The Truth About Cars » new vehicle sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Subaru Grows a Better Backbone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/subaru-grows-better-backbone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/subaru-grows-better-backbone/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1299001 Subaru’s next generation of models will ride atop a platform that is stiffer, less prone to body roll and can incorporate a variety of propulsion sources, Motor Authority reports. The new modular platform will underpin all future Subaru vehicles except the BRZ, starting with the Indiana-built 2017 Impreza. Besides its adaptability to a range of […]

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Subaru’s next generation of models will ride atop a platform that is stiffer, less prone to body roll and can incorporate a variety of propulsion sources, Motor Authority reports. The new modular platform will underpin all future Subaru vehicles except the BRZ, starting with the Indiana-built 2017 Impreza. Besides its adaptability to a range of […]

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Szakaly: CAFE Targets Will Curb US Auto Sales Beyond 2018 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/szakaly-cafe-targets-will-curb-us-auto-sales-beyond-2018/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/szakaly-cafe-targets-will-curb-us-auto-sales-beyond-2018/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=883202 The federal fuel efficiency mandates now in place to guide automakers toward a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may curb United States auto sales after 2018, according to a leading economist speaking during the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. Automotive News reports National Automobile Dealers Association chief economist Steven Szakaly […]

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The federal fuel efficiency mandates now in place to guide automakers toward a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025 may curb United States auto sales after 2018, according to a leading economist speaking during the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. Automotive News reports National Automobile Dealers Association chief economist Steven Szakaly […]

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Off-Lease Consumers Add Fuel To New-Vehicle Demand http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/off-lease-consumers-add-fuel-to-new-vehicle-demand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/off-lease-consumers-add-fuel-to-new-vehicle-demand/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:15:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=791313 New-vehicle sales are on the rise due not only to demand originally held back by the Great Recession, but by consumers coming off of their leases for their next latest and greatest. Automotive News reports Manheim Auctions chief economist Tom Webb proclaimed that off-lease volume will be on par with new-vehicle sales throughout 2014 before […]

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New-vehicle sales are on the rise due not only to demand originally held back by the Great Recession, but by consumers coming off of their leases for their next latest and greatest. Automotive News reports Manheim Auctions chief economist Tom Webb proclaimed that off-lease volume will be on par with new-vehicle sales throughout 2014 before […]

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Europe In May 2011: Signs Of Life http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/europe-in-may-2011-signs-of-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/europe-in-may-2011-signs-of-life/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:25:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399183 Europeans are either tired of their old cars, or the effects of the cash for clunkers largesse are finally getting digested, or both. Whatever the reason, new passenger car registrations increased by 7.1 percent in the EU in May, as data released by the European Auto Manufacturers Association ACEA shows. Year to date, registrations are […]

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Europeans are either tired of their old cars, or the effects of the cash for clunkers largesse are finally getting digested, or both. Whatever the reason, new passenger car registrations increased by 7.1 percent in the EU in May, as data released by the European Auto Manufacturers Association ACEA shows. Year to date, registrations are […]

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May Sales In Japan Drop 37.8 Percent – Foreigners Save The Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/may-sales-in-japan-drop-37-8-percent-%e2%80%93foreigners-save-the-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/may-sales-in-japan-drop-37-8-percent-%e2%80%93foreigners-save-the-day/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:31:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397008 Sales of new cars, trucks and buses in Japan dropped 37.8 percent from a year earlier in May, data released by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association show. It could have been worse. Sales totaled 142,154 vehicles in May, falling for the eighth consecutive month. Market observers had expected a steeper fall. After the March 11 […]

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Sales of new cars, trucks and buses in Japan dropped 37.8 percent from a year earlier in May, data released by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association show. It could have been worse. Sales totaled 142,154 vehicles in May, falling for the eighth consecutive month. Market observers had expected a steeper fall. After the March 11 […]

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May U.S. Sales Forecast: Cloudy In Japan, Sunny In Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/may-sales-forecast-cloudy-in-japan-sunny-in-korea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/may-sales-forecast-cloudy-in-japan-sunny-in-korea/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 12:46:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396192 TrueCar released its May 2011 sales forecast. At this time in the calendar, these forecasts, based on real transactional data, usually come close to reality. For May 2011, TrueCar expects new light vehicle sales in the U.S. to be 1,060,392 units, down 3.7 percent from May 2010 and down 8.3 percent from April 2011(unadjusted basis […]

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TrueCar released its May 2011 sales forecast. At this time in the calendar, these forecasts, based on real transactional data, usually come close to reality. For May 2011, TrueCar expects new light vehicle sales in the U.S. to be 1,060,392 units, down 3.7 percent from May 2010 and down 8.3 percent from April 2011(unadjusted basis […]

