World Light Vehicles sales down 4.2% in October 2018 reducing the 2018 year to date gain at a mere 0.8% and projecting the entire year at 95 million. In the competitive arena, the Volkswagen Group maintained the gap from Renault/Nissan and Toyota, duelling for the second seat.
Global Market Trend
The Global light vehicles market has lost steam in the third quarter, after an almost positive first half.
The first effects of new protectionist introduced by Mr. Trump are impacting the global economy and the automotive sector, already involved in the harsh transition to towards electric vehicles, is marking a step. Despite the temporary positive effect of WLTP introduction in Europe the quarter ended down 3%, with September at record lost – 10.6%, with car passenger’s segment down 18% – due to the European fall after WLTP, plus Chinese crisis.
In October global light vehicles sales were at 7.588.974 (-4.2%) with Year to date figures at 77.6 million (+0.8%).
The achievement of the milestone of 100 million vehicles in a single year expected for the 2019, is now at risk.
Best Selling Manufacturers
As far as concern the sales aggregated by Manufacturers Group, the battle for leadership is quite exciting, involving three groups, which aggregate sales of 21 brands and represent near one-third of global vehicles sales.
On top of the list, year to date 2018 as in the previous two years, there is the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and Bugatti) with 9.1 million sales (+3.1%), with October down 10.8%.
The brand this year is pushed up by the restarted operations in Algeria , where a new plant is fully active and sales boomed 548%, South Korea (+459%), by the recovery in Brazil (+32%) while sales are falling is Mexico (-19.3%) and India (-15.6%).
In second place the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Dacia, Lada, Infiniti, Datsun, Renault Samsung, CMC, ZNA) with 8.52 million sales (+1.9%).
Following the conquest of the World’ throne in February and March, in the recent months the gap to Volkswagen increased substantially. The Group is running fast in China, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Argentina and Thailand, mentioning just the biggest markets, while is penalized by US, Mexico, UK negative performance.
In third place Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Scion) with 8.49 million sales (+1.3%).
The brand is fast-moving in Thailand, South Korea, Spain, Argentina, while is losing in Saudi Arabia, Philippines and Turkey (again, mentioning just the biggest countries).
In fourth place the General Motors Corporation (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Ravon, Wuling, Baojun) with 7.1 million sales (-1.1%) having lost in the last three months in a row. The Group is struggling in Mexico, South Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia.
In fifth place the Korean Hyundai Group (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis) in recovery after the awful 2017, with 6.15 million sales (+4.3%). Among the fastest growing markets there are China, Russia, Spain, France, Netherlands.
In sixth place the Ford Motor Company ( Ford, Lincoln) involved in sharp times with 4.76 million sales, down 8.4%. Operations in China are killing the brand (-40.2%) but others negative figures are reported for Turkey, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Philippines.
In seventh place Honda Motor Group (Honda, Acura) with 4.28 million (-1.4%). Fast growing markets are Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam.
In eight place F.C.A. (Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Abarth, Iveco) with 4.07 million sales (-0.2%).
In ninth the French P.S.A. (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall, DS) with 3.46 million sales (-2.1%), driven up by Iran, Netherlands, Poland, Chile, Greece.
In 10th place Suzuki Corporation (Suzuki, Maruti) with 2.67 million (+6.4%).
Please bear in mind that data in the report do not include HCV and Bus sales but only cars and LCVs.
This report is done utilizing data extracted from our GAD (Global Auto Database) the wider Auto Sales Database actually existing in the World, with sales data by region/area/country broken down by type/size/body-style/brand/model from January 2010 to the last month. Data are collected by over 300 sources, including all the official providers (local Minister of Transportations or Associations of car Manufacturers).
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|Rank 2018||Rank 2017||Brand||Sales October||‘+/- Oct||Sales YTD 2018||+/- YTD 2018|
|2||1||Renault Nissan Alliance||793.697||-2,5%||8.522.709||2,0%|
|21||1||Great Wall Motors||94.128||0,4%||692.753||-11,6%|