World automotive industry shines in Q1 2014. UK 6th & Italy back in top 10.

World automotive industry

World automotive industry shines in Q1 2014 growing 4.5% from year ago. March was the thirteen year-on-year growth in a string with 21.6 million sold, almost 1 million more than in 2013. Full Year will be a new all-time record. See the Top 5o Markets ranking an exclusive report.

Chinese car market grew 6.9% in March and 8.5% in the quarter. Actually any day, each one car bought worldwide is chosen by a Chinese. Following a flat start of the year, in March

USA market was finally up growing 5.8% from last. However this market has lost the speed shown in the previous three years and it is projected up only 4/5% this year.

Pushed up by expectations for increased taxation at new fiscal year start, in April, the Japanese market was impressive in Q1 boosting sales 22.4%. However, now the market could be down for the rest of the year.

India was fourth with 796.000 quarterly sales despite losing volume from last year outpacing Brazil which fell 14% in March.  However, while the South American market is expected to recovery, India perspectives are almost negative for the rest of current year.

After 19th months of consecutive year-on-year increase, the UK car market rose in World’s sixth place becoming the first European market doing better than Germany and Russia, with Q1 sales at 768K, just 6K below Brazil.

In seventh place, Germany was up 5% with 756.000 quarterly sales, with a wide gap over the 8th, Russia, with 602.000 sales, down 2.3% from last year.

Increasing 5% in March, France defended its 9th place while Italy has broken a four years drop and ended the Q1 up 5.8%, recovering one place in the ranking.

South Korea grew 5.9% in the quarter and was 11th (12th in March) outpacing Canada which is almost stable from last year, when market hit the all-time record.

The new ASEAN region leader, Indonesia, was at the highest rank ever, in 13th place with 292.000 quarterly sales, just ahead of Australia, Mexico and Spain.

Behind two falling butterflies,  Thailand, that posted the deepest lost out of Top 50 Markets, losing 46% of previous year volume, and Argentina, which entered in a quite delicate financial situation, In March the market fell 35%, the worse year on year performance in 8 years.

In 19th Iran is recovering on the expectation of market opening and was the biggest Middle East market, just a spot ahead of Saudi Arabia.

In the interactive tables below you can sort thru among the best markets of World automotive industry:

Rank Mar 2014 Rank Q1 2014 Country Sales Mar 2014 Sales Mar 2013 Sales Q1 2014 Var March 2014 Var Q1 2014
1 1 China 2.138.156 2.000.964 5.894.556 6,9% 8,5%
2 2 USA 1.537.270 1.453.038 3.742.319 5,8% 1,5%
3 3 Japan 781.385 644.652 1.840.877 21,2% 22,4%
6 4 India 278.365 293.549 796.505 -5,2% -4,8%
8 5 Brazil 228.728 268.359 774.437 -14,8% -1,8%
4 6 UK 514.888 438.490 768.039 17,4% 13,9%
5 7 Germany 311.865 298.823 756.649 4,4% 5,2%
7 8 Russia 243.335 244.030 602.473 -0,3% -2,3%
9 9 France 210.132 198.840 534.479 5,7% 1,6%
11 10 Italy 149.358 141.796 404.217 5,3% 5,8%
12 11 South Korea 135.183 130.247 377.226 3,8% 5,9%
10 12 Canada 157.228 156.787 358.929 0,3% 0,9%
13 13 Indonesia 97.637 93.091 292.066 4,9% 1,7%
14 14 Australia 94.747 97.400 263.850 -2,7% -3,4%
16 15 Mexico 85.683 82.767 251.125 3,5% 1,6%
15 16 Spain 89.269 80.162 226.988 11,4% 14,4%
17 17 Thailand 83.946 157.545 221.727 -46,7% -46,3%
23 18 Argentina 48.323 74.561 208.760 -35,2% -13,5%
19 19 Iran 66.367 56.244 199.630 18,0% 10,0%
18 20 Saudi Arabia 68.879 67.335 198.146 2,3% 2,3%
21 21 Belgium 57.492 58.155 163.393 -1,1% -0,4%
20 22 Malaysia 58.709 57.622 159.286 1,9% 1,0%
22 23 South Africa 52.646 52.701 153.092 -0,1% -2,6%
27 24 Netherlands 34.918 40.786 123.504 -14,4% -6,3%
24 25 Turkey 47.581 68.774 115.272 -30,8% -24,5%
25 26 Poland 39.863 28.589 108.086 39,4% 26,7%
26 27 Algeria 36.056 34.967 107.155 3,1% 3,1%
28 28 Taiwan 34.303 25.548 99.404 34,3% 14,4%
31 29 United Arab Emirates 31.359 29.866 92.790 5,0% 5,0%
29 30 Austria 32.346 33.876 88.470 -4,5% 1,7%
33 31 Chile 27.679 28.572 87.619 -3,1% -2,9%
30 32 Sweden 31.621 25.888 77.781 22,1% 19,9%
32 33 Switzerland 28.764 31.293 75.440 -8,1% -4,6%
34 34 Israel 23.924 17.957 72.389 33,2% 25,3%
35 35 Colombia 23.490 23.551 70.854 -0,3% 6,8%
37 36 Egypt 22.135 17.123 60.994 29,3% 23,0%
36 37 Philippines 22.181 18.118 60.133 22,4% 21,4%
44 38 Ireland 16.187 12.964 56.284 24,9% 27,8%
38 39 Denmark 18.759 16.868 53.822 11,2% 13,6%
40 40 Oman 17.112 18.465 50.597 -7,3% -7,3%
41 41 Peru 16.672 15.589 46.269 6,9% 6,9%
39 42 Czech Rep 17.168 14.633 45.292 17,3% 17,5%
43 43 Norway 16.586 13.218 43.364 25,5% 4,6%
45 44 Kuwait 14.351 12.507 43.080 14,7% 14,7%
48 45 Ukraine 11.622 20.254 40.155 -42,6% -9,1%
42 46 Portugal 16.596 10.931 39.719 51,8% 43,8%
46 47 Pakistan 12.009 13.344 38.646 -10,0% -0,4%
50 48 Finland 10.413 10.314 33.012 1,0% 9,4%

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