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    • By William Maley
      The past few years have seen various automakers pull out of the Detroit Auto Show due to them figuring out better ways to spend their marketing dollars. This year alone saw Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, and Porsche be no-shows. Mitsubishi and Volvo were there in a small capacity, but due to the local dealers putting up a display. There could be another automaker joining the no-shows next year.
      Automotive News has learned from a senior executive source at Mercedes-Benz that the German automaker may withdraw for the 2019 edition.
      "We have to look at whether a trade show like Detroit fits with the cadence of our launch calendar and whether there's a more effective format for our needs. The G class was the perfect product to debut this year, but the likelihood we will be in Detroit next January is very slim. That doesn't mean however we are ruling out a return in 2020," the source said.
      A source at Mercedes' parent company Diamler casts further doubt of Mercedes-Benz making a return to Detroit.
      "With the number of models we have there's always a new car waiting to be launched. That's not the reason. Trade shows were designed so potential customers could easily compare prices across brands in one day, but this is no longer contemporary," said the source.
       "Once you make the decision you're out, why go back?"
      Like many automakers, Mercedes-Benz has been looking at different ways to debut models and reach consumers. Such methods have included off-site showings and holding their own events.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears

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    • By William Maley
      The past few years have seen various automakers pull out of the Detroit Auto Show due to them figuring out better ways to spend their marketing dollars. This year alone saw Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, and Porsche be no-shows. Mitsubishi and Volvo were there in a small capacity, but due to the local dealers putting up a display. There could be another automaker joining the no-shows next year.
      Automotive News has learned from a senior executive source at Mercedes-Benz that the German automaker may withdraw for the 2019 edition.
      "We have to look at whether a trade show like Detroit fits with the cadence of our launch calendar and whether there's a more effective format for our needs. The G class was the perfect product to debut this year, but the likelihood we will be in Detroit next January is very slim. That doesn't mean however we are ruling out a return in 2020," the source said.
      A source at Mercedes' parent company Diamler casts further doubt of Mercedes-Benz making a return to Detroit.
      "With the number of models we have there's always a new car waiting to be launched. That's not the reason. Trade shows were designed so potential customers could easily compare prices across brands in one day, but this is no longer contemporary," said the source.
       "Once you make the decision you're out, why go back?"
      Like many automakers, Mercedes-Benz has been looking at different ways to debut models and reach consumers. Such methods have included off-site showings and holding their own events.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
    • By William Maley
      January is usually not a strong month for car sales as it just after the holidays and people don't have the money to buy a new car. This is reflected in our January sales figure ticker where most automakers post small increases and decreases. There were some automakers that posted some surprising numbers. Nissan reported a 10 percent increase and Toyota noted an impressive 16.8 percent rise. The two automakers credit their utility as a key reason for the rise. But Bloomberg reports there is another reason for these rises.
      Pulling data from Cox Automotive, Bloomberg found out that fleet deliveries for the month rose 46 percent for Nissan and 69 percent for Toyota. Most of the sales came from rental car companies. 
      “If you want to claim 10 percent market share, that’s a way to do it. The danger is that you create a large number of late-model used cars that will compete with your new cars and bring down prices and profits,” said Maryann Keller, an independent auto industry consultant.
      A number of automakers have been turning away from fleet sales for this very reason. GM which has been a poster child for fleet sales has been cutting back.
      Toyota spokeswoman Amanda Roark told Bloomberg that fleet deliveries will be lower during the second half of this year and will likely make up "about 10 percent of its total U.S. sales in 2018." Judy Wheeler, Nissan vice president of U.S. sales explained the increase in fleet sales was due to them clearing out 2017 models to make way for 2018 models.
      “It’s really just a timing situation for us,” she said.
      It needs to be noted that Nissan has been increasing their sales to fleets within the past year.
      Source: Bloomberg

