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SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TrueCar, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: TRUE) data and analytics subsidiary, ALG, projects total new vehicle sales will reach 1,548,322 units in May, down 2.9% from a year ago. This month’s seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for total light vehicle sales is an estimated 16.9 million units for the month. Excluding fleet sales, ALG expects U.S. retail deliveries of new cars and light trucks to be 1,234,218 units, a decrease of 3.4% from a year ago.
“Despite a 50-year low in the unemployment rate and a 15-year high in consumer sentiment, the auto industry continues to face weakening in year-over-year sales,” said Oliver Strauss, Chief Economist for ALG, a subsidiary of TrueCar. “From a historical perspective, however, 16.9 million SAAR is strong, especially considering a declining incentive and rising average transaction price environment.”
Additional Takeaways & Trends: (Forecasted by ALG)
“The few brands showing sales growth year-over-year in May are doing so through new or redesigned SUV product,” said Eric Lyman, Chief Analyst for ALG, a subsidiary of TrueCar. “This underscores the importance of automaker timing around lifecycle stage and product strategy that honed in on desirable segments in order to meet the demands of today’s consumers.”
Retail Health Index (Forecast)
RHI measures the changes in retail market share relative to changes in incentive spending and transaction price to gauge whether OEMs are "buying" retail share through increased incentives, or whether share increases are largely demand-driven. An OEM with a positive RHI score is demonstrating a healthy balance of incentive spend relative to market share, either by holding incentive spending flat and increasing share or by increasing incentives with a higher positive increase in retail share.
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May 2019 forecasts for the 13 largest manufacturers by volume: (Tesla forecast included since March 2019.)
Total Unit Sales
|Manufacturer||May 2019||May 2018||
Incentive Spending (Per Unit)
|Manufacturer||May 2019||May 2018||
|Industry||$ 3,359||$ 3,736||-10.1%|
Average Transaction Price (ATP)
|Manufacturer||May 2019||May 2018||April 2019||
|Industry||$ 34,105||$ 33,100||$ 34,385||3.0 %||-0.8%|
For additional data visit the ALG Newsroom.
(Note: This forecast is based solely on TrueCar’s analysis of industry sales trends and conditions and is not a projection of the company’s operations.)
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Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Santa Monica, California, ALG is an industry authority on automotive residual value projections in both the United States and Canada. By analyzing nearly 2,500 vehicle trims each year to assess residual value, ALG provides auto industry and financial services clients with market industry insights, residual value forecasts, consulting and vehicle portfolio management and risk services. ALG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TrueCar, Inc., a digital automotive marketplace that provides comprehensive pricing transparency about what other people paid for their cars. ALG has been publishing residual values for all cars, trucks and SUVs in the U.S. for over 50 years and in Canada since 1981.