Haig Stoddard

Industry Analyst,
U.S. Light-Vehicle Inventory Ends 2014 on High Note 
In spite of the industry’s increase, five of the eight top sellers in the U.S. ended December with inventory below year-ago.
U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Hit 8-Year High in 2014 
Forecast U.S. LV sales in 2015 are pegged to beat 2014, which would make it first time on record that volume increased six straight years.
North American Auto Industry Headed for Banner Year in 2015 
North American production gains are forecast in each quarter in 2015, but the increases will be stronger in the second half.
Inventory Could Be Limiting Factor in December U.S. Sales 
Inventory of some key segments that perform well on a seasonal basis in December could be wanting, including Large Pickups, Large and Large Luxury SUVs and Lower Luxury cars.
October U.S. Inventory, Sales Point to Strong Finish to 2014 
Healthy stock levels mean manufacturers won’t be foreced to offer bargain-basement deals to rid dealers of excess inventory prior to entering the seasonally low-volume first-quarter.
N. American Q3 Capacity Utilization at Post-Recession High; Q4 to Decline 
WardsAuto forecasts North American manufacturers for entire-2014 will post their highest capacity utilization in several decades.
Global Outlook for Diesel Vehicles
Video brief highlights updates to future product and production plans from WardsAuto Forecasts.
September U.S. Inventory Remains Well Balanced for Expected Q4 Demand 
Combined sales of CUVs, SUVs and pickups are on course to hit 50% of LV volume for the first time in any quarter during the October-December period.
Soaring August U.S. Sales Lower Inventory Healthy 4% 
The inventory cuts point to a slowdown in sales in September and October to something more in line with the 16.3 million-unit SAAR the market tracked at prior to August.
WardsAuto Global Update: North America Production - The Shift South 
Video brief: Haig Stoddard looks at regional production in North America and why the Great Lakes area will continue to matter.
July U.S. Inventory Marks 10-Year High, Portends More Strong Sales 
Some of the inventory buildup is attributable to Ford stockpiling F-150 large pickups as it begins retooling in August for the new aluminized versions.
Mexico Adding 1.3 Million Units of Straight-Time Production 
Including estimates for overtime, Mexico automakers conceivably could build over 2 million units more in 2020 than in 2014, pushing total production well above 5 million.
Hefty Sales Pare U.S. Inventory Again, But Dealers Still Well-Stocked 
Forecasted strong production in July, combined with a June days’ supply slightly higher than usual for the month, bodes well for continued good sales results for locally built vehicles.
Strong May Sales Cause Healthy Paring to U.S. Dealer Inventory 
Another reason to get car stocks under control at this time of year is the sales mix, which will start to favor CUVs, SUVs, large pickups and luxury vehicles.
May U.S. Sales Surge to 7-Year High SAAR 
The prospect of a sharp rebound in second-quarter GDP helped underwrite May’s solid results, and indicates June should post a still-healthy 16 million-plus SAAR, even if some of its thunder was stolen in the prior month.


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