With all seven top selling auto companies reporting, U.S. LV came more or less in line with expectations - down on a daily basis about 18% from last August’s Cash-for-Clunkers bolstered daily sales rate.
In most cases, the better a company did last year, the worse it did in comparison this year. GM sales story).’s LV DSR is off 7.8% from year ago, while GM’s is down 21.5%. (See
, one of the primary beneficiaries of the government incentive program, is down 31.4%.
, meanwhile, which had a devastatingly low level of Clunker-sales, posted an 11.2% increase in daily sales this month.
Like, other reporting Asia automakers that reaped Clunker benefits have seen unfavorable comparisons with year-ago. daily sales are off 24.1%, Subaru posted its first year-to-year decline (-19.4%) in 12 months and saw its DSR fall 30%.
European automakers, whose luxury-heavy mix prevented them from taking full advantage of the fuel-economy driven Clunkers program, were up collectively 4.6% over year-ago. However, they also jumped 10.2% over July’s DSR - reinforcing the idea that retail demand seems to be taking a decidedly top-down path toward recovery.
Indeed, the luxury segment is and has been outpacing the industry for several months - and may be gaining steam.