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    Travelling in different countries I couldn't help but notice that the brands of cars on the road can vary quite a bit. Obviously people tend to buy more cars from their own country, either for patriotic reasons or because the marketing is better, the cars are designed in accordance with the expectations of the local culture, or simply because their are more car dealers in rural areas, which makes it more convenient for the maintenance. Countries that do not have local car makers may therefore be more interesting to compare if one wants to get an idea of what kind of car people really like regardless of chauvinistic feelings and convenience.

    Here are the top 10 brands in a few selected countries in 2017.

    Top car makers in the USA

    1. Ford : 14.3%
    2. Toyota : 12.3%
    3. Chevrolet : 12%
    4. Honda : 8.6%
    5. Nissan : 8.3%
    6. Jeep : 4.8%
    7. Hyundai : 3.9%
    8. Subaru : 3.7%
    9. Kia : 3.4%
    10. GMC : 3.2%

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    Top car makers in Japan

    1. Toyota : 30.3%
    2. Honda : 13.8%
    3. Suzuki : 12.7%
    4. Daihatsu : 12%
    5. Nissan : 11.3%
    6. Mazda : 4%
    7. Subaru : 3.3%
    8. Mitsubishi : 1.7%
    9. Isuzu : 1.5%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 1.3%

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    Top car makers in the UK

    1. Ford : 11.3%
    2. Volkswagen : 8.2%
    3. Vauxhall (Opel) : 7.7%
    4. Mercedes-Benz : 7.1%
    5. BMW : 6.9%
    6. Audi : 6.9%
    7. Nissan : 5.9%
    8. Toyota : 4%
    9. Hyundai : 3.7%
    10. Kia : 3.6%

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    Top car makers in Ireland

    1. Volkswagen : 10.5%
    2. Toyota : 9.7%
    3. Ford : 9.3%
    4. Hyundai : 9.1%
    5. Nissan : 7.9%
    6. Skoda : 6.9%
    7. Renault : 6.3%
    8. Kia : 5.4%
    9. Opel : 5%
    10. Audi : 4.2%

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    Top car makers in France

    1. Renault : 19.7%
    2. Peugeot : 17.4%
    3. Citroën : 9.5%
    4. Volkswagen : 6.6%
    5. Dacia : 5.6%
    6. Toyota : 4.2%
    7. Ford : 4%
    8. Nissan : 3.4%
    9. Fiat : 3.2%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 3.2%

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    Top car makers in Germany

    1. Volkswagen : 18.4%
    2. Mercedes-Benz : 9.5%
    3. Audi : 8.2%
    4. BMW : 7.6%
    5. Ford : 7.2%
    6. Opel : 7.1%
    7. Skoda : 5.6%
    8. Renault : 3.9%
    9. Hyundai : 3.2%
    10. Seat : 3.1%

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    Top car makers in Italy

    1. Fiat : 20.4%
    2. Volkswagen : 7.3%
    3. Ford : 6.8%
    4. Renault : 6.8%
    5. Peugeot : 5.3%
    6. Opel : 5%
    7. Toyota : 4.3%
    8. Citroën : 4.1%
    9. Audi : 3.4%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 3.3%

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    Top car makers in Spain

    1. Renault : 8.2%
    2. Seat : 7.6%
    3. Volkswagen : 7.3%
    4. Peugeot : 7.1%
    5. Opel : 7%
    6. Toyota : 5.4%
    7. Citroën : 5.2%
    8. Nissan : 5.1%
    9. Ford : 5.1%
    10. Kia : 4.8%

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    Top car makers in Belgium

    1. Volkswagen : 10.1%
    2. Renault : 9.1%
    3. BMW : 7.7%
    4. Opel : 7.4%
    5. Peugeot : 7.2%
    6. Mercedes-Benz : 6.4%
    7. Audi : 6.2%
    8. Citroën : 4.8%
    9. Ford : 4.8%
    10. Hyundai : 3.7%

