World’s Top 25 Car Markets down 0.5% in September 2012.

In September 2012, the World’s Top 25 car markets posted a slightly negative performance as effect of many combined factors.

The economic recession had heavily penalized all the European markets and Germany, the 4th world’s market, posted the most negative month of the year, declining 11.1%., while France was 17% down, Italy was down 25.3%, Spain 36.4%, Netherland 26.4% and Belgium 18.7%. Only the Great Britain was positive among Europeans, posting 398.672 sales, up 7.4% and outpacing France in 9th position.

Between Europe and Asia, Russia posted the 30th consecutive year-on-year monthly increase, holding the longest positive string in the world. This month the increase was 10.2% and Russia confirmed its world’s 6th position.

In Asia, the Chinese riots and protests against Japan and Japanese products, severely hit all Japanese brands and the market was down 7.9%. In Japan, after the end of government incentives, the market was stable (-0.5%) after 12 growing month. South Korea, the 12th market, lost 6.6% confirming the negative momentum caused by a slow economy trend. India, the 7th world’s market, grew only 4.1%, still penalized by Maruti short supply.

Again in Asia, Thailand confirmed to be the fastest growing global market, surging 99% and outpacing in the month South Korea and Italy for the 11th position. Others positive Asian markets were Indonesia, 16th, up 5.0% and Australia in 14th position, up 9.0%.

In America, the North area confirmed the momentum, with USA up by 13.3%, Canada, the 10th world’s market, up by 6.4% and Mexico, the 15th market, up by 8.1%.

In the South, Brazil, the 4th world’s market was down 5.4% and Argentina the 18th market, was down 13.2%.

In the year-to-date ranking, three countries had gained a position this month. Great Britain, pushed by strong September seasonality, jumped in 8th position. Turkey, which interrupted in September a long negative string posting a +16.2%, recovered one position, surging in world’s 20th, ahead of Saudi Arab. Finally, South Africa, the only African country in this rank, outpaced Belgium in 24th, posting a 1.8% of increase.

Rank

Country

Sep

Ytd Sep

Q1

Q2

Sep

Q3

Ytd Sep

1

China

1.520.122

13.880.925

-2,9%

9,3%

-7,9%

4,5%

3,4%

2

USA

1.188.899

10.895.822

13,3%

16,3%

13,3%

14,0%

14,6%

3

Japan

446.686

4.230.718

47,6%

65,5%

-0,5%

18,2%

41,0%

4

Brazil

277.614

2.667.343

-0,6%

0,0%

-5,4%

16,3%

5,5%

5

Germany

266.664

2.520.619

1,3%

0,1%

-11,1%

-7,0%

-1,9%

6

Russia

259.582

2.182.045

18,6%

11,7%

10,2%

12,9%

14,0%

7

India

217.956

2.021.968

14,8%

9,3%

4,1%

3,4%

9,6%

9

United Kingdom

398.672

1.807.676

-0,9%

3,8%

7,4%

6,8%

3,1%

8

France

167.469

1.716.866

-19,4%

-6,6%

-17,0%

-11,8%

-12,9%

10

Canada

143.143

1.306.607

8,4%

6,3%

6,4%

5,9%

6,7%

11

Italy

118.950

1.177.634

-22,1%

-19,9%

-25,3%

-22,6%

-21,4%

12

South Korea

127.933

1.116.631

-6,6%

-3,4%

-6,6%

-12,4%

-7,5%

13

Thailand

130.232

996.389

34,5%

58,4%

99,1%

65,7%

53,5%

14

Australia

94.627

815.735

4,6%

14,2%

9,0%

6,6%

8,5%

15

Mexico

79.960

701.900

10,8%

13,1%

8,1%

9,8%

11,2%

16

Indonesia

77.827

695.537

10,4%

47,6%

5,0%

9,7%

21,0%

17

Iran

77.582

693.566

-18,7%

-17,0%

-17,0%

-17,0%

-17,6%

18

Argentina

61.830

644.652

6,5%

-7,1%

-25,6%

-13,2%

-4,6%

19

Spain

40.205

614.185

-4,3%

-15,4%

-36,4%

-18,8%

-12,7%

20

Turkey

69.729

527.464

-27,1%

-14,4%

16,2%

5,0%

-12,4%

21

Saudi Arab

50.985

507.105

10,5%

19,5%

14,0%

10,9%

13,7%

22

Nederland

35.927

475.723

-6,6%

10,1%

-26,8%

-21,5%

-5,3%

23

Malaysia

48.654

464.070

-13,3%

19,8%

14,0%

14,8%

6,4%

24

South Africa

52.775

450.170

9,1%

11,7%

1,8%

9,7%

10,1%

25

Belgium

37.480

429.431

-12,4%

-13,0%

-18,7%

-10,9%

-12,2%

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