World Car Group Ranking in August with Toyota Group outpacing the Renault-Nissan alliance in second place, behind the Volkswagen leadership. SAIC Motor is the fastest growing group, up 57%) doing better than Geely, 13th and up 26.5%.
Global Market Trend
Global light vehicles market kept growing in the first eight months of the 2018, while clouds related to the introduction of import duties, driven by Trump’s government, are progressively changing the global outlook and the growth is uncertain in future. However, year to date 2018 global light vehicles sales have been 61.9 million (+3.0%) with August at 7.37 million (+2.7%).
The milestone of 100 million vehicles in a single year expected for the 2019.
|Market||Sales First Half||Sales July||Sales August||Sales 2018||Variation First Half||% July||% August||% YTD 2018|
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 7.1 million sales (+8.5%), with July up 12.2% and August +13.9%.
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 August there was a shift for the second place, now taken by Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Scion) with 6.64 million sales (+1.7%), with July up 2.7%. The brand is fast-moving in Thailand (+30.4%), South Korea (+26.2%), Spain (+13.8%), Argentina (+12.8%), while is losing in Saudi Arabia, Philippines and Turkey (again, mentioning just the biggest countries).
In third place the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Dacia, Lada, Infiniti, Datsun, Renault Samsung, CMC, ZNA) with 6.63 million sales (+5.0%)..
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.
In fourth place the General Motors Corporation (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Ravon, Wuling, Baojun) with 5.6 million sales (+0.3%), with July -4.5% and August -13%. 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 4.87 million sales (+5.7%). Among the fastest growing markets are China, Russia, Spain, France, Netherlands.
In sixth place the Ford Motor Company ( Ford, Lincoln) involved in sharp times with 3.66 million sales, down 6.8%. Operations in China are killing the brand (-38.2%) but others negative figures are reported for Turkey, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Philippines.
In seventh place Honda Motor Group (Honda, Acura) with 3.41 million (-1.0%). 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 3.12 million sales (+1.6%), having gained 4.0% in July and 9.6% in August.
In ninth the French P.S.A. (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall, DS) with 2.54 million sales (+2.0%), driven up by Iran, Netherlands, Poland, Chile, Greece.
In 10th place Suzuki Corporation (Suzuki, Maruti) with 2.14 million (+8.4%).
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||Group||Sales 2018||Sales August||Variation 2018||Variation August||Share 2018||Share August|
|3||3||Renault Nissan Alliance||6.631.826||828.843||5,0%||15,6%||10,9%||11,3%|
|21||20||Great Wall Motors||494.395||51.081||-17,2%||-21,4%||0,8%||0,7%|