Vehicles

Limousine Vehicle Sales Soar In 2013; Highest Since 2001

Chauffeured vehicle sales have risen across all categories, as evidenced by the high foot traffic and packed vehicle exhibits Feb. 16-18 on the trade show floor of the International LCT Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Photo by David Broyles/LCT
Chauffeured vehicle sales have risen across all categories, as evidenced by the high foot traffic and packed vehicle exhibits Feb. 16-18 on the trade show floor of the International LCT Show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Photo by David Broyles/LCT

TORRANCE, Calif. — If you could find the strongest signal of a limousine industry comeback, it lies in the latest LCT Fact Book, which reports a surge in chauffeured vehicle sales for 2013.

The May issue Fact Book, to be digitally distributed to subscribers next week, reports new aggregate sales/production numbers of all Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and coachbuilders that sell to the chauffeured transportation industry.

OEMs and coachbuilders confidentially report sales numbers to LCT Magazine each year, which are then used to compute aggregate totals for major vehicle categories.

  • Stretch limousine and all bus sales hit 3,650 units in 2013, up 45% from 1,996 reported in 2012. This is the largest total since 2001, when 6,500 limousines and buses were sold to the limousine industry.
  • Sedans/CUV sales totaled 4,805 units in 2013, up 43% from 2,751 in 2012.
  • SUV sales were 428 units, up 33% from 285 in 2012.

OEM figures were contributed by Lincoln, Cadillac, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Toyota.

The latest numbers not only confirm a strong industry recovery, but point to a marketplace embracing a wider variety of vehicle brands, makes and models as operators seek to replace aging vehicles and adjust to the diversified post-Lincoln Town Car vehicle landscape. At the same time, the stretch limousine has not died. It's evolved and morphed into more custom-built stretches, luxury vans and all types of limo mini-buses and mid-coaches.

Related LCT article: 2014 ILCT Show Heralds Limo Industry Revival

The LCT Fact Book will feature a complete update of all key industry statistics based on LCT’s annual operator survey and industry analysis. Figures will include revenues, profit margins, purchasing trends, and fleets. The Fact Book also will feature a new reference format for manufacturer, supplier and industry listings.

LCT E-News will preview more survey results and trends next week.

— Martin Romjue, LCT editor

View comments or post a comment on this story. (2 Comments)

More News

40 Passenger Coach Party Bus Has Low Miles

Vehicle Pick of the Week: This Temsa TS 35 mid-size motorcoach limo can take big groups out on the town.

Volvo S90 Builds On A Classic Legacy

Vehicle Review: Luxury is the order of the day here. Legroom was stupendous.

SUV Faceoff: Mercedes-Benz Vs. Range Rover

Vehicle Review: As two automotive editors prove, it's an unwinnable contest.

MCI Owner Reports Upbeat Results For 2Q

The company is investing in MCI's facilities and harmonizing its I.T. systems with those of New Flyer.

Spacious, Quiet, Comfortable Sums Up Continental

Vehicle Review: Not shared with any Ford models, this body is a unique Lincoln exclusive.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (2)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blog

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - August 2017 $12.95 MILLENNIALS/FAST 40 ISSUE COVER STORY: * How to Score & Keep The Best Young Talent * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close