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USA October. Tesla is booming in a flat market

USA Vehicles Sales Tesla-Model_3-2018

USA Vehicles Sales in October have been flat with 1.35 million units (+0.2%) keeping the stable trend of the year, marginally better of the 2017. The top four brands are aligned to the previous year while Jeep (+18%) advanced in 6th place and Testa is booming.

Economic Environment

U.S. economy likely continued to expand at a robust pace in the third quarter, after logging a four-year high in the second quarter, although there are signs that momentum could slightly wane heading into the fourth quarter. Industrial production and ISM data for July to September indicate the manufacturing sector remained strong in Q3; nevertheless, further survey data shows the services sector losing steam, which was reflected by softer payroll gains in the sector in September.

Additionally, while consumer confidence remained extremely high in September, private consumption dynamics appear to have lost some ground in the quarter, as retail sales growth was disappointing in both August and September.

Market Trend

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. Finally in the 2017 the market has braked the growth, after seven years, losing marginally (-1.8%) with 17.23 million sales.

In the 2018 the US domestic vehicles market is moderately positive. Indeed, in the Q1 sales were at 4.115.000 units (+2.0%), in the Q2 at 4.526.000 (+2.4%) and in Q3 at 4.319.559 (-2.3%). In more recent months sales declined in July (-2.9%) recovered in August +0.9% and fell in September at 1.449.222 (-2.3%).

In October sales were 1.359.865 (+0.2%) with Year to Date figures at 14.3 million (+0.5%) and the year projected at 17.4 million.

  Sales October ‘+/- Oct Sales YTD 2018 +/- YTD 2018 Sales 2018 est +/- 2018
Car+LCV 1.359.865 0,2% 14.305.798 0,5% 17.401.636 0,9%

Competitive Arena

At brand-wise, the best four brands are marginally changing their positioning with all performances aligned to the previous year.

Indeed the leader Ford sold 1.98 million units year to date (-2.2%) with 13.9% of market share.

In second place Toyota with 1.77 million  sales (+0.1%) followed by Chevrolet with 1.66 million (-1.5%) and Honda with 1.2 million (-2.5%).

In fifth place and penalized by recent months score, Nissan with 1.11 million units (-6.5%) ahead of Jeep with 818.994 (+18.8%), Subaru with 558.818 (+4.9%), Hyundai with 545.445 (-0.4%), Kia with 497.144 (-1.0%) and in 10th place RAM with 471.203 (+1.0%).

At a model wise, the Ford F-series was sold with 749.756 units (+2.0%) followed by the Chevrolet Silverado with 472.402 (+0.1%). In third place the Ram Pick  with 424.769 (+1.4%).

In order to access to the Best Selling Cars ranking for this and the previous years, see here.

Research, Consulting, Data & Forecast

F2M covers intensively this market with several products developed to help any investigation required. Market Researches in PDF are immediately available for download with study on the market since 2005 and with forecast up to the 2025. AutoData in EXCEL are immediately downloadable with annual sales volume, split by month, for all brands and all models distributed in the market. This year data are released year to date, but you will receive a monthly update until the year-end.  See details within USA Corner Store!

