JANUARY 2013 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

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JANUARY 2013 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

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JANUARY 2013 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

January 2013 U.S. Auto Sales by the Numbers

 

Automaker

Jan. 2013 Jan. 2012 Pct. chng. 1 month 1 month Pct. chng.
2013 2012
BMW division 16,513 16,405 1% 16,513 16,405 1%
Mini Cooper 3,682 3,334 10% 3,682 3,334 10%
Rolls-Royce 38 32 19% 38 32 19%
BMW Group 20,233 19,771 2% 20,233 19,771 2%
Chrysler Division 20,696 17,604 18% 20,696 17,604 18%
Dodge 43,227 31,454 37% 43,227 31,454 37%
Dodge/Ram 64,214 49,924 29% 64,214 49,924 29%
Fiat 2,503 1,911 31% 2,503 1,911 31%
Jeep 30,318 31,710 –4% 30,318 31,710 –4%
Ram 20,987 18,470 14% 20,987 18,470 14%
Chrysler Group 117,731 101,149 16% 117,731 101,149 16%
Maybach 4 –100% 4 –100%
Mercedes-Benz 23,578 21,225 11% 23,578 21,225 11%
Smart USA 481 496 –3% 481 496 –3%
Daimler AG 24,059 21,725 11% 24,059 21,725 11%
Ford division 161,672 131,173 23% 161,672 131,173 23%
Lincoln 4,191 5,121 –18% 4,191 5,121 –18%
Ford Motor Co. 165,863 136,294 22% 165,863 136,294 22%
Buick 13,463 10,208 32% 13,463 10,208 32%
Cadillac 13,116 8,924 47% 13,116 8,924 47%
Chevrolet 137,304 123,864 11% 137,304 123,864 11%
GMC 30,816 24,966 23% 30,816 24,966 23%
General Motors 194,699 167,962 16% 194,699 167,962 16%
Acura 9,489 8,381 13% 9,489 8,381 13%
Honda Division 84,137 74,628 13% 84,137 74,628 13%
Honda (American) 93,626 83,009 13% 93,626 83,009 13%
Hyundai division 43,713 42,694 2% 43,713 42,694 2%
Kia 36,302 35,517 2% 36,302 35,517 2%
Hyundai Group 80,015 78,211 2% 80,015 78,211 2%
Jaguar 1,029 985 5% 1,029 985 5%
Land Rover 4,200 3,205 31% 4,200 3,205 31%
Jaguar Land Rover 5,229 4,190 25% 5,229 4,190 25%
Maserati 172 154 12% 172 154 12%
Mazda 21,319 23,996 –11% 21,319 23,996 –11%
Mitsubishi 4,659 4,711 –1% 4,659 4,711 –1%
Infiniti 7,126 6,796 5% 7,126 6,796 5%
Nissan Division 73,793 72,517 2% 73,793 72,517 2%
Nissan 80,919 79,313 2% 80,919 79,313 2%
Subaru 27,663 22,807 21% 27,663 22,807 21%
Suzuki 1,486 1,505 –1% 1,486 1,505 –1%
Lexus 16,211 12,274 32% 16,211 12,274 32%
Scion 4,893 3,535 38% 4,893 3,535 38%
Toyota division 136,621 108,731 26% 136,621 108,731 26%
Toyota/Scion 141,514 112,266 26% 141,514 112,266 26%
Toyota 157,725 124,540 27% 157,725 124,540 27%
Audi 10,056 9,354 8% 10,056 9,354 8%
Bentley 188 118 59% 188 118 59%
Lamborghini 46 43 7% 46 43 7%
Porsche 3,358 2,550 32% 3,358 2,550 32%
VW division 29,018 27,208 7% 29,018 27,208 7%
Volkswagen 42,666 39,273 9% 42,666 39,273 9%
Volvo Cars NA 4,875 4,461 9% 4,875 4,461 9%
Other (estimate)** 253 246 3% 253 246 3%
TOTAL 1,043,192 913,317 14% 1,043,192 913,317 14%

 

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center
Note: *Estimate
**Includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Lotus

JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

 

Toyota, Ford, GM sales advance on sharp rise in car, crossover deliveries

J.P. Morgan: SAAR tracking at 15.4 million

 

 

U.S. auto sales, led Toyota Motor Corp. and the Detroit 3, rose 14 percent in January, giving the industry a bigger lift to begin 2013 than analysts expected.

Demand pushed the seasonally adjusted sales rate to 15.3 million, slightly below December's 15.4-million rate but well above January 2012's 13.97 million.

"The sales pace we saw in the fourth quarter of last year rolled into January, exceeding our expectations for the industry," said Bill Fay, general manager of the Toyota Division.

The gains in January were widespread, with several automakers reporting robust sales of large pickups, small cars and crossovers.

Toyota, leading all automakers' increases, said its combined sales of Toyota, Scion and Lexus models jumped 27 percent. Toyota was helped by big gains for the Prius hybrid line, the new Avalon sedan, the Corolla, and a 26 percent advance in truck deliveries.

Lexus posted a 32 percent increase.

Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rose 22 percent last month, with car volume advancing 34 percent and utility vehicle deliveries rising 23 percent. Ford's truck sales rose 11 percent.

The company said its U.S. retail sales, helped by new models such as the C-Max hybrid, were up 24 percent.

Sales at the Ford Division jumped 23 percent, while Lincoln volume dropped 18 percent, reflecting shortage of the new MKZ sedan.

Still, it was Ford Motor Co.'s biggest gain in monthly sales since U.S. volume rose 40 percent in September 2010.

