Extra Selling Day to Give Auto Sales a Boost in July, Edmunds Forecasts
July auto sales expected to come in slightly higher than last year; however, analysts caution this is not a sign that the market is on the rebound

SANTA MONICA, CA — July 24, 2019 — The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 1,380,771 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in July for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.5 million. This reflects a 9.3% decrease in sales from June 2019, but a 0.5% increase from July 2018. July is expected to be the first month in 2019 to show a boost in monthly auto sales compared to 2018; however, Edmunds experts caution this is not the first sign of a turnaround.

"A lot of people are enjoying vacations and family time in July, so it's generally not a strong month for auto sales. The fact that automakers could eke out a slight gain is encouraging but not necessarily indicative of a positive trend," said Jeremy Acevedo, Edmunds' senior manager of insights. "The extra selling day makes things look a little better than they really are, and we still believe sales will continue to trend downward through the back half of the year."

Edmunds analysts note that dealers are starting to get more motivated to move aging inventory off their lots, which is also expected to augment July sales.

"The model-year selldown is in full swing," said Acevedo. "We're seeing old cars lingering on dealer lots a bit longer than they should, which means that shoppers could see more attractive sales events as we head into the end of summer."

SALES VOLUME FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Sales
Volume
July
2019 Forecast
July
2018
June
2019
Change from
July 2018
Change from
June 2019
GM* 232,320 220,000 255,785 5.6% -9.2%
Toyota 202,495 208,770 201,887 -3.0% 0.3%
Ford* 189,858 192,743 217,000 -1.5% -12.5%
Fiat Chrysler 167,230 170,970 206,083 -2.2% -18.9%
Honda 137,516 138,602 135,901 -0.8% 1.2%
Hyundai/Kia 115,243 104,864 122,890 9.9% -6.2%
Nissan 105,214 108,792 123,504 -3.3% -14.8%
VW/Audi 48,018 49,741 51,134 -3.5% -6.1%
Tesla 16,792 - - - -
Industry 1,380,771 1,374,007 1,522,817 0.5% -9.3%

*GM sales totals for July 2018 are estimated, GM & Ford sales totals for June 2019 are estimated

**NOTE: July 2019 had 25 selling days, July 2018 had 24 and June 2019 had 26.

Edmunds estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 14.2 million vehicles in July 2019, with fleet transactions accounting for 14.0% of total sales. An estimated 3.4 million used vehicles will be sold in July 2019, for a SAAR of 39.6 million (compared to 3.3 million — or a SAAR of 39.5 million — in June).

MARKET SHARE FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Market
Share
July
2019 Forecast
July
2018
June
2019
Change from
July 2018
Change from
June 2019
GM* 16.8% 16.0% 16.8% 0.8% 0.0%
Toyota 14.7% 15.2% 13.3% -0.5% 1.4%
Ford* 13.8% 14.0% 14.2% -0.3% -0.5%
Fiat Chrysler 12.1% 12.4% 13.5% -0.3% -1.4%
Honda 10.0% 10.1% 8.9% -0.1% 1.0%
Hyundai/Kia 8.3% 7.6% 8.1% 0.7% 0.3%
Nissan 7.6% 7.9% 8.1% -0.3% -0.5%
VW/Audi 3.5% 3.6% 3.4% -0.1% 0.1%
Tesla 1.2% - - - -

More insight into recent auto industry trends can be found in the Edmunds Industry Center at https://www.edmunds.com/industry/insights.html.

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