The new Toyota Corolla is already #5 in Finland. New car sales in Finland remain a desolate landscape: March is down an abysmal -21.2% to 9.141 units, marking a 6th double-digit drop in the past 7 months and a 7th decline in as many months. The year-to-date volume is now down a painful -15.6% to 28.736. Brand leaders Toyota (-20.3%) and Volkswagen (-22.1%) roughly match the market drop, while last month’s #1 Skoda (-34.7%) crumbles down to #3. There are no gainers in the Top 13, with BMW (-4.6%), Kia (-5.2%) and Mercedes (-5.9%) opposing the best resistance to the depressed context. Below, Tesla (+325%) is up 6 spots on February to #17 with 1.7% share thanks to the arrival of the Model 3, with Mitsubishi (+162.5) and Citroen (+3.6%) the only other gainers in the entire Top 30. The Nissan Qashqai (-10%), overall Finnish best-seller over the Full Year 2018, is back in charge thanks to a contained loss but the Ford Focus (+59.2%) is once again threatening in 2nd place while the … [Read more...] about Finland March 2019: Toyota Corolla #5, Tesla Model 3 #15 in market plunging -21.2%
The Ford Focus is up 110.1% year-on-year in a market down 11.4% Much like neighbouring Sweden, Finnish new car sales remain embroiled in a post-WLTP depression, with February (-11.4% at 7.952) marking the 5th double-digit year-on-year drop in the past 6 months, and 6 negative months in as many months. As a result, the year-to-date tally is now down a harsh 12.8% on the same period in 2018 to 19.593 sales. Skoda (+22.5%) produces an outstanding result – the largest year-on-year gain in all the brands in the Top 12 – to edge past Toyota (-22.1%) and snap the brands lead for the month, but not YTD. Volvo (+11.6%) and Kia (+11.6%) also impress in the Top 6 whereas Nissan (-45.8%) and Opel (-25.5%) fall apart. Below, Tesla (+900%), Mitsubishi (+288.9%), Lexus (+55%), Jaguar (+43.8%) and Seat (+26.9%) post spectacular improvements. Model-wise, the Skoda Octavia (+21.1%) scores a second consecutive month in pole position, cementing its YTD domination (+2.9%). The Ford Focus … [Read more...] about Finland February 2019: Skoda, Volvo, Kia, Ford Focus defy 5th double-digit market drop in 6 months
The VW Golf is the best-selling nameplate in Sweden in February. New car sales in Sweden endure an 8th consecutive double-digit year-on-year drop in February at -14.9% to just 23.146 units, leading to a year-to-date volume down 13.1% to 43.624. Homegrown market leader Volvo (-32.7%) is hit particularly hard but remains #1 at 19.5% vs. 16% for Volkswagen (-5.8%) which manages to contain its fall somewhat. In contrast the next 3 best-selling brand all post a market-defying year-on-year gain: Kia (+11.1%), Mercedes (+8.2%) and Skoda (+5.6%) all ignore the depressed conditions as does Renault (+6.9%) in the remainder of the Top 10. Toyota (-37.6%) on the other hand is annihilated. Further down, notice Jaguar (+537.5%), Land Rover (+225.9%), Tesla (+103.4%), Alfa Romeo (+90.9%), Mitsubishi (+94.8%), Mini (+33.2%) and Seat (+9.5%). Model-wise, the VW Golf (+33.1%), outsells all Volvos, starting with the S/V60 (-6.4%), S/V90 (-55.6%) and XC60 (-20.7%). The Kia Niro (+127.1%), Mitsubishi … [Read more...] about Sweden February 2019: VW Golf outsells all Volvos in 8th consecutive double-digit market decline
Time and again we've heard how digital content (like this article and the video above) are killing print media. But it turns out there's at least one bulletproof medium in the face of digitization: comic books. Comic characters pop up in all kinds of other media now, from television, to film, to the internet. But according to a breakdown by Tom DiChristopher at CNBC, print comic book revenues are still climbing, alongside the concurrent rise of digital comics. Plus, at a time when many people are ditching their bulky, physical media possessions, good, old floppy comic books have been selling better for the last five years writes io9's James Whitbrook. If you're reading this and wondering what "digital comics" are, here's a quick primer. Two different business models let you read comic books on your desktop, tablet or phone. The first is a purchase model, dominated by comiXology since its launch in 2007. You simply buy a digital comic, download it to an application on your device and … [Read more...] about Comic Books Are Thriving — in Print and Digital Forms
Bitcoins are mined via computer rigs like this one, which is set up using computer graphic cards. South_agency/Getty Images Most of us are used to paying for things with either cash, credit or debit cards. Just making the leap to mobile payment apps like PayPal and Venmo still is a stretch for many people. So when it comes to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, well, that's when things can get really perplexing. That's why Stuff They Don't Want You To Know hosts Ben Bowlin, Noel Brown and Matt Frederick decided to dedicate two episodes of the podcast to discuss cryptocurrencies. And they invited along fellow HowStuffWorks podcaster, Jonathan Strickland, to break down all the technical intricacies that make cryptocurrencies possible in part one of this special series Cryptocurrency Conspiracies. (You can listen to part two of the series here.) Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are basically "invisible" digital currencies that users send via the internet. Bitcoin in particular has been in the … [Read more...] about Bitcoin: High-tech Currency or Black-market Money?