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    Top car makers in the Netherlands

    1. Volkswagen : 10.4%
    2. Renault : 9.8%
    3. Opel : 8.4%
    4. Peugeot : 7.5%
    5. Toyota : 5.8%
    6. Ford : 5.7%
    7. Kia : 5.6%
    8. BMW : 4.5%
    9. Skoda : 4%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 3.8%

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    Top car makers in Switzerland

    1. Volkswagen
    2. Mercedes-Benz
    3. BMW
    4. Skoda
    5. Audi
    6. Opel
    7. Renault
    8. Ford
    9. Seat
    10. Toyota

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    Top car makers in Norway
    1. Volkswagen : 14.6%
    2. Toyota : 11.3%
    3. BMW : 8.3%
    4. Volvo : 7.4%
    5. Mercedes-Benz : 6.7%
    6. Skoda : 5.7%
    7. Tesla : 5.3%
    8. Audi : 4.8%
    9. Ford : 4.3%
    10. Nissan : 4%

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    Top car makers in Sweden

    1. Volvo : 19.9%
    2. Volkswagen : 15.2%
    3. Kia : 6.1%
    4. Toyota : 6.1%
    5. BMW : 5.6%
    6. Audi : 5.4%
    7. Mercedes-Benz : 5.2%
    8. Skoda : 4.6%
    9. Renault : 4.2%
    10. Ford : 3.1%

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    Top car makers in Poland

    1. Skoda : 11.6%
    2. Toyota : 9.8%
    3. Volkswagen : 9.6%
    4. Opel : 7.1%
    5. Ford : 6.7%
    6. Renault : 6.6%
    7. Kia : 4.7%
    8. Dacia : 4.4%
    9. Hyundai : 4.2%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 3.9%

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    Top car makers in Australia

    1. Toyota : 18.2%
    2. Mazda : 9.8%
    3. Hyundai : 8.2%
    4. Holden : 7.6%
    5. Mitsubishi : 6.8%
    6. Ford : 6.6%
    7. Volkswagen : 4.9%
    8. Nissan : 4.8%
    9. Kia : 4.6%
    10. Subaru : 4.4%

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    Top car makers in Brazil

    1. General Motors : 18.8%
    2. Volkswagen : 11.7%
    3. Ford : 10.2%
    4. Hyundai : 9.7%
    5. Fiat : 9.3%
    6. Toyota : 8.4%
    7. Renault : 8%
    8. Honda : 7.1%
    9. Jeep : 4.8%
    10. Nissan : 4%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    Travelling in different countries I couldn't help but notice that the brands of cars on the road can vary quite a bit. Obviously people tend to buy more cars from their own country, either for patriotic reasons or because the marketing is better, the cars are designed in accordance with the expectations of the local culture, or simply because their are more car dealers in rural areas, which makes it more convenient for the maintenance. Countries that do not have local car makers may therefore be more interesting to compare if one wants to get an idea of what kind of car people really like regardless of chauvinistic feelings and convenience.

    Here are the top 10 brands in a few selected countries in 2017.

    Top car makers in the USA


    1. Ford : 14.3%
    2. Toyota : 12.3%
    3. Chevrolet : 12%
    4. Honda : 8.6%
    5. Nissan : 8.3%
    6. Jeep : 4.8%
    7. Hyundai : 3.9%
    8. Subaru : 3.7%
    9. Kia : 3.4%
    10. GMC : 3.2%

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    Top car makers in Japan


    1. Toyota : 30.3%
    2. Honda : 13.8%
    3. Suzuki : 12.7%
    4. Daihatsu : 12%
    5. Nissan : 11.3%
    6. Mazda : 4%
    7. Subaru : 3.3%
    8. Mitsubishi : 1.7%
    9. Isuzu : 1.5%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 1.3%

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    Top car makers in the UK


