October 5th, 2012 at 11:45am
Anti-Japanese sentiment in China is crushing car sales for Japanese automakers. The auto industry in Europe continues to struggle. VW just slashed its European sales forecast for the year and Renault is moving more production out of France. But there is one bright spot in Europe. Sales last month in the UK were up 8 percent. All that and more, plus a look at one of Chevrolet’s most important reveals from the Paris Motor Show, the Trax.
Hello and welcome to Autoline Daily. It’s FRIDAY October 5th, 2012. Thanks for joining us today. I’m Craig Cole filling in for John McElroy. Here’s the news.
JAPANESE SALES PLUMMET IN CHINA
Anti-Japanese sentiment in China is crushing car sales for Japanese automakers. Bloomberg reports Mazda’s sales were down 35 percent last month while Mitsubishi’s dropped 63 percent. According to Reuters Toyota’s sales were off 40 percent. Since it’s not known when the dispute will end, analysts say Japanese automakers will continue to reduce production in China.
AUTOLINE THIS WEEK
In-car technology is the topic on Autoline This Week. John McElroy sits down with a variety of experts in the field to delve into the issues facing automakers as they try to add more features to vehicles. Naturally usability is one of the top concerns.
As always, this entire episode of Autoline, show number 1641, is available for your viewing pleasure on our website, Autoline.tv. It’s posted right now so give it a look-see.
EUROPE’S WOES CONTINUE
Back to the news . . . as we’ve been reporting for some time now, Europe’s auto industry is in trouble and even Volkswagen is feeling the pain. Reuters reports the company just slashed its European sales forecast for 2012 by 140,000 vehicles. It will also cut production. In other European news, Renault will increase manufacturing in Turkey. It plans to build more than 70 percent of its next-generation Clio subcompact in the country. Currently about 45 percent of Clios are built in Turkey, the rest are made in Spain and France.
UK SALES UP (subscription required)
An island of hope in Europe’s ocean of automotive despair is, surprisingly, the United Kingdom. WardsAuto.com reports September sales rose by more than 8 percent, totaling nearly 360,000 units. That’s some 26,000 more than predicted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Commercial vehicle deliveries were also up nearly 1 percent. As for a full-year forecast, the SMMT will revise its current guesstimation later this month. Right now it stands at 1.97 million for 2012. Ford’s B-segment Fiesta was the top selling car for the month. It also leads the year with about 89,000 deliveries. The Opel Corsa is a close second. Hopefully some UK magic will rub off on the rest of Europe.
After the break we’ll take a look at one of Chevrolet’s most important reveals from the Paris Motor Show. Stick around . . .
Last week’s Paris Motor Show may be history, but a treasure-trove of news and information came out of the event. While in the City of Light John ran across Susan Docherty. She’s the president and managing director for Chevrolet and Cadillac in Central and Western Europe. Quite the title! In the following interview John and she talk about Chevy’s big reveal at the show.
(Today’s look at the Chevy Trax is only available in the video version of the show.)
As she mentioned the Trax is sized for Europe, which means it will most likely NOT make the trans-Atlantic trip to North America. Too bad for us.
Hey, make sure you check out tonight’s installment of RoundAbout. The crew bids bon voyage on this extra-special finale episode. They’ve called in a slew of past guests and panelists for a show that promises to be off the rails. Join in the fun starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Autoline.tv.
And that’s the end of the line for today. Again, I’m Craig Cole. Thank you for watching, please join us again on Monday.