Today, 9:36 AM
- Ford (F -0.9%) says retail demand for the F-Series was strong and tips pent-up commercial demand for the new model is building up.
- Sales growth by brand: Ford -3.4% to 227,234; Lincoln -3.1% to 8,695.
- Sales growth by model: Ford Focus -14.5% to 20,497; Ford Fusion -11.9% to 29,044; Ford C-MAX -22.9% to 1,769; Ford Mustang +36.1% to 12,663; Ford F-Series -4.6% to 67,706; Ford Explorer +17% to 20,765; Ford Transit 9,751 (new); Lincoln Navigator +47% to 1,97; Lincoln MKC (new) 2,070.
- Full Ford sales report (.pdf)
Today, 9:27 AM
Today, 7:57 AM
- The average transaction price for vehicles in the U.S. rose 3.5% Y/Y in March to $33,280, according to Kelley Blue Book.
- The mark is down 0.1% from the average transaction price seen in February.
- The major automakers with the biggest jump in average prices over the last year were General Motors (NYSE:GM) +5.9% to $37,170 and Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) +5.9% to $25,333.
- Pricing was also strong at Ford (NYSE:F) with the automaker posting a 4.4% increase to $35,539 during the month,
- SUVs and higher-end pickups accounted for a majority of the pricing gains.
- Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) was the only major manufacturer with a Y/Y drop in prices.
- Reports on U.S. auto sales for March will be filtering in all day.
Mon, Mar. 30, 7:22 AM
- General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford (NYSE:F) have China in mind with premium sedans the automakers are launching this week at the New York International Auto Show.
- The Cadillac CT6 from GM and Ford's Continental will be showcased at the event.
- Both models will be sized larger in order to appeal to consumers in China.
- The CT6 is expected to launch globally later this year, while the Continental will sell in 2016.
Fri, Mar. 27, 12:11 PM
- Ford (F +0.1%) CEO Mark Fields earned $18.6M in total compensation during 2014 after heading the company for the second half of the year.
- Previous CEO Alan Mulally took home $22M in total comp last year after incentive bonuses are factored in.
- Breaking even in Europe and breaking through with the F-150 aluminum model are two of Fields' biggest initiatives to watch.
- SEC Form 14A
Thu, Mar. 26, 3:50 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) has invested $1B in a new plant in western India that will help it triple its exports from the country.
- Ford is planning to make India an export hub for compact cars such as the EcoSport, and the newly launched compact sedan, Ford Figo Aspire, the first car to be produced at the new facility.
- The plant will also nearly double the company's installed production capacity in the country to 610K engines and 440K vehicles a year.
Wed, Mar. 25, 9:47 AM
- U.S. sales for Ford (NYSE:F) will decline 5.5% Y/Y to 230K in March, according to an estimate from TrueCar.com.
- Ford's market share is forecast to be 15.1% vs. 14.3% in February and 15.8% a year ago in March.
- Incentive spending by Ford -14.3% Y/Y and +3.9% M/M to $2,864 per unit vs. the industry average of -1.3% Y/Y and +0.4% M/M.
- Total U.S. new vehicles sales are expected to fall 0.8% Y/Y during March to 1.5247M
Wed, Mar. 25, 9:19 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) issues three recall actions in the U.S.
- Recall #1: 213K Ford Explorer and Ford Police Intercept vehicles from the model years 2011 to 2013 are recalled over a interior door handle issue.
- Recall #2: The automaker recalls 1,725 Lincoln MKT limo and hearse vehicles from the model years 2013-2015 over a vacuum pump problem.
- Recall #3: An exhaust gas sensor issue is the prompt for a recall for 6,472 various Ford F-Series ambulances.
- Shares of Ford are level in premarket trading.
Fri, Mar. 20, 11:10 AM
- A self-driving car from Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) would be considered legal in 45 states at the moment, according to analysis from Wired.
- That 90% ratio is expected to change.
- The self-driving issue is likely to be teed up politicians and regulators over the next year as Tesla's new software update pushes up the timetable on the autonomous car concept.
- In Germany, for example, an explicit ban exists on autonomous driving.
- Another riveting puzzle: How does the software code get tested?
- There's also the question of what the insurance industry will have to say about the burgeoning technology and how much advanced sensor components will cost.
- Automobile experts think some functions such as self-parking, car retrieval features, and collision prevention technology will be approved federally and locally - while the full Muskonian dream may be a reach.
- BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Audi (OTCQX:VLKAY), Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF), and Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) are the other companies/brands out in front with self-driving car development.
- The Detroit Three (GM, F, FCAU) are mainly just kicking the tires on the concept.
