Chart Of The Day: Europe's Decimated Car Market

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European car registrations had their worst January on record - an 8.7% year-over-year decline - as consumers hit by austerity are likely to continue to limit spending on big-ticket items. The Association of European Automakers notes the 918,280 new cars ('tagging' aside) is the slowest January since 1990 and makes the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year drops, as perhaps past car-scrapping schemes may also have hampered sales by encouraging buyers to bring forward planned purchases. During the Great Recession, European auto sales only fell 12 consecutive months. The weakness is broad based with Ford (a record 26% plunge), Peugeot Citron (down 16%) and Toyota (down 16%) as it seems the hopes and dreams of a troughing in the European economy has absolutely not shown up in the car industry. As Reuters reports, citing a CS analyst, "Hopes of an earnings and cash recovery in the second half are misplaced."

European Car Registrations are down YoY 16 months in a row (lower pane) and fell to the lowest January in record (upper pane)...


Looking at the major markets, only the UK posted growth (+11.5%), while downturn prevailed in Germany (-8.6%), Spain (-9.6%), France (-15.1%) and Italy (-17.6%). In absolute figures, Germany remained the largest market with 192,090 new registrations, followed by the UK (143,643 units), France (124,798) and Italy (113,525). Spain registered 49,671 new cars, which was slightly less than Belgium (50,684 units). 


Via Reuters,



After falling to a 17-year low in 2012, European car demand is expected to contract further this year, squeezing mass-market brands still harder between excess capacity and cut-throat pricing. Most carmakers see the regional market shrinking between 3 and 5 percent in 2013.


Tentative hints of a broader euro zone economic upturn have yet to percolate to the car industry.


Germany in particular is weighing on the outlook. After resisting much of last year's slump, Europe's biggest car market is in sharp decline, extended by an 8.6 percent drop in January.



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Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:45 | 3255946 LawsofPhysics
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Long bikes and sharecropping...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:52 | 3255981 kliguy38
kliguy38's picture're witnessing a historic collapse of the developed world disguised as a "recovery". How's that for cognitive dissonance. They have built this bubble to smash it in a spectacular fireworks display. The green glass finale will be the final act if the peeps don't catch on......and they will not. The Grand Supercycle collapse will leave very few untouched.......enjoy your LV bags.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:11 | 3256044 Ying-Yang
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EU just needs to start channel stuffing

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:32 | 3256100 Kirk2NCC1701
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I assume you're being ironic/sarcastic?  Ah yes, Channel Stuffing:  The fine art of making your sales problem someone else's sales problem?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:14 | 3256052 LawsofPhysics
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Stop it.  The "flation" debate is moronic with high youth unemployment and folks unable to put food on their tables.

Tell me, what is the "price" of something you need to survive, but that I refuse to sell?

So many paper fucking promises, show me the motherfucking collateral bitch.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:16 | 3256055 Sudden Debt
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As Obama would say:




Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:29 | 3256089 Mrmojorisin515
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In a way he was right if you think about it.  Think of all the hardcore rush limbaugh listening republicans that think they are self made when they have a company that recieves some sort of government largess.  I remember listening to talk radio back when i still listened to it, and some guy ranting about welfare when he owned a daycare center........which got lots of money from the government.  But he was self made..........

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:44 | 3256142 Lucius Corneliu...
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There are a lot of businesses that made it on the largess of BIG government.  Buffet is one of them.  He made a fortune following government spending in banks (WFC), mortgages (FNM) and insurance (which has numerous tax loopholes).  Then there is the MIC and its plethora of businesses that supply goods and services to it.  Problem is, the defense sector is parasitic by its very nature.  It can only be sustained long term by a vibrant producion based economy.  But I'm rambling now.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:08 | 3256233 El Viejo
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Offered up as Chart Porn only. I don't have a horse in the Flation race. At Peak Oil and Peak Everything related to oil and Emerging Markets and Central Bankers fighting Deflation with Inflation the Flation Argument becomes a Local Phenomenon, whereas Prices are Globally or CB induced. It's a Global Village now and the Earth ain't getting any bigger. With every country dealing with its own problems "Currency Manipulator" accusations are starting to fly.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:13 | 3256046 Sudden Debt
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Wed, 02/20/2013 - 02:30 | 3258640 pitz
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Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:39 | 3256117 Hobbleknee
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What do you expect from a continent that hates cars and has member states like Denmark that charge over 200% tax on car sales?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:46 | 3255950 nobusiness
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Pent up demand, Bullish of course BTFD

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:23 | 3256072 Peter Pan
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Just change the definition of cars to include bikes. Watch the miraculous recovery take place in a split moment.

Today 's stock market performance is sheer provocation of common sense. So be it, we will endure this insult as well as we wait for the moment of truth.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:46 | 3255951 SheepDog-One
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Can't European gubmints just 'GM' all their car companies and take them over in modern fascist style like the USA?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:06 | 3256029 insanelysane
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I believe that is what we call Plan B.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:46 | 3255955 thismarketisrigged
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and with this news, europe goes higher. what a fucking joke.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:31 | 3256093 SheepDog-One
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FRESH NEW HOPIUM for everyone!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:48 | 3255963 Id fight Gandhi
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It's odd that USA sales are reporting higher yoy even when gas prices are spiking. And they say, they're not buying hybrids, big ol trucks.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:50 | 3255969 HelluvaEngineer
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That's because America is number fucking one!!! Woooooo!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:59 | 3256002 Sudden Debt
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Is this about that Body Mass Index thing again?!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:57 | 3255999 Sudden Debt
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That's because those trucks are MADE IN THE OLD U S OF A!! and they break down and turn into cheesecake after a few years....

