Clearance Deals Could Push Auto Sales to Biggest August Since 2003, Says Edmunds.com

Clearance Deals Could Push Auto Sales to Biggest August Since 2003, Says Edmunds.com


SANTA MONICA, Calif. — August 28, 2014 — Edmunds.com, the premier destination for car shopping, forecasts that 1,511,438 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in August for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.9 million. The projected sales will be a 5.5 percent increase from July 2014, and a 0.7 percent increase from August 2013. Edmunds.com projects that this month?s sales could hit the highest August sales volume since August 2003, when the industry delivered 1,628,365 new cars.

"August is a huge month for dealers who need to clear out 2014 models to make room for 2015 inventory," says Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell. "TV and radio airwaves are filled with these clearance deals and they're helping to push hesitant car shoppers into 'buy now' mode."

SALES VOLUME FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Sales
Volume
Aug-14
Forecast
Aug-13 Jul-14 Change from
Aug 2013*
Change from
Jul 2014*
GM 268,813 275,847 256,160 -2.5% 4.9%
Toyota 226,700 231,537 215,802 -2.1% 5.0%
Ford 217,503 220,404 211,467 -1.3% 2.9%
Chrysler Group 190,604 165,552 167,667 15.1% 13.7%
Honda 155,417 166,432 135,908 -6.6% 14.4%
Nissan 126,824 120,498 121,452 5.2% 4.4%
Hyundai/Kia 119,932 118,126 119,320 1.5% 0.5%
VW/Audi 49,715 54,347 45,169 -8.5% 10.1%
Industry 1,511,438 1,500,420 1,432,271 0.7% 5.5%

*NOTE: August 2014 had 27 selling days, August 2013 had 28 and July 2014 had 26.

Edmunds.com estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 14.7 million vehicles in August, with fleet transactions accounting for 13.0 percent of total sales. An estimated 2.95 million used cars will be sold in August, for a SAAR of 35.9 million (compared to 3.24 million — or a SAAR of 36.5 million — used car sales in July).

MARKET SHARE FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Market
Share
Aug-14
Forecast
Aug-13 Jul-14 Change from
August 2013
(Percentage pts.)
Change from
July 2014
(Percentage pts.)

GM

17.8% 18.4% 17.9% -0.6% -0.1%

Toyota

15.0% 15.4% 15.1% -0.4% -0.1%

Ford

14.4% 14.7% 14.8% -0.3% -0.4%

Chrysler Group

12.6% 11.0% 11.7% 1.6% 0.9%

Honda

10.3% 11.1% 9.5% -0.8% 0.8%

Nissan

8.4% 8.0% 8.5% 0.4% -0.1%

Hyundai/Kia

7.9% 7.9% 8.3% 0.1% -0.4%

VW/Audi

3.3% 3.6% 3.2% -0.3% 0.1%

Shoppers in the market right now for a new car are encouraged to check out Edmunds.com's Deals of the Month page where they can find some of the strongest available deals, including 0% financing for up to 72 months on a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze or $2,000 cash on a 2014 Nissan 370Z Convertible.

About Edmunds.com, Inc.
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