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AID NEWSLETTER 1612 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1612 | Published - 16 June 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

 


 

 

 


 

 

AID NEWSLETTER 1611 Front Page Preview  ISSUE NL1611 | Published - 16 June 2016
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WESTERN EUROPE | LCV VAN MARKET     
West European LCV Van registrationsVans bounce-back, more growth on the cards

Companies are buying trucks and vans at the highest rate for nearly a decade - providing yet more proof that for much of Western Europe the economy has not only escaped the icy grip of recession, but is about to return to a near normal state of health.

  | Europe’s heavy truck market on fire  
 
| Europe’s heavy truck market simply fails to run out of puff
 

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterFiat, in Brazil, produced an ace from its sleeve

"Brazil’s car market, after decades of next to no change, has also undergone a profound sea change. Almost overnight, it seems, the changes ended a cosy carmaking oligopoly in Latin America’s biggest market. Volkswagen and Fiat, effectively calling the shots there for decades, while making the most of their Brazilian cash cow, appear to have been caught on the hop. Like a rabbit mesmerised by the headlights of a speeding car, both Volkswagen and Fiat appear to have been taken by surprise
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | SUV Love – Drives world’s auto sales
  | Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE     
West European May passenger car salesEurope’s car sales motor, far from stuttering, is still purring

After growing for 32 successive months in a row, May’s new car sales topped last year’s comparative level by 14.7 per cent, according to ACEA data of last month’s sales. That’s the fastest rate of growth this year and follows markedly slower gains of 5.2 and 8.4 per cent this March and April. May’s strong turnout, buoyed notably by at least one extra working day in a number of markets, brings the year-on-year advance in the five months to May to 9.2 per cent 

  | Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine  
 
| Global car sales back on track

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By country May 2016 v May 2015
|  By country 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer May 2016 v May 2015
|  By manufacturer 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| EUROPE  
LCV SALES  
  |  By country April 2016 v April 2015
|  By country 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
| WORLD 
PREMIUM CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer May 2016 v May 2015
|  By manufacturer 5-months 2016 v 5-months 2015
| BRAZIL  
CAR SALES  
  |  By manufacturer April 2016 v April 2015
|  By manufacturer 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
| BRAZIL  
CAR SALES  
  |  By top selling models April 2016 v April 2015
|  By top selling models 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
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EUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | SUZUKI
|  In depth look into Suzuki's West European sales

 


 

 

 


 

 

AID NEWSLETTER 1610 FRONT PAGE PREVIEW  ISSUE NL1610 | Published - 02 June 2016
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WESTERN EUROPE | 4x4 SEGMENT AID EXCLUSIVE     
Europe 4x4 AWD sales share history AID NewsletterWest Europe’s sales share of 4WD cars climbs to highest-ever 13.1 per cent

More than a dozen years of near uninterrupted expansion culminated during the opening three months of this year when the combined sales share of 4WD equipped cars and SUV-Crossovers edged up to a record 13.1 per cent, with record sales shares posted in more than half of West Europe’s recovering car markets 

  | It’s the big SUV comeback  
 
| Fast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterSUV Love –
Drives world’s auto sales

"Yes, today’s world is gripped by the SUV-Crossover bug. And judged by very latest car sales trends, and almost regardless of appalling economic conditions - as illustrated for instance in today’s slump-struck Brazilian car market - consumers love them with a passion
Peter Schmidt | Editor

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

 


 

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GERMANY    
VW German monthly market share 2016 AID NewsletterVolkswagen’s home share tumbles to 7-year low

Whichever way latest German car sales statistics are analysed, the continuing media firestorm sparked by the dieselgate affair appears to have had a pronounced negative impact on Volkswagen’s domestic sales. Foreseeably, it now looks as if notable numbers of Germany’s diesel car buyers are now giving Volkswagen’s badly tainted diesels a miss. Four months into this year, with Germany’s diesel car sales rising 3.2 per cent, Volkswagen own diesel car sales lurched into reverse; down by a steep 8 per cent 

  | Volkswagen car brand takes dieselgate ill-effects on the chin  
 
| Volkswagen, for 2nd month running, takes dieselgate ill-effects on the chin

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | TRUCKS    
West European truck sales Jan-Apr 2016 plus history AID NewsletterEurope’s heavy truck market on fire

