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Black Friday Expected To Help New-Car Sales Rise 4 Percent For Highest November On Record, According To Kelley Blue Book
Cars Could Be Outsold 2-to-1 by Light Trucks; Subaru to Report Another Record-Breaking Month

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New-vehicle sales are expected to increase 4 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.37 million units in November 2016, resulting in an estimated 17.7 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. This will be the highest November sales total on record, beating the previous record of 1.32 million units in November 2001.

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"Many automotive industry sales records will be broken in November; although, there is the added benefit of two extra selling days year-over-year," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "With the help of substantial incentives and holiday sales events, especially Black Friday weekend, retail sales will see the most significant improvements. SUVs and trucks continue to be the biggest sellers, and in fact, cars could be outsold 2-to-1 by light trucks once the final numbers are tallied."

After a record U.S. sales total in 2015, Kelley Blue Book's full-year forecast for 2016 calls for sales in the range of 17.3 to 17.5 million, which would range from a 1 percent decrease to a possible 1 percent increase. 

Key Highlights for Estimated November 2016 Sales Forecast:

  • In November, new light-vehicle sales, including fleet, are expected to hit 1,370,000 units, up 4 percent from November 2015 and even with October 2016.
  • The seasonally adjusted annual rate for November 2016 is estimated to be 17.7 million, down from 18.1 million in November 2015 and down from 17.9 million in October 2016.
  • Retail sales are expected to account for 83.8 percent of volume in November 2016, up from 82.1 percent in November 2015.

Subaru to Report Another Record-Breaking Month; Honda Expected to Gain Market Share on Small SUVs

"Subaru of America could report another record-breaking month in November, and Kelley Blue Book projects 15 percent year-over-year growth," said Fleming. "Subaru crossovers like the Outback and Crosstrek will lead the way and should rise more than 20 percent, while their cars will likely be down. However, Subaru will soon receive a boost from the redesigned Impreza hitting dealerships in December."

American Honda also is expected to gain market share in November, approaching double-digit volume gains, largely because of Honda's small SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V. The CR-V is currently the top seller in the compact SUV and crossover segment, even though a redesigned model will be on the market in December.

 

Sales Volume 1

Market Share 2

Manufacturer

Nov-16

Nov-15

YOY %

Nov-16

Nov-15

YOY %

General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)

249,000

229,296

8.6%

18.2%

17.4%

0.7%

Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Scion, Toyota)

195,000

189,517

2.9%

14.2%

14.4%

-0.2%

Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)

187,000

186,889

0.1%

13.6%

14.2%

-0.6%

Fiat Chrysler (Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep, RAM)

168,000

175,974

-4.5%

12.3%

13.4%

-1.1%

American Honda (Acura, Honda)

126,000

115,441

9.1%

9.2%

8.8%

0.4%

Nissan North America (Infiniti, Nissan)

116,000

107,083

8.3%

8.5%

8.1%

0.3%

Hyundai-Kia

113,000

105,560

7.0%

8.2%

8.0%

0.2%

Subaru of America

53,000

46,070

15.0%

3.9%

3.5%

0.4%

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)

47,500

45,032

5.5%

3.5%

3.4%

0.0%

Total 3

1,370,000

1,314,794

4.2%

-

-

-

1 Historical data from OEM sales announcements

2 Kelley Blue Book Automotive Insights

3 Includes brands not shown

Full-Size Trucks Will Be No. 2 Segment in November; Mid-Size SUVs, Crossovers Make Double-Digit Gains

Full-size trucks will be the No. 2 segment in November, with growth highlighted by the RAM pickup truck as well as the Chevrolet Silverado. The redesigned Nissan Titan also should report significant gains, but domestic manufacturers still hold more than 90 percent of the volume in this segment.

Mid-size SUVs and crossovers also are proving to be quite popular this month, and Kelley Blue Book expects double-digit growth for the segment. Many models in this segment should have significant year-over-year growth, like the Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander and Subaru Outback. 

 

Sales Volume 1

Market Share

Segment

Nov-16

Nov-15

YOY %

Nov-16

Nov-15

YOY %

Compact SUV/Crossover

237,000

227,032

4.4%

17.3%

17.3%

0.0%

Full-Size Pickup Truck

190,000

172,436

10.2%

13.9%

13.1%

0.8%

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

167,000

150,514

11.0%

12.2%

11.4%

0.7%

Compact Car

164,000

155,963

5.2%

12.0%

11.9%

0.1%

Mid-Size Car

155,000

158,557

-2.2%

11.3%

12.1%

-0.7%

Total 2

1,370,000

1,314,794

4.2%

-

-

-

1 Kelley Blue Book Automotive Insights

2 Includes segments not shown

There are 25 sales days in November 2016, compared to 23 sales days in November 2015. All percentages are based on raw volume, not daily selling rate.  

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