World Cars Brand Ranking in the first four months of the 2017 led by Toyota. The Chinese difficulties have blocked Ford from the recovery over a shy Volkswagen, while Renault and Mercedes confirmed their great momentum.
Global economic activity firmed up at the outset of the year according to comprehensive data for Q1. Global GDP rose 2.9% annually (Q4 2016: +2.8% year-on-year). On top of the acceleration in China reported last month, growth in the United States was revised upward on stronger private consumption and investment.
The economic story remained largely intact in the Euro area, with GDP benefiting from a declining unemployment rate and a robust external sector. In Japan, a competitive yen and healthy investment buttressed economic growth. On the downside, economic dynamics in the United Kingdom started to feel the pinch of high inflation and subdued wage growth.
Such positive economic environment represents the first propellent for the global automotive business and sales of vehicles are growing up with Year to date April figures at 30.7 million units, up 2.9%.
Despite the year was announced as transitional, Toyota is growing fast with sales at 2.9 million (+6.5%) and 9.5% of global market share.
Following a flat 2016, the market leader, Toyota, approached the new year with a fast pace, selling 2.2 million units (+7.3%) in the first quarter with 9.5% of global market share, thanks to the strong contribution of sales in Japan (+12%), Indonesia (+21%) Thailand (+17%), Philippines (+32%), India (+39%), South Africa, France, Italy, Germany and Malaysia.
Volkswagen in second place is flat (-0.6%) at 2.1 million sales losing in key markets like Germany (-6%), UK (-5%), Brazil (-8%), Turkey (-16%) and France (-7%).
Following the positive 2016, this year the attack of the third, Ford, to the second step is stopped by the huge fall in China (-18%) with global sales down 3% at 2.0 million.
Nissan was fourth with 1.70 million sales (+7.1%) with great performance in China, Japan, UK and Brazil, but should look at the shoulder where Honda is fast growing (+9%) at 1.61 million.
Koreans are struggling, first time in a decade with Hyundai. sixth with 1.40 million sales (-7.6%) and Kia 8th with 860.000 sales (-16.0%).
Chevrolet was seventh with 1.25 million sales (-0.4%) while in 9th place Renault is fast growing (+12.9%) as the 10th Mercedes (+12.3%).
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