different strategy than mass market Peugeot for instance. Nissan and Daimler executives tell AID how they intend to clear this target at the first attempt
Matthias Schmidt - Assistant Editor

 
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ELECTRIC / PHEV  AID EXCLUSIVE

PHEV vs. PEV sales in Western Europe graphic smallNeck-and-neck race between PHEVs and pure electric cars

AID’s exclusively compiled data reveals that in terms of sales the auto-industry’s newest breed of ultra-low CO2 emitting PHEVs (Plug-in-Hybrid-Electric-Vehicles) are catching up fast with their pure battery-powered electric car cousins like Nissan’s still sector-leading LEAF. AID’s forecasters now believe that in Europe PHEVs will keep their edge over today’s pure electric cars, and before long - given some meaningful purchase and ownership incentives - they will dominate Europe’s still tiny market for ultra-low emission cars for some time to come 

  > High Voltage March - Best month for electric car sales in Europe
 
> Three months into the year LEAF heads W-Europe’s electric car league

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
> EUROPE  PHEV CAR SALES  
 

By country 4-months 2015

> UNITED KINGDOM  PHEV CAR SALES  
 

By model 4-months 2015

> EUROPE ELECTRIC CAR SALES  
 

>  By country April 2015 v April 2014
>  By country 4-months 2015

> WORLD PRESTIGE CAR SALES    
 

By manufacturer and marque  April 2015 v April 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  4-months 2015 v 4-months 2014

> CHINA PRESTIGE CAR SALES     
 

By manufacturer and marque  April 2015 v April 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  4-months 2015 v 4-months 2014

> USA PRESTIGE CAR SALES     
 

By manufacturer and marque  April 2015 v April 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  4-months 2015 v 4-months 2014

> SPAIN CAR SALES  
 

By manufacturer and marque  May 2015 v May 2014
>  By manufacturer and marque  5-months 2015 v 5-months 20145

> EUROPE IN-DEPTH REPORT ::FORD::  
 

In depth look into Ford's West European sales performance

 

 


 


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