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Ford, GM Sales in China Move in Opposite Directions

New product key to strong sales.

by on Mar.12, 2018

Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO, discusses the plans to expand sales in China.

Ford Motor Co. suffered another sharp reversal of fortune in China during February where it reported vehicle sales dropped 30% from a year earlier while General Motors continues to roll up sales.

The sales drop by Ford appeared to reflect a dearth of new products as the company continued to struggle in the world’s largest auto market.

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Ford’s sales dropped 18% in January and in February totaled just 47,483 vehicles, accounting for the 30% drop mentioned earlier. (more…)

Auto Sales Falter in February

Audi, Toyota and VW provide bright spots for dreary month.

by on Mar.01, 2018

Volkswagen enjoyed a 6% sales jump in last month while most other makers struggled.

New vehicle sales stalled in February as General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Nissan all reported sales declines, but Toyota and Volkswagen managed to post increases taking some of the sting out of figures.

Volkswagen said its sales increased by 6% while Toyota posted an increase of 4.5%. “We’re off to an outstanding start for the year,” said Jack Hollis, the head of the Toyota Division sales. Not surprisingly, Audi also continued its run of positive months with a 12% February jump.

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“Market softness spread beyond cars in February to other segments of the market,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst, (more…)

New Vehicle Sales Expected to Drop in February

Only Toyota, VW and Audi expected to see small increases.

by on Feb.23, 2018

Sluggish sales in the U.S. are expected to continue into February.

Carmakers are quick to point out that one month of sales figures don’t represent a trend, but analysts are now predicting that new vehicle sales are poised to slide again in February, following the drop in January.

Edmunds, a leading car shopping and information platform, is predicting 1.27 million new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. this month for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate or SAAR of 16.8 million.

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The figures reflects a 10.8% increase in sales compared with last month, but a 4.1% decrease from February 2017, Edmunds said. (more…)

New Vehicle Sales Hold Steady in January

The results a pleasant surprise since a negative number was expected.

by on Feb.01, 2018

The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition and its luxury sibling, the Lincoln Navigator, sold well in January.

Automakers did better than many expected in January as General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted sales gains and transaction prices continued to rise right along with incentives.

General Motors reported a 1.3% increase in sales with the help of a surge in fleet sales, which accounted for 23.8% of the company’s sales. GM is also sitting on 94 days of unsold inventory, partly because it is stockpiling trucks ahead of big model change later this year, but also GM’s retail sales also declined during January

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“All of our brands are building momentum in the industry’s hottest and most profitable segments,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations. “Chevrolet led the growth of the small crossover segment with the Trax as well as the mid-pickup segment with the Colorado. Now, we have the all-new Equinox and Traverse delivering higher sales, share and transaction prices,” he added. (more…)

New Vehicle Sales Expected to Drop in January

Forecasts support what automakers predicted earlier: lower sales in 2018.

by on Jan.30, 2018

New vehicle sales are expected to drop in January, according to industry forecasts.

For the second consecutive year, the new vehicle retail sales pace in January is expected to drop from year-ago levels, according to forecasts from J.D. Power, LMC Automotive and Edmunds.

The total seasonally adjusted annualized rate for January is expected to be 17.1 million units, with retail sales falling by 150,000 vehicles from a year ago, according to J.D. Power.

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“Coming off a strong sales period to close out 2017, a slower start to the year was anticipated,” said Thomas King, senior vice president of the Data and Analytics Division at J.D. Power. “After the industry’s emphasis on the sell-down of old model-year vehicles in December, January is a transition month as manufacturers shift focus towards 2018 model-year vehicles.” (more…)

Tesla to Hold Musk to a Higher Standard for Compensation

No cash or bonuses unless carmaker hits milestones.

by on Jan.23, 2018

Elon Musk won't receive any compensation from Tesla until the EV maker begins hitting select stock and operational milestones.

With Tesla still struggling with serious production problems and a balance sheet that has been sinking deeper into the red, the battery-carmaker said Tuesday that its billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk won’t be in line for any form of compensation until it reaches stock and operational milestones.

