||Halftime Report: Highlights of U.S. Auto Sales Through June
Six straight up years? After June's buoyant auto sales, it seems that 2013 will finish on the plus side, the fourth growth year in a row. And many analysts also expect increases through at least 2015.
TrueCar just raised its outlook to 16.5 million in 2014 and 17.2 million in 2015.
Long strings of U.S. sales growth are rare. The industry eked out a five-year string, 1996 through 2000, but to top a six-year streak we have to go back a century: 1909 to 1917.
Races at the Halfway Mark
Top brands by unit sales
1. Ford -- 1,251,448
2. Chevrolet -- 1,015,134
Top automakers by unit sales
1. General Motors -- 1,420,346
2. Ford Motor -- 1,289,736
Top brands by % gain
1. Cadillac -- 33%
2. Porsche -- 30%
Top automakers by % gain
1. Subaru -- 25%
2. Ford Motor -- 13%
1. Toyota Camry -- 207,626
2. Honda Accord -- 186,860
Growth brand shootout
Volkswagen -- 206,792
Subaru -- 204,597
(Subaru cut lead in half in June)
Top luxury brand: After 6 months, Mercedes-Benz leads BMW by 1,519 units. BMW won in 2011 and 2012.
Truck-only brands: Jeep leads GMC, 229,405 to 220,696. Can GMC catch Jeep before Cherokee arrives?
• The Detroit 3 each individually gained market share in the first half, the first time in the first 6 months of the year since 1993.
• Sales of light vehicles made in North America hit 80.2 percent, the first time since 2005 that they were 80 percent or more. The percentage has risen steadily since 2009 showing the shift of Asian and European brands' production to North America.
Numbers (through June)
16 million: June SAAR
16: Number of units by which Chevy Volt leads Nissan Leaf
10: Brands with falling sales (excludes Suzuki)
67: Number of months since SAAR was higher than June's
14: Number of brands with double-digit gains in the first 6 months
31: Unit lead of Toyota RAV4 over Ford Explorer, 101,274 to 101,243
124,900: Ford F series lead over No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado
15,564,111: 2013 sales if first half total hits 10-year average of 50.25% of full year
(Source: Automotive News, 07/08/13)