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Winners & losers in the global car market

Autocar Logo By Julian Rendell of Autocar | Slide 1 of 16: Shockwaves from this drop are still being felt across the globe, amplified by subdued sales in the US, Germany and the UK. Of course there were also winners in the global car sales game – India is closing the gap on Germany and Brazil recorded significant growth. SUVs remain the segment to be in, contributing one-in-three global sales with each of the four main segments experiencing growth. And despite overall poor sales in China, demand for luxury cars and some import brands was buoyant.Electric cars continue to grow significantly, albeit from a small base, and two of the most famous nameplates in the car business – the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang — strengthened their hold on the supercar and sportscar/coupe markets. All these figures were supplied by JATO Dynamics and are based on preliminary data for 53 markets, which account for 85 per cent of the global total:

2018 was tumultuous for the global car industry with the main market, China, contracting for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Shockwaves from this drop are still being felt across the globe, amplified by subdued sales in the US, Germany and the UK. Of course there were also winners in the global car sales game – India is closing the gap on Germany and Brazil recorded significant growth. SUVs remain the segment to be in, contributing one-in-three global sales with each of the four main segments experiencing growth. And despite overall poor sales in China, demand for luxury cars and some import brands was buoyant.

Electric cars continue to grow significantly, albeit from a small base, and two of the most famous nameplates in the car business – the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang — strengthened their hold on the supercar and sportscar/coupe markets. All these figures were supplied by JATO Dynamics and are based on preliminary data for 53 markets, which account for 85 per cent of the global total:

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