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GM June U.S. Sales Improve 11 Percent

• GM gains market share in first half of 2011, with sales 192,056 units higher
• June retail sales rise 16 percent year over year, and up 4 percent over May
• Chevrolet Cruze sales surpass 20,000 third straight month; retail sales up 153 percent
• June total sales of full-size pickups increased 15 percent compared to May

General Motors dealers in the United States reported 215,358 total sales in June, an 11-percent gain compared to June 2010 according to a GM press release on Friday July 1. The gain was the result of continued solid retail demand for the company’s wide selection of fuel-efficient vehicles. Retail sales for GM’s brands rose 16 percent for the month, compared to a year ago, and were 4 percent higher than May.

For the month, Chevrolet Cruze had retail sales 153 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced, and total sales above 20,000 for the third straight month. The 32 MPG highway-rated GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox compact crossovers saw a combined retail sales increase of 78 percent during the month.  Passenger car and crossover retail sales also rose substantially, up 33 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

“With continued strong consumer demand for GM’s fuel-efficient vehicles, June was another solid month for us,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “The month caps a successful first half of 2011 for us in the U.S. market – our sales are up and we’ve gained share profitably”, as reported in Forbes’ by Agustino Fontevecchia.

In the first half of 2011, GM dealers in the United States have reported 1,261,633 vehicles sold – a 192,056 unit increase over the first half of 2010 – leading to total and retail market share gains.

Passenger Cars
Total sales of GM passenger cars increased 28 percent during June, compared to a year ago. Retail sales for cars rose 33 percent for the month on the continuing strength of the Cruze, which was up 153 percent compared to the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced. The Cruze Eco, which delivers an estimated 42 miles-per-gallon highway, accounted for 17 percent of the model’s sales during the month.

For the year to date, retail sales for GM’s full-size pickups are up 12 percent, while total sales of 259,101 units represent a 12-percent increase compared to the first six months of 2010.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 605,000 units, up about 21,000 units compared to May and about 168,000 units higher than June 2010.

It’s so nice to hear good news about the auto industry!  Let’s hope more good news is to follow.

New Car Values

There are simply a whole lot of choices when it comes to new auto.  Here are 3 of the top models for the 2011 year that clearly reflect value in their class.

2011 Ford Fiesta | Subcompact

I love Ford and what it continues to do with innovation.  It’s not like they are the new guy on the block but they have been around and have had their problems with a line up that was really looking “old”.  Now look at them!  They did not take the government handout – didn’t have to and they gained share because of it.  If you want a real bargain in terms of fuel economy, (28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway) this is the real deal – The Fiesta is a bargain and offers a whole lot for just a little.  That’s value!  What the best part?  The 2011 Ford Fiesta starts at just $13,200.

 

2011 Hyundai Elantra | Compact

There has been a lot of conversation about this auto and frankly, it’s deserving of the attention.  They have outdone themselves with great styling, good handling and excellent fuel economy. It’s listed at (29/40 mpg), which establishes a benchmark that others will struggle to achieve anytime soon.  Often overlooked by consumers, this Korean compact is really getting some attention – we think it’s mainly about its low price point compared with it’s Japanese competitors. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra starts at just $14,830.

2011 Kia Optima| Midsize

Many autos have held the prized “King of the Hill” platform and it was only a matter of time before a new challenger would emerge.  The 2011 Optima, according to consumer reports, is well ahead of the Honda Accord this year.  It’s been a deserving dethroning – so much value at a very competitive price.  The EPA ratings for the 2.4-liter 2011 Optima at 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the six-speed manual, 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the six-speed automatic.  It’s good looking, with great styling and curves but with a market leading warranty program and excellent mpg, it stacks up as a great to be considering.  The 2011 Kia Optima starts at just $18,995.

You can actually arrange auto financing online for the car you want to purchase.  Online, lenders can give quotes almost instantly.   The you can be at home, the pressure is off, and good, rational thinking can take place and you are in control.   Online lenders also offer more preferential rates than their real-world counterparts; this is because they have less overhead and they are not marking up the finance charge to add more profit.  Some websites, like myAutoloan.com, offer the opportunity to receive up to four quotes within minutes of each other.

