23 June 2010

US Vehicle Production In 2009


Vehicle production in the US in 2009 saw changes aplenty. First, the car production, which saw GM go from being top since way back to falling behind Toyota. Honda moved into third and Ford was fourth for the first time ever. Light Truck production also had GM losing top spot, this time to Ford. Chrysler kept its third place, while Honda moved into fourth and leaving Toyota fifth:

Top Car Producers USA with rank 09/08/Brand/sales 09/08 and % change:

1 2 Toyota 608,100 692,700 –12
2 1 GM 413,750 1,019,200 –59
3 4 Honda 400,500 553,000 –28
4 3 Ford 306,500 411,000 –25

Top Light Trucks Producers:

1 2 Ford 1,075,000 1,134,000 –5
2 1 GM 771,900 1,272,000 –39
3 3 Chrysler 398,500 815,500 –51
4 5 Honda 320,100 434,100 –26

Combined:

1 2 Ford 1,381,000 1,545,000 –11
2 1 GM 1,186,000 2,291,000 –48
3 3 Toyota 868,700 1,119,000 –22
4 4 Honda 691,900 987,200 –30
5 5 Chrysler 515,200 1,106,000 –53

GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009, and then closed down Pontiac and Saturn. These factors hurt production greatly. Ford avoided going broke but has just now decided to close Mercury, not something that will be noticed by many people. Fo Mo Co are doing well now. Toyota has issues with recalls and Chrysler overall make poor quality vehicles. New owner Fiat are working on that. Honda refuse to buy market share so expect a flat period ahead.

2010 sees Ford making good market gains in sales with both cars and trucks. It hasn’t passed GM and probably won’t now that GM’s worst is behind them. As to why Ford now lead their arch rival GM in US production, yet are still behind in US sales is because GM make far more vehicles in Canada and Mexico than Ford does.

The bottom line: US vehicle production will not reach the heights of a few years ago any time soon but the downturn certainly has upset the traditional rankings of the makers.

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