Global demand for cars remained at a very high level in the year under review, but actually decreased slightly by about
Passenger car sales in the whole of Europe were at about the prior-year level. Demand in Western Europe also remained at the level o
Thanks to a favorable overall economic environment, the market volume for cars and light trucks in the United States remained more or less unchanged at a very high level, with unit sales totaling more than 17 million vehicles. The SUV trend continued unabated, with sales of such vehicles rising significantly in the year under review. Sales of traditional sedans, on the other hand, once again decreased significantly.
Car sales in China fell slightly for the first time in decades. This was due on the one hand to the discontinuation of the government tax incentives that had supported car sales in previous years. On the other hand, the growing trade dispute with the United States led to uncertainty among consumers, causing them to postpone vehicle purchases in some cases. The second half of the year was particularly weak, and full-year sales ended up decreasing by approximately
Demand for cars in Japan remained more or less at the same solid level as in the prior year. Sales in India increased slightly, as the Indian car market continued its expansion of recent years. The Brazilian car market continued to recover in the year under review. The initial market volume was low in Brazil, but the country recorded a double-digit increase in unit sales.
Demand for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks developed positively overall in markets relevant to our operations. The North American market benefited from the strong growth of the US economy and the vibrant development of corporate investment. Sales of Class 6 to 8 trucks increased by just over 2
Despite the somewhat less dynamic overall economic development in the EU30 region (European Union, Switzerland and Norway), the truck market there remained robust, with sales increasing moderately. Developments varied among the individual markets. Demand for trucks rose slightly in Germany and substantially in France, for example. However, sales in the United Kingdom decreased relative to the previous year, as had been expected. Total truck sales in the EU countries of Central and Eastern Europe increased significantly. Despite disappointingly weak economic growth in Brazil, truck sales in that country increased by nearly 5
Developments in Daimler’s most important Asian markets were varied. The Japanese market for light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks remained solid, with sales only slightly below the previous year’s level. Demand for trucks in India recovered from the negative effects of regulatory measures introduced in the prior year, and the Indian market for medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks recorded a significant double-digit increase in sales as a result. The truck market in China developed better than expected and roughly maintained the extraordinarily high sales volume o
Demand for vans continued to develop positively in the EU30 region i
Market volume for buses in the EU30 region was slightly above the high level of the previous year. The situation in Latin America (excluding Mexico) improved due to the market recovery in Brazil, although growth in the region was slowed by a sharp market contraction in Argentina. As a result of the ongoing difficult economic situation in Turkey, the market volume for buses there once again decreased significantly compared with the previous year.