Ford U.S. July 2017 Sales Down 7.5% with 200,212 Vehicles Sold – But First, The Raptor

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Raptors are killers whether sweeping the sky or scorching the earth. ;)

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 1, 2017

    2017 Ford F-150 Raptor parked next to its soaring namesake

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    And who would have guessed an old Ford Tri-motor would have photobombed. ;)

    The world’s highest-performance weapons platform meets the ruler of terra firma. Raptor meets Raptor.

    Ford created a Ford F-150 Raptor based on the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for an auction at AirVenture Oshkosh. The truck fetched $300,000 for the Experimental Aircraft Association Gathering of Eagles – an organization and an event committed to aviation and encouraging youth involvement in flight.

    Ford has raised more than $3 million for the annual event since 2008 by creating collector’s edition vehicles, with the attention getting F-22 F-150 Raptor as the premier offering at this year’s live gala on July 28. Ford served as exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2017 AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

    The F-22 F-150 Raptor was purchased by Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle has found the perfect home in that Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Airforce’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada. :)

    F-150 Raptor is the ultimate high-performance off-road truck. Delivering 450 hp and 510 lb.-ft. of torque in stock trim, Raptor’s exclusive Terrain Management System gives it superior agility when the off-road going gets rough.

    Highlights of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

    The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter that is considered fourth generation in stealth aircraft technology by the USAF. It is the first operational aircraft to combine supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth, and sensor fusion in a single weapons platform. The Raptor has clipped delta wings with a reverse sweep on the rear, four empennage surfaces, and a retractable tricycle landing gear. Flight control surfaces include leading-edge flaps, flaperons, ailerons, rudders on the canted vertical stabilizers, and all-moving horizontal tails; these surfaces also serve as speed brakes.

    The F-22 Raptor is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 afterburning turbofan engines closely spaced and equipped with 2D (+/- 20 degree) pitch-axis thrust vectoring nozzles. Each engine has maximum thrust in the 35,000 lb. The F-22's thrust-to-weight ratio in typical combat configuration is nearly at unity in maximum military power and 1.25 in full afterburner. Maximum speed without external stores is estimated to be Mach 1.82 during supercruise and greater than Mach 2 with afterburners.

    The F-22 is among only a few aircraft that can supercruise, or sustain supersonic flight without using fuel-inefficient afterburners; it can intercept targets which subsonic aircraft would lack the speed to pursue and an afterburner-dependent aircraft would lack the fuel to reach.

    The Raptor's high operating altitude is also a significant tactical advantage over prior fighters. The use of internal weapons bays permits the aircraft to maintain comparatively higher performance over most other combat-configured fighters due to a lack of aerodynamic drag from external stores. The F-22's structure contains a significant amount of high-strength materials to withstand stress and heat of sustained supersonic flight. Titanium alloys and composites comprise 39% and 24% of the aircraft's structural weight respectively.

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    Brad and Doug DeBerti of DeBerti Design were tapped for the project.

    Highlights of the Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor
    • 545 hp and 660 lb.-ft. of torque via an intercooled, 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost

    • Modified Addictive Desert Design front suspension and bump stop kit

    • Deaver rear spring pack to provide a smooth, progressive suspension

    • Fox bypass series shocks with adjustable comp and rebound valving for on/off-road use

    • Innov8 Racing custom forged beadlock wheels with Falcon Wildpeak tires

    • Upgraded Alcon 6-piston painted calipers, oversized rotors, high-friction pads

    • Modular off-road 1.3-million candela LED lighting system by KC Hilites

    • 1,500W Kicker audio system

    • Unique Sherwin-Williams ext paint integrating F-22 Raptor jet cues incl titanium grille with front silhouette

    • Amp Research power retracting steps

    • DeBerti two-tire, gas and ProEagle jack holder

    • LineX sprayed bedliner

    • Stainless-steel cat-back Borla exhaust system with carbon fiber tips

    • DeBerti carbon fiber fender flares, hood and fender vents

    • Paint hand-cut and polished to a mirror finish by Independent Detail
    Gathering of Eagles is traditionally held at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Museum, drawing more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts. Learn more about the association and its Gathering of Eagles by calling 800.236.1023 or emailing gathering@EAA.org.

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    Anyone want to read more about July Ford Sales after that intro? I did not think so but here they are anyway. ;)

    Ford July 2017 Sales Overview

    During July, Ford sold 200,212 vehicles, down 7.5 percent on a volume basis compared with the 216,479 it sold in July of 2016. On a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis, sales were off 3.8 percent since there were only 25 selling days in July of 2017 vs. 26 in July of 2016.

    YTD sales of 1,501,314 vehicles was off 4.3 percent from the 1,569,527 sold through the same period of 2016.

