Automakers Feel Pinch as Shoppers Wait for Newer Models

Posted on 03. May, 2012 by in Auto News

Dead can too strong a word. The Ford Escape, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Impala, among other things, are far from dead. In fact, before long you can breathe fresh mountain air. But in April 2012, saw these and other car sales suffer in the hands of a market that something better comes down the line knew.

The glitz and glamor of insightful cars at an auto show grabs headlines, but it also informs buyers that something better is on the way, and they can hold off on a purchase until it arrives.

It's happened before.

The BMW 3 Series, a nameplate that routinely secures the title of America's best-selling luxury car, saw it happen last year. In 2011, when the U.S. new car market grew by 10% clip, sales slipped 6.5% of the 3 Series. True, stayed on the 3-series as America's best-selling premium car, but buyer factors all too aware of two.

First, there were recently redesigned and more stylish luxury cars. Second, buyers knew a new 3 Series came. Towards the end of the calendar year, they knew exactly what it would look like, how much electricity they would produce and what would be its fuel economy benefits.

The bathroom before the new model was probably painfully dealer, but there is a sequence effect. By the first quarter of this year, helped the new BMW 3 Series sales increase 27%, which helps to fall 6.5%, especially considering that coupe and convertible models had not been updated balance. Mercedes-Benz C-Class is changed slightly, revenue grew by 20%, fueled mainly by a new entry engine as the 3 Series. But it is a swing that BMW by jogging you start such an important model. A 6.5% decline is not so bad after all.

This is to let consumers know the risk early, which will deliver a car manufacturer. Apple released an iPhone, and shortly after it goes on sale. In fact, we believe it will soon be a new Honda Accord, but Honda is keeping with its tradition of holding his cards close to the vest. Accord sales by 26% in April. By the way, we're not sure what will look like the next Accord, know when we have a few tips. But they are just that information.

We know what the next Nissan Altima, due in July, will look. The midsize Nissan was America's second best-selling car in January, February and March, but it fell to 12 After sales slipped 6% in the last month compared to April 2011. The 2013 Altima was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.

The Chevrolet Impala is currently a value-conscious, high-volume big car on a full-sized market that has shrunk significantly in recent years. There is an urgent redesign for years, but it has to sell, despite his age. In the first quarter had Impala sales increased 2% over the previous year. In April of the current Impala sales fell 29%, the worst year-over-year decline of any American Top 20 cars reported. The 2014 Impala was revealed at the New York Auto Show at the beginning of April, but buyers will have to wait longer for the car. It will not go on sale until early 2013. That's a long time for GM to percentage points to stare almost five times larger than the BMW 3 Series is.

Other factors were at play in the last month, besides the fact that potential buyers may be turned on by a newer, flashier car while outgoing 4 – or 5-year-old designs are sitting on dealer lots with discounts. April 2011, three more sales days than in April 2012, so year-over-year volume changes distorted. GM fleet sales particularly strong a year ago. U.S. auto sales was unexpectedly buoyant in the first months of 2012, and dealer inventory was limited in some cases.

All these factors explain some impact, but not quite, the Ford Escape chute, holding a model that can illustrate the best of buyers. Ford showed the 2013 Escape at the LA Auto Show last fall with reviews like this to sing his praises the Internet meets a few weeks ago. The current version of the Escape has been mentioned to us for more than a decade with far fewer changes than most models already. Is it any wonder? Flight sales by 20% in April, when the new version was just weeks away from dealers

New car buyers can only be a patient bunch, or at least a few that are ready.'s New car, which is actually prepared and made available Honda introduced the new CR-V at the LA Auto Show in November, and the vehicle, which has now taken over from the flight as America's best-selling SUV was later is loaded in less than two months.

Tim Cain is a contributing writer for and the editor-in-chief of Good Car Bad Car, a website that analyzes both U.S. and Canadian car sales.