Saturn Soars, Silverado Scores - GM Strikes Back in February Auto Sales

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    Hot sellers - The North American car and truck of the year are both new GM products

    By JOHN K. TEAHEN JR. | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS
    03/08/07, 10:43 am et

    February was a pretty good month for the auto industry in the United States. But you'd make a grave mistake to generalize about the month's sales.

    You have to ask each manufacturer individually. You'll get almost as many answers as there are automakers.

    Dealers delivered 1,255,105 new cars and light trucks in February, 0.5 percent (6,564 vehicles) fewer than in February 2006. The sales total was smack dab in the middle of the past five years -- better than in 2005 and 2003 but not quite as good as in 2004 and 2006.

    At General Motors, the answer to your sales query would be: "We're very pleased." Sales of GM's domestic-brand cars and trucks rose 3.9 percent last month, its first year-to-year upturn since last November.

    Single out Chevrolet, and you'll hear cheers in the background. A spokesperson will shout: "Hey, Silverado beat the F series!" Ford's big pickup has been the nation's sales leader almost forever. Chevrolet's last win was in June 2005, the first month of a GM employee-pricing giveaway. Ford had no such program.

    GM's good fortune in February was entirely the work of Chevrolet and Saturn. Chevrolet's sales were up 5.6 percent. Saturn piled up a monthly gain of 59.4 percent on strong sales of the Vue and the new Aura and Outlook.

    A bummer for some

    Steer clear of Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler group with your sales question. February was a bummer for both companies.

    Sales of Ford's domestic brands were down 13.9 percent from the year-ago month; the Chrysler group was down 8.3 percent. Ford's loss followed a 19.6 percent setback in January, while Chrysler was up 0.5 percent that month.

    GM and Ford said they were pleased by a decline in less-profitable fleet sales to rental companies in February. GM was overjoyed by an 11 percent gain in retail sales.

    Ask Toyota Motor Sales about February sales, and the answer probably will be: "Oh, pretty good." Toyota is reluctant to brag about its sales prowess, fearing a protectionist backlash in Congress. But Toyota Motor Sales had a solid 12.2 percent gain last month for its Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.

    Put the same question to Nissan North America Inc. and American Honda Motor Co. Inc., and they'll tell you: "Not bad." American Honda was up 3.2 percent for the month, and Honda and Acura brand sales set a February record. Nissan North America climbed 1.2 percent.

    GM pointed proudly to its February market share of 24.4 percent for domestic brands. That's a full percentage point ahead of last year and GM's highest share since last July.

    Ford Motor's domestic brands recorded a 15.7 percent share of U.S. sales, down 2.5 points from last year. It was Ford's best showing since last October. The Chrysler group lost 1.2 points last month, to 13.9 percent.

    But the Detroit 3 stepped back from the precipice nonetheless. Their combined February share for domestic makes was 54.0 percent -- down 2.6 points from the year-ago month but not as scary as January's 50.5 percent. Never before had Detroit come so close to a 50-50 split with import automakers.

    Toyota Motor added 1.7 points and wound up with 14.9 percent of the February pie. Nissan and Honda posted fractional gains.

    Trucks good, cars bad

    Trucks outsold cars in February, as the latter had a bad month. The breakout: trucks, 53.3 percent; cars, 46.7 percent.

    Pickup sales rose 1.5 percent in February. Minivans dropped 17.4 percent. Crossovers saved the trucks' bacon with a jump of 20.0 percent.

    Sales of entry-level SUVs zoomed up 24.6 percent for the month because of the Dodge Nitro and Toyota FJ Cruiser, which weren't around a year ago, and the Jeep Wrangler. For the 2007 model year, Jeep has discovered that a four-door Wrangler is a good horse to have in the stable.

    Mid-sized SUVs continued their downward sales spiral with a loss of 22.5 percent in February, and full-sized SUVs were off 2.9 percent. But sales of the highest-priced SUVs rose 6.6 percent. Apparently, folks who can afford Cadillac Escalades and Mercedes GLs don't pay much attention to rising gasoline prices.

    As a group, SUV sales dipped 5.9 percent in February.

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    Release good products.

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    And good things happen. :cool:
     
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    when I saw the thread title, I knew it was a trishield thread
     
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    GT40 lol

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    pontiac is making an improvement too :cool:

    does that vue still have a honda engine in it? :mamoru:
     
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    so is shitsubishi still swirling the drain
     
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    You are not, oh, nevermind.

    Fuck GM and their fuel pumps that can't read how much gas is in the tank. Their quality is still a huge thumbs down in my book.
     
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    IF you combine Silverado and Sierra sales, GM outsold the F150 in Feb.
     
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    i just want a compact or entry level fullsize truck with a diesel 4x4 and stick
     
  12. finally some decent domestic crap
     
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    Top 10 in Feb 07

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     RANK VEHICLE                                 2007     2006    '06 RANK   % Chg
    1 Ford F-Series P/U                          100,170  115,633     1     -13.4 
    2 Chevy Silverado-C/K P/U                     97,089   84,520     2     +14.9 
    3 Toyota Camry                                63,609   54,794     3     +16.1 
    4 Honda Accord                                56,084   47,331     5     +18.5 
    5 Toyota Corolla                              53,840   49,975     6     +7.7 
    6 Dodge Ram P/U                               53,012   51,677     4     +2.6 
    7 Chevrolet Impala                            52,200   40,362     13    +29.3 
    8 Nissan Altima                               46,508   36,838     9     +26.3 
    9 Honda Civic                                 38,419   49,510     7     -22.4 
    10 Dodge Caravan                              34,968   33,891     12    +3.2 
    
     
    
     
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    what are the figures for the kodiac vs fords superduty equilvants? i always see way more fords in this area
     
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    Lots of new Silverados and Auras running around here now.
     
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    i think thats flawed since the fords go f150-750 etc while silverado is just 3 trims before they switch models?
     
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    Too bad Ford doesn't know what a good product is :mamoru:
     
  19. I've been seeing lot of chevy malibu and 4 door impalas.
     
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    Good question. I pulled those numbers from MSN Autos or someplace like that (forgot). I don't think the running tally in the back of Automotive News reports larger than 1-ton truck sales on a monthly basis. Maybe quarterly or biannually. I'll check a copy ASAP unless TriSheild has one handy.
     
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    A good looking lineup, unlike Chrysler :mamoru:.
     
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    I actually like all three of those.... :noes:
     
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    I'm not, the industry is. I pulled those number off teh intarwebs which prolly came from Automotive News.

    GMC sold 31287 Sierras in Feb. Add that to the Silverado numbers and you have GM outselling Ford by 28000 units.
     
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    GM finally "strikes back", but Toyota is bending everyone over?
     
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    If and I say "if" I wanted a full size pickup then yes I would consider the Silverado. It is well done.

    The Aura loaded is a decent car but I still think that GM's chances of a turnaround are tenuous and improbable. The 800 pound gorilla is still the daunting labor costs that plague their profitability.
     

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