World’s Car Market flat in March. Top 25 Markets pushed up by China and Asean.

Total light passenger vehicles market (cars, pick-ups and light commercials) sales in March worldwide were 7.96 million, flat on March 2011. First quarter sales were 20.6 million, up 3.2% from last year.

Top 25 World’s Car Markets representing around 90% of global car market, in March had registered 7.22 million units, up 0.6 points from last year while First Quarter 2013 sales were 18.55 million, up 3.7%.

Chinese market was the main driver of the global performance, thanks to a rise of 10.9%, better than expected. However, in the next month’s Chinese market growth should slower and global sales will lose the major driver, entering in negative territory.

Asean region continued to fuel the global growth, not only with the biggest markets, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, but also with Philippines, a market in the Top 40, really fast this year.

Middle East confirmed the strong momentum in almost all countries, with Saudi Arabia, ranked 21st in March, reporting double digit improvement also in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.

Japan in March had lost 11.3%, more than expected and is projected to lose over 800.000 units in 2013 from the previous year. Also the other big Asian market, South Korea (13th in March) is losing, in spite of reduced tax on car registrations. The other Asian giant, India dropped 13.5%.

North America was flat, due to a little advance for USA and a little loss for Mexico and Canada.

South American continent was negative in March due to the loss of its main countries, Brazil down 5.6% and Argentina, down 8.1%. Also other markets were down, like Uruguay and Colombia.

Europe is performing worse than any expectations. A part U.K., again positive in the fundamental month of March, strong as seasonality for plates change, and Turkey, finally pushed by positive economic expectations, all other countries were negative. Germany dropped 17.0%, France 15.3%, Italy 5.2%, Spain 14.4%, Belgium 11.2% and The Netherlands 30.5%. From March also Russia joined the club posting a 3.0% drop, following three years of consecutive growth.

In the table below, the exclusive focus2move Top 25 World’s Car Market report:

Rank Mar

Rank Feb

Rank 2012

Country

Mar

Ytd Mar

Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Q3 2102

Q4 2012

Feb

Mar

Ytd Mar

1

1

1

China

2.000.964

5.430.955

-2,9%

9,3%

4,5%

10,4%

-8,6%

10,9%

14,8%

2

2

2

USA

1.453.038

3.688.529

13,3%

16,2%

13,9%

10,3%

3,8%

3,5%

6,4%

3

3

3

Japan

644.475

1.503.859

47,6%

65,5%

18,2%

0,0%

-6,1%

-11,3%

-8,4%

4

16

8

United Kingdom

438.490

674.080

-0,9%

3,8%

6,8%

6,2%

8,3%

6,4%

7,8%

5

6

5

Germany

298.450

718.222

1,3%

0,1%

-7,0%

-5,6%

-10,9%

-17,0%

-13,0%

6

4

4

Brazil

268.359

787.708

-0,6%

0,0%

16,3%

7,7%

-5,7%

-5,6%

1,9%

7

5

7

India

247.777

699.861

14,8%

9,3%

3,4%

9,8%

-17,3%

-13,5%

-12,0%

8

7

6

Russia

244.030

616.773

18,6%

11,7%

12,9%

2,1%

2,3%

-3,0%

1,0%

9

8

9

France

198.149

525.310

-19,4%

-6,6%

-11,8%

-14,6%

-12,1%

-15,3%

-13,9%

10

9

13

Thailand

157.527

413.221

34,5%

58,4%

65,7%

205,6%

43,6%

41,8%

48,7%

11

12

10

Canada

156.787

355.573

8,4%

6,3%

5,9%

2,5%

-3,2%

-0,8%

-1,8%

12

10

12

Italy

141.093

378.837

-22,1%

-19,9%

-22,6%

-17,8%

-18,5%

-5,2%

-14,0%

13

11

11

South Korea

130.247

356.255

-6,6%

-3,4%

-12,4%

6,1%

-11,4%

-1,2%

-2,7%

14

13

14

Australia

97.400

273.048

4,6%

14,2%

6,6%

12,6%

5,2%

-0,2%

5,0%

15

14

16

Indonesia

93.091

287.120

24,9%

64,1%

26,7%

46,6%

20,3%

10,2%

19,1%

16

15

15

Mexico

82.767

247.229

10,8%

13,1%

9,8%

4,1%

7,3%

-1,0%

5,8%

17

19

19

Spain

80.165

198.466

-4,3%

-15,4%

-18,8%

-22,3%

-10,6%

-14,4%

-12,1%

18

20

18

Argentina

72.203

236.950

6,5%

-7,1%

-13,2%

-7,5%

7,3%

-8,1%

-2,5%

19

17

17

Iran

73.703

210.603

-18,7%

-17,0%

-17,0%

-11,3%

-10,0%

-5,0%

-7,7%

20

24

20

Turkey

68.774

152.604

-25,3%

-14,4%

5,0%

-8,7%

16,9%

6,0%

12,4%

21

18

21

Saudi Arabia

66.775

193.525

10,5%

19,5%

19,9%

24,1%

17,4%

16,0%

17,9%

22

22

25

Belgium

58.155

164.118

-12,4%

-13,0%

-10,9%

-22,5%

1,9%

-11,2%

-0,4%

23

23

22

Malaysia

57.622

157.665

-13,3%

19,8%

1,7%

15,6%

6,1%

11,9%

18,3%

24

21

23

South Africa

52.390

156.323

9,1%

11,7%

9,7%

5,8%

-2,9%

-2,2%

1,4%

25

25

24

The Netherlands

40.774

132.141

-6,6%

10,1%

-21,5%

-25,6%

-26,5%

-30,5%

-29,3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 25

7.223.205

18.558.975

4,4%

10,0%

6,4%

6,7%

-3,6%

0,6%

3,7%

 

 

 

Total World

7.963.495

20.651.050

4,3%

9,4%

5,8%

6,3%

-3,3%

0,0%

3,2%

Data referred to Iran are our best estimate, while all other countries are elaborated on last official released.

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