U.S. December Auto Sales Surprisingly Strong, 2016 Sets New High

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U.S. consumer confidence reached levels not seen in 15 years in December. Auto sales are an early indicator of consumer spending, and account for about a fifth of U.S. retail spending. Though a small percentage, the determine of people switching to journey services might be early evidence that more consumers imagine that journey sharing can substitute automobile ownership. Germany has already been sued by the EU for exceeding those thresholds for more than a maximum of 35 days per 12 months. In addition to GATX, Wells Fargo & Co, Bank of America Corp and Greenbrier Companies Inc are among the U.S. fleet homeowners.

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A BMW spokeswoman said the deliberate plant in the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosi would construct the BMW three Series from 2019, with the output intended for the world market. The plant could be an addition to existing 3 Series manufacturing facilities in Germany and China. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCAU.N>() was a laggard in December, as its gross sales slid 10 %. FCA’s Jeep brand reported gross sales down 6 percent.

Discounts erode automakers’ profits but GM said the average transaction price for its vehicles rose $740 from November to $36,386 in December, reflecting in part strong sales of large SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe. That is important to investors because Detroit’s automakers make the bulk of their global profits from sales of trucks and SUVs in North America.