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Europe In April 2011: New Car Sales Down 4.1 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/europe-in-april-2011-new-car-sales-down-4-1-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/europe-in-april-2011-new-car-sales-down-4-1-percent/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 14:19:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395308 If you are looking for a growth market for cars, don’t look to Europe. In terms of car sales, the Old Country is going sideways with a negative bias. In April, sales of new cars in the EU was down 4.1 percent on the year. New registrations amounted to 1,089,118 units. For the first four […]

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If you are looking for a growth market for cars, don’t look to Europe. In terms of car sales, the Old Country is going sideways with a negative bias. In April, sales of new cars in the EU was down 4.1 percent on the year. New registrations amounted to 1,089,118 units. For the first four […]

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China In April 2011: Down! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/china-in-april-2011-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/china-in-april-2011-down/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394449   Our patent pending GM China sales oracle saw it coming: GM China was down in April, therefore, the whole Chinese market had to be down in April. And so it was – by a hair: April new vehicle sales in China were down 0.25 percent, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers announced at a […]

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  Our patent pending GM China sales oracle saw it coming: GM China was down in April, therefore, the whole Chinese market had to be down in April. And so it was – by a hair: April new vehicle sales in China were down 0.25 percent, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers announced at a […]

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April New Car Sales: The Last Hurrah? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/april-new-car-sales-the-last-hurrah/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/april-new-car-sales-the-last-hurrah/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2011 01:33:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393244     Forecasts for April U.S. new vehicle sales differ widely amongst the industry soothsayers this month. J.D. Power expects total light-vehicle sales for April to come in at 1,147,300 units, 13 percent higher than in April 2010. Truecar thinks that new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) will be 1,145,209 units in […]

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    Forecasts for April U.S. new vehicle sales differ widely amongst the industry soothsayers this month. J.D. Power expects total light-vehicle sales for April to come in at 1,147,300 units, 13 percent higher than in April 2010. Truecar thinks that new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) will be 1,145,209 units in […]

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China In March 2011: Up 5.36 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/china-in-march-2011-up-5-36-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/china-in-march-2011-up-5-36-percent/#comments Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:10:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390798 Beijing’s war on the ICE notwithstanding, auto sales in China rose by 5.36 percent in March. That is the headline from a Sunday afternoon press conference held by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). More than 60 journalists were poised to report that for the first time any of them could remember, the Chinese […]

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Beijing’s war on the ICE notwithstanding, auto sales in China rose by 5.36 percent in March. That is the headline from a Sunday afternoon press conference held by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). More than 60 journalists were poised to report that for the first time any of them could remember, the Chinese […]

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As Goes GM, So Goes China. Where Do They Go? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/as-goes-gm-so-goes-china-where-do-they-go/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/as-goes-gm-so-goes-china-where-do-they-go/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2011 16:59:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389559 In the (OMG) 7 years I have lived and worked in China by now, I have learned not to take the first two months of the year all too seriously. After all, according to the Chinese calendar, the first two months mostly belong to the old year. Chinese New Year  is some time in late […]

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In the (OMG) 7 years I have lived and worked in China by now, I have learned not to take the first two months of the year all too seriously. After all, according to the Chinese calendar, the first two months mostly belong to the old year. Chinese New Year  is some time in late […]

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J.D. Power Predicts Strong March, Sees Production Trouble Ahead http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/j-d-power-predicts-strong-march-sees-production-trouble-ahead/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/j-d-power-predicts-strong-march-sees-production-trouble-ahead/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:51:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388545 J.D. Power sees a strong March in its crystal ball, powered by real-time transaction data of 8,600 retail franchises throughout the United States. However growth is expected to be much more sedate than the 27 percent jump in February. In its March forecast, J.D. Power expects total light-vehicle sales for March to come in at […]

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J.D. Power sees a strong March in its crystal ball, powered by real-time transaction data of 8,600 retail franchises throughout the United States. However growth is expected to be much more sedate than the 27 percent jump in February. In its March forecast, J.D. Power expects total light-vehicle sales for March to come in at […]

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China In February 2011: Vehicle Sales Up 4.57 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/china-in-february-2011-vehicle-sales-up-4-57-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/china-in-february-2011-vehicle-sales-up-4-57-percent/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 09:44:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386673 In a press conference in the late Chinese afternoon, China’s CAAM announced its official February sales numbers. The Middle Kingdom kept face and avoided a loss. China’s vehicle sales rose 4.57 percent in February from a year earlier to 1.26 million units. Passenger vehicle sales rose 2.57 percent to 967,200 units. This contradicts a previous […]