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:36 | 3256113 Super Broccoli
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don't worry, soon enough nobody will need to commute to work :-)

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:48 | 3255966 q99x2
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Time for Germany to start building tanks.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:49 | 3255967 Jason T
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 yeah, but how many bicycles are they selling?  Bullish on Huffy!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:53 | 3255970 Sudden Debt
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Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:31 | 3256097 Joe Davola
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I want to say one word to you, just one word:  Plastics!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 13:02 | 3256482 _ConanTheLibert...
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Just recently bought a 26 year old Toyota with relatively low kilometres and little rust. Pay virtually no taxes 'caus it's an oldtimer. Easy to fix and won't brake down anyway.

Starve the beast bitches!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:53 | 3255972 Sudden Debt
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I even heard from a guy who knows a guys who has a friend who has a car WITH MORE THAN 100K MILES ON THE COUNTER!!! IMAGINE THAT!!!

Isn't everybody supposed to buy a new car when you're due for a oil change?


Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:59 | 3256003 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Stealth inflation!! If it lasts half as long it really costs twice as much!!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:28 | 3256080 msmith9962
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Or if it gets dirty.  My wife busted me yesterday.  She asked how I can keep a long sleeve shirt for 15 years but want to buy a new car every 5 years.  I'm on my 3rd used corolla in a row.  Gas thrifty and I always have the right of way in DC traffic vs the BMW/Mercedes drivers.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:38 | 3256120 Sudden Debt
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My wife said something just like it this weekend!!!

She was looking through some old vacation pictures and it was constantly....

"Do You Realize You Still Have Like Every Piece of Clothing You Wore In These Pictures?!"

In my head it was like "YEAH OFF COURSE!!! THEY'RE ALL STILL GOOD!"

But I kept it shut because that's not the kind of stuff you say to woman... next week we're going shopping...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:40 | 3256385 zuuma
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Use it up,

wear it out.

Make it do,

Or do without.


Words to live by.

I'm still driving a 2000 Infiniti with 212,000 miles.

Still runs great! I just fix it if it breaks - but it does so rarely.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 13:07 | 3256499 hairball48
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95 Ford pickup here with 234,000 miles for me

Gold and Silver bitchez, not vehicles.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 13:24 | 3256555 dtwn
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2000 Nissan Maxima here, 238,000 miles and still running strong.  Gotta love that VQ power, Nissan sure did do something right with their V6s.  I do all my own work, have never taken it to the shop.

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 08:04 | 3341712 fnordfnordfnord
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83 Mercedes Diesel 350k + ??? The counter stopped working years ago. The motor keeps clicking along.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:51 | 3255976 TruthInSunshine
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A GM made, Ally-financed Volt, C7 Corvette or Escalade in every garage and carport!

-- Chairman ObaMao

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:28 | 3256079 FeralSerf
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Two of them in every garage and a chicken in every pot!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:06 | 3256124 TruthInSunshine
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The chicken thing is pushing it.

Maybe some McHorse Nuggets.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:51 | 3255977 Racer
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The 'markets' have lost any vestige of any links to reality

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 04:00 | 3258687 Ar-Pharazôn
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welcome to the matrix. how long have you slept?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:52 | 3255980 Cognitive Dissonance
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Time to pay the plebs to buy a new car.

<So many tricks, so little time.>

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:57 | 3255983 DaveyJones
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I'm sure if we just keep building more of the second biggest purchase the middle class taxpayer makes dependent on a rapidly decreasing resource, the economy will stand up right away.

"it's like how much more blacker could this be and the answer is... none, none more black." 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:56 | 3255992 Sudden Debt
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Did anybody hear about that story about a country where you got almost as much for turning your old car for scrapping and where you got your new car almost for free???!!!

I think it was China or some other communist country....

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:00 | 3256005 DaveyJones
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Yes, China - they were so stupid, they also began labelling their GMOs, avoiding our debt, and building non petroleum energy 


Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:08 | 3256035 Taffy Lewis
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Beat me to the punch, Sudden Debt:

"Cash for Clunkers - What Was the Payoff?

  By Sean Tucker -- updated 08/25/2009 | Aug 05, 2009 11:46 a.m.


So, what did we get for our $3 billion?

The government's Cash for Clunkers trade-in program, which offered Americans up to $4,500 toward the purchase of a new, more fuel-efficient car when they traded in an older car, burned through $3 billion in just 29 days. Advocates had promised big things from the initiative - environmental benefits as the program pulled over-polluting older cars off the road, economic benefits as it poured rocket fuel into a depressed auto market, even energy and foreign policy benefits as it cut our demand for oil.

Government officials have already labeled the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) a resounding success. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, announcing plans to wind down the rebate program, called it "the economy's best story in six months."

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:01 | 3256009 williambanzai7
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However, sales of Ferraris have ramped upward.

What does that tell you?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:04 | 3256020 DaveyJones
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I think it's sign language

It only involves one finger

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 11:05 | 3256024 Rainman
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tells me that ugly rich guys will get far more pussy than the rest of us.

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