Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Americas Car/Vehicle Production By Nation : 2014

by on May 31, 2017
The Ford Escape, made in the US

The Americas had a 6% decrease for car manufacturing and 8% down for vehicle production. The main problems were Brazil and Argentina, two nations not doing well economically. They don't export enough vehicles to spread the risk so to speak, and the vagaries of Latin economies are well known.

Cars: The USA isn't a big car making nation, relying more on trucks. Only Mexico had an increase, and it is closing in on Brazil. Canada worries about not getting new factories, but that is a problem in all Western nations, apart from the US and that has slowed up.


Car

1011121314Nation2014%+ / -

11111USA4,253,09843.3%-3%

22222Brazil2,314,78923.5%-15%

33333Mexico1,915,70919.5%8%

44444Canada913,5339.3%-5%

55555Argentina363,7113.7%-28%

66666Colombia68,4530.7%-8%

77777Venezuela3,9590.0%-76%






Total9,833,252-6%

Total Vehicles: The USA makes over half of all vehicles made in the Americas, increasing its share in 2014. Mexico passed Brazil and deservedly so. Its open policy on trade deals is paying off handsomely, something Brazil could learn from. The worrywart Canadians can take heart that they was actually an increase in vehicle production.

Vehicle

1011121314Nation2014%+ / -

11111USA11,660,69954.8%5%

33332Mexico3,365,30615.8%10%

22223Brazil3,146,11814.8%-15%

44444Canada2,393,89011.2%1%

55555Argentina617,3292.9%-22%

66666Colombia68,4530.3%-8%

88887Ecuador24,3220.1%0%

77778Venezuela7,8590.0%-71%

9----Chile








Total21,283,976-8%

Data source: OICA.

Summary: The production growth for the Northern part of the Americas is currently favouring Mexico. South America depends on the economies they are made in. The Mexican car industry is the star of the American auto production landscape. Low labour costs and and trade agreements seem to be the reasons.
Surprisingly the Honda CR-V is built in the US, Canada and Mexico

China - A Two Edged Sword

by on May 31, 2017
Chinese owned Volvo. A rare chance for technology transfer 

The way the car industry is moving, I wonder about how it is managed. It is a huge employer and and a massive part of industry and commerce. All to give us personal transportation. It is unprecedented in history and not sustainable the way it is done. What are some of the pitfalls?

One is China. It has fuelled growth and profits but the growth is about over. The Chinese government set up a system that would see a transfer of technology to China but that hasn't happened as expected. Criticism of foreign firms is now the norm. Where that will lead I don't know but the whole situation is uncertain. Car makers are still building plants like the growth will just go on. Yet some cities are so congested, that restrictions are being applied to limit car ownership. 

So why the drive to keep building? There is a fear of having insufficient capacity to meet the market. There is still growth and the money to be made is too tempting not to chase. Reduction in import duties would allow car companies to regulate the situation better, only building plants once the demand was assured. The way things are set up, it is very incertain. If growth dies totally then any car maker in the process of expanding will get caught. The gravy train could also come to its end at the whim of a government decree. The only card car makers hold is the technology. When that has been played and Chinese firms get to understand how important a good brand reputation is....

The whole situation is based on greed. Everyone involved in it is making big money on it, both within China and the foreign car makers. The road ahead could get bumpy for those who have much invested there. It has all the hallmarks of a two edged sword.

Asia/Pacific /Vehicle Production By Nation : 2014

by on May 31, 2017


I didn't bother to do a car list as well because there isn't that much difference. This region is more about car making so just did total vehicles. Going back fifteen years to 1999, China accounted for under 11% of vehicle production. Now it close to 50%! Japan had nearly 60% of the volume back then but is now near 20%. So a lot of change over the years, but less in recent times.

Other notable changes is South Korea reaching 17.4% in the year 2000 (now 9.6%) and Taiwan 1.8%  that year (now 0.8%), Thailand 5.6% just two years ago (now 4.0%) , and Australia 1.9% in 2003 (now 0.4%). The total has gone from 16.8 million in 1999 to 47.4 Million in 2014. That represents 52% of global vehicle production in 2014, up from 29% in 1999. This region has become the main hub of vehicle making worldwide.


Vehicle

1011121314Nation2014%+ / -

11111China23,559,09049.7%7%

22222Japan9,774,55820.6%1%

33333South Korea4,524,9329.6%0%

44444India3,840,1608.1%-1%

56555Thailand1,880,0074.0%-23%

77666Indonesia1,298,5232.7%8%

65777Iran1,090,8462.3%47%

88888Malaysia596,6001.3%-1%

99999Taiwan379,2230.8%12%

1010101010Australia180,3110.4%-16%

1111111111Pakistan146,1300.3%3%

1212121212Philippines60,2200.1%15%

1313131313Vietnam41,5000.1%1%






Total47,372,1003%

Data source: OICA.

The Cost Of Motoring

by on May 31, 2017

Recently FCA (Fiat Chrysler) CEO Sergio Marchionne criticised the auto industry for being too fragmented, making it less efficient than it should be. He said it was risky not to cooperate more as costs increase. The industry is spending a lot on getting CO2 emissions down and looking at alternative fuel options. Add to that the new technologies making cars ever more complex and prices simply cannot come down. Margins in the mainstream sector are paper thin as it is.

