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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE  

West European 1st half passenger car sales 2015June sees 22nd successive car sales  gain in a row

After the unexpectedly firm start to this yearís West European car sales season and just a momentary pause for breath in May, when underlying car recovery growth slowed notably to just 0.2 per cent, last month the market seems to have regained its stride with June sales growing at the fastest pace since September 2013 

  > West Europeís May car sales grow at slowest pace in 18 months
 
> Ford of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

In-depth Skoda Auto image AID Newsletteräkodaís first million - Spotlight on one of Europeís biggest gainers

From caterpillar to butterfly - äkoda stands out as one of the few all-round success stories in Europeís cut-throat mass car market. Whichever way true and sustainable commercial success in todayís car world is measured, Volkswagenís äkoda brand stands out as an outstanding winner on all counts. 

  > Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self
 
> Renault - Le rebound

 


 

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NETHERLANDS  AID EXCLUSIVE 

Mercedes C-Class 350 e PHEV Netherlands sales volumePlug-ins capture 6.4% of Netherlandsí May car sales

In Europeís largely bleak looking PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) landscape, latest signs are that the Netherlands is showing some promise of becoming a regional hot spot for PHEVs, thus emulating to an extent the closely watched role now played by Norway as the unquestioned King player in the global market for pure electric cars 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europeís hybrid capital

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Honda HR-V plus Honda sales history Western EuropeIn Europe Honda is taking a battering

In every edition AID now pays close attention to the European failures and successes of one particular carmaker Ė this time itís Hondaís turn... 

  > Ford of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes
 
> Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

Jeep sales 2015 Western EuropeReborn Jeep brand already outsells both Lancia and Alfa Romeo brand in Europe

Good news is that May saw the 21st successive rise in West European car sales. The not-so-good news is that last month the market barely grew at all. AIDís non rose-tinted view is that Mayís abrupt slowing in the marketís rate of advance to a mere 0.9 per cent could easily be attributable to two fewer working days in the month than in May last year 

  > Toyota, with last yearís 10.1% operating margin, outshines Europeís old guard
 
> Nissanís European streak continues, outsells Toyota in February

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

West European May car sales 2015West Europeís May car sales grow at slowest pace in 18 months

Good news is that May saw the 21st successive rise in West European car sales. The not-so-good news is that last month the market barely grew at all. AIDís non rose-tinted view is that Mayís abrupt slowing in the marketís rate of advance to a mere 0.9 per cent could easily be attributable to two fewer working days in the month than in May last year 

  > Italian consumers are back and buying
 
> Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS

Ford of Europe in depth report small image AID NewsletterFord of Europe fails to shake off crippling sales woes

Characterised by a continuing erosion in market share and awash in red ink, in Western Europe things have not quite gone the Ford way in the past few years, or for that matter the past couple of decades. During the whole of last year, with its car market share skidding to a new record low of just 7.3 per cent, Ford of Europe posted a pre-tax loss of $1.06bn followed by a pre-tax loss of $185m during this yearís first quarter. 

  > In depth report: PSA - Hard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self
 
> Innovate or die - All is not lost for Europeís long-squeezed volume carmakers

 


 

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SPAIN

Spain car sales history AID NewsletterMay sees Spainís 21st successive car sales gain in a row

Spanish patient finally responds to treatment, but it will be some time yet before the convalescing patient will again walk totally unaided. 

