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  • Decreasing Demand for Traditional Cars Hurts Auto Makers
    01 May 2018

    Auto sales slowed in April because of the continuing decline in demand for compact cars and sedans are setting a dark tone as car makers head into the summer selling season. Car sales decreased more than 5% this month compared with the same period last year, analysts think this is partially because there were two fewer selling days this month.  Oil prices going up and credit conditions getting tougher create concerns for car maker’s executives. Pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles continue to perform well amid relatively low fuel prices. But gasoline is continuing...

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  • April car sales slow down as consumer demand continued to weaken
    01 May 2018

    As consumer demand continued to weaken, the most powerful automakers have revealed their car sales for April 2018, and the results weren’t as good as expected. Auto sales have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride this year, with a weak performance in February followed by a jump in sales for some automakers in March.Ford Motor posted a 4.7-percent decline in sales, with retail sales to consumers down 2.6 percent. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said sales of its popular pickup trucks were up 0.9 percent, but SUV and passenger car sales were down 4.6 percent and 15 percent respectively.Nis...

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  • The car industry pressured by technology and raw materials costs
    27 Apr 2018

    As pressures mount on the industry despite rising vehicle sales, climbing technology costs, raw materials and global currency shifts ate into profits at the world’s carmakers. The US car market seems to recover, thanks to the sales increase in the first quarter.German groups Volkswagen and Daimler saw material and commodity costs deflate their earnings, while smaller operators Volvo and Mazda flagged rising technology and marketing spending for their profit drops. The outlay from launching new vehicles also took tolls on Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Volvo and Daimler, with higher marke...

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  • Houston Car Sales Climbed, Prices Fell in March
    19 Apr 2018

    In the first quarter of 2018 new car sales grew by 12.6 percent over the last year as high consumer confidence and low unemployment favored Houston dealerships. Local car dealers sold 22.278 new cars in March, which is more by 6.4 percent over the last year.  However, the average price for a new vehicle fell for the second month in a row to $37,217, which is less by $554 or 1.5 percent. Prices fell in all car categories, cars, trucks, and SUVs. Average prices fell because the market share for trucks and SUVs has fallen. Since SUVs and trucks cost more than sedans, a loss in market sh...

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  • Chevy Halves Cruze Production Due to Falling Demand
    18 Apr 2018

    Sedan sales are falling across the industry, and automakers are reacting to this. General Motors reacts by halving Cruze production at its Lordstown, Ohio factory, probably impacting around 1,500 workers there. This factory only produces Cruze, and there are working just under 3,000 employees.  The news comes as sedan sales, in general, are down 13.2 percent this year while crossover, SUV, and truck sales grew seven percent. Sales for the Cruze are even worse than the industry average, 28 percent. Last year, Chevy sold just over 184,000 Cruze models. The sales' decline forced the...

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