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August 14, 2015
Russia’s new car market, once forecast to overtake Germany and become the largest in Europe, is now in freefall. With sales plummeting by 14% in 2014 and expected to again record a double-digit decline in 2015, dealerships and automakers are struggling to innovate and are in talks with the government about support to be provided […]
August 2, 2014
Following the announcement by General Motors (GM) in December 2013 that it is withdrawing the Chevrolet brand from Europe, I commented back in December that this creates space for an affordable GM brand in Europe. This possibility is further supported by the fact that GM is seeking to move the Opel/Vauxhall brands upmarket with models […]
June 14, 2014
Back in September 2012, in the briefing “China’s One-Child Policy is Shaping a New Automotive Landscape”, I discussed the fact that one natural side-effect of China’s one-child policy is a proliferation of smaller households. In fact, half of all homes are expected to have just one or two residents by 2020. Traditional three and even […]
May 4, 2014
In an article on 24 April 2014, the Financial Times reported that “Renault said Europe will see sales growth of between 2 and 3% over the year, a modest rebound from 2013, which was the worst car market for two decades.” This is in line with the general outlook for car sales in Europe in […]
March 27, 2014
GDP growth is commonly used as a key indicator of car demand and in Western Europe annual GDP growth over 2% typically translates into an increase in new car registrations. Economic growth certainly helped to fuel the surge in new car registrations around the region from 2004 to 2007. Since 2008, however, GDP growth has […]
February 1, 2014
During a business trip to Japan towards the tail end of 2013, the ASEAN and MEA regions were of recurring interest to the country’s carmakers. The fact that new car sales at home are in a long-term downward spiral would be enough alone to understand Japanese OEMs’ keen interest in developing new markets. However, this […]
August 14, 2015
Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to experience the greatest population growth and the fastest urbanisation rate of all the world’s regions in the coming decade. This will naturally drive consumer demand overall but with car ownership possible once a household’s annual disposable income exceeds US$5,000, transport is predicted to be the fastest growing category of consumer […]

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