Car Sales Rose in February Despite Higher Gas Prices and Winter Storms, says Edmunds.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — February 26, 2015 — Edmunds.com, the premier destination for car shopping, forecasts that 1,285,019 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in February for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.6 million. The projected sales will be an 11.8 percent increase from January 2015, and a 7.9 percent increase from February 2014.
"Gas prices inched back up this month, but it didn't appear to have much impact on shoppers' choices. We're still seeing a strong market for trucks and SUVs -- especially compact crossover SUVs, which continue to ride an impressive wave of popularity.," said Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell. "It is likely that the hard-hitting winter weather motivated some buyers to upgrade from their two-wheel drive vehicles."
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Edmunds.com estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 13.4 million vehicles in February, with fleet transactions accounting for 19.3 percent of total sales. An estimated 3.2 million used cars will be sold in February, for a SAAR of 35.7 million (compared to 2.95 million — or a SAAR of 36.3 million — used car sales in January).
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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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