In some ways, September 2017’s auto gross sales bucked the pattern. After the trade mixed for decreased quantity, year-over-year, in every of 2017’s first eight months, auto gross sales in September rose 6 p.c. In the meantime, the shrinking automotive sector that tumbled 12 p.c by the primary two-thirds of 2017 was down solely Three p.c in September.
There have been two huge motive the passenger automotive decline wasn’t worse: America’s two best-selling automobiles.
Excluding the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry, U.S. automotive gross sales fell 6 p.c. However because the clear-out of remaining 2017 Honda Accords received underway and produced 10-percent development, the launch of the 2018 Toyota Camry generated a 13-percent uptick. In the meantime, the Honda Civic’s 26-percent surge allowed the compact Honda to develop its lead over the midsize Camry within the race to finish 2017 as America’s best-selling automotive.
The Camry’s reign as America’s hottest passenger automotive started in 2002 and has gone uninterrupted since. On the present tempo, nonetheless, the Camry’s 15-year run is about to finish in 2017. The Civic’s 1,153-unit lead over the Camry by the tip of August grew to 1,873 models by the tip of September due to a 35,452-unit efficiency by American Honda final month.
That huge Civic bounce additionally drove the compact sedan/coupe/hatch to the highest of Honda’s leaderboard, not simply in September however on year-to-date phrases. Barely brief provide of the in-demand CR-V produced a Three-percent downturn for Honda’s (former) best-selling mannequin, opening up a slot on the high of the heap.
The Civic’s huge enchancment was additionally accompanied by a one-fifth lack of Match gross sales, equal to roughly 1,000 fewer Suits bought in September 2017 than in the identical interval one yr in the past. General Honda automotive gross sales nonetheless rose 15 p.c, the largest automotive enchancment of any main model. Except for area of interest premium retailers, solely Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Kia, Toyota, and Volkswagen reported passenger automotive will increase in September.
With rising Honda and Toyota automotive gross sales come decreased automotive market share on the conventional Detroit Three. Solely 5 of this yr’s 20 best-selling automobiles hail from Detroit manufacturers, which noticed their collective share of the September automotive outcomes fall to 26 p.c from 28 p.c in September 2016.
As for the Civic and Camry, which collectively account for 12 p.c of America’s automotive market, Automotive Information says Honda claims the imported-from-Britain Civic hatchback accounts for 23 p.c of year-to-date Civic quantity, with imported-from-Japan Camrys accounting for one-quarter of the Camry’s September whole.
|Rank||Automotive||2017 9 Months||2016 9 Months||% Change|
|#17||Subaru Impreza & WRX/STI||88,745||70,241||26.Three%|
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Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.