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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.


Analysts Predicting December Sales Slide

This year expected to be fourth-best sales result ever.

by on Dec.28, 2017

New vehicle sales in December are expected to decline 7%, according to analysts.

Despite dropping millions of dollars on advertising during the holidays, analysts estimate that sales of new vehicles in December 2017 will drop 7% year-over-year with virtually every major manufacturer seeing its sales drop.

However, manufacturers can take comfort from the fact that this December will be the best sales month of 2017. This year will end at 17.1 million units sold, which is a 2% drop from last year, but still the fourth-largest sales total in history.

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“December should be the biggest sales month of the year, and despite our expectations for significant year-over-year declines, the projected SAAR of 17.6 million would be the third-highest of the year,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.  (more…)

Toyota’s Hollis Expects Solid Sales in 2018

Automaker expects new Camry to lead the way to good year.

by on Dec.05, 2017

Toyota executive Jack Hollis told the Automotive Press Association that the company expects U.S. new vehicle sales to exceed 16.5 million in 2018.

Toyota expects 2018 to be another strong year as industry sales once again exceed hit 16.5 million units or better, Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America, told the Automotive Press Association.

Hollis cited several factors contributing to the continuing strength of car sales in the U.S., including a healthy U.S. economy, continuing job and wage growth, low fuel prices and improvement in consumer confidence.

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“It might not be a record but still good strong pace,” Hollis said during in his speech during the APA meeting in Detroit. (more…)

October Sales Flat as Makers Flee From Fleet Sales

Volkswagen biggest October winner as SUVs drive increase.

by on Nov.01, 2017

Volkswagen's new Atlas was driving up sales by more than 11% for the automaker last month.

The popularity of trucks and utility vehicles continue to lift automakers’ sales during October in what was essentially a flat month for the industry.

Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. sales increased 6.2% with retail sales increasing 3.5% and fleet sales, as expected, increased 14.6% due to order timing.

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“F-Series produced another big sales gain for us in October,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing Sales and Service.  (more…)

U.S. New Vehicles Sales Rebound in September

Compact crossovers selling big as hurricane ravaged areas recover.

by on Oct.03, 2017

General Motors saw said Chevrolet Colorado's were blowing out of dealerships in September.

New vehicle sales boomed in September with General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen all reporting double-digit gains as the regions of the U.S. battered by storms at the end of the summer began to recover and sales of compact crossover vehicles soared.

GM posted a 12% year-over-year increase in total sales in September, including a 17% increase at Chevrolet and an 9% increase at GMC.

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“Our new crossovers from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have been very well received and Chevrolet had an outstanding month with the Silverado and Colorado,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “We are entering the fourth quarter with strong momentum, great products and a healthy economy.” (more…)

Auto Industry Survives Storm as August Sales Hold Steady

Hurricane Harvey takes bite out predicted sales.

by on Sep.01, 2017

August new vehicle sales remained steady despite Hurricane Harvey's impact on Texas and Louisiana. Photo credit: Brendan Strong

With the rain from Hurricane Harvey still flooding into dealerships in Texas and Louisiana, new car sales held steady in August as carmakers and analysts assessed the impact of the massive storm.

Analysts initially predicted that August sales would rise as much as 2%, making it the first monthly year-over-year increase in 2017. However, Harvey took out more than a week of sales in Texas, one of the largest markets in the U.S.

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General Motors, Toyota and Audi all reported sales increases for the month, while Ford, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler N.V. said sales dropped.  (more…)

Automakers Expected to See Sales Increase in August

Light trucks expected to lead the way.

by on Aug.25, 2017

New car sales are expected to rise, especially at GM where new utes, like the Chevy Traverse, are expected to see increases.

Sales of new vehicles in August are expected to increase 1.5% year-over-year, snapping a seven-month string in which sales of new cars, trucks and utility vehicles had dropped, according to a new forecast from Kelley Blue Book.

“August should be the first year-over-year increase of 2017, due in part to an extra selling day this month,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “This sales improvement would break a seven-month negative streak, the longest since the recession in 2009,” he noted.

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One unforeseen factor, which could alter the forecast, is the impact of Hurricane Harvey, which could disrupt sales in a wide area, stretching across Texas and Louisiana. Texas is the second-largest market for new vehicles in the U.S. and the storm is barreling down on the Houston metropolitan area, one of the largest in the U.S. (more…)

New Vehicle Sales Set to Drop Again in July

Subaru expected to buck trend and see sales increase.

by on Jul.27, 2017

While most automakers are expected to sell sales slip in July, Subaru is rolling right along with continual monthly increases.

New vehicle sales are expect expected to drop roughly 6% year-over-year in July as the industry continues a slow retreat that began last winter.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate or SAAR has now dropped to an estimated 16.7 million, according to Kelley Blue Book.

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“The annual selling pace is expected to remain below 17 million SAAR in July with volume dipping slightly from the levels seen in May and June 2017,” said Tim Fleming, KBB analyst.  (more…)

Unlike US, New Vehicle Sales on the Rise in Canada

June sales jump 6.5% while first half is up 5%.

by on Jul.05, 2017

Ford sales were up 14.1% in June in Canada. The country's auto sales are at record levels this year and trucks are the reason.

Canadian auto sales are climbing steadily this year, increasing by 5% during the first half of 2017 after setting a record in June when sales increased 6.5%.

As in the United States, light trucks have been strong during the first six months of the year even as sales of passenger cars dropped. Overall, automakers sold 1.04 million new vehicles in Canada between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to sales figures from manufacturers.

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In contrast, U.S. auto sales fell for a fourth consecutive month in June, despite hefty consumer discounts, the major automakers reported on Monday. The gains in sales in Canada as well as in Mexico are offsetting some of the drop in U.S. sales. (more…)

New Car Sales Hitting the Skids in the US

June sales expected to be 4% lower, KBB says.

by on Jun.26, 2017

New vehicles sales are expected to drop 4% on year-over-year basis in June, according to KBB.

The decline in new vehicle sales appears to be accelerating after a 4% year-over-year drop during the month of June, according to Kelley Blue Book estimates.

KBB puts total sales of 1.46 million units in June 2017, resulting in an estimated 16.3 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, one of the lowest recorded in the past two years when SAARs of 17 million plus have been the norm as sales of new vehicles reached record levels.

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“Kelley Blue Book projects June will be yet another down month of sales with expected declines in both fleet and retail,” said Tim Fleming, KBB analyst. “With manufacturers continuing to announce production cuts at their plants following weaker consumer demand, it all but solidifies 2017 as a down year.  (more…)