New light-vehicle sales remained strong in May but fell slightly from April’s highs.
“We’re going to set a new pace for electric vehicles,” Biden said. The President spoke to Ford workers and executives in front of a display and map touting the company’s “EV-certified dealer network” consisting of 2,300+ EV-certified dealers nationwide, trained EV sales teams, EV-qualified technicians and certified collision locations.
April’s new light-vehicle sales saw an 18.5 million-unit SAAR—the second straight month (following a March revision) of sales above 18.0 million units and the highest monthly sales rate since July 2005 with a 20.6 million SAAR.
The economy continues to show strong signs of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The widespread dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine and the stellar new light-vehicle sales in March are reasons to be optimistic for the remainder of 2021.
New light-vehicle sales in March 2021 were stellar. March’s SAAR of 17.75 million units is the second highest of all time for the month and just shy of March 2000.
Despite the chip shortage headwinds, we are very optimistic about new-vehicle sales in 2021. We expect continued steady retail demand and improving fleet demand growth throughout the rest of the year.
New light-vehicle sales in January started off the year at a strong pace. While the January 2021 SAAR of 16.63 million represents a decline of 1.4% from January 2020, it was the highest monthly SAAR since the start of the pandemic.
Commercial truck sales closed out 2020 with total sales just shy of 410,000 units, a decline of 22.3% from the 2019 total.
2020 came to a close with new-light vehicle sales of 14.46 million units, down 14.7% compared to 2019.