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Syvetril Perryman
(805) 418-8103
Angela Bianchi
(248) 312-4729
 

J.D. Power and Associates Reports:
Strength in December New-Vehicle Retail Sales Expected to Lead to Robust Finish for 2010

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 16 December 2010 — The December new-vehicle retail sales pace is significantly beating expectations, driving a strong close to a challenging year of recovery, according to
J.D. Power and Associates, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees throughout the United States.

Retail Light-Vehicle Sales
December new-vehicle retail sales are expected to come in at 936,300 units, which represents a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 10.8 million units. December retail sales are expected to be up 19 percent from one year ago. Retail transactions are the most accurate measurement of true underlying consumer demand for new vehicles.

“Even with the possibility that sales in the third week of December may be affected by the recent winter storms, the strength in sales during the second week is expected to continue through the rest of the month,” said Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting at J.D. Power and Associates. “As a result, it appears that 2010 will end on a high note.”

U.S. Retail SAAR from December 2009 to December 2010
(in millions of units)

Total Light-Vehicle Sales
Total light-vehicle sales for December are expected to come in at 1,133,000 units, which is 14 percent higher than December 2009. Fleet sales are projected to decrease in December, with volume expected below 200,000 units—down 3 percent from December 2009. Fleet share of total sales in December is expected to be at 17 percent, the lowest level all year.

J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Sales and SAAR Comparisons

 

December 20101

November 2010

December 2009

New-vehicle retail sales

936,300 units
(19% higher than December 2009)2

684,712 units

817,426 units

Total vehicle sales

1,133,000 units
(14% higher than December 2009)

871,299 units

1,027,837 units

Retail SAAR

10.8 million units

9.7 million units

9.3 million units

Total SAAR

12.4 million units

12.3 million units

11.1 million units

1Figures cited for December 2010 are forecasted based on the first 10 selling days of the month.
2The percentage change is adjusted based on the number of selling days (27 days vs. 28 days one year ago).

Sales Outlook
Given a stronger-than-expected retail performance in December, J.D. Power and Associates has increased its retail sales forecast for the year to 9.2 million units (from 9.1 million units). The forecast for total light-vehicle sales in 2010 has also been adjusted to round up to 11.6 million units (from 11.5 million units)

“The continuation of the strong performance in the retail market through December may be the confirmation that the industry has been looking for that the recovery has been re-engaged,” said Schuster. “The likelihood of an extension of the tax cuts, in addition to a strong close in 2010, bodes well for the automotive market in 2011.”

For 2011, J.D. Power’s forecast remains at 10.4 million units for retail sales and 12.8 million units for total sales.

North American Production
Nearly 11 million vehicles have been manufactured in North America YTD through November. With December projected at 800,000 units, 2010 production is expected to end at 11.8 million units—up 38 percent from 8.5 million units in 2009.

Of the three countries comprising North America, Mexico is expected to post the strongest year-over-year increase, with production up nearly 50 percent to 2.2 million units. Mexico is benefiting from a strong increase in truck production from the Detroit Three, as well as the addition of the Ford Fiesta to production. Canadian production is expected to be up 39 percent to 2.1 million units, while volume in the U.S. is projected to be up 35 percent to 7.6 million units.

Vehicle inventory at the beginning of December was steady, compared with November, at 67 days supply. In comparison, the days supply is up 5 days from the level at the beginning of December 2009 (62 days). Currently, car inventory is outpacing truck inventory at a 71-day supply, compared with a 64-day supply.

The outlook for production in North American in 2011 has been increased slightly to 12.7 million units (from 12.6 million units), which is 8 percent higher than in 2010.

About J.D. Power and Associates
Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Media Relations Contacts:

Syvetril Perryman
J.D. Power and Associates
Specialist, Media Relations
2625 Townsgate Road, Suite 100
Westlake Village , CA 91361
USA
(805) 418-8103
syvetril.perryman@jdpa.com

Angela Bianchi
J.D. Power and Associates
Media Relations
5435 Corporate Drive, Suite 300
Troy , MI 48098
USA
(248) 312-4729
angela_bianchi@jdpa.com

 

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