AUGUST 2013 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

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AUGUST 2013 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

AUGUST 2013 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

 

 

Automaker

Aug. 2013

Aug. 2012

Pct. chng.

8 month
2013

8 month 2012

Pct. chng.

BMW division

24,523

16,835

46%

188,997

164,636

15%

Mini Cooper

6,023

5,718

5%

44,329

43,632

2%

Rolls-Royce

84

79

6%

672

632

6%

BMW Group

30,630

22,632

35%

233,998

208,900

12%

Chrysler Division

28,678

28,070

2%

212,495

216,616

–2%

Dodge

52,858

47,348

12%

413,258

344,556

20%

Dodge/Ram

86,445

73,413

18%

653,985

537,502

22%

Fiat

4,190

4,150

1%

29,585

28,566

4%

Jeep

46,239

42,839

8%

317,921

325,945

–3%

Ram

33,587

26,065

29%

240,727

192,946

25%

Chrysler Group

165,552

148,472

12%

1,213,986

1,108,629

10%

Maybach

4

–100%

32

–100%

Mercedes-Benz

26,151

22,689

15%

203,147

182,087

12%

Smart USA

993

753

32%

6,312

6,281

1%

Daimler AG

27,144

23,446

16%

209,459

188,400

11%

Ford division

212,212

188,608

13%

1,649,821

1,453,536

14%

Lincoln

8,192

8,141

1%

53,399

57,078

–6%

Ford Motor Co.

220,404

196,749

12%

1,703,220

1,510,614

13%

Buick

24,650

18,000

37%

141,880

122,589

16%

Cadillac

20,255

14,704

38%

119,586

90,933

32%

Chevrolet

187,740

169,978

10%

1,365,544

1,270,582

8%

GMC

43,202

37,838

14%

303,254

273,366

11%

General Motors

275,847

240,520

15%

1,930,264

1,757,470

10%

Acura

17,051

15,646

9%

109,182

101,407

8%

Honda Division

149,381

115,675

29%

944,267

847,840

11%

Honda (American)

166,432

131,321

27%

1,053,449

949,247

11%

Hyundai division

66,101

61,099

8%

493,116

479,789

3%

Kia

52,025

50,028

4%

378,380

386,809

–2%

Hyundai Group

118,126

111,127

6%

871,496

866,598

1%

Jaguar

1,723

1,029

67%

11,134

8,546

30%

Land Rover

4,938

3,727

33%

31,972

28,038

14%

Jaguar Land Rover

6,661

4,756

40%

43,106

36,584

18%

Maserati

326

219

49%

1,862

1,715

9%

Mazda

28,106

22,232

26%

198,026

185,346

7%

Mitsubishi

5,281

4,249

24%

40,980

41,316

–1%

Infiniti

11,884

11,155

7%

71,879

77,151

–7%

Nissan Division

108,614

87,360

24%

782,369

697,426

12%

Nissan

120,498

98,515

22%

854,248

774,577

10%

Subaru

41,061

28,293

45%

281,652

217,780

29%

Suzuki*

1,968

–100%

5,946

17,228

–66%

Lexus

29,792

24,237

23%

171,238

150,604

14%

Scion

7,698

7,722

0%

48,959

49,747

–2%

Toyota division

194,047

156,561

24%

1,313,525

1,199,163

10%

Toyota/Scion

201,745

164,283

23%

1,362,484

1,248,910

9%

Toyota

231,537

188,520

23%

1,533,722

1,399,514

10%

Audi

14,005

11,527

22%

101,346

88,392

15%

Bentley

198

156

27%

1,565

1,405

11%

Lamborghini*

46

43

7%

368

344

7%

Porsche

3,327

3,026

10%

28,456

22,279

28%

VW division

40,342

41,011

–2%

282,913

286,750

–1%

Volkswagen

57,918

55,763

4%

414,648

399,170

4%

Volvo Cars NA

5,518

6,319

–13%

44,005

46,649

–6%

Other**

253

246

3%

2,024

1,963

3%

TOTAL

1,501,294

1,285,347

17%

10,636,091

9,711,700

10%

 

 

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

 

 

 

Honda, Toyota and Nissan led the way as major automakers posted double-digit increases in U.S

 

Honda, Toyota and Nissan led the way as major automakers posted double-digit increases in U.S. auto sales last month, aided by rising demand from individual customers and continued robust deliveries of fuel-efficient cars and large pickups.

Honda Motor Co. sales rose 27 percent, Toyota Motor Corp. volume jumped 23 percent and Nissan Motor Co. advanced 22 percent from a year earlier. General Motors rose 15 percent, while Chrysler Group and Ford Motor each gained 12 percent.

GM said the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate for the month could reach 16.3 million, which would be the highest mark since before the recession began in late 2007.

"We have a lot of momentum and we feel good about the direction of the U.S. economy," Kurt McNeil, head of U.S. sales operations for GM, said in a statement.

GM's chief economist, Mustafa Mohatarem, said he now expects total U.S. industry sales to be as high as 16 million this year.

