John Sousanis

John
Sousanis
Director, Information Content,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
May World Vehicle Sales Climb 11% Above Tsunami-Depressed Year-Ago
May world vehicle sales rose 11% over year-ago, the biggest year-over-year jump since January 2011. However, the increase comes in comparison with the severely depressed year-ago sales that resulted in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March of that year, and disrupted sales and production around the world.
U.S. LV SAAR should rise slightly to 14 million units in June.
U.S. Light-Vehicle SAAR to Rebound Slightly in June
U.S. auto makers should sell 1.28 million LVs this month, driving daily sales up 17.5%, compared with year-ago, while also raising the SAAR to 14 million units, according to a WardsAuto forecast.
May U.S. Fuel Economy Falls With Gas Prices and SAAR
Cars and light trucks sold in the month combined for a 23.8 mpg rating, a 4.5% jump from same-month year-ago’s 22.7 mpg.
World Vehicle Sales Continue Year-Over-Year Climb
Auto companies sold 6.56 million vehicles worldwide in April, a 3.4% increase over same-month year-ago, raising total deliveries for the first four months of 2012 to 27.2 million units.
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