- Previously: Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features (Mar. 19 2015)
Tue, Mar. 17, 7:55 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) car registrations +6.8% to 62,445 units in February, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- Overall EU registrations +7.3% Y/Y in February, led by double-digit growth in Spain, Italy, and the U.K. YTD registrations +7.0%.
- Ford market share: 6.5% vs. 6.5% a year ago.
- Ford YTD registrations +5.8%.
- EAMA release (.pdf)
Fri, Mar. 13, 7:51 AM
- The early data read on the Ford F-150 is that the model will be a success, according to WardsAuto.
- Ford (NYSE:F) execs noted during a recent sales conference call the high mix of customers opting for the more expensive trim level on the F-150.
- The fuel economy rating also makes the truck appealing to budget-minded truck owners.
- The aluminum-bodied trucks are only averaging about 18 days on the lot of dealers versus the segment average of 105 days.
- The average transaction price on the F-150 model is up $2K from a year ago.
Tue, Mar. 10, 7:05 AM
- Automobile sales in China are up 8.7% Y/Y to 3.43M units after the first two months of the year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
- Analysts tend to look at the two months together to smooth out the impact from the Chinese New Year holiday.
- YTD sales growth by manufacturer: GM (NYSE:GM) flat, Audi (OTCQX:VLKAY) +10.5%, Honda (NYSE:HMC) -7.6%, Ford (NYSE:F) +14.6%, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +13.6%, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +11.7%, BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) +2.7%.
Thu, Mar. 5, 7:07 AM
- The WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index rose 1.3% to 25.2 mpg in February.
- The pace of improvement is a deceleration from what has been seen over the last few years during the month.
- The pickup segment showed the biggest improvement with the fuel economy index improving by 9.9% to 18.6 mpg.
- The meaningful gain is an indication that Ford (NYSE:F) rivals stepped up the fuel economy on pickup models in anticipation of the lighter F-150 roll-out.
Wed, Mar. 4, 12:34 PM
- Investors betting on the Chinese automobile market need to factor in how runaway pollution impacts investment potential, warn analysts.
- The air Pollution index in China has hit dangerous levels this week with Beijing registering a 168 today and Nanjing hitting a shockingly high 288 yesterday (extremely unhealthy).
- Other cities with an "unhealthy" reading on air quality include Guangzhou, Nanjing, Maanshan, Chengdu, Chuzhou, Zhenjiang, Yahgzhou, Wuhu, and Hong Kong.
- Reports indicate the Chinese population has become more concerned about the medical ramifications of long-term exposure to pollution.
- Some automobile industry watchers think foreign car manufacturers could benefit at the expense of domestic automakers if the government in China is to take further steps to push low-emission cars and EVs.
- The other side of the equation is the restrictions placed on car sales in certain regions in the nation.
- China auto sales are expected to rise 8.3% this year.
- China-related auto stocks (including JVs): KNDI, OTCQX:VLKAY, GM, F, OTCPK:DDAIF, TSLA, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:BCAUY, OTCPK:GWLLY, OTCPK:GWLLF, OTCPK:GELYF, OTCPK:GELYY, OTCPK:DNFGF, OTCPK:DNFGY, OTC:HYMLF, CAAS, SORL, OTCPK:BYDDY, OTCPK:BYDDF.
Tue, Mar. 3, 9:38 AM
- Ford (F -1.9%) stayed away from blaming the weather for its February sales miss like its peers to focus on the strength it saw for new model introductions (Explorer and Mustang).
- Sales growth by brand: Ford -1.7% to 174,129; Lincoln -7.5% to 6,164.
- Sales growth by model: Ford Focus -12.0% to 14,019; Ford Fusion -4.9% to 22,732; Ford C-MAX -25.7% to 1,376; Ford Mustang +31.9% to 8,454; Ford F-Series -1.2% to 55,236; Ford Explorer +31.8% to 17,027; Lincoln Navigator +96% to 862, Lincoln MKC (new) 1,558.
- Ford says the new F-150 is one of its fastest-turning vehicles on dealer lots with a sell rate 4X the industry full-size pickup average.
- Previously: Ford -3.8% after Feb. U.S. sales miss
Tue, Mar. 3, 9:24 AM
- Ford (NYSE:F) unit sales -1.9% to 180,383 vs. the +5% to +6% expected range from analysts.
- Passenger car sales fell 8.1% to 56,081 during the month.
- Utilities sales -2.3% to 54,420.
- Truck sales +4.0% to 69,882 led by the new aluminum-bodied F-150.
- Shares of Ford are down 3.8% premarket to $15.95 after the sales report.
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