Europe's heavy truck market has grown considerably faster than forecast just 4-months ago. Despite an ominous slight slowing in the UK’s April growth rate, West Europe’s overall heavy truck sales performance this April and in the first four months of the year remained positively robust, pointing to the prospect of brighter skies on the horizon 

  | Europe’s heavy truck market simply fails to run out of puff  
 
| Europe’s heavy truck market is on the mend

 


 

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PREMIUM BRANDS | AID EXCLUSIVE    
China Premium car sales April 2016 AID Newsletter Mercedes BMWMercedes sets another new milestone, outsells BMW in China

Testament to Mercedes’ strapping good health and likely harbinger of what the future holds in store, this April Mercedes set yet another major milestone. Continuing to strengthen its position in this year’s sharp elbowed Chinese premium car market - until fairly recently the main engine of profitability for Europe’s aristocratic old guard - this April Mercedes nudged aside China’s long-standing number two prestige carmaker BMW by the narrowest of margins. 

  | Mercedes dethrones BMW in global prestige car sales arena  
 
| Gloves are off at Mercedes - 2015 car production

 


 

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EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE   
Electric car sales Europe April 2016 AID NewsletterEurope’s April electric car charge drops to near zero

April electric car sales in Europe grow at slowest rate for 18-months, but imminent start of German E-Car subsidies offers glimmer of hope. AID’s exclusively compiled figures reveal that sales of electric cars - excluding PHEVs - in Western Europe in April rose 9.9 per cent to 7,300 units compared with 6,644 during the same month last year. 

  | Is Norway’s love-affair with the electric car over?  
 
| March electric car sales in Western Europe reach highest total for any month on record

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
  |  By country April 2016 v April 2015
|  By country 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
| EUROPE  
ELECTRIC CAR SALES  EXCLUSIVE
  |  By manufacturer April 2016 v April 2015
|  By manufacturer 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
| GERMANY 
CAR SALES
EXCLUSIVE
  |  By sector April 2016 v April 2015
|  By sector 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
| GERMANY  
CAR SALES  
  |  By manufacturer April 2016 v April 2015
|  By manufacturer 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
| EUROPE 
TRUCK SALES 16T GVW AND OVER
  |  By country April 2016 v April 2015
|  By country 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015
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Alfa Romeo logo black and white FCAEUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | ALFA ROMEO
|  In depth look into Alfa's West European sales

 


 

 

 


 

 

AID Newsletter 1609 page one preview

 ISSUE NL1609 | Published - 19 May 2016
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IN-DEPTH REPORT | FIAT  
Fiat in-depth report West European sales Is this the start of a Fiat comeback?

To the astonishment of some earlier sceptics, and contrary to earlier doom-laden projections, even a quick glance at latest West European car sales numbers reveals that of late Fiat has bounced back. Despite what appeared to be overwhelming odds, in its European backyard, today Fiat is enjoying the fruits of a comeback that in manner and speed was still thought unthinkable even a few years ago

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

 


 

| JAPAN  
Mitsubishi Nissan May 2016Nissan to acquire 34% of troubled Mitsubishi Motors

Japan’s financially healthy Nissan, after first catching Renault’s tossed lifeline back in 1999, now hopes to do the same for its troubled Mitsubishi compatriot. Late last week Nissan said it will spend Yen237bn (€1.92bn) to buy 506.6 million newly issued shares in Mitsubishi Motors adding up to a controlling 34 per cent stake. When the deal is fully ratified later this month, Nissan is given licence to nominate both the chairman of Mitsubishi Motors and a third of its directors. 

  | Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV balloon suddenly takes to the sky  
 
| Mitsubishi, thanks to popularity of Outlander plug-in, already outsells Honda

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterIt’s like lunatics running the asylum

