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USA and China continue dynamic growth

Berlin, 17 December 2013

The international passenger car markets proved to be in a very good mood in November. Passenger car sales in China rose by nearly one quarter last month. Positive growth was also seen in demand on the traditional automotive markets: the US light vehicle market expanded by almost 9 per cent, while Japan recorded an increase of around 17 per cent. In Western Europe, new passenger car registrations rose by nearly 1 per cent. As expected, there were renewed falls in demand in Russia (-4 per cent), Brazil (-3 per cent) and India (-10 per cent).

November sales of light vehicles (passenger cars and light trucks) in the USA showed a year-on-year rise of almost 9 per cent, to a good 1.2 million vehicles. Last month brought the best November sales figures since 2003. The government shutdown in October caused many new car purchases to be postponed to November. At 656,700 units, sales of light trucks in November rose by just over 11 per cent. Sales of passenger cars climbed by nearly 6 per cent to reach 581,600 new vehicles. This year so far, demand for light vehicles in the United States has risen by a good 8 per cent (14.2 million units). Sales of light trucks have increased by more than 11 per cent (7.2 million new vehicles). Sales of passenger cars have gone up by a good 5 per cent to almost 7 million units.

In November new registrations on the Japanese passenger car market soared by almost 17 per cent to 378,600 new vehicles. However, this year sales have so far remained 2 per cent below last year’s level, totalling 4.2 million units.

The Chinese passenger car market is continuing its uninterrupted success. In November around 1.6 million new vehicles were sold, which was a good 24 per cent up on the same month last year. The total for the first eleven months of 2013 came close to 14.7 million units, more than 22 per cent above the figure for the same period last year.The market share going to the German group brands is currently just over one fifth.

The Indian market for passenger cars, on the other hand, showed a fall of more than 10 per cent compared to November 2012. Sales came to 201,500 units. Vehicle sales during the period since January have also failed to reach last year’s level – they have decreased by a little over 7 per cent to nearly 2.4 million units.

In Russia the light vehicle market recorded another month of shrinkage. The total number of vehicles sold in November came to 232.000, almost 4 per cent under the level seen in the previous year. From January to November, sales of new light vehicles dropped to around 2.5 million units – which represents a reduction of more than 6 per cent.

The Brazilian light vehicle market also cooled off somewhat in November. New registrations fell by nearly 3 per cent to 288,500 units. Yet this year so far, the light vehicle market in Brazil has almost kept up with last year’s volume: in total a good 3.2 million vehicles were newly registeredin the first eleven months of 2013(-1 per cent).

New passenger car registrations in Western Europe recorded a slight year-on-year rise in November, growing by almost 1 per cent to reach 910,600 new vehicles. This means the Western European market expanded for the third month in succession. Demand for passenger cars dropped a little in Germany (-2 per cent), France (-4 per cent) and Italy (-5 per cent) last month. By contrast, the positive trend continued in the UK passenger car business (+7 per cent). In Spain, car sales showed double-digit growth for the third time in succession (+15 per cent). Double-digit increases also occurred on the car markets in Greece (+31 per cent) and Portugal (+23 per cent). Since January 2013, new passenger car registrations in Western Europe have amounted to about 10.7 million vehicles, i.e. have fallen by nearly 3 per cent. However, whereas the first half-year saw sales almost 7 per cent down on last year’s level, new passenger car registrations recovered in the second half-year (up to November) by a good 2 per cent.

In the new EU Member States new passenger car registrations continued to increase. At 64,700 units, demand rose by just over 3 per cent. So far this year passenger car sales have fallen by a good 1 per cent (687,900 units).

New Passenger Car Registrations/Sales

  November 2013 January - November 2013
  Units Change 13/12 in % Units Change 13/12 in %
Europe (EU27+EFTA)* 975.300 0,9 11.360.900 -2,8
European Union (EU-27)* 938.000 1,2 10.945.400 -2,7
W. Europe (EU15+EFTA) 910.600 0,8 10.672.900 -2,9
New EU Countries (EU11)* 64.700 3,3 687.900 -1,5
Russia** 232.000 -3,6 2.513.200 -6,4
USA** 1.238.400 8,6 14.179.400 8,3
Japan 378.600 16,7 4.203.100 -2,0
Brazil** 288.500 -2,9 3.243.700 -1,4
India 201.500 -10,2 2.367.800 -7,4
China 1.569.600 24,1 14.651.300 22,2
*without Malta
**Light Vehicles
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