Through the first 3 weeks of the month, April car sales are on pace to remain above 15 million units for the sixth consecutive month, according to Kelley Blue Book.
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Through the first three weeks of April 2013, new-car sales are on pace to remain above a 15 million unit annual selling pace for the sixth consecutive month, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Kelley Blue Book projects light vehicle sales to surpass 1.3 million units by month end, which is an 11.4 percent annual gain, equaling a SAAR of 15.3 million for April 2013. Sales are driven by host of factors, including low interest rates and increasingly favorable credit conditions, high used-car trade-in values, and fresh redesigns such as the all-new 2013 Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima.
“Ford is poised to post significant gains, with an increase of 15.3 percent because of strong demand for the Fusion and Focus, both of which improved sales by more than 20 percent in the first quarter,” said Alec Gutierrez , senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book . “Consumer demand for new vehicles is strong, which is evident in the strength of the retail market.”
Compact crossovers and full-size pickup trucks once again will lead year-over-year sales gains in April, with expected annual increases of 17.6 and 21.3 percent, respectively. Truck sales experienced growth in response to steady gains in new-home construction starts and cheaper gas prices, while small crossovers are benefiting from strong redesigns and new introductions such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5.
The mid-size sedan segment will continue to lead the industry at 18.2 percent market share, thanks to strong demand for the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion.