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 PREMIUM CAR SALES CHINA  
China Premium car sales full year 2017 sales Audi Mercedes BMWAudi, after hot 11th hour sprint, regains China’s prestige car sales crown

Audi, taking a leaf out of Usine Bolt’s rule book for winning the top prize time and time again, may have started slowly in last year’s closely watched Chinese car sales year, but in sight of the finish line the Ingolstadt prestige car maker ended China’s full-year 2017 car sales race with a blistering hot finish, placing it for the year once more ahead of rivals Mercedes and BMW 


  | Mercedes already sold more cars in China than during the whole of last year
 
| Audi claws back August prestige sector crown in China

 


 

| FULL ARTICLE | EDITORIAL
Peter Schmidt AID Newsletter Journal Report WarwickGermany’s average CO2 emissions from cars have plateaued

"If recent trends of average CO2 emissions from cars in Germany are any guide, chances are that some of today’s carmakers will miss the EU’s obligatory 2021 CO2 targets by some margin. In consequence, they have to face up to the unsavoury prospect of paying massive future fines. But help is on the way. Some experts now believes that a small single-digit sales share from both electric cars and plug-in hybrids (BEVs & PHEVs) are the silver bullet for avoiding the impending steep financial fines"
 
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Consequences of a falling diesel share – rising CO2 levels
  | Mitsubishi has highest plug-in sales share in Europe


 

|  W. EUROPE | DIESEL   
October diesel car sales Western Europe data and trendsEurope’s November diesel car market slips into deeper decline

Yet another sharp drop in November’s West European diesel car sales threatens to derail the autoindustry’s obligatory efforts to comply with the EU’s tough 95g/km fleet average levels by 2021. That was the sobering message from AID’s monthly report of European car sales trends which suggests that Europe’s new car buyers are now dumping their discredited diesel cars far faster than earlier anticipated. 


  | Diesel scrappage incentives drive Germany’s rush-back to petrol fuelled cars
 
| Europe’s diesel car sales slump runs into October

 


 

|  WESTERN EUROPE    
West European full year 2017 car salesWest Europe’s 2017 car sales up 2.5% to 14.3m - best turnout since 2007

AID compiled figures reveal that dealerships across the seventeen West European markets registered some 1.02 million cars in December last year. Compared with the same month of the previous year, that’s a fall of 5.4 per cent, bringing the number of cars sold in Western Europe last year to 14.3 million units. While on the one hand last year’s West European new car market has lost much of its initial thunder during the second half, the 2.5 per cent advance to 14.3m units surprised most sceptics who at the start of last year expected only a minor rise in last year’s regional new car sales 


  | Car sales sun still shines in all of continental Europe
 
| October sees 4.6% rise in West Europe’s car sales

 


 

|  GERMANY | DIESEL     
Germany 15 year diesel trendDiesel scrappage incentives drive Germany’s rush-back to petrol fuelled cars

Although Germany’s 2017 domestic car sales fortunes ended on a high, with last year’s total sales rising 2.7 per cent to 3.55m units, diesel car sales went off a cliff. A sign of underlying consumer car buying trends, Germany’s December diesel car sales plunged by nearly a quarter (-24.1%), cutting Germany’s full year diesel car sales share to just 38.8 per cent. Aside from statistically distorted 2009, that’s Germany’s way and ahead lowest annual diesel car sales share for 14 years. The reasons for the sudden wholesale dumping of diesel-fuelled cars are not terribly difficult to identify 
 


  | Europe’s diesel car sales slump runs into October
 
| Diesel storms prompt consumer longings for petrol safe haven

 


 

DATA TABLES AND GRAPHS INCLUDED WITH THIS ISSUE
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By country December 2017 v December 2016
|  By country 12-Months 2017 v 12-Months 2016
| EUROPE 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer December 2017 v December 2016
|  By manufacturer 12-Months 2017 v 12-Months 2016
| UNITED KINGDOM 
CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer December 2017 v December 2016
|  By manufacturer 12-Months 2017 v 12-Months 2016
| EUROPE 
DIESEL CAR SALES
  |  By country November 2017 v November 2016
|  By country 11-Months 2017 v 11-Months 2016
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC BEV CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer November 2017 v November 2016
|  By manufacturer 11-Months 2017 v 11-Months 2016
| EUROPE 
ELECTRIC BEV CAR SALES
  |  By country November 2017 v November 2016
|  By country 11-Months 2017 v 11-Months 2016
| WORLD 
PREMIUM CAR SALES
  |  By manufacturer December 2017 v December 2016
|  By manufacturer 12-Months 2017 v 12-Months 2016

|  By major market December 2017 v December 2016
|  By major market 12-Months 2017 v 12-Months 2016


 

|  USA LIGHT-VEHICLE SALES   
VW Group US sales record 2017Volkswagen Group picks itself off the floor, on track for best US sales this year

Volkswagen’s widely anticipated arduous struggle in the US to get back onto its feet after the worst crisis in its history, and its subsequent phoenix like rise from the ashes will likely end up as a classic business school case study.  The view that Volkswagen’s North American vehicle operation, thanks to dieselgate, has plunged it into what ranks as its worst and potentially life-threatening crisis is without debate 


  | Top three selling SUVs in US last year came from Japanese manufacturers
 
| Volkswagen takes West Europe’s October electric car sales crown

 


 

|  ELECTRIC CAR SALES  | EUROPE |  AID DATA  
Germany leading BEV sales in NovemberGermany, Europe's largest market for electric car sales in November... ahead of Norway

Setting a new milestone, this November Germany headed Europe’s electric (BEV) car sales chart, according to AID’s provisional round-up of November’s West European BEV market. With 3,031 pure electric cars hitting Germany’s roads for the first time this November - a near threefold jump in monthly sales - Germany nudged aside Norway into the unfamiliar second position 


  | Volkswagen takes West Europe’s October electric car sales crown
 
| Mitsubishi has highest plug-in sales share in Europe

 


 

| EUROPE | PLUG-IN VEHICLES |   AID DATA      
European plug-in sales by manufacturer 2017Mitsubishi has highest plug-in sales share in Europe

Mitsubishi, thanks in large measure to the striking popularity of its Outlander PHEV – today’s top selling PHEV in Western Europe - has the highest plug-in share in Western Europe. Some 17.2 per cent of the new cars sold by Mitsubishi in Western Europe during the ten months to October this year were fitted with an electric plug. That’s 15,800 sold plug-in cars, made up almost entirely of the company’s still popular Outlander PHEV, according to exclusive AID sales estimates 


  | Volkswagen takes West Europe’s October electric car sales crown
 
| Mitsubishi Outlander still leads Europe’s PHEV model sales league

 


 

| EUROPE | 4WD SALES MIX   
4WD sales trend Western Europe history to 2017Europe’s hottest 4WD car sales year on record

Sales of 4WD passenger cars in Western Europe - made up of SUV-Crossovers and conventionally bodied cars like Quattro-drive Audi saloons and estates - are virtually guaranteed to reach yet another new record in 2017. AID forecaster believe that this year just over 2 million new 4WD fitted cars will be sold in Western Europe, thus setting yet another new all-time regional sales record


  | In Europe, demand for four driven wheels has never been higher
 
| 4WD take-up rate in Europe’s recovering car market hits yet another all-time record

 


 

 

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