Automotives Insight

Automotives Insight brings you analysis of regional trends, regulatory changes, projects and investments plus competitive intelligence on the growth strategies of leading companies in the sector

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Industry Trend Analysis - Autos Investment Round-Up: OEM Focus Shifts To South America - MAR 2017

Americas February 2017 / Latin America / Industry

Carmakers in Brazil and Argentina are gearing up for the upcoming resurgence in demand across the region after years of decline. In Mexico, suppliers are pushing ahead with investments to compliment rising vehicle output in the country but it is too early to acknowledge if President Trump's anti-free trade stance is impacting Mexican investment.


Industry Trend Analysis - Car Sales To Weaken As Taxes Rise - MAR 2017

Asia February 2017 / China / Industry

The Chinese government's decision to raise the sales tax levy on small-engine vehicles will lead to a dampening of passenger vehicle sales in 2017 as prices rise. Car sales will weaken further in 2018 as tax rates on these vehicles normalise to the previous rate of 10%.


Industry Trend Analysis - Assessing Brexit's Impact On EU Autos Sales - MAR 2017

Emerging Europe February 2017 / Russia / Industry

Sales of new vehicles in the EU will be negatively impacted by the UK's decision to leave the EU but not enough to prompt us to revise down our sales growth forecasts. The channels through which sales will be most affected are through Brexit's damaging effects on tourism-reliant car rental companies and on consumer confidence across the region.


Industry Trend Analysis - Large Pound Devaluation To Keep Car Prices Elevated - MAR 2017

Middle East & Africa February 2017 / Egypt / Industry

A large devaluation of the Egyptian pound in 2017 will see the price of both imported and locally produced vehicles remain elevated throughout the year leading to a decline of 25% and 26.5% in passenger car sales and production respectively.


Industry Trend Analysis - Commercial Vehicle Sales To Outperform Passenger Cars - MAR 2017

Western Europe February 2017 / Spain / Industry

Commercial vehicle sales growth will far outperform passenger car sales in Spain in 2017, growing by 4.1%. The commercial vehicle segment will be bolstered by a combination of rising construction and retail sector activity as well as a rising need for the replacement of Spain's ageing commercial vehicle fleet.