J.D. Power-LMC: U.S. vehicle sales in October expected to drop 7 percent

by SpeedLux

U.S. auto sales are anticipated to drop over 7 percent in October from the same duration in 2015, the 6th month-to-month decrease up until now this year, as automakers provide steep discounts and change production to manage stocks, J.D. Power and LMC Automotive stated on Friday.

The two vehicle market experts stated October U.S. new automobile sales will number 1.347 million, down 7.3 percent from 1.453 million units a year earlier. The seasonally changed annualized rate for October is going to be 17.7 million automobiles, below 18.1 million on the same basis a year previously. This October has 2 less automobile sales days than October of last year.

The United States automobile industry has experienced numerous years of robust sales and has not experienced half year of declines since before the Great Recession.

“Although automobile sales are expected to remain near the all-time high, they are still expected to contract slightly this year, along with in 2017,” Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive’s senior vice president of forecasting stated.

He informed that over the rest of this year and 2017, almost a 3rd of all automobiles in the market will either be new designs or redesigned variations, which “will test the discipline of the market for the first time since 2009.”

“Up until now, automakers are adjusting production levels to manage stock,” Schuster said.

As the marketplace diminishes, car manufacturers are hiking incentives to attract customers to spend. October market incentive spending fell short of September’s record high of $3,921 per automobile, but at $3,726 per unit, was still 12 percent higher than in October 2015.

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