"The autoindustry’s governing bodies, charged with the responsibility to ensure that carmakers stick to the rules, ended up with egg on their faces. Worse still, they stand accused of sitting back happily twiddling their thumbs, while the carmakers effectively continued to regulate themselves. Meanwhile, the regulatory agencies - set up principally to act in the public interest, were cosying-up to the autoindustry for years. For ages, it seems, the lunatics were given licence to run the asylum
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine
  | Editorial | Is it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE | DIESELS |  AID EXCLUSIVE      
Diesel car sales Western Europe Q1 2016 includes dataSlow drift back to cheaper petrol cars

It begins slowly, as these things do. Thanks in large part to Volkswagen’s highly toxic diesel emission scandal, deeply damaging press coverage continuous to ooze out of Europe’s badly hit diesel car sales scene like a menacing black oil slick. And before you know it, an initially slow-turning tide away from badly tarred diesels threatens to evolve into a torrent of change. 

  | Volkswagen car brand takes dieselgate ill-effects on the chin  
 
| Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?

 


 

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NORWAY | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE      
Norway PHEV PEV sales trends 2016 AID NewsletterIs Norway’s love-affair with the electric car over?

At a time when Norway’s previously bullish and expansionary electric car market veered off course after encountering sudden and previously unexpected turbulence, AID reports on possible reasons leading to this sudden squall of change. Is this the beginning of a big change in Norway’s closely watched car buying pattern? 

  | March electric car sales in W-Europe reach highest total for any month on record  
 
| PHEVs – Take off or transitory blip?

  


 

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W. EUROPE |  AID EXCLUSIVE     
West European April car sales provisional AID dataEurope’s April car market returns to pre-crisis level

West Europe’s new car market is still flourishing - at least by the harsh standards of its recent past – with AID’s exclusive provisional figures revealing yet another month of notably hotter than expected 8.3 per cent growth in April.  A clear endorsement of the market’s good health, this marks the 32nd successive gain in a row, while bringing this year’s cumulative car sales gain to April to 7.8 per cent. 

  | Europe’s car market got off to a fine start  
 
| Volkswagen, more pain and no gain

   


 

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W.EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE  
aUTOSTADT vOLKSWAGEN WOLFSBURGVW, more pain and no gain

West Europe’s new car market is still flourishing,  a least by the harsh standards of its recent past, with AID’s exclusive provisional figures revealing yet another month of notably hotter than expected 8.3 per cent growth in April. A clear endorsement of the market’s good health, this marks the 32nd successive gain in a row, bringing this year’s cumulative car sales gain to April to 7.8 per cent. But a happy story of still blooming new car sales contrasts with the sorry tale of Volkswagen’s altogether different fortunes

  | Volkswagen buffeted by stiffening headwinds in March  
 
| Is Volkswagen’s Teflon coating starting to wear thin?

  


 

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JAPAN  |  AID EXCLUSIVE    
Japan Hybrid car sales Q1 2016 AID NewsletterJapan ploughs its own furrow, home-born hybrids already captured a quarter of home sales

AID compiled figures reveal that apart from Japan, where Prius-type hybrids are already responsible for one-in-four new car sales, in other major global car markets such as China, Europe and the US, these initially promising looking petrol-electric hybrid cars - a sector dominated by Toyota - have clearly failed to get much traction. 

  | VW Korea ordered to recall 125,000 diesel fuelled Volkswagen and Audi models  
 
| Toyota, with last year’s 10.1% operating margin, outshines all of Europe’s old guard

   


 

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

|  By country April 2016 v April 2015
|  By country 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015

| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
 

|  By manufacturer April 2016 v April 2015
|  By manufacturer 4-months 2016 v 4-months 2015

| JAPAN  
CAR SALES  
 

|  By selected fuels (hybrid, diesel, electric, fuel cell, PHEV) Q1 2016

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Fiat logo 2016 AID NewsletterEUROPE 
IN-DEPTH REPORT | FIAT
|  In depth look into Fiat's West European sales

 


 

 


 

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

 


 

 



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