TORONTO, July 2- A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the top seller, according to data released on Thursday. "Ongoing gains being enjoyed by the luxury manufacturers in the Canadian market turned into a veritable feast in June," DesRosiers Automotive Consultants wrote...» Read More
Gushing oil prices could swamp stocks in the week ahead, and even if crude pulls back, expect volatility.
With oil surging to $138.54 and being projected by some to hit $150 by July 4, it's putting immediate pressure on automakers to adjust production and push small cars and crossovers while pulling back on trucks and SUVs. On paper, this shift seems simple enough. In reality, it's not so easy.
J.P. Morgan's strategist Thomas Lee told me this two weeks ago: "I think if oil stays at $130, equities are in big trouble...because there's so much pressure here on corporate America because of this oil price."
It's a major achievement Chrysler should rightfully be proud of. But it also highlights the next challenge for them, as well as GM and Ford: closing the "perception gap." First, here's the good news for the Big 3 on assembly plant efficiency.
This year Porsche is number 1 with an average of 67 problems per 100 made. It's followed by Infiniti (jumping from 9th to 2nd), Lexus, Mercedes and Toyota. The Porsche victory is not surprising given it historically does well in quality surveys. Infiniti's jump is impressive and will help that brand continue on the resurgence it's enjoyed in the last couple of years.
Mark it down. May is the month that finally broke the back of the Big 3's great run with trucks and SUVs. Oh sure, Detroit still dominates the truck business, but it's clear buyers want something less, that's what is hurting Detroit.
General Motors and Ford reported sharp falls in U.S. auto sales in May, with sales of trucks hit especially hard as consumers shied away from automobiles with low gas mileage. Toyota Motor, meanwhile, reported a smaller decline.
Residential Capital said Tuesday that parent GMAC and private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management agreed to inject more than $1.4 billion in cash, a move that may help the struggling mortgage lender stay solvent.
Sure, some analysts are skeptical about the relationship between oil and the dollar. The conventional wisdom, though, is that the weaker dollar has encouraged investors to buy dollar-denominated commodities to hedge inflation and has contributed in some part to rising oil prices.
It's sad that it took record high gasoline prices for GM to figure out what it takes to be a competitive global auto maker. It's sad that GM has to go through yet another wrenching restructuring, closing plants and sacking workers from lines that make trucks and big SUVs.
General Motors, facing a sinking US market for gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, said it will take dramatic steps to shift its focus to smaller vehicles.
The plant closings are prudent. If gas remains at high levels, there will be fewer and fewer buying trucks and SUVs. Sales are down 17.3 % this year, and may not get much better the rest of this year. With 4 fewer plants, GM will save roughly a billion dollars. More importantly, it will reduce the number of SUVs sitting on dealer lots in the future.
General Motors, facing a sinking U.S. market for trucks and SUVs, is expected to unveil steps on Tuesday to conserve cash and cut production of slower-selling models in a bid to shore up a faltering restructuring now in its third year, according to analysts.
After getting hammered last week, shares of General Motors are starting this week moving higher. Some of that is in anticipation of the company announcing Tuesday it will take steps to shift production from slow-selling SUVs and pick-ups, and moving more towards cars.
Toyota Motor is considering downgrading its U.S. sales forecast to account for a worsening outlook for pick-up trucks and other big vehicles, the Financial Times newspaper said on Monday.
Following my blog earlier this week asking you to tell me who is to blame for GM's problems, I received the following e-mail from the automaker. Give it a read and let me know what you think.
Major automakers are expected to post steep declines in U.S. sales for May, as the spike in gasoline prices battered an industry already reeling from weak consumer confidence and tighter credit.
Some brief background so we're on the same page: the Tesla is the world's first, ultra-high-end, ultra-performance, electric sports car. The anti-Prius in virtually every way except for that one: it's electric.
Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian will move ahead with his tender offer for Ford shares despite a recent slump in the No. 2 U.S. automaker's stock, pushing shares up as much as 3 percent.
In the last 10 years, the Big 3 have struggled to come up with sedans to beat the Camry, Corolla, Civic and Altima. In fact, if you look at the top 10 best selling cars right now, only 4 are American models: The Ford Focus, Chevy Cobalt, Malibu and Impala.