March 2013 New Car Sales Expected to Be Up Almost Five Percent According to TrueCar; March 2013 SAAR at 15.42M, Highest March SAAR Since 2007 Estimated incentive spending unchanged at $2,523 per vehicle

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing information, trends and forecasting, today released its March 2013 sales and incentives forecast. The forecast shows the following:

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  • For March 2013, new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) is expected to be 1,466,956 units, up 4.5 percent from March 2012 and up 23.1 percent from February 2013 (on an unadjusted basis).
  • The March 2013 forecast translates into a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate ("SAAR") of 15.42 million new car sales, up from 15.4 million in February 2013 and up from 14.1 million in March 2012.
  • Retail sales are up 4.2 percent compared to March 2012 and up 20.2 percent from February 2013.
  • Fleet and rental sales are expected to make up 21.0 percent of total industry sales in March 2013.
  • The industry average incentive spending per unit will be approximately $2,523 in March 2013, which represents a decrease of 1.7 percent from March 2012 and is unchanged from February 2013.
  • Used car sales* are estimated to be 2,891,896.  The ratio of new to used is estimated to be 1:2 for March 2013.

"The rally in the stock market, improved availability of auto financing and compelling new products continued to propel new car sales in March," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar.com. "The Domestic 'Big Three' will all have their highest level of sales in over four years thanks to their much improved lineup of vehicles."

Forecasts for the top eight manufacturers for March 2013:

Unit Sales

Manufacturer

March 2013 Forecast

% Change vs. February

2013

% Change vs. March 2012

Chrysler

170,091

22.4%

4.1%

Ford

232,494

19.0%

4.3%

GM

261,141

16.4%

13.0%

Honda

139,870

29.5%

10.1%

Hyundai/Kia

113,973

21.5%

-10.4%

Nissan

136,604

37.1%

0.2%

Toyota

206,708

24.2%

1.7%

Volkswagen

53,027

25.3%

10.1%

Industry

1,466,956

23.1%

4.5%

Market Share

Manufacturer

March 2013 Forecast

February 2013

March 2012

Chrysler

11.6%

11.7%

11.6%

Ford

15.8%

16.4%

15.9%

GM

17.8%

18.8%

16.5%

Honda

9.5%

9.1%

9.0%

Hyundai/Kia

7.8%

7.9%

9.1%

Nissan

9.3%

8.4%

9.7%

Toyota

14.1%

14.0 %

14.5%

Volkswagen

3.6%

3.6%

3.4%

Incentive Spending

Manufacturer

March 2013

Incentives

% Change vs. February

2013

% Change vs. March

2012

Total Spending

Chrysler

$3,264

0.8%

-0.2%

$555,100,503

Ford

$2,843

-1.8%

0.1%

$661,025,806

GM

$3,453

2.3%

5.7%

$901,689,922

Honda

$1,531

9.3%

-31.0%

$214,187,015

Hyundai/Kia

$1,369

-6.2%

10.6%

$156, 001, 622

Nissan

$2,765

3.6%

-9.4%

$377,698,832

Toyota

$1,515

-4.6%

-13.2%

$313,083,236

Volkswagen

$2,341

-1.2%

-5.2%

$124,162,555

Industry

$2,523

0.0%

-1.7%

$3,701,126,407

"Automakers have continued to maintain discipline in incentive spending throughout this past year, and in March, unit sales reached their highest levels since August 2007," said Kristen Andersson, analyst for TrueCar.com. "Toyota is spending at its lowest levels in almost two years while seeing its highest sales month since summer of 2009." 

TrueCar.com bases its forecast on actual transaction data. The transaction data based forecast is refined by other current and historical factors that impact vehicle sales, including  sales, inventory, incentives, fuel prices, and macro economic data (major stock market indexes, consumer confidence, new home starts and CPI). TrueCar.com does not adjust for selling days in year-over-year percentage change calculations.

*Used car sales figures include sales from franchise dealerships, independent dealerships and private party sales

About TrueCar, Inc. 
TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers. As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for similarly-equipped new cars in their geographic area.  TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information in the auto industry and has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources, compiles and analyzes car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry. Since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 700,000 vehicles across the country. Its national network of nearly 6,000 Certified Dealers is committed to provide no-hassle pricing for some of the country's largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.

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