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Top 25 world’s car markets at May 2012. Thailand is the fastest growing.

The global light vehicles market (car passengers plus light commercial vehicles) continued the run and in May posted the highest increase of the year, driven by strong increase in the top 3 markets, China, up 14.3%, USA, up 25.7% and Japan, up 70%.

Focus2move.com forecast for the 2012 is confirmed at 78.5 millions, 3.2 million up from 2011, the new all-time record.

The Top 25 world’s markets reported in May 6.1 million sales, the 89.3% of total global sales, with an increase of 4.0% from last year. Year to date May, Top25 sales were 29.8 million, up 5.9% from last year.

In May, 17 countries were positive year-on-year. Brazil, Turkey and Iran were negative, together with a group of European markets: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Nederland and Belgium.

In the year to date May ranking, China confirmed the leadership with 7.9 million ahead of USA with 5.9 million and Japan with 2.4 million, up 57.2% from last year, the highest global increase.

Germany recovered the fourth position, lost at the end of 2011 in favor of Brazil. Year to date May sales in Germany were 1.4 million, flat from last year 134.000 units ahead of Brazil. The South American giant is struggling, with 1.3 million sold, down 4.4%. In spite of Brazilian second half seasonality is favorable in comparison with Germany, the fourth position is too far to be recovered this year.

India was sixth at 1.23 million, up 12.7% from last year. And next half will be stronger than the past. Russia is 7th, thanks to a wonderful run of 27 positive months, ahead of France, UK and Italy.

Canada was 10th in May, ahead of Italy, while in the year to date May ranking is 11th, with 696.000 sales, up 8.3% from last year.

South Korea was struggling in 12th position, with 627.000 sales, surpassed by Canada.

The fast growing country was Thailand, ranked 13th, having improved 5 positions from last year. Thailand sales year to date May were 447.000, up 30% from last year.

Turkey was the worst of the Top 25 countries, with 266.000 sales, down 21.6%. Turkey was 23rd, losing four positions in the last year.

In the table below, the Top 25 World’s Countries, ranked by year to date position:

Rank

Country

May

Change

Ytd May 2011

Ytd May 2012

Change

 

Global   Sales

6.830.253

10,7%

31.518.600

33.303.733

5,7%

 

 

 

 

 

1

China

1.580.654

14,3%

7.805.300

7.944.137

1,8%

2

USA

1.334.087

25,7%

5.276.672

5.983.571

13,4%

3

Japan

397.226

70,2%

1.525.753

2.398.012

57,2%

4

Germany

308.346

-5,4%

1.425.602

1.425.855

0,0%

5

Brazil

274.490

-8,7%

1.351.081

1.292.102

-4,4%

6

India

215.804

7,6%

1.093.888

1.233.209

12,7%

7

Russia

260.944

10,7%

985.300

1.141.306

15,8%

8

France

197.368

-17,3%

1.199.386

1.008.406

-15,9%

9

UK

183.591

7,7%

956.944

965.665

0,9%

10

Italy

157.826

-16,4%

928.443

738.802

-20,4%

11

Canada

176.040

18,1%

642.900

696.120

8,3%

12

South Korea

132.280

1,2%

660.496

627.297

-5,0%

13

Thailand

81.946

19,0%

344.313

447.620

30,0%

14

Australia

93.866

21,3%

400.084

432.975

8,2%

15

Iran

84.125

-10,0%

467.363

420.626

-10,0%

16

Mexico

80.267

16,9%

344.761

383.730

11,3%

17

Argentina

73.028

7,4%

361.447

373.541

3,3%

18

Spain

79.558

-10,1%

405.302

367.974

-9,2%

19

Indonesia

64.139

20,0%

298.102

352.254

18,2%

20

Nederland

48.667

-11,6%

307.929

280.957

-8,8%

21

Saudi Arab

54.811

10,0%

249.142

275.322

10,5%

22

Belgium

56.524

-7,9%

308.650

274.757

-11,0%

23

Turkey

70.863

-11,9%

339.650

266.216

-21,6%

24

South Africa

47.727

10,3%

221.206

242.453

9,6%

25

Malaysia

45.840

4,0%

246.815

224.856

-8,9%

 

Top 25

 

4,0%

28.146.528

29.797.763

5,9%

 

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