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    Like a record that cannot be put away, the F-Series made the company.

    F-Series achieved sales of 69,467 vehicles in July, up 5.8 percent (+10.0% on a DSR basis) over the 65,657 sold in July of 2016 YTD sales of 499,327 was up 8.3 percent over the 460,901 sold though the same period of 2016.

    The tough as nails Super Duty with in high-end trims represented a staggering 53 percent of the HD trucks volume. The average transaction price (ATP) of all Super Duty sales in July reached an incredible $55,000+ per truck, up $4,600 over last July sales result.

    U.S. Automobile July 2017 vs. July 2016 Market Share results

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    July 2017 Market Share items of note: GM lost 1.6 percent which went entirely to Toyota. FCA was down 0.5 percent, Honda was up 0.6 percent, Hyundai was down 1.1 percent, and Subaru was up 0.5 percent.

    These large Market Share swings over just a one-year period is significant in a mature industry that has been around for over 100 years. What it describes is the American new car buyer continues to trust Japanese brands more than any other despite what I consider lesser offerings across numerous model categories.

    Once again, another down month. Remember that 3 consecutive months of lower U.S. GDP is called a recession. July was the second consecutive month of lower sales volumes and the fifth lower sales month of seven YTD.

    2017 U.S. Monthly Auto Industry Sales Totals (Hyperlinked)

    January 2017 (+.01 million): 1.14 million vs 1.13 million sold in January of 2016
    February 2017 (-.01 million): 1.32 million vs 1.33 million sold in February of 2016
    March 2017 (-.05 million): 1.54 million vs 1.59 million sold in March of 2016
    April 2017 (-.06 million): 1.44 million vs. 1.50 million sold in April of 2016
    May 2017 (+.06 million): 1.52 million vs. 1.46 million sold in May of 2016
    June 2017 (-.06 million): 1.46 million vs. 1.51 million sold in June of 2016
    July 2017 (-.11 million): 1.41 million vs. 1.52 million sold in June of 2016

    From the June 2017 Sales reports, the first half of 2017 saw U.S. YTD sales of 8.43 million, down 1.9 percent from the 8.59 million sold through the first half of 2016 YTD.

    July 2017 U.S. Automotive industry sales of 1.41 million was down a steep 7.2 percent vs. the 1.52 million sold in July of 2016. On a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis, sales are off a less onerous 3.5 percent given there were only 25 selling days in July of 2017 vs. 26 in July of 2016. The beginning of the second half however shows more red ink than I was expecting.

    YTD U.S. Automotive industry sales of 9.84 million was down 2.7 percent vs. the 10.11 million sold through the same period of 2016.

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    The RAV4 is now the #1 selling CUV in the U.S. It even outsold Ram pickups which had recently held the number two and last month the number three spot.

    The well received, powerful, and even more efficient Civic continues to astound as it is now the hottest selling sedan in the country.

    Rogue fell from 4th back to 6th while the CR-V re-entered the Top 10 after falling shy last month.

    The Accord and Corolla fell from 8th and 6th to 9th and 10th respectively, anchoring the July Top 10 U.S. Auto Sales results.

    July 2017 U.S. B and C-Segment Sales Top 10 Highlights and Totals

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    B-segment items of note: Fit is gaining its past glory moving back to number 2 while Sonic moved back to mediocrity over the past year. Accent is experiencing the largest falloff over the past three months.

    Moving to the C-segment, Civic. That is all.

    July 2017 U.S. D and Utility Segment Top 10 Sales Highlights and Totals

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    D-segment items of note: Camry moves back ahead of Accord with the all-new 2018s imminent arrival. Red-ink is predominating across the majority of models.

    And Utility's? The RAV4 was shot out of a cannon! :)

    July 2017 U.S. Pickup Truck Segment Top 10 Sales Highlights and Totals

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    Pickup Truck segment items of note: Not a big deal but GMs 4 pickups combined outsell Ford's F-Series. Some of that has to do with Sierra moving ahead of Tacoma and Colorado moving ahead of Tundra. The final note is the Ridgeline dropped out of the Top 10 with Canyon outselling it and taking the number 10 spot.

    July 2017 U.S. Electrified Segment Top 10 Sales Highlights and Totals

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    Electrified Hybrid segment items of note: Ford Fusion hybrid sales fell from #1 to #4 in July. Accord Hybrid continues to hold its place while sales have improved mightily. And the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid is just months away. Highlander also had a good month.

    Regarding the plug-ins, the Volt fell two spots with a significant downturn in July sales. Like the Fusion HEV, the Energi and the i3 experienced sharp sales declines.

    U.S. June 2017 Sales vs. June 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers (Hyperlinked)
     

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