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Saturday, 2 July 2016

USA SALES JUNE - General Motors has slight growth in all brands, with individual models growing at double digits.

  • Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac June retail sales up 3 percent, 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively
  • GM retail sales up more than 1 percent and retail share up year-over-year
  • Year to date, GM retail sales up more than 1 percent; retail share up 0.4 percentage points
  • Less profitable daily rental deliveries down 5,690 vehicles or 22 percent in June, as planned 
General Motors (NYSE: GM) sold 209,295 vehicles to individual or “retail” customers in June, up more than 1 percent year-over-year, driven by increases at Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac of 3 percent, 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively. 
Based on initial estimates, GM gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share in June to remain the fastest growing full-line automaker.  GM has gained retail market share in 13 of the past 14 months, dating to April 2015. 
Less profitable daily rental sales were down 5,690 vehicles or 22 percent, as planned. GM’s total sales in June were down less than 2 percent to 255,210 vehicles.
Through the first six months of the year, GM retail sales are up more than 1 percent and retail share is up 0.4 percentage points, the largest retail share gain of any full-line automaker and more than double the industry’s average over that timeframe.   
Year to date, Chevrolet retail sales are up 3 percent and retail share has grown 0.5 percentage points. Chevrolet remains the fastest-growing full-line brand in the industry.  Year to date, Buick retail deliveries have grown 4 percent and Buick has gained 0.1 percentage points of retail share. 
GM’s retail sales strength is reflected in the ongoing sales performance of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. 
Every month since January 2014, GM has sold more full-size pickups than any other original equipment manufacturer, according to POLK retail registrations and J.D. Power PIN retail sales data. 
GM is achieving these results while spending less on incentives than its competitors and commanding record Average Transaction Prices (ATPs). 
In June, GM full-size pickup ATPs were up $3,300 compared to last year and Silverado recorded its highest monthly ATP in history. Year to date, GM full-size pickup ATPs are up $2,600 compared to last year.
“Our retail-focused strategy is resulting in the highest share gains in the industry.  Chevrolet is the fastest growing full-line brand and we expect that trend to continue as the availability of newly launched products improves in the second half of the year,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. 
“Our reduction in daily rental deliveries, disciplined incentive spending and well-managed inventories are showing real benefit in the residual values of our latest launched vehicles.”
GM expects better availability of midsize pickups, full-size pickups and small, compact and midsize crossovers in the second half of the year due to planned production schedules. 
As part of its retail-focused strategy, GM continues to reduce daily rental deliveries, as planned. Year to date, GM’s daily rental deliveries are down about 88,499 vehicles or 37 percent from a year ago.   
In addition, GM continues to capitalize on a strong, stable economy that is driving sales to small businesses.

“Positive economic indicators like historically low interest rates, stable fuel prices, rising wages and near-full employment provide the environment for strong auto sales to continue in the second half of the year,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist.  “These positive factors continue to point toward another record year for the industry.”

June Retail Sales and Business Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted)
  • Chevrolet had its best June since 2006
  • Colorado, Suburban, Tahoe and Trax up 27 percent, 37 percent, 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively
  • Impala, Sonic, Spark and Volt up 77 percent, 41 percent, 96 percent and 57 percent, respectively
  • Impala had its best month since September 2008
  • Sonic had its best June ever
  • Tahoe and Suburban had their best June performance since 2008
  • Colorado had its best June since 2006
  • Silverado Crew Cab had its best June since 2005
  • Silverado Heavy Duty had its best year to date since 2008
  • Canyon, Yukon XL, Yukon up 34 percent, 13 percent and 21 percent, respectively
  • Denali had its highest penetration of the year at more than 25 percent of GMC sales, maintaining the best first-half penetration on record
  • Year to date, Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL are up 15 percent, 4 percent, 16 percent and 9 percent, respectively
  • June was the second highest monthly ATP ever for the brand
  • Yukon has its 10th consecutive month of year-over-year increases
  • Best Sierra year-to-date sales since 2006
  • Encore up 25 percent for the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year increases
  • Cascada and Envision are off to strong starts with 755 and 1,436 deliveries, respectively
  • Escalade up 21 percent
  • Launch products off to a strong start — 3,844 XT5’s and 958 CT6’s were sold in June
  • ATPs were approximately $55,000, the highest in the luxury segment
Average Transaction Prices (ATP)/Incentives (J.D. Power PIN estimates)
  • GM’s ATPs, which reflect retail transaction prices after sales incentives, were $35,423, more than $4,400 above the industry average and more than $1,800 above last June’s performance
  • GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATPs was 10.1 percent in June, well below domestic and many Asian competitors and below the industry average of 10.6 percent
Fleet and Commercial
  • GM’s fleet mix in June was approximately 18 percent of total sales, below the company’s full-year guidance of 20 percent
  • Commercial sales were down 7 percent, compared to last June. Calendar year-to-date, Commercial sales are up 4 percent, driven by mid pickup sales up 31 percent and full-size pickup sales up 12 percent
  • Government sales were up 8 percent in June. Year to date, Government sales are up 10 percent
  • Small business sales were up 2 percent and up 5 percent year to date

Industry Sales
  • GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in June was 17.0 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million units
  • Year to date, industry sales are up 1 percent, compared to 2015

USA SALES JUNE - Ford/Lincoln continues to grow with it best first half in a decade, and more to come.

