USA vehicle sales hit the new ALL TIME RECORD in the 2015 after 15 years.

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USA Vehicle Sales hit the new ALL TIME RECORD after 15 years. Fueled by the impressive economic trend and tough competition, 14th brands hit all time records. However Jeep performance stands over all, up 25% to last year record!

Economic Outlook

Revised data show that the U.S. economy expanded at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 2.1% in Q3. While stronger than the advance estimate of 1.5%, the result was weaker than the 3.9% increase tallied in Q2.

Growth for the full year should be the strongest since the post-crisis rebound seen in 2010 but the recovery has been uneven and the economy is far from reaching its potential. Steady gains in the labor market, including another positive jobs report in November, have made headlines, although there are still concerns about participation rates, underemployment, and wage growth.

Consumer spending has remained fairly robust throughout the year, although households seem to be pocketing gas savings and remain wary about growth prospects going forward. Consumer confidence fell to a 14-month low in November.

Meanwhile, persistently low oil prices and weak global demand are weighing on manufacturing activity, with the ISM index falling to the lowest level in more than six years in November.

Market Outlook

When the new President of United States rescued the General Motors and Chrysler Group, over 6 years ago, few would expect the sharp relaunch of the industry of these years. Since the record low of 10.4 million vehicles sold in the 2010, the American vehicles industry recovered without governments sustains and just fueled by a roaring economy.

And, sixth years later, at the end of December 2015 we are admiring an exceptional end of the year with a strong December sales of   1.643.747 units, up 9.0% from the correspondent month last year and enough to allow at the industry to write a new RECORD, beating the previous after 15 years.

Indeed total light vehicles sales in the 2015 had been  17.470.659, up 5.7% from the previous year and over 70.000 units more than in the year 2000. To give you an idea of the size of this record, in the 2015 one American each 20 has purchased a new vehicle!

Considering the rule of the automotive industry in the American economy, this is a great success of current government that led the crucial industry decisions in the hardest time of its history and then let the demand and the open competition to drive at the current level. More, our expert believe that next year the industry will further grow as of economic indicator are above expectations.

Competitive Arena

All are Winners, in this great outlook while the leaders has gained more volume than others. However 14th OEMs have reported their all time record in sales with direct effect on their global performance.

Ford sold over 2.5 million vehicles, up 5.3% with market share at 14.3% ahead of Chevrolet that managed to beat Toyota by few thousand units ending at 2.123.32 (+405%) versus the 2.098.545 (+4.7%) of the Japanese.

In fourth place Honda with 1.409.386 (+2.6%) at the new all-time record, thanks to strong performances by the CR-V – the best-selling SUV in the World and despite the run-out of the Civic.

Record volume scored by Nissan as well, with 1.351.420 (+6.4%) sales, fueled by stellar performances by the Rogue (+44%) and Murano (+33%). In sixth place the star of the year was Jeep with sales up 24.9% on its 2014 record of 692.348 to a wonderful 865.028. With the full availability of Renegade (produced in Italy) in the 2016 Jeep is predicted to hit the 1 million units in the States!

Hyundai nevertheless posts an all-time record year at 761.710 deliveries (+4%) as does sister brand Kia in 8th place and 625.818 units (+8%). Subaru is up an outlandish 13% to a best-ever 582.675 sales, with its entire range delivering solid increases.

The luxury segment is another strong driving force behind the record U.S. market this year, with sales up 8% to top 2 million for the first time ever. All luxury brands except Jaguar (-8% but the XE will reverse the trend in 2016) experienced growth in 2015 and most also set annual records. The race for the 2015 luxury crown was very heated, with BMW finishing first for the second straight year and the 4th time in the past 5 years thanks to record sales up 2% to 346.023.

At Group-wise, with 7.9 million sales the Detroit Three hold 45.4% of the U.S. light vehicle market in 2015 like in 2014 while the Japan Three (Toyota, Nissan, Honda) add up to 31.9% at 5.5 million sales, a slight share decrease on 2014 (32.1%). These six groups account for a staggering 77.3% of all U.S. sales in 2015.

The best-selling model in the US has been the Ford F Series again as it is happening any year since the 1977. In the 2015 sales had been up 4% to 780.354, the nameplate’s highest annual score since 2006 (796.039). However with the Chevrolet Silverado up 13% to 600.544. and the GMC Sierra up 6% to 224.139, GM’s line of full-size pickups outsells the Ford F-Series for the first time since 2009.

With the Ram Pick up third with 444.388 units (+1.0%) all the podium was again full of pick-ups, while the best-selling car was, for the 14th year in a row, the Toyota Camry with 423.001 units.

To see details on the best-selling 100 models in the US, please see the related article just published. In the table below, the top models ordered by December sales.