  > Italian consumers are back and buying
 
> Europeís car market remains on course for sunnier climes

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE

PSA Passenger car sales history in-depth reportHard-pressed PSA remains mere shadow of its former self

The good news for PSA Peugeot-CitroŽnís newly arrived bigwigs is that in terms of financial health PSA has been wheeled out of intensive care, thanks in large measure to vital cash injections from both Dongfeng and the French government. The not so good news is that PSA is still struggling to get decent prices for its cars, thereby limiting its endeavours to make some decent returns on the now closely watched profitability side of its business 

  > Peugeot-CitroŽn, dragged down by DS brand, slips to all-time low in Europe
 
> All is not lost for Europeís long-squeezed volume carmakers

 

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE

Renault Group West European market share historyRenault - Le rebound

This April, combined sales of Renault and Dacia rose notably faster than the already fast recovering overall car market. In a clear break with recent sales patterns, it is not the Dacia budget brand that set the fastest pace, but the Renault brand. Renaultís West European April sales, kept in the fast lane by high ongoing demand for its remarkably well received Captur Crossover, rose 15.8 per cent.  

  > French August car sales shrink to lowest level in decades
 
> Renault, thanks to new Twingo, now ranks among Europeís biggest gainers

 


 

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ITALY

Italy passenger car sales April 2014 UNRAE AID NEWSLETTERItalian consumers are back and buying

Like Turinís Juventus F.C, which is back in the Champions League final for the first time since 2003, Italyís car market, after spending half a dozen years out in the wilderness, is now also in the throes of making a well orchestrated comeback 

  > Italyís long-battered car market to rise at long last Ė gas in retreat
 
> Less pain in Spain - Strong recovery but car sales still remain off pre-crisis levels

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE

Mercedes 4x4 4 Matic image and graphEuropeís ongoing love-affair with 
4-driven wheels

Europeans, it seems, have not only retained their passionate love-affair with latest SUV-Crossovers, which still stand out as the regionís hottest sector, almost the same goes for consumersí unwavering appetite for all-wheel 4x4 drive vehicles of all types 

  > Switzerland - Europeís 4WD capital
 
> Wallet-friendly Small-Sector based Crossovers now all the rage in Europe

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE

West European 4x4 share all-wheel drive shareEuropeís unstoppable rise of SUV-Crossovers 

SUV-Crossovers of all sizes, including an avalanche of taller than average models based on otherwise cheap and cheerful small cars are still attracting much of the buying among European consumers who, it appears, are still pursuing todayís trendy taste for the outdoor lifestyle. 

  > Wallet-friendly Small-Sector based Crossovers now all the rage in Europe
 
> Belated Japanese love-affair with oh so trendy SUV-Crossovers?

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE 

April West European Passenger car sales AID Newsletter Exclusive figuresApril Passenger Car Sales
Europeís car market remains on course for sunnier climes

Figures compiled by AID show that West Europeís car market has started to recover some of its kick. After growing firmly for the past twenty months, this April saw yet another 6.8 per cent rise, thus keeping the market on track for a markedly better than earlier expected full year turnout. 

  > PSA hits rock bottom
 
> All is not lost for Europeís long-squeezed volume carmakers

 


 

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WESTERN EUROPE  

Peugeot badge close-up 2015 Paris Motor ShowPeugeot-CitroŽn, dragged down by DS brand, slips to all-time low in Europe

The casual observer of West Europeís comparatively lively car sales scene could be puzzled by the mixed signals being sent out by PSA. While Peugeot did well to keep its first quarter sales in line with the overall market, its newest baby, the CitroŽn-based DS brand, was left way behind in the dust.
> All is not lost for Europeís long-squeezed volume carmakers


 

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EXCLUSIVE FOR AID NEWSLETTER READERS
WESTERN EUROPE  

In depth car sales section each month AID NEWSLETTERNissan Mitsubishi European sales analysis 2014 2015Innovate or die
All is not lost for Europeís long-squeezed volume carmakers
 
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Middle ranked players make most of the running


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WESTERN EUROPE

Autostadt Wolfsburg European car sales March 2015Is this the first sign of a great European turnaround story? Q1 European Sales
While Europe has picked up steam this year, US Light-Vehicle growth has  slowed 
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Renault, thanks to new Twingo, ranks among gainers