  • Ford Motor Company’s first-half 2016 total U.S. sales increase 5 percent to 1,353,048 vehicles –  best results in a decade; sales up 6 percent in June versus year ago with 240,109 vehicles sold
  • Ford sold more than half a million trucks in the first half – a 13 percent gain – further widening Ford’s truck lead versus the competition; F-Series up 29 percent in June; vans jump 14 percent
  • Ford brand June SUV sales up 7 percent, driving all-time record first-half SUV sales; Edge up 12 percent, Escape gains 6 percent and Explorer grows 3 percent in first half
  • Lincoln posts a 13 percent gain for the first half of the year, thanks to strong performance from its newest SUVs, Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKX; Lincoln sales up 6 percent in June

Ford Motor Company’s first-half total U.S. sales grew 5 percent with 1,353,048 vehicles sold – its best first-half performance since 2006. June sales were up 6 percent, with 240,109 vehicles sold.
Ford truck performance remains the standout for the first half of the year. The company sold 531,500 pickups and vans – a 13 percent gain versus a year ago. 

Truck sales were up 24 percent in June, driven by strong F-Series sales of 70,937 vehicles – a 29 percent increase versus a year ago and their best June sales performance in more than a decade. 
“Strong customer demand has helped us continue growing our truck leadership position, further widening the gap with our nearest competitor versus last year,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Consumer demand for Ford SUVs also continues to surge to all-time highs, allowing us to introduce new levels of capability, versatility and technology to a whole new generation of SUV fans."
Ford brand SUVs had their best-ever first half with 395,116 total vehicles sold – up 9 percent versus a year ago. Ford SUVs posted a 7 percent increase last month with 69,641 vehicles sold, marking the best June in 15 years. Escape sales were up 20 percent, driven by the new 2017 model.
Ford commercial van performance grew 17 percent in the first half with a total of 128,378 vehicles sold – largely driven by Transit’s 36 percent gain in the same period with 78,480 sold. Transit sales increased 19 percent in June, with 14,437 sold.
Overall, Ford’s monthly van sales grew 14 percent – the company’s best commercial van sales since 1978 – with 24,404 sold.
For the first half, Lincoln sales totaled 53,297 vehicles – a 13 percent increase versus a year ago. Lincoln sales were up 6 percent in June with 8,809 vehicles sold. Growth came from the marque’s newest products, with Lincoln MKX up 27 percent, the new Lincoln MKZ up 9 percent and Lincoln MKC up 2 percent.  

IRELAND - Toyota was the best selling car in June with Hyundai Tucson the best selling car year to date.

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today issued the official 161 car sales figures for the first half of the year. New car registrations were up + 23% (101,338) ahead on the same period last year (82,337) while the month of June saw an increase of 12% (1,626) compared to June 2015 (1,448).

In the business sector Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), are currently up 9% (867) on June last year (799) and year to date are up 26% (18,417) overall. While Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations, have witnessed a decline of -29% for the month of June (112) 2016 when compared to the same month last year (157), however registrations are up 42% year to date.
Commenting on the figurers SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said “At the start of the year we predicted that this year’s registration numbers should reach 150,000 for the first time since 2008 and these figurers keep us on track to deliver that. From today of course the focus turns to the 162 registration period. This year promises to be the first normal year of registrations since the recession and with the range of attractive offers available across all brands we are confident that 162 will also deliver in the coming months.”
Stats in short:
  • New car sales year to date (2016) -101,338 (2015) 82,337 +23%
  • New car sales total June (2016)1,626 - (2015) 1,448 +12%
  • Car Sales by county year to date 
  • Hire Cars year to date (2016) 14,024 2015 (12,370) + 13%
  • 5 Top Selling Makes for the Year 2016:
  1. Volkswagen
  2. Toyota
  3. Hyundai
  4. Ford
  5. Nissan
  • 5 Top Selling Models for the Year 2016
  1. Hyundai Tucson
  2. Volkswagen Golf
  3. Ford Focus
  4. Skoda Octavia
  5. Nissan Qashqai
  • Top selling car for the month of June Toyota Yaris
  • Top selling colour for the month of June is Black while year to date is Grey
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2016) 18,417 (2015) 14,657 +26%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total June (2016) 867 -(2015) 799 +9%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2016) 1,790 (2015) 1,260 +42%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total June (2016)112 (2015) 157 -29% 
 Cars Sales by County Year to date (January- June 2016)
County2016 Units2015 Units% Change2016 % Share2015 % Share