AUGUST 2015 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

 

AUGUST 2015 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

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Automaker

Aug. 2015

Aug. 2014

Pct. chng.

8 months

8 months

Pct. chng.

2015

2014

BMW division

27,755

27,213

2.00%

223,348

211,004

5.90%

Mini

5,109

5,006

2.10%

40,560

34,969

16.00%

Rolls-Royce

95

93

2.20%

760

739

2.80%

  BMW Group

32,959

32,312

2.00%

264,668

246,712

7.30%

Mercedes-Benz

30,633

28,960

5.80%

238,827

221,473

7.80%

Smart USA

617

1,334

–53.7%

4,682

7,332

–36.1%

  Daimler AG

31,250

30,294

3.20%

243,509

228,805

6.40%

Alfa Romeo

75

–%

443

–%

Chrysler Division

25,580

29,762

–14.1%

221,550

194,285

14.00%

Dodge

42,386

49,895

–15.1%

337,177

399,937

–15.7%

Fiat

3,388

3,362

0.80%

28,421

32,141

–11.6%

Jeep

80,804

68,766

17.50%

555,709

461,156

20.50%

Ram

49,439

46,594

6.10%

318,542

298,650

6.70%

  FCA U.S.

201,672

198,379

1.70%

1,461,842

1,386,169

5.50%

Ferrari

177

176

0.60%

1,416

1,406

0.70%

Maserati

1,245

1,233

1.00%

7,506

7,807

–3.9%

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles†

203,094

199,788

1.70%

1,470,764

1,395,382

5.40%

Ford division

225,244

213,227

5.60%

1,678,929

1,637,666

2.50%

Lincoln

8,636

8,146

6.00%

65,284

60,531

7.90%

  Ford Motor Co.

233,880

221,373

5.70%

1,744,213

1,698,197

2.70%

Buick

22,281

22,143

0.60%

149,386

153,298

–2.6%

Cadillac

15,738

16,650

–5.5%

110,791

114,008

–2.8%

Chevrolet

183,098

185,930

–1.5%

1,425,507

1,388,993

2.60%

GMC

49,363

47,700

3.50%

362,853

328,152

10.60%

  General Motors

270,480

272,423

–0.7%

2,048,537

1,984,451

3.20%

Acura

15,313

15,487

–1.1%

117,315

105,918

10.80%

Honda Division

140,178

151,551

–7.5%

937,501

936,464

0.10%

  Honda (American)

