John Sousanis

Director, Information Content,

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

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.
U.S. Light-Vehicle SAAR Expected to Hit 54-Month High
U.S. auto makers should sell 1.16 million units this month, as a warming sales climate continues to push the seasonally adjusted annual rate higher.
U.S. Cars Set Fuel-Economy Record in August
The increase was spurred by small-car sales, which accounted for more than 20% of the market for the first time since March. Large cars made up just 1.38% of LV deliveries, the segment’s lowest share ever.
Despite European Woes, World Vehicle Sales Continue to Outpace Year-Ago
World vehicle sales for the first seven months of 2012 came to 48.1 million units, a 6.1% year-on-year increase.
U.S. Light-Vehicle SAAR to Rise in August
U.S. auto makers should sell 1.27 million units this month, as seasonal buying patterns and a slowly improving economy lift the monthly annual sales rate to its highest point since February.
Fuel Economy Rises for First Time in Months
Kia topped the WardsAuto Fuel-Economy Index for the first time, as new cars and light trucks sold in July combined for a 23.7 rating, a 5.3% gain over year-ago.
At Halfway Point, 2012 World Vehicle Sales Up 5.9%
Global auto sales through June reached 41.5 million units, up nearly 6% over year-ago, with the growth pace expected to gain further momentum throughout the year’s second half.
U.S. Light-Vehicle SAAR to Hold Steady in July
U.S. auto makers should sell 1.17 million units this month, bringing the SAAR to 14.1 million units, according to a WardsAuto forecast.
U.S. Fuel Economy Follows Falling Gas Prices
New cars and light trucks sold in June combined for a 23.6 mpg rating, marking a 0.6% drop from May’s 23.7 mpg and a 2.1% decline from March’s high-water mark.
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