An iconic model’s dropping streak continued, General Motors Corp. spilled gross sales numbers for the first time this year, pickups and SUVs stay sturdy, and the automobile phase at one Japanese automaker could as nicely have cried, “I’m not useless but!” That’s March U.S. car gross sales ends in a nutshell.
Cracking the shell offers the option to additional proof of what’s shaping as much as be a down, however unpredictable year.
GM, which started reporting gross sales outcomes quarterly last fall, revealed its total sales had been down 7% the first three months of the 12 months, in contrast with the first quarter of 2018. All four of its manufacturer’s misplaced floor throughout Q1 with Buick down eight.7%, Cadillac off 2.0%, Chevrolet offered 7.eight% fewer automobiles, and GMC dropped 4.4%
In step with its sharp discount in passenger vehicles in its portfolio, GM mentioned pickup vans, SUVs and crossovers accounted for 80% of the 665,840 automobiles it offered via March. Nonetheless, money cows Chevrolet Silverado and GM Sierra had been down 15.7% and a pair of 2% respectively. GM blamed it on tight availability of standard and double-cab variations, leaving largely greater-finish trim ranges accessible on supplier heaps.
Ford Motor Co. additionally stories gross sales outcomes quarterly and can launch these figures later this week. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles does report its total sales month-to-month, and for the second straight month its gross sales have been down–7%, with Ram Vehicles its solely model exhibiting a rise, promoting 15% extra autos than it did in March 2018. Even traditionally robust Jeep was off 11%. That’s Jeep’s third straight month-to-month decline.
Japanese automakers Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. could also be hoping the brand new season brings some new life to their gross sales. Nissan total sales have been down 7.2% in March and are off 12% for the yr to this point.
Toyota mentioned its gross sales declined 3.5% in March and 5% for the quarter.
However, Honda Motor Co. not solely noticed its gross sales enhance final month by 4.3%, however, proved passenger automobiles aren’t entirely useless but reporting a 5% increase in total sales for its Accord, a 3.3% bump in Civic total sales–a March report and a general 5.3% in total passenger automotive sales.