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Foreign Automakers Enjoy Strong April Sales

Honda, Kia, VW buck rising sales trend.

by on May.01, 2015

Carmakers from around the world finished April with strong sales in the United States.

The 2016 Mazda6 helped the Japanese automaker to a 7.5% sales jump last month.

Mazda reported its best sales in 20 years, while Subaru, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Maserati all chalked up double-digit gains. However, it wasn’t sunshine and roses for every automaker as Honda, Kia and Volkswagen, reported sales declines and Volvo remained flat.

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“It is often said at Mazda that this business isn’t a sprint, but a marathon, and our sixth-generation vehicles prove that a steady pace will establish growth and build our brand,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales, MNAO. “Sixth-generation vehicle sales combine to be up 14% year-over-year and we continue to focus on the quality of our sales.” Overall, Mazda’s April sales were up 7.5%. (more…)

May Could Bring Best Retail Car Sales in a Decade

Spending on new vehicles could set a new record for the month.

by on May.27, 2014

Big Memorial Day sales are expected to deliver strong numbers for May.

With automakers offering lavish sales for the Memorial Day weekend, industry-watchers are optimistic May will end on an upbeat note. But even before the annual holiday event, sales of new vehicles have been rocking along this month, with analysts predicting May will see a significant upturn from year-ago sales.

New light vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to hit 1.52 million units, up 5.5% from May 2013 and a 9.5% increase from April 2014, according to TrueCar, which is predicting that the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, or SAAR, will reach 16.1 million when the books are closed on May, a 6% year-over-year increase.

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Spring car sales generally are some of the year’s strongest, but industry observers are particularly relived considering the unexpectedly sharp slide in demand during this past, cold Winter.

“The industry is back to the level we expected at the beginning of the year,” said Larry Dominique, President of data tracking service ALG, and Executive Vice President of TrueCar.  “Chrysler, GM and Nissan are all benefiting from increased demand. They are showing higher sales and are able to pull back on incentive spending,” he added.


Automakers Enjoy April Sales Shower

GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan all see sales spikes.

by on May.01, 2014

GM rode strong truck sales to a 7 percent sales increase in April.

After going through the big chill this past winter, automakers entered a spring thaw in April, makers reporting some of the strongest sales results they’ve seen in months.

Industry analysts suggest a variety of factors may be working in the industry’s favor. For one thing, April marked the start of the traditional automotive buying season, likely getting a bit of a nudge as motorists snowed in by the Polar Vortex finally headed for showrooms.

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Key automakers, including Nissan and Chrysler, even a General Motors battered by recalls, posted sales gains for the month. And though Ford did report a modest 1% decline, Toyota is reporting a 13.3% increase. (more…)

New Car Sales Picking Up April Momentum

Warm weather, new products, rising consumer confidence are factors.

by on Apr.28, 2014

A flood of new products, like this Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, has helped warm up the U.S. market after a cold winter.

As much of the country shakes off the winter doldrums and heads for what has traditionally been the year’s busiest season, sales of new cars, trucks and crossovers appear to be picking up some significant momentum.

After a frigid start to the New Year, demand has been heating up in April, according to a number of preliminary reports which see the warmer weather as one key factor – though buyers also are being lured back to showrooms by a flood of new products. And improved consumer confidence is helping, as well.

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Sales appear to be heading for the 16 million mark on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, or SAAR, for April, according to new surveys. By comparison, the industry sold 15.5 million new vehicles for all of 2013. Meanwhile, J.D. Power & Associates estimates consumers will spend $33.5 billion purchasing new vehicles this month, a record for the month, topping the $30.5 billion motorists spent in April 2005.

“Auto sales are hitting their stride as the spring selling season begins, and the pace has returned to the level expected at this stage of the recovery,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at LMC Automotive.


April Sales Soar

But there are a few setbacks.

by on May.01, 2012

While the Nissan brand slipped in April, its Infiniti luxury brand gained on demand for the new JX crossover.

While several major makers have yet to weigh in, preliminary numbers confirm that the U.S. new car market continued gaining momentum in April – though there were a few setbacks, notably for the two largest of the domestic makers.

But it is likely to wrap up as another month of record-setting sales for at least some makers, including Volkswagen of America, which enjoyed its best April in more than 40 years. Chrysler, meanwhile, posted yet another a double-digit sales increase. Preliminary numbers for Japanese makers are mixed, Nissan reporting a rare down month while Toyota, still recovering from last year’s shortages, reported an 11.6% gain for the month.

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But both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors posted sales declines as the automakers reduced fleet sales. Despite the setback, however, GM raised its full-year light vehicle sales forecast to the range of 14.0 million to 14.5 million units from earlier estimates of 13.5 million to 14 million units.  A growing number of industry analysts now believe 2012 could wrap up with sales in the low to mid-14 million range.


Spring Selling Season Turns Out To Be A Non-Event

Off-Shore owned brands at 54% gain market share yet again.

by on May.04, 2009


The anticipated spring vehicle sales boost fails to materialize.

If wishes were auto sales, than dealers would be riding high, but once again predictions of a resurgence of sales as the spring selling season began in April were made a mockery of as the final data became available.

Overall April sales, including domestic and offshore-owned brands, unadjusted for business days, were down 34.4% from April 2008, according to numbers from Autodata Corporation. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate (SAAR) now stands at 9.5 million, where it has been stuck all year. 

Offshore-owned brands sold 442,124 vehicles in April, down from 656,034 in April 2008. Asian brands accounted for 45.5% of the market, up from 44.7%i n April 2008, and Europeans had an 8.5% share, up from 7.5%. Domestic brands finished the month with 46% of the market. 

“We haven’t seen the numbers we hoped for this spring,” said American International Automobile Dealers Association Chairman, Russ Darrow. “It is becoming increasingly clear that point-of-sale stimulation is necessary to jumpstart a recovery. Specifically, we need Congress to pass a scrappage/fleet modernization bill. Any bill must be immediate, simple, and inclusive of all brands retailed in the United States.”   (more…)