In August, the United States is gearing up for a notable surge in new vehicle sales, as detailed in a recent report by industry experts. The driving forces behind this expected upswing are an ameliorated supply chain and unwavering consumer demand for personal transportation.
According to a collaborative report by J.D. Power and GlobalData, it is projected that new vehicle sales in the U.S., encompassing both retail and non-retail transactions, will crest at 1,354,600 units in August. This figure represents a substantial uptick of 15.4% compared to the same period last year.
One striking revelation in the report is the fact that retailers are successfully moving vehicles off their lots even before the physical inventory arrives at the dealership. This feat is being facilitated by augmented inventory levels, affording more potential buyers the opportunity to make their purchases. Thomas King, the president of J.D. Power’s data and analytics division, commented on this trend, emphasizing the increased availability of vehicles from dealer lots.
While these bolstered inventory levels are a boon for consumers, they may pose a challenge for dealers’ profitability, particularly in light of the persistently elevated interest rates. The surge in inventory could potentially offset profits for dealerships.
The report also sheds light on consumer spending habits, estimating that consumers will shell out a staggering $47.8 billion on new vehicles in August. This figure marks a record high for the month of August and represents a substantial increase of 10.5% compared to the previous year. It’s worth noting that despite this surge in spending, the report predicts a marginal 1.2% dip in new-vehicle transaction prices from the previous year. This is attributed to the growing popularity of smaller vehicle segments, which tend to have lower transaction prices.
Looking beyond the U.S. market, the report provides a glimpse into the global landscape. Global sales for the year 2023 are now expected to reach 86.8 million units, surpassing a previous estimate of 86.4 million units. This shift is attributed to ongoing improvements in supply chain dynamics.
However, as the report looks ahead to September, it raises a cautionary note. It highlights the potential for work stoppages at automakers, which could disrupt production and further exacerbate the existing tight supply situation in the market. Thomas King emphasized that this could lead to increased market volatility.
As the report concludes, it casts its gaze into the future, predicting that global light-vehicle sales for the year 2024 will reach an impressive 90.2 million units. This outlook reflects the ever-evolving landscape of the automotive industry, where supply, demand, and market dynamics continue to shape the path forward.