However, it was the lowest monthly decline since the introduction of WLTP in September and the second highest January volume of the last 10 years, according to Jato.The decline in diesel sales continued, with volumes down 18% in January and accounting for just 33% of total registrations. Sales of petrol cars rose 2% for the month and now account for 58% of total registrations, almost four percentage points up on January 2018. Alternative fueled vehicle registrations grew by 22% in January, accounting for 7.1% of the total market. Battery electric vehicles (BEV) were responsible for driving this growth, with registrations almost doubling from 10,200 in January 2018 to 19,600 last month. Small SUVs performed well in January with volumes up 13% to 171,700 units. City-cars were the fourth best-selling segment, and also posted an increase thanks to strong results from PSA, Toyota and Renault-Nissan. However, FCA continued to lead, recording almost 30% of the market share. Volkswagen Group … [Read more...] about New car sales in Europe fall for fifth consecutive month
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Nasir Al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz, Iran With Iran agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the end of economic sanctions, carmakers are scrambling to the starting blocks in order to best benefit from the opening of a high-potential market to competition. If you are a regular BSCB reader, you will know that the best-selling cars in Iran are for the most part decades-old designs assembled locally as the lack of true competition in the market has stifled innovation. The domestic best-sellers revolve around just a handful of ageing staples: the Saipa Pride – in essence a 1986 Kia Pride, the Peugeot 405/Pars – a mere facelift of the original Peugeot 405 launched in 1987, the Peugeot 206, Iran Khodro Samand and the new leader: the Saipa Tiba. Tehran, Iran We are therefore potentially on the cusp of a complete reshuffle of the Iranian car market. Freer trade with foreign countries will undoubtedly boost imports and manufacturers will make plans to … [Read more...] about STRATEGY: What future for new car sales in Iran?
Gary McDonald Business Editor 04 October, 2018 15:00 NEW car sales in Northern Ireland reversed by 15.2 per cent in September - blamed in part on a drop in business and consumer confidence due to uncertainty around Brexit. According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 5,365 cars were formally registered during the month, compared to 6,326 in September 2017. In the year so far, 43,772 new cars have vroomed away from local showrooms - a 4.65 per cent drop on where the market was this time last year (45,906). But the declines in Northern Ireland were less pronounced than the UK as a whole, where demand for new cars fell by more than 20 per cent month on month. The SMMT said 338,313 new cars were registered during what is normally one of the industry's strongest months due to the release of new number plates (down from 425,620 in August). Diesel and petrol registrations were down year-on-year, with a modest rise for alternatively fuelled cars such … [Read more...] about Consumer confidence blamed on sharp September slump in new car sales
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Things are not looking good for the supposedly most advanced and technically able auto industry in the world. The day of regulatory reckoning is here, in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. 1st Gear: German New Car Registrations Down 30 Percent Under WLTP For months now the German auto industry has been fearing a new, stricter, set of emissions standards called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Well, the main thing is that WLTP is supposed to be more realistic. Also, as carmakers like Volkswagen are quick to point out, individual models, engine by engine and trim by trim, have to get individually tested now. More realistic, but also significantly more time-intensive. This is what all of Dieselgate was about, the same with Dieselgate’s older brother called Cycle Beating—cars would technically pass emissions tests while being tested, but … [Read more...] about This New Emissions Test Has Completely Blown Apart the German Auto Industry
It’s half-time in the 2018 new car sales race, and a chance to look back at the first six months of the year to see which brands are flying and which are floundering. Private new car sales are down about 5% on the first half of last year, although a lot of that was during the first three months when compared to a record first quarter in 2017. The last three months have seen more stability, and are likely to more realistically predict what’s in store for the rest of the year. The main news topic continues to be the collapse of diesel in the new car market. Despite the ongoing howls from industry lobbyists, it looks like the diesel ship has sailed, and an ever-increasing number of car manufacturers have announced that they will be discontinuing diesel models in coming years. Interestingly, diesel’s market share has stabilised in the last couple of months after about two years of steady falls. From a high point of as much as 55% of total market share, … [Read more...] about New car sales: 2018 half-year report