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WESTERN EUROPE

Opel Corsa Renault Twingo European sales 2015Burst of spring sunshine for Europeís fast-melting car market
Marchís near 11% car sales gain shines light on Europeís notably faster than feared recovery
  > Nissanís European streak continues, outsells Toyota


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE  

Western Europe SUV Crossover market share 2014 plus historySUV-Crossover sales just keep rising
Wallet-friendly Small-Sector based Crossovers now all the rage in Europe
  > Mitsubishi, thanks to Outlander PHEV, outsells Honda


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WESTERN EUROPE

Renault and Dacia sales trends 2015Le bounce back
Renault, thanks to new Twingo, now ranks among Europeís biggest gainers
  > Poor European car sales year ends on upbeat note


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UNITED KINGDOM / HYBRID AID EXCLUSIVE

UK hybird car sales 2014 - UK Toyota PriusUK - Europeís hybrid capital
UK, in sales volume, remains Europeís leading hybrid car market
  > Early adopters - Fall in Norway's November PEV sales


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WESTERN EUROPE / HYBRID AID EXCLUSIVE

West European Hybrid car sales by country graphicIn Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
Hybrid cars made up only 1.6 per cent of last yearís West European new car market
  > Sub $50 oil delivers blow to electric car industry


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WESTERN EUROPE

Toyota Nissan logos togehterNissan - Weíre back
Nissanís European streak continues, outsells Toyota in February
  > Nissan outsells Toyota - W-Europeís September market


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WORLD AID EXCLUSIVE

World car production 2014 by market USA China China and US lead in 2014 global car production stakes
Accelerating switch to SUV/Crossovers echoed in last yearís US production
  > For German carmakers Britainís roads paved with gold


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UNITED KINGDOM AID EXCLUSIVE

German car production going to UK 2014 For German carmakers Britainís roads are still paved with gold
50% plus - UK market share of German manufacturers in 2014
  > Audi likely to retain UKís prestige car sales crown


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE

Mitsubishi Mirage and Outlander January 2015 Mitsubishi, thanks to popularity of Outlander PHEV, already outsells Honda
Near doubling in Januaryís W. European sales
  > Outlander PHEV balloon suddenly takes to the sky


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE

West European full year passenger car sales trends 2014 and history Poor European car sales year ends on upbeat note, AID compiled figures reveal
Car sales recovery in Western Europe has now seen 15 successive months of unbroken growth
  > Europeís November car sales pace slows to a trickle


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GERMANY

Porsche hybrid plug-in badgeJust 2,273 hybrids sold in Germany in November
You can lead a horse to water, but you canít make it drink
  > Europeís EV sales grow at slowest pace in 10 months


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NORWAY / ELECTRIC AID EXCLUSIVE

Norway electric car sales history by month graphic Limit to early adopters - Fall in Norway's November PEV sales
Has Norwayís dizzying rate of electric car sales growth peaked?
  > Europeís EV sales grow at slowest pace in 10 months


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GERMANY AID EXCLUSIVE

West European Annualised car registrations 2014Europeís November car sales pace slows to a trickle
Lacklustre flow of new car sales data for Western Europe continued in November
  > Soon half the Porsches sold will be SUV-Crossovers


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UNITED KINGDOM

UK Audi sales history to 2014Rings of confidence
Audi likely to retain UKís prestige car sales crown for second year running 
  >Boil to simmer - World prestige car sales
 


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UNITED KINGDOM

London The Mall traffic Summer 2014Rekindled car love-affair
Britain first to emerge from Europeís long drawn out car sales drought 
  >Middle ranked players make most of the running
 


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WESTERN EUROPE / ELECTRIC AID EXCLUSIVE

West European Electric car sales history Mar-Oct 2014 Europeís October electric car sales grow at slowest pace in 10 months
Germany and France main drag on regionís electric car sales growth
  > Norway's Electric Car Scene - Is this as good as it gets?


