WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 27 October 2014 — New-vehicle retail sales are expected to reach their highest level for the month of October since 2004, according to a monthly sales forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

Retail Light-Vehicle Sales

New-vehicle retail sales in October 2014 are projected to come in at 1.1 million units, a 6 percent increase, compared with October 2013. The retail seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) in October is expected to be 13.6 million units, 0.7 million units stronger than October 2013. Retail transactions are the most accurate measure of true underlying consumer demand for new vehicles.

U.S. Retail SAAR—October 2013 to October 2014
(in millions of units)

 Source: Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power

“The industry continues to demonstrate strong sales growth and robust transaction prices, resulting in another record-breaking month for industry consumer spending,” said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power.

J.D. Power expects consumer spending on new vehicles to exceed $32.5 billion in October, the highest level for the month of October since 2013 when consumer spending reached $30.7 billion.

In addition to overall better economic conditions, Humphrey said growth in retail sales and higher transaction prices are in part due to increasing consumer adoption of longer-term financing which makes purchases more affordable from a monthly payment perspective. Nearly one-third (32.6%) of all vehicles sold in October 2014 are financed with a term of 72 months or longer, tying the record set in July 2014.

Total Light-Vehicle Sales

Total light-vehicle sales in October 2014 are expected to reach 1.27 million units, a 6 percent increase from October 2013. Fleet volume is expected to be 203,000 units, or 16 percent of total light-vehicle sales.

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive U.S. Sales and SAAR Comparisons


October 20141

September 2014

October 2013

New-Vehicle Retail Sales

1,068,400 units

(6% higher than October 2013)

1,013,926 units

1,012,466 units

Total Vehicle Sales

1,271,500 units

(6% higher than October 2013)

1,243,239 units

1,205,193 units

Retail SAAR

13.6 million units

13.6 million units

12.9 million units

Total SAAR

16.3 million units

16.4 million units

15.3 million units

1Figures cited for October 2014 are forecasted based on the first 16 selling days of the month.

Sales Outlook

LMC Automotive is holding its 2014 U.S. light-vehicle retail sales forecast at 13.6 million units and total light-vehicle sales forecast at 16.4 million units. SUV sales have increased 12 percent in 2014 compared with 2013, while total new-vehicle sales have increased 5 percent for the same period. SUVs are expected to account for 34 percent of the light-vehicle market in 2014, up from 32 percent in 2013.

“The current environment of the auto industry is one of strength and stability, with the second half of the year at a 16.6 million-unit pace, more than making up for the 16.1 million unit level in the first half of 2014,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at LMC Automotive. “The market is clearly seeing a second wave of SUV popularity—with a wide variety of choices across the size spectrum—that will likely dominate market share for the foreseeable future.”

North American Production

Following very strong sales in August that reduced a significant amount of inventory, North American production in September increased 3.3 percent versus last year, resulting in an increase of over 1.4 million units from September 2013.  With the increase in September, production in the third quarter totaled 4.1 million units, a 7.2 percent volume increase, compared with the third quarter of 2013 and the highest third quarter total on record. Compact SUVs experienced the largest volume growth in the third quarter, up more than 90,000 units, compared with the same period in 2013.

LMC Automotive's North American production forecast in 2014 remains at 16.8 million units, a 4 percent increase from 16.2 million units in 2013. North American production for 2015 is forecast to eclipse the 17 million-unit mark, with capacity utilization continuing to run at or above the 90 percent level.

Vehicle inventory at the end of September was at a 64-day supply, up from 56 days at the end of August. 

About J.D. Power

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit www.JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

About McGraw Hill Financial 

McGraw Hill Financial is a leading financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The Company's iconic brands include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL and J.D. Power. The Company has approximately 18,000 employees in 30 countries. Additional information is available at www.mhfi.com.

About LMC Automotive

LMC Automotive is the premier supplier of automotive forecasts and intelligence to an extensive client base of automotive manufacturer, component supplier, logistics and distribution companies, as well as financial and government institutions around the world. LMC’s global forecasting services encompass automotive sales, production and powertrain expertise, as well as advisory capability. LMC Automotive has locations in the United States, the UK, France, Germany, China Japan and Thailand and is part of the Oxford, UK-based LMC group, the global leader in economic and business consultancy for the agribusiness sector.  For more information please visit www.lmc-auto.com.

Media Relations Contacts

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Emmie Littlejohn; LMC Automotive; Troy, Mich.; 248-817-2100; [email protected]

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