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Did October Car Sales Deliver Mixed Messages to Auto Industry?

Did October Car Sales Deliver Mixed Messages to Auto Industry?

October Car Sales Delivered a Mixed Message to Auto Industry


October New Car Sales Offer Mixed Messages
to Auto Industry, Forecasts Edmunds

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds.com, the leading car information and shopping network, forecasts that 1,356,250 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in October for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.8 million. This will be a 5.2 percent decrease from September 2016, and a 6.8 percent decrease from October 2015.

Edmunds.com projects that 14,464,835 new cars and trucks will be sold this year in the U.S. through the end of October, down 0.2 percent from the 14,500,744 sales recorded through the first 10 months of 2015’s record-breaking year.
“On the surface, it might look like a slow month for sales, but in fact the industry’s performance was much stronger than the raw numbers suggest,” says Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “Even with month-to-month and year-to-year sales decreases, a 17.8 million SAAR in October would tie for the highest monthly sales rate of 2016. And considering that there are no popular weekend sales events in October, automakers and dealers can feel encouraged by this month’s performance as they head into what they hope will be a busy holiday season.”
SALES VOLUME FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Sales Volume
October 2016 Forecast
October 2015
September 2016
Change from October 2015
Change from September 2016
GM
246,512
262,993
249,795
-6.3%
-1.3%
Toyota
189,995
204,045
197,260
-6.9%
-3.7%
Ford
189,970
213,105
203,444
-10.9%
-6.6%
Fiat Chrysler
178,245
199,385
192,883
-10.6%
-7.6%
Honda
125,162
131,651
133,655
-4.9%
-6.4%
Nissan
113,008
116,047
127,797
-2.6%
-11.6%
Hyundai/Kia
107,959
110,049
115,830
-1.9%
-6.8%
VW/Audi
39,645
48,087
41,729
-17.6%
-5.0%
Industry
1,356,250
1,455,562
1,430,273
-6.8%
-5.2%
*NOTE: October 2016 had 26 selling days, October 2015 had 28 and September 2016 had 25.

Edmunds estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 14.8 million vehicles in October 2016, with fleet transactions accounting for 16.7 percent of total sales. An estimated 3.2 million used cars will be sold in October 2016, for a SAAR of 38.7 million (compared to 3.2 million – or a SAAR of 38.7 million – used car sales in September).

MARKET SHARE FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER
Market Share
October 2016 Forecast
October 2015
September 2016
Change from October 2015
Change from September 2016
GM
18.2%
18.1%
17.5%
0.1%
0.7%
Toyota
14.0%
14.0%
13.8%
0.0%
0.2%
Ford
14.0%
14.6%
14.2%
-0.6%
-0.2%
Fiat Chrysler
13.1%
13.7%
13.5%
-0.6%
-0.3%
Honda
9.2%
9.0%
9.3%
0.2%
-0.1%
Nissan
8.3%
8.0%
8.9%
0.4%
-0.6%
Hyundai/Kia
8.0%
7.6%
8.1%
0.4%
-0.1%
VW/Audi
2.9%
3.3%
2.9%
-0.4%
0.0%
                                                                                                                          
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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