    1. Ford : 11.3%
    2. Volkswagen : 8.2%
    3. Vauxhall (Opel) : 7.7%
    4. Mercedes-Benz : 7.1%
    5. BMW : 6.9%
    6. Audi : 6.9%
    7. Nissan : 5.9%
    8. Toyota : 4%
    9. Hyundai : 3.7%
    10. Kia : 3.6%

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    Top car makers in France


    1. Renault : 19.7%
    2. Peugeot : 17.4%
    3. Citroën : 9.5%
    4. Volkswagen : 6.6%
    5. Dacia : 5.6%
    6. Toyota : 4.2%
    7. Ford : 4%
    8. Nissan : 3.4%
    9. Fiat : 3.2%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 3.2%

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    Top car makers in Germany


    1. Volkswagen : 18.4%
    2. Mercedes-Benz : 9.5%
    3. Audi : 8.2%
    4. BMW : 7.6%
    5. Ford : 7.2%
    6. Opel : 7.1%
    7. Skoda : 5.6%
    8. Renault : 3.9%
    9. Hyundai : 3.2%
    10. Seat : 3.1%

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    Top car makers in Italy


    1. Fiat : 20.4%
    2. Volkswagen : 7.3%
    3. Ford : 6.8%
    4. Renault : 6.8%
    5. Peugeot : 5.3%
    6. Opel : 5%
    7. Toyota : 4.3%
    8. Citroën : 4.1%
    9. Audi : 3.4%
    10. Mercedes-Benz : 3.3%

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    Top car makers in Spain


    1. Renault : 8.2%
    2. Seat : 7.6%
    3. Volkswagen : 7.3%
    4. Peugeot : 7.1%
    5. Opel : 7%
    6. Toyota : 5.4%
    7. Citroën : 5.2%
    8. Nissan : 5.1%
    9. Ford : 5.1%
    10. Kia : 4.8%

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    Top car makers in Belgium


    1. Volkswagen : 10.1%
    2. Renault : 9.1%
    3. BMW : 7.7%
    4. Opel : 7.4%
    5. Peugeot : 7.2%
    6. Mercedes-Benz : 6.4%
    7. Audi : 6.2%
    8. Citroën : 4.8%
    9. Ford : 4.8%
    10. Hyundai : 3.7%

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    Top car makers in the Netherlands


    1. Volkswagen
    2. Renault
    3. Opel
    4. Peugeot
    5. Toyota
    6. Ford
    7. Kia
    8. BMW
    9. Skoda
    10. Mercedes-Benz

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    Top car makers in Switzerland


    1. Volkswagen
    2. Mercedes-Benz
    3. BMW
    4. Skoda
    5. Audi
    6. Opel
    7. Renault
    8. Ford
    9. Seat
    10. Toyota

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    Top car makers in Sweden


    1. Volvo
    2. Volkswagen
    3. Kia
    4. Toyota
    5. BMW
    6. Audi
    7. Mercedes-Benz
    8. Skoda
    9. Renault
    10. Ford

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    Top car makers in Poland


    1. Skoda
    2. Toyota
    3. Volkswagen
    4. Opel
    5. Ford
    6. Renault
    7. Kia
    8. Dacia
    9. Hyundai
    10. Mercedes-Benz

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    Top car makers in Ireland


    1. Volkswagen
    2. Toyota
    3. Ford
    4. Hyundai
    5. Nissan
    6. Skoda
    7. Renault
    8. Kia
    9. Opel
    10. Audi

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    Top car makers in Australia


    1. Toyota
    2. Mazda
    3. Hyundai
    4. Holden
    5. Mitsubishi
    6. Ford
    7. Volkswagen
    8. Nissan
    9. Kia
    10. Subaru

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    Top car makers in Brazil


    1. General Motors : 18.8%
    2. Volkswagen : 11.7%
    3. Ford : 10.2%
    4. Hyundai : 9.7%
    5. Fiat : 9.3%
    6. Toyota : 8.4%
    7. Renault : 8%
    8. Honda : 7.1%
    9. Jeep : 4.8%
    10. Nissan : 4%

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    Interesting. You're right about there being a lot of factors going into the choices.

