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Renaissance in U.S. auto sector continues into February

Reduced incentives, sales and transaction price growth bolster revenue gains for automakers TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE), the negotiation-free car buying and selling mobile marketplace, finds that amid the best auto industry and economic fundamentals in a decade, higher new vehicle sales and transaction prices in February generated $41.8 billion of revenue for automakers, an 11.6 … Continued

Reduced incentives, sales and transaction price growth bolster revenue gains for automakers

TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE), the negotiation-free car buying and selling mobile marketplace, finds that amid the best auto industry and economic fundamentals in a decade, higher new vehicle sales and transaction prices in February generated $41.8 billion of revenue for automakers, an 11.6 percent jump over a year ago.

TrueCar estimates sales of new cars and light trucks expanded 8.5 percent last month, reaching the best February volume since 2002. The average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles was $32,245, up 2.8 percent over a year ago, while average incentive spending per unit decreased by $79 to $2,623. The ratio of incentive spending to ATP was 8.1 percent, contracting from 8.6 percent versus the prior year.

“February yielded attractive net revenue gains for auto manufacturers during this second consecutive month of double-digit growth,” said Eric Lyman, vice president of industry insights for TrueCar. “With West Coast port labor disputes resolved, strong new vehicle sales and industry incentive spending to average transaction prices at reasonable levels, the health of the industry and automotive outlook for 2015 remain remarkably bright.”

Robust automotive sector performance coupled with personal savings growth and a slight increase in inflation-adjusted consumer spending signal a strong footing for the U.S. economy, Lyman said.

Average Transaction Price (ATP)

Manufacturer Feb. 2015 Forecast Feb. 2014 Jan. 2015 Percent Change vs. Feb. 2014 Percent Change vs. Jan. 2015
FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat) $31,531 $30,404 $31,967 3.7% -1.4%
Ford (Ford, Lincoln) $34,508 $33,597 $34,667 2.7% -0.5%
GM (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC) $35,293 $33,276 $35,275 6.1% 0.1%
Honda (Acura, Honda) $28,085 $27,368 $28,299 2.6% -0.8%
Hyundai $24,397 $23,199 $24,740 5.2% -1.4%
Kia $23,375 $23,086 $23,485 1.2% -0.5%
Nissan (Nissan, Infiniti) $26,862 $26,436 $26,953 1.6% -0.3%
Subaru $28,304 $26,411 $28,121 7.2% 0.7%
Toyota (Lexus, Scion, Toyota) $30,416 $29,949 $30,460 1.6% -0.1%
Volkswagen (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen) $36,929 $39,307 $40,554 -6.0% -8.9%
Industry $32,245 $31,352 $32,572 2.8% -1.0%

TrueCar estimates the average incentive for light vehicles in February decreased $79, or 2.9 percent, from a year ago, while increasing $36, or 1.4 percent, from January 2015.

Incentive per Unit Spending

Manufacturer Feb. 2015 Forecast Feb. 2014 Jan. 2015 Percent Change vs. Feb. 2014 Percent Change vs. Jan. 2015
FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat) $3,145 $3,248 $3,090 -3.2% 1.8%
Ford (Ford, Lincoln) $2,888 $3,184 $2,808 -9.3% 2.8%
GM (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC) $3,247 $3,514 $3,129 -7.6% 3.8%
Honda (Acura, Honda) $1,871 $1,923 $1,776 -2.7% 5.4%
Hyundai $1,844 $1,683 $1,791 9.6% 3.0%
Kia $3,000 $2,222 $2,910 35.0% 3.1%
Nissan (Nissan, Infiniti) $2,554 $2,787 $2,943 -8.4% -13.2%
Subaru $808 $864 $779 -6.5% 3.7%
Toyota (Lexus, Scion, Toyota) $1,811 $1,802 $1,811 0.5% 0.0%
Volkswagen (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen) $2,394 $2,514 $2,302 -4.8% 4.0%
Industry $2,623 $2,702 $2,587 -2.9% 1.4%

Last month’s ratio of incentive to ATP for light vehicles was 8.1 percent, down 5.6 percent from February 2014 and up 2.4 percent from January 2015, based on TrueCar analysis. GM, Subaru and Ford showed the most improvement in ATP ratio in February versus the year-earlier month.

Incentive Spending as a Percentage of ATP

Manufacturer Feb. 2015 Forecast Feb. 2014 Jan. 2015 Percent Change vs.

Feb. 2014

Percent Change vs. Jan. 2015
FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat) 10.0% 10.7% 9.7% -6.7% 3.2%
Ford (Ford, Lincoln) 8.4% 9.5% 8.1% -11.7% 3.3%
GM (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC) 9.2% 10.6% 8.9% -12.9% 3.7%
Honda (Acura, Honda) 6.7% 7.0% 6.3% -5.2% 6.2%
Hyundai 7.6% 7.3% 7.2% 4.2% 4.4%
Kia 12.8% 9.6% 12.4% 33.3% 3.6%
Nissan (Nissan, Infiniti) 9.5% 10.5% 10.9% -9.8% -12.9%
Subaru 2.9% 3.3% 2.8% -12.8% 3.0%
Toyota (Lexus, Scion, Toyota) 6.0% 6.0% 5.9% -1.0% 0.1%
Volkswagen (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen) 6.5% 6.4% 5.7% 1.4% 14.2%
Industry 8.1% 8.6% 7.9% -5.6% 2.4%

Total Net Revenue

Manufacturer Feb. 2015 Forecast Feb. 2014 Percent Change vs. Feb. 2014
FCA (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat) $5,319,220,448 $4,733,994,012 12.4%
Ford (Ford, Lincoln) $6,677,249,946 $6,159,976,353 8.4%
GM (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC) $8,283,245,126 $7,390,732,704 12.1%
Honda (Acura, Honda) $3,210,145,948 $2,747,884,040 16.8%
Hyundai $1,232,038,118 $1,136,820,597 8.4%
Kia $1,070,553,231 $951,558,748 12.5%
Nissan (Nissan, Infiniti) $3,258,409,484 $3,049,656,960 6.8%
Subaru $1,132,154,045 $921,981,599 22.8%
Toyota (Lexus, Scion, Toyota) $5,696,954,488 $4,770,396,516 19.4%
Volkswagen (Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen) $1,672,889,911 $1,629,078,615 2.7%
Industry $41,776,710,112 $37,419,530,096 11.6%

Incentive to ATP ATP Feb. 2015

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