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Little Known Automotive Facts

Little Known Automotive Facts

  • During WWII Chrysler built B29s that bombed Japan.
    Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down.
    Both companies now build cars in a joint called Diamond Star.
  • The first vehicle to move under its own power was in 1765.
    The first speed ticket was issued for doing 12MPH in a 5MPH zone in 1904.
  • In 1916 55% of all cars in the world were Model T Fords.
  • In 2009 the $2400, 73mpg Tata Nano was introduced in India.
  • There are currently 1 billion cars in use on earth today.
    About 165000 cars are produced each day.
  • There are over 30,000 parts in an average car.
  • The 3 point Swedish patented seatbelt saves one life every 6 minutes. It is free to all manufacturers.
  • Aston Martin’s name is from its founder, Lionel Martin, who raced at Aston Hill.

Car Sales are Back!

U.S. Total Market Sales
1999 16,958,568
2000 17,410,320
2001 17,177,445
2002 16,848,180
2003 16,675,648
2004 16,913,361
2005 16,997,203
2006 16,560,989
2007 16,154,064
2008 13,245,718
2009 10,431,510
2010 11,589,844
2011 12,778,885
2012 14,492,398
2013 15,582,136
2014 16,531,070
2015 17,500,000
Source: Automakers & ANDC 
2015 Estimated  

Mustang vs. Camaro

Mustang vs. Camaro

From 1965-2001 the Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro
7,899,556 to 4,821,768. Mustang’s best year was 1966 selling 607,568. Camaro’s best year was 1979 selling 282,571.

However, in 2014 Camaro took up that bragging rights challenge and
outsold the Mustang
86,297 to 82,635. Not the first time they beat Mustang, but the first time in recent history.

Outlook 2015

WardsAuto:  Forecast December Sales Set to Reach 10-Year High
The forecast puts the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales at 16.95 million-units, within a hair of breaking the 17 million mark for two consecutive months for the first time since June/July-05.

J.D. Power:  December Retail SAAR Highest Since 2006 at 16.7 million
Total light-vehicle sales in December 2014 are expected to reach 1.5 million units, a 6 percent increase, compared with December 2013. [Total forecast SAAR]

LMC Automotive has raised its 2015 forecast to 17.4 million units from 17.2 million, which is a 3 percent growth over 2014.

Kelley Blue Book:  New-Vehicle Sales To Jump Nearly 10 Percent In Best December Since 2004; Kelley Blue Book Forecasts 16.9 Million SAAR In 2015

TrueCar  projects 2015 U.S. new auto sales to reach decade-high 17 million, set all-time record revenue of $553 billion . TrueCar expects a healthy U.S. auto industry in 2015 with sales of new cars and trucks rising at least 2.6 percent to 17 million units, the highest level since 2005.

Go Hawks!!!


12  -  XLIX  -  12

The Next Bond Car !!??!!

007 James Bond’s
1962 to 2015 ????

Sunbeam Alpine (1962)
Bentley Mark V
Aston Martin DB5
Lincoln Continental
Toyota GT 2000
Aston Martin DBS
Ford Galaxy 500
Chevrolet Impala
AMC Hornet
Lotus Esprit S1
MP Lafer
Citroen 2CV
Range Rover Classic
Renault !!
Aston Martin Vantage Volante
Lincoln Mark V!! LSC
BMW 750iL
Ford Fairlane
Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin DB5
Land Rover Defender
Fiat 500 ?????? (2015)

Stay tuned……

Home Values

Zillow Real Estate Research
Home Value Increase YOY 2014

Seattle                6.4%
Spokane             3.3%
Tri Cities             5.8%
Bremerton          4.6%
Bellingham         5.2%
Portland             5.7%
Salem                7.3%
Bend                10.4%
Boise                 5.5%

5% Unemployment

There is a concern with the methodology behind the unemployment rate. It is true that the rate does not include people who have given up looking for work, and it's fair to say it's an imprecise way to count the number of jobless individuals.

Despite this, we know that if we have 5% or less unemployment, even imperfectly measured, that’s a relatively low rate and a good thing. There will always be people who find it incredibly difficult to secure a job, and we are all sympathetic to those people and stand behind the government’s efforts to support them. But on a macro level, reaching 5% unemployment is a significant marker. It demonstrates our progress and tells us where we are on the unemployment cycle, which is not only predictable, but also has historically been a solid indicator of economic health. See full article, Harvard Business Review Nov. 2014


unempl pred 2015


Vehicles Set A Blistering Sales Pace
USA Today, 9-4-2014

Trucks and SUVs continued to push automakers sales in August as new designs, cheap loans and stable fuel prices wiped out buyers’ resistance. The industry’s annualized selling pace for the month was a breathtaking 17.53 million, according to Autodata, up from 15.94 million in August 2013.

Every major automaker reported a sales gain, save for GM which slipped slightly despite heroic truck sales.

“Buyers shake off fears, stampede to lift car sales up 5.5%.”

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Hot Car Sales Tops the News


NBC Evening News June 3, 2014
Forget the recalls and recovery, May saw gang buster sales in the auto industry. They are on track to have the best sales year since 2006. It’s the best indicator of where our economy may be going. “The top leading automakers are leaving analysts’ expectations in the dust” says Phil LeBeam, NBCs auto industry reporter. He sees this as the “reemergence of the American consumer.” With 1.6 million cars sold in May, 11.3% over 2013, the big 3 were big winners. Chrysler with a 16.7% increase. GM at 12.6% and Ford at 3%.


Sales floors are seeing no negative attitudes about the economy. Recalls are from yesterday’s cars. After a long cold winter they are ready to buy todays cars today.


Think Outside of the Box!

Think Outside the Box You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass a remote bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus: 1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die. 2. An old friend who once saved your life. 3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about. Knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car, which one would you choose to offer a ride to, Think, before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again. Dilemma! The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. She simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams." Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."

Car Sales Climb!

Car Sales Continue to Climb Despite Weather


Manufacturer April 2014 April -2014 YTD
Subaru 22% 22%
Nissan / Infiniti 18% 13%
Chrysler/ Fiat 14% 12%
Mercedes 12% 7%
BMW / Mini 2% 3%
Hyundai / Kia 8% 3%
Toyota / Lexus 13% 2%
Mazda 13% 2%
General Motors 7% 0%
Ford -1% -2%
VW Audi Porsche -1% -5%
Total 8% 3%



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