Bernstein Research issues Top 10 European money-losing cars image

In a top 10 list of the European auto industry’s most “catastrophic” failures of the past 15 years we can find automakers like Fiat, VW or Daimler – they all lost a combined 20 billion euros developing and selling these models.

Some of the cars that flopped, such as the Fiat Stilo, Peugeot 1007 and Jaguar X-Type, caused the companies that built them severe financial difficulties. Others, such as the Bugatti Veyron, Smart ForTwo and Volkswagen Phaeton, swallowed huge sums of money.

“The multi-billion losses that we believe were suffered by the Fiat Stilo, Peugeot 1007 and Jaguar X-Type were severe trauma for the companies concerned – and in some cases nearly sank them,” Bernstein Research said in the report.

First place goes to the first generation smart ForTwo (3.35 billion euros lost), followed second by the Fiat Stilo (2.1 billion euros in total and 2,729 euros per unit), while third spot goes to VW Phaeton (1.99 billion euros). Then we have the Peugeot 1007 (1.90), Mercedes A Class (1.71), Bugatti Veyron (1.7), Jaguar X-Type (1.7), Renault Laguna (1.54), Audi A2 (1.33) and the Renault Vel Satis (1.2).

Max Warburton is the financial analyst who created the ranking of Europe’s biggest money losers. He did so by looking at the cars’ production runs, estimated fixed-cost investments and r&d costs. Warburton and his team then estimated the likely price realization and contribution margin per car, as well as estimated fixed-asset write-downs.

Via Automotive News Europe