The Ford Mustang is selling more frequently in 2014 than it did in the same period of 2013. Ford is also grabbing greater U.S. market share in the relatively high-volume muscle car sector.
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Americaâ€™s large car category shed more than 18,000 sales in the first quarter of 2014 as new entities werenâ€™t able to add enough sales to overcome the declines of established players.
Year-over-year comparisons are a completely valid comparison tool, indeed a vital one, when analyzing the sales volume reported by automobile manufacturers. The auto industry is seasonal; cyclical at the best of times. The number of vehicles sold in say, January, bears little resemblance to the number of vehicles sold in May.
A strong start to 2014 has the BMW X3 leading its segment even as itâ€™s challenged more closely in BMW showrooms by the slightly smaller and less expensive X1.
By stealing the Toyota Camryâ€™s best-selling midsize car crown, albeit likely on a temporary basis, the Nissan Altima ended February 2014 as Americaâ€™s best-selling car overall. The Altimaâ€™s lead was also substantial enough last month to make the midsize Nissan Americaâ€™s leading car year-to-date.
February 2014 sales of Americaâ€™s six continuing full-size pickup lineups grew 1.8%, but GMâ€™s truck twins, the newest trucks on the block, fell 8.9%. Ford, Ram, Toyota, and Nissan combined for an 8.7% year-over-year increase to 94,225 units. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierraâ€™s decline equalled a loss of 4960 units compared with February 2013.
Forgotten in the industryâ€™s excitement over a record year for Canadian auto sales was the challenging start to 2013.
Sales in 2012 had risen to a ten-year-high, and in each of the 2013â€™s first three months, sales were down, year-over-year. The predicted record sales level eventually materialized, but not in the first quarter.
U.S. sales of full-size trucks slid 4.5% in January 2014 as the two leading manufacturers of pickups reported falling sales of all their big trucks.
Typically the slowest month of the year for new vehicle sales, this past January should be no different, as the U.S. auto industry generated 32,000 fewer sales than it did one year ago. Although minivans, commercial vans, and the vast SUV/crossover segment all expanded, passenger car sales plunged, year-over-year, and truck volume declined, as well.
The Mitsubishi Mirageâ€™s status as the best-selling Mitsubishi passenger car in America in January 2014 wasnâ€™t enough to help the subcompact segment overcome the declines reported by its leaders last month. (Read More…)
Despite rapid SUV/crossover sales growth and the continued ascent of the pickup truck market, slowing passenger car sales were a drag on the Canadian auto industry in December 2013. Sales of utility vehicles jumped more than 20%, trucks were up 10%, and even full-size minivans were up 10%.
The 234,066 extra new truck registrations in 2013 came about despite the loss of 70,077 sales from trucks that had either died off, been discontinued, or were on hiatus in 2013.
Excluding the Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Suzuki Equator, Ford Ranger, and Dodge Dakota from the equation results in a 16.4% year-over-year increase in truck sales.
For the sixth time in seven years, the best-selling utility vehicle in America was the Honda CR-V. 2013 marked a record high for U.S. CR-V sales, as the current smallest Honda crossover climbed above 300,000 units for the first time.
In 2013, for the twelfth consecutive year, the Toyota Camry was the best-selling car in America.
Although it lost some of its sway in the growing U.S. automobile market, Camry sales grew in 2013, rising 3598 units over the course of 2013â€™s twelve months. 2013 marked the seventh time in the last decade that Toyota USA sold more than 400,000 Camrys in a calendar year. No other passenger car nameplate has topped 400,000 units in any single year during the last decade. According to the Automotive News Data Centerâ€™s tally, the Camry accounted for a little more than one out of every 20 cars sold in the United States in 2013.
November 2013 went down as the highest-volume November in the history of Canadian auto sales. It followed three consecutive years with November improvements.