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SWITZERLAND

Swiss 4WD car sales history share 4WDs still pulling Swiss car buying crowds
Switzerland's 4WD car sales share almost guaranteed to touch the record 38 per cent mark 
> By historical Swiss standards, 2013 was a good year
 


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WESTERN EUROPE / PREMIUM  BRANDS

Porsche graph small sales history Western Europe For Porsche this yearís Christmas will be merrier than ever
Porscheís long-standing 2007 car sales record in Western Europe will be pulverised this year
  > All about the right product - Porsche


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WESTERN EUROPE

Mass market manufacturers Europe 2014Middle ranked players make most of the running
Europeís forgotten midfield players find their voices again
  > European PHEV lift-off


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WESTERN EUROPE

Head-up display October car sales Western EuropeWest Europeís car sales train regains momentum in October
Buoyant Britain, Spainís ongoing scrappage incentives spark 5.8% October car sales rise
  > West European passenger car recovery back on steam


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WESTERN EUROPE / PHEV AID EXCLUSIVE

Mitsubishi European Outlander PHEV sales Graphic trendsEuropean PHEV lift-off
Mitsubishiís Outlander PHEV balloon suddenly takes to the sky

  > September electric car market - Mere blip or lasting change in trends?


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WESTERN EUROPE

Skoda badge Geneva motor show grilläkoda rides to the rescue of VWís fading car arm
VW now forecasting Group operating return on sales between 5.5% and 6.5% in 2014
  > Richer mix lifts Mercedes Q2 car profits more than a third


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE

Tope selling hybrid cars Western EuropeHybrid bannerWest Europe's hybrid car market - Big mountain to climb
Starting gun fired to, but buyers not listening
  > Wasnít Europe supposed to be a dying diesel market?


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GERMANY

Berlin Germn traffic World Cup GolfGerman autumn offensive
Volkswagen fires big opening broadside in home car marketing war
  > French August car sales shrink to lowest level in decades


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WESTERN EUROPE

Nissan Toyota W. European sales trends 2014 Nissan outsells Toyota in West Europeís September car market
For 3rd time this year, Nissan overtakes Toyota as biggest Japanese car seller in W- Europe
  > Nissan about to topple Toyota in Europe?


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WESTERN EUROPE

Paris Bastille traffic 2014 OctoberWest European passenger car recovery back on steam
Healthy 5.7% rise in September car sales eases fears of slowing European car sales recovery
  > French August car sales shrink to lowest level in decades


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WESTERN EUROPE  AID EXCLUSIVE

Bentley bonnet badgeBentley diesel on the way?
Bentley tells AID Newsletter that it is currently evaluating the possibility of also offering a diesel option
  > More than half the Maseratis sold in Germany so far this year are diesels


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FRANCE

French car sales historyFrench August car sales shrink to lowest level in decades
August new car sales mark lowest level for this particular month since AID records began
  > Less pain in Spain 


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WESTERN EUROPE

Volkswagen car lift Wolfsburg GermanyVW steps up European car sales drive
AID reports on the most notable winners and losers in West Europeís largely static August car market
  > Volkswagen No 1 in Europe, safety in numbers


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE

Nissan about to leapfrog Toyota in EuropeNissan about to topple Toyota?
Nissan may be about to dethrone Toyota as biggest Japanese seller of cars in Europe
  > Chinaís SUV-Crossover segment stays on the boil - Ford sector sales drive


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UNITED KINGDOM

JLR logos AID graphicCatís new set of sharper teeth - Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover dethrones Porsche as most profitable prestige carmaker 
 
> Chinaís still booming luxury car market lifts JLR into orbit


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE

VW flags 2013Volkswagen No 1 in Europe, safety in numbers
AIDís exclusive survey of notable winners and losers in Julyís bloody West European car sales wars  
 
> First hurrah for Opelís determined comeback?


