November auto sales show ongoing slide as inventory woes persist

It’s a big rebound year for the industry, but there just aren’t enough cars to sell

The U.S. car industry continues to recover from the pandemic-tainted sales of 2020, yet you would not understand it from an eye the sales graphes, which contained virtually generally trouble for the manufacturers that still report month-to-month retail sales overalls.

Aside from Genesis, which is having a gangbuster year with a big fat asterisk on it, every brand that has reported its November sales so far has actually lost contrasted to in 2014. Also Kia, which has already exceeded its previous full-year sales document, offered fewer systems last month than it did throughout the exact same duration in 2020. Sibling company Hyundai saw a virtually 20% decline for its traditional brand.

Honda and also Toyota, which both appeared better-positioned to weather the chip shortage previously this year, continue to be up more than 12% and also almost 16% for the year, respectively, yet those numbers will likely slip in December if present trends proceed. With production closures becoming less regular and supply chain concerns reducing a little, the last month of 2021 could be the difference between a rebound and regression for some automakers.

Subaru, which experienced several successive years of sales development before the pandemic, remains in threat of selling fewer devices in 2021 than it carried out in 2020. Its quantity was down greater than 34% in November. Of the automakers who report monthly sales, just Ford’s numbers were still outstanding at the time of publication; like GM, the Blue Oval is anticipated to reveal that its sales volumes have actually slipped additionally due to recurring parts shortages.