First-Half Sales in U.S. Improve; Compacts, Light Trucks Gain

Through the first half of 2011, new car and light-truck sales in the United States were up 12% from the same six-month period in 2010. Automakers delivered 6.3 million units in the first half compared with 5.6 million units in the first half of 2010.

More light trucks were sold in the first six months this year than in the same period a year ago. Our analysis indicates that the light-truck share of the market in the first half was 50.3%, up from 49.2% a year ago. Although light trucks were more popular, compacts, especially Compact Conventional models, posted a major sales and share gain this year, outpacing last year’s most popular segment in the industry in the first half—Midsize Conventional cars. Continue reading ›