New light-vehicle sales in September 2021 fell for the fifth straight month to a SAAR of 12.2 million units.
New light-vehicle sales in August continued to decline amid still-shrinking inventory on dealer lots. Sales in August totaled a SAAR of 13.1 million units, the lowest level since June 2020’s 13 million.
Despite production limitations from the chip shortage, new-vehicle demand remains strong among both retail and fleet customers. Our total 2021 forecast for new light vehicles is 16.5 million units.
New light-vehicle sales fell for the second straight month in June.
New light-vehicle sales remained strong in May but fell slightly from April’s highs.
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.
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.
The year came to close with new light-vehicle sales of 14.46 million units, down 14.7% from 2019 and the lowest full-year sales total since 2012.
For 2020, we expect that new light-vehicle sales will total 14.2 million units. There may be some regional ups and downs in sales as the country deals with spikes in COVID-19 cases throughout the winter months.
The new light-vehicle sales volume in October equated to a SAAR of 16.2 million units, the second straight month with a SAAR above 16 million units.
New light-vehicle sales increased for the fifth straight month in September.
August’s SAAR of 15.2 million units marked a 4.8% increase from July’s SAAR of 14.5 million units but is down 11% compared with August 2019.
The July SAAR totaled 14.5 million units, a decline of 14.4% compared with July 2019 but up from the SAAR of 13.1 million units for June 2020.
During this quarter, retail sales recovered much more quickly than fleet sales from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New light-vehicle sales in June improved compared to May but remain down significantly compared to this time last year.
Fleet sales were down year-over-year by a whopping 72% in May, while retail sales only fell by 17%.
New light-vehicle sales showed signs of recovery in May, with a SAAR of 12.21 million units.
The April SAAR represents a drop of 47.6% compared to April 2019. Yet many industry watchers believe auto sales have bottomed out and are showing signs of recovery.
As the first quarter of 2020 has come to a close, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) issued an analysis of U.S. auto sales and the economy, including the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both.
The SAAR of 11.4 million for March 2020 represents a decline of 34.1% compared to March 2019 and is the lowest monthly SAAR since April 2010.
New light-vehicle sales in February were strong, with a SAAR of 16.83 million units for the month—an increase of 1.9% compared to February 2019. Raw sales volume topped 1.3 million units, an increase of 8.4% compared to February of last year.
New light-vehicle sales in January were close to flat compared to this time last year. January’s SAAR of 16.84 million units represents an increase of 0.8%.
The year came to a close with new light-vehicle sales of 17.1 million, according to the Automotive News Data Center. This marks the fifth straight year of more than 17 million units sold.
It seems we are on pace for another year of 17 million units, with new light-vehicle sales registering a 16.94 million SAAR through November.
New light-vehicle sales posted declines again this month, with the October SAAR of 16.6 million representing a decrease of 5.3% compared to October 2018.
The September SAAR of 17.19 million units represents a decline of only 0.8% compared to September of last year. And the year-to-date SAAR of 16.98 million units represents a decline of just 1%.
U.S. light-vehicle sales closed out August at a year-to-date SAAR of 16.95 million units. August sales were strong due to an additional selling weekend and the inclusion of Labor Day weekend sales events in the August sales results.
New light-vehicle sales continued to fall in July. The SAAR for the month came in at 16.82 million units, down slightly from July of last year.
Three fewer selling days in June resulted in an increased SAAR for the month, but there was a decrease in the total number of units compared to June 2018. June sales of 1.51 million units sold represents a decrease of 1.9%.
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.
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.
Despite rising interest rates and a volatile stock market, U.S. light-vehicle sales closed out 2018 strong. The SAAR of 17.51 million in December 2018 was the second highest of the year, as sales for the month were up 1.5% compared to December 2017.
Through November, U.S. light-vehicle sales were up 0.2%. Compared to this time last year, car segments continued to lose market share, down 4.8 percentage points, while their light-truck counterparts were up 3.8 percentage points.