November Auto Sales Steer Industry Back on Record-Setting Path, Says Edmunds.com
“If this month’s forecast holds, December’s year-over-year sales only ned to be flat to set a new annual record in 2016.” —Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds.com
Santa Monica, CA — November 23, 2016 — Edmunds.com, the leading car information and shopping network, forecasts that 1,365,369 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in November, for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 17.6 million. The projected sales volume is unchanged from October 2016 but a 2.7% increase from November 2015—and would be a November auto sales record, eclipsing the 1,329,668 tallied in November last year.
Edmunds.com projects that 15,844,726 new cars and trucks will be sold this year in the U.S. through the end of November, essentially the same as the 15,838,458 sales recorded through the first 11 months of 2015’s record-breaking year.
“It’s probably no coincidence that this month’s strong sales performance come at the same time that the Dow Jones Average reached an all-time high,” says Edmunds.com executive director of industry analysis Jessica Caldwell. “Now that the presidential election is over, shoppers have more confidence in the economy than they had just a month ago, and that gives them extra motivation to make big-ticket purchases. If this month’s forecast holds, December’s year-over-year sales only need to be flat to set a new annual record in 2016. Get your popcorn ready because it’s going to be a nail-biter.”
Sales Volume Forecast, by Manufacturer
|Sales volume||November 2016 forecast||November 2015||October 2016||Change from November 2015||Change from October 2016|
*NOTE: November 2016 had 25 selling days, November 2015 had 23, and October 2016 had 26.
Edmunds estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 14.8 million vehicles in November 2016, with fleet transactions accounting for 15.8% of total sales. An estimated 2.8 million used cars will be sold in November 2016, for a SAAR of 37.9 million (compared to 3.1 million—or a SAAR of 37.8 million—used car sales in October).
Market Share Forecast, by Manufacturer
|Market share||November 2016 forecast||November 2015||October 2016||Change from November 2015||Change from October 2016|
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