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Industry Report Card: Global Automakers Mar 04 Product Image

Industry Report Card: Global Automakers Mar 04

  • Published: March 2004
  • Region: Global
  • Standard & Poors

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • AB Volvo
  • Fiat SpA
  • Hyundai Motor Co.
  • Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
  • Renault S.A.
  • Tata Motors Ltd.
  • MORE

Abstract
Although 2004 has gotten off to a sluggish start, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services still expects auto demand in the U.S. market to experience a cyclical uplift for the full year. Standard & Poor's expects U.S. light-vehicle sales to total approximately 16.8 million units in 2004, up from 16.6 million units in 2003. Better general economic conditions should enable some abatement of price competition. However, the "pull-forward" effect of past price discounting, plus the dampening effects of rising interest rates, declining lease terminations, and lengthening consumer auto loan terms will all constrain the extent of volume and pricing improvement. Difficult long-term trends will predominate, with the maturity of the market in North America and Western Europe, the proliferation of competing...

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- Ford Motor Co.
- Motors Liquidation Co. (fka General Motors Corp.)
- PACCAR Inc.
- AB Volvo
- Renault S.A.
- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
- Daimler AG
- Navistar International Corp.
- Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
- Toyota Motor Corp.
- Fiat SpA
- Peugeot S.A.
- Volkswagen AG
- BMW AG
- Tata Motors Ltd.
- Hyundai Motor Co.
- Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
- Suzuki Motor Corp.
- Kia Motors Corp.
- Scania (publ.) AB

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