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  • Audi’s first quarter sales in China drop 22% after dealer dispute

    April 19, 2017

    Audi’s dealer dispute in China seems to have affected the company’s first quarter sales figures, which were released this week and showed a 22.1% year-on-year drop in its biggest market during the first three months of 2017. The company’s dealers in the country have expressed opposition to the OEM’s plans to produce and sell cars …

  • Turkey’s auto sector grows in the midst of political turmoil

    April 13, 2017

    Representatives of Turkey’s automotive industry and the government’s investment support agency met in London, UK, last month to discuss the challenges the country faces in getting back on track toward production and export growth, following a politically turbulent two years. Despite the disruption, it seems the Turkish automotive sector is recovering well – both domestically …

  • Further signs of nascent recovery in Russian car market

    April 12, 2017

    After the first month of year-on-year growth in two years last November, Russian car sales recorded a positive first quarter in 2017 – a further sign that the market may have turned a corner. According to the Association of European Businesses (AEB), sales in March grew by 9.4% from a year earlier, to 137,894 units. This was …

  • Peugeot launches online car sales in UK

    January 23, 2017

    Peugeot has decided to launch a comprehensive online car-buying service in the UK. The company claims it is the first time every step of the buying process – including financing and establishing a guaranteed price for part exchanges – can be completed in one go over the internet. “With no need to visit a dealer …

  • Russia car market up for first time in two years; exports also rise

    December 13, 2016

    Domestic car sales in Russia grew in November for the first time in almost two years, data from the Association of European Business (AEB) have indicated. According to the AEB, sales grew 0.6% year-on-year in November, after falls of 2.6% in October, 10.9% in September and 18% in August. “November sales were the first in …

  • Hyundai to offer online car purchasing across the UK from January

    December 7, 2016

    Carmaker Hyundai has announced the launch in January of a website in the UK allowing customers to purchase its vehicles and arrange finance online. While the company has provided smaller scale digital store options in the past, such as the one operated with Rockar and another in Madrid, this is the first manufacturer-based sales system …