NADA Market Beat: Despite a Solid May Sales Performance, U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Down 1.8% Year-to-Date
New light-vehicle sales in May surprised many in the industry. The SAAR of 17.31 million units for the month represents an increase of 0.7% compared to May 2018.
Volkswagen President and CEO, Scott Keogh, joined the NY Auto Forum in advance of the New York International Auto Show to discuss what he describes as a “higher calling” for VW and the automotive industry as a whole.
Closing out a packed agenda at the annual NY Auto Forum, Bob Carter, Toyota’ EVP of Sales discussed dangers posed by tariffs, suggested a reality check for EV demand and shared some thoughts regarding the future of personal vehicle ownership.
President Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, and a crowd of more than 300 attendees heard from business leaders about the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in 2017.
After a sluggish start to the year due to the federal government shutdown and several weather-related events, the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of sales in March was at a strong 17.48 million units—bringing the SAAR for the first quarter up to 16.94 million.
Through February, new light-vehicle sales were down 2.5% compared to this time last year. The monthly SAAR of 16.53 million units represented the lowest monthly SAAR since February 2015.
U.S. light-vehicle sales fell by 3.0% compared to this time last year. Many segments posted declines or were flat, although the popular pickup and crossover segments gained market share relative to January 2018.