Detroit’s Car Sales Are Plunging


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Car sales are falling. This much you know.

Through the first one-sixth of 2017, U.S. car volume fell by more than 130,000 units compared with the first one-sixth of 2016, a 13% year-over-year decline. Cars own just 36% of the overall American new vehicle market so far this year, down from 41% a year ago, and well below the 42% of the market owned by SUVs and crossovers.

But the decline of the car market is keenly felt by the traditional Detroit Three: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; the latter not so traditionally Detroit after all. Together, those three automakers have seen their car sales plunge 23% so far this year. GM, Ford MoCo, and FCA account for 72,559 of the 130,000 lost car sales across the industry. And this through just two months. 

Accompanying concern over the rapid decline of demand for passenger cars, particularly passenger cars from Detroit manufacturers, is the massive ramp-up in stock. 

As demand dried up, production didn’t, and automakers continued to add cars to their inventory. As a result, GM now has 123 days of passenger car inventory, roughly 290,000 units when 60 days would be ideal and 79 is the industry average. 

Ford’s car supply stands at a far more reasonable 74 days; FCA has 80 days of car inventory.

Listed below are the year-to-date achievements of every passenger car from GM, Ford MoCo, and FCA, including Fiats and Maseratis. The table is sortable, so click the column headers to sort by brand, 2017 volume, 2016 volume, or revert to the original rankings by year-over-year percentage change.

Car
2017 YTD U.S. Sales 
(2 Months)
2016 YTD U.S. Sales 
(2 Months)
%
Change
Dodge Avenger
15
-100%
Cadillac ELR
3
158
-98.1%
Lincoln MKS
37
1,137
-96.7%
Buick Verano
898
5,925
-84.8%
Fiat 500L
178
727
-75.5%
Dodge Dart
3,080
11,104
-72.3%
Chrysler 200
4,055
10,944
-62.9%
Buick LaCrosse
2,655
6,700
-60.4%
Buick Regal
1,974
4,261
-53.7%
Chevrolet Sonic
4,235
7,919
-46.5%
Chevrolet Malibu
20,783
36,164
-42.5%
Alfa Romeo 4C
69
115
-40.0%
Cadillac CTS
1,604
2,474
-35.2%
Chevrolet Impala
13,137
19,089
-31.2%
Chevrolet Camaro
8,246
11,702
-29.5%
Ford Focus
22,268
31,597
-29.5%
Ford Fusion
32,027
45,319
-29.3%
Cadillac ATS
1,979
2,658
-25.5%
Ford Mustang
13,344
17,573
-24.1%
Dodge Charger
14,083
17,547
-19.7%
Maserati Quattroporte
237
271
-12.5%
Dodge Challenger
9,500
10,803
-12.1%
Cadillac XTS
3,194
3,626
-11.9%
Chrysler 300
10,094
10,969
-8.0%
Chevrolet Caprice PPV
85
92
-7.6%
Chevrolet Corvette
3,344
3,617
-7.5%
Ford C-Max
2,261
2,357
-4.1%
Ford Taurus
8,045
8,274
-2.8%
Alfa Romeo Giulia
482
Fiat 124 Spider
542
Ford GT
3
Lincoln Continental
2,246
Cadillac CT6
1,436
Chevrolet Bolt
2,114
Maserati GranTurismo
176
174
1.1%
Lincoln MKZ
4,164
4,074
2.2%
Maserati Ghibli
879
808
8.8%
Fiat 500
2,349
2,101
11.8%
Ford Fiesta
7,556
6,314
19.7%
Chevrolet SS
312
253
23.3%
Chevrolet Cruze
35,316
27,360
29.1%
Chevrolet Spark
3,834
2,882
33.0%
Dodge Viper
107
72
48.6%
Chevrolet Volt
3,431
2,122
61.7%
Buick Cascada
944
583
61.9%
FCA
45,831
65,650
-30.6%
Ford Motor Company
91,951
116,645
-21.2%
General Motors
109,524
137,585
-20.4%
Total
247,306
319,865
-22.7%
Source: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, ANDC
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