The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nissan Motor, Ford Motor, General Motors, Toyota Motor and Honda Motor

 The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nissan Motor, Ford Motor, General Motors,
                         Toyota Motor and Honda Motor

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, May 7, 2013

CHICAGO, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY),
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp.
(NYSE:TM) and Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC).


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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

April Auto Sales Slip Below 15 Million

Auto sales in the U.S. slipped below seasonally adjusted rate (SAAR) of 15
million units to 14.92 million vehicles in April for the first time since
October last year due to weak commercial customer (fleet) sales. However, it
increased from the year-ago level of 14.42 million units by 3.5%. Total
vehicle sales rose 8.5% to 1.29 million vehicles in the month.

Among the six major automakers (U.S. and Japanese), Nissan Motor Co.
(OTC:NSANY) topped all the automakers in terms of sales growth. Let us look at
the sales figure by individual automakers.

U.S. Automakers

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) sales rose 18.0% to 211,984 vehicles, driven mainly by
strong demand for its redesigned Escape SUV. Escape sales surged 52% to 25,826
units, making the best April since the model went on sale 13 years ago. Sales
of Ford's F-Series pickup, the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., grew 24% due
to continuous demand from homebuilders and other businesses.

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) posted an 11.4% rise in sales to 237,646
vehicles in April, driven by strong sales of its all four brands and
especially Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Sales increased 11% for
Chevrolet, 34% for Cadillac, 11% for Buick and 7% for GMC. Silverado sales
escalated 28% to 39,395 units.

Chrysler Group recorded an 11.0% rise in sales to 156,698 vehicles, driven by
strong sales of Ram pickup truck. Ram pickup sales soared 49% to 32,124 during
the month. Jeep brand sales grew 2% to 39,426 units but Chrysler brand sales
dipped 13% to 27,836 units.

Japanese Automakers

Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM) sales slid 1.1% to 176,160 units due to weak car
sales. Car sales in the month went down 9.5% to 89,956 units but truck sales
improved 11.6% to 68,113 units. Toyota's revamped RAV4 posted best-ever April
sales of 18,541 units, a 22% rise from the prior year.

Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC) recorded a 7.4% rise in sales to 130,999 vehicles
driven by strong sales gain (12%) of CR-V, which posted its best April ever.
Sales of Honda's popular Accord sedan fell 5.2%, while Civic sales rose 8.3%
in the month.

Nissan Motor posted an impressive 23.2% rise in sales to 87,847 vehicles.
Nissan Division sales rose 24.6% to 80,003 units, driven by models like
Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Rogue. Sales of Infiniti vehicles grew 10% to
7,844 units in the month.


Strong pent-up demand, easier car finance and improving macroeconomic
conditions will continue to act as a catalyst to rejuvenate U.S. auto sales to
the pre-recession level. Good news is that improving auto sales will also help
the overall economic recovery in the U.S., being a key industry for growth.
Despite some headwinds, full year sales are expected to exceed 15 million
units compared with 14.5 million units in 2012.

GM expects a 7% rise in industry sales in 2013. Meanwhile, Ford predicted an
8% gain in the year, which reflects more than threefold rise compared with the
overall economic growth of 2%–2.5% forecasted by the automaker.

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