    I think a big one is miles/km per gallon of fuel. Most Americans drive "big" cars, almost more like trucks, which eat up gas at an alarming rate. In fact, actual pick up trucks are always near the top in terms of best selling models, and Ford makes them, as does Chevrolet. SUV's are called "cross-over" vehicles, because they really are like trucks. Their popularity doesn't make complete sense to me, really, even given the cheapness of gas here (and the wideness of the roads).

    Why on earth do all suburban families want one, and teenagers and twenty somethings as well? It's another battle I lost, although at times, when I had a child plus a couple of team mates plus all the athletic equipment I was glad to have one, but I refuse to help my daughter get a Jeep Cherokee. As I said, it makes no sense to me despite all the pleading about how much safer it is.

    "
    • According to data compiled by Kelley Blue Book and Business Insider, the Ford F-Series, ChevroletSilverado, and Ram Pickup are the top three best-selling vehicles in America through the first half of 2018.
    • Pickup trucks and crossover SUVs dominate the American market right now.
    • Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Toyota Tacoma all saw major year-over-year sales increases compared to this time in 2017.

    "Crossover SUVs are clearly the vehicles Americans want. According to Kelley Blue Book, over 2.8 million compact or mid-size crossover SUVs have been sold in the first half of 2018 alone, a stunning number that portends big changes for the U.S. auto industry. In the top 20 rankings alone, half were crossover SUVs, with 10 models listed.
    The king, of course, is the indomitable Ford F-Series, the best-selling vehicle of any kind in America for the past 35 years. This year, the Ford F-Series outpaced its closest competitor in sales by the tune of 160,000 vehicles sold. To put this difference in perspective, thus far in 2018, the Chevrolet Equinox sold just over 156,000 cars total, good for 9th most in the entire country.
    Over the first six months of 2018, three models, in particular, saw substantial increases in sales over the same period last year: Jeep Cherokee is up 39.8%; Toyota Tacoma is up 22.9%; Jeep Wrangler is up 34.9%."

    https://www.businessinsider.com/best...in-2018-2018-8

    Ford F Series:


    Chevrolet Silverado

    Jeep Cherokee:



    Toyota has gone into that market as well, which explains to some degree how well they do.



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    Here is where the two leading car manufacturers, Toyota and VW, hold the highest market share in major countries.

    Toyota

    1. Japan : 30.3%
    2. Australia : 18.2%
    3. Finland : 12.4%
    4. USA : 12.3%
    5. Norway : 11.3%
    6. Canada : 9.8%
    7. Poland : 9.8%
    8. Ireland : 9.7%
    9. Brazil : 8.4%
    10. Denmark : 7.6%
    11. Mexico : 6.9%
    12. Sweden : 6.1%
    13. Netherlands : 5.8%
    14. Spain : 5.4%
    15. Italy : 4.3%
    16. France : 4.2%
    17. UK : 4%
    18. Portugal : 3.8%
    19. Belgium : 3.3%
    20. Austria : 2.5%


    Volkswagen

    1. Germany : 18.4%
    2. Austria : 16.6%
    3. Sweden : 15.2%
    4. Norway : 14.6%
    5. Denmark : 13.3%
    6. Mexico : 12.6%
    7. Brazil : 11.7%
    8. Finland : 10.7%
    9. Ireland : 10.4%
    10. Netherlands : 10.4%
    11. Belgium : 10.1%
    12. Poland : 9.6%
    13. UK : 8.2%
    14. Portugal : 7.4%
    15. Italy : 7.3%
    16. Spain : 7.3%
    17. France : 6.6%
    18. Australia : 4.9%
    19. USA : 1.9%
    20. Japan : 0.9%




    Here is where luxury German cars are the most popular.

