SANTA MONICA, Calif. — April 27, 2015 — Edmunds.com, the premier destination for car shopping, forecasts that 1,464,176 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in April for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.7 million. The projected sales will be a 5.1 percent decrease from March 2015, and a 5.5 percent increase from April 2014.
"It is very common for April sales to be slower than March, which typically gets a boost from certain automakers who offer great deals to motivate shoppers as the companies close their fiscal year," says Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell. "In fact, we often think of April as 'the calm before the summer storm.' It won't be long before the summer selldown of the outgoing model year vehicles, which always draws lots of foot traffic through dealerships."
April ranks 7th in terms of average sales volume per month over the past five years, just ahead of the quieter fall and winter months.
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Edmunds.com estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 13.5 million vehicles in April, with fleet transactions accounting for 18.8 percent of total sales. An estimated 3.2 million used cars will be sold in April, for a SAAR of 36.7 million (compared to 3.5 million — or a SAAR of 36.1 million — used car sales in March).
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More insight into recent auto industry trends can be found in Edmunds.com's Industry Center at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/.
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