World’s car market up 5% at February 2013. Indian market is declining.

Following the anomalous January performance, in February the World’s light passenger vehicles market (cars, pick-ups and light commercials) sales were 6.0 million units, down 3.6% from last year, with cumulate sales at February of 12.64 million, up 5.2%.

The Top 25 World’s Car Markets sales in February were 5.34 million sales, down 4.3% with year-to-date sales up 5.5% from last year.

The main fact raised by last month statistics is the Indian market negative performance followed by further negative expectations for next months. Increased fuel price, inflation rate and high interest rate are penalizing car consumers and the demand looks weak.

Cumulate sales in China at 3.4 million vehicles were above any expectation, but the 16.0% year-on-year increase looks not sustainable for the rest of the year.

USA, Japan and Brazil performance was more in line with forecast, in spite of the South American giant declined 5.7% in February, partially offsetting the 17.5% increase posted in the previous month.

No news from Europe means bad news: Germany posted a double digit drop, as France, Italy and Netherlands. The United Kingdom was up 8.4% (the drop in 16th place in the ranking was due to low seasonality) while Russia growing speed is near to the end while Turkey confirmed the start of a new positive cycle.

There are few markets running towards a new all-time volume record: China, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

In the table below, the exclusive focus2move Top 25 World’s Car Market report, featured, since the February 2013 edition, by Automotive News:

Rank Feb

Rank Jan

Rank 2012

Country

Feb

Ytd Feb

Q2 2012

Q3 2102

Q4 2012

Jan

Feb

Ytd Feb

1

1

1

China

1.393.027

3.429.991

9,3%

4,5%

10,4%

45,5%

-8,6%

17,3%

2

2

2

USA

1.192.299

2.235.491

16,2%

13,9%

10,3%

14,4%

3,8%

8,5%

3

3

3

Japan

476.548

859.384

65,5%

18,2%

0,0%

-5,9%

-6,1%

-6,0%

4

4

4

Brazil

222.496

519.349

0,0%

16,3%

7,7%

17,5%

-5,7%

6,3%

5

5

7

India

217.849

452.084

9,3%

3,4%

9,8%

-4,7%

-17,3%

-11,2%

6

6

5

Germany

213.800

420.150

0,1%

-7,0%

-5,6%

-9,0%

-10,8%

-9,9%

7

7

6

Russia

210.666

372.743

11,7%

12,9%

2,1%

5,8%

2,3%

3,8%

8

8

9

France

173.779

328.082

-6,6%

-11,8%

-14,6%

-14,1%

-11,6%

-12,8%

9

11

13

Thailand

129.877

255.694

58,4%

65,7%

205,6%

65,0%

43,6%

53,4%

10

10

12

Italy

116.782

238.407

-19,9%

-22,6%

-17,8%

-18,3%

-18,1%

-18,2%

11

12

11

South Korea

109.295

226.008

-3,4%

-12,4%

6,1%

5,0%

-11,4%

-3,6%

12

14

10

Canada

103.341

198.786

6,3%

5,9%

2,5%

-2,1%

-3,2%

-2,7%

13

15

14

Australia

90.218

175.648

14,2%

6,6%

12,6%

11,4%

5,2%

8,2%

14

17

16

Indonesia

90.164

173.869

47,6%

9,7%

36,0%

31,1%

22,6%

26,5%

15

16

15

Mexico

80.193

164.462

13,1%

9,8%

4,1%

11,9%

7,3%

9,6%

16

9

8

United Kingdom

75.909

235.601

3,8%

6,8%

6,2%

11,5%

8,4%

10,5%

17

18

17

Iran

71.376

138.451

-17,0%

-17,0%

-11,3%

-8,0%

-8,0%

-8,0%

18

19

21

Saudi Arabia

68.082

133.151

19,5%

19,9%

24,1%

28,0%

22,0%

24,9%

19

22

19

Spain

64.013

118.307

-15,4%

-18,8%

-22,3%

-10,4%

-10,6%

-10,5%

20

13

18

Argentina

59.823

164.747

-7,1%

-13,2%

-7,5%

-3,4%

7,3%

0,2%

21

23

23

South Africa

50.849

103.933

11,7%

9,7%

5,8%

10,0%

-2,9%

3,3%

22

21

25

Belgium

50.346

106.498

-13,0%

-10,9%

-22,5%

11,4%

3,0%

7,3%

23

24

22

Malaysia

44.977

100.043

19,8%

1,7%

15,6%

40,0%

6,1%

22,4%

24

25

20

Turkey

43.390

78.913

-14,4%

5,0%

-8,7%

20,2%

5,0%

11,4%

25

20

24

The Netherland

36.423

91.474

10,1%

-21,5%

-25,6%

-30,1%

-26,3%

-28,7%

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

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