US car sales were down 0.4% to 1,148,087 cars and light trucks in January, the first year-on-year decline since August 2015 and only the third such month in the past two years. However, when viewed against the backdrop of a declining stock market and the storm of the snowstorm of the century on the East Coast, that the market fell by as little as it did actually seems like a great performance. The decline was partially due to one less weekend than last year, and as a result the Seasonally Adjusted Annual selling Rate was up from 16.71 million in January 2015 and from 17.32 million last December to 17.55 million, the highest January SAAR since 2006.
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January records were set by Nissan (92.770 sales) and Hyundai (45.011 sales), while FCA posted its 70th straight gain with an increase of 6.9%, thanks to increases by Jeep, Dodge and RAM, as Chrysler and Fiat volumes were down.
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- Buick showed an impressive 45.5% gain, allowing it to move past BMW and Chrysler as all of its models improved on last year.
- Scion, which will be Toyota-going-to-kill-off-Scion/” target=”_blank”>phased out and the models integrated into the Toyota brand, sees a 38.2% increase thanks to the two new models iA and iM.
- Dodge is up 19.1% despite plunging Dart sales as the brand moves past Subaru, Kia and GMC to rank 8th, up from 11th in January 2015.
- Jeep continues its improvement although the growth rate naturally slows down, but is still in double digits. And it added the most volume of all brands at +7,509 sales.
- Kia sold exactly 6 more cars than last January, but that’s enough to be a winner.
But there were also losers:
- Besides Chrysler and Fiat, Smart also lost almost 20% of its already low volume.
- Volkswagen continues its slowdown as there’s still no solution for its emissions cheating device and there’s still a stop-sale order on 2016 models
- Even some luxury brands had a difficult month as Acura, Infiniti, Cadillac, Lexus and BMW all showed declines
- Toyota was the biggest volume loser at -7,122 sales, a loss of 5%, but Ford and Chevrolet also lost volume.
Brand ranking January 2016
|Brand||Jan 2016||Jan 2015||change|
|39 (2)||Alfa Romeo||67||97||30.9%|