John Sousanis

John
Sousanis
Director, Information Content,
WardsAuto

John writes about sales and production trends both in North America and around the world.

Articles
Industry Fuel Efficiency Remains at Record Levels; Small Cars Set New High
June was the third consecutive month light trucks outsold cars, but the expected downward effect on industry fuel economy has been offset each time by mix shifts and rising FEI scores within segments of both vehicle types.
European Decline Hampers World Vehicle Sales
Global auto makers delivered 7.24 million units in May, compared with 7.05 million year-ago, according to WardsAuto data, despite a 6.3% drop in Europe.
June Sales Rate Could Reach 67-Month High 1
A WardsAuto forecast calls for the month’s SAAR to climb to 15.8 million light vehicles, the highest monthly rate since November 2007.
U.S. Fuel Economy Maintains Record Level as Truck Sales Grow
U.S. light vehicles maintained their record-high average fuel efficiency for the third consecutive month in May, even as light-truck market share rose.
World Vehicle Sales Rise, Led By Gains in North and South America
Global auto makers delivered 7.14 million units in the month, compared with 6.77 million year-ago, according to WardsAuto data, as all markets, including Europe, showed improvement.
May Sales Should Return to Trend
A WardsAuto forecast calls for the month’s SAAR to return to 15.2 million light vehicles after slipping to 14.9 million in April.
Mix Shifts, But April U.S. Fuel Economy Remains at Record Level
For the second consecutive month, U.S. light vehicles attained record fuel efficiency even as sales continued to shift toward traditionally less-efficient segments.
World Sales Exceed 8 Million Units, China Passes 2 Million Mark Again
China reported its best sales month ever, delivering 2.04 million vehicles, edging the prior record set in January of 2.03 million.
April Sales to Match Q1 Pace, Almost
A WardsAuto forecast calls for the month’s SAAR to dip slightly to 15.1 million light vehicles.
Record Fuel Economy for U.S. Light Vehicles in March
The benchmark FEI score was achieved in the face of strong sales of vehicles from the less-efficient segments: pickups (16.7 mpg), SUVs (17.6 mpg) and Large CUVs (19.4 mpg).
North America Lone Bright Spot in World Sales Picture
Downturns in all major regions except North America left global vehicle sales lagging 5.2% behind like-2012 levels for the month. Still, January-February volume outpaced year-ago results.
March U.S. New-Vehicle Sales to Continue at Robust Rate
New WardsAuto forecast calls for March sales to maintain recent 15.3 million SAAR.
Record Fuel Economy for U.S. Light Vehicles in February
Six auto makers recorded their best-ever fuel-efficiency scores last month, as new U.S. LVs sustained a record 24.1 rating on the WardsAuto index.
World Vehicle Sales Rise in January on Big Gain for Asia-Pacific 1
China sales jumped 46.4% over year-ago, thanks to the timing of annual holiday celebrations in the world’s largest market. That helped push global sales to nearly 6.8 million units in January.
U.S. February Sales Expected to Build on January Results
Seasonal activity in the commercial fleet market and sales to rental companies, along with continued retail momentum, should push February’s LV SAAR to 15.4 million.
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