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News   December 23, 2015   by Allan Janssen

December new vehicle sales strong, Wards Auto reports


December light-vehicle sales in the U.S. will reach an 18.04 million-unit seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to the latest WardsAuto forecast, resulting in the first ever four-month streak above 18 million units.

Volume is set to hit 1.706 million units – a record high for December and the highest for any month since July 2005’s 1.8-million.

The light-vehicle total includes 700,000 cars, and 1,092,000 light trucks.

General Motors is forecast to sell 307,000 light vehicles in December, resulting in an 18.0% share. The automaker’s 12-month total, 3,098,873, will be up 5.6%.

Toyota will come in at second place for the month, with 238,000 units and a 13.9% share. Full-2015 should reach 2,499,000 units.

Following closely behind Toyota in the monthly result is Ford, with a 13.8% share and 236,000 light vehicles in December. Annual sales will grow 5.6% to 2,553,000.

FCA US will see the greatest gains from last year with a 12.3% rise in daily sales, equating to 231,000 units for the month. January-December deliveries will total 2,244,000 units, jumping 8.1% from same-period 2014.

Honda is forecast to sell 152,000 cars and light trucks in December, up 2.7% from the like-2014 DSR. Nissan is expected to rise 5.5% to 133,000 units. Hyundai-Kia should see significant growth from year-ago, gaining 7.3% with 127,000 sales.

Light-vehicle deliveries for full-year 2015 will accumulate to 17.459 million units, topping the current record of 17.35 million units set in 2000. The 2015 number is 6.2% greater than the 16,435,226 LVs sold in 2014.

WardsAuto predicts 2016 to beat this year’s total, but by a smaller percentage.


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