Monday, August 3, 2009

July Auto Sales

U.S. auto sales appear to be improving substantially in July. Overall auto sales for July were down only 12% percent, with June down 28% and May down 39%. So, it appears that the sales trend is improving substantially.

It appears that the U.S. based automakers and some foreign manufacturers are having a rebound in sales....helped by the Cash For Clunkers program. Meanwhile sales of luxury cars are still in the dumps. ales were the best they have been since the summer of 2008....with a annual run rate of over 10 million cars.

Ford is the sales winner with a 2% increase in sales over last year. GM sales were down 19%, meanwhile Chrysler sales were down only 9.4%. An interesting fact is that GM and Chrysler sales were not impacted by the bankruptcies as much as anticipated.
  • Saab down 72%
  • Porsche down 51%
  • Mitsubishi down 50%
  • Jaguar down 45%
  • BMW down 32%
  • Nissan down 25%
  • Mercedes down 22%
  • Mazda down 15%
  • General Motors down 19%
  • Honda down 17%
  • Toyota down 11%
  • Chrysler down 9%
  • Volkswagen down 3%
  • Ford up 2%
  • Kia up 5%
  • Hyundai up 12%
  • Volvo up 26%
  • Subaru up 34%
Ford seems to be the beneficiary of increased sales lately. It appears that the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies have sent a number of customers over to Ford. The following Ford models had material increases in sales Focus up 44%, Escape up 94%, and the Fusion was up 66%.

Other notable increases were posted by the Toyota Prius up 30%, Toyota RAV4 up 33%, Hyundai Elantra up 30% and the Volkswagon Jetta up 31%.

July sales were up at a fairly decent run rate of 11 million cars annually. So, it appears that consumers had more faith in the future to spend money on high ticket items.


This month the Cash For Clunkers program had a substantial impact on auto showroom traffic and sales. Unfortunately, the government implemented a half way program. Increasing sales for the automobile manufacturers would do more than all the government loans available.

An interesting anomaly is that sales of U.S. built cars both by domestic and foreign manufacturers appears to be increasing. Meanwhile imported luxury cars continue with the steep declines over last year.


  1. Hi Pete .. I suppose the down sales are a sign of the times literally. At least it looks that the US citizens are supporting their own workers .. which has to be a good thing.

    I'm not sure what's happening here .. it's all fluid - have a good week
    all the best
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
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  2. Hi Hilary,

    Your correct....these are some very unusual times! I don't think that this is over yet! This has been very difficult for many people and companies.

    The auto industry has been in a depression compared to previous times. So, it is good to hear that sales are up...hopefully they will continue to increase.

    Thank you for your comment!

    Pete Baca