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2014 Light-Vehicle Sales Highest Since 2006

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There were 1.5 million light-vehicle sales across the U.S. in December 2014, up 15.7 percent from November 2014 and up 10.7 percent from December 2013. In 2014, May and August were the months with the highest sales volume at 1.6 million units each, while January had the lowest sales figure at 1.0 million units.

Light-vehicle sales for 2014 amounted to 16.4 million units, up 5.8 percent from 2013, making 2014 the year with the highest sales since 2006, when 16.5 million units were sold. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate* (SAAR) for light-vehicle sales in December 2014 was 16.8 million.

In 2014, car sales held a market share of 46.8 percent, with sales up 1.4 percent from 2013, while the light-truck share was 53.2 percent, with sales up 10.1 percent from last year. For every month in 2014, the monthly share of sales held by light trucks was greater than that for cars; moreover, the gap between these two groups visibly increased from the middle of the year through December as the car share declined while the light-truck share increased toward the end of the year.

For Q4 2014, there were 4.1 million light-vehicle sales, up 7.2 percent from Q4 2013. Car sales for the quarter were up 2.9 percent from Q4 2013, while light-truck sales were up 10.9 percent from Q4 2013. Q2 2014 held the largest quarterly sales volume with 4.4 million sales, while Q1 2014 held the lowest quarterly sales volume with 3.7 million sales. (Read more)


About NADA Market Beat
Produced by NADA's Industry Analysis division, NADA Market Beat is a monthly report on U.S. new light vehicle sales; it replaces the NADA Monthly Sales Recap SAAR (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate) is a term used in the industry to depict the selling rate of vehicles for a particular month. For example, a SAAR rate of 16 million for a particular month indicates that the industry was on pace to sell 16 million vehicles on an annual basis.

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November 2014 In November, there were 1.3 million light-vehicle sales, up 1.6 percent from October and up 4.5 percent from November 2013.
October 2014
There were 1.3 million light-vehicle sales in October 2014, up 2.8 percent from September 2014 and up 6 percent from October 2013.
September 2014 There were 1.2 million light-vehicle sales in September, down 21.5 percent from August, which has been one of the two highest sales months so far this year.
August 2014 There were 1.6 million light-vehicle sales in August 2014, up 10.5 percent from July 2014 and up 5.4 percent from August 2013.
July 2014 There were 1.4 million light-vehicle sales in July, down 1 percent from June but up 9.1 percent from July 2013.
June 2014 There were 1.4 million light-vehicle sales in June 2014, down 11.7 percent from May 2014, but up 1.1 percent from June 2013.
May 2014 There were 1.6 million light-vehicle sales in May 2014 – an increase of 15.8 percent from April 2014 and an increase of 11.2 percent over May 2013.
April 2014 There were 1.4 million light-vehicle sales in April 2014, a 9.6 percent decline in sales from last month but an 8.0 percent increase over April 2013
March 2014
The SAAR* for March was 16.3 million, the first month of the year that the projected annual sales rate for light vehicles surpassed 16 million.
February 2014 The abnormally cold weather and heavy snow continued to dampen sales in February.
January 2014 There were 1 million light-vehicle sales in the U.S. in January 2014, down 25.5 percent from December 2013 and down 3.0 percent from January 2013.


2013

December 2013 There were 1.4 million light-vehicle sales in the U.S. in December 2013 – up 9.2 percent from November 2013 and an increase of 4 basis points over December 2012. August 2013 had the largest monthly sales volume for the year with 1.5 million light-vehicle sales.
November 2013 There were1.2 million light-vehicle sales, in the U.S. in November 2013, an increase of 3.1 percent from October 2013 and an increase of 8.6 percent over the previous November.
October 2013 There were 1.2 million light-vehicle sales in the United States in October 2013 – this marked an increase of 6 percent from September 2013 and an increase of 10.5 percent over October 2012.
September 2013

There were 1.1 million light-vehicle sales, in the U.S., in September 2013 – this was a decline of 24.3 percent from August 2013 and a decline of 4.2 percent over last September.

August 2013 There were 1.5 million light vehicle sales, in the U.S., in August 2013, an increase of 14.3 percent from July 2013 and an increase of 17 percent over August 2012.
 July 2013 There were 1.3 million light vehicle sales in the U.S. in July 2013, an increase of 13.9 percent over last July.
 June 2013 There were 1.4 million light vehicle sales in the U.S. in June 2013, down 2.7 percent from May 2013 but up 9.1 percent from June 2012.
 May 2013  The U.S. automobile industry sold 1.4 million light vehicles in May, an increase of 12.3 percent from April and an increase of 8 percent over May 2012. 
 April 2013 The U.S. automobile industry sold 1.3 million light vehicles in April – up 8.4 percent from a year ago and down 11.6 percent from March 2013.