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August U.S. auto sales: Toyota, Hyundai, Kia slip as chip woes spread

The critical microchip lack and other supply-chain constraints that have plagued automakers for months have now ensnarled Toyota, Hyundai and Kia.

August U.S. light-auto deliveries dropped two per cent at Toyota Motor Corp., with volume down two.4 per cent at the Toyota division but edging up .5 per cent at Lexus.

Some of the Toyota brand’s most significant sellers posted notable declines, with Highlander volume off 11 per cent and RAV4 deliveries down 24 per cent. Camry deliveries slipped three.1 per cent and Tacoma dropped 4.5 per cent.

Just after a extend of monthly document income, August deliveries fell three.7 per cent at Hyundai and 5.three per cent at Kia, the businesses said Wednesday.

Desire for some of the two companies’ most popular light vans — the Hyundai Palisade, Tucson and Santa Fe, as nicely as the Kia Telluride, Seltos and Sorento — dropped past month.

Kia said it bought 75 per cent of available inventory past month and Hyundai ended August with 39,357 new automobiles in U.S. stock, a drop of 15 per cent from forty six,113 in July.

Eric Watson, vice president of income functions at Kia The united states, cited “issues facing the sector pertaining to elements availability and in general inventory” for the firm’s August final results. 

Hyundai said in general retail income fell 7 per cent past month, with retail deliveries of cars off three per cent and light vans down nine per cent, suggesting extra purchasers are delaying a invest in until eventually availability and collection make improvements to.

“Customer demand from customers for Hyundai automobiles stays at an all-time higher and we be expecting our inventory pipeline to make improvements to throughout the remainder of the yr,” said Randy Parker, senior vice president for countrywide income at Hyundai Motor The united states.

New crossovers carry on to boost volume at Genesis, with August income soaring 266 per cent to 4,975.

Honda Motor Co., Subaru, Mazda and Volvo are scheduled to report August income later Wednesday. Ford Motor Co. will launch final results for the month on Thursday. The relaxation of the sector stories income on a quarterly foundation.

U.S. light-auto income are envisioned to drop 4 to eighteen per cent in August, dependent on estimates from Cox Automotive, TrueCar, J.D. Ability and LMC Automotive.

The seasonally altered, annualized price of income is projected to fall to thirteen.1 million to fourteen.4 million, the 4 forecasting businesses say.

A thirteen.1 million examining would be the cheapest of the yr and the cheapest because June 2020’s thirteen.23 million price, early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The critical microchip lack, along with new COVID-19 restrictions in southeast Asia that have disrupted essential supply chains, carry on to undermine auto and light-truck output and materials.

Inventories remained severely frustrated and nicely under 1 million in August, J.D. Ability and LMC Automotive say, in comparison to auto and light-truck materials of three million two decades ago.

Honda past week warned September U.S. deliveries to sellers will be 40 per cent under prepared ranges, even as the organization prioritizes North American output.

A number of analysts and automakers have started to trim their outlook for U.S. income in 2021. LMC past month said it now expects U.S. deliveries this yr to total sixteen.5 million, down 400,000 units from its previous forecast.