May 2, 2012 |
Toyota and Volkswagen are leading a charge of import brands in U.S. auto sales, eating into market-share gains made by the Detroit automakers over the last year. The domestic automakers sold 530,000 vehicles in April, accounting for 44.8% of the market. That share was down from 46.5% in the same month a year earlier, according to Autodata Corp. Asian brands sold 536,000 vehicles in April, accounting for 45.3% of the market. That's up from a share of 44.9% a year earlier. European car companies sold 118,000 vehicles, accounting for 10% of the market.
July 5, 2013 |
Trucks and American brands have dominated U.S. auto sales through the first half of this year. Ford's F-Series truck remains the bestselling vehicle in America and will likely hold that top spot yet again this year after building a 125,000-vehicle lead over the next bestseller, the Chevrolet Silverado, during the first half of 2013. Thanks to the need to replace aging fleets in the recovering housing and construction industries, trucks made up three of the five bestselling vehicles so far this year.
December 2, 2013 |
Windows 7 saw more market share growth during November than Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined, which could signal that many users have still not taken a liking to Microsoft's new touchscreen-centric operating system. According to Web analytics firm Net Applications , Windows 7's market share inched up from 46.42% in October to 46.64% in November, a total growth of 0.22 percentage point. At the same time, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 only grew by 0.05 percentage point combined. Windows 8.1 was released in October, which makes November its first full month of availability.
January 30, 2014 |
Harley-Davidson is bullish on the year just past and even more so on the year ahead. Executives from the massively successful Milwaukee company told investors Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue and earnings were up over the same period last year, with robust activity expected for 2014. They're counting on continued strong sales from their traditional line, but also considerable new business from their new Street 500cc and 750cc motorcycles. STORY: Dirt bikers bring new life to ghost town That smaller, lighter, more fuel-efficient bike, the company believes, will develop a very broad new customer base of younger, more urban riders domestically and abroad.
May 22, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. is expanding its production capacity to take advantage of the shift in buyer sentiment toward smaller cars and SUVs and for F-series truck sales spurred by the housing market recovery. Ford said it will increase production by about 200,000 vehicles to 3.4 million this year. Part of that expansion will take place at the automaker's Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant, which will be adding workers and shifts to meet strong demand in California and the West Coast. Ford said California has become its fastest growing market for sales of its Fusion midsize sedan, which have climbed by 118% in the state through April, up to 7,000 cars.
June 7, 2012 |
Windows Phone will swing past iOS in the smartphone market share by 2016 to become the second-most-used mobile operating system, a telecom analytics firm predicts. The report by the International Data Corp. says Windows Phone growth will begin picking up, despite a slow start, as a result of Nokia's strength in emerging markets. That growth should bring Windows Phone 19.2% of the market by 2016, which would place it above Apple's iOS, which IDC expects will suffer a slight drop in market share and land at 19%. “Growth will moderate over the five-year forecast, given the large installed base Apple has accumulated, which means more of its addressable market will be on replacement cycles," the report says.