With Gabon's economy so reliant on the hydrocarbons sector, there are a number of reasons why we have revised down our vehicle sales forecasts for 2015-2019.
Firstly, lower oil prices will reduce government income, which will have a knock on effect for a sector reliant on government sales. As we previously pointed out during the audit, the biggest impact will come in the SUV and pick-up segments, which are the most popular, especially for government sale, due to their suitability for the poor state of the roads. In 2013, the two segments combined accounted for around 75% of the total new vehicle market and so any hit to these segments will be the biggest driver of the overall market's performance.
Added to the lower prices is the disruption in the oil sector, and fuel shortages, caused by strikes at the end of 2014. Even when the immediate strike action is over, our Country Risk team expects social unrest to continue in early 2015.
Therefore, while we still forecast a return to growth in new vehicle sales from 2015, we have lowered the rate of growth to 4.0% for passenger cars and 8% for LCVs as this is the most popular segment. It will be 2016 before we expect to see the market surpass the 2011 record. By 2019, the total new vehicle market will surpass 7,000 units, led by the LCV segment, which we forecast to average growth of 12% over 2016-19, compared with 8% for the total market.
Over the long term, there is still a major obstacle to new vehicle sales growth. While restrictions on used car imports could have a slightly positive impact on the new cars segment, we still believe the highly competitive used car market will continue to limit growth in the new car segment. Local news sources have reported that the price differential between a brand new and nearly new vehicle is quite significant, prompting most consumers to opt for second-hand cars.
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