World’s April. BMW up 7%, while the market keeps falling

World Car Group Ranking

World Light Vehicles sales in April declined by 7.2%, with 6.694.638 units sold. Volkswagen Group is confirmed as the market leader, while Toyota holds the second place. BMW signed a remarkable performance (+7%), ranking 12th.


Global Market Trend

The Global light vehicles market in 2018 has broken the growth after seven years losing terrain from the previous year with total sales at 93.6 million units, down 0.7%, well below any expectations.

In the 2019 the market followed the previous year’s negative trend. Indeed, in March sales declined deeply,  registering 8.205.427 units (-7.1%). The Q1 figures were 21.009.192, losing 7.4%. In April the market is still moving down (-7.2%) with 6.694.638 units sold, leading to year-to-date figures are 27.508.643 (-7.9%).


Best Selling Manufacturers

As far as concern the sales aggregated by Manufacturers Group, the year-to-date market podium remains unchanged.

The Volkswagen Group, indeed, is on top, as the previous two years (Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and Bugatti) with 3.2 million sales (-7%), with 12% of market share.

The group has been pushed up by Brazil, Russia and Switzerland – up in double digit – while losing terrain in China, Spain and strongly in Argentina (-52.7%).

In second place the Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Scion) with 3.11 million sales (+1.2%).

The brand is fast-moving in China, Thailand and Saudi-Arabia while down quite heavily in India and Argentina.

In third place Renault-Nissan Alliance (Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Dacia, Lada, Infiniti, Datsun, Renault Samsung, CMC, ZNA) with 2.9 million sales (-6.9%).

The Group is driven up by USA, this month scoring a increase of 7.2%, as well as Spain.  On the other side, it is dragged down by China and Mexico negative performances.

In fourth place the General Motors Corporation (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Ravon, Wuling, Baojun) with 2.4 million sales (-14.8%) losing in double-digit. The Group is difficulty in China, Canada and Mexico (-14.6%). On the brighter side we find Brazil, South Korea.

In fifth place the Korean Hyundai Group (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis) in recovery after the awful 2017, with 2.2 million sales (-4.2%).  Saudi Arabia market is growing fast, while China is strongly declining.

In sixth place the Ford Motor Company ( Ford, Lincoln) involved in sharp times with 1.6 million sales, down 11.8%. China and UK market are worsening the brand.

In seventh place Honda Motor Group (Honda, Acura) with 1.5 million (+3%). Best growing market is India (+23.3%), followed by China.

In eight place  F.C.A. (Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Abarth, Iveco) with 1.4 million sales (-6.8%). The growing market are represented by Germany and Mexico, while China and Argentina are losing in double-digit.

In ninth the French P.S.A. (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall, DS) with 1.1 sales (-12.3%), driven up by Spain and Italy. On the other side, it is declining in Iran and China.

In 10th place Suzuki Corporation (Suzuki, Maruti) with 862.400 (-7%). The group is pushed up by Mexico (+30.8%, while losing terrain in India and Pakistan.

Please bear in mind that data in the report do not include HCV and Bus sales but only cars and LCVs.

YTD 2019
YTD 2019
YTD 2019
11Volkswagen Group3.296.440823.412-7,0%-5,2%12,0%12,3%
22Toyota Group3.115.343764.8491,2%2,7%11,3%11,4%
33Renault Nissan Alliance2.992.471681.973-6,9%-6,6%10,9%10,2%
44General Motors2.463.971581.782-14,8%-14,1%9,0%8,7%
66Ford Group1.622.419412.719-11,8%-7,9%5,9%6,2%
77Honda Motor1.573.457379.8723,0%2,9%5,7%5,7%
1111Mercedes Daimler848.252208.304-3,5%-3,9%3,1%3,1%
1313Geely Group711.150162.748-3,6%-12,6%2,6%2,4%
1719Great Wall310.83368.4895,8%-2,9%1,1%1,0%
1920SAIC Motor272.74776.736-8,8%-2,0%1,0%1,1%
2117Dongfeng Motor223.43948.044-44,1%-43,6%0,8%0,7%
2222Chery Automobile189.24951.423-10,0%-4,5%0,7%0,8%
2425Jac Motors128.99529.645-24,6%-27,5%0,5%0,4%
2527Isuzu Motors116.93025.862-1,5%1,3%0,4%0,4%