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April 26, 2019

U.S. | Auto Industry Chartbook. First quarter 2019

New vehicle sales are projected to decelerate from 2018 levels. Robust economic growth has been the main driver of auto sales, but affordability is deteriorating while the impact of previous tax cuts is diluting. Going forward, higher interest rates and a higher supply of “off-leasing” vehicles will exert downward pressures…
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February 25, 2019

Automobiles: Regulatory Changes and Demand

Did you buy an automobile in 2018? If so, was this a decision you'd considered in advance? Or were you encouraged to do so by ads from manufacturers and distributors with eye-catching discounts, driven by the new emissions approval cycle known as WLTP, which came into force in September?

January 18, 2019

U.S. | Auto Industry Chartbook 4Q18

Auto sales closed 2018 at 17.2 million units, virtually unchanged from the previous year. Robust economic growth has been the main driver of auto sales. Going forward, higher interest rates and a higher supply of “off-leasing” vehicles will exert downward pressures on demand for new vehicles. Retailers are expected to focus…
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January 9, 2019

Mexico Regional Sectoral Outlook. Second half 2018

In the first half of 2018, the Mexican economy grew at a lower rate than expected, with the service sector contributing 86.9% of GDP growth, less than the 92.1% observed in 2017. Manufacturing industries recovered in 2017, contributing 11.8% of growth, although uncertainty in the first half of the year affected their growth…

December 27, 2018

Argentina | 2018 Automotive Situation

After record sales in the first half of the year, the Argentine automotive market sank sharply as a result of the 2018 currency crisis. However, the fall in internal demand is in contrast with the increase in exports. The 2019 forecast for the sector is not encouraging in the internal market.

October 25, 2018

U.S. | Auto Industry Chartbook 3Q18

By year-end, auto sales will most likely be unchanged from the previous year. Industry revenue supported by solid fundamentals and consumers preference for light-trucks. Going forward, higher interest rates and oil prices may impact demand. A substitution between gasoline-hybrids and plug-ins is taking place, however, the n…
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October 5, 2018

Mexico | USMCA: uncertainty reduced, but not removed

We now know the content of the new North American free trade agreement, to be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The three countries’ negotiating teams announced details on Sunday, just minutes before the deadline for the Trump administration to submit it to Congress.

September 26, 2018

Colombia | Colombian automotive sector starts its engines

We maintain our 2018 vehicle sales growth projection (5.1%) despite the fact that the accumulated annual increase to July has been lower. The automotive fair and the improved performance of consumption in the second half of 2018 will boost this growth. The momentum of sales in 2019 will be even greater.