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    • By William Maley
      January is usually not a strong month for car sales as it just after the holidays and people don't have the money to buy a new car. This is reflected in our January sales figure ticker where most automakers post small increases and decreases. There were some automakers that posted some surprising numbers. Nissan reported a 10 percent increase and Toyota noted an impressive 16.8 percent rise. The two automakers credit their utility as a key reason for the rise. But Bloomberg reports there is another reason for these rises.
      Pulling data from Cox Automotive, Bloomberg found out that fleet deliveries for the month rose 46 percent for Nissan and 69 percent for Toyota. Most of the sales came from rental car companies. 
      “If you want to claim 10 percent market share, that’s a way to do it. The danger is that you create a large number of late-model used cars that will compete with your new cars and bring down prices and profits,” said Maryann Keller, an independent auto industry consultant.
      A number of automakers have been turning away from fleet sales for this very reason. GM which has been a poster child for fleet sales has been cutting back.
      Toyota spokeswoman Amanda Roark told Bloomberg that fleet deliveries will be lower during the second half of this year and will likely make up "about 10 percent of its total U.S. sales in 2018." Judy Wheeler, Nissan vice president of U.S. sales explained the increase in fleet sales was due to them clearing out 2017 models to make way for 2018 models.
      “It’s really just a timing situation for us,” she said.
      It needs to be noted that Nissan has been increasing their sales to fleets within the past year.
      Source: Bloomberg
    • By William Maley
      Nissan Group reports January 2018 U.S. Sales
      NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for January 2018 of 123,538 units, an increase of 10% over the previous year. This marks a January record.
      Nissan highlights:
      Nissan Division sales also set a January record at 112,903 units, an increase of 12%. Combined sales of Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set a January record, up 18%. Nissan Rogue sales set a January record with 36,184 sales, up 26%. Frontier truck sales rose to 5,901 units, up 53%. Sales of the TITAN pickup in January totaled 4,051, up 46%. Murano crossover sales increased 56% to 6,792 units. Armada SUV sales rose 18% to 2,246 units. NISSAN DIVISION
      JAN
      JAN
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2018
      2017
      % chg
      2018
      2017
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Nissan Division Total
      112,903
      100,761
      12.1
      112,903
      100,761
      12.1
      Versa
      7,248
      8,870
      -18.3
      7,248
      8,870
      -18.3
      Sentra
      17,731
      13,444
      31.9
      17,731
      13,444
      31.9
      Altima
      20,185
      18,931
      6.6
      20,185
      18,931
      6.6
      Maxima
      4,333
      3,738
      15.9
      4,333
      3,738
      15.9
      LEAF
      150
      772
      -80.6
      150
      772
      -80.6
      Juke
      190
      1,304
      -85.4
      190
      1,304
      -85.4
      370Z
      224
      324
      -30.9
      224
      324
      -30.9
      GT-R
      34
      65
      -47.7
      34
      65
      -47.7
      Total Car
      50,095
      47,448
      5.6
      50,095
      47,448
      5.6
      Frontier
      5,901
      3,857
      53.0
      5,901
      3,857
      53.0
      Titan
      4,051
      2,768
      46.4
      4,051
      2,768
      46.4
      Pathfinder
      5,286
      7,281
      -27.4
      5,286
      7,281
      -27.4
      Armada
      2,246
      1,908
      17.7
      2,246
      1,908
      17.7
      Rogue
      36,184
      28,760
      25.8
      36,184
      28,760
      25.8
      Murano
      6,792
      4,363
      55.7
      6,792
      4,363
      55.7
      Quest
      1
      1,878
      -99.9
      1
      1,878
      -99.9
      NV
      1,023
      1,234
      -17.1
      1,023
      1,234
      -17.1
      NV200
      1,324
      1,264
      4.7
      1,324
      1,264
      4.7
      Total Truck
      62,808
      53,313
      17.8
      62,808
      53,313
      17.8
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      INFINITI
      JAN
      JAN
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2018
      2017
      % chg
      2018
      2017
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Infiniti Total
      10,635
      11,558
      -8.0
      10,635
      11,558
      -8.0
      Infiniti Q50
      2,712
      3,206
      -15.4
      2,712
      3,206
      -15.4
      Infiniti Q60
      612
      732
      -16.4
      612
      732
      -16.4
      Infiniti Q70
      386
      476
      -18.9
      386
      476
      -18.9
      Infiniti QX30
      813
      1,158
      -29.8
      813
      1,158
      -29.8
      Infiniti QX50
      1,051
      1,206
      -12.9
      1,051
      1,206
      -12.9
      Infiniti QX60
      3,029
      2,189
      38.4
      3,029
      2,189
      38.4
      Infiniti QX70
      202
      842
      -76.0
      202
      842
      -76.0
      Infiniti QX80
      1,830
      1,749
      4.6
      1,830
      1,749
      4.6
      Total Car
      3,710
      4,414
      -15.9
      3,710
      4,414
      -15.9
      Total Truck
      6,925
      7,144
      -3.1
      6,925
      7,144
      -3.1
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      NISSAN GROUP
      JAN
      JAN
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2018
      2017
      % chg
      2018
      2017
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      TOTAL VEHICLE
      123,538
      112,319
      10.0
      123,538
      112,319
      10.0
      Total Car
      53,805
      51,862
      3.7
      53,805
      51,862
      3.7
      Total Truck
      69,733
      60,457
      15.3
      69,733
      60,457
      15.3
      Selling days
      25
      24
       
      25
      24
       
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