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November US Sales Down 6.7%; Full-Size SUVs Drop 34.6%

1 December 2005

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With all light-duty vehicle sales down 6.7%, sales of full-size SUVs dropped 34.6% in November.

Total light-duty vehicle sales in November dropped 6.7% from the year before, from 1,198,673 units to 1,164,975. GM and Ford continued to see their sales erode during November, with GM sales dropping 11.3% on a sales-day basis and Ford falling 18% from the same month in 2004.

Toyota and Honda, however, continued to post sales gains. Toyota outsold Chrysler in November to take the number three market share by almost a full percentage point, with its 169,665 vehicles accounting for 14.6% of the market.

For the year-to-date, however, Chrysler still holds the number three spot, with 13.6%, although Toyota is close behind at 13.3%.

Sales of full-size SUVs continue to fall, although not as rapidly as earlier this year. The decline was slowed, perhaps, by a combination of falling fuel prices and rebates. Sales of all full-sized SUVs dropped 34.6% in November 2005 from the year before.

Ford suffered the most in the full-size SUV segment, with a 50.1% drop, followed by GM with a 34.1% drop. Chrysler actually saw the sales of its Durango increase by 4% year-to-year.

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Most people prefer to buy car at the beginning of the year, no?

Most people prefer to buy car at the beginning of the year, no?

Seems far more instructive to compare 2005 numbers to 2004 numbers from the same time of year.

Isnt that exactly what they are doing here sotmv? "Total light-duty vehicle sales in November dropped 6.7% from the year before, from 1,198,673 units to 1,164,975."

"with GM sales dropping 11.3% on a sales-day basis and Ford falling 18% from the same month in 2004"

Ahh, seem like it is comparing last year. And thats really some significant drop.


Does anyone have similar figures for the previous year (2003 -> 2004)? My recollection was that we were starting to see drops in SUV sales even a year ago, but nothing like this.

What exactly is included in "light-duty vehicles"? Also, does anyone know the total car sales up to this point compared to last year?

What exactly is included in "light-duty vehicles"? Also, does anyone know the total car sales up to this point compared to last year?

Light duty vehicles = passenger cars + light trucks (pickups and SUVs)

Total LDV sales 2005 through November: 15,509,726
Total LDV sales 2004 through November: 15,370,062

Delta: 0.9%

Of that:

Passenger cars 2005: 7,039,659
Passenger cars 2004: 6,847,938
Delta: 2.8%

Light trucks 2005: 8,470,067
Light trucks 2004: 8,522,124
Delta: -0.6%

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