TrueCar Forecasts Continued Strong New Vehicle Sales Growth in September; Up 9.7% Compared to Last Year

Manufacturers Expected to Spend an Average of $2,801 Per Vehicle in Incentives, Down 6% from August

24 Sep, 2014, 09:00 ET from TrueCar, Inc.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TrueCar, Inc., the negotiation-free car buying and selling platform, today released its September 2014 sales and incentives forecast, which shows the following:

  • Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate ("SAAR") of 16.4 million new vehicle sales.
  • TrueCar's 2014 Annual Sales Forecast remains at 16.4 million vehicles as well.
  • New light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) are expected to reach 1,249,000 units for the month.
    • New light vehicle sales are up 9.7% from September 2013.
    • With only one more selling day, the Daily Selling Rate (DSR) for this September is 5.2% greater than that of September 2013.
  • TrueCar forecasts average incentive spending by automotive manufacturers to be $2,801 per vehicle sold in September 2014, an increase of 13.1% from September 2013 and a decrease of 6.2% from August 2014.
  • Registration mix expected to be 84.9% retail and 15.1% fleet for the month, compared to 84.4% retail, and 15.6% fleet last September.
  • Total used car sales, including franchise and independent dealerships, and private party sales, are estimated to be 3,287,328; down 1.2% compared to last September.

"We expect another strong month for the industry with the best September since 2007," said John Krafcik, president of TrueCar. "Incentive spending has tapered off from August, a month where we found increases attributable to shifts in segment mix, model year clearance and holiday events. September incentive spending and transaction price growth are at healthy levels."

Forecasts for the top nine manufacturers for September 2014:


Unit Sales




Manufacturer

September 2014

Forecast

% Change vs.

September 2013

Chrysler

168,000

17.5%

Ford

175,000

-5.1%

GM

225,000

20.2%

Honda

120,000

13.7%

Hyundai

57,000

3.4%

Kia

47,000

23.7%

Nissan

100,000

15.1%

Toyota

171,000

4.0%

Volkswagen Group

45,000

-6.4%

Industry

1,249,000

9.7%



Market Share


Manufacturer

September 2014
Forecast

September

2013

August

2014

Chrysler

13.5%

12.6%

12.5%

Ford

14.0%

16.2%

14.0%

GM

18.0%

16.4%

17.2%

Honda

9.6%

9.3%

10.5%

Hyundai

4.6%

4.8%

4.4%

Kia

3.8%

3.3%

3.5%

Nissan

8.0%

7.6%

8.5%

Toyota

13.7%

14.4%

15.5%

Volkswagen Group

3.6%

4.2%

3.6%



Incentive Spending


Manufacturer

September 2014 Forecast

% Change vs. September 2014

% Change vs. August 2014

Total Spending

Chrysler

$    3,644

15.7%

-5.2%

$612,214,606

Ford

$    3,355

11.6%

-6.7%

$587,074,192

GM

$    3,336

2.7%

-10.4%

$750,657,308

Honda

$    2,076

40.5%

-1.1%

$249,074,826

Hyundai

$    1,397

-12.7%

-10.7%

$79,643,400

Kia

$    2,168

3.1%

-7.0%

$101,900,909

Nissan

$    2,655

26.0%

-11.8%

$265,535,000

Toyota

$    2,192

22.8%

-6.1%

$374,906,562

Volkswagen Group

$    2,957

13.9%

-7.6%

$133,067,644

Industry

$    2,801

13.1%

-6.2%

$3,495,156,843







About TrueCar

TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE) is the negotiation-free car buying and selling platform. TrueCar enables a negotiation-free car buying experience by giving buyers transparent insight into what others actually paid (price confidence), upfront pricing information (price discovery), and access to a network of trusted TrueCar Certified Dealers who provide guaranteed savings certificates and seamlessly complete the car purchase. The reality is that buying a car is painful and buyers fear they are going to overpay or be surprised with hidden fees. TrueCar's transparent upfront pricing information makes the car buying process simple so there are no surprises and buyers never overpay. TrueCar's mission is to make car buying simple, fair and fun. Its national network of more than 8,000 TrueCar Certified Dealers, including both new car franchise dealers and non-franchise dealers, is committed to providing negotiation-free savings off MSRP and upfront pricing information for all car-buyers, including members of some of the country's largest membership and service organizations such as AARP, American Express, AAA, and USAA. Note: Not all program features are available in all states. Go to www.truecar.com for program details. TrueCar is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas.

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