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

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

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CHICAGO, July 12, 2013

CHICAGO, July 12, 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 General Motors (NYSE:GM-Free
Report), Ford Motor (NYSE:F-Free Report), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM-Free
Report), Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC-Free Report) and Nissan Motor Co.
(OTC:NSANY-Free Report).


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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

Auto Sales Rise Steadily in China

After months of sluggish growth owing to weak economic conditions and
restrictions imposed by the government on new vehicles, total vehicle sales in
China reflected a steady growth of 11.2% in Jun compared with 9.8% in May,
according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

A total of 1.8 million vehicles were sold in the country during the month,
leading to sales of 10.8 million vehicles for the first half of the year, up
12.3% on a year-over-year basis. Passenger vehicle (cars, multipurpose and
sport-utility vehicles) sales also increased steadily by 9.3% to 1.4 million
units in Jun compared with 9.0% in May. For the first half of the year,
passenger vehicle sales rose 13.8% to 8.7 million units.

The steady growth in sales was mainly attributable to lower prices, which
partially offset the effect of shortage of credit, weak economy and government
restrictions on vehicle registration due to increasing traffic congestion and
pollution in Chinese cities.

Sales of American brands swelled 12.7% to 1.8 million vehicles in the first
half of 2013. Among the U.S. automakers, General Motors' (NYSE:GM-Free Report)
sales went up 10.6% to 236,207 vehicles in the month while Ford Motor's
(NYSE:F-Free Report) sales continued to be impressive, soaring 44% to 75,254
vehicles in Jun.

Sales of Japanese automakers recovered from the effect of political conflict
between Beijing and Tokyo over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Sales of Japanese brands, including Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM-Free Report),
Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC-Free Report) and Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY-Free
Report), grew 16.5% to 2.3 million vehicles in the first half of the year, as
CAAM has revealed. Among them, Toyota sales grew 9% to 76,900 vehicles, Honda
sales dipped 5.6% to 61,003 vehicles and Nissan sales fell 7.7% to 101,400

Chinese automakers suffered due to strong competition from foreign automakers
and their local brands. Sales of Chinese brands rose only 5.5% to 5.3 million
vehicles during the first half of the year.

Meanwhile, sales of German brands went up 20.6% to 2.9 million vehicles in the
same period. Sales of Germany's BMW grew 6.9% to 184,489 vehicles in the

In 2009, China overtook the U.S. as the biggest auto market in the world by
sales volumes when the Beijing government introduced a stimulus package,
including tax incentives for small cars.

However, the incentives were scrapped and the Beijing government imposed
quotas on new car registrations in order to control the traffic congestions.
The scenario is expected to become worse in the future, as Chinese government
has widened the number of cities where it is curbing vehicle purchases to
reduce greenhouse gases, as China Association of Automobile Manufacturers has

According to Shi Jianhua, deputy secretary general of CAAM, the Chinese
government will include Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen,
Shijiazhuang, Tianjin and Wuhan cities for controlling auto sales. Shi
believes that the controlling measures will reduce vehicle deliveries by
400,000 units or 2% of total vehicle sales in the country.

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