Welcome to the new LMC Automotive blog

Our expert analysts will share their views on the automotive industry, whether it be in relation to global car sales, recent events, what they think is going to happen next in the market or just their thoughts on some exclusive data from our forecasts – it promises to offer invaluable insights into both the industry and our thinking.

Latest Posts

Prevailing trends in the Japanese auto market

Asia-Pacific Analytics Team

08 December 2020

The Japanese market has been no exception to the global SUV boom, so it comes as little surprise that OEMs are accelerating new launches.

The SUV begins to make its mark in South America

David Franklin, Analyst, Americas Production

24 September 2020

The Conventional Car has long reigned supreme in South America, consistently making up around 75% of sales & 70% of production in the region

How much market shelter has China provided for European production?

Justin Cox, Director, Global Production

27 August 2020

Monthly sales in China's Light Vehicle market have increased year-on-year since the widespread relaxation of domestic lockdowns in March.

US production volumes still subject to uncertainty in H2 2020

Bill Rinna, Director, Americas Vehicle Forecasts

05 August 2020

The best way of estimating the potential impact of the pandemic is to look at the likely volume of production for the rest of the year.

A stuttering restart to production in North America

Katelyn Drake, Analyst, Americas Production

11 June 2020

The extended pandemic-related shutdowns wiped out an estimated 2.8 million units of planned production in the first half of the year.

COVID-19: Europe’s auto industry restarts, but the road to recovery is long

James Norris, Senior Analyst

09 June 2020

Despite several large plants remaining idle, Europe’s auto industry is slowly emerging from a lengthy shutdown period.

German car production: Europe’s motor misfires

Justin Cox, Director, Global Production

31 January 2020

Germany’s vehicle output fell by 9% in 2019, closing the year 1 million units below the 2016 result.

Cost pressures drive utilisation improvements

James Norris, Senior Analyst

29 November 2019

Over the last decade there's been an obvious upward trend in pan-European utilisation rates, with OEMs looking to lower excess capacity.

Toyota: An outlier performance amid global industry downturn

May Arthapan, Director, Asia Pacific Forecasting

12 November 2019

Toyota Group has thrived over the last two years, in defiance of the industry downturn.

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