Rank 2018 Rank 2017   Sales October ‘+/- Oct Sales YTD 2018 +/- YTD 2018 Sales 2018 est +/- 2018
1 1 Ford 184.108 -3,5% 1.987.481 -2,2% 2.438.921 -1,0%
2 2 Toyota 168.385 1,7% 1.778.995 0,1% 2.148.267 0,9%
3 3 Chevrolet 167.199 -4,5% 1.666.153 -1,5% 2.050.099 -0,8%
4 4 Honda 108.558 -5,3% 1.201.075 -2,5% 1.461.628 -1,7%
5 5 Nissan 98.082 -13,0% 1.117.515 -6,5% 1.367.217 -5,3%
6 6 Jeep 72.800 8,5% 818.994 18,8% 961.402 13,8%
7 8 Subaru 55.394 2,5% 558.812 4,9% 677.327 4,3%
8 7 Hyundai 52.653 2,8% 545.445 -0,4% 664.985 0,0%
9 9 Kia 45.102 1,6% 497.144 -1,0% 585.533 -0,6%
10 10 Ram 54.542 14,0% 471.203 1,0% 565.531 1,5%
11 11 GMC 43.584 -2,3% 439.547 -2,4% 548.424 -2,2%
12 12 Dodge 33.872 38,4% 393.600 0,9% 454.301 1,6%
13 14 Volkswagen 29.000 4,6% 295.228 5,4% 356.441 4,7%
14 13 Mercedes 31.719 1,0% 279.638 -5,5% 357.475 -3,3%
15 17 Mazda 18.673 -10,3% 253.795 5,3% 304.333 4,9%
16 15 BMW 23.262 0,2% 248.327 2,0% 309.757 1,3%
17 16 Lexus 22.716 -0,8% 236.331 -2,6% 296.782 -2,8%
18 18 Audi 16.056 -17,3% 183.476 1,7% 229.094 1,1%
19 19 Buick 15.829 -17,3% 177.063 -1,1% 216.034 -1,5%
20 20 Chrysler 13.289 20,6% 140.445 -9,3% 176.591 -6,8%
21 29 Tesla 20.325 314,8% 139.202 250,0% 154.816 67,5%
22 22 Acura 13.624 7,3% 128.107 1,0% 151.441 -2,1%
23 21 Cadillac 12.860 -7,7% 124.402 -2,6% 154.928 -1,0%
24 23 Infiniti 11.880 15,4% 117.129 -5,5% 149.033 -2,9%
25 25 Mitsubishi 8.002 8,4% 101.400 17,1% 119.913 13,5%
26 24 Lincoln 7.574 -15,0% 82.854 -9,6% 101.796 -9,2%
27 26 Volvo 7.327 4,6% 81.256 27,0% 99.175 17,8%
28 27 Land Rover 7.846 43,3% 72.979 21,7% 87.967 15,0%
29 28 Porsche 4.817 2,2% 47.443 3,2% 57.498 3,6%
30 30 Mini 3.166 -13,7% 37.359 -2,8% 47.046 -0,1%
31 31 Jaguar 2.648 -8,4% 23.824 -28,1% 30.493 -29,8%
32 35 Alfa Romeo 1.737 44,1% 19.897 132,5% 25.455 52,7%
33 32 Fiat 1.151 -34,9% 13.235 -42,5% 16.501 -60,5%
34 34 Maserati 950 -16,7% 9.282 -19,1% 11.953 -17,5%
35 33 Genesis 372 -79,2% 9.281 -45,0% 13.564 -52,0%
36 37 Ferrari 160 -14,4% 1.863 -11,3% 2.319 -9,4%
37 38 Bentley 165 -12,2% 1.587 -14,7% 2.176 -10,5%
38 40 McLaren 142 84,4% 1.200 36,9% 1.338 23,9%
39 36 Smart 95 -32,1% 1.054 -62,0% 1.386 -121,6%
40 39 Rolls-Royce 81 -22,1% 978 -14,1% 1.189 -12,9%
41 41 Lamborghini 94 -16,1% 937 9,0% 1.207 7,3%
42 42 Lotus 25 19,0% 261 21,2% 301 15,8%
43 43 Scion 1 1 1

Rank 2018 Rank 2017   Sales October ‘+/- Oct Sales YTD 2018 ‘+/- YTD 2018
1 1 Ford F-Series 70.438 -7,3% 749.456 2,0%
2 2 Chevrolet Silverado 45.962 -13,5% 472.402 0,1%
3 3 Ram pick-up 49.186 11,3% 424.769 1,4%
4 4 Toyota RAV4 34.004 -0,2% 353.149 2,0%
5 5 Nissan Rogue 27.748 -8,4% 337.727 3,2%
6 8 Honda CR-V 27.825 0,2% 305.446 -1,1%
7 7 Toyota Camry 26.914 2,5% 289.801 -6,1%
8 6 Honda Civic 22.450 -26,0% 277.486 -11,8%
9 12 Chevrolet Equinox 26.894 6,4% 262.544 10,3%
10 9 Toyota Corolla 22.020 -10,7% 257.188 -11,3%
11 10 Honda Accord 23.778 -11,1% 239.077 -13,9%
12 11 Ford Escape 20.515 -11,1% 230.565 -10,3%
13 13 Ford Explorer 21.935 12,9% 218.805 0,2%
14 21 Toyota Tacoma 20.534 29,9% 204.443 25,3%
15 20 Jeep Wrangler 13.318 -0,5% 204.269 24,9%
16 18 Toyota Highlander 20.548 17,7% 201.247 14,6%
17 27 Jeep Cherokee 18.598 41,6% 198.341 48,0%
18 15 Jeep Grand Cherokee 19.109 11,0% 185.762 -6,4%
19 16 Nissan Sentra 17.611 -4,0% 182.758 -0,7%
20 14 Nissan Altima 13.406 -25,0% 180.005 -17,3%
21 23 Hyundai Elantra 18.312 24,3% 167.191 6,0%
22 19 GMC Sierra 17.710 -6,3% 164.323 -5,1%
23 24 Subaru Outback 11.574 -26,7% 149.566 -4,3%
24 64 Jeep Compass 14.083 25,7% 146.757 125,3%
25 17 Ford Fusion 15.932 -9,1% 140.896 -20,5%
26 26 Subaru Forester 15.981 19,0% 137.905 -5,2%
27 43 Honda Pilot 13.479 31,1% 133.380 41,2%
28 31 Dodge Grand Caravan 11.110 357,0% 132.045 20,0%
29 35 Mazda CX-5 9.271 -10,0% 125.899 22,4%
30 22 Chevrolet Cruze 11.021 -1,0% 125.007 -22,0%

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