Honda posts rise in sales as American new car market falls 18.8 per cent
2 July 2008

The scale of the US car market’s decline became clear today as American car makers posted an 18.8 per cent fall in year-on-year sales. Honda was one of a handful of manufacturers that bucked the declining trend, with US sales up by a significant 13.8 per cent. Notably Mercedes’s US sales also rose 12.9 per cent, its higher-end clientele yet to feel the pinch of rising fuel costs. All manufacturers are blaming the rising cost of petrol for the sales slump, with large high consumption vehicles that have traditionally been popular in America suffering the most dramatic losses. Worse performer was General Motor’s Hummer brand, which saw its sales plummet 60 per cent in a year.

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2 July 2008

Americans are at last trading in their wasteful behemoth cars, SUV's and trucks for more EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE vehicles. Honda and Mercedes are amongst the leaders in building efficient and effective vehicles which still can delight with their road manners.

Even Toyota is suffering because like the US Big 3, its model program includes some behemoth SUV's and trucks.

It would be interesting to see Mercedes' US sales figures broken down by model. I would suspect that the recent increasing sales are in the V6 powered models as well as the new Diesel offerings.

2 July 2008

[quote A R Chen]

It would be interesting to see Mercedes' US sales figures broken down by model. I would suspect that the recent increasing sales are in the V6 powered models as well as the new Diesel offerings.

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Knock yourself out, get an education:

Daimler US - 13% up; Smart up, up ?%; Mercedes-Benz flat.

BMW Group US - down 11%; MINI up 25%; BMW down 17%

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aaU_Vm9Ln7kc&refer=us

2 July 2008

[quote A R Chen]It would be interesting to see Mercedes' US sales figures broken down by model.[/quote]

http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/1229/v187/www.smartusa.com/press/FINAL-DAI-Joint-Sales-Release-June-2008-06-30-08.pdf

"Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA will be announced later today in a separate press release issued by Mercedes-Benz USA"

2 July 2008

[quote loather]

[quote A R Chen]It would be interesting to see Mercedes' US sales figures broken down by model.[/quote]

http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/1229/v187/www.smartusa.com/press/FINAL-DAI-Joint-Sales-Release-June-2008-06-30-08.pdf

"Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA will be announced later today in a separate press release issued by Mercedes-Benz USA"

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Thanks Loather - you certainly know where to find all the data!

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