AD #2018 – Automakers Set Sales Record in 2016, BMW Sculpts Future Interior, Local Motors’ Unique Development Process
January 5th, 2017 at 11:51am
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- Hyundai’s Smart House Concept
- BMW’s i Inside Future Sculpture
- Toyota Creates AI Presence for Cars
- Local Motors Develops Through Crowd-Sourcing
- Automakers Set Sales Record in 2016
On today’s show… automakers set a new sales record in the U.S. last year, a look at Local Motors’ unique development process and some of the highlights so far from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. All that and more coming right up on Autoline Daily.
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We’re starting to see a reoccurring theme at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Like the last few years, automakers are showing autonomous concepts, but they’re much more focused on interiors and how people will interact within them. And some concepts we’re seeing are not what I’d call cars, they’re more sculptures wrapped around an interior.
HYUNDAI’S MOBILE FURNITURE
Heck, this one from Hyundai is more like furniture. The Smart House concept aims to blur the lines between house, work and car. When not being used as a commuter space, the concept ‘docks’ itself inside the home.
BMW UNVEILS INTERIOR SCULPTURE
BMW is showing something similar with its i Inside Future. It features BMW’s HoloActive Touch, which is a new kind of user interface with a free-floating virtual display that’s operated with finger movements. The interior can also be reconfigured and personalized in many different ways. So, the automaker clearly is thinking a lot about ride-sharing in the future.
TOYOTA CREATES AI PRESENCE FOR CARS
Toyota has an actual vehicle it’s showing off at CES, called the Concept-i, but like the others the focus is on the interior. Designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research team, the main attraction of the Concept-i is an artificial intelligence presence, nicknamed Yui. Yui’s home is centered on the dashboard and it uses lines, shapes, light, sound and touch to communicate information, like lights in the footwell to indicate the car is in autonomous mode. Yui can even appear on the outer panels of the Concept-i to greet people coming in the car, warn others of a potential hazard or show the vehicle’s in autonomous or manual mode.
And speaking of CES, don’t forget we’ll be on the floor of the show today and tomorrow bringing you the latest automotive developments from the tech show. Look for those interviews, starting this afternoon, on our website, Autoline.tv or look for them on our YouTube channel.
Still to come… a look at how Local Motors could upend how cars get created.
LOCAL MOTORS RELIES ON CO-CREATION
Local Motors has received a lot of attention for its 3D printed cars and its small autonomous bus called Olli. But one of the things that intrigues us is how it’s developing cars through crowd-sourcing or what it refers to as a “co-creation.” Recently on Autoline This Week, we were joined by Jay Rogers, the CEO of Local Motors and he explained a little more about its unique development process.
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If you want to learn more about Local Motors and the new ideas its bringing to the auto industry, you can watch that entire discussion right now on our website, Autoline.tv or just look for it on our YouTube channel.
Coming up next, we’ll dive into last year’s sales numbers in the U.S.
AUTOMAKERS SET SALES RECORD IN 2016
Automakers sold a record number of passenger vehicles in the U.S. in 2016… but just barely. According to Wards Auto, sales came in at 17.46 million units, a gain of 0.4% compared to 2015. A strong finish in December, thanks to generous holiday incentives, helped push the industry past 2015’s mark. Last month, automakers sold 1.68 million vehicles, up nearly 7% compared to a year ago. That helped December’s SAAR hit a whopping 18.3 million units, well above last year’s 17.4 million units. Despite setting a sales record, most of the full-line manufacturers saw sales drop slightly in 2016. GM sold just over 3 million vehicles, which is a drop of 1.3%. Ford sold 2.5 million cars and trucks, which is a slight dip but it was enough to stay ahead of Toyota, which also saw its sales slide. FCA sales were also slightly off from last year too. Only Honda and Nissan posted gains among the top manufacturers. The automakers who posted the largest gains in 2016 were Tesla, up 67% compared to 2015. Jaguar Land Rover was up 24% and Volvo boosted sales 18% in 2016. The carmakers to suffer the biggest drops were BMW, down 9.7%. Volkswagen, which is still reeling from its diesel scandal, saw its sales fall over 7%. And Mazda’s sales also fell close to 7% as well. Overall it was a pretty good year for automakers but it definitely looks like the market has hit its peak.
|Total & December Sales, 2016|
|Total Sales||17.46 Million||+0.4%|
|December Sales||1.68 Million||+6.8%|
|December, 2016 SAAR||18.3 Million|
|December, 2015 SAAR||17.4 Million|
|Full-Line Manufacturer Sales, 2016|
|1. GM||3.04 Million||-1.3%|
|2. Ford||2.54 Million||-0.2%|
|3. Toyota||2.45 Million||-2.0%|
|4. FCA||2.23 Million||-0.4%|
|5. Honda||1.64 Million||+3.2%|
|6. Nissan||1.56 Million||+5.4%|
|Top 3 Gainers, 2016|
|Biggest Drops, 2016|
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