Haig Stoddard

Industry Analyst,
U.S. LV Sales Surge as Pickups Continue to Soar
Large-pickup deliveries rose 28.1% above year-ago in June, driving the segment’s market penetration upward to 11.8%. First-half sales of the big pickups shot up 21.2%, the highest gain of any of the major segments.
Global Hybrid, EV Volume to See Incremental Growth by 2016
In 2016, the number of EV nameplates in production will total 96, an increase of just five from 2013. By comparison, output of hybrid nameplates will jump from 185 to 234 in the 3-year period, according to a WardsAuto/AC forecast.
WardsAuto Estimates Slight Gain in GM’s May Production
WardsAuto will begin estimating General Motors’ monthly North American production by plant, platform and vehicle line starting with May’s results, following the auto maker’s decision to discontinue reporting the data.
May U.S. Light-Vehicle Inventory Tops Pre-Recession High 
Ford can’t keep up with Explorer demand, even with its Chicago plant working on three shifts and overtime. Sales of the SUV easily will top 200,000 this year for the first time since 2005.
U.S. Market Continues to Ride on Large Trucks in May
Sales of all large trucks, including luxury versions, increased 20.3% in May. Large SUVS and pickups led the way with gains of 23.9% and 23.6%, respectively.
Record First-Quarter North American Capacity Utilization; 12-Month Average to Climb
Ford and Nissan are the two biggest reasons industry capacity utilization is running at 100% or more, but they are getting a lot of help from manufacturers with only one or two facilities, nearly all of them on 3-shift/crew schedules.
April U.S. Inventory in Line With Rising Demand  1
Inventory levels usually fall from March to April, but the increase is not a red flag because month-end days’ supply of 64 is slightly below average for this time of year, indicating demand is growing.
U.S. Sales Hit Bump, But Still Gain Traction in April
Large trucks continued to make headway last month, especially pickups, as they rode the wave of growth in the housing and construction sector and enjoyed a boost from relatively stable fuel prices.
WardsAuto Boosts North American LV Production Outlook Through 2014
Light-vehicle output for 2013 is forecast to increase by 105,000 units, with gains at Honda, Chrysler and Ford overwhelming cuts at General Motors and Volkswagen, while 2014 should see a 200,000-unit hike.
Europe Production Forecast Slashed as Sales Crisis Deepens
Europe’s biggest market, Germany, reportedly posted a March decline of 17%, worsening its 10.0% drop in the first two months of 2013, while Russia, the region’s second-biggest market, saw its first sales slump in 36 months.
Lean U.S. Inventory Could Mean More Production in Second Quarter 
March ended with a 62 days’ supply of domestic vehicles, well below the 70 days’ best for this time of year and considering the current pace of market growth.
Large Trucks Spur March U.S. Sales to 31st Consecutive Gain
Large CUVs doubled year-ago’s volume on major gains from GM’s refreshed trio of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, plus demand for the Mazda CX-9 and redesigned Nissan Pathfinder.
North American Production Shifts to Steady Mode
The next two years will be marked by overtime and manufacturers matching capacity to rising demand. But there will be typical plant downtime for inventory control of slow-selling vehicles, as well as production shutdowns for major redesigns.
Global Takeover: Emerging Economies to Dominate World Production, Sales
A WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass forecast calls for a combination of developing and emerging markets to produce more than half the world light-vehicle volume for the first time in 2013.
February U.S. Sales Continue Climb to Pre-2008 Totals
The results translate to a 15.3 million SAAR, nearly even with the prior month’s 15.2 million but well above year-ago’s 14.4 million.
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