Rank Dec Rank 2015 Brand Sales Dec Sales 2015 Dec Var 2015 Var Share Dec Share 2015
1 1 Ford 226.746 2.501.855 7,9% 5,3% 13,8% 14,3%
2 3 Toyota 191.457 2.098.545 11,7% 4,7% 11,6% 12,0%
3 2 Chevrolet 188.801 2.123.032 2,2% 4,5% 11,5% 12,2%
4 4 Honda 134.070 1.409.386 12,2% 2,6% 8,2% 8,1%
5 5 Nissan 124.207 1.351.420 17,9% 6,4% 7,6% 7,7%
6 6 Jeep 89.654 865.028 41,7% 24,9% 5,5% 5,0%
7 7 Hyundai 63.508 761.710 -1,5% 5,0% 3,9% 4,4%
8 10 GMC 59.941 558.697 13,0% 11,3% 3,6% 3,2%
9 9 Subaru 56.274 582.675 12,7% 13,4% 3,4% 3,3%
10 8 Kia 54.241 625.818 19,0% 7,9% 3,3% 3,6%
11 12 Ram 50.463 493.807 3,8% 5,3% 3,1% 2,8%
12 11 Dodge 49.256 517.153 5,7% -9,8% 3,0% 3,0%
13 16 Lexus 41.380 344.601 3,8% 10,7% 2,5% 2,0%
14 13 Mercedes 38.249 372.977 2,6% 4,7% 2,3% 2,1%
15 15 BMW 34.625 346.023 -16,6% 1,8% 2,1% 2,0%
16 14 Volkswagen 30.956 349.440 -9,1% -4,8% 1,9% 2,0%
17 18 Mazda 29.294 319.184 18,1% 4,4% 1,8% 1,8%
18 17 Chrysler 24.292 324.846 -21,5% 5,2% 1,5% 1,9%
19 22 Cadillac 20.787 175.267 28,7% 2,6% 1,3% 1,0%
20 19 Buick 20.708 223.055 1,7% -2,6% 1,3% 1,3%
21 20 Audi 20.399 202.202 6,0% 11,1% 1,2% 1,2%
22 21 Acura 16.823 177.165 -5,5% 5,6% 1,0% 1,0%
23 23 Infiniti 15.093 133.498 25,7% 13,8% 0,9% 0,8%
24 24 Lincoln 10.860 101.227 12,1% 7,1% 0,7% 0,6%
25 27 Volvo 9.341 70.047 89,9% 24,3% 0,6% 0,4%
26 26 Land Rover 8.441 70.582 46,7% 37,1% 0,5% 0,4%
27 25 Mitsubishi 7.887 95.342 20,5% 22,8% 0,5% 0,5%
28 29 Scion 5.513 56.167 44,4% -3,2% 0,3% 0,3%
29 28 Mini 5.009 58.514 -24,3% 4,3% 0,3% 0,3%
30 30 Porsche 3.936 51.756 20,2% 10,1% 0,2% 0,3%
31 31 Fiat 3.805 42.410 0,6% -8,0% 0,2% 0,2%
32 32 Tesla 3.799 25.914 72,7% -1,8% 0,2% 0,1%
33 33 Jaguar 1.197 14.466 -28,9% -8,3% 0,1% 0,1%
34 34 Maserati 1.073 11.697 -24,0% -9,6% 0,1% 0,1%
35 35 Smart 669 7.484 -31,2% -27,0% 0,0% 0,0%
36 36 Bentley 581 2.686 41,0% -10,6% 0,0% 0,0%
37 37 Ferrari 177 2.124 1,1% 1,1% 0,0% 0,0%
38 38 Rolls-Royce 90 1.140 47,5% 41,6% 0,0% 0,0%
39 39 Lamborghini 63 756 6,8% 6,8% 0,0% 0,0%
40 40 Alfa Romeo 57 663 -37,4% 628,6% 0,0% 0,0%
41 41 Lotus 25 300 4,2% 4,2% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank Dec Rank 2015 Group Sales Dec Sales 2015 Dec Var 2015 Var Share Dec Share 2015
1 1 General Motors 290.237 3.080.051 5,8% 5,0% 17,7% 17,6%
2 3 Toyota 238.350 2.499.313 10,8% 5,3% 14,5% 14,3%
3 2 Ford 237.606 2.603.082 8,0% 5,3% 14,5% 14,9%
4 4 FCA 218.777 2.257.728 12,3% 7,3% 13,3% 12,9%
5 5 Honda 150.893 1.586.551 9,9% 3,0% 9,2% 9,1%
6 6 Renault-Nissan 139.300 1.484.918 18,7% 7,1% 8,5% 8,5%
7 7 Hyundai-Kia 117.749 1.387.528 7,0% 6,2% 7,2% 7,9%
8 9 Fuji Heavy Industries 56.274 582.675 12,7% 13,4% 3,4% 3,3%
9 8 Volkswagen 55.935 606.840 -1,9% 1,2% 3,4% 3,5%
10 10 BMW 39.724 405.677 -17,6% 2,3% 2,4% 2,3%

