New Vehicle Sales Continue Downward Slide in April, Edmunds Forecasts

SANTA MONICA, Calif.April 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that April will be a record down month for the auto industry due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, forecasting that 633,260 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 7.7 million. This reflects a 52.5% decrease in sales from April 2019, and a 36.6% decrease from March 2020. Edmunds analysts note that this is the lowest-volume sales month dating back to at least 1990; the second worst month for sales in the past 30 years was January of 2009, when 655,000 vehicles were sold.

“April auto sales took the biggest hit we’ve seen in decades,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of insights. “These bleak figures aren’t just because consumers are holding back on their purchases — fleet sales are seeing an even more dramatic drop as daily rental business has dried up. Like many other industries, the entire automotive sector is struggling as the coronavirus crisis continues to cripple the economy.”

Edmunds experts note that plans for easing shelter-in-place orders across the country in May could open up opportunities for automakers and dealers to capture some deferred demand, but there is still economic uncertainty ahead.

“April is likely the bottom for auto sales, so hopefully there’s only room for improvement from here,” said Caldwell. “But with employment and consumer confidence at new lows, the question remains: Will people be in the position to purchase new cars? Although automakers are doing their part by offering landmark incentives, those might not be enough if consumers cannot recover financially from this crisis.”

SALES VOLUME FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER

SALES
VOLUME

2020 April
Forecast

April
2019

March
2020

Change from
April 2019

Change from
March 2020

GM

123,408

231,375

167,339

-46.7%

-26.3%

Ford

103,105

194,219

169,012

-46.9%

-39.0%

FCA

91,766

172,900

127,593

-46.9%

-28.1%

Toyota

75,679

183,866

135,730

-58.8%

-44.2%

Hyundai/Kia

56,396

108,410

81,500

-48.0%

-30.8%

Honda

48,363

125,775

77,153

-61.5%

-37.3%

Nissan

35,443

95,698

78,159

-63.0%

-54.7%

VW/Audi

25,694

46,333

35,258

-44.5%

-27.1%

Industry

633,260

1,333,560

998,268

-52.5%

-36.6%

*NOTE: April 2020 had 26 selling days, April 2019 had 25 and March 2020 had 25.                                                                                

Edmunds estimates that retail SAAR will come in at 6.7 million vehicles in April 2020, with fleet transactions accounting for 13.0% of total sales.

MARKET SHARE FORECAST, BY MANUFACTURER

Market
Share

2020 April
Forecast

April
2019

March
2020

Change from
April 2019

Change from
March 2020

GM

19.5%

17.4%

16.8%

2.1%

2.7%

Ford

16.3%

14.6%

16.9%

1.7%

-0.6%

FCA

14.5%

13.0%

12.8%

1.5%

1.7%

Toyota

12.0%

13.8%

13.6%

-1.8%

-1.6%

Hyundai/Kia

8.9%

8.1%

8.2%

0.8%

0.7%

Honda

7.6%

9.4%

7.7%

-1.8%

-0.1%

Nissan

5.6%

7.2%

7.8%

-1.6%

-2.2%

VW/Audi

4.1%

3.5%

3.5%

0.6%

0.5%

More insight into recent auto industry trends can be found in the Edmunds Industry Center at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/.

About Edmunds
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