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WESTERN EUROPE AID EXCLUSIVE

VW production work Zwickau GermanyWest Europeís July new car sales grow for 11th time in a row
New car sales in July were 5 per cent higher than a year ago and have now risen for eleven successive months, AID compiled figures reveal  
 
> Europe sees 10th good car sales gain in a row Ė June up 3.8%


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GERMANY

BMW profits Q2 running manCatch me if you can Ė BMW is flexing its muscles
Great strength, healthy ongoing growth and stellar premium-sector leading 11.7% 2nd quarter margin 
 
> STOCK MARKET VIEW | BMW expected to continue hot profit streak


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GERMANY

Mercedes Daimler Q2 profits S-Class coupeRicher mix lifts Mercedes Q2 car profits more than a third to Ä1.4bn
Mercedes-Benz Cars hasnít missed a beat since the beginning of this year
 
> Mercedes starts new year with a bang


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SPAIN

Spanish flag 2014 car marketLess pain in Spain
Strong recovery but car sales still remain miles off pre-crisis levels
 
> ITALY - Bounce back from the bottom


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GERMANY

Are we witness to the slow death of the cabriolet? 
VW Eos Cabriolet roof openGermanyís SUV-Crossover demand, regardless of financial crisis, continues to climb to higher and higher levels
 
> Crossover sales feast - records just keep tumbling


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WESTERN EUROPE

First hurrah for Opelís determined comeback? 
Opel logo graphic AID Newsletter smallWhichever way latest West European car sales figures are analysed, GMís long-battered Opel/Vauxhall offshoot now resembles a brand that is slowly on the mend
 
> Opel-Vauxhall sales show signs of†turning the corner


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WESTERN EUROPE

Renault Group, in photo finish, nudge aside Peugeot-CitroŽn in Juneís W-European car market†
Renault model range 2014 smallAIDís provisional figures reveal a 20 per cent surge from the Renault brand, accompanied for good measure by yet another blistering advance from its no-frills Romanian Dacia brand
 
> Hard slog underway to reach West Europeís pre-crisis car sales levels


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WESTERN EUROPE

Europe sees 10th good car sales gain in a row Ė 
June up 3.8%

Bridge Lisbon Portugal 2014Halfway through the current year sales have already topped year ago levels by 5.4 per cent
 
> May shows car sales resuming their slow but steady upward trajectory


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WESTERN EUROPE / DIESELS

Diesel still rules
Diesel fuel pump AudiFew of todayís German car buyers are yet tempted by hybrids
 
> Diesel car market, far from wilting, still looks like a garden in bloom


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SWEDEN

Green cars on the rise in Sweden
Sweden flag Volvo houseGreen theme takes root in Swedenís car market, but not at any price
 
> NORWAY - Tax-free motoring beats range-anxiety


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SWEDEN

Volvo failed to capitalise from Saab collapse
Volvo logo Geneva Motor ShowSaabís dive didn't benefit Volvo, the last remaining car maker based in Sweden
 
> Jaguar Land Rover profits surge - Tata run aground


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UNITED KINGDOM

Crossover sales feast - records just keep tumbling
SUV Crossover car collection 2014Fastest growing UK car segment - UKís status-driven followers of fashion 
 
> 4WD cars now account for almost one-in-three new car sales in Norway


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UNITED KINGDOM

Jaguar Land Rover profits surge - Tata run aground
Jaguar logo catJaguar Land Roverís rebound still in full swing, excellent 1st quarter 
 
> UKís unwavering solo move to pre-crisis annual car sales levels


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WESTERN EUROPE

Two-pronged Renault-Dacia assault
Renault badge Trafic sky cloudsFrench carmaker Renault, with a near 18 per cent car sales surge in May 
 
> Renault-Group and Peugeot make flying-start into West Europeís 2014 car sales year

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WESTERN EUROPE

May shows car sales resuming upward trajectory
Milbrook hill circuit Mercedes A-ClassNinth straight month of unbroken car recovery growth, according to provisional AID data 
 
> Hard slog underway to reach West Europeís pre-crisis car sales levels

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UNITED KINGDOM

Smiles all round from UKís VW owners - on the UpVolkwagen on the Up JD Power Survey
In a notable break with the past, in the UKís latest What Car?/J.D Power customer satisfaction survey Volkswagen has at last come up smelling of roses 
> Britainís car sales boom, can it last?

