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Published on August 12th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan


Foreign Automakers Increase Sales By 7,855 In July In USA, US Automakers Don’t Report Sales

August 12th, 2019 by  

I may need to cancel my fun, popular, and extremely time consuming monthly reports for US auto sales. One by one, US automakers have stopped publishing monthly sales data. At this point, there are almost as many brands not reporting sales as there are reporting them.

Tesla has never published monthly sales data, and even its quarterly reports don’t break out sales by country. Ford Motor Company and GM stopped publishing monthly sales data last year, switching to quarterly reports. And this was the first month in which Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ceased its monthly sales reports, not giving any insight into what happened with its various brands in July.

Brands covered by Ford Motor Company, GM, and FCA include: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Ram, and Alfa Romeo. That’s right — we no longer have monthly sales data for any of those automobile brands.

If you’ve been following my automaker sales reports, you know that the US auto industry hasn’t been doing too well compared to last year. (See here, here, here, and here.) On the flip side, collecting and analyzing July sales data from the automakers that are reporting monthly sales (all foreign automakers) showed a more positive trend (for auto sales, not for pollution levels). The surprise was that sales were up compared to July 2018. They were up by 7,855 in total. However, they were down 76,670 for the year through July. Leaving in yellow gaps for the brands not reporting on a monthly basis, here’s how things broke out in July:

At this point, covering just about half of the industry doesn’t seem sensible, so I will probably switch to quarterly reports. If there’s enough demand for these partial (foreign automaker) reports, however, maybe I’ll reconsider.

In the meantime, any more thoughts about the sales data above? 
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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.

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