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August U.S. auto product sales: Toyota, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru slip as chip woes unfold

The intense microchip lack and other source-chain constraints that have plagued automakers for months have now ensnarled Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Kia, although dealing an additional unpleasant blow to Ford Motor Co.

In general, U.S. light-vehicle revenue tumbled 17 % past thirty day period, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said Thursday. Gross sales were being envisioned to drop 4 to 18 percent in August, based mostly on estimates from Cox Automotive, TrueCar, J.D. Energy and LMC Automotive.

While document low inventory amounts undermined August product sales, Jonas reported the field may perhaps also be going through a strike by buyers, citing ‘nosebleed’ pricing above MSRP. Due to the fact of record very low stockpiles, numerous new-car product sales are topic to sector adjustments by sellers, driving selling prices increased. (See chart underneath.)

“Probably the shopper has decided to ‘wait it out’ until finally costs tumble?,” Jonas questioned in a new report.

The seasonally altered, annualized rate of sales for August dropped to 13.09 million, Motor Intelligence said, at the minimal conclude of the selection of forecasts — 13.1 million to 14.4 million. That is the weakest SAAR reading of the 12 months and the most affordable because June 2020’s 13.23 million amount, early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SAAR has also declined steadily since hitting a 2021 peak of 18.5 million in April.

August U.S. mild-vehicle deliveries dropped 2 percent at Toyota Motor Corp., with quantity down 2.4 p.c at the Toyota division but edging up .5 p.c at Lexus.

Some of the Toyota brand’s greatest sellers posted noteworthy declines, with Highlander quantity off 11 per cent and RAV4 deliveries down 24 per cent. Camry deliveries slipped 3.1 percent and Tacoma dropped 4.5 p.c.

Toyota, which ideas more generation cuts in coming months, mentioned it finished August with 132,934 automobiles and light-weight vans, or an 18-day supply. Toyota division stockpiles totaled 106,985 at thirty day period-conclusion, or a 17-day supply, although Lexus had a 24-working day supply, or 25,949 mild autos. Genuine supplier inventory is substantially decreased since of inventory at ports or in transit, Toyota reported.

Ford Motor Co.’s August product sales tumbled 33 %, with volume dropping 33 % at the Ford division and 44 p.c at Lincoln. Ford’s greatest sellers all posted double-digit declines in volume: F-sequence, down 23 percent Ranger off 68 p.c Explorer, down 57 per cent Escape, off 33 % and Transit, down 36 percent. 

The organization mentioned August inventory rose 34 p.c in comparison to July and that it has 214,500 light-weight cars in gross stock.

Ford, signaling demand stays robust as manufacturing carries on to recuperate, reported it acquired 41,000 new retail orders previous thirty day period, a 4-fold enhance about August 2020. The business has also provided up to $1,000 in bonuses to buyers who purchase a motor vehicle to be shipped at a afterwards date.

Quantity was off 16 p.c at Honda Motor Co., with profits down 18 p.c at the Honda division but up 4.7 percent at Acura. It was the firm’s initially decrease given that income dropped 11 % in February. CR-V deliveries fell 19 % and Accord quantity skidded 24 percent last month.

Just after a extend of monthly report sales, August deliveries fell 3.7 percent at Hyundai and 5.3 p.c at Kia, the providers explained Wednesday.

Product sales of some of the two companies’ most popular light-weight vans — the Hyundai Palisade, Tucson and Santa Fe, as properly as the Kia Telluride, Seltos and Sorento — dropped very last month.

Kia said it sold 74 percent of offered inventory previous month and Hyundai finished August with 39,357 new autos in U.S. stock, a drop of 15 percent from 46,113 in July.