Now that we’re almost halfway through 2013, markets are beginning to shift into gear for the 2014 season — particularly auto manufacturers, who begin the launches of their 2014 model lines towards the end of 2013.
The big auto makers are announcing their December sales stats. Chrysler just reported that sales climbed 5.7% to 161,007 units. This missed analysts expectation for an 8.4% gain. Analysts predict total sales came in at an annualized pace of 16.00 million units, down from 16.31 million in November.
LONDON — Europe’s enduring economic slump has left its auto industry hurting with sagging sales forcing prices down and inventory up, even after thousands of factory jobs have been cut.
Mid-level manufacturers such as Renault and Fiat are struggling, with PSA Peugeot Citroën in February reporting a record 2012 loss of $6.5 billion. Higher-end companies are, however, faring somewhat better.
US and other auto manufacturers banking on increased car sales in China for 2012 have three reasons to be concerned.
Blistering growth in Chinese auto sales is expected to plunge
China is taking efforts to dampen foreign investment in autos
The Wall Street Journal reports