C-Class leads. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 2, 2017 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class w/ the 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque 2.0L I4 mated to a 7-Speed AT – $40,425 to start incl. the $925 D&H charge provides owners with a paltry 24/34 mpgUS city/highway rating. Mercedes April 2017 Sales Overview Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) including Sprinter and smart reported April sales of 29,490, down 8.7 percent below the 32,291 sold in April of 2016. On a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis, April sales were off 5.2 percent. YTD sales of 117,125 are up 0.5 percent over the 116,600 sold through the same period of 2016. On a DSR basis, YTD sales are up 1.4 percent. Mercedes-Benz on its own achieved sales of 26,932 in April, down 7.9 percent below the 29,236 vehicles sold in April of 2016. Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in April was the C-Class, with sales of 7,821 vehicles, up 38.5 percent over the 5,645 sold in April of 2016. YTD sales of 28,440 are up 21.1 percent over the 23,484 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. 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.