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May 12, 2015

Brazil's Business Environment: Consumption in Economic Slowdown

250_brazilBusiness-v1.0On the surface, Brazil looks like an attractive market. It is the seventh largest global economy and has a population of 200 million, with high consumer expenditure and high demand for commodities.
But Brazilians are spending less, industrial confidence is deteriorating, and inflation is rising, meaning a future of slow growth and economic recovery.

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May 3, 2015

India’s Car Market Returns to Growth; Potential to be the World’s Third Largest Market by 2030

Neil-KingAnalyst Insight by Neil King - Automotive Analyst

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Back in October 2012, I highlighted why the Indian car market would ultimately ride out the perfect storm that was raging at the time and return to growth. As expected, car sales did decline in 2013, by 6.9%, but already returned to growth in 2014 and India ultimately has the potential to overtake Brazil, Germany and even Japan by 2030 - thus becoming the third largest car market in the world. The small car and SUV segments should be especially appealing for carmakers as far as portfolio planning is concerned but both a physical and psychological presence is needed to capture the hearts and minds of the wave of consumers beyond Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore that rising incomes will enable to afford a new car.

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April 24, 2015

What's Next for the Russian Automotive Market after the Opel Exit?

Car sales in Russia were down 36% in the first quarter of 2015 after the end of purchase incentives in December, bit the Russian government has now pledged 10 billion Rubles to support the industry, so we expect to see some recovery in the market. Foreign manufacturers may take advantage of this situation as an opportunity to gain traction in this volatile market. Watch the video for complete insights.

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March 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Migrant Workers and Mid-Income Group Drive Record Sales of Cheap Cars

Arunas-UmbrasasAnalyst Insight by Arunas Umbrasas - Industrial Analyst

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Saudi Arabia’s booming automobile market powered through the global sales slump over 2009-2013 and is set to register roaring growth over 2013-2019. Surprisingly, sales expansion is being fuelled not by sales of bespoke Rolls-Royces but by low-cost vehicles, which are increasingly popular among mid-income Saudis and foreign workers. Dynamic growth has already attracted major brands from China such as Geely, which capitalised on robust growth to expand market share by catering to low-cost vehicle buyers. As leading competitors continue to launch new models and more foreign workers arrive in the Kingdom, car sales will only grow further during the forecast period.

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March 24, 2015

Digital Trends: March 2015 - Payments, Cars and Music

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Alternative revenue channels are becoming increasingly saturated as technology companies compete in additional digital segments, created as technology saturates consumers day-to-day lives.  This podcast examines this theme, focusing on the payments, automotive and music entertainment industries. Listen for complete insights.

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March 8, 2015

1.2 Million Electric Vehicles on the Road Globally by end 2015

Neil-KingAnalyst Insight by Neil King - Automotive Analyst

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Registrations data on electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) - including BEVs (battery electric vehicles), EREVs (extended-range electric vehicles and PHEVs (plug-in hybrids) - reveals that a total of 324,000 ECVs were registered in 2014 in the key markets of Europe (European Union and EFTA combined), China, Japan and the US. Ordinarily, the vehicle parc equates to around 10 years’ worth of sales but this rule of thumb does of course not apply to electric vehicles given that they have only been widely available for the last few years. Given this, the size of the electric vehicle fleet at the end of 2014 has been estimated based upon 2013 parc data and 2014 registrations, giving a total number of 700,000 ECVs in use at the end of 2014.

ECV Registrations and Parc, 2014-2015

All ECVs 2014 Registrations 2014 Parc 2015 Registrations 2015 Parc
US 118,773 290,773 160,000 448,519
China 74,763 113,355 110,000 222,238
EU+EFTA 97,791 197,791 125,000 321,177
Japan 32,418 106,542 35,000 140,834
Total 323,745 708,461 430,000 1,132,769

Source: ACEA, CAAM, EVObsession.com, Euromonitor International

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March 6, 2015

Rising Disposable Incomes in Emerging Markets Linked to Increasing Possession of Passenger Cars

Carrie_LennardAnalyst Insight by Carrie Lennard -  Business Environment Manager

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Although ownership of passenger cars varies greatly across emerging markets, nearly every emerging and developing country saw their proportion of passenger cars per household rise from 2009-2014. This was strongly linked to a rise in annual disposable incomes per household in US$ terms in emerging markets from 2009-2014, triggering a rise in automotive sales in key countries such as China and Brazil.

Possession of Passenger Car and Annual Disposable Income per Household in Selected Emerging Markets: 2009/2014

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Source: Euromonitor International from national statistics

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March 4, 2015

The Rising Power of Female Consumers

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The global female population totalled an estimated 3.6 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach 4.2 billion by 2030. Average disposable income amongst women is the highest it's ever been, and women are living longer than men.

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February 20, 2015

The UK Becomes the Latest Country to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads

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Following in the tracks of Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and four US states (California, Florida, Nevada and Michigan), driverless cars can now be tested on public roads in the UK. The UK government has set aside £19 million for four pilot schemes to aid the development of the technology although, according to a BBC article on February 11, “a "test driver" must be responsible for any automated car until the technology matures.” For this testing phase at least then, critical questions such as who is to blame if a driverless car is involved in an accident or commits a traffic violation - exceeding the speed limit or going through a red light for example – are answered. The upshot is that the UK government estimates that driverless car technology will be an industry worth £900 billion by 2025 and is therefore seeking to be a key player, attracting investment in the country and its automotive industry in the process. Additionally, governments have vested interests in supporting the development of automated car technology as it promises to deliver some game-changing non-monetary benefits for broader society.

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January 27, 2015

Estimating Category Leaders in FMCG Industries

Virgilijus NaruseviciusAnalyst Insight by Virgilijus Narusevicius - Senior Data Scientist

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In this article, we have attempted to characterise category leaders across FMCG industries and the typical market shares they achieve. “Category leader” is generally a highly coveted status as it allows price-setting power and a better ability to influence category trends, enables economies of scale and implies a better bargaining power over retailers and suppliers. It also suggests that the company is doing many things right and it is thus rather common to benchmark against the category leaders and study their past strategies. However, category leader shares vary between industries and a successful company in one industry may differ from another.

 

Figure 1: Average Category Leader Share across FMCG Industries

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Source: Euromonitor International

Note:  Retail value sales

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Brazil's Business Environment: Consumption in Economic Slowdown

India’s Car Market Returns to Growth; Potential to be the World’s Third Largest Market by 2030

What's Next for the Russian Automotive Market after the Opel Exit?

Saudi Arabia: Migrant Workers and Mid-Income Group Drive Record Sales of Cheap Cars

Digital Trends: March 2015 - Payments, Cars and Music

1.2 Million Electric Vehicles on the Road Globally by end 2015

Rising Disposable Incomes in Emerging Markets Linked to Increasing Possession of Passenger Cars

The Rising Power of Female Consumers

The UK Becomes the Latest Country to Allow Driverless Cars on Public Roads

Estimating Category Leaders in FMCG Industries