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Friday, July 07, 2017

The Fast Track to “Carmageddon”

Back in the 1950s when GM had 50% of the auto market they always said that, “As General Motors goes, so goes the nation.”

That was obviously a tribute to GM’s economic muscle and its role as the driver of growth and rising living standards in post-war America’s booming economy. Those days are long gone for both GM and the nation. GM’s drastically reduced 20% market share of U.S. light vehicle sales in June was still an economic harbinger, albeit of a different sort.

GM offered a record $4,361 of cash incentives during June. That was up 7% from last year and represented 12% of its average selling price of $35,650 per vehicle, also a record. But what it had to show for this muscular marketing effort was a 5% decline in year-over-year sales and soaring inventories. The latter was up 46% from last June.

My purpose is not to lament GM’s ragged estate, but to note that it — along with the entire auto industry — has become a ward of the Fed’s debt-fueled false prosperity. The June auto sales reports make that absolutely clear.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cars ! The Mode of trans spirispirit tation! Say No no sweet ones cars yes !

Anonymous said...

Prices are out of reach for most people. Jobs and incomes make it impossible to afford the payments on a new car or truck. Some of the prices are higher than what I originally paid for my home in 1990!