"Ford is off to a strong start this year, with Fusion and Escape delivering January sales records and F series seeing a particularly strong reception this early in the year," Ken Czubay, Ford's head of U.S. marketing, sales and service, said in a statement. "Our investment in fuel-efficient new vehicles -- including EcoBoost engines and hybrid technology -- continues to pay off."

Sales rose 16 percent last month at General Motors, with retail volume up 24 percent, the company said. It was GM's biggest monthly gain since June 2012.

All of GM's brands posted gains for the month, led by a 47 percent increase at Cadillac, a 32 percent rise at Buick and a 23 percent jump at GMC.

New models such as the Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano helped GM.

"We're entering the sweet spot of our product plan in a growing economy," Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations for GM, said in a statement.

Sales of GM's full-sized pickups rose 32 percent to 50,230 units, with inventories in line with the company's sales and production plans for 2013, the automaker said.

A 75 percent surge in sales of the Accord, redesigned for 2013, helped Honda Motor Co. post a 13 percent increase in January U.S. deliveries.

Nissan Motor Co. said sales rose 2 percent, with the Nissan brand up 2 percent and Infiniti deliveries advancing 5 percent. Sales of the redesigned Pathfinder SUV and Sentra small car were substantially higher, but demand for the all-new Altima slipped 4 percent.

Hyundai Motor America, citing improved availability of key models, said it set a January sales record of 43,713 units, up 2 percent.

Chrysler Group's sales were led by Dodge, where volume rose 37 percent, and Fiat, with deliveries rising 31 percent.

Chrysler said its car sales, led by the Dodge Avenger and Dart, and the Fiat 500 line, were up 50 percent, while light-truck deliveries increased 3 percent. Sales of the Dart totaled 7,154, the car's best month since its June launch, Chrysler said.

Jeep sales dropped 4 percent. It was the fourth consecutive monthly sales decline for Jeep and reflects the discontinuation of the Liberty SUV.

Chrysler's U.S. sales have now advanced 34 consecutive months, helping the company gain U.S. market share. It is one month short of matching the 35-month sales streak produced in the period ending December 1994.

The company has benefited from new models, fleet shipments and some of the highest incentives in the industry.

"Entering 2013 our product portfolio has never been stronger," Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales operations for Chrysler, said in a statement.

Chrysler Group plans to boost production to 2.6 million vehicles in 2013, from 2.4 million last year and 2 million in 2011, said Scott Garberding, senior vice president of manufacturing for Chrysler Group.

"We're adding some capacity, but we're more heavily utilizing everywhere the capacity that we have," Garberding said today in an interview with Bloomberg Television. "Many of our factories in the U.S. today are in fact going at full speed. Our Jeep plants are saturated" aside from a Toledo factory that is revamping for a new product.

Toyota, Ford and Honda are benefiting from the redesign of some of their best-selling models, notably the Honda Accord and CR-V, Ford Fusion and Escape, Lexus ES sedan and Toyota Camry.

The U.S. auto market is expected to grow for a fourth consecutive year in 2013.

The average estimate of 18 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg is for 15.1 million light-vehicle sales this year, up from 14.5 million in 2012.

January is one of the weakest months for new-vehicle sales in terms of volume, but some dealers said demand remained strong after healthy December results.

At Ken Garff Automotive Group in Salt Lake City, January's new car sales were tracking 22 percent higher early this week over January 2012, said John Garff, CEO of Garff Enterprises.

"I'm optimistic about what 2013 will bring," Garff said. "It's a cautious optimism because there's so many unknowns out there."

Sales of new and used vehicles were also remarkably strong last month at Mike Shaw Automotive in Denver, dealer principal Mike Shaw said.

The company operates Buick, GMC, Honda, Kia, Subaru, and Toyota franchises in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana.

Mike Shaw is forecasting a 15 to 20 percent increase in new and used vehicles at the group this year.

"Inventory levels are in great shape, particularly at our import stores," Shaw said. "If January is any indication, 2013 will be a fantastic year."

Replacement demand

Automakers are counting on pent-up demand, a steady recovery in the U.S. economy, new models, easing credit conditions and low interest rates to further drive sales this year.

"While the economic conditions continue to be somewhat uncertain, we expect Volkswagen to achieve continued growth and to outpace the industry this year," Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement.

The VW brand's U.S. sales rose 7 percent to 29,018 in January, its smallest gain since volume rose 2 percent in January 2011.

Porsche said it set a January sales record of 3,358 units, up 32 percent, with demand for the Cayenne crossover and 911 particularly strong.

"January's sales record bodes well for 2013," Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, said in a statement. "We'll continue with a robust product rollout during the rest of the year."

The biggest driver of U.S. sales this year will continue to be pent-up demand as U.S. consumers replace aging vehicles, Ford's Czubay said during a briefing with analysts and reporters today.

The average car and light truck on U.S. roads is more than 11 years old, automotive consulting firm Polk says

Leasing's role

January sales were also expected to get a lift as consumers replace models damaged or destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

U.S. dealerships will see also about a half-million more new-car shoppers this year who are replacing a vehicle because of an expiring lease, researcher Edmunds.com says.

Volvo, which depends on leasing, said its January sales rose 9 percent to 4,875 units.

About 2 million leases expire this year, Edmunds.com says.

In 2009, with the U.S economy in a deep downturn, leases -- which usually last for three years -- dropped dramatically.

U.S. consumers entered into about half as many new-vehicle leases in 2009 compared with two years earlier. Leasing bounced back strongly the next year, and those leases are about to expire.

"We've had more consumers coming back into the market to buy, and they're getting financing," said Melinda Zabritski, a credit analyst at Experian Automotive. "We'll see returns similar to what we had pre- recession."

SOURCE: Automotive News

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