05 March 2011

Car/Light Truck Production USA: 2010

First Car Production: 2010
 

US car production isn't as high as you may think. Imports of cars are quite high and Americans generally prefer light trucks anyway. GM has been the king of car making but Toyota took top spot in 2009. It didn't last long as GM is again the top of the tree for 2011. Otherwise the production ranking of car makers remained the same as the year before.

The overall market recovered some way from the 37% drop in 2009, to rise 26%. GM did well considering the end of Pontiac production during 2010. Toyota was the only brand to actually have lower production volume during the year.

Brand-Sales-Share-Incr/decr

1 GM 600,000 20.4% +36%
2 Toyota 525,000 17.8% -14%
3 Honda 460,000 14.5% +15%
4 Ford 375,00 12.8% +23%
5 Nissan 350,000 11.8% +34%
6 Hyundai 240,000 8.1% +130%
7 Chrysler 170,000 5.8% +103%
8 Subaru 150,000 5.2% +93%
9 Mazda 45,000 1.5% +40%
10 Mitsubishi 25,000 0.8% +60%
Total 2,900,000 26% increase.


Summary: Production of cars in the US bounced back well for the year.

Now Light Truck Production: 2010



US truck making bounced back from two years of 30% decreases with a 40% increase. It is still millions of units down on a few years ago but an improvement nevertheless.

In 2001, 85% of trucks were made by the US 'big three' but in 2010, less than 68% were. As an example, GM made over 2.5m trucks in 2003, so its 1.1m in 2010 is a long way off where it was. Ford also has fallen, but not by quite as much. Therefore, it has been the top maker for the past two years, replacing perennial top US truck maker GM. Foreign brands have been taking a larger share of the truck making as they open factories and try to access this lucrative segment of the US market.

Brand-Sales-Share-Incr/decr

1 Ford 1,3000,000 28.7% +21%
2 GM 1,100,000 24.4% +45%
3 Chrysler 660,000 14.5% +66%
4 Honda 500,000 10.8% +53%
5 Toyota 420,000 9.2% +61%
6 Nissan 160,000 3.6% +45%
7 BMW 155,000 3.4% +29%
8 M Benz 145,000 3.2% +60%
9 Kia 130,000 2.8% +770%
10 Hyundai 80,000 1.7% -15%
Others 26,000 0.6% +35%
Total 4,600,000 +39%

Summary: With fuel prices on the rise, it could hurt truck manufacturing in the US.

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