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 »

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