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Jun 29, 2015

Resurgent Large Van Segment Poses Questions for GM

General Motors will have to decide whether it wants to make a significant investment in the Large Van segment....More
Mar 30, 2015

Keeping the 2015 U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Outlook at 16.8 Million

A second-quarter surge in U.S. light-vehicle sales will further alleviate the need for bigger summer spiffs to get rid of older stock, meaning lower....More
Jan 05, 2015

(FINAL) December 2014 Sales Thread: U.S. Light Vehicle Sales Rise to Eight-Year High

U.S. automakers delivered 16.435 million light vehicles in 2014, a 5.8% improvement over prior year and the industry's highest sales tally since 2006....More
Dec 02, 2014

(FINAL) November 2014 Sales Thread: Automakers Begin Holiday Season with a Bang

Black Friday helps boost November SAAR past 17 Million....More
Nov 03, 2014

(FINAL) October 2014 Sales Thread: October Sales Stay the Course

U.S. light-vehicle sales climb 6%. SAAR in line with prior month, year-to-date....More
Oct 30, 2014

Behind the Tesla Controversy

Rather than drawing conclusions from one month’s worth of results, long-term trends such as rolling 6- or 12-month sales, or year-to-date results,....More
Oct 01, 2014

September 2014 Sales Thread: Sales through Q3 Up 5.4%1

Detroit companies were the three top-selling automakers in the U.S. in September, as Fiat-Chrysler outsold Toyota in the market for the first time in....More
Sep 03, 2014

August 2014 Sales Thread (FINAL): Summer Sales Catch Fire, SAAR Tops 17 Million

U.S. light-vehicle sales top 1.5 million units, up 5% for the year....More
Aug 21, 2014

Michigan, Great Lakes Region Still Core of North American Production1

The Great Lakes Region is well-positioned to remain a North American production hub for years, perhaps well into the next decade....More
Aug 11, 2014

U.S. Luxury-Vehicle Sales Heading for Record Year

The upward movement in luxury penetration to 12.9% in 2014 has been an ongoing process for at least 34 years since the segment held a 4.8% share in....More
Aug 01, 2014

July 2014 Sales Thread (FINAL): July Sales Outpace Year-Ago, SAAR Falls to 3-Month Low

U.S. LV Sales outpaced year-ago by 4.9% in July, while the SAAR dipped to 16.4 million....More
Jul 31, 2014

BEA to Release Revised SAAR Factors on Sales Reporting Day

BEA to release revised SAAR factors tomorrow, will affect historical and July U.S. annualized rates of vehicle sales....More
Jul 01, 2014

June 2014 U.S. Sales Thread (FINAL): Luxury Vehicles, Large Trucks Boost SAAR to 95-Month High

U.S. automakers dramatically outpaced expectations in June, raising the SAAR to its highest level since July 2006....More
Jun 03, 2014

May 2014 Sales Thread (FINAL): SAAR Soars to 87-Month High

U.S. autmomakers sold 1.6 million light vehicles in May lifting the SAAR to nearly 16.7 million....More
May 01, 2014

April 2014 Sales Thread (UPDATE): SAAR Hits 16 Million for Second Month

Later reporting companies lift final SAAR to 16 million....More
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John Sousanis

John Sousanis oversees WardsAuto data operations as Director of Information Content, and is Ward’sAuto sales analyst. Follow John on Twitter @CountingCars.  

Haig Stoddard

Haig Stoddard is a veteran automotive industry analyst. His current focus is North America production and longterm sales forecasting.
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