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In a press conference in the late Chinese afternoon, China’s CAAM announced its official February sales numbers. The Middle Kingdom kept face and avoided a loss. China’s vehicle sales rose 4.57 percent in February from a year earlier to 1.26 million units. Passenger vehicle sales rose 2.57 percent to 967,200 units. This contradicts a previous […]

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China’s February Sales: Down For A Change? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/china%e2%80%99s-february-sales-down-for-a-change/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/china%e2%80%99s-february-sales-down-for-a-change/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 13:51:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386419 The Chinese passenger car market did something highly unusual in February: It declined. If the data of the usually not highly reliable China Passenger Car Association is to be believed, that is. They e-mailed to Automotive News [sub] that February 2011 passenger car sales were a minuscule 0.4 percent below February 2010 levels. As mentioned […]

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The Chinese passenger car market did something highly unusual in February: It declined. If the data of the usually not highly reliable China Passenger Car Association is to be believed, that is. They e-mailed to Automotive News [sub] that February 2011 passenger car sales were a minuscule 0.4 percent below February 2010 levels. As mentioned […]

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Germany In February 2011: New Car Sales Up 15.2 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/germany-in-february-2011-new-car-sales-up-15-2-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/germany-in-february-2011-new-car-sales-up-15-2-percent/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 07:45:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385900 Germany is busy digging itself out of a – mostly mathematical – hole.  According to data released by Germany’s Kraftfahrtbundesamt, registrations in February were up 15.2 percent compared to February 2010. The graph above tells a different story. The Abwrackprämien (German for “cash for clunker”) program of 2009 had driven car sales to heights never […]

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Germany is busy digging itself out of a – mostly mathematical – hole.  According to data released by Germany’s Kraftfahrtbundesamt, registrations in February were up 15.2 percent compared to February 2010. The graph above tells a different story. The Abwrackprämien (German for “cash for clunker”) program of 2009 had driven car sales to heights never […]

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China In February: GM Up A Little, Toyota Down A Little http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/china-in-february-gm-up-a-little-toyota-down-a-little/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/china-in-february-gm-up-a-little-toyota-down-a-little/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 09:45:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385769 More and more journos wish China would become like America. As in America of 2008: Pop, crash, fizzle. The current meme is that the 18 plus million car sales can’t possibly go on and that the Chinese car market will ape America and will pop, crash and fizzle. The problem is: The Chinese car market […]

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More and more journos wish China would become like America. As in America of 2008: Pop, crash, fizzle. The current meme is that the 18 plus million car sales can’t possibly go on and that the Chinese car market will ape America and will pop, crash and fizzle. The problem is: The Chinese car market […]

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America In February 2011: Return Of The Buyers, Bigtime http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/america-in-february-2011-return-of-the-buyers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/america-in-february-2011-return-of-the-buyers/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:19:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385732 “The consumer is back to the showrooms,” said Brian Johnson, an analyst with Barclays Capital to the Los Angeles Times. No kidding. The consumer is back with a vengeance. February new cars sales were up  27 percent on the year. The world’s two biggest automakers report sales increases we thought only possible in China. GM […]

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“The consumer is back to the showrooms,” said Brian Johnson, an analyst with Barclays Capital to the Los Angeles Times. No kidding. The consumer is back with a vengeance. February new cars sales were up  27 percent on the year. The world’s two biggest automakers report sales increases we thought only possible in China. GM […]

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Japan In February 2011: Boro-Boro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/japan-in-february-2011-boro-boro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/japan-in-february-2011-boro-boro/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:49:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385702 It’s that time of the month again. Super-efficient Japan  traditionally is first out of the gate with previous month sales numbers. Lately, there have been some who regret that efficiency. For the sixth straight month in a row, the Japanese new car market is tired, down, worn-out. Sales of new cars in February fell 14.3 […]

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It’s that time of the month again. Super-efficient Japan  traditionally is first out of the gate with previous month sales numbers. Lately, there have been some who regret that efficiency. For the sixth straight month in a row, the Japanese new car market is tired, down, worn-out. Sales of new cars in February fell 14.3 […]

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February Sales Seen Up Around 20 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/february-sales-seen-up-around-20-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/february-sales-seen-up-around-20-percent/#comments Sun, 27 Feb 2011 11:58:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385461 Three usually reliable research organizations agree: When automakers release February sales this coming week, they will be strong. Analysts see a sales increase of about 20 percent, and a SAAR in the 12 million territory. First out of the gate was J.D. Power, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees throughout […]

