According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “U.S. car sales hit an annual record, clearing a previous peak reached in 2000 as lower gas prices and interest rates spurred consumers to snap up vehicles from dealerships.” As we all know, where there are car sales, there is Dealer Fraud.
The increased sales existed across all makers and most types of vehicles.
“Auto makers sold 17.5 million light-duty cars and trucks in the U.S. in 2015, a 6% increase from a year earlier and topping the 17.4 million sold in 2000. Nearly every car company posted strong December results, taking advantage of two additional selling days and warm weather to cap off the year.”
“For the full year, GM said retail sales increased 8% from 2014 at 3.1 million vehicles.”
“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday posted a 13% gain for the month to 217,527 vehicles, extending the Italian-U.S. auto maker’s sales gains streak to 69 months.” “The auto maker said its full-year sales rose 7% to 2.24 million vehicles.”
The trend has or is only picking up steam.
“Jeep brand sales soared 42% for their best month ever, helping the auto maker to its best month of sales in 90 years.”
“Cherokee, Compass and Renegade models individually reporting their best month of sales overall, and the Wrangler and Patriot recording their best December sales ever.
“Ram brand sales overall were up 4% in December, but its pickup truck sales declined 2% compared with the same month a year earlier.”
“Ford Motor Co. reported its sales increased 8.3% to 237,606 vehicles for the Detroit auto maker’s best December. Sales of F-Series pickups rose above 85,000 for a 10-year high, and Ford brand sport-utility vehicle sales saw their best December since 2003.”
“For the full year, Ford’s U.S. sales rose 5.3% to 2.61 million vehicles. Its Lincoln luxury brand MKC and Navigator sport-utility vehicles contributed to the increase, pushing Lincoln’s overall sales up 7.1% to 101,227 vehicles despite a decline in Lincoln sedan sales.”
“Japanese auto makers also contributed to the month’s robust results, rolling out double-digit percentage increases over the year-ago period.”
“Toyota Motor Corp. said two additional selling days helped lift its new-car sales in the U.S. 11% to 238,350 vehicles. The Japanese auto maker also recorded its best-ever light-truck sales.”
“Honda Motor Co. reported U.S. sales rose 9.9% to 150,893 in December for an all-time annual sales record. Honda and Acura brand truck sales also set a record for annual sales, which rose 9.7%.”
“Nissan Motor Co. pushed out a December record with an 19% leap to 139,300 vehicles sold. Its crossovers, trucks and SUVs set a record for the month, rising a combined 41%.”
The only loser appeared to be Volkswagen in the face of its emission scandal.
“With the auto industry in full throttle, Volkswagen AG ‘s emissions scandal weighed on its sales again, with the company posting a 9.1% drop to 30,956 vehicles sold in the U.S. On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department sued the embattled German auto maker, seeking billions of dollars in penalties in the wake of allegations it installed “defeat” devices to dupe emissions tests in diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S.”
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