The capacity for choice here is significant.  Heck, we all want to have choices and this is the best way to get an auto loan and be in control.  The process works for all 3 of the autos we’ve mentioned today – walk into any dealer empowered because you have your financing pre-arranged.   What this means is that you can literally pick and choose the best auto loan deal for you, and in some cases receive a check by courier the next day, ready for you to walk into the dealership as a cash buyer.

Let us know if you’ve come across some good values or give us some ideas on what you would like to hear about – we’ll do our best to accommodate.

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Auto loan Delinquencies up by 21.2% (from 2nd QTR year-earlier)

Yesterday, in an article published by the Detroit News, business and marketing research firm Experian Automotive released data that shows auto loans that are 60 days past due rose by 21.2 percent in the second quarter from year-earlier levels.

In the second quarter, 0.80 percent of car loans were 60 to 89 days past due, up from 0.66 percent during the same period in 2008.  Thirty-day delinquencies rose 14.6 percent in the second quarter to 3.06 percent, up from 2.67 percent the previous year.   Combined, 30- and 60-day delinquencies amount to $25.5 billion in loans at risk.

Why is this significant?  That’s because it prompts lenders to tighten their lending criteria.  The result is that it pushes many consumers out of the market altogether.  Sure some buy used but many just drop the purchase to wait out the strict requirements being applied.

Michigan was among only three states to show a reduction in 30-day delinquencies, according to the study’s findings. The other two were Alaska and Nebraska.

At some point the lending markets has to turn so that pent-up demand eases.  However, for right now, it’s a tough market and consumers are not getting much of a break on the cost of financing, that is unless you’ve got a high credit score.  In the meantime, we all wait.

For the balance of the year SAAR (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate) figures will probably close the year out at just under 10 million per month annualized.  Next year by February, we should see things starting to break free.  Let’s hope that prediction holds!

The Ongoing Mysteries of the Clunkers Program

In an article distributed by Auto Remarketing, written by Group Editor J. Reed, it recapped Edmunds.com’s analysis of the just concluded “Cash for Clunkers” program statistics provided by the DOT. Why is this important?  As hard as we try to trust our leaders and rely somewhat upon what they say to be true, huge discrepancies keep coming out about what really just happened to the citizenry of the U.S.  It does not make me feel warm and fuzzy, that’s for sure.

So what are some of the discrepancies? Edmunds pointed out what it sees as inconsistencies with the government’s Clunkers statistics. One of the reasons the company delved into these figures is because it says there was an unprecedented wide range in analysts’ sales forecasts, with analysts’ forecasts for the month annualized sales rate at an unprecedented 4 million range. Stands to reason that someone would want to true up the numbers, right?

One of the “mysteries,” as the company calls it, is that the government release said the program took 690,114 clunkers off the road. However, apparently Edmund’s experts tracking the program found that clunker trade-ins never accounted for more than 33.4% of weekly sales. “It is mathematically impossible for there to have been nearly 700,000 new-car sales during the course of the program, given the actual sales numbers announced by automakers who should have no motive to under-report,” said Zhenwei Zhou, Edmunds.com senior statistician.

But now that the numbers are in some of the numbers do not add up.  Apparently, one of the difficulties in forecasting the sales number was due to the midstream change in the Clunkes program, or the fact that the program’s administrators changed the rules allowing dealers to take clunker trades on vehicles that were in transit or on order. “As a result, we’re still seeing clunker deals trickle in and are yet to be counted as sales,” noted David Tompkins, Edmunds.com senior analyst. “We expect that to continue for a few weeks. We expect about 50,000 vehicles will be delivered and counted as clunker sales in September’s sales reports.”

Michelle Krebs, Edmond’s senior analyst noted that the Department of Transportation reported on Aug. 26 that it had received 690,114 Cash for Clunker voucher applications for either $3,500 or $4,500.  As of Sept. 2, she said DOT had not changed that figure.  However, the governments own data doesn’t add up. In its Aug. 26 press release giving the supposed final tally for the program, the DOT gives the total application voucher as well as a breakout of the number of vehicles purchased by category and the number of vehicles traded in by category.

