John Sousanis

Director, Information Content,

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

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.
Steady Asia, North America Growth Fuel November World Vehicle Sales
North America’s 1.39 million vehicle deliveries represented a 13.1% improvement over year-ago and played a key role in lifting monthly global sales 5.0% from like-2011.
December SAAR Forecast to Push Past 15 Million Again, Flirt With 16 Million 
Continued Sandy payback and increased incentive spending in key segments in December should boost sales in a traditionally strong month.
Alt-Power Vehicles Lift Ford Efficiency; MPG Index Ties Second Best Mark
Hybrid- and electric-vehicle sales made up 4.1% of Ford’s total light-vehicle deliveries in November, pushing its FEI rating 12.3% higher than year-ago.
World Vehicle Sales Bounce Back in October
North America’s 1.34 million units accounted for 20.2% of global results in the month, bringing the region’s year-to-date deliveries to 14.5 million, up 13% from prior-year.
Sandy Should Push November SAAR Past 15 Million
Increasing used-car prices, Sandy payback sales and positive economic indicators have WardsAuto looking for U.S. auto makers to deliver 1.12 million light vehicles this month.
October U.S. Fuel Economy Up 5%
The WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index held steady from September to October, despite the focused furry of Superstorm Sandy on East Coast vehicle sales.
UPDATE: WardsAuto Lowers Forecast for October U.S. SAAR
An earlier WardsAuto forecast called for a strong sales period, but October U.S. light-vehicle deliveries will suffer as this week’s super storm sweeps away end-of-month selling days for East Coast dealers.
World Vehicle Market Dips in September, Despite North American Growth
With Asia/Pacific sales up just 1%, and vehicle deliveries dropping 7.1% in Europe, year-over-year global vehicle sales declined for the first time since January.
U.S. Fuel Economy in ’12 Jumps 4.5%
Vehicles rated higher than 30 mpg on the WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index accounted for more than 10% of ’12-model-year sales, contributing to a 4.5% rise in average fuel economy for the period.
North America, China, Push August World Vehicle Sales Up 8%
Europe accounted for just 18.8% of global deliveries in the month, the region’s smallest share since at least 2005, and possibly the lowest share in any month excluding the two world wars.
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