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US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Compact segment

US premium compact

The Premium Compact segment continued growing in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up 15% compared to Q3 2014, although this rate of growth was slower than in the first part of the year, when they grew 59%. The main reason for this was that the Audi A3 sedan had been introduced in the US in the second half of 2014, which means that the incremental sales that variant brought are now “built in”.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Large segment

US Large

The Large mainstream segment continued shrinking in Q3 2015, with sales down 11% compared to the same period in 2014. Although it was spared the ignominy of being the mainstream segment that shrank the most in Q3 by the subcompact segments -14% growth rate, customers are clearly abandoning Large cars for Mid-sized ones as the lines between the two become ever more blurred in terms of size and equipment.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Mid-sized segment

US mid-sized 2

The mid-sized segment recovered from a poor first half of 2015 to record some growth in Q3, the only mainstream segment to do so. As such it put some clear distance between itself and the compact segment, and should finish the year comfortably as the 2nd largest segment, following the compact SUV segment.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Subcompact segment

US subcompacts

The Subcompact segment shrank by 14% in Q3, a further acceleration of the decline in the first half of the year, compared to the market growing by 6% over the same period. As with the Minicar segment, a lot of this has to do with low gas prices that see people turning away from cars whose main selling point in the US is good gas milage. … Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1 – Q3 Minicar segment

US mini 2

The Minicar segment could not maintain its growth from the first half of the year, and shrank by 9% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014. This means that so far this year the segment has only grown by 3%, behind the overall sales growth of 5% , and may yet end up shrinking overall by the time 2015 is over. While at least some of this reversal is due to the continuing low gas prices which promote purchases of large cars, one has the feeling that it is also due to the cars available being a rather uninspiring and aging bunch…

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US sales: October 2015, models

Chevrolet_Silverado-US-car-sales-statistics

Chevrolet Silverado

Last week we looked at US sales broken out by brands, now it’s time to look at the model rankings. At the top we should not be surprised to see the three full-size pickups from the Detroit Big Three. Of the three it’s the Chevy Silverado that’s done best in October, gaining on the Ford F-series and opening up a sizable gap to the Ram Pickup. However, all three underperformed relative to the market as a whole, which grew by 13.6% compared to October 2014. In fact, the Ram Pickup’s slow 2.8% growth has allowed the 4th-placed Toyota Camry to close within a little over 6,000 units – it’ll be interesting to see if the Japanese sedan can continue closing the gap and challenge for the podium in the near future.… Continue Reading …

Hyundai launches new luxury brand: Genesis [w/ poll]

Hyundai-25On Wednesday Hyundai finally announced what many have been speculating for years: that it will spin off a new luxury brand under which it will sell its Genesis, Equus and Coupe models. The brand will be named after the most popular model of the three, the Genesis, taking advantage of the name recognition it has earned since its 2008 debut. It will be the first major luxury brand created since Infiniti, the last of the Japanese luxury brands, came to the market in 1989.

So, what should we think of this? Does Genesis have a chance to succeed in the increasingly crowded luxury market, or does it not have a snowball’s chance in hell? Here are three reasons why I think it could succeed:… Continue Reading …

US sales: October 2015, Brands

US sales monthly logoUS car sales in October 2015 were up by 14% compared to October 2014, continuing their incredible rise in the second half of the year. Clearly, the current market conditions of low gas prices, low interest rates and a favorable economic outlook encourage car buying. It also shows that consumers seem not to have lost their fate in the industry as many have predicted they would in the aftermath of Dieselgate. … Continue Reading …

US is missing out: Nissan Rogue hybrid (but not for long)

Nissan X-Trail HybridOne of the biggest success stories of 2015 in the US has been the Nissan Rogue (X-Trail in other markets). Whereas the previous generation in its first year (2007) sold only 30% as many units as the leader of the Compact SUV segment, the Honda CR-V, in 2015 so far it’s sold more than 80% as many units, and may yet finish the year in 4th place if it can overhaul the Chevy Equinox over the past 3 months of the year. By all rights, Nissan should be very happy with how the new Rogue has performed, however there is one version of the car that Nissan has so far denied that US, but which could cement the model’s success and make a true push for class leadership: the Nissan Rogue Hybrid.… Continue Reading …

US sales: September 2015, Brands

Sales of cars in September 2015 were up by a whopping 16% compared to September 2014, an incredible rise given that they only grew by 4% between the first half of 2014 and 2015. Since sales in the US are cyclical by calendar year it’s hard to imagine this growth is driven by any particular effort on behalf of the manufacturers to move more metal off the forecourts. Rather, it’s probably a result of continually improving economic conditions, low gas price and, possibly more than most, people wanting to take advantage of low lease rates before the Federal Reserve Board raises interest rates later this year.

VW Passat Clean Diesel

VW Passat “Clean” Diesel

The question on everyone’s mind must be “how much was VW hurt by Dieselgate”? The answer is that it does not seem to have been hurt badly at all, with sales actually growing by 1%. Sure, that’s much worse than the market on average, but it’s not like VW was gaining sales before the scandal hit anyway. The fact is it may take time for the sales figures to fully reflect the extent of the damage – October will give us a better look.

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