US Vehicle Sales Watch

US Vehicle Sales Watch

By: Bill Cawthon

Every month, Bill Cawthon collates and reviews the latest US light vehicle sales results, assesses the trends, and puts the numbers in context.


April US vehicle sales deliver a SAAR surprise

2 May 2019 | Bill Cawthon

US light vehicle sales dipped again in April, down 2.3% year on year to about 1.33m cars and light trucks. After four months, deliveries are 3% behind the January-April period in 2018. The seasonally adjusted annualised rate (SAAR) slumped to 16.41m units and both total volume and SAAR were well below analysts' forecasts.


US March light vehicle sales off slightly but SAAR surprises

3 Apr 2019 | Bill Cawthon

US deliveries of light vehicles were down 3.3% in the first quarter of 2019 as March volume fell 3.2%.


US February light vehicle sales chilled by storms and taxes

4 Mar 2019 | Bill Cawthon

Mother Nature and Uncle Sam put the hurt on US light vehicle sales in February.


Polar vortex freezes US sales

4 Feb 2019 | Bill Cawthon

Up until the last week in January, it looked like US light vehicle sales would come in slightly ahead of January 2018.


A lovely holiday gift to US light vehicle sales

4 Jan 2019 | Bill Cawthon

American consumers weren’t deterred by December’s rising interest rates, market turmoil and political shenanigans. Instead they propelled the auto industry to its fourth 17m year.


November US light vehicle sales beat expectations

4 Dec 2018 | Bill Cawthon

On the whole, last month's US light vehicle sales turned out better than expected. While most prognosticators said November deliveries would be down about 2%, the deficit was much smaller.


Interest rates don’t slow US market, yet - ANALYSIS

5 Nov 2018 | Bill Cawthon

As our preliminary data published on Friday indicated, rising interest rates and higher petrol prices didn’t stop US light vehicle sales from rising in October.


FCA outsells Ford in US

4 Oct 2018 | Bill Cawthon

September light vehicle sales came through mostly as expected though the decline was not as great as had been predicted.


Utilities prop up August US light vehicle sales

5 Sep 2018 | Bill Cawthon

Expectations of a sales increase met the realities of consumer economics in August.


July comes up a selling weekend short in US

2 Aug 2018 | Bill Cawthon

After a surprisingly strong June, July's US light vehicle sales results were more in line with 2018 projections.


Welcome growth marks first half US light vehicle sales

5 Jul 2018 | Bill Cawthon

Hefty incentives and an extra selling weekend in June pushed US light vehicles sales into the black for the first half of 2018.


US light vehicle sales bloom in May

4 Jun 2018 | Bill Cawthon

While April showers may have had little influence, an extra selling day and a holiday weekend definitely helped US light vehicle sales to bloom in May.


April US light vehicle sales: some bright flowers among the weeds

2 May 2018 | Bill Cawthon

April was the first month of General Motors' new quarterly reporting schedule, so everyone is estimating sales for GM. Accordingly, we've added The General to the 'Other' pool on the monthly chart.


March surge turns Q1 US sales positive

4 Apr 2018 | Bill Cawthon

Despite winter's persistence in parts of the US, March light vehicle sales blossomed, posting their best performance of the year.


February continues the US slow sales tradition

5 Mar 2018 | Bill Cawthon

February is almost never one of the strongest months for new vehicle sales in the US.



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