2006 U.S. Auto Sales Down 2.6%

U.S. light vehicle sales totaled 16.55 million in 2006, a decrease of 2.6% from 2005, reports Morgan & Company, Inc. (West Olive, Mich.). Looking at sales growth, Suzuki made the biggest year over year leap, selling 23% more vehicles in 2006 for a total of 100,990. It was followed by Toyota, which sold 282,000 more vehicles last year, a 12.5% sales gain. Jaguar sales dropped by almost a third to 20,683 during the period.

Mark M. Cornelius of Morgan & Company says U.S. light vehicle will fall by 1.8% to 16.25 million units in 2007, the lowest level since 1998

2006 U.S. LIGHT VEHICLE SALES

2006

2005

% Change

General Motors

4,028,992

4,416,043

-8.80%

Ford Motor

2,716,383

2,953,197

-8.00%

Toyota/Lexus/Scion

2,542,525

2,260,296

12.50%

Chrysler Group

2,142,505

2,304,833

-7.00%

Honda/Acura

1,509,358

1,462,472

3.20%

Nissan/Infiniti

1,019,249

1,076,672

-5.30%

Hyundai

455,520

455,012

0.10%

Volkswagen/Audi

325,256

307,261

5.90%

BMW Group

313,603

307,020

2.10%

Kia

294,301

275,851

6.70%

Mazda

268,786

258,339

4.00%

Mercedes-Benz

248,080

224,421

10.50%

Subaru

200,699

196,002

2.40%

Mitsubishi

118,558

123,995

-4.40%

Volvo

115,807

123,587

-6.30%

Suzuki

100,990

82,101

23.00%

Land Rover

47,774

46,175

3.50%

Saab

36,349

38,343

-5.20%

Porsche

34,227

31,933

7.20%

Jaguar

20,683

30,424

-32.00%

Isuzu

8,614

12,177

-29.30%

U.S. Big 3 Total

8,887,880

9,674,073

-8.10%

Asian Nameplate Total

6,518,600

6,202,917

5.10%

European Nameplate Total

1,141,779

1,109,164

2.90%

Total Light Vehicles

16,548,259

16,986,154

-2.60%

Notes: Saab is a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation. Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo are subsidiaries of Ford Motor Company. DaimlerChrysler is Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler Group.

Source: Morgan & Company, Inc.

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