BLOG: Will we set a sales record? (Do we want to?)

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

I’m calling it early. After a terrific October, I think 2015 light-vehicle volume will top the previous peak in 2000 of 17,395,142 sales.... Read More »


18 million selling rate comes with rising transaction prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

The U.S. auto industry's sizzling summer appears not to have quenched demand -- a sign that today's sales numbers are being achieved without many of the sins of the past.... Read More »

U.S. sales rise 16% on double-digit gains at Detroit 3, Nissan, Toyota, Honda

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales, propelled by Labor Day promotions, fatter deals throughout the month, low gasoline prices and higher light-truck demand, rose 16 percent in September on double-digit gains at the Detroit 3, Toyota Motor, Nissan Group and Honda Motor. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate surged to 18.17 million.... Read More »

Galloping toward a big sales finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

As the industry awaits a wave of new and updated product, July's U.S. sales performance is lifting hopes that 2015 could near the industry's all-time sales record.... Read More »


BLOG: 2005 vs. 2015 -- similar SAAR, different story

3:13 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's rather misleading. June 2015 is far better than June 2005.... Read More »

17.78 million! What made May's sales rate spike?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Auto sales should remain brisk thoughout 2015, but we probably won't see a repeat of May's eye-popping selling rate fo 17.78 million vehicles. Last month's SAAR was inflated by quirks in the calendar and the arcane formula used to calculate the selling rate.... Read More »


U.S. sales rise 5.3% as wintry weather takes toll

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Toyota and Subaru joined a handful of smaller automakers in posting double-digit U.S. sales increases for February as severe winter weather crimped demand more than analysts had forecast. Most companies posted modest gains as the overall industry rose 5.3 percent. While last month's pace trailed January's hot start, the industry has taken solid early strides towards its sixth year of sales advances since the recession.... Read More »


Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool.... Read More »

2014 finishes strong with 'plenty of room for upside'

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Tempting incentives and clearer roads pulled U.S. consumers into dealerships for a big December to close another strong sales year. Automakers sold 1.5 million light vehicles last month, up 11 percent. The seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate was 16.92 million, the third best month of the year behind August and November.... Read More »

U.S. sales forecast to rise 10% in Dec. on deals, falling gas prices

11:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Forecasters say U.S. new-vehicle sales likely jumped 10 percent in December, bringing the total for 2014 to 16.5 million, beating even the most optimistic projections from early in the year. The month was filled with good reasons for consumers to buy a new car or truck: big discounts, very little snow and gasoline prices falling like a rock.... Read More »

Setting the stage for a 'huge' December

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Timely automaker Black Friday promotions and a strong economy drove U.S. auto sales higher in November. Look for more of the same this month.... Read More »


Light trucks, holiday discounts drive volume up 5%

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Spurred by a 20 percent gain at Chrysler Group and aided by Black Friday discounts and light-truck demand, U.S. light-vehicle sales jumped 5 percent last month, pushing the annualized pace of deliveries above 17 million for the second time this year. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.2 million fell shy of August's 17.5 million. But it showed that demand remains robust as the industry winds up its fifth year of recovery since the recession.... Read More »


Chrysler, Nissan set pace as U.S. sales rise 6% on truck demand

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

U.S. light-vehicle sales, led by double-digit increases at Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor, rose 6 percent last month to 1.28 million, matching forecasts, with crossovers and light trucks fueling much of the industry's gains. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate, a broad measure of the industry's health, hit 16.5 million, slightly above projections and up 7 percent from 15.4 million a year earlier. The SAAR has now topped 16 million every month beginning with March.... Read More »


GM, Nissan, Chrysler gains propel market to 9% increase

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

U.S. light-vehicle sales -- paced by truck-fueled gains at GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- rose 9 percent in a September marked by sharp brand advances and a few steep declines. The industry-wide results were just below forecasts and cooler than the scorching rate of sales set in August. Still, they reflect a market coasting toward its fifth straight year of recovery following the 2007-09 recession. The SAAR has topped 16 million for 6 straight months.... Read More »

Strong start to summer raises hopes for even better second half

4:53 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014

A flurry of new light-vehicle sales as June ended helped generate the fastest selling rate for the U.S. auto industry in almost eight years, raising hopes for an even more robust second half of 2014.... Read More »


Fields ready to prove Lincoln worth saving with MKC

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014

As Ford makes its boldest bid yet to lure younger buyers to its laggard Lincoln line, incoming CEO Mark Fields has a chance to show he has the turnaround touch of predecessor Alan Mulally.... Read More »

Sales soar, gains galore as May stars

4:45 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014

Sometimes the stars align. The weather held, the calendar added both an extra selling day and a fifth weekend, lenders relaxed a bit, factories sweetened the pot. And May U.S. auto sales jumped 11 percent to 1.6 million units.... Read More »


U.S. sales on track to rise 9% in April, 2 forecasts show

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2014

Auto sales are on pace to rise 9 percent in April from a year ago, as warmer weather coaxes out more shoppers who stayed home during the unusually harsh winter, according to two forecasts released today.... Read More »


U.S. sales rise 6% as spring momentum builds

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent to 1.54 million units in March, exceeding analysts' forecasts and signaling the auto industry has shaken off its sluggish start to 2014. The seasonally adjusted sales rate -- a broad gauge of the industry's health -- surged to 16.4 million units from 15.3 million units a year ago. It's the best showing for the SAAR since November 2013 and among the highest in the past seven years.... Read More »


March light-vehicle volume projected to rise 2% to 1.5 million

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014

After severe winter weather put a freeze on U.S. light-vehicle deliveries in January and February, industrywide sales are forecast to rise 2 percent to 1.48 million light vehicles in March. The annualized sales rate, adjusted for seasonal factors, may rise to 15.8 million units, based on the average of 14 estimates, from 15.3 million a year earlier.... Read More »

February auto sales forecast cut to 15.5 million pace, LMC says

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2014

LMC Automotive reduced its estimate for U.S. auto sales in February after retail transactions last week were weaker than anticipated. LMC now projects an annualized selling rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, of 15.5 million, down from an earlier estimate of 15.7 million.... Read More »

SAAR to rise to 15.9 million in January, analysts predict

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014

U.S. auto sales are projected to rise slightly this month, and one forecaster says retail deliveries will reach the highest January level in a decade. LMC Automotive today estimated sales would be up 1 percent from January 2013, while Kelley Blue Book predicted a 2 percent gain.... Read More »

This time, 16 million sales forecast is on merit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2013

New U.S. light-vehicle sales are widely expected to surpass 16 million in 2014 for the first time since 2007, the culmination of a long recovery from the disastrous recession.... Read More »


Ford, Chrysler big winners as U.S. volume slips 4%

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2013

U.S. sales of light vehicles slipped 4 percent last month as automakers were dragged down by a quirk in the industry's reporting schedule and signs of skittish consumers. Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group were the only major automakers in the winners column, where they were joined by Subaru, BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover. Sales fell at GM, Toyota Motor, Honda, Nissan and the Hyundai-Kia Group.... Read More »


Slower growth ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013

U.S. auto sales are headed toward a fourth straight year of growth.... Read More »