Weak kei cars keep dragging down Japanese new car sales in August

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Japan’s new car sales continued to be feeble in August due to continued weak registrations of mini vehicles, although the drop was less pronounced than in July. Regular cars were up slightly. Imports to the allegedly closed market continue to look healthy. [Continue Reading]

Japanese new car registrations dragged down by kei cars in July

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Japan’s new car registrations were down 7.6 percent in July, according to data by industry associations. Sales continue to be dragged down by mini vehicles. Regular cars were down slightly. Imports to the allegedly closed market are strong. [Continue Reading]

Drop in Japanese new car registrations levels off, keis still suffer

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New car registrations in Japan dropped only 2.2 percent in June, an improvement over May when sales contracted by 7.6 percent. Healthy gains in the regular car sector were drawn down by minivehicles, which have to digest pulled-forward sales due to a tax rise in April.

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EU new car market goes sideways again

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After showing signs of life in March and April, the EU new car market went back to going sideways in the month of May. Across the EU, registrations were up a paltry 1.3 percent to 1,109,893 units, Europe’s manufacturer association ACEA reports. [Continue Reading]

Mini vehicle hangover brings Japanese car sales down

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Japan’s new automobile registrations were down 7.6 percent in May. It was the mini vehicles that brought the market to its knees, after a change in taxes had caused a run on kei cars in the first quarter. Mini vehicles were down nearly 20 percent in May. Regular vehicles were up 1.4 percent. [Continue Reading]

Europe’s new car sales April: The awakening

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The European new car market is coming back from the near-dead. April passenger vehicle registrations in the EU were up 6.9% to 1,166,482 units, says the European Automobile Manufacturers Association ACEA, and it adds that this was “the best result in terms of volume for the month of April since 2009.” Four months into the year, new passenger car registrations increased by 8.2 percent. [Continue Reading]

Japan new car sales, April 2015: Pulled-forward Kei cars pull sales down


Registrations of new automobiles in Japan dropped 7.5 percent to 319,482 units, consolidated data released by industry associations show. The culprit was a sudden cooling of Japan’s love-affair with the mini vehicle. [Continue Reading]

World’s Largest Automakers 2015: No change in position, no edging

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Analysts, including DailyKanban, gave Volkswagen good odds to overtake Toyota this year, and to take the top spot in the World’s Largest Automakers ranking. Then, peak cars made itself felt. Not just Toyota, also #2 Volkswagen and #3 GM have slowed down markedly, and by the end of the first quarter, the ranking hasn’t changed. [Continue Reading]