USA 2016. Ending sixth winning years, vehicles market hits the new all time record


US Auto industry in the 2016 scored the all time record sales ending a long positive period started in the 2010 immediately after the deep economic crisis. The recovery of this industry represents one of the most evidence success of Obama government.

Market Outlook

In terms of economic growth, after an extended soft growth patch characterized by five quarters of inventory correction, GDP growth in Q3, at 3.2%, was the fastest in two years. Meanwhile, positive prospects for oil prices and somewhat improving global conditions are supporting U.S. manufacturing activity, with the ISM index rising for a third consecutive month in November.

As regard the domestic vehicles market, in December the sales improved 1.8% at 1.160.153 registrations, scoring one of the lowest increase of the year, enough however to end the year up to the new all time record, the second in a row.

The full year was reported at 17.593.302 sales (+0.5%), beating the previous all-time record hit in 2015 just for a breath.

While a new President is ready to take place in the While House, President Obama left with a tremendous effect on the automotive industry, initially rescued from the bankrupt of Chrysler and GM and then conducted up to a new record with 6 years of consecutive growth, recovery a great part of employment lost in the 2008-2010 crisis.

Today, Ford is reporting solid profit, Chrysler merged with Fiat and again with positive balance sheet and GM projecting the break even, despite a slow and not strategic global development pursued in the last years.

Competive arena

In the 2016, almost all brands has been stable with few exceptions represented by the very positive score reported for Volvo, Lincoln, Tesla and, the best in the year, Jaguar.

The three top brands have all marginally lost with Ford near 2.5 sales (-0.6%), Chevrolet at 2.1 million (-1.2%) and Toyota at 2.06 million (-1.9%). Others negative data were reported for GMC, Lexus, Volkswagen, Dodge, BMW, Mazda, Cadillac, Mini Fiat and for the worse of the year, Chrysler at -26.3%.

Less positive performance were reported for Toyota, Opel, Volvo, Seat with he worse ticket, the only one down, shown by Nissan, down 6.7%.

At model wise, the Ford F-series was the best of the ranking with 820.799 sales (+5.2%) followed by the Chevrolet Silverado with 576.876 units (-4.3%) and the Ram Pick-up with 487.558 (+8.1%).

To see details on the best-selling 100 models in the US in the year, please see the related article.

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models

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