Niro sales continue to climb. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 2, 2017 The Guinness World Record setting 2017 Kia Niro LX as seen at the 2017 NYIAS in April - The Niro LX starts at $25,775 which includes the front and rear mats, cargo mat, $1,450 Adv. Tech Safety Pkg, and the $895 D&H charge while providing owners with a 51/46 mpgUS city/highway rating. Just $24,325 all-in if you forgo the Adv. Tech Safety Pkg. The LX Advanced Technology Package consists of the latest advanced safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), and Smart Cruise Control (SCC). Well worth it imho. Especially if you can pick one up for the deals being offered in the Midwest right now. The std. 1.6L I4 is mated to a clutched 43 hp electric motor providing a combined output of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This power is put to the pavement via a fast shifting 6-speed DCT. And as a compact CUV, it provides 97.1/19.4 and 54.5 cu.ft. of passenger/cargo volume with the rear seats up/down. To put a bow on this little beauty, there is $5k off being offered in the states of IL, MI and OH. Now back to your regularly scheduled programing. Kia April 2017 Sales Overview In April, Kia delivered 53,358 vehicles, down 5.6 percent from the 56,508 sold in April of 2016. On a daily selling Rate (DSR) basis, sales were down just 1.9 percent. YTD sales of 181,086 are off 10.7 percent below the 202,829 sold through the same period of 2016. On a DSR basis, sales are off 9.8 percent. The company’s stylish and value oriented offerings are better than these numbers suggest imho. April saw Niro sales accelerate again with 2,939 vehicles sold. Through the first 4 months of availability, the sales tally looks like this: Jan – 42 <-- Last days of the month when it was initially offered. Feb – 2,143 Mar – 2,704 April – 2,939 While still just over 500 units behind the third place RAV4 Hybrid, Kia is hungry and the Niro may just sneak into third place on that U.S. Hybrid segment sales chart sometime this summer. 2017 Kia Niro I sure do miss driving this hyper efficient CUV. On the conventional front, the Forte achieved its highest monthly sales total in company history with 10,496 cars sold, up 7.8 percent over the 9,740 sold in April of 2014. Another 235 cars sold and it would have surpassed even the Optima. YTD sales of 35,558 is up 5.6 percent over the 33,662 sold through the same period of 2016. The U.S. Automobile April 2017 vs. April 2016 Market Share results. It was a tough month for GM in terms of their profit center(s) with the Silverado, Sierra, Colorado, and Canyon being outsold by the F-Series. Notice the RAM. For the second month in a row it outsold the Silverado. The Accord broke back into the Top 10 with the Altima falling off. Notice the highly regarded 2017 Toyota Prius Prime outsold the Volt for the first time and took the top spot in the electric segment. As mentioned above, Kia’s Niro achieved sales of 2,939 and its sales volume is still climbing with another 235 units added from last month’s 2,704 tally. U.S. April 2017 Sales vs. April 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM April 2017 Sales Down 5.8% with 244,406 Vehicles sold Ford April 2017 Sales Down 7.2% with 214,695 Vehicles sold Toyota April 2017 Sales Down 4.4% with 201,926 Vehicles sold FCA April 2017 Sales Down 6.6% with 177,441 Vehicles sold Honda April 2017 Sales Down 7.0% with 138,386 Vehicles sold Nissan April 2017 Sales Down 1.5% with 121,998 Vehicles sold Hyundai April 2017 Sales were up 1.3% with 63,050 Vehicles sold Kia April 2017 Sales Down 5.6% with 53,358 Vehicles sold Subaru April 2017 Sales Up 3.9% with 52,368 Vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz April 2017 Sales Down 8.7% with 29,490 Vehicles sold VW April 2017 Sales Up 1.6% with 27,557 Vehicles sold BMW April 2017 Sales Down 12.2% with 26,105 Vehicles sold Mazda April 2017 Sales Down 7.8% with 24,164 Vehicles sold Audi April 2017 Sales Up 5.1% with 18,711 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover April 2017 Sales Up 34.5% with 8,441 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi April 2017 Sales Down 13.4% with 8,375 Vehicles sold Volvo April 2017 Sales Up 15.4% with 7,121 Vehicles sold Porsche April 2017 Sales Up 2.2% with 5,529 Vehicles sold In April, Honda moved ahead of Nissan, Kia ahead of Subaru, and both Mercedes-Benz and VW moved ahead of BMW. U.S. Automobile April 2017 sales were off 4.0 percent on a volume basis (1.44 million vs 1.50 million) but just 0.7 percent on a DSR Daily Selling Rate basis. 26 selling days in April of 2017 vs 27 in April of 2016. The industry is beginning to slow. How long the OEMs will be able to maintain profit margins with mildly sinking sales remains to be seen. Ford's weak quarter announced last week may be just the start of a longer term decline for the industry. There will still be profits but lower financial results on lower volumes are probably in the cards for the U.S. market over the short to intermediate term.