It looks like 2016 U.S. auto sales may set a new record after all, by the thinnest of margins. On Wednesday, Jan 4. automakers will finally reveal their December auto sales and the sales for the full year.
Specialists predicted 2016 sales would fall short of last year’s record by about 0.1 percent. Either way, call it flat, statistically. Still, that’s better than forecasters expected a few months ago. Analysts began 2016 with high hopes for another record, but toned down their expectations halfway into the year, because of cooler consumer demand and rising sticker prices.
The average new-vehicle retail transaction price was $32,000, a record for the month of December.