World’s Car Market 2012 at 79.5 million. Top25 Markets report.

The World’s light passenger vehicles market reported 6.7 million sales, up 8.6% from last year. Year-to-date November, sales were 73.0 million, up 6.5% from last year, with the year projected at 79.5 million units, new all-time record.

The Top 25 Markets confirmed their pace, faster than the total market, posting in November 6.0 million units, up 9.8% from November 2011. Year-to-date, they posted 65.3 million units.

Looking at the World’s Top 25 Market performance, China was driving the November increase together with Thailand, which posted an over 200% increase from 2011.

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China posted the best year-on-year increase of 2012, after being penalized by Japanese brands sales drop due to the protests for the “Islands issue”. Last month the market was really strong with Chinese and European brands gaining share over Japanese.

USA market was again strong with a 7.4% increase in spite of the elections battle left the American with the old President and the old issues, now named Fiscal Cliff.

Japan was surprisingly positive by 3.1%, with year-to-date sales near 5 million units. The right party victory at the recent political elections, would increase the Japanese Car Makers opportunities for export, as the Yen exchange rate could be more favorable than actually.

Brazil was slightly negative, with 297.000 sales and following two very strong months. However, the next month’s forecast are positive as the Brazilian economy is expected to boom in the 2013.

Germany was year-on-year flat, confirming its 5th world’s place. However, next month forecast are negative and 2013 would represent the year of losing leadership among European countries, in favor of Russia.

Russia in 6th posted the 32th consecutive year-on-year increase in a string, in spite the pace was lowest of the entire series. However, the local Automotive Association projects the market up in the next months, as the orders taken portfolio is still large.

India in 7th was slightly positive, following the booming October. The market is running towards its new all-time record, at 2.7 million units.

France was 8th (9th year-to-date) with 175.596 sales, down 19.8%. In spite of the France economy is not yet in recession, future perspectives are negative and we fear the market will heavy drop in the next year.

United Kingdom in 9th confirmed to be the European country in best shape with a 7.3% increase from last year. The 2012 will be closed with all quarters in positive. In 2013, the market is foreseen stable.

Thailand confirmed the 10th placed gained in October, posting 148.243 sales, the new best ever month in the country history. The enormous 214% increase was also due the comparison with the low November 2011 volume.

South Korea was 11th (12th year-to-date) confirming the positive trend started in October thanks to car tax reduction. In spite of the double digit November increase, the 2012 will close down.

Canada was 12th (10th year-to-date) with 125.912 units, up 4.0%. This will be one of the best ever year for this market and the 2013 is expected to be positive again.

Italy in 13th place (11th year-to-date) was again in a deep decline with 116.091 sales, down 19.8% from last year. The 2012 will be the worst year since the eighties. The 2013 is projected negative again.

Australia was 14th with 98.347 sales, up 10.9% , up 1 place from October. The 2012 will be the new all-time record.

Mexico was 15th with 91.826 sales, up 10.5% from last year. However, the market could not exceed the 1 million volume this year, as originally forecast. The 2013 will show again a robust double digit increase.

Indonesia was 16th, down 2 spots from the previous month, in spite of the 2nd highest year-on-year increase, with 90.400, up 62.0%. Year-to-date, it is 15th, ahead of Mexico.

Turkey was recovering after a year in decline. It was 18th, up 1 spot, with 71.710 units, up 12.9%. Year-to-date it was 20th. The 2013 forecast are positive.

Saudi Arab was 19th, with 63.094, up 41.7%, the third faster growing country among the Top 25. The market is gaining relevance in the world, month after month, as confirmed by a recent agreement with Jaguar Land Rover Group, to open a local plant in the next years.

Argentina was 20th, 2 spots down, with 54.560 units, down 12.9%. The 2012 will end with all quarters in negative, after years of fast growing.

Spain in 21th is rolling down. Last month drop was above 20% in spite of a scrap incentive program introduced by the government in October. Next year, Spain risk to be out of the Top 25 Markets.

Malaysia in 22nd posted 53.365 units, up 14.0% from last year.

We wish to mention as data regarding Iran, placed in 17th, are almost estimated from the production information gathered in the country.

In the table below, the World’ Top 25 exclusive report, with countries ranked by last month position:

Rank Nov

Rank Oct

Rank Ytd

Country

Nov

Ytd Nov

Q2

Q3

Oct

Nov

1

1

1

China

1.790.000

17.255.620

9,3%

4,5%

5,4%

17,4%

2

2

2

USA

1.143.916

13.132.032

16,3%

14,0%

7,4%

15,1%

3

3

3

Japan

395.567

4.984.704

65,5%

18,2%

-3,5%

3,1%

4

4

4

Brazil

297.029

3.291.289

0,0%

16,3%

23,9%

-2,7%

5

5

5

Germany

280.496

3.080.373

0,1%

-7,0%

0,2%

-0,5%

6

6

6

Russia

240.322

2.676.099

11,7%

12,9%

5,4%

0,3%

7

7

7

India

216.736

2.474.517

9,3%

3,4%

32,7%

2,6%

8

8

9

France

175.596

2.089.675

-6,6%

-11,8%

-8,1%

-19,8%

9

9

8

United Kingdom

168.166

2.144.888

3,8%

6,8%

9,5%

7,3%

10

10

13

Thailand

148.243

1.287.471

58,4%

65,7%

196%

214,1%

11

11

12

South Korea

141.831

1.394.586

-3,4%

-12,4%

6,7%

12,9%

12

12

10

Canada

125.912

1.568.215

6,3%

5,9%

8,0%

4,0%

13

13

11

Italy

116.091

1.421.600

-19,9%

-22,6%

-12,4%

-19,8%

14

15

14

Australia

98.347

1.009.666

14,2%

6,6%

12,2%

10,9%

15

16

16

Mexico

91.826

876.897

13,1%

9,8%

9,8%

10,5%

16

14

15

Indonesia

90.400

888.521

47,6%

9,7%

36,6%

62,0%

17

17

17

Iran

77.582

848.730

-17,0%

-17,0%

-17,0%

-17,0%

18

19

20

Turkey

71.710

659.110

-14,4%

5,0%

-13,5%

12,9%

19

20

21

Saudi Arab

63.094

634.634

19,5%

19,9%

-1,3%

41,7%

20

18

18

Argentina

54.560

765.992

-7,1%

-13,2%

-3,3%

-12,9%

21

23

19

Spain

54.280

719.675

-15,4%

-18,8%

-21,9%

-20,8%

22

22

23

Malaysia

53.365

551.089

19,8%

1,7%

1,9%

14,0%

23

21

22

South Africa

50.635

556.108

11,7%

9,7%

11,0%

7,3%

24

24

25

Belgium

46.222

522.522

-13,0%

-10,9%

-0,6%

3,0%

25

25

24

Nederland

34.338

541.326

10,1%

-21,5%

-36,3%

-26,4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 25

6.026.264

65.375.340

9,8%

6,2%

6,6%

9,6%

 

 

 

Total World

6.730.214

73.053.805

9,2%

5,6%

6,5%

8,8%

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