GM Vehicle Sales Collapse 11%

Tyler Durden's picture

Just a month ago, we were exuberantly told that the 14.7% rise in August sales for GM (against an expectation of an 11% rise) was not just great news but was entirely sustainable. Some suggested that this was merely demand dragged forward as rates rose, dealers channels were stuffed, and the vinegar strokes of an exuberant Fed were occurring. Today we have our answer...

  • Inventory up to 82 days from 64 days!! (Surge to 670,191 units from 628,644 prior)

We are sure that weather played a role; the calendar didn't help; government (Republicans) are probably at fault somehow; and it's a 'blip' but it seems like quite a miss for a "sustainable" new normal in auto sales.

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Bobbyrib's picture

With the government shutdown, who will buy GM cars?

onewayticket2's picture

it's ok.  liberals will blame republicans next month when employment numbers stink...."SEE!?  republicans dont want people to have jobs...or healthcare"


i literally will not be surprised when BRAWNDO is marketed on obamacare websites.

bread n circuses's picture

It's got what plants crave.

It's got electrolytes.

DaddyO's picture

C'mon, Tylers

The headline is misleading, an 11% pullback is not a collapse by any stretch.

I'm very supportive of ZH and its efforts, however titles to articles like this breed the notion of doom and gloom.


kaiserhoff's picture

WE need lower interest rates NOW.

   oh wait.

NotApplicable's picture

DaddyO, how could you possibly complain about an article that describes the Fed's actions as "vinegar strokes?"

I LOLed.

DaddyO's picture

I wasn't complaining about the article, just the title and its broadcasting that 11% pullback represented a collapse.

Who gives a rip about gov't motors anyway?

Now if the headline had been about an 11% pullback in PM's, I would have been up on my high horse!;>)


TruthInSunshine's picture

ObaMobiles for everyone, just like on Oprah.

You get a new car! You get a new car! You get a new car!

WatchingIgnorance's picture

But DaddyO, the entire system is built on continuous, infinite growth (in a finite world of course). 11% will take a bit to correct.

Margin Compression Bitchez!

greatbeard's picture

>>   liberals will blame republicans next month

Yeah, imagine that, playing the old red/blue card.  Good thing nobody around here pulls that one,.

I am more equal than others's picture

82 days of inventory... that is just about 1 quarters of vehicles sitting there gather dust and beginning to rust.  Maybe negative interest rates on car loans will move this inventory.  Wait, the goberment will bail this out again for a larger loss.

Everyman's picture

IT is also during the "New Model Year" Rollout month... September.

toadold's picture

Tire will get permane flat spots, seals will dry out in the top end and etc.  I suspect the unions insist that the companies keep manufacturing cars that people can't afford so the union dues that pay the union big wigs will keep coming in. After all can't the Fed keep printing money and sending some to GM for wages??

SoCalBusted's picture

Need to restart the Cash for Clunkers program.  Clunkers being any car manufactured before 2013.

TORNasunder's picture

I've noticed this year how all domestic dealer lots are absolutely stuffed with cars. And as mentioned dealers are now getting '14 model cars... which will make moving all those '13s lots of fun.

On the bright side I can only assume with so much inventory that deals are a'plenty...

Especially for those 8 year loans. /sarc

Agent P's picture

How is it that GM is reporting numbers during the government shut down?  I'm so confused. 

Bawneee Fwank's picture

I wish someone would look into that...Every government agency from local, state and federal buys nothing but GM and Dodge now.  Something is going on with that and it is obvious.  I know of one little shit stain police department that recieved three dodge chargers.  Found out it was through some government grant and that the department could only put so many miles a day on the vehicles.  After the miles were reached for that day they would have to start driving the run down shit cars.

Infinite QE's picture

But then the FT has this headline

Busy GM factories showcase US car boom


WTF? Is everything just propaganda now?

More of General Motors’ North American factories are working at full capacity than at any time in recent history, in the latest sign of how resurgent demand and plant closures have transformed the US car industry.

The sharp increase in productivity underscores the revival of the Detroit Three carmakers – GM, Ford and Chrysler – in the wake of 2009’s sweeping industry restructuring. GM and Chrysler underwent government-led bankruptcies as part of the overhaul, while Ford closed several plants and renegotiated many contracts.

McMolotov's picture

If you have to ask whether it's all propaganda, there's a good chance it's all propaganda.

