15 March 2018

U.S. Passenger Car Production : 2016-17


It doesn't look good to see car production fall 18% and on the surface a real problem. In truth, volumes are not too bad, considering less people want to drive the traditional car. In the US, an SUV is a truck which makes things look worse.

Subaru and Tesla were the only ones to record an increase, neither of which is a major player. I count the Outback as a car, not everyone does. The Impreza joining the ranks of cars made in the US was the difference, achieved by Subaru no longer making the Camry for Toyota anymore. Ford held up well but no particular model was responsible for that.

Rk Brand 2017 % +/-
2016 % +/-
1 GM 1,261,889 32.5% -21%
1,591,875 33.6% 9%

Chevrolet 589,931 15.2% -16%
699,763 14.8% 14%
Cadillac 52,164 1.3% -36%
81,059 1.7% 101%
Buick 35,409 0.9% -62%
92,314 2.0% 28%
2 Toyota Tot 584,385 15.1% -19%
718,739 15.2% -1%

Toyota 542,728 14.0% -20%
675,151 14.3% -7%
Lexus 41,657 1.1% -4%
43,588 0.9% 966%
3 Honda Tot 525,978 13.6% -23%
686,378 14.5% 0%

Honda 470,457 12.1% -25%
627,213 13.3% 4%
Acura 55,521 1.4% -6%
59,165 1.3% -27%
4 Ford Tot 396,736 10.2% -3%
408,637 8.6% -26%

Ford 370,937 9.6% -5%
390,598 8.3% -28%
Lincoln 25,799 0.7% 43%
18,039 0.4% 140%
5 Hyundai Tot 381,226 9.8% -16%
455,333 9.6% -5%

Hyundai 269,919 7.0% -21%
342,845 7.2% -11%
Kia 111,307 2.9% -1%
112,488 2.4% 20%
6 Nissan 340,554 8.8% -17%
412,149 8.7% -2%
7 Subaru 158,484 4.1% 80%
88,048 1.9% 33%
8 VW 83,462 2.2% -11%
93,334 2.0% 7%
9 Mercedes 74,648 1.9% -17%
89,757 1.9% -6%
10 Tesla 69,508 1.8% 20%
57,697 1.2% 14%
11 Chrysler Tot 546 0.0% -99%
130,235 2.8% -54%

Dodge 546
-99%
52,407 1.1% -47%
Chrysler -


77,828 1.6% -57%

Total 3,877,416 -18%
4,732,182 -3%

Data source: Automotive News.

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