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Lancia, soaring sales, Honda plant sold - the week

1 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Easter has come around again - traditionally a time to try and remember where we left the mower and barbecue at the end of last summer but, as you may have heard, we already had our two days of summer early this year and week. So, what tickled just-auto readers' fancy this week?

Vehicle markets ready to soar - ANALYSIS

29 March 2021 | Calum MacRae

The proclamation in the headline will seem incongruous to many coming just after the European manufacturers’ trade body, ACEA, has reported that European car sales fell 20% in February. However, the COVID-19 ravaged sales months of March and April 2020 will soon come into play and will bring some headline grabbing figures when year-on-year comparisons are made.

COVID-19 one year on in the auto sector - what have we learnt?

23 March 2021 | Calum MacRae

As the UK marks a year since its first population lockdown and the auto industry - among many industries - reflects on a year of unprecedented turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Calum MacRae offers some thoughts on what has been learnt

February a month of few surprises for West European sales

10 March 2021 | Calum MacRae

February was a month of few surprises for light vehicle sales in West Europe.

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Online car buying boom shows no signs of easing

30 March 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Although the pandemic has triggered a rise of online car buying activity, it confirms to some that latent demand was there all along and consumers just needed an easy-to-use, seamless system to make big ticket purchases. To learn more, we caught up with Tim Smith, Chief Commercial Officer at automotive eCommerce specialist, GForces.

China’s shift to online sales gathers pace

13 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen in China is reporting that sales have recovered sharply after the COVID-19 slump that hit the market hard in the first quarter. It now says there is a big shift towards online sales and reducing human contact in a digital sales process. Michael Mayer, head of sales and marketing for VW in China, provides an update.

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FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

9 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

As we enter a recovery phase around the world, we aim to bring you the latest news and intelligence on the speed, nature and shape of the automotive sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwan sales rise 16% in March

9 April 2021 | editorial team

Taiwan's new vehicle market expanded by almost 16% to 43,222 units in March 2021 from 37,279 units in the same month of last year, according to local reports citing registration data compiled by the directorate of highways.

just-auto Plus only Moving toward a clean-energy future by advancing fuel cell technology

9 April 2021 | just-auto plus

The U.S. transportation industry is the nation’s largest generator of greenhouse gases, accounting for nearly one-third of climate-warming emissions. To move towards a clean-energy future,...

Preliminary data shows West Europe vehicle sales up 69% in March

8 April 2021 | Calum MacRae

Analysis of preliminary data for March shows that light vehicle sales rose 69% year-on-year. Clearly, the result is misleading due to the pandemic induced historic lows of late Q1 2020. In comparison with 2019, sales at just under 1.5m were off by 20%.

New Zealand March sales set records

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

New Zealand's Motor Industry Association said last month was the strongest March on record for sales of new vehicles, a year on from the country's first COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

US vehicle market surged in March

8 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

The US light vehicle market surprised on the upside in March, coming in much stronger than analysts expected.

Rolls-Royce sets Q1 sales record

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Rolls-Royce has reported record first quarter sales, up 62% on the same period in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started, initially in China.

BMW Group Q1 sales up by a third

8 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

In the first three months of the year, the BMW Group delivered a total of 636,606 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers (+33.5%) and achieved a new all-time high for the first quarter. The comparison with last year is against lockdown depleted markets.

Japan sales rise 7% in March

8 April 2021 | editorial team

Japan's new vehicle market expanded by 5.4% to 613,003 units in March 2021 from 581,438 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Russia Q1 light vehicle sales fall 2.8%

8 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Russia sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles decreased by 2.8% in the first quarter of this year and fell by 5.7% in March, according to the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC).

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Canada reports strong Q1 2021 sales results

8 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Mercedes-Benz Canada and its national dealer network today announced Q1 2021 sales results.  In Q1 2021, the company generated strong positive momentum and delivered sales of 9,132...

Thailand’s EA to trial EV battery production in June

8 April 2021 | editorial team

Thailand's Energy Absolute Plc (EA) said it expects to launch trial production of electric vehicle (EV) batteries in June, in anticipation of a rise in demand from local automakers.

Mercedes Q1 sales rise

7 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz Cars sales rose 22.3% year on year in the first quarter of 2021 to 590,999 units.

Suzuki returns to Malaysia with Naza group

7 April 2021 | editorial team

Suzuki Motor Corporation has signed a new distribution agreement with Malaysia's Naza Group after an absence of almost six years from this market, according to local reports.

South Korean sales fall by 7% in March

6 April 2021 | editorial team

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers combined declined by 6.7% to 140,971 units in March 2021 from 151,025 units a year earlier, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.

UK car market up 11.5% in March

6 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

The UK new car market was up 11.5% on last year's pace in March, but remains well under normal levels, according to data released by the SMMT.

UK van sales rise 86% but hold the celebration

6 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Normally, an 85.5% year on year monthly sales rise would lead to a breaking out of champagne. Not this year. The tally of 56,122 vans registered in the UK in March 2021 has to be compared with the first month of the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown, a 20-year low for the market.

Over 2/3 of UK fleets could be electrified - research

6 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

More than two thirds (70%) of cars and LCVs currently being used commercially in the UK could be replaced by electric models, according to new research from Webfleet Solutions, a telematics solution provider.

just-auto Plus only Mahindra auto sector sells 40,403 vehicles in March

6 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), a part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today announced that its overall auto sales (passenger vehicles+ commercial vehicles+ exports) for the...

just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor reports March 2021 global sales results

6 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Hyundai Motor Company today announced global sales results for March 2021. Hyundai globally sold 375,924 units last month, a 22.4 percent increase from a year earlier. Hyundai’s...

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