Jack Teahen

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

Despite 'experts,' 2012 sales are still on track to 14 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2012
It seems like every day we get a new set of sales projections for 2012. Usually, it's a case of one of the “experts” saying, “What I really meant was … .” Some of those folks change their projections as often as I change my socks.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

Who's on first? The usual suspects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012
If you remember Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (he was the short, round one), you surely remember their immortal “Who's on first?” routine. Let's play a variation of that skit. It won't be as funny, but it will show you who's doing what in sales of new cars and light trucks.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

GM, Ford fumble in July, pin it on fleet sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2012
Any way you slice it, July was a rotten month for the U.S. auto industry. And I mean exactly that: the U.S. auto industry -- the Detroit 3, GM, Ford and the Chrysler Group.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and VW Group at top of class after midterms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2012
The academic year has ended, so it's time to pass out grades to the players in the automotive sector. It has been a fair-to-middlin' year for sales of new cars and trucks. Certainly not great, and year's end will see a total far below the 16 million norm. But on the brighter side this year will be the third consecutive improvement from the pits of 2009's dismal 10.4 million.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

The good and not so good about 2012 sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2012
This year has seen a succession of good months and better months for sales of new cars and light trucks.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

Handicapping 2012 sales at the halfway mark ....

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2012
So how many new cars and light trucks will be sold in the United States this year? Try this number: 14,486,247. That is pretty much in line with predictions trumpeted by the Wall Street “experts.” The main difference is that many of them make a new prediction every month. They started at about 14 million in January and have been inching upward ever since. I don't play that game. I make one estimate and stick with it. And for 2012, it's 14,486,247.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN JR.

Heading for 7 million-plus sales at the midway mark

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2012
May was a good month for new-vehicle sales in the United States. Not a great month, but a good one. It brought 1,334,642 sales of cars and light trucks, a roaring 26 percent gain over last year.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

Name the Top 10 in the auto sales game

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2012
In this sports-mad nation, we are obsessed with rankings. If your college football or basketball team is in the Top 10, you know it's one of the country's elite squads.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

After April bump, automakers seek better traction in May

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2012
After a horrid April, the auto industry hopes to get back on the right sales track in May. The right track is the path to 14.5 million sales for the year.... Read More »

 

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