Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: General Motors, Ford Motor, Toyota Motors, Honda Motor and Nissan Motor

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: General Motors, Ford Motor, Toyota Motors,
                         Honda Motor and Nissan Motor

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2012

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses
the U.S. Automotive, including General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Ford Motor
Co. (NYSE:F), Toyota Motors Corp. (NYSE:TM), Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC) and
Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY).


A synopsis of today's Industry Outlook is presented below. The full article
can be read at 


The automotive industry is highly concentrated, with the top-10 global
automakers accounting for roughly 80% of worldwide production and nearly 90%
of total vehicles sold in the U.S.

In the first nine months of 2012, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) led with a
18.1% market share in the U.S., followed by Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) with a
15.5% market share, Toyota Motors Corp. (NYSE:TM) with a 14.4% market share,
Chrysler-Fiat with a 11.5% market share, and Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC) and
Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY) at the last spots with 9.8% and 7.9% market
shares, respectively.

Due to a massive structural change after the global economic meltdown in 2008,
the global auto industry is expected to be ruled by automakers and suppliers
based in the six major auto markets – the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, China,
India and Korea.


To remain competitive, the automakers will need to design vehicles that will
cater to consumers in both mature and emerging markets while manufacturing
them at low-cost using the most advanced technology.

The recent trend shows that automakers are concentrating on offering more
optional features (which will save money on gas) even on the small and less
gas-guzzler vehicles in order to attract buyers. The sale of optional features
is helping them offset lower profit margins for small cars relative to large

The automakers continue to shift their production facilities from high-cost
regions such as North America and the European Union to lower-cost regions
such as China, India and South America. According to a study by CSM Worldwide,
China and South America together are projected to represent more than 50% of
growth in global light vehicle production in the auto industry from 2008 to

The role of governments is highly significant. Governments in all major
countries have become active auto industry players. Their energy and
environmental policies will be strongly responsible in molding the auto
industry in the coming years.

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