John Sousanis

Director, Information Content
WardsAuto

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

Articles by John Sousanis
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.
U.S. Light Vehicles Set Fuel Economy Record 1
The January performance eclipses the record set in March 2012 by a few hundredths of a rating point on the WardsAto’s index.
World Vehicle Sales Surpass 80 Million in 2012
World vehicle sales rose 5.2% in 2012 to 81.8 million units, on the strength of double-digit growth in the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region.
Update: U.S. Forecast Calls for Strong Start to 2013
Payback from delayed December sales, Sandy replacements and retail-sales momentum point to a January LV SAAR of 15.5 million.
WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index Rises 4.8% in 2012
Calendar 2012 marked the first time more than a third of light vehicles tracked on the WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index scored higher than 25 mpg.
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