Compact SUVs Expected to Conquest March Auto Sales, Says Edmunds.com

Compact SUVs Expected to Conquest March Auto Sales, Says Edmunds.com


SANTA MONICA, Calif. — March 26, 2015 — Edmunds.com, the premier destination for car shopping, forecasts that 1,522,881 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in March for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.9 million. The projected sales will be a 21.3 percent increase from February 2015, and a 0.8 percent decrease from March 2014.

"In March, car shoppers were quite drawn to compact SUVs, continuing a recent trend," says Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell, whose team focused on this in a new Key Insights report entitled "Conquesting the Market" which can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/. "Compact SUVs have earned record market share in 2015 but the popularity of these vehicles has not generated incremental sales. This trend is having an adverse affect on midsize and compact car sales. Those segments? market shares are at an eight year low so far this year."

SALES VOLUME FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Sales Volume March 2015 Forecast March 2014 February 2015 Change from March 2014 Change from February 2015
GM 252,563 256,047 231,379 -1.4% 9.2%
Ford 230,339 243,417 179,671 -5.4% 28.2%
Toyota 224,303 215,348 180,467 4.2% 24.3%
Chrysler Group 200,059 194,915 163,587 2.6% 22.3%
Nissan 141,057 149,136 118,436 -5.4% 19.1%
Honda 128,829 133,318 105,466 -3.4% 22.2%
Hyundai/Kia 116,887 121,782 96,535 -4.0% 21.1%
VW/Audi 47,446 50,963 37,165 -6.9% 27.7%
Industry 1,522,881 1,535,131 1,255,485 -0.8% 21.3%

*NOTE: March 2015 had 25 selling days, March 2014 had 26 and February 2015 had 24.

Edmunds.com estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 13.5 million vehicles in March, with fleet transactions accounting for 20.4 percent of total sales. An estimated 3.5 million used cars will be sold in March, for a SAAR of 35.5 million (compared to 3.2 million — or a SAAR of 35.7 million — used car sales in February.)

MARKET SHARE FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Market Share March 2015 Forecast March 2014 February 2015 Change from March 2014 Change from February 2015
GM 16.6% 16.7% 18.4% -0.1% -1.8%
Ford 15.1% 15.9% 14.3% -0.7% 0.8%
Toyota 14.7% 14.0% 14.4% 0.7% 0.4%
Chrysler Group 13.1% 12.7% 13.0% 0.4% 0.1%
Nissan 9.3% 9.7% 9.4% -0.5% -0.2%
Honda 8.5% 8.7% 8.4% -0.2% 0.1%
Hyundai/Kia 7.7% 7.9% 7.7% -0.3% 0.0%
VW/Audi 3.1% 3.3% 3.0% -0.2% 0.2%

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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