Category Archives: sales

F-Series Supplier Fire – a Threat to Ford Motor Profitability

Ford accounts for less than a third of the volume of output from the affected Meridian plant, it said, but the F-Series is the foundation of the profitability of Ford in North America – a foundation that was already showing signs of cracks. (Failing Grade for Ford Motor Q1 Earnings, Failing Grade for Ford Motor Q1 Earnings) Ford claims that while the production shortage is expected to have an adverse impact on the company’s near term results, the company’s guidance of delivering an adjusted EPS in the range of $1.45 to $1.701 for the full year is unchanged. Continue reading

Posted in auto news, economy, financial results, manufacturing, results, sales | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

FCA US April Sales Sees Trucks and Namesake Brands Decline

The brands* the company is named after Fiat and Chrysler both posted huge declines. Sales of Fiat vehicles declined 45 percent to 1,404 vehicles. Chrysler brand total sales fell 18 percent in April to 14,189 vehicles compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted a 5 percent retail sales increase to 7,864 vehicles. Continue reading

Posted in marketing, sales | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TMC Posts Revenues of $265 Billion for Fiscal Year

Region by region Toyota is experiencing the effects of a slowdown in the global automotive economy along with an ongoing increase in competition. As a result, volume is down slightly, but operating income is up. Continue reading

Posted in economy, financial results, sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ford US April Sales Off -5%

Well. yes, but in a global business gigantic trucks are not saleable elsewhere, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet emission and fuel economy regulations that are tightening everywhere. Ford spears to be a three-legged stool with the car leg chopped off. Continue reading

Posted in marketing, results, sales | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. March Sales – Light Trucks Up, Cars Down Again

During an unexpectedly strong March, U.S. auto dealers sold 1.65 million vehicles, a 6.3% increase year-over-year. Detroit Three brands per AutoData held just 45.7% of the U.S. market in March, selling 755,152 vehicles – with 612,052 or a whopping 81% … Continue reading

Posted in marketing, sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

US Car Sales Plummet in February. Trucks Gain Again

The smoking tire and news wheel spin of the month – given Trump’s ongoing trade tirades amidst a complete collapse of White House staff support and an ongoing exodus – came from the American International Automobile Dealers Association Continue reading

Posted in fools 'n frauds, manufacturing, marketing, news analysis, sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 US Sales Trickle Down – Reversing Run-up

Unlike the alleged positive – or certainly debatable – effects of the Trump tax cuts for the rich, the 2017 calendar year saw US auto sales trickle slowly down from previous record years. AutoData Corp. says the seasonally adjusted annual … Continue reading

Posted in news analysis, sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Offshore Brand US Auto Sales Rose During a So-So October

Even though Trump hasn’t implemented his promised offshore tax on imports or took on China for its currency manipulation and trade practices, international brands once again controlled the U.S.  auto market during September by selling 748,614 vehicles, commanding 55.3% of … Continue reading

Posted in marketing, news analysis, sales | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Sales Drop in September. Domestics Struggle with Cars

September U.S. auto sales dropped notably when compared to September 2016, but were still relatively strong, according to AutoData. It said that the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in September was 17.76 million units compared to 18.05 million units a … Continue reading

Posted in news analysis, sales | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

GM, Ford, FCA Car Sales Decline, Slumping Trucks, Crossovers Can’t “Pickup” Slack

The industry trend of customers abandoning cars in the U.S. continued in July as industry sales dipped for the sixth straight month compared to last year, Continue reading

Posted in sales | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Group Renault Sets Half-Year Sales Record – 1.88 Million

Group Renault registrations worldwide, including Lada, increased 10.4% in the first half of 2017, in a light-vehicle market that was only up 2.6%. Continue reading

Posted in results, sales | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Truck Sales Can’t Pick Up Slack from Sliding May Car Sales

While trucks are hot, up 6% from a year ago, May car sales are not at, -9.3%, a continuing negative trend. The seasonally adjusted annual rate (aka SAAR) in the U.S. for May 2017 was 16.66 million units sold, a significant slide from 17.17 million units a year ago. Total light vehicle sales declined -0.5% compared to last May despite inexpensive fuels and low interest rates. Continue reading

Posted in sales | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Automotive CX Summit – Dual Style to Customer Development?

“People liked going into the Apple Store, they liked to go somewhere to talk to a person face-to-face for support or to explain something. this is complex technology, it strikes me that’s the analogy the [automotive] industry should look at and say, “Ah-ha,” Munzel told AutoInformed during a phone interview. Continue reading

Posted in customer satisfaction, marketing, news analysis, sales | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

April Showers – U.S. Auto Sales Drop Yet Again

Of note is President Trump’s belligerent attitude toward North Korea and his disdain for trade agreements, which puts South Korean based Hyundai and Kia – clearly in the sights of two military powers. Continue reading

Posted in sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Porsche Q1 2017 Best in History

Growth came from China, the company’s home market of Germany, as well as the Panamera and Macan model lines that had double-digit growth. Continue reading

Posted in marketing, results, sales | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment