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WESTERN EUROPE | ELECTRIC CAR MARKET |  AID EXCLUSIVE    
West European Tesla and Luxury car sales 2016
Tesla Model S photo finish in Europe’s 2016 luxury sector car sales race

Last year’s European sales race in the status-rich market for the large saloons favoured by senior bankers and bureaucrats ended with a classic photo-finish between the Mercedes’ S-Class - the traditional sector leader - BMW’s 7-Series and Tesla’s Model-S.


  | Europe’s 2017 electric car BEV market off to good start
 
| Zoe was last year’s top-selling BEV in Western Europe

 


 

| BRIC | RUSSIA    
Russian car sales spring in the air

Widely tipped to become one of Europe’s biggest car markets, and after terrifying autoindustry members by its reluctance to escape the lingering car sales slump that had gripped the country for the past four years, Russia’s long endured economic winter chill may be about to give way to warmer spring sunshine. Those with a high locally manufactured content, chiefly Lada, but also to an extent Hyundai-Kia and Volkswagen, were the most notable sales gainers during this year’s opening two months. Toyota and Nissan, so far this year, were two of the biggest losers. The same goes for Germany’s prestige car brands


  | Today’s Russian car sales are running at just half the levels seen in 2013
 
| Lingering gloom as Brazil’s car sales continue to plummet

 


 

| GERMANY    
Audi 2016 world financial results Ingolstadt March 2017
Audi hurt by toxic waves of Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal

Describing this past year as the most challenging in Audi’s history, thanks in no small part to the toxic fallout from Volkswagen’s dieselgate affair and the related financial drain on the company’s resources, for the current year Rupert Stadler – Audi CEO – still offered a return to near normal profitability and a slight rise in unit sales. In short, the optimistic prospect of a return to business as usual. But in more ways than one, for Audi’s CEO 2017 already began on a sombre note


  | Mercedes sets sights on global prestige sector crown and wins 4-years early
 
| 2016 winners are? – Prestige carmakers continue to steal mass-carmakers sales

 


 

| GERMANY    
BMW 2016 Financial results 5-Series PHEVBMW fighting fit, switching into assault mode

BMW, which has long dominated the world’s lucrative luxury car segment together with its blue-blooded German compatriots Mercedes and Audi, completed yet another year with another set of records. And yet, for 2017 BMW promises more of the same. Almost three month into the current year, and no detectable heat loss, for 2017 upbeat BMW is promising new record highs for deliveries, revenues and earnings, accompanied firstly by its imminent intention to go “on the offensive” and secondly by launching its biggest ever new product blitz


  | Audi hurt by toxic waves of Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal
 
| Mercedes sets sights on global prestige sector crown and wins 4-years early

 


 

| HYBRIDS | AID EXCLUSIVE   
Hybrid car sales Western Europe 2016
Hybrid sales share in Western Europe and US reach near identical 2%

Petrol-electric hybrids, historically best typified by Toyota’s pioneering Prius, may have taken Japan’s car market by storm, where they already attract one-in-four sales, but in Europe’s diesel dominated car market these petrol-electric hybrids have clearly failed to get off the ground and in consequence have languished in the long familiar wallflower position, at least until now


  | Japan – Global car hybrid capital
 
| Europe’s 2017 electric car BEV market off to good start

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Matthias Schmidt Editorial Portrait
Consequences of a falling diesel share – rising CO2 levels

"Although environmentalists like to read the news these days, with diesel car sales shares falling in near synchronised fashion across the vast majority of West European car markets, it is worth taking a brief look at Germany’s February KBA passenger car sales data. With February’s sales share of efficient diesel engines falling to a new recent low of just 43.4 per cent, Germany’s CO2 emissions from cars rose during the same month. That’s a 0.2 per cent rise to 127.7g/km according to KBA data. That’s in spite of a near doubling in February’s BEV electric car sales and a recent record month for hybrid car registrations"
Matthias Schmidt
| Analyst



 
| Hybrid sales share in Western Europe and US reach near identical 2%
  | Europe’s diesel car market is continuing to crumble

 


 

| PRODUCTION | AID EXCLUSIVE   
Germany car production exports by destination 2016
Germany’s car exports to China dwarfed by UK

AID compiled figures reveal that the allure of driving a status-rich car made by one of Germany’s prestige sector brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Porsche could potentially be wearing thin. These top-of-the-tree cars are now so popular on Britain’s crowded roads that they could conceivably defeat the purpose for which they were originally bought



  | Car production still lags behind global car sales pace
 
| There’s more to cost-effective car production than low wage costs

 


 

| PRODUCTION | AID EXCLUSIVE   
World car production 2016China turbo-charged last year’s global car production

Global production of passenger cars in 2016 may have kept pace with world-wide demand, but last year’s turnout from the various car production regions was decidedly mixed, with VDA figures showing a wider than usual divergence in the fortunes of last year’s leaders and laggards 


  | Germany’s car exports to China dwarfed by UK
 
| Car production still lags behind global car sales pace

 


 

| EUROPE | AID EXCLUSIVE  
Febraury car sales Western EuropeFebruary’s hiccup slows underlying car sales expansion to a trickle

Provisional February news has arrived from West Europe’s car showrooms and was good rather than thrilling. The good news, AID compiled figures reveal, is that this year’s car sales season has started with two successive months of rising sales. The not so good news is that February’s sales gain, coming on the heels of a hot 9.5 per cent surge this January, was just under 1 per cent, suggesting that the region’s long-running car sales recovery run may be about to come to a screeching halt. But it’s not quite what it seems


  | Europe’s 2017 car market off to a flying start
 
| New car sales in Western Europe return to highest annual sales level since pre-crisis 2007

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| WORLD  
Passenger CAR PRODUCTION
  |  By market and region 2016 v 2015
| WESTERN EUROPE 
HYBRID CAR SALES
  |  By top selling models 2016
| WESTERN EUROPE 
HYBRID CAR SALES
  |  By country 2016 v 2015
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By country February 2017 v February 2016
|  By country 2-Months 2017 v 2-Months 2016
 
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer February 2017 v February 2016
|  By manufacturer  2-Months 2017 v 2-Months 2016
| FRANCE 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer February 2017 v February 2016
|  By manufacturer  2-Months 2017 v 2-Months 2016
| GERMANY  
Passenger CAR PRODUCTION EXPORTS
  |  By manufacturer 2016

 

| EUROPE | DIESELS |  AID EXCLUSIVE  
West European diesel passenger car sales share 2017Europe’s diesel car market is continuing to crumble

Fading demand for diesel powered cars, likely fuelled in large part by an intensifying drumbeat of anti-diesel media reporting and insinuations of forthcoming discriminatory measures specifically aimed against diesel cars like inner city driving bans, have evidently sunk their teeth into a segment that until recently still accounted for just over half of West Europe’s new car sales


  | Diesels at the Crossroads 49.5% 2016 West European diesel share
 
| End is near – final hammer blow in VW’s US Dieselgate affair

 


 

 

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