While June’s global light vehicle sales show a 9.4% year-on-year increase, this was slightly below the forecast 14.9% gain for the month, with China’s 12.7% fall in sales the most significant contributor to the weaker than anticipated market.
Although the market’s sales increased positively year-on-year it was once again a largely disappointing month for sales. The SAAR rate – at 81.9m was ahead of May’s value, but it was some way off the levels seen in March and April which offered promise of an orderly recovery to global markets.
Performance in West Europe remained lumpy with Germany, Italy and France leading SAAR gains while the Spanish and UK markets saw selling rates fall back. Markets outside the Big Five largely followed the lead of the stronger performing markets.
Chip shortages are beginning to materially affect sales in the US, Japan and China which we expect to continue to choke sales into the start of Q4.