Rank Dec Rank 2015 Model Sales Dec Sales 2015 Dec Var 2015 Var Share Dec Share 2015
1 1 Ford F-Series 85.211 780.354 14,6% 3,5% 5,3% 4,6%
2 2 Chevrolet Silverado 62.992 600.544 8,9% 13,4% 3,9% 3,5%
3 3 Toyota Camry 37.299 429.355 18,0% 0,2% 2,3% 2,5%
4 5 Honda Accord 35.056 355.557 11,0% -8,4% 2,2% 2,1%
5 7 Honda Civic 32.796 335.384 29,4% 2,9% 2,0% 2,0%
6 4 Toyota Corolla 32.445 363.332 7,7% 7,0% 2,0% 2,1%
7 9 Toyota RAV4 31.866 315.412 38,6% 17,8% 2,0% 1,9%
8 6 Honda CR-V 31.185 345.647 -3,7% 3,2% 1,9% 2,0%
9 8 Nissan Altima 29.462 333.398 -8,9% -0,7% 1,8% 2,0%
10 10 Ford Escape 27.954 306.492 9,2% 0,1% 1,7% 1,8%
11 17 GMC Sierra 27.438 224.139 17,1% 5,8% 1,7% 1,3%
12 12 Nissan Rogue 26.479 287.190 78,0% 44,2% 1,7% 1,7%
13 11 Ford Fusion 25.576 300.170 10,4% -2,2% 1,6% 1,8%
14 18 Jeep Cherokee 24.049 220.260 35,8% 23,4% 1,5% 1,3%
15 19 Hyundai Sonata 22.820 213.303 27,3% -1,7% 1,4% 1,3%
16 13 Chevrolet Equinox 21.827 277.589 2,5% 14,6% 1,4% 1,6%
17 14 Ford Explorer 21.667 249.251 17,3% 18,7% 1,4% 1,5%
18 23 Jeep Grand Cherokee 21.008 195.958 22,3% 6,9% 1,3% 1,2%
19 20 Nissan Sentra 19.760 203.509 28,4% 11,0% 1,2% 1,2%
20 25 Toyota Tacoma 17.192 179.562 20,4% 15,8% 1,1% 1,1%
21 16 Chevrolet Cruze 16.849 226.602 -5,3% -17,0% 1,1% 1,3%
22 27 Subaru Forester 16.797 175.192 10,8% 9,5% 1,0% 1,0%
23 29 Toyota Highlander 16.100 158.915 7,2% 8,8% 1,0% 0,9%
24 30 Subaru Outback 16.067 152.294 8,8% 9,7% 1,0% 0,9%
25 21 Jeep Wrangler 15.591 202.702 11,3% 15,6% 1,0% 1,2%
26 15 Hyundai Elantra 14.242 241.706 -24,5% 8,9% 0,9% 1,4%
27 35 Volkswagen Jetta 14.073 131.109 -9,7% -18,5% 0,9% 0,8%
28 28 Kia Optima 13.682 159.414 15,7% 0,2% 0,9% 0,9%
29 34 Honda Pilot 13.344 136.212 16,2% 25,1% 0,8% 0,8%
30 46 Kia Sorento 12.872 116.249 32,9% 13,4% 0,8% 0,7%
31 53 Dodge Grand Caravan 12.670 97.141 12,6% -27,6% 0,8% 0,6%
32 44 Ford Transit 12.547 117.577 25,1% 475,0% 0,8% 0,7%
33 33 Toyota Sienna 12.407 137.497 6,2% 10,4% 0,8% 0,8%
34 31 Kia Soul 12.159 147.133 22,7% 1,3% 0,8% 0,9%
35 24 Chevrolet Malibu 12.155 194.854 -27,7% 3,4% 0,8% 1,1%
36 51 Lexus RX 11.899 100.610 -12,7% -6,4% 0,7% 0,6%
37 36 Honda Odyssey 11.800 127.736 13,8% 4,1% 0,7% 0,8%
38 48 Mazda CX-5 11.417 111.450 47,9% 12,4% 0,7% 0,7%
39 41 Jeep Patriot 11.206 118.464 18,8% 26,8% 0,7% 0,7%
40 40 Toyota Tundra 11.150 118.880 6,0% 0,3% 0,7% 0,7%
41 32 Nissan Versa 11.058 144.528 21,1% 3,4% 0,7% 0,8%
42 22 Ford Focus 11.005 202.478 -26,1% -7,8% 0,7% 1,2%
43 58 Chrysler Town & Country 10.857 93.848 1,4% -32,0% 0,7% 0,6%
44 37 Ford Edge 10.263 124.120 29,3% 14,0% 0,6% 0,7%
45 54 Toyota 4Runner 9.953 97.034 22,2% 26,2% 0,6% 0,6%
46 49 Mazda3 9.838 107.885 1,2% 2,8% 0,6% 0,6%
47 43 Toyota Prius 9.835 118.020 -34,1% -13,2% 0,6% 0,7%
48 60 Chevrolet Tahoe 9.773 88.342 -13,2% -9,6% 0,6% 0,5%
49 47 GMC Terrain 9.649 112.030 -12,5% 6,7% 0,6% 0,7%
50 42 Hyundai Santa fe 9.518 118.134 -8,4% 9,5% 0,6% 0,7%

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