Recent forecasts suggested that June 2016 auto sales growth would be a further predictor of a gradual slowdown in year-over-year expansion in the United States’ new vehicle market. After climbing to record highs in 2015, the U.S. auto industry may improve upon that record in 2016, but not by much. 2017 sales, meanwhile, could decrease in a minor fashion.
Evidence of such a slowdown in growth was realized early on Friday morning with Hyundai USA’s June 2016 sales figures, which increased by only nine units. Through the first-half of 2016, Hyundai’s sales are up by nearly 3000 units. The industry largely fell in line with such modest growth. Despite an additional day on the sales calendar in June 2016, volume grew just 2.4%, a daily selling rate decline of more than 1%.
But there were noteworthy positives. Nissan USA’s combined Nissan/Infiniti output rose to a June record, thanks in part to a 13% passenger car improvement. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 7% year-over-year uptick was powered by a 14% increase at Ram and Jeep’s 17% improvement. The Ford Motor Company, maker of America’s top-selling Ford brand, posted a 6% June increase with significant help from the best-selling Ford F-Series, sales of which increased by nearly 16,000 units.
American Honda’s Acura brand plunged 27% as every model in the lineup took a deep dive, cancelling out much of the Honda brand’s 7% increase. Toyota’s sharp car losses more than offset light truck gains, bring the overall Toyota Motor Corp. family down 6% in June 2016.
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No surprises at Volkswagen: sales plunged 22% as the Golf, Jetta, and Passat combined to lose 5000 sales. Mazda sold 1904 copies of the new CX-9, a 13-month high, but sales of the 3, 6, and CX-5 declined, bringing the brand’s overall volume down. Subaru’s 5% increase was powered largely by a 23% gain to 13,417 Outback sales. At slow-growing Hyundai’s Kia partner brand, June sales climbed to a record June level of 62,572 units and a best-ever first-half for the smaller Korean brand.
On the strength of booming SUV/crossover sales, Mercedes-Benz’s premium division scored a 1.5% increase in June 2016, but sales of the B, C, CLA, S, SLK, and SL-Class cars all declined.
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Although BMW sales fell 10%, BMW ended June as America’s top-selling premium brand last month. Through the first-half of 2016, the top-selling premium brand is Mercedes-Benz, which, excluding vans, leads BMW by 9341 units and Lexus by 11,213.
General Motors, despite a modest increase at Chevrolet and a 6% uptick at Cadillac, stumbled 2% as GMC and Buick posted measurable losses.
If you don’t wish to see automakers arranged alphabetically, click column headers to sort automakers by June sales, year-over-year change, year-to-date totals, or any other order. Best seller lists for cars, trucks, and SUVs will be added later this afternoon. In the coming days, GCBC will also publish a complete list of year-to-date sales for every single vehicle line, a list which includes brand results. (Check out the 2015 version here.) You can always find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any brand by clicking the brand name in the table below or by selecting a make (or model) at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
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