SANTA MONICA, Calif. — September 25, 2014 — Edmunds.com, the premier destination for car shopping, forecasts that 1,261,380 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in September for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 16.5 million. The projected sales will be a 20.3 percent decrease from August 2014, but an 11 percent increase from September 2013.
"September sales are consistent with the strength we've seen most of this year," says Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell. "But the topline sales aren't as interesting as the ways in which shoppers have driven those sales. Buyers have been able to secure low financing deals and have responded to lease offers in record numbers. These are behaviors that bode well for the continued strength of new car sales."
*NOTE: September 2014 had 24 selling days, September 2013 had 23 and August 2014 had 27.
Edmunds.com estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 13.8 million vehicles in September, with fleet transactions accounting for 16.2 percent of total sales. An estimated 2.95 million used cars will be sold in September, for a SAAR of 36.3 million (compared to 2.98 million used-car sales in August, for a SAAR of 36.2 million).
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Edmunds.com encourages shoppers in the market right now for a new car to check out Edmunds.com's Deals of the Month page, where they can find some of the strongest available deals, including zero-percent financing for up to 72 months on a 2014 Ford Flex or $1,500 cash on a 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe.
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