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  WESTERN EUROPE 

West European pre-crisis car sales trendsHard slog underway to reach West Europeís pre-crisis car sales levels
Spain & Italy currently operate at only half the level seen during pre-crisis 2007 
  > Spring is in the air for West Europeís car market

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  WESTERN EUROPE 

New 2014MY Golf Variant Estate WolfsburgWeaker April car sales fuel fears of slowing European recovery
April sales rose by a markedly slower than earlier expected 3.6 per cent 
  > Britainís car sales boom, can it last?

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  ITALY

Italy Fiat Pana 2012 Advert spotBounce back from the bottom
Italyís long-battered car market to rise at long last Ė gas in retreat
  > Life seen in French car market

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  UNITED KINGDOM

Mini 2014MY union Jack UKBritainís car sales boom, can it last?
UKís car shopping spree sees 25 months of unbroken credit-fuelled growth
  > UKís unwavering solo move to pre-crisis annual car sales levels

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  GERMANY

German number plate D BerlinSpring in the air
Optimism strengthens as March shows further German car sales rise

  > Germany back in drive

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  WESTERN EUROPE

x-drive badge mud 2014All-wheel-drive country
4WD cars now account for almost one-in-three new car sales in Norway

  > Europeís love-affair with 4WD

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  FRANCE

Peugeot 208 Paris 2014Life seen in French car market
Peugeot, after sinking to an all-time home low in 2012, comes out fighting
  > Lame recovery replaces European slump; China worries mount

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  GERMANY

Germany Berlin Volkswagen eGolfGermany back in drive
Strengthening green shoots spotted in Germanyís recovering car market
  UKís unwavering solo move to pre-crisis annual car sales levels

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  GERMANY

Auid grill badge prototype Geneva 2013Audi takes pause for breath
Like leading premium brand rivals, Audi has weathered recent economic storms with next to no damage
  Mercedes starts new year with a bang

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  WESTERN EUROPE

Opel Adam Rocks rear badge Geneva yellowOpel-Vauxhall, this February, shows signs of turning the corner
GMís European Opel-Vauxhall offshoot had been written off as a basket case
  SEATís Cava has regained its sparkle

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  SWITZERLAND

4WD badge Dacia Duster SwitzerlandEuropeís 4WD capital
By historical Swiss standards, 2013 was a good car sales year
In Europe manuals rule, but steady inroads from more fuel-efficient automatics

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  WESTERN EUROPE

Audi Q5 production 2014 Ingolstadt Germany smallWhat European Auto Crisis?
ĎMade in Germanyí - German production lines kept humming
  German-made cars rule Britainís roads

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  WESTERN EUROPE

Renault badge motorshow stand 2013French spring offensive
Renault-Group and Peugeot make flying-start into West Europeís 2014 car sales year

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  WESTERN EUROPE

VW up Frankfurt motor show 2013Off to a good start in January
2014 car sales year starts with glass half full Ė W-Europeís January car sales edge up 4.6%

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Smart Union Jack traffic United KingdomHey big spender
UKís unwavering solo move to pre-crisis annual car sales levels


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  WESTERN EUROPE

  Mercedes C-Class 2014MY DetroitWhat downturn? 
Europeís prestige sector records just keep on tumbling - Mercedes fightback

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

SEAT badges Geneva Auto Show 2013On the rebound
SEATís Cava has regained its sparkle Ė still behind past peak, but catching up fast


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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Snowed in street Berlin GermanyNovember car sales W- Europe
Europeís November car motor dogged by renewed misfire


