Business Monitor International


China Autos Report

Published 14 May 2014

  • 75 pages
 
$1,295.00
China Autos Report

Auto Sales

According to the China Association Of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), vehicle sales grew 6.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) in March 2014, to 2.17mn units. The rather disappointing print chimes with the 7.9% y-o-y increase in passenger car sales in the same month, to 1.71mn units. This brings total auto sales for the first three months of the year to 5.92mn units, an increase of 9.2% y-o-y.

The significant fall in the March passenger car sales growth rate compared with February is certainly worrying and does suggest slowing momentum. While we highlighted the lacklustre performance of vehicle sales in January due to flagging demand for commercial vehicles (CVs), the weakness in passenger car demand highlights the broader challenge of boosting sales, which is facing the auto sector. This is very much in line with our sector slowdown view for 2014.

For now, we believe that the possibility of more cities imposing vehicle purchase restrictions in 2014 together with the resurgence of demand in the luxury segment will support sales. However, we acknowledge that risks remain firmly to the downside and should economic growth suffer a significant deceleration in the coming months, buyer sentiment will take a hit, causing auto sales to further slow down.

Passenger Car Segment Will Outperform

As the Chinese economy rebalances over the coming years to one where consumption makes up a larger share, the outperformance of the passenger car segment vis-a-vis the CV segment will persist. Over our 2014-2018 forecast period, we expect car sales to grow 7.8% a year on average versus 4.4% a year average growth for the CV segment. Therefore, we believe there is greater value in passenger car manufacturers, which are industry leaders, rather than pure play CV players.

Alternative Fuel

Chinese motorbike and car manufacturer Chongqing Lifan Industry Group Co. plans to construct an electric vehicle (EV) plant in Jiyuan. The total investment into the factory, which will initially...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
9
Political
11
Economic
12
Business Environment
13
Industry Forecast
14
Production And Sales
14
Table: Autos Total Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (China 2012-2018)
14
Alternative Fuel
16
Passenger Cars
27
Table: Passenger Car Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (China 2012-2018)
27
Commercial Vehicles
38
Table: Commercial Vehicle Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (China 2012-2018)
38
Motorcycles
39
Table: Motorcycle Market - Historical Data And Forecasts (China 2012-2018)
39
Company Developments
39
Suppliers
41
Macroeconomic Forecasts
44
Economic Analysis
44
Table: China - Economic Activity
48
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
49
Table: BMI INDUSTRY RISK/REWARD RATINGS - ASIA-PACIFIC AUTOS
52
Company Profile
53
Company News Alert
53
Shanghai GM
57
Volkswagen
59
Ford Motor
61
Daimler
63
Regional Overview
65
Asia Regional Overview
65
Table: VEHICLE SALES MARCH 2014 (CBUS)
65
Global Industry Overview
70
Table: Passenger Car Sales March 2014
70
European Growth Gathers Momentum
70
Japan Prepares For Tax Fallout
72
China Wobble Adds To BRIC Weakness
73
Demographic Forecast
76
Table: China's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
77
Table: China's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
78
Table: China's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
79
Table: China's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
79
Methodology
80
Industry Forecasts
80
Sector-Specific Methodology
81
Sources
81
Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
82
Table: Automotive Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators And Weighting Of Indicators
83

The China Autos Report features the latest data and forecasts covering production, sales, imports and exports.

Business Monitor International (BMI)'s China Autos Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, auto associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the automotives market in China.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent automotives industry forecasts on China to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Chinese automotives market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Chinese automotives sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in China.
  • Assess the activities and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Competitive Landscape Analysis.

Coverage

Executive Summary

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering production, sales and the introduction of new technology or products.

Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews

In-depth analysis of the major global and regional developments in the market, which can be linked with the country industry overview, providing cross-country investment, product and financing trends that will affect each market, supported by BMI’s global and regional industry forecasts.

Business Environment Ratings

BMI's proprietary Autos Business Environment Ratings are a unique country-comparative Risk-Reward Ratings index that separately analyses the risks and rewards of operating in each market. It is aimed at investors (including manufacturers, suppliers and dealers) who seek to either identify and compare market opportunities, or evaluate country-specific operational challenges.

The ratings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industries, economic and demographic data points.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2017 for all key industry indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Total production value (US$bn); total production of units; production by vehicle-type (including cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses); total sales value (US$bn); sales by vehicle-type, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles (vans and microbuses, pickups, trucks and buses, 4 wheel drive); total exports by value (US$bn) and by units; total imports by value (US$bn) and by units; contribution to GDP; employment in industry.

BMI Economic Forecasts

BMI forecasts to end-2017 for all headline macroeconomic indicators, including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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