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A predicted auto gross sales enchancment in August, anticipated to be the primary year-over-year enhance in 2017, gave strategy to decreases for a lot of automakers as Hurricane Harvey’s drastic results shut down demand in one of many nation’s largest auto markets for the ultimate quarter of the month.

In keeping with Edmunds, Ford, Ram, GMC, Cadillac, and Mitsubishi all declare Texas as their largest market. The interval surrounding Labor Day produced Four % of America’s new automobile gross sales in 2016, however that determine will undoubtedly fall due to Harvey’s devastating affect.

Auto gross sales had been nonetheless bolstered by a 13-percent year-over-year enhance in common incentive spends in August, ALG says.

At $Three,799 per automobile — and $Four,500-plus at Mercedes-Benz, FCA, Ford Motor Firm, Common Motors, and Nissan/Infiniti — the common per-vehicle incentive spend was up Four % in contrast with July. Edmunds nonetheless anticipated automakers to proceed to have issues clearing out remaining stock. In August 2016, 17 % of autos bought had been 2017 fashions. In August 2017, that determine was probably lower in half.

Constructive gross sales outcomes had been nonetheless reported by all kinds of automakers in July. Whereas FCA and Ford Motor Firm each posted losses, Common Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. had been up Eight % and seven %, respectively, in contrast with August 2016.

GM benefited from booming crossover gross sales: the Buick Encore, Cadillac XT5, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and GMC Terrain mixed for a 52-percent rise to 81,386 gross sales, equal to three-in-10 GM gross sales.

Toyota set an all-time month-to-month report with 42,265 RAV4 gross sales and likewise produced a 13-percent Camry enchancment.

Subaru reported a report 12,823 Crosstreks bought and a 17-percent Outback enhance, plus a 40-percent Impreza enchancment. That makes August its 69th consecutive month of development and its greatest month ever.

Volkswagen earned greater than a fifth of its gross sales with utility autos as the brand new Tiguan and Atlas mixed for greater than 5,000 gross sales.

But total auto gross sales fell 2 % in August 2017, the eighth consecutive month of decline. Count on a post-Harvey bump in auto gross sales, within the southeast Texas area specifically, as automakers compete for alternative automobile purchases. So horrible is Harvey’s aftermath, nevertheless, that such a bump may very well be rendered imperceptible each by its delay and the gradual nature of the alternative part.

Auto Model August 2017 August 2016 % Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD % Change
Acura 13,132 14,246 -7.Eight% 101,180 106,914 -5.Four%
Alfa Romeo 1,140 37 2,981% 6,084 377 1,514%
Audi 19,811 19,264 2.Eight% 141,606 134,562 5.2%
BMW 23,553 25,531 -7.7% 194,604 204,744 -5.Zero%
Buick 16,811 21,678 -22.5% 143,093 148,845 -Three.9%
Cadillac  15,Zero16 16,346 -Eight.1% 98,316 103,918 -5.Four%
Chevrolet 196,007 175,965 11.Four% 1,316,391 1,361,675 -Three.Three%
Chrysler  12,652 18,766 -32.6% 128,050 167,700 -23.6%
Dodge  43,608 44,351 -1.7% 335,852 352,005 -Four.6%
Fiat  2,120 2,736 -22.6% 19,046 22,186 -14.2%
Ford 200,321 204,168 -1.9% 1,628,824 1,702,211 -Four.Three%
Genesis  1,803 1,497 20.Four% 13,366 1,497 793%
GMC 47,718 42,440 12.Four% 358,305 348,164 2.9%
Honda  132,883 135,325 -1.Eight% 987,701 987,811 Zero.Zero%
Hyundai  52,507 70,518 -25.5% 441,367 519,581 -15.1%
Infiniti 10,986 10,439 5.2% 100,969 85,362 18.Three%
Jaguar  Three,101  Three,298 -6.Zero% 26,932 17,687 52.Three%
Jeep  73,191 86,496 -15.Four% 548,833 630,775 -13.Zero%
Kia  53,323 54,248 -1.7% 405,462 442,544 -Eight.Four%
Land Rover 6,320  6,Zero31 Four.Eight% 48,074 48,754 -1.Four%
Lexus 30,801 30,938 -Zero.Four% 193,463 210,392 -Eight.Zero%
Lincoln Eight,708 9,243 -5.Eight% 73,290 71,638 Three.2%
Maserati 1,103 958 15.1% Eight,884 6,971 27.Four%
Mazda  25,846 26,109 -1.Zero% 194,559 199,378 -2.Four%
Mercedes-Benz °  25,373 28,404  -10.7% 213,242  219,704  -2.9% 
Mercedes-Benz Vans °  Three,581  Three,152 13.6%  22,139  22,186  -Zero.2% 
Whole Mercedes-Benz °  28,954  31,556 -Eight.2%  235,381 241,890 -2.Eight%
Mini Four,448 Four,969 -10.5% 31,051 34,887 -11.Zero%
Mitsubishi  Eight,164 7,336 11.Three% 70,765 67,160 5.Four%
Nissan 97,340 114,199 -14.Eight% 955,340 969,865 -1.5%
Porsche Four,709 5,181  -9.1% 36,178 35,767 1.1%
Ram  43,322 44,419 -2.5% 367,007 348,434 5.Three%
Good 229 353 -35.1% 2,394 Three,439 -30.Four%
Subaru  63,215 60,418 Four.6% 423,728 391,969 Eight.1%
Toyota  196,824 182,187 Eight.Zero% 1,411,384 1,414,805 -Zero.2%
Volkswagen 32,Zero15 29,384 9.Zero% 220,344 207,156 6.Four%
Volvo 7,994 7,681 Four.1% 49,Zero66 52,892 %
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BMW Group 28,001 30,500 -Eight.2% 225,655 239,631 -5.Eight%
Fiat Chrysler Cars 176,033 196,805 -10.6% 1,404,872 1,521,477 -7.7%
Daimler AG  29,183 31,909 -Eight.5% 237,775 245,329 -Three.1%
Ford Motor Co. 209,029 213,411 -2.1% 1,702,744 1,773,849 -Four.Zero%
Common Motors  275,552 256,429 7.5% 1,916,105 1,962,602 -2.Four%
American Honda  146,Zero15 149,571 -2.Four% 1,088,881 1,094,725 -Zero.5%
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group 107,633 126,263 -14.Eight% 860,195  963,622 -10.7%
Jaguar-Land Rover  9,421  9,329 1.Zero%  75,006 66,441 12.9%
Nissan / Infiniti / Mitsubishi 116,490 131,974 -11.7% 1,127,074 1,122,387 Zero.Four%
Toyota Motor Gross sales, USA. Inc. 227,625 213,125 6.Eight% 1,604,847 1,625,197 -1.Three%
Volkswagen Group *  56,748 54,228 Four.6% 399,644 378,677 5.5%
Trade Whole † 1,484,826 1,512,626 -1.Eight%  11,358,405 11,676,422 -2.7%

Supply: Producers

* Volkswagen Group contains gross sales figures for Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen manufacturers

° Mercedes-Benz USA releases gross sales figures for the Mercedes-Benz model within the typical sense, vans excluded, in addition to totals for the Metris and Sprinter vans. The entire image is included right here.

† Trade complete takes under consideration Automotive Information figures/estimates for manufacturers corresponding to Tesla (Four,400 August items) and different low-volume, high-priced producers.

[Image: General Motors]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Reality About Vehicles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars.

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