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#56 of 69 love your old cars?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 28, 2013 (2:24 pm)
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#57 of 69 Feb lookin' good
Mar 01, 2013 (9:50 am)
Early reports are coming in - Ford up 9%, GM up 7%.
#58 of 69 Re: Feb lookin' good [ateixeira]
Mar 01, 2013 (9:52 am)
Fusion had a monster month. Feb sales were 27,875 vs. 14,817 for the Malibu.
#60 of 69 The drop-off in driving
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 14, 2013 (6:41 pm)
"For six decades, Americans have tended to drive more every year. But in the middle of the last decade, the number of miles driven — both over all and per capita — began to drop, notes a report to be published on Tuesday by U.S. Pirg, a nonprofit advocacy organization.
People tend to drive less during recessions, since fewer people are working (and commuting), and most are looking for ways to save money. But Phineas Baxandall, an author of the report and senior analyst for U.S. Pirg, said the changes preceded the recent recession and appeared to be part of a structural shift that is largely rooted in changing demographics, especially the rise of so-called millennials — today’s teenagers and twentysomethings. “Millennials aren’t driving cars,” he said."
Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving (NY Times)
May 15, 2013 (1:24 pm)
"The share of sales to this age group fell almost 30 percent from 2007 to 2011. Then, in 2012 — a year that brought 13 percent year-over-year growth to auto sales, Millennial buyers came back to the market in force, improving their share of sales to just over 20 percent less than 2007 levels. What's more, they have largely maintained these share gains so far in 2013. Improving income and employment, more household formations, and increased consumer confidence all contributed to the boost in Millennial car buying."
Millennials Take the Wheel
#62 of 69 Re: on the other hand [steve_]
May 16, 2013 (6:26 am)
Isn't the millennial generation 1982-2000, or something like that? I think it's going to be hard to judge that group as a whole until the whole generation comes "on line" Right now, the oldest ones might be 30-31 (incidentally, I didn't even buy my first new car until I was about 29 1/2), but the youngest are still in middle school. Right now, about 20-25% of them aren't even old enough to get their license yet, while another similar-sized chunk probably would probably need their parents to co-sign for one.
#63 of 69 Re: on the other hand [andre1969]
May 16, 2013 (6:32 am)
I bought my first new car at 24 in '95 and still needed my dad to co-sign.
#64 of 69 Re: on the other hand [dieselone]
May 17, 2013 (6:19 am)
Bought my first new car at 22 in 1987. It did help that I had an uncle in the banking business!
Aug 29, 2013 (3:55 pm)
"A new analysis from the CALPIRG Education Fund, a nonprofit focused on good government, argues that the change is not just economic.
"The recession does not appear to be the prime cause of the falloff in driving over the past eight years," it concluded.
Since the recession, Americans are driving fewer miles, on average, in all but a handful of states. The average Californian, for instance, cut his or her annual miles driven by 6.6% between 2005 and 2011, the report found.
When people don’t have jobs, they tend to drive a lot less. But the states with the biggest drops in driving don’t all have the biggest increases in unemployment, the analysis found."
Driving is down, and it's not just the economy, new study finds (LA Times)