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 »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

Toyota nips at Ford for No. 2; high 5's for VW

12:29 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2012
Another month is in the bin, and it's time for the industry's “experts” to trot out their latest sales predictions for all of 2012.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

As industry creeps back, America shrugs off high gas prices

1:06 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2012
The first quarter is history, and it was indeed a fine three months. Total sales of 4.4 million and March deliveries of 1,669,141. A bellringer year in the making.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

With 3 months down, can 2012 deliver more than 14M?

2:29 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2012
Many, many years ago, my favorite college professor drilled into us that there are three degrees of liars: liars, damn liars and statisticians.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN JR.

BMW wears the 2011 true-luxury crown

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2012
Comes now the time to separate the men from the boys in the luxury segment of the market. The men are the true-luxury vehicles, those with sticker prices of $45,000 or more. The boys are the near-luxury cars and light trucks.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN JR.

After 2 rounds, can 2012 deliver 14 million units?

3:41 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2012
Sales of new cars and light trucks have been better than lukewarm in the first two months of this year, and the hills are alive with the sound of 14 million forecasts.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN JR.

Show some mercy for the company sales analyst

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2012
Pity the poor auto sales analyst. After January’s results came in, his boss began bugging him for a full-year forecast to facilitate manufacturing plans and what not.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN JR.

For hybrids and EVs, hype far outpaces the sales

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2012
It’s time to pass out a few bouquets, and I bestow my heartiest congratulations on the Detroit auto show, more formally known as the North American International Auto Show. John K. Teahen Jr. is senior editor of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

JOHN K. TEAHEN, JR.

2011 sales were better, but nothing to celebrate

3:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2012
Mercifully, it ended. 2011, that is. It was another very subpar year for sales of new cars and light trucks in the United States, the fourth such year in succession. Sales of 12,778,885 were 20 percent below the 16-million standard established in 1999-2007, the nine good years. Actually, they were 24 percent below the average for those nine years.... Read More »

 

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