By on July 2, 2014

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For the first time since 2006, the SAAR topped 17 million, as the first half of 2014 finished on a strong note.

Buick, Audi and Jeep posted double digit gains, while Maserati sales rose 233 percent, on account of having more than two vehicles in its lineup. Volvo, the Chrysler brand, Smart, Acura and Volkswagen brand were the big losers. The average transaction price rose to $32,342, a 1.4 percent increase since this time last year. For a full table, see Automotive News.

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28 Comments on “SAAR Hits 17 Million On Strong June Sales...”


  • avatar
    Thatkat09

    What was that about GM dealerships being ghost towns again?

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      Toronto area GM dealers are suing GM as they claim they are not getting the support that dealers in big U.S. cities are getting. Apparently GM market share in the greater toronto area is now under 6%.

  • avatar

    GM’s recalls have been big news, but in that same amount of time, I’ve heard of recalls from so many different car manufacturers I couldn’t even keep count.

    Ultimately, people NEED a new car and they refuse to buy from certain manufacturers. A Person shopping for a Tahoe doesn’t give a goddamn if Toyota’s Pathfinder hasn’t ever had a recall. Once you’ve got that warranty, you’ll worry about repair orders later.

    • 0 avatar
      chicagoland

      Yes, they don’t care since Toyota doesn’t sell Pathfinders! LOL

      But GM has a loyal truck buyer base, they don’t have the horror stories as their cheap old cars did.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    At a concours show I saw the new Ghibli, parked right next to a Quattroporte. It was like a derpy mutt next to a lithe greyhound.

    The only reason you’d choose the Ghibli is because you can’t afford to finance a Quattroporte. Only one is a proper Maserati.

    There was also a Turismo there, which was very beautiful except for the sport carbon fiber package on it.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    But, but, but, one dealer said they were a ghost town and that was the end of GM sales for June…

    Ford down, surprised. Chrysler down but Fiastler up.

    Look at Mazda go – great to see their sales up.

    Scion – zombie brand that should be put out of it’s misery.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    Push it in for a recall fix, drive out in a new car. What do you think, Buickman?

    There’s nothing mysterious here. GM puts lots of cash on the hood and cheap financing to keep the metal moving.

    For many, it’s all about the deal. Getting out of that clapped-out loser that no one else wants has to be mighty tempting.

    Upside? Baruth’s recent 55,000 mile Cruze rental suggests that the newer GM stuff may not be junk and will serve them just fine.

    Hope springs eternal.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      I had a recent 2013 Suburban LT rental from Hertz with a stunning 56K miles on the odometer. It even had a trailer in package that appears to have been used by someone in the past. I had a long list of misgivings but it still look, handled, and drove like new. Inside and out no sign of wear, the leather was still perfect, no rubbing on interior plastics and no sign of any UV impact from the heat and sun of Florida.

      I would never buy one, it had issues – but after 56K miles of rental abuse it left me impressed with material and. II.d quality.

      In 2011 I had a Ford Fusion I rented in Colorado with 44K on the odometer from Budget – it was utterly thrashed,

  • avatar
    jeoff

    Fiat passed Mini for the year, and is not too far away from Scion.

  • avatar
    carguy

    Some observations:

    The Jaguar free fall continues. The F-Type is overpriced, the XF is getting old and they don’t make SUVs.

    Honda is still clueless about what is wrong with Acura.

    Scion is dead, dead and dead.

    Unless VW gets its CUV and SUV game together the bad news will continue.

    • 0 avatar
      bomberpete

      I agree with you about everything. Scion only exists through stubbornness. If the sport coupes are canceled, the little boxes can migrate to the Toyota brand.

      • 0 avatar
        chicagoland

        Scion is known to average buyers as “Toyota Scion”. I predict they will just re-badge them as such, and then the media won’t have to say ‘failed brand’. Sort of like Geo, the name faded away, but it’s not scorned.

        • 0 avatar
          bomberpete

          …or Pontiac Oakland, Cadillac LaSalle, Willys Jeep, Chrysler Imperial, AMC Rambler, Chrysler’s entire Eagle dumping ground….the list goes on.

          • 0 avatar
            bomberpete

            I live in NYC and see all sorts of fancy-boy sports/luxury cars, but have yet to see the F-type anywhere but the auto show.

            Jaguar’s gotten better, but their point of differentiation isn’t there.

            As for SUVs, isn’t that what Land Rover is for?

            Has VW revised its 800K U.S. sales projections for 2018 yet?

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Is there any way you could report a median transaction price instead of an average? It’s in no way normally distributed, so the median would be much more informative.

  • avatar
    Monty

    Hmmm, Fiat is close to the 50K mark if sales continue at the same pace. I think Sergio may not be so crazy after all. Slow and steady growth with Fiat/Chrysler gaining on the field.

    An automotive Lazarus, if you will.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    Will those Fiat numbers give Autoextremist’s Sweet Pete De Lorenzo a massive coronary? All that rabid and bilious hatred for Sergio must take a toll.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Yes, it looks like Fiat-Chrysler will top Toyota for the number three spot by the end of the year. But I don’t think De Lorenzo will be changing his tune – it’s all due to Jeeps and Ram trucks. The Sergio inspired Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 aren’t doing anything productive. If only they had a Dodge Neon and Chrysler Cirrus to sell!

      • 0 avatar
        bomberpete

        No surprise there. Of course Jeep and RAM really pay the bills. PDL sees them as being championed by the “True Believers” in FCA.

        But I’m really surprised that the Italian side is doing well. I’d have thought MINI and the like would chew them out and spit them out, especially with such lousy quality.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Cadillac’s ELR had a record month: 97 units. Even at this pace, they have nearly a 500-day supply. Using the average sales rate for 2014, they have about a 700-day supply.

    The Cadillac Cimarron sold 24x better. Consider that.

    • 0 avatar
      bomberpete

      In 1982 dollars, a Cimarron cost about $3K less than a BMW 320i. It may have been overpriced crap, but isn’t everything relative?

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        Once again, there is a HUGE difference between platform sharing and badge engineering.

        If I follow your logic,why buy an Audi S4 when I can buy a base VW Polo?

        Of course if you can produce proof of a coupe version of the Volt with the same sheet metal and interior…

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          The ELR is essentially badge-engineered, but not in the traditional sense.

          Volt buyers don’t buy a Volt for the nice interior. They buy a Volt because of its low operating cost, and are willing to tolerate plugging it in every day, not to mention at every public port they can find.

          Cadillac failed here because they tried to clone the Chevy customer into the Cadillac realm. It doesn’t work. Cadillac buyers may like low operating cost, but they’re not willing to fool around with power cords EVERY DAY.

          Moreover, Cadillac has labored for years to sell a performance image, but the ELR is a tired dog. At least for the same money, Tesla customers get a good runner.


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