USA October. Cars sales offer mixed picture

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USA Vehicles Sales lost 1.1% in October keeping the moderately negative trend offering a mixed picture, with some companies maintaining a sales upswing thanks to hurricane recovery, while others once again saw declines. Nissan and Audi shine.

U.S. economic momentum persisted in Q3 in spite of hurricane-related setbacks. Retail sales rebounded strongly in September as reconstruction efforts boosted sales of vehicles and building supplies, while industrial production returned to growth following two months of contractions. In addition, although employment growth slumped at the end of the quarter on hurricane-linked transitory weaknesses, the unemployment rate dropped to a 16-year low and average earnings growth picked up markedly, which will provide strong support to consumer spending throughout the rest of the year.

US Vehicles market has promptly reacted at the 2008-2009 financial crisis reporting an impressive increase across the last sixth years ended with the all time record volume hit in the 2016 at 17.5 million units. In the 2017 the market is struggling, albeit still positive economic environment but it is expected to be at record again in the 2018.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 e 2018 e
Car+LCV 14.492.411 15.598.195 16.527.947 17.471.283 17.558.919 17.265.660 17.794.258

  2012 Var 2013 Var 2014 Var 2015 Var 2016 Var 2017 Var e. 2018 var e
Car+LCV 13,4% 7,6% 6,0% 5,7% 0,5% -1,7% 3,1%

Indeed, sales have lost 2.2% during the first half before to gain 1.3% in the Q3. In October light vehicles sales have been 1.356.000, down 1.1% with Year to Date figures at 14.23 million, down 1.8%

At brand-wise, the market leader Ford has sold 2.032.000 vehicles (-2.1%) with 14.3% of market share, followed by Toyota with 1.777.000 units (+4.9%) and Chevrolet with 1.691.000 (-1.3%).

In fourth place Honda with 1.232.000 (+0.8%) that since August has overtaken in the annual ranking Nissan, just behind with 1.195.000 sales (+0.6%) followed by Jeep, with 689.000 (-11.5%), Hyundai with 547.000 (-15.2%), Subaru with 532.000 (+6.4%), Kia with 501.000 (-7.2%) and in 10th place, Ram with 466.000 (+4.4%).

At a model wise, the Ford F-series sales had been 734.000 (+11.1%) while the Chevrolet Silverado with 471.000 was down 0.8% and risks to be overtaken by the third, the Ram Pick , actually at 419.000 sales (+4.0%).

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Rank 2017 Rank Oct Brand Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct Share 2017 Share Oct
1 1 Ford 2.032.454 190.789 -2,1% 6,8% 14,3% 14,1%
2 3 Toyota 1.777.359 165.540 4,9% 2,7% 12,5% 12,2%
3 2 Chevrolet 1.691.302 175.110 -1,3% -3,8% 11,9% 12,9%
4 4 Honda 1.232.132 114.655 0,8% 1,2% 8,7% 8,5%
5 5 Nissan 1.195.243 112.716 0,6% 10,2% 8,4% 8,3%
6 6 Jeep 689.316 67.074 -11,5% -2,5% 4,8% 4,9%
7 8 Hyundai 547.862 51.224 -15,2% -16,4% 3,8% 3,8%
8 7 Subaru 532.893 54.045 6,4% 0,5% 3,7% 4,0%
9 11 Kia 501.967 44.397 -7,2% -9,4% 3,5% 3,3%
10 9 Ram 466.524 47.831 4,4% -3,3% 3,3% 3,5%
11 10 GMC 450.264 44.630 3,7% 4,6% 3,2% 3,3%
12 14 Dodge 390.266 24.476 -10,5% -41,0% 2,7% 1,8%
13 12 Mercedes 295.790 31.401 -3,3% 0,1% 2,1% 2,3%
14 13 Volkswagen 280.188 27.732 9,4% 11,9% 2,0% 2,0%
15 15 BMW 243.383 23.208 -4,2% -3,4% 1,7% 1,7%
16 16 Lexus 242.550 22.894 -7,1% -7,7% 1,7% 1,7%
17 17 Mazda 241.108 20.811 -2,4% -8,4% 1,7% 1,5%
18 18 Audi 180.339 19.425 6,4% 9,6% 1,3% 1,4%
19 19 Buick 178.972 19.142 -5,7% -4,5% 1,3% 1,4%
20 22 Chrysler 154.827 11.018 -25,6% -22,3% 1,1% 0,8%
21 20 Cadillac 127.777 13.931 -4,1% -0,1% 0,9% 1,0%
22 21 Acura 126.824 12.698 -4,4% -1,3% 0,9% 0,9%
23 23 Infiniti 124.010 10.296 14,8% -8,1% 0,9% 0,8%
24 24 Lincoln 91.631 8.909 2,4% -1,8% 0,6% 0,7%
25 25 Mitsubishi 86.576 7.381 5,6% -3,4% 0,6% 0,5%
26 26 Volvo 63.974 7.008 -1,2% 10,5% 0,4% 0,5%
27 27 Land Rover 59.958 5.477 0,1% -1,0% 0,4% 0,4%
28 29 Porsche 45.952 4.715 2,7% 4,6% 0,3% 0,3%
29 28 Tesla 39.777 4.900 28,3% 22,5% 0,3% 0,4%
30 30 Mini 38.453 3.669 -10,3% -7,2% 0,3% 0,3%
31 31 Jaguar 33.119 2.891 40,5% -10,2% 0,2% 0,2%
32 33 Fiat 23.021 1.769 -19,9% -32,5% 0,2% 0,1%
33 32 Genesis 16.888 1.786 332,0% 356,8% 0,1% 0,1%
34 35 Maserati 11.478 1.140 21,3% -12,6% 0,1% 0,1%
35 34 Alfa Romeo 8.557 1.205 1789,0% 5139,1% 0,1% 0,1%
36 38 Smart 2.775 140
37 37 Ferrari 2.100 187
38 36 Bentley 1.860 188
39 40 Rolls-Royce 1.139 104
40 41 McLaren 882 77
41 39 Lamborghini 860 112
42 42 Lotus 215 21

