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Double-Digit New-Car Sales Growth Expected In September 2015, According To Kelley Blue Book
Volkswagen Group Underperforms Industry Following Crisis; October and Beyond Could Prove Worse

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New-vehicle sales are expected to increase 12 percent year-over-year to a total of 1.39 million units in September 2015, resulting in an estimated 17.5 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry.  At 1.39 million units this will be the highest September sales volume since 2006.

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Expect big increases across the industry in September, with the average gains from manufacturers in the double digits.  Including Labor Day sales with September totals this year is one reason for the big jump, but the underlying demand for new vehicles remains strong.  With the average age of vehicles on the road increasing, used-car prices on the rise and financing still inexpensive, it looks like new-car sales will continue to increase in the near future.

"While the Volkswagen scandal will have a negative impact on sales, the affected models represent less than a quarter of their portfolio, and some dealers have already depleted their stock of those units," said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.  "The larger issue is the hit the automaker's brand image and perceived trustworthiness, which may affect sales of their other models. We think the effects on September sales won't be too bad for Volkswagen Group's combined sales, but October and beyond could be another story."

Key Highlights for Estimated September 2015 Sales Forecast:

  • In September, new light-vehicle sales, including fleet, are expected to reach 1,390,000 units, up 11.9 percent from September 2014 and down 11.7 percent from August 2015.
  • The seasonally adjusted annual rate for September 2015 is estimated to be 17.5 million, up from 16.4 million in September 2014 and down from 17.7 million in August 2015.
  • Retail sales are expected to account for 86.7 percent of volume in September 2015, up from 85.5 percent in September 2014.

Ford Motor Company Continues Gains on Truck, Van Segments; Korean Brand Strength Attributed to Fleet Sales

Ford Motor Company should have another solid month of growth, with gains coming from the truck and van segments.  The Ford Transit van is proving to be a success in the U.S., pushing the brand's van volume up 27 percent this year. 

In addition, Hyundai and Kia could see some major sales improvements, with projected growth of 18 percent from this time last year, despite having product portfolios leaning heavily toward the declining car segment.  However, some of the strength is attributed to the rise in the automaker's fleet sales, which are up 24 percent for the year. 

 

Sales Volume 1

Market Share 2

Manufacturer

Sep-15

Sep-14

YOY %

Sep-15

Sep-14

YOY %

General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC)

246,000

223,437

10.1%

17.7%

18.0%

-0.3%

Ford Motor Company (Ford, Lincoln)

205,000

179,518

14.2%

14.7%

14.4%

0.3%

Toyota Motor Company (Lexus, Scion, Toyota)

190,000

167,279

13.6%

13.7%

13.5%

0.2%

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

188,000

169,890

10.7%

13.5%

13.7%

-0.1%

American Honda (Acura, Honda)

135,000

118,223

14.2%

9.7%

9.5%

0.2%

Nissan North America (Infiniti, Nissan)

116,000

102,955

12.7%

8.3%

8.3%

0.1%

Hyundai-Kia

114,000

96,638

18.0%

8.2%

7.8%

0.4%

Volkswagen Group (Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche)

48,000

44,520

7.8%

3.5%

3.6%

-0.1%

Total 3

1,390,000

1,242,506

11.9%

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1 Historical data from OEM sales announcements

           

2 Kelley Blue Book Automotive Insights

           

3 Includes brands not shown

           

Compact Utility Continues Streak as Most Popular Segment; Trucks Climb on F-150 Availability
For the second month in a row, the compact utility segment will be the most popular.  In September, sales in this segment have flourished as U.S. gas prices approach the low $2 range nationally, and year-to-date sales are up 14 percent.

"September also should be a strong month for truck sales, fueled by the low gas prices and the increased availability of the aluminum-bodied F-150," said Gutierrez.  "The F-Series hit 70,000 units in August for the first time this year, and should show continued improvement this month."

 

Sales Volume 1

Market Share

Segment

Sep-15

Sep-14

YOY %

Sep-15

Sep-14

YOY %

Compact SUV/Crossover

203,000

155,285

30.7%

14.6%

12.5%

2.1%

Full-Size Pickup Truck

199,000

173,127

14.9%

14.3%

13.9%

0.4%

Mid-Size Car

197,000

176,256

11.8%

14.2%

14.2%

0.0%

Compact Car

183,000

165,880

10.3%

13.2%

13.4%

-0.2%

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover

153,000

135,188

13.2%

11.0%

10.9%

0.1%

Total 2

1,390,000

1,242,506

11.9%

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1 Kelley Blue Book Automotive Insights

           

2 Includes segments not shown

           

There are 25 sales days in September 2015, compared to 24 sales days in September 2014.  All percentages are based on raw volume, not daily selling rate. 

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