NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -06/25/12)- After showing investors some impressive gains in the first quarter, U.S. auto manufacturers have struggled. Despite posting double digit sales growth in the month of May, auto giants Ford and General Motors have both fallen approximately 18 percent in the last three months. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Auto Manufacturers Industry and provides equity research on Ford Motor Company (F) and General Motors Company (GM).
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On Wednesday an industry analyst, Citi's Itay Michaeli, cut his full-year sales forecasts for both 2012, and 2013. Michaeli cut his 2012 U.S. sales forecasts to 14.1 million cars and trucks from 14.3 million, and dropped his 2013 forecast to 14.5 million from 15 million according to a recent Bloomberg article. Sales in February hit an annual rate of 15.1 million, and averaged well above 14 million for the first four months of the year, but since have slowed to an annual rate of 13.8 million in May according to Autodata Corp.
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Ford recently reported that it will introduce 15 new vehicles in Europe in 2012 that achieve best-in-class fuel efficiency. By the end of 2012, Ford of Europe also will have one of the largest portfolios of cars in the industry with CO2 emissions of under 100g/km, including six Fiesta models (three diesel, three petrol) and two Focus diesel models. Ford also will launch its first ever all-electric, zero-emission passenger vehicle this year -- the Focus Electric.
General Motors and its joint ventures sold a May record 231,183 vehicles in China. Demand was up 21.3 percent from the same month in 2011 and 1.7 percent from April of this year. For the first five months of 2012 as a whole, GM and its joint ventures sold a record 1,203,552 vehicles in China, an increase of 11.5 percent year on year.
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