Rank 2017 Rank Oct Group Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct Share 2017 Share Oct
1 1 General Motors 2.448.315 252.813 -0,9% -2,2% 17,2% 18,6%
2 2 Ford M.C. 2.124.085 199.698 -1,9% 6,4% 14,9% 14,7%
3 3 Toyota M.C. 2.019.909 188.434 0,6% 1,1% 14,2% 13,9%
4 4 F.C.A. 1.746.089 154.700 -8,6% -13,1% 12,3% 11,4%
5 5 Renault Nissan Alliance 1.405.829 130.393 2,0% 7,6% 9,9% 9,6%
6 6 Honda M.C. 1.358.956 127.353 0,3% 0,9% 9,5% 9,4%
7 7 Hyundai-Kia 1.066.717 97.407 -10,4% -12,0% 7,5% 7,2%
8 8 Fuji Heavy Industries 532.893 54.045 6,4% 0,5% 3,7% 4,0%
9 9 Volkswagen Group 509.199 52.172 7,7% 10,1% 3,6% 3,8%
10 10 Mercedes Benz 298.565 31.541 -3,8% -0,8% 2,1% 2,3%

Rank 2017 Rank Oct Model Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct
1 1 Ford F-Series 734.610 75.974 11,1% 15,9%
2 2 Chevrolet Silverado 471.747 53.157 -0,8% 6,8%
3 3 Ram pick-up 419.102 44.201 4,0% 0,7%
4 4 Toyota RAV4 346.316 34.086 20,7% 28,9%
5 6 Nissan Rogue 327.213 30.286 24,5% 43,0%
6 5 Honda Civic 314.699 30.319 1,5% 15,0%
7 9 Toyota Camry 308.759 26.252 -5,6% -11,2%
8 7 Honda CR-V 308.706 27.773 5,1% -8,4%
9 11 Toyota Corolla sedan 289.940 24.667 -9,0% -21,0%
10 8 Honda Accord 277.542 26.740 -2,3% 4,7%
11 12 Ford Escape 256.942 23.064 -0,5% -1,9%
12 10 Chevrolet Equinox 238.007 25.272 23,1% 28,5%
13 13 Ford Explorer 218.455 19.421 5,5% 4,4%
14 16 Nissan Altima 217.724 17.863 -17,1% -11,8%
15 19 Jeep Grand Cherokee 198.460 17.215 15,2% -3,6%
16 15 Nissan Sentra 184.052 18.341 0,2% 29,5%
17 17 Ford Fusion 177.278 17.536 -22,6% -6,2%
18 18 Toyota Highlander 175.657 17.461 21,4% -1,2%
19 14 GMC Sierra 173.101 18.895 -3,6% 25,5%
20 25 Jeep Wrangler 163.533 13.391 0,3% -7,5%
21 20 Toyota Tacoma 163.224 15.804 2,9% -0,4%
22 30 Chevrolet Cruze 160.363 11.129 3,4% -35,0%
23 22 Hyundai Elantra 157.800 14.733 -8,8% -7,4%
24 21 Subaru Outback 156.277 15.786 8,2% -12,3%
25 23 Chevrolet Malibu 155.809 14.647 -16,5% -9,3%
26 24 Subaru Forester 145.460 13.430 -0,4% -12,4%
27 37 Ford Focus 133.922 10.095 -10,4% 7,8%
28 26 Jeep Cherokee 130.973 13.138 -24,5% -2,9%
29 32 Ford Edge 115.763 11.036 4,2% 36,9%
30 52 Hyundai Sonata 115.313 7.595 -32,3% -49,3%

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