155,491

167,038

–6.9%

1,054,816

1,042,382

1.20%

Hyundai division

72,012

70,003

2.90%

514,175

501,448

2.50%

Kia

58,897

54,667

7.70%

426,160

404,389

5.40%

  Hyundai Group

130,909

124,670

5.00%

940,335

905,837

3.80%

Jaguar

1,143

1,184

–3.5%

10,221

10,688

–4.4%

Land Rover

5,225

4,489

16.40%

42,548

35,318

20.50%

  Jaguar Land Rover

6,368

5,673

12.30%

52,769

46,006

14.70%

  Mazda

29,938

31,305

–4.4%

216,091

216,973

–0.4%

  Mitsubishi

8,289

6,786

22.10%

65,701

52,807

24.40%

Infiniti

10,635

9,164

16.10%

85,348

77,043

10.80%

Nissan Division

122,716

125,224

–2.0%

915,358

883,274

3.60%

  Nissan

133,351

134,388

–0.8%

1,000,706

960,317

4.20%

  Subaru

52,697

50,246

4.90%

375,632

333,968

12.50%

  Tesla*

1,700

1,500

13.30%

13,600

12,000

13.30%

Lexus

33,487

32,809

2.10%

222,151

198,831

11.70%

Scion

3,895

6,186

–37.0%

32,691

41,949

–22.1%

Toyota Division

186,999

207,105

–9.7%

1,418,160

1,386,729

2.30%

Toyota/Scion

190,894

213,291

–10.5%

1,450,851

1,428,678

1.60%

  Toyota

224,381

246,100

–8.8%

1,673,002

1,627,509

2.80%

Audi

18,794

17,101

9.90%

130,063

116,066

12.10%

Bentley

228

241

–5.4%

1,685

1,750

–3.7%

Lamborghini*

63

61

3.30%

504

488

3.30%

Porsche

5,008

4,540

10.30%

34,876

31,759

9.80%

VW division

32,332

35,181

–8.1%

238,074

244,878

–2.8%

  Volkswagen

56,425

57,124

–1.2%

405,202

394,941

2.60%

  Volvo Cars NA

5,869

4,960

18.30%

40,854

39,184

4.30%

Other*

98

95

3.20%

780

756

3.20%

TOTAL

1,577,179

1,586,075

–0.6%

11,611,179

11,186,227

3.80%

 

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center
Note:
†Fiat S.p.A. completed the acquisition of Chrysler Group LLC on Jan. 21, 2014; the companies were merged under holding group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Oct. 12, 2014.
*Estimate
**Includes estimates for Aston Martin and Lotus

 

 

Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million

 

 

U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices continued to splurge on new cars and light trucks.

The seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate soared to 17.81 million, the highest pace of sales since July 2005, when employee-style discounts drove volume, and the strongest month of the 6-year recovery.

Deliveries, led by crossovers and SUVs, have now advanced 3.9 percent to 11.6 million vehicles in 2015 and appear well poised to surpass 17 million for only the third year ever.

U.S. sales had increased 4.5 percent through July.

Because of a calendar quirk that means Labor Day holiday volume will be included in September results this year, August 2015 deliveries across the U.S. had been projected to drop to about 1.53 million cars and light trucks, based on the average estimate from five analysts polled by Bloomberg. There were 26 selling days last month, one fewer than in August 2014.

The seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate for August was projected to come in at 17.3 million, flat with the August 2014 rate, based on the estimates of 12 analysts compiled by Bloomberg.

The SAAR has now topped 17 million five out of seven months this year, including a solid 17.55 million rate in July.

Among major automakers, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted August sales gains while their biggest Japanese rivals fell amid a solid month for U.S. demand despite some statistical quirks.

Ford’s volume rose 5.7 percent, while FCA eked out a 1.7 percent advance and General Motors dropped slightly. Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. all posted declines as well.

“In spite of a tough 2014 comparison and extreme stock market volatility, our dealers’ competitive spirit kicked in and propelled us,” Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales for Fiat Chrysler, said in a statement.

August sales slipped 8.8 percent at Toyota Motor with demand falling 9.7 percent at the Toyota brand and skidding 37 percent at Scion. But Lexus volume advanced 2.1 percent to a monthly record of 33,487 — giving the brand its second consecutive monthly luxury title.

“The luxury market continued its hot streak last month,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager of Lexus.

Honda Motor’s August deliveries dropped 6.9 percent on a 7.5 percent decline at the Honda brand and a 1.1 percent dip at Acura.

At Nissan Motor, volume slipped 0.8 percent on a 2 percent decline at the Nissan division. Sales surged 16 percent at Infiniti.

Subaru record

Subaru, overcoming low inventory levels, set a monthly record in the U.S. with August deliveries of 52,679 vehicles, a gain of 4.9 percent over August 2014, and enough to top the record set in July (50,517). The XV Crosstrek and Forester both set monthly sales records, as well, in August.

Subaru’s U.S. sales have now increased 45 consecutive months, year over year, and topped 40,000 vehicles a month for 18 straight months.

Fiat Chrysler’s winning streak had been in doubt in part because the Labor Day sales weekend was not included in August results this year, in contrast to the previous three. Analysts polled by Bloomberg, on average, expected FCA’s sales to drop 1.2 percent during the month.

FCA said Jeep deliveries rose 18 percent to 80,804 in August, an all-time record for the brand and its 23rd consecutive monthly gain.

Volume rose 6.1 percent at the Ram brand and 0.8 percent at Fiat, but sales slipped 15 percent at Dodge and 14 percent at the Chrysler brand.