While investors continue to back the company, its shares rebounding sharply since a deeper-than-expected third-quarter loss was announced last autumn, there has been growing concern about the delays in ramping up production of the new Model 3. That has raised concerns the company might have to raise more capital to compensation for its rapid cash burn.

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“Tesla and all of its shareholders” will have to perform “extraordinarily well before Musk is to receive any form of compensation going forward, the company said. But the announcement also took aim at another concern that some investors and analysts have raised in recent months: whether the South African-born Musk would remain onboard. (more…)

China Posts Meager Auto Sales Gain in 2017

Sport-ute led the way to small 1.4% increase last year.

by on Jan.12, 2018

Auto sales in China increased marginally for 2017, but they were led by sport-utilites.

China’s auto sales stalled in December and ended 2017 up a meager 1.4% compared with a year ago results as the popularity of SUVs helped to offset falling demand for sedans, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said.

With global car makers such as General Motors, BMW, Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Nissan all reporting solid, but not spectacular, gains during 2017, smaller local brands common to almost every province and international brands such Ford and Hyundai, appeared to suffer the most for the slowdown, which was due in part to the end of special tax credits.

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The growth rate was barely one-tenth the previous year’s 15% rate, which was boosted by a temporary tax cut. (more…)

Buh-Bye Camry; Pickups, SUVs Now Own Top Sales Spots

Toyota's mainstay sedan didn't even crack the Top 5.

by on Jan.05, 2018

Despite giving the Camry a stylish makeover the sedan continued to lose momentum last year.

If anyone still questions the way light trucks have come to dominate the U.S. automotive market you only need look at the 2017 sales charts to see how passenger cars are on virtual life support these days.

Perhaps the most significant development finds that the Toyota RAV4 last year outsold the Camry for the first time ever. And so did the Nissan Rogue.

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The overall numbers for 2017 weren’t good, the U.S. market posting its first decline since the end of the Great Recession. And demand likely would have dipped more than the modest 5% if it weren’t for the strong, late-year surge as motorists in Florida and Texas raced to replace vehicles destroyed during the summer’s devastating hurricanes.


Automakers Wondering about 2018 After Slow December

Makers, analysts looking for sales to fall, but how far?

by on Jan.04, 2018

Sport-utility vehicles, like the Hyundai Sante Fe, dominated sales in 2017.

A tough December that forced car makers to utilize tactics such as selling to rental fleets and heavy promotions have left car makers pondering what’s in store for 2018.

A seven-year expansion in sales ended with a small downturn in 2017 that was felt up and down the value chain as automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus and Cadillac as well as Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai saw their sales lost ground. Ford acknowledged boosting its sales to rental fleets at the end of the year, while Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai-Kia boosted deliveries to rental fleets.

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Meanwhile, economists tied to the industry are debating whether the increases in interest rates approved and planned by the Federal Reserve Board will have a significant impact on sales in 2018. (more…)

Tesla Misses By a Mile its Model 3 Target

Models S and X beat forecast, but slow ramp-up of smaller sedan poses big problems.

by on Jan.03, 2018

A new Model 3 in front of Tesla's Fremont, California assembly plant.

Despite promises by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla has yet to dig its way out of the “production hell” it has faced since the launch of its Model 3 battery sedan last July.

The Silicon Valley carmaker said it delivered just 1,550 of the “affordable,” long-range electric vehicles during the fourth quarter, well below what industry analysts had been anticipating. Some had forecast the numbers would come closer to 9,000 for the October-December quarter, with even pessimists forecasting something closer to 4,000.

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The shortfall means that many of the roughly 400,000 customers who have plunked down $1,000 deposits for a Model 3 could be waiting well into 2019 before taking delivery, observers warned. It also raises the specter that Tesla might have to seek more capital to offset continuing losses. The company had said it would finally get into the black as production reached the longer-term target of 10,000 vehicles a week. (more…)