Carmakers had a rough start to 2020, with worldwide auto production and sales having slumped amid the coronavirus outbreak. Supply chain disruptions, factory closures, and sales drops had a massive impact on the largest automobile manufactures, causing a sharp fall in their revenues.
According to data compiled by StockApps.com, the Volkswagen Group, Toyota, and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, as the leading automobile manufacturers based on global sales, lost $104.5 bln in combined revenue in the first half of 2020.
Volkswagen Group sees biggest drop in 2020
Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest automobile manufacturer, sold the most cars in 2019, delivering 10.2 mln sedans, sport-utility vehicles and compact cars under its top passenger car brands, and almost 734,000 trucks in its three commercial vehicle brands.
Statista data also revealed the German carmaker hit a 25.4% market share based on new car registrations in Europe as of October.
Although the company managed to reduce the effects of COVID-19 in the first half of the year, the H1 2020 financial report still revealed severe losses. Between January and June, the Group’s sales revenue plunged by $34.5 bln to $114 bln, the heaviest fall among the top three carmakers.
The COVID-19 outbreak caused a 27% drop in vehicle deliveries and an adjusted operating loss of $940 mln in the first half of 2020, down from an $11.8 bln adjusted operating profit in the year-earlier period, forcing the German automaker to slash its dividend.
Yahoo Finance data also revealed the Volkswagen Group market cap dropped by 17% in 2020, falling from $98.1 bln in December 2019 to $80.8 bln last week.
Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s second-largest car producer, sold 10.74 mln vehicles in 2019. With 7.9 mln cars sold between January and June, 100,000 more than VW Group, the company could become the leading automaker in 2020 if COVID-19 is contained in its most important markets, Japan and the United States.
In fiscal 2020, ended on March 31, 2020, the Toyota sales revenue dropped by $2.9 bln or 1.1% to $290 bln. However, the Q1 FY 2021 results for the period between April and June 2020, revealed a 40.4% drop in revenue and the smallest quarterly profit in nine years as the coronavirus pandemic halved its car sales. Statistics show the revenue of the Japanese carmaker plunged by $29.7 bln YoY in the second quarter of 2020, with a total loss in the first half of 2020 reaching $32.7 bln.
The auto giant expects coronavirus to deliver a major blow to earnings and sales in the fiscal year ending March 2021, with net profit forecast to plunge 64% year-over-year to $6.97 bln.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance suffered a $37.3 bln loss
With 10 mln vehicles sold in 2019 and 6.3 mln in the first half of 2020, the Franco-Japanese alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, ranked third on the list of the top-selling car manufacturers.
Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outbreak severely affected their business. The Renault Group suffered a massive downturn for the first half of 2020. Between January and June, the company reported $21.8 bln in sales revenue, a $12.5 bln or 34% plunge year-over-year.
Sales figures were also down for the period, with the Renault Group suffering a 34.9% plunge globally and 41.8% in Europe, the second-worst hit region after the Americas. Nissan’s sales dropped by 47.7% globally and 33.7% in its home market of Japan.
Mitsubishi Motors reported a $12.6 bln revenue loss in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. The downturn continued in the Q1 of the fiscal year 2021, with revenues falling to $25.5 bln, a 32% plunge year-over-year. The Japanese multinational suffered a total loss of $24.8 bln in the first half of 2020, while its market cap halved reaching $2.98 bln last week.
Statistics show the Franco-Japanese alliance lost a total of $37.3 bln in sales revenue in the first half of 2020.