Worldwide: Automakers delivered a total of 8.71 million vehicles globally in September 2017, a growth of 4.6 percent as compared to the same month the previous year, according to WardsAuto.
Auto sales in Asia Pacific reached 4.18 million units in September at a growth of 5.7 percent. The first three quarters in the region saw sales totalling 32.49 million units; this represents a 4.6 percent increase year-on-year and double the sales figure of the first three quarters 10 years ago.
On the basis of sales volume, China led the region at 2.71 million vehicle sales, an increase of 5.7 percent as compared to the previous year. The country’s sales for the first three quarters of 2017 reached 20.22 million, a rise of 900,000 vehicles as compared to the corresponding period the prior year.
In South Korea, auto sales rocketed 19.5 percent in September this year at a total of 154,000 vehicles, an improvement of 1.4 percent from January to September. Japan saw a growth of 3.9 percent in September; India at an increase of 13.8 percent and Thailand recorded a significant rise of 21.9 percent.
In North America, auto sales rose five percent with 1.86 million vehicles delivered. The region’s strong sales were led by the US where vehicle sales hit 1.55 million units. Canada’s sales rose 7.7 percent and reached 191,000 units at a rise of 5.4 percent from January to September. The region’s performance for the first three quarters of this year saw a 1.1 percent increase as compared to the same period the previous year, with vehicle sales reaching 15.86 million.
A total of 1.94 million vehicles were delivered in Europe in September, with sales in the region reported flat when compared to the year before. Italy saw an increase of 7.2 percent, Russia at 14.9 percent and Spain at 5.2 percent.
Sales in the UK totalled 490,000 units, a decrease of 8.5 percent, and sales in Germany pulled down 2.6 percent to 378,000 units. Overall, Europe’s auto sales performance improved 3.8 percent as compared to the corresponding month the prior year, reaching 15.72 million units.
APMEN News, Nov 2017