The situation on the international markets displayed marked contrasts again in June too. The dynamics in the Chinese market were confirmed once more in the past month. Sales rose by almost 15 percent by comparison with June 2012. The good consumer mood in the USA booseted sales of light vehicles as well (+9 percent). Russia (-11 percent), Japan (-12 percent) and Brazil (-11 percent) showed double-digit reductions in June. Sales in India dipped by 5 percent. As expected, the markets in Western Europe remained weak (-6 percent).
Developments in China’s car market remained dynamic. The sales volume in June reached almost 1.3 million new cars, a rise of around 15 percent compared with the figures for the same month in 2012. From January to June 2013 car sales were about 21 percent above the level for the first half of 2012 – with altogether 7.7 million vehicles being sold. The German group brands were able to continue their success story on the Chinese market. In the year to date they have increased their market share by 0.5 percent to a good 21 percent.
In the United States demand for light vehicles grew by a good 9 percent to almost 1.4 million units in June. In particular there was a rise in the number of light trucks purchased – with a plus of almost 12 percent sales increased to 709,400 new vehicles. The car segment grew by around 7 percent (687,900 units). In the first half of the year as a whole, demand for light vehicles in the USA expanded by a good 7 percent to just under 7.8 million. Sales of light trucks achieved a plus of more than 11 percent (3.9 million new cars). Car sales also rose by 4 percent to just under 3.9 million units.
By contrast, car sales in India this June did not reach the level of last year’s figures – the number of new cars sold dropped to 196,700 units (-5 percent). In the first six months of the current year sales dipped to a good 1.3 million new vehicles, a reduction of almost 10 percent.
Last month’s new car registrations on the Japanese market were down by a good 12 percent (378.700 new vehicles). This was partly attributable to the high level attained last year. In the first half of this year car sales dropped by a good 8 percent to 2.3 million units.
In Russia the market for light vehicles declined by about 6 percent in the first half of 2013 to altogether a good 1.3 million vehicles sold. In June the Russian light vehicles market shrank by 11 percent. Altogether 241,300 vehicles were sold. The market share of the German manufacturers in Russia remained stable at a good fifth.
In the past month sales of light vehicles in Brazil dipped by 11 percent to 303,100 units – however this is probably due above all to the very high volume in the equivalent month last year. New car sales in June 2012 rose substantially as a result of stimulus measures introduced by the Brazilian government. From January to June 2013 the Brazilian light vehicles market grew by around 5 percent to 1.7 million vehicles.
In June this year the demand for cars in Western Europe fell by a good 6 percent compared with the equivalent month last year (1.11 million vehicles). New car registrations in Germany dropped by almost 5 percent, while demand in France declined by a good 8 percent and in Italy by almost 6 percent. In Spain new registrations only dipped slightly by just under 1 percent. The UK market was once again able to grow distinctly – sales of new vehicles there grew by over 13 percent. This was the third double-digit growth rate in sequence. Positive signals were also received from the smaller west European car markets. In Denmark (+19 percent), Portugal (+18 percent) and Finland (+14 percent) the demand for cars also displayed double-digit growth figures compared with the same period last year. Altogether new car registrations in Western Europe in the first half of 2013 were around 7 percent down on the same period for last year (6.1 million units).
The markets in the new EU Member States also suffered from weak demand. In June new car registrations contracted by almost 7 percent (66,700 units). In the first half of 2013 there were altogether 374,400 new car registrations in the new EU Member States – representing a drop of a good 7 percent.
|June 2013||January - June 2013|
|Units||Change 13/12 in %||Units||Change 13/12 in %|
|European Union (EU-27)*||1.134.000||-5,6||6.205.000||-6,6|
|W. Europe (EU15+EFTA)||1.108.600||-6,2||6.062.400||-6,6|
|New EU Countries (EU11)*||66.700||-6,7||374.400||-7,2|