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The Sky Isn’t Falling, Says GM President

Batey counters concerns raised by Ford CFO that auto sales have peaked.

by on Aug.02, 2016

GM North America Pres. Alan Batey introduces the 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback at the NAIAS.

It’s been a great ride for the U.S. auto industry. After crashing into the worst recession in decades, it rebounded to record sales of 17.5 million vehicles last year and, until recently, seemed poised to top that number again in 2016.

But there’s been a growing chorus of concern in recent weeks, industry insiders like Ford Motor Co. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks warning that the ride is over, and that U.S. car sales are about to start the inevitable slide. Just don’t count General Motors North America President Alan Batey among those who says the downturn is about to begin.

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“We think the industry will plateau at some time, but everything we see says that into the near future the industry will remain strong,” Batey told reporters.

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New Vehicle Sales Expected to be Flat in July

Many analysts believe sales run peaked last year.

by on Jul.29, 2016

New car sales are expected to flatten out in July, but makers are still tracking for a record year.

New vehicle sales are expected to drop 1% year-over-year to a total of 1.5 million units in July 2016, resulting in an estimated 17.5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, or SAAR, according to Kelley Blue Book.

The estimate is in line with a growing consensus that sales of new vehicles peaked during the summer and fall of 2015 and the growth of sales has flattened out in recent months. However, the competition for those sales has intensified as the recent furor General Motors use of incentive “increases” revealed.

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Chuck Stevens, GM’s chief financial officer, said the discounts GM offered over the Fourth of July was a “tactic” and not a signal that GM was preparing to make broader use of incentives. (more…)

Used Car Buyers Charged Up about EVs and Hybrids

Top three fastest selling used cars in U.S. are electrics.

by on Jul.22, 2016

The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is the fastest-selling used car in America through May.

Looking for a good used car? Well, if you find a hybrid or an EV you like, don’t dawdle on buying it because it’ll be off the lot before you know it.

According to iSeeCars.com, five of the top 10 fastest selling used cars in the U.S. in the first half of this year were hybrids or full electrics, including the top three movers. Perhaps even more astonishing, only one of the top 10 is an American car.

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Overall, iSeeCars.com found that one- to three-year-old used cars took an average of 42.4 days to sell. The top 10 fastest selling cars, however, were much faster—ranging from just 19.7 days on the market to 29.4 days. (more…)

Global Auto Sales Expected to Set New Records

Small crossovers, utes expected to lead sales charge.

by on Jun.20, 2016

Small crossovers, like the Fiat 500X, will drive sales to new records globally, according to BMI Research.

Global autos sales are still expected to show a marked improvement in 2016 and the boom in auto sales should continue into 2017 as consumers globally continue to snap up small crossover vehicles, according to a new estimate from BMI Research.

Sales of new vehicles worldwide are growing 3.4% compared with 1.9% in 2015, BMI reported.

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For the most part, developed states are continuing to drive this growth, particularly in North America and Europe, according to the report. (more…)

Buick Reportedly Planning to Kill Off Verano

Move would mark another shift from cars to SUVs.

by on May.10, 2016

Buick will be dropping the Verano as it shifts from passenger cars to light trucks.

Just days after Fiat Chrysler outlined plans to phase out several of its passenger car models and shift production to its SUVs and pickups, reports have surfaced indicating General Motors’ Buick will drop the small Verano sedan model as the brand shifts its own focus to a growing line-up of sport-utility vehicles.

The move would not surprise industry observers who have been observing more and more American motorists walk away from traditional passenger cars in favor of utility vehicles, pickups and other light truck models that, in recent months, have accounted for as much as 60% of new vehicle sales in the U.S.

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The shift has forced manufacturers to rethink both manufacturing and product development strategies. And, in some cases, it has led them to cut back or even idle production at some of the plants producing slow-selling sedan and coupe models, such as Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and the Orion Assembly Plant that produces the Verano.

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US New Vehicle Sales Soar to Near-Record Levels

Makers still blowing trucks and utes out dealership doors.

by on May.03, 2016

Ford's SUV sales in April were red hot with the Explorer up 22% for the month.

Any concerns about a possible weakening for new vehicle sales this year have been set aside by strong demand for trucks and utility vehicles at near record levels last month.

Hungry buyers helped boost sales and transaction prices in April with Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Audi all posting sales increases for the month. Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen sales continued to slide, but General Motors’ drop overall sales was a surprise.

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Ford reported its sales increased 4% versus a year ago and retail sales also grew 3%, driving the company’s best April retail results since 2006.  (more…)

Summer Blend Makes Gas Prices Rise

Refineries shifting to special seasonal mix.

by on Apr.05, 2016

Gas prices are on the rise as producers move to the summer blend of fuel.

With the summer driving season fast approaching, the price of gasoline continues to climb, pushing the average price beyond $2 per gallon, according to a new report by AAA.

Despite increasing for 36 of the past 41 days, the national average is at its lowest price point for this same date since 2009, according to AAA.

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“The average price of $2.06 per gallon represents an increase of two cents on the week and 24 cents on the month. Pump prices continue to reflect year-over-year discounts, and drivers are saving 34 cents per gallon versus this same date last year,” the organization noted. (more…)

New Vehicle Sales Holding Strong in February

Compact car sales going strong this month.

by on Feb.23, 2016

Longer, lower, roomier. Honda's 2016 Civic is one of the compact cars enjoying strong sales in February.

Despite the uncertainty that has rippled through the economy since the start of the year, new car sales have remained robust.

New-vehicle sales this month are expected to increase 8.1% from a year ago, according to a monthly sales forecast developed by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

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The SAAR for total sales is projected to reach 17.7 million units in February 2016, up 1.4 million units from 16.4 million a year ago when much of the country was snowbound and the highest rate since 2000 when it briefly reached 18.9 million units. (more…)

New Vehicle Registrations Guarantee Record 2015 Sales

Crossover vehicles leading the sales charge.

by on Dec.14, 2015

New vehicle registrations are at record levels in 2015, suggesting the old sales record of 17.4 million will fall.

The news has been filled with all types of statistics to quantify the number of new vehicles have been sold this year. Well, the simplest may be this: in the last 12 month, 17 million new vehicles have been sold: the best result since 2006.

Experian Automotive released the number of new vehicle registrations from Nov. 1, 2014 through Oct. 31, 2015 in the U.S. and the number matches the record result from 2006, and supports the assertion that 2015 will set a new single-year mark.

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“It’s encouraging to see new registrations return to prerecession levels, with lower interest and higher employment rates driving vehicle demand,” said Brad Smith, Experian’s director of automotive market statistics. “While I’m sure the auto industry would like to continue this growth annually, it is important to continually monitor data trends and economic indicators to identify shifts in demand and adjust business strategies accordingly.” (more…)

October Auto Sales Frighteningly Good

Trucks, SUVs continue to lead the pack.

by on Oct.27, 2015

October auto sales are expected to be the best October results since 2001.

The auto industry is looking at another big month in October as sales are moving at very brisk pace and carmakers, with the exception of scandal-tarred Volkswagen, continue to post sales gains.

New-vehicle retail and total sales in October 2015 are expected to be the strongest for the month since 2001, when automakers’ “Keep America Rolling,” 0% financing incentives propelled new-vehicle retail sales to 1.6 million units.

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“September was a strong month — bolstered by the Labor Day weekend — so the expectation is that we would see some weakness is subsequent months, but that hasn’t been the case,” said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power. “Through the first 18 days in October, retail sales are up 7% compared with the same period a year ago.” (more…)