April National Sales Results

Top-Selling Pickups Auto Industry Sales National Auto Sales

Auto sales fell 4.7% from April 2016, resulting in about 70,000 fewer sales than a year ago.  Cars continued to slide, down about 11%, mostly in the sedan segment, while pickup sales remained steady.  Year-to-date, sales have fallen just slightly more than 2% from the record 2016 pace. 

There was one fewer selling day this April than a year ago, which contributed to the decline.

Here is what we saw by each automaker year to year:

BMWDown 9.3%
MiniDown 27.4%
ChryslerDown 3.3%
DodgeDown 2.6%
FiatDown 18%
JeepDown 16.5%
Ram Up 5.3%
FordDown 7.4%
BuickBright spot for GM, up 17%
CadillacUp 9.5%
ChevroletDown 10.4%
AcuraDown 12.8%
HondaDown 6.3%
HyundaiUp 1.3%
KiaDown 5.6%
JaguarUp 197% thanks to F-Pace sales
Land RoverFlat
MazdaDown 7.8%
MercedesDown 8.7%
MitsubishiDown 13.4%
InfinitiUp 3.5%
NissanDown 1.5%
TeslaUp 29% to 4400 units
LexusDown 11.4%
ToyotaDown 2.7%
AudiUp 5%
PorscheUp 2.2%
VWUp 1.6%

Overall, a rough month for the auto industry, but we all knew it would be hard to keep pace with 2016.  This is in spite of incentive spending averaging $3400 per vehicle in April.  If sales continue to slide, odds are good incentives will continue to rise, making it a great time for consumers to get a bargain!

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