Global Automotive Demand Atlas January 2013 edition

In December, the global light vehicle markets grew 1.3% yoy, after having advanced 4.3% in November, resulting in a 5.2% increase to 80.89m in FY12, according to LMC Automotive. The SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualised rate) of sales declined somewhat to 82.31m units/year in December, from 83.03m units/year in November, though was better than in October and September. In 2013E, the global LVs markets are expected to decelerate sharply and grow just 2.3% to 82.73m, in line with our previous forecast. (See GADA December 2012 edition of December 19th, 2012.) Global Automotive Demand Atlas – January 2013 edition