Auto watch: Solid demand in luxury segment

Sales of luxury cars in the U.S. are up 7.1% Y/Y through July, according to segment data from Wards Auto.

The solid sales growth comes ahead of what is typically the high-demand part of the year.

New model roll-outs slated for the fall and winter include the BMW X4, Cadillac Escalade, and Porsche Macan.


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  • David at Imperial Beach
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    Not to mention the 16 models that Ford is planning to release in the US, 23 worldwide.
    11 Aug 2014, 10:21 AM Reply Like
  • Valueseeker
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    Luxury car sales up 7%, Model S sales down 26% yoy.
    Time to up the price target.
    11 Aug 2014, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • chipdoctor
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    The segment data also reports that Trucks are 42% of the "Luxury Vehicle Sales", so I hope Tesla has a battery powered truck coming out.
    11 Aug 2014, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • carjohn7
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    What impact does this have on HMC?
    11 Aug 2014, 12:59 PM Reply Like
  • crazty4tennis
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    More people are driving small SUV's like the F Escape and Lincoln MKc (which is a beautiful and smooth ride small SUV with comfortable and supple leather seats with state-of-the-art instrumentation and all the "bells and whistles" a buyer would want in their vehicle). Cars are a thing of the past except for Mercedes and BMW and Jaguar. Bullish and long on F.
    11 Aug 2014, 04:30 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Not to nitpick with numbers, but in the first half, Ford sold 507k cars in the US, to 439k utilities and 536k trucks.


    We should also note that nearly 31k Expeditions and Navigators were listed under "Utilities", but they are not really "crossovers"; and removing them from "utilities" makes 409k crossovers (still including Explorer/Flex/MkT etc.) and 567k trucks. But that is getting even more nitpicky.


    So actually it is a pretty balanced portfolio for Ford - maybe the best ever. Anyway, cars are certainly not "a thing of the past". Crossovers have largely supplanted full size SUVs as family-use vehicles, and to a lesser extent, the larger cars.


    That said, as the massive boomer generation ages, those compact and midsize crossovers are very attractive and sporty alternatives for hauling around the grandchildren and golf partners, and they are much easier to enter and exit with the seat height just right for tired and arthritic knees and hips.
    11 Aug 2014, 05:36 PM Reply Like
  • seeker34567
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    What enhances TSLA further is, its car is being transformed into a STATUS SYMBOL. That is to say, if you own one, you must be rich, techie, greeny and therefore cool.


    And if you haven't been taking the Tesla Cool Aid yet, I urge you to try.
    12 Aug 2014, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Tesla has always been a status symbol!
    13 Aug 2014, 06:45 AM Reply Like
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