    Mercedes-Benz

    1. Germany : 9.5%
    2. UK : 7.1%
    3. Norway : 6.7%
    4. Finland : 5.4%
    5. Sweden : 5.2%
    6. Austria : 5.1%
    7. Denmark : 4.5%
    8. Spain : 4.2%
    9. Poland : 3.9%
    10. Belgium : 3.8%
    11. Netherlands : 3.8%
    12. Ireland : 3.7%
    13. Italy : 3.3%
    14. France : 3.2%
    15. Canada : 2.5%
    16. USA : 2.2%


    BMW

    1. Norway : 8.3%
    2. Belgium : 7.7%
    3. Germany : 7.6%
    4. UK : 6.9%
    5. Sweden : 5.6%
    6. Finland : 4.2%
    7. Austria : 5.3%
    8. Netherlands : 4.5%
    9. Ireland : 3.9%
    10. Spain : 3.9%
    11. Italy : 3.1%
    12. France : 2.9%
    13. Poland : 2.9%
    14. Denmark : 2.7%
    15. Canada : 1.9%
    16. USA : 1.8%


    Audi

    1. Germany : 8.2%
    2. UK : 6.9%
    3. Belgium : 6.2%
    4. Sweden : 5.4%
    5. Norway : 4.8%
    6. Austria : 4.8%
    7. Finland : 4.7%
    8. Spain : 4.4%
    9. Ireland : 4.2%
    10. Netherlands : 3.5%
    11. Denmark : 3.5%
    12. Italy : 3.4%
    13. France : 3.1%
    14. Poland : 2.4%
    15. Canada : 1.8%
    16. USA : 1.3%

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    I have created maps to help visualise the market share held by French, German, Japanese and American car makers in Europe. The following data is only for new cars sold in 2019 (not all cars in circulation).

    French car manufacturers

    This map includes Renault, Peugeot and Citroën. Dacia is owned by Renault but I did not include it as it is historically Romanian, still manufactured and headquartered there and the style is not French.




    German car manufacturers

    This map comprises the market shares of the VW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche and smart. I have also included Skoda and SEAT, which are not just owned by VW but their models are almost identical to VW models and share the same designers and parts suppliers. I excluded Mini Cooper, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Ducati, as, although German-owned, these are still considered completely foreign car makers.




    Japanese car manufacturers

    The map includes the market shares of Toyota (+ Lexus), Honda, Nissan (+ Infiniti), Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Isuzu and Datsun.





    American car manufacturers

    The vast majority of American cars in Europe are Fords (most popular in the UK and Turkey). Jeep sales amount to 0 to 0.5% in most countries except for Italy (4.3%) due to the fact that Jeep is now part of the Fiat Chrysler Group. Tesla sale are usually under 1%, except in the Netherlands (6.9%) and Norway (13.2%), where EV are hugely popular. All other US car makers combined amount to less than 0.1% of the European market.




    Luxury car manufacturers

    It is not easy to determine what exactly qualifies as a luxury car (as opposed to premium or just expensive). For example a Toyota Hilux pickup truck cost as much as a Porsche, but it is definitely not a luxury car. Volkswagen makes luxury cars (e.g. the Aerton and Touareg), but that's only a small part of all their models. Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW makes mostly premium or luxury vehicles, but also have smaller models. As the statistics I have are by car maker and not by model, I have decided to include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Maserati, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Tesla, Jeep, Lexus, Infiniti, and of course the truly luxury brands like Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and so on, although the latter only represent 0.1% of the market.

    The high percentages in Norway and Sweden are explained by the high market share of Volvo (7.1% and 18.3% respectively) and in Norway's case also Tesla (13%). Portuguese people buy surprisingly lots of expensive cars compared to their GDP per capita (lower than Czechia).

    For comparison's sake, the market share of these luxury car makers is 8.1% in the USA and 4.6% in Japan.

    Last edited by Maciamo; 05-05-20 at 21:36.

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