Ford Motor was helped by strong demand for crossovers and F-series pickups. Volume advanced 5.6 percent at the Ford brand and 6 percent at Lincoln.

F-Series deliveries, aided by improved availability of the redesigned F-150 truck, hit a high for the year with sales of 71,332, a gain of 4.7 percent over August 2014. Sales of utility vehicles climbed 12 percent while car volume skidded 7 percent, Ford said.

GM’s retail gains

At GM, deliveries fell 0.7 percent. Volume was off 1.5 percent at Chevrolet and 5.5 percent at Cadillac; deliveries increased 3.5 percent at GMC and 0.6 percent at Buick. GM’s retail deliveries rose 6 percent. The company, citing J.D. Power data, said it had the industry’s largest retail sales increase and gained more than 1 percentage point of retail market share last month.

Audi rode a 41 percent jump in crossover volume to post sales of 18,794 in August, a 9.9 percent gain and its 56th-consecutive monthly U.S. sales record. The Q5 compact CUV, Audi’s top-selling nameplate this year, posted a 34 percent increase while Q3 subcompact CUV deliveries more than quadrupled to 1,189.

Mazda reported 29,938 sales, down 4.4 percent, as the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 suffered slight declines. The automaker tallied 698 sales of its new CX-3 crossover, which went on sale in mid-August as a rival to the Honda HR-V. The redesigned MX-5 Miata claimed 1,344 sales in its first month, more than triple year-earlier volume.

 

Labor Day holiday volume

Sales generated during the four-day Labor Day holiday period, Friday through Monday, represented 20 percent of light-vehicle deliveries in August 2014, J.D. Power and Associates estimates. And a late-month surge produced the highest light-vehicle volume in August 2014 than any August since 2003.

Low gasoline prices, steady employment growth and favorable financing continued to support new-vehicle demand last month.

But while consumers largely shrugged off volatile U.S. stock prices in late August, the market turmoil may have impacted some luxury segments, analysts say.

Kelley Blue Book noted on Monday that average transaction prices in August for high-performance cars, such as the BMW 6 series and Porsche 911, fell 1.6 percent from July and 3.7 percent from August 2014.

And average transaction prices for high-end luxury cars dipped 3.4 percent last month compared with August 2014.

Dealers and automakers also ramped up discounts on remaining 2015 models, notably small- and mid-size cars, and large pickups.

Among the deals:

• A Buick Encore lease for $190 a month and $190 down for 24 months for current lessees of a non-GM vehicle.

• A 2015 Honda CR-V LX lease for $209 per month for 36 months and $1,999 down.

• Zero-percent financing for 72 months, and $1,000 bonus cash, on most 2015 Ford models.

• $5,000 cash back on the 2015 Ford Taurus, according to Kelley Blue Book

• In Montana, some Toyota dealers dangled $2,000 cash back on the 2015 Toyota Avalon and Venza, and $2,500 in cash off the Toyota Prius hybrid.

• In Baltimore, Fiat Chrysler’s Ram brand pitched a 2015 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab with zero-percent financing for 60 months and a $2,750 cash allowance.

• A 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan lease for 36 months with monthly payments of $179 and $2,499 down.

• Up to $3,520 off a 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth as part of the manager’s specials at Golling Fiat in Birmingham, Mich.

Brian Johnson, an analyst with Barclays, said last week big pickup incentives in August were running nearly 13 percent higher than a year ago, and nearly 5 percent higher than July.

“Competition is intensifying in the large pickup space as Ford’s F-150 inventory further normalizes,” Johnson said.

Even with a slew of clearance deals, transaction prices remain healthy.

Kelley Blue Book estimates the average transaction price for a new light vehicle sold last month was $33,543, an increase of $1,107, or 3.4 percent, from August 2014, but down $79, or 0.2 percent, from July.

“September will be a telling month depending on the impact of Labor Day sales and wavering financial markets,” said Akshay Anand, an analyst for Kelley Blue Book.