AID Newsletter banner July 2014 the publication for automotive industry executives
Subscribe  |  FREE SAMPLE   Front Page Editions  |  Current Issue page 1  |  BACK COPIES  |  Info  |  REPORTS  |  CONSULTANCY SERVICES  |   CONTACT  |  MEMBERS
BRIC  |  ASIA  |  DIESELS  |  EDITORIALS  |  ELECTRIC  |  NEW PRODUCT  |  PREMIUM BRANDS  |  STOCK MARKET VIEW  |  TRUCKS  |  USA  |  WESTERN EUROPE 

AID NEWSLETTER > ASIA


| SOUTH KOREA
South Korea passenger car sales Q1 2017
Renewed fall in March points to cooler Korean car market

Hyundai-Kia, which has long enjoyed the benefits of a stranglehold presence in its tightly guarded South Korean domestic car market, may have lost some of its former tightly-held grip, but its more than 60 per cent home sales share of this year’s first quarter South Korean car market is likely seen with great envy by many of the world’s other leading carmakers 


  | Japan – Global car hybrid capital
 
| Volkswagen Korea ordered to recall 125,000 diesel fuelled Volkswagen and Audi models

 


 

| JAPAN |  AID EXCLUSIVE
Japan Nissan Note e-Power HybridJapan – Global car hybrid capital?

Last year’s sales of Standard category cars rose by a trendbucking 10 per cent to 1.49 million units, boosting the sector share to 35.9 per cent, a new record for the sector, according to JADA numbers and AID research. Equally revealing, among last year’s top-five best selling cars were two hybrids. Apart from Toyota’s Prius in pole position, third slot in the league went to Toyota’s Aqua, the full hybrid version of a car sold in Europe as the Toyota Yaris. The two Toyota model’s were split by Honda’s N-Box kei-car.


  | China, US and W. Europe live up to autoindustry’s ‘pillars of strength’ reputation
 
| Soth Korea | Diesel Fallout


 

| WORLD |  AID EXCLUSIVE    
China, the US and Western Europe live up to autoindustry’s ‘pillars of strength’ reputation

Testament to their long-standing reputation as the autoindustry’s genuine powerhouse markets, last year’s combined new car sales in the still vibrant main markets of China, the US and Western Europe alone reached a record 54.3m cars, thus accounting for around eight-in-ten of last year’s global new car sales

  

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


 

|

WORLD CAR SALES H1 | AID EXCLUSIVE           
Car sales supplement AID Newsletter First Half 2016China and Europe prop up world car sales but US shows signs of fading

Half-year global car sales rose for the seventh successive time in a row to a new all-time high for this particular 6-months spell, according to AID’s latest half-year statistical car sales supplement. Unlike recent years, following the fallout from the global financial crisis, this year’s continuing growth in global new car sales is driven foremost by China, Western Europe and to a lessening extent by the US. 




  | Japan ploughs its own furrow, home-born hybrids already captured quarter of sales
 
| Global car sales back on track

 



|

SOUTH KOREA  | AID EXCLUSIVE     
South Korea Diesel passenger car sales 2016Diesel Fallout - Reputations, which take years or even decades to build, take just moments to destroy

In Korea, whose comparatively modest overall car market is dominated more than any other major global market by just one domestic automotive juggernaut - Hyundai-Kia - diesel-fuelled cars accounted last year for almost half the new cars sold, rising to a 90 per cent plus sales share for the leading importers Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Little wonder then that Volkswagen’s infamous dieselgate scandal sent shock waves through Korea’s automotive market. 



  | VW Korea ordered to recall 125,000 diesel fuelled Volkswagen and Audi models
 
| Can Europe’s diesel car market heal itself after the crisis?

 


 

|

PREMIUM BRANDS | AID EXCLUSIVE    
China Premium car sales April 2016 AID Newsletter Mercedes BMWMercedes sets another new milestone, outsells BMW in China

Testament to Mercedes’ strapping good health and likely harbinger of what the future holds in store, this April Mercedes set yet another major milestone. Continuing to strengthen its position in this year’s sharp elbowed Chinese premium car market - until fairly recently the main engine of profitability for Europe’s aristocratic old guard - this April Mercedes nudged aside China’s long-standing number two prestige carmaker BMW by the narrowest of margins. 

  | Mercedes dethrones BMW in global prestige car sales arena  
 
| Gloves are off at Mercedes - 2015 car production

 


 

| JAPAN  
Mitsubishi Nissan May 2016Nissan to acquire 34% of troubled Mitsubishi Motors

Japan’s financially healthy Nissan, after first catching Renault’s tossed lifeline back in 1999, now hopes to do the same for its troubled Mitsubishi compatriot. Late last week Nissan said it will spend Yen237bn (€1.92bn) to buy 506.6 million newly issued shares in Mitsubishi Motors adding up to a controlling 34 per cent stake. When the deal is fully ratified later this month, Nissan is given licence to nominate both the chairman of Mitsubishi Motors and a third of its directors. 

  | Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV balloon suddenly takes to the sky  
 
| Mitsubishi, thanks to popularity of Outlander plug-in, already outsells Honda

 


 

|

JAPAN  |  AID EXCLUSIVE    
Japan Hybrid car sales Q1 2016 AID NewsletterJapan ploughs its own furrow, home-born hybrids already captured a quarter of home sales

AID compiled figures reveal that apart from Japan, where Prius-type hybrids are already responsible for one-in-four new car sales, in other major global car markets such as China, Europe and the US, these initially promising looking petrol-electric hybrid cars - a sector dominated by Toyota - have clearly failed to get much traction. 

  | VW Korea ordered to recall 125,000 diesel fuelled Volkswagen and Audi models  
 
| Toyota, with last year’s 10.1% operating margin, outshines all of Europe’s old guard

  

 


 

|

WORLD  |  AID EXCLUSIVE  
World global car sales 2016 Q1 AID NewsletterGlobal car sales back on track

Almost a decade after the global financial crisis, and the subsequent car sales slump in key car sales regions such as Europe and the USA, the once fanciful idea of a quick return to car market normalisation may not have happened. However, and somewhat later than earlier expected, at long last global new car sales appear to have re-joined the market’s long-term intrinsic upward trajectory

  | March new car sales - Just one small step away from near normal health  
 
| Germany’s return to pre-crisis car sales levels

  

 


 

|

SOUTH KOREA | AID EXCLUSIVE
Volkswagen South Korea Diesel October 2015Volkswagen Korea ordered to recall 125,000 diesel fuelled Volkswagen and Audi models  

Bad news, it seems, travels fast. Germany’s scandal-rocket Volkswagen Group, already whacked by a massive recall of some diesel cars in the US and Europe, is now facing a similar fate in Korea. Echoing the humiliation and image-sapping accusation of cheating on a massive scale on US emission tests for some of its diesel cars, last week Volkswagen was also stung by a Won 14.1 billion (€11.5 million) fine in Korea, and ordered to recall some 125,000 diesel powered cars sold there


  | Korea’s car import door finally swings open
 
| South Korea provides Premium-Sector with BRIC market safety net

 


 

>

JAPAN 

Toyota Group Profit margin 2015 Fiscal Year plus history and future Toyota, with last year’s 10.1% operating margin, outshines all of Europe’s aristocratic old guard

Mass market car maker Toyota - despite selling 10.23 million vehicles last year – reveals a level of profitability that most of the world’s leading prestige carmakers would happily chose to brag about. In terms of overall profitability, with a sky-high operating margin of 10.1 per cent during its last fiscal year, Toyota now belongs to the prestige- rather than mass-market category. 

  > Falling Yen poses big threat to US car manufacturers
 
> Belated Japanese love-affair with oh so trendy SUV-Crossovers?

 


 

>

CHINA AID EXCLUSIVE

Hong Kong heavy traffic March 2015 red busLull before the storms
For now at least, China builds cars foremost for its own consumption
  > No immediate end in sight to China’s prestige bonanza


>

CHINA

Mercedes GLA China smallBaby Benz for China’s future
Mercedes plans to boost production of A-Class family cars in China
  > No immediate end in sight to China’s ongoing prestige sector bonanza


>

  CHINA

Ford SUV China dayExcited by Crossovers of all sizes
China’s SUV-Crossover segment stays on the boil - Ford sector sales drive
  > China’s most trendy motors

>

  CHINA

Audi China production 2013 grill and badgeChina’s car production at full throttle
A vintage year for China’s car production after all - Crossovers surge
China’s production growth figures the envy of the world

>

  WORLD

BMW China production small 2014China and US offset flat or declining car production in Europe
China’s production growth figures the envy of the world
  Editorial Iron Man of autoindustry exports

>

  CHINA

 

Chinese flag 2013 Yellow RedBack on heat – can it last?
Vintage 2013 Chinese car sales year ends with a bang
 


>

  CHINA

  Changan SUV red Frankfurt IAAChina’s most trendy motors
Race on for rich pickings in China’s booming SUV-Crossover market

>

  CHINA

  Rolls-Royce China GenevaCar market firing again on all cylinders
China’s car sales pace, instead of slowing as earlier expected, is accelerating

>

  CHINA

 

Lexus China SUVBig Japanese comeback in China
Large September sales gain from Japanese car brands in China


>

  CHINA

 

Mercedes GLA to be also built in ChinaMercedes’ big catch-up drive
Mercedes to double China car production


>

  CHINA

  Audi Q3 China orangeChina’s car sales look easy
Summertime and China’s car sales look easy - Japan Blues persist


top of the page