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China and US lead in 2014 global car production stakes  
Accelerating switch to SUV/Crossovers echoed in last year’s US production

Published: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:45:18 GMT

BMW production Munich plant 2014

Two of the world’s three main car production pillars are now definitely near full strength, but the third major pillar, Western Europe, still looks distinctly wobbly, suggesting that it will be some time yet before the entire global car production structure rests once more on solid foundations.

Better than feared car production figures for last year produced a climate of cautious optimism among the world’s leading car makers. 

They suggest that the heavy cloud cover hovering over key markets such as Western Europe during the past half decade may finally be lifting.

Whilst West Europe’s passenger car production was driving with the handbrake still partly on, all of that slack was taken up by car factories in North America and China, which, with few notable exceptions, were last year working at or near installed capacity limits. 

Last year’s global passenger car production, thanks chiefly to ongoing business as usual in China and a return to pre-crisis demand in the US, rose 3.6 per cent to 77.3 million cars, according to preliminary estimates from the VDA, Germany’s autoindustry federation 
...more 

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> Toyota comes back in leaps and bounds  18 February 2014


> Japan’s green-car subsidy hangover is wearing off  03 Oct 2013


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WORLD new car PRODUCTION by maRKET AND REGION:  
12-MONTHS 2014 v 12-MONTHS 2013


 


 

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