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Despite Prolonged Winter Sales Bounce Back

FCA, Ford, Toyota, Nissan all report gains.

by on Apr.01, 2014

Ford's F-Series helped the automaker to a 3% sales increase in March.

New car and trucks sales rebounded from a February dip led by some perennial sales “all-stars,” such as the Dodge Ram, Ford F-Series and Nissan Altima.

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate is expected to come in at 15.8 million units, which is an increase of February’s rate of 15.3 million units. General Motors, which normally reports sales in the morning failed to do so due to a computer error, is expected to post its results by the end of the day today.

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Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Toyota and Nissan all reported sales gains for the month due to the strong sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles. Both Chrysler and Ford beat expectations. (more…)

US Car Sales on the Rise in March

FCA, Ford, Toyota, Nissan all report gains.

by on Apr.01, 2014

FCA's Ram pickup enjoyed its best March sales total in 10 years.

Sales of new vehicles, stalled by bitter winter weather, showed signs of recovery during March as both Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Toyota and Nissan all reported sales gains for the month due to the strong sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Both Chrysler and Ford beat expectations. General Motors delayed release to their monthly sales totals due to a technical problem.

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“We are entering the spring selling season on a high note as our Jeep and Fiat brands recorded their best sales months ever and Chrysler Group extended its streak in March to 48 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales. “Our Ram pickup truck posted its best March sales in 10 years.” (more…)

Altima Takes Car Sales Lead from Camry in February

Nissan, Chrysler enjoy strong sales due to SUVs.

by on Mar.03, 2014

The Nissan Altima took over the car sales lead in February outselling Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

The cold February weather that settled across the nation set the stage for something of a revolution in showrooms across the country as the Nissan Altima replaced the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord as the best-selling passenger car in the U.S.

The final sales totals for the month of February showed Nissan selling a total of 30,849 Altimas, an increase of 11.3%. Sales of the Toyota Camry, the most popular car in America for more than a decade, fell 7.3% to 28,998 units, while sales of the Honda Accord fell 12% to 24,622.

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The decline in sales of the Camry and Accord also undercut the overall sales results for Toyota and Honda. Toyota sales slipped 4.3% despite and Honda’s fell 7% despite strong utility vehicle sales for both makers. (more…)

February Brings Automakers Mixed Sales Results

GM, Ford, Toyota, VW slump, while FCA, Nissan rise.

by on Mar.03, 2014

Jeep sales were up 47% in February, helping FCA to an double-digit jump overall for the month.

The chill of a cold February spread to new vehicle sales, but makers increased incentives to try to heat up sales in the second half of the month, setting the stage for stronger sales heading into the spring selling season.

General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen all reported sales declines for February as inclement weather over much of the country reduced showroom traffic.

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However, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Porsche and Nissan posted double-digit sales increases thanks to strong sales of sport utility vehicles. FCA’s Chrysler Group posted an 11% increase compared, while Nissan said sales increased 15%. (more…)

Toyota Sees Slowdown in Growth – But Still Strong Year for U.S. Auto Market

Automaker hopes to finish repairs, end safety-related stop-sale in coming weeks.

by on Feb.06, 2014

Toyota Vice President Bob Carter is focusing on the expected surge in demand for new vehicles this year.

The recovery of the U.S. auto market is likely to slow in 2014 – but Toyota Vice President Bob Carter said he’s focusing on the half-full view of the glass, noting that the coming year will still bring another surge in demand, marking the first time since the 1930s that American automotive sales increased for five consecutive years.

Carter, who oversees the Japanese giant’s U.S. automotive operations, offered a generally upbeat assessment of the status of both the car business and Toyota itself during an appearance marking the opening of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Among other things, Carter said repairs have begun on more than 30,000 Toyota vehicles that were pulled from sale last month due to a defect in their seat heaters. They should be back on sale in a matter of weeks, he explained.

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Exactly what 2014 will bring is a matter of some debate – especially after the industry’s lackluster performance in January that saw a number of key makers, General Motors and Ford, lose ground. Toyota posted a 7.2% dip, year-over-year. That was a disappointment for those who hoped to see the market maintain the pace of 2013 when sales jumped by more than 1 million units, to 15.6 million, the best tally since before the recession. (more…)

Toyota Earnings Up Over 500% on Weaker Yen

Japanese giant raises forecast – but also faces some problems.

by on Feb.04, 2014

The Prius has helped drive Toyota sales worldwide.

