Signs of the apocalypse are all over the weak November sales numbers as a wild year draws to a close.
The November numbers highlight an industry in flux:
- Toyota Division shot past Chevrolet for the month. Toyota has been the divisional sales leader in May, June, July and November. That had never happened before. Chevy will probably finish the year on top. But Ford — the top selling-brand in 19 of the past 20 years — has no hope of climbing out of third place.
- The Detroit 3 slipped under 50 percent monthly share for the second time ever. The first time was in July. For the year to date, the Detroit 3 stood at 51.1 percent, down from 53.9 percent for the same period in 2006.
- U.S. light-truck sales plummeted in November — down 6.8 percent including crossovers and off a whopping 15.5 percent if you count crossovers as cars.
- Sales of imported vehicles continued to rise.