Car sales: Global demand for new vehicles rises slightly in September image

Worldwide the automotive’s industry progress is slow, the German VDA association said on Tuesday . In the United States, the demand for new vehicles displayed a growth rate of 10 percent up on the previous year.

On the same time, Russian light vehicles market displayed a growth rate of 26 percent, and with vehicle sales totaling 235,600 once again achieved robust expansion. In the first nine months of the year light vehicle sales climbed by 45 percent to over 1.9-million vehicles.

In Western Europe, the situation is not so ‘green’. The demand for new cars rose modestly by 1 percent to reach 1.2-million units. Italy recorded a drop of 6 percent, while Germany’s automotive market grew by 8 percent. Poland and the Czech Republic dipped by 10 and 2 percent respectively while Bulgaria and Romania registered a strong plus (46 and 23 percent respectively).

Brazil, the largest automotive market in South America saw an increase of only one percent. In the first nine months of the year 7 percent more cars and light trucks (over 2.5 million vehicles) were sold on the Brazilian market than the year before.

New Passenger Car Registrations 2011
September 2011 January – September 2011
Units Change 11/10 in % Units Change 11/10 in %
Europe (EU27+EFTA)* 1.271.200 1,1 10.462.700 -0,8
W. Europe (EU15+EFTA)* 1.210.500 1,1 9.903.200 -0,9
New EU Countries (EU10) 60.700 0,7 559.500 1,2
Russia** 235.600 25,9 1.921.300 44,7
USA** 1.049.800 9,8 9.485.600 10,3
Japan 392.100 -2,1 2.590.500 -25,2
Brazil** 293.600 0,7 2.527.600 6,7
India 218.200 1,4 1.910.800 8,8
* without Malta and Cyprus
** Light Vehicles