If there were a chart for lying, it would be going exponential.

hedgeless_horseman's picture




"Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong."


- Ayn Rand

Spastica Rex's picture

And isn't Chrysler Italian?

Max Damage's picture

What about super Tesla? Did they sell another 5 cars? Up 25% from 4 cars?

29.5 hours's picture


Note how quickly they concluded that the fault was with the humble IT workers (consultants?) instead of the lawyers and managers responsible for the documents.


Cdad's picture

No matter...Phil Lebeau to the rescue.  Way to go COMCAST!  Nice job buying an entirely bankrupt network...and do nothing to address the problem.  I'm sure your shareholders are thrilled by your utter lack of action.

FieldingMellish's picture

TSLA will pick up the slack. Bullish.

Stoploss's picture

It is simply how NOT to get Cyprused..  They can only take whats available at the time.

BlueCheeseBandit's picture

Don't worry, Gen Y will get jobs lucrative enough to pay their student loans and buy a house and car to boot any day now...


slyhill's picture

Don't forget my SS, MC, WIC and food stamps.

Hohum's picture

Is this month over month (I suspect it is) or year over year?  If it is year over year, it's more significant.

Al Huxley's picture

If they got out of the physical car game and transitioned into a more robust paper market of car futures and car options then all these inventory issues would go away and they could manage the sales and price any way they wanted.

TalkToLind's picture

LOL!  And BTW, please delete your comment before Mythe Blasters reads it.

lolmao500's picture

Fix that the Obamacare way. Require people to buy a GM car or face a tax... eh it worked with health insurance, why not GM cars? It's the same principle and SCOTUS said it was constitutional!

CaptainObvious's picture

The day they pass that law is the day I drive my Toyota onto the White House lawn, douse it in gasoline, and toss a lit cigarette on it.

greatbeard's picture

>> douse it in gasoline, and toss a lit cigarette on it.

What good would that do, Captainobvious?  A lit cigarette won't ignite gasoline.

29.5 hours's picture

It does in the movies--in fact it causes (always) a real cool explosion.

smlbizman's picture

thats true and also funny to me, when i was 16 working for 1.65 an hour, at our local gas and repair shop, my crazy boss and not crazy for this...would throw his cigs in a bucket with gas in it......never went today i cant put gas in my can, in my truck "without" a bed liner cause the assholes know im going to blow the world up.....ah, the good times

Professor Fate's picture

See!  Government shut down less than 12 hours and this is what happens.  Reid will be on the tube with his beady eyes blaming Cruz and the Tea Party for collapsing car sales.  This is what you get when "Harry the Fairy" doesn't get his way.  I'm sure CNN and MSNBC are already on this story like stink on Obamacare.

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max 

SkottFree's picture

Not to worry new rose colored glasses to be issued as part of the shut down along with rose colored forcasts that will be revised downward in a few months. Obama said so!

yogibear's picture

Maybe Obama can throw in a Government Motor in go go along with the EBT cards  and Obama phone.

Ride a nice new GM car to use your EBT card while talking on your Obama phone. That's living the American good-life. 

In the Mean time Bubbles Bernanke and the Federal Reserve use their printed money from thin air to pay for Middle eastern oil and Chinese goods.

In the hood they perfer Cadillac Escalades. How about Obama gas cards as well?

W74's picture

Never, never, never forget what Peggy Joseph said in 2008.

"I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.  You know, I know if I help him, he gon help me."



yogibear's picture

That's what the liberals tell me. It's Bush's fault. Anything good is because of Obama, anything negative is Bush's fault.

SkottFree's picture

anything negative makes you a racist!

Turin Turambar's picture

Who the in the heck buys Government Motors cars?  Oh yeah, debtor sheep.

CaptainObvious's picture

It's not just debtor sheep.  Government motor pools and police departments buy a lot of that crap.

azzhatter's picture

Seriously, does anybody buy GM cars anymore? My brother has had a Cadillac and a Buick in the last 5 years. both shit boxes, nothing but repairs. Water pump, transmission, starter etc. Sorry but these cars are crap. I, on the other hand have a Honda that is 6 years old, 146,000 miles and only oil changes and tires. 

Debt Slave's picture

Seriously, does anybody buy GM cars anymore?

No, no way. My father called them "Garbage Motors".