Edmunds.com Forecasts 1.6% Increase in May Car Sales; Only Three Domestic Marques Expected to Post Gains


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Edmunds.com Forecasts 1.6% Increase in May Car Sales; Only Three Domestic Marques Expected to Post Gains

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 25, 2005 —This month's car sales will top 1.5 million units, a 1.6% increase over May 2004 when adjusted for the number of selling days, according to Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information.

Although the upcoming holiday weekend could surprise analysts, Edmunds.com's current research and proprietary statistical models predict that Chrysler is expected to show a 3.1% year-over-year increase in sales, while Ford and General Motors are expected to slip 2.2% and 4.8%, respectively. Nissan and Toyota are each expected to post gains of over 17%, while Honda should have an increase of 2.4%.

"The three big Japanese automakers currently have great strength in each of their marques, while the domestic Big Three are burdened with many weak units," observed Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jesse Toprak. "In fact, the Cadillac, Chrysler and Mercury brands are the only domestic nameplates we expect will have May 2005 sales outpace May 2004."

In addition to other troubles, domestic automakers are suffering because larger SUVs are falling out of favor. Year to date, domestic automakers have sold 86% of all large SUVs. However, in April, large SUVs hit their lowest overall market share since March 2003. When May sales numbers are released, compact cars and compact SUVs should post further gains while midsize and large SUVs are expected to fall again. These trends are both seasonal and consistent with changing consumer preferences.

About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services, including Edmunds.com True Market Value® pricing, is generated by Edmunds.com Information Solutions and is licensed to third parties. For example, the company supplies content for the auto sections of NYTimes.com, AOL, About.com, iVillage.com and IGN.com, provides weekly data to Automotive News and delivers monthly data reports to Wall Street analysts. Edmunds.com also publishes a high-speed, on-screen car magazine called Inside Line available free at www.insideline.com. Edmunds.com was named "best car research" site by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "most useful Web site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com StudySM and was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. and maintains a satellite office outside Detroit.

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