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US New Vehicle Sales Sputter Slightly in July

GM, Ford and Toyota saw sales slide last month.

by on Aug.02, 2016

Nissan continued to see sales increase in July. The Nissan division saw its sales jump 1.7% compared with last July's results.

New car sales sputtered in July as Fiat Chrysler, Audi and Nissan and Honda all posted small gains, but General Motors, Ford and Toyota all saw their sales decline from year-ago-levels as sales remained stable but flat as buyers continued to snap up truck and utility vehicles of all kinds.

General Motors sales fell 1.9%. So far this year, GM sales are down 4% and GM executives have blamed the drop on a shift in strategy, which has seen GM reduce sales to rental fleet customers.

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“Our retail-focused plan is working and as availability of our new cars, trucks and crossovers continues to grow, we expect to keep our retail sales momentum going and our strong margins intact,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations, noting GM’s daily rental deliveries are down 38% from a year ago.   (more…)

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…)