None of these numbers are the same. The overall application number of 690,114 is different from the number of clunkers the government said were turned in under the program — 685,201 — which, in turn, is different form the number of vehicles purchased — 684,941. While the differences are not huge or enough to impact forecasting, they should match. Presumably, the number of clunkers turned in and the number of vehicles purchased should be identical, which should add up to the number of applications.

So why does the clunkers number matter? From an economic standpoint, how many of the clunker trades resulted in sales that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise? Or did it merely pull from behind and pull from future naturally occurring sales. If it did produce incrementally higher sales, what was the cost per vehicle to shareholders? Even more important, sorting Cash for Clunkers data is important for forecasting going forward. Analysts, including those at Edmunds.com, auto companies and other forecasting firms, are trying to determine, what is the true underlying demand for vehicles by retail customers, excluding the clunkers program, and what is the trajectory of vehicles going forward.

What do you think are the government’s data  Credible or not?  How can you believe in anything we are being told?  Too many questions and not any answers.  Tell us what you think.

Statistics from DOT on Clunkers Program

With the passing of the ‘Clunkers’ program, there is plenty of speculation remaining as to whether or not the program was successful.  That sort of depends upon where you are viewing it I suppose, but no doubt, some good things did happen.  Putting cash in the hands of consumers via the rebate clearly sparked some of that cautionary demand to take action.  One view might be to take a look at the U. S. Department of Transportation statistics.  I won’t go in to all of them so here are a few highlights.

“American consumers and workers were the clear winners thanks to Cash for Clunkers program,” said Ray LaHood, U.S. transportation secretary. “Manufacturing plants have added shifts and recalled workers. Moribund (or bare) showrooms were brought back to life and consumers bought fuel-efficient cars that will save them money and improve the environment.”

Overall, rebate applications worth $2.877 billion were submitted by the Tuesday deadline. This covered 690,114 applications.

Top 10 Most Purchased Autos
Of the top 10 most purchased vehicles under the Cash for Clunkers program, only five automakers made the cut. This includes Toyota, Honda, Ford, Hyundai and Nissan. Toyota and Honda each had three models make the most purchased list, while Ford was close behind with two. Nissan and Hyundai meanwhile each had one model making the most popular Cash for Clunkers purchases.

Top Most Traded In Autos
The Ford Explorer 4WD and the Ford F-150 Pickup 2WD were the significant leaders in what was traded in.  Of the vehicles traded-in, 84 percent were trucks with 59 percent of customers purchasing passenger cars. The average trade-in mileage was 15.8 mpg, which leads to an overall increase of 9.2 mpg, or 58 percent climb, as the average new vehicle purchased receives 24.9 mpg.

Offering preliminary insight into the impact of the Clunkers program will have on the economy, the White House Council of Economic Advisers predicted the program will ramp up economic growth in the third quarter by about 0.3 to 0.4 percent at an annual rate due to the sales. The gross domestic product will be sustained thanks to increased vehicle production and to fulfill inventory requirements, the group indicated. Furthermore, an excepted 42,000 jobs will be created or saved.

New-Vehicle Manufacturer Percentages:
Toyota: 19.4 percent
General Motors: 17.6 percent
Ford: 14.4 percent
Honda: 13 percent
Nissan: 8.7 percent
Hyundai: 7.2 percent
Chrysler: 6.6 percent

There is, as we’ve mentioned many times, a large gap in opinions of just how successful the program was.  However, what it did do is create an artificial spike in consumer spending.  If you think about it, the conclusion that was most promoted by the non-objective major newscasters who thought of this as a good idea, was to proclaim its success.

With the direct lending markets still in mourning from the failed practices of many banks mortgage fiasco, a huge market still exists for auto loans and refinancing for everyone who does not have a 720+ FICO score.  In the meantime, and still a “nightmare” is the fact that dealerships are still waiting for their money, and most have stopped junking the trade-ins in fear of Uncle Sam failing to reimburse them under the program.  Time will tell.  What do you think?  Good or bad, let us know.