The world’s largest automaker has now posted the industry’s largest profit for the final quarter of 2013, Toyota Motor Co. earnings increasing by more than 500%, much of that momentum driven by the weak yen.

Toyota earned 525.4 billion yen, or $5.2 billion, for the October-December period, the third quarter of the Japanese fiscal year, up from 99.9 billion yen a year earlier.  The maker’s quarterly sales, meanwhile, surged by 24%, to 6.6 trillion yen, or $64.2 billion.

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Toyota’s earnings handily exceeded the 437 billion yen, or $4.3 billion, consensus forecast of industry analysts polled by tracking firm FactSet.  That’s a sharp shift from recent days during which a number of key corporations have fallen short of industry estimates, driving a sharp sell-off of stocks in Asia and on other markets around the world.

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Bad Weather Puts a Freeze on January Car Sales

Economic concerns also played a role.

by on Feb.03, 2014

Chrysler was one of the few makers to shake off the January freeze with products like this 2014 Ram 1500.

The record cold weather that has swept across much of the U.S. in recent weeks has apparently put car sales in the deep freeze – a situation analysts suggest was worsened by the slide in stock prices that has again raised concerns about the nation’s on-again/off-again economic recovery.

While a few manufacturers were able to buck the downward trend, key makers including General Motors and Volkswagen saw sales tumble last month.  And the industry, on the whole, saw average transaction prices – the amount consumers actually paid after factoring in incentives and options – slide after months of reaching new records.

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“Given the difficult weather in our largest sales regions, we are fortunate to have held in at retail as well as we did,” said John Felice, vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford, which experienced a 7% decline in sales during January.

“In areas where the weather was good, such as in the West, sales were up,” Felice added, noting, “The poor weather also had an impact on the timing of some of our fleet deliveries. A bright spot is Lincoln, which had its strongest sales in four years.”

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Toyota Takes Global Sales Title over GM

Robust US and China sales propel maker to top spot.

by on Jan.23, 2014

Toyota outsold GM worldwide for the second consecutive year. The maker expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles next year.

The battle for global automotive sales superiority has been fought and won by…Toyota.

For the second year in a row, Toyota topped General Motors in worldwide auto sales by selling a record 9.98 million vehicles, just about 270,000 more than GM, and up 2% over its previous year’s sales.

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Not only did it beat GM again, the Japanese maker said it would do something next year no other vehicle maker has ever done: sell 10 million vehicles. It predicted sales would rise to 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. (more…)

Toyota Predicts 100,000-Unit Sales Jump in 2014

Lentz says economic growth, not pent-up demand to drive sales.

by on Jan.13, 2014

Toyota's Jim Lentz says Toyota expects to sell 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2014.

Toyota expects to sell 100,000 more vehicles this year than it did in 2013 even as total carsales in the U.S. begin to level off. This increase could represent half a percent of market share if the industry meets analysts’ sales forecasts of 16.5 million units.

“At Toyota, we’re confident the auto industry will continue to grow in 2014, but at a more moderate pace,” Jim Lentz, chief executive officer, said in a speech to the Society of Automotive Analysts on the eve of then annual North American International Auto Show.

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Lentz said Toyota expects industry sales to total roughly 16 million units, which represents healthy growth, but slower than the past few years. (more…)

VW Maintains Global Growth Pace

U.S. dip doesn’t slow maker down.

by on Nov.14, 2013

VW hopes to revitalize the US market as it brings out new models -- including a production version of the CrossBlue Concept.

It’s been a rough few months for Volkswagen of America which has gone into a sales lump after several years of significant gains. But that’s only put in sharp relief the maker’s relatively strong global sales report for the first nine months of 2013.

As a whole, the VW’s global sales increased by 3.4% during the first three quarters, totaling 4.88 million vehicles from January to October.  In October alone, the brand’s global sales rose 2%, to 511,400.

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“Deliveries by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand made satisfactory progress in October despite the ongoing economic uncertainty in some regions. We continued to grow in the Asia-Pacific region where deliveries in China, our largest single market, remained very encouraging,” said Christian Klingler, board member for sales and marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.

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