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Three usually reliable research organizations agree: When automakers release February sales this coming week, they will be strong. Analysts see a sales increase of about 20 percent, and a SAAR in the 12 million territory. First out of the gate was J.D. Power, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees throughout […]

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Finally, The Official Number For China In January 2011: Up 13.81 Percent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/finally-the-official-number-for-china-in-january-2011-up-13-81-percent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/finally-the-official-number-for-china-in-january-2011-up-13-81-percent/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:13:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384279 The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers finally has returned from the Chinese New Year festivities and got around to counting the real official sales number for China in January 2011. China’s auto sales in January rose 13.81 percent to 1.894 million units. Passenger vehicles did not rise 12.6 percent to 965,238 units in January, as […]

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The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers finally has returned from the Chinese New Year festivities and got around to counting the real official sales number for China in January 2011. China’s auto sales in January rose 13.81 percent to 1.894 million units. Passenger vehicles did not rise 12.6 percent to 965,238 units in January, as […]

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Auto Industry Sets New World Record In 2010. Will Do It Again In 2011 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/auto-industry-sets-new-world-record-in-2010-will-do-it-again-in-2011/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/auto-industry-sets-new-world-record-in-2010-will-do-it-again-in-2011/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:31:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383942 While we were focused on the U.S. market in 2010 and were happy that it awoke from the dead and went above 10 million, the world quietly left carmageddon behind itself and set a new record: 72 million light-vehicles were sold worldwide in 2010, a number never seen before, says J.D. Power. For this year, […]

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While we were focused on the U.S. market in 2010 and were happy that it awoke from the dead and went above 10 million, the world quietly left carmageddon behind itself and set a new record: 72 million light-vehicles were sold worldwide in 2010, a number never seen before, says J.D. Power. For this year, […]

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Chinese Car Sales: The Big Get Bigger, The Small Not So Much http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/chinese-car-sales-the-big-get-bigger-the-small-not-so-much/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/chinese-car-sales-the-big-get-bigger-the-small-not-so-much/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:54:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383926 More Chinese sales numbers for January are coming in as China slowly begins to return from the Chinese New Year holidays. We are keeping a wary eye on the January numbers. They are seen as an indicator for the whole year. Most of the world’s auto industry relies on China for growth and volume. A […]

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More Chinese sales numbers for January are coming in as China slowly begins to return from the Chinese New Year holidays. We are keeping a wary eye on the January numbers. They are seen as an indicator for the whole year. Most of the world’s auto industry relies on China for growth and volume. A […]

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Chinese Auto Sales: The AP Does It Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/chinese-auto-sales-the-ap-does-it-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/chinese-auto-sales-the-ap-does-it-again/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:58:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383820 The China Passenger Car Association reports that sales of passenger cars rose 12.6 percent to 965,238 units in January, says the Associated Press. However, as explained in my small lecture on the use and abuse of auto industry statistics, this is not the number we are waiting for. We are waiting for the sales of […]

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The China Passenger Car Association reports that sales of passenger cars rose 12.6 percent to 965,238 units in January, says the Associated Press. However, as explained in my small lecture on the use and abuse of auto industry statistics, this is not the number we are waiting for. We are waiting for the sales of […]

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Chinese Car Sales: Bubble? What Bubble? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/chinese-car-sales-bubble-what-bubble/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/chinese-car-sales-bubble-what-bubble/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:01:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383559 China’s prognosticated car bubble does not appear to experience its prognosticated burst. One by one, Chinese sales numbers for January are coming in, and none of them are bad. According to The Nikkei [sub] Ford’s sales in China rose 20 percent in January to a record 53,340 units, driven mostly by demand for the Ford […]

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China’s prognosticated car bubble does not appear to experience its prognosticated burst. One by one, Chinese sales numbers for January are coming in, and none of them are bad. According to The Nikkei [sub] Ford’s sales in China rose 20 percent in January to a record 53,340 units, driven mostly by demand for the Ford […]

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January Surprise: GM China Up 22.3 Percent, Sub 1.6 Liter Segment Holds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/january-surprise-gm-china-up-22-3-percent-sub-1-6-liter-segment-holds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/january-surprise-gm-china-up-22-3-percent-sub-1-6-liter-segment-holds/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:39:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383349 Less than two weeks ago, GM China hinted that their sales may have risen more than 20 percent in January. This was seen as a good omen, because most pundits (except this one) had predicted a miserable January for China. GM China released its numbers today, and they over delivered. GM China reports a record […]

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Less than two weeks ago, GM China hinted that their sales may have risen more than 20 percent in January. This was seen as a good omen, because most pundits (except this one) had predicted a miserable January for China. GM China released its numbers today, and they over delivered. GM China reports a record […]

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