January Truck and SUV Sales Extend Auto Industry Momentum, says Edmunds.com

January Truck and SUV Sales Extend Auto Industry Momentum, says Edmunds.com


SANTA MONICA, Calif. — January 29, 2015 — Edmunds.com, the premier destination for car shopping, forecasts that 1,155,866 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in January for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.7 million. The projected sales will be a 23.1 percent decrease from December 2014, but a 14.4 percent increase from January 2014.

"New car shoppers, seemingly inspired by winter weather and low gas prices, are buying up trucks and SUVs — particularly smaller ones," commented Jessica Caldwell, Senior Analyst for car shopping website Edmunds.com, whose team produced an insightful report on compact SUVs at //static.ed.edmunds-media.com/unversioned/img/industry-center/analysis/key.insights.compact.suv.pdf "At this point, most automakers and dealers offer products in these popular segments and are able to benefit from the trend."

SALES VOLUME FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Sales Volume January 2015 Forecast January 2014 December 2014 Change from January 2014 Change from December 2014
GM 200,062 171,486 274,483 16.7% -27.1%
Ford 180,813 153,494 219,369 17.8% -17.6%
Toyota 168,002 146,365 215,057 14.8% -21.9%
Chrysler Group 143,975 127,183 193,261 13.2% -25.5%
Honda 103,797 91,631 137,280 13.3% -24.4%
Nissan 100,386 90,470 117,318 11.0% -14.4%
Hyundai/Kia 89,649 81,016 110,094 10.7% -18.6%
VW/Audi 37,794 33,595 53,116 12.5% -28.8%
Industry 1,155,866 1,010,074 1,503,321 14.4% -23.1%
*NOTE: January 2015 had 26 selling days, while
January 2014 had 25 and December 2014 had 26.
This analysis is unadjusted for that difference.


Edmunds.com estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 13.8 million vehicles in January, with fleet transactions accounting for 17.4 percent of total sales. An estimated 2.9 million used cars will be sold in January, for a SAAR of 35.8 million (compared to 2.4 million — or a SAAR of 35.6 million — used car sales in December).

MARKET SHARE FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Market Share January 2015 Forecast January 2014 December 2014 Change from January 2014 Change from December 2014
GM 17.3% 17.0% 18.3% 0.3% -1.0%
Ford 15.6% 15.2% 14.6% 0.4% 1.1%
Toyota 14.5% 14.5% 14.3% 0.0% 0.2%
Chrysler Group 12.5% 12.6% 12.9% -0.1% -0.4%
Honda 9.0% 9.1% 9.1% -0.1% -0.2%
Nissan 8.7% 9.0% 7.8% -0.3% 0.9%
Hyundai/Kia 7.8% 8.0% 7.3% -0.3% 0.4%
VW/Audi 3.3% 3.3% 3.5% -0.1% -0.3%

More insight into recent auto industry trends can be found in Edmunds.com's Industry Center at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/.

About Edmunds.com
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