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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Stick change still dominates
In Europe manuals rule, but steady inroads from more fuel-efficient automatics
 


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  WESTERN EUROPE

UK heavy traffic Europeís Novemberís car sales
Novemberís new car sales in Western Europe barely grew at all

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  WESTERN EUROPE

  Hyundai sales fall in OctoberIncentives blur true competitive picture 
Hyundai, like Volkswagen, appears to have cut back incentive spending

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  WESTERN EUROPE

New Mini 2014MY Union Jack coloursCar market takes right turn
W-Europeís car market finally moves out of intensive care

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

West Europeís car sales activity continued to expand in October
Better October car sales lift gloom, 3rd rise in four months


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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

September car sales rise 5.5%
Higher September sales likely turning point for European car market

 

Western Europe AID graph quarterly new car sales


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  WESTERN EUROPE

SEAT Exeo production SpainFirst flickers of light on horizon
Even Europeís worst hit markets now bouncing off the bottom

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  WESTERN EUROPE

  Renault Clio grill orange dustGloves are off at Renault and Ford
Boxed into a corner, some of Europeís strugglers are fighting back

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  EU EUROPE

 

Exhaust smoke EU CO2German spanner in the works
Germany blocks 2020 EU introduction of 95g/km car emission law 


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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Car market teeters between recovery and relapse
Has Europeís weak car sales comeback slipped off the rails?

 

West European August car sales history


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  WESTERN EUROPE

Frankfurt Motorway traffic jam 2013Bumps in the road to recovery
West Europeís August car market slips back into decline - blip or trend?

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  WESTERN EUROPE

  Looking for missing VW sales during AugustHas Volkswagen run out of puff?
Volkswagen finds trouble in European car sales push

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Good July car sales Ė despair turns to hope
Are these the first signs of Europeís long-awaited car sales recovery?

 

AID Graph July European car sales history


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  WESTERN EUROPE

Traffic Germany Berlin 2013Gloom is beginning to lift
July sees first recovery signs in Europeís previously worst hit car markets

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  WESTERN EUROPE

  VW badge Frankfurt IAA 2011 Up!VW winning streak suffers setback
VW takes foot off accelerator in Europe, but SEAT and äkoda take up slack

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  WESTERN EUROPE

  FOrd Focus 1 litre carPetrol motor with diesel thirst
Ford Focus first petrol-fuelled car with sub CO2 100g/km emissions

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

W-Europe's June car sales down just 6.2%
Gloom begins to lighten

 

Quarterly West European New Car Sales movements


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  WESTERN EUROPE

Ford blue oval Geneva 2012Ford fighting against the tide
In June, Ford of Europe has sprung back to life, but 9.7% adrift at half-time

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Dacia MCV Geneva 2013Budget brands all the rage 
In France, Dacia edges ahead of fast slipping Ford, but suffers June setbacks


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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Skoda badge 2013Dacia Syndrome
Volkswagen also rumoured to be eyeing sub-äkoda budget brand 


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  EUROPE

 

Infinit logo motor show 2013Infiniti - Will Nissan throw towel?
Will Nissan throw the towel on luckless European venture?


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  WESTERN EUROPE

  Angela Merkel behind the wheel VWGerman salvo at EUís 2020 CO2 car emission plans
Favourable Supercredit deal expected to put kick into Europeís electric car market

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Europeís love-affair with 4WD
4WD love-affair shows no signs of fading

 

Western European 4x4 Car Share 2012


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  WESTERN EUROPE

BMW X1 4WD 4x4 Xdrive snowTrendy motors have 4 driven wheels
Europe sees decade and a half of almost uninterrupted 4WD growth

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  WESTERN EUROPE

 

Diesel pump GermanyAusterity hits demand for diesels 
Europeís diesel car demand beaten back slightly by slowing economy


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European new car sales history graphMay car sales frost
Gloom continues to grip car showrooms as May shows further drop in sales




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