He is right and I have commented here before about it. So much cost is wasted by duplicated R&D, costs that could be shared better. It's an expense that someone has to wear, either the car maker or the consumer. However there are moves in the right direction but not enough for Sergio. I think he is impatient with the progress FCA is making and wants to work with others more than they do with his company. This is slowing him down.

Now on to the cost to the consumer. Cars are too expensive. It's not just the outlay, nor fuel, servicing, insurance or registration. The big killer is depreciation. If they cost less to buy, then that would lessen depreciation as reduce costly monthly payments if using finance.

So with ever greater economies of scale why are prices not lower? Beyond what has been mentioned, most cars are simply more than most motorists need. If I bought a new car tomorrow it would have far more features than I want. That applies to a wristwatch, cellphone or computer too. The difference with a car is instead of costing me tens of dollars more, it adds up to hundreds or - more likely - thousands. 

Consumers wear the high cost of car ownership so they get what they deserve. I personally resent giving up so much hard earned money to pour down the new car sink hole. If more people held off buying and made their over-engineered and over equipped vehicle last longer, or even gave up car ownership for public transport, then maybe the industry would have to rethink how it operates. I just can't see that happening.

Cadillac Global Car Production By Model : 1993-2014

by on May 31, 2017
When writing about a marque you know nothing about and gaining data from different sources means that care is required. Below is a breakdown of production by models as best as I understand it. Underneath the chart is an explanation of the models. I have many US readers and others who may be knowledgeable on the marque so please leave a comment if you can clear up anything of add something of interest.

YearXTSXTSCTSATSELRXLRCateraFleet'dTotal

DTSSTSEldo'doBLSAllant



De VilleSeville






1993113,95045,22523,6252,250
29,750214,800
1994138,10041,52525,950


20,550226,125
1995110,27538,72523,675


13,450186,125
199695,47537,25020,125


9,400162,250
1997115,27532,85021,775



169,900
1998105,20056,57514,400

25,750
201,925
199988,92538,90017,650

16,500
161,975
2000118,97528,02512,050

17,725
176,775
200198,42525,4259,600

300
133,750
200286,85023,42549,800


160,075
200382,97515,62559,250
1,725

159,575
200463,45020,50071,525
5,325

160,800
200563,92536,57565,2001253,525

169,350
200656,67524,75061,0253,2753,050

148,775
200752,22518,82555,9252,7751,350

131,100
200832,55014,80086,3251,2001,450

136,325
200912,8002,95036,500
225
52,475
201021,0251,42564,050



86,500
20116,5251,90064,925



73,350
201228,47548,25026,275


103,000
201344,00024,52537,225300


106,050
201447,65022,27531,7251,875


103,525

De Ville / DTS / XTS: The Deville model range goes back to 1958 and the 7th generation De Ville came out in 1994, using a platform shared by the Seville. This large premium car was replaced by the 8th and final of this nameplate in 2000. From 2005 it became the DTS, and from 2012 the XTS. The XTS is smaller than its predecessor but it also replaces the STS.


Seville / STS / XTS: The mid sized Seville started life in 1975, this list encompassing the 4th generation that was released in 1992. After the 5th generation that was produced between 1998 and 2004, it became the STS. US production ended in 2011 and in China 2013. The XTS replaced it and the DTS, with production shown under the latter model. 

Eldorado / CTS: I recall having a Dinky car Eldorado, yellow and a convertible. I think it was the 54-56 2nd generation model. I digress. The name started way back in 1952, and by 1992, the 10th generation was being made. It was the last in the series and by now they were shorter in length than earlier examples. By now it was classified as a 2-door coupé with what I consider the best looking with clean lines. The CTS came in 2002 and the 3rd incarnation came out in 2014 as a mid sized 4-door car.

BLS / ATS: The BLS was a compact premium car based around the Saab 9-3. Made in Sweden, it came as a 4-door car and 5-door wagon. It was a poor seller and GM must have lost millions on it. It was made between 2005 and 2009. It was also assembled in Russia and I am unsure if the above figures include those from Russia and why 2009 production is nowhere to be found. Then came the US made ATS in 2012.

ELR: This unusual inclusion into the range is an up market plug-in hybrid compact coupé. What a mouthful! The drive train is based on the Chevy Volts and the car sells in tiny numbers as expected I'm sure.

Allanté / XLR: This compact 2-seater roadster had its body panels made in Italy by Pininfarina, which were then flown to the US to have the chassis and engine fitted. It was made form 1986 to 1993, so just made the list above. It was revived in 2003 as a halo model named the XLR.

Catera: Made in Germany, this large 4-door car was the same as the Omega model sold in Europe. The engine was made in the UK and transmission France, making it a pan-European effort. It went from 1998 to 2001.

Fleetwood: The last model to be considered here ran from 1984 to 1996, which was a large premium model. The first generation was produced either as a 2-door coupé and 4-door car, the 2nd generation from 1993 a car only.

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