He said sales will "definitely" be higher than GM's current forecast of 15.5 million, though the company has not formally revised that number. Mohatarem also said he does not expect the SAAR to fall below 16 million for the rest of this year.

"I think it's here to stay," he said on a conference call today with analysts and reporters.

GM's retail sales -- those to individual customers -- increased 22 percent while fleet shipments dropped 8 percent.

Sales advanced 38 percent at Cadillac, 37 percent at Buick, 14 percent at GMC and 10 percent at Chevrolet.

At Ford, car and truck volume rose 18 percent, offsetting a decline in crossover deliveries. Ford's small car deliveries climbed 30 percent and F-series pickup sales rose 22 percent to 71,115 units.

Sales rose 13 percent at the Ford division and 1 percent at Lincoln.

Ford said its retail sales were also especially strong last month, advancing 20 percent. Retail deliveries of cars were up 15 percent, utilities up 16 percent and trucks up 30 percent.

The company said today it planned to boost fourth quarter North American output 7 percent to 785,000 light vehicles.

For the second month in a row, Ford was outsold by Toyota.


Honda said three of its four core models -- CR-V, Accord and Civic -- each posted sales in excess of 34,000 units, helping American Honda set an August sales record of 166,432 units.

Nissan said it also set an August record with 120,498 sales. Volume at the Nissan brand rose 24 percent to a record 108,614; at Infiniti, deliveries advanced 7 percent to 11,884 units.

Retail sales at the Nissan brand also set a monthly record with more than 100,000 deliveries.

Robust retail volume and demand for cars and large pickups also propelled Chrysler as it posted its 41st consecutive monthly gain.

The Ram brand, with sales up 29 percent, and Dodge, with a 12 percent increase, led the gains.

Overall, Chrysler's truck sales rose 12 percent last month, with Ram pickup demand surging 31 percent to 33,009 and Jeep volume rising 8 percent.

Chrysler said its car sales rose 11 percent, helped by the Dodge Charger and Dart, and record monthly sales of nearly 4,200 at the Fiat brand.

"Last month we achieved our strongest retail sales in the past 60 months," Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales for Chrysler Group, said in a statement. "All aspects of our business continue to improve."

The average transaction price of a Chrysler Group vehicle sold in August was a record $30,317, reflecting strong retail sales of the Ram pickup and Jeep lineup, TrueCar estimated today.

Among other automakers, sales rose 26 percent at Mazda, 24 percent at Mitsubishi and 22 percent at Audi, while volume slipped 2 percent at the Volkswagen brand.

Jaguar Land Rover said August sales surged 40 percent to 6,661, with Jaguar volume rising 67 percent and Land Rover deliveries advancing 32 percent. August marked the best retail sales month ever for Land Rover and Jaguar's best retail month since 2005, the company said.

Other automakers are scheduled to report August sales later today.

Labor Day

Dealers and automakers say sales were strong over the Labor Day holiday weekend, which this year covered the end of August. The strong holiday sales were spurred by deals on remaining 2013 models and a few 2014 models.

"August was good," said Louie Richards, sales manager at Suburban Ford of Waterford, Mich. "The pull-ahead specials that we were offering really helped to get people in."

Analysts project that August sales rose 14 percent from a year earlier to 1.47 million units, based on the average of 10 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate is forecast at 15.8 million, based on the average of 17 analysts' estimates. That would match July's SAAR and be up from 14.5 million a year earlier.

Chrysler Group today estimated the August SAAR at 16.1 million, but its figure includes medium and heavy-duty trucks.

August sales results are expected to keep the U.S. auto industry on pace to post its highest annual volume in six years. The SAAR has topped 15 million units each month beginning with November 2012.

"We are encouraged by the preliminary results for [August] retail sales, which drove volume again this month as consumers continue to replace record old vehicles despite a sequential pull-back in incentives industry wide," KeyBanc analyst Brett D. Hoselton said in a report today. "Going forward we expect strong demand to continue as daily rental fleets are expected to re-enter the market and boost volume when new 2014 models become available in the near term."

Brandon Debarros, general sales manager at Metro Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Johnston, R.I., described August as "excellent."

"We have been pushing a zero-financing Labor Day sale to try to liquidate the stock that we have, and it seems to have worked," Debarros said.

No sales tax deals

At East Tennessee Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep in Crossville, Tenn., Sales Manager Brandon Letner said corporate sales helped offset a drop in retail volume.

"The no sales tax weekend that we had really helped us to get some sales that we wouldn't have had," Letner said, referring to a promotion whereby the dealer paid state sales taxes on new-vehicle purchases.

U.S. light-vehicle sales continue to be driven by pent-up demand as consumers replace aging vehicles. Attractive finance and leasing offers, the steadily improving economy, rising housing and construction activity, and modest employment growth are also aiding demand.

"Historically low interest rates as well as very attractive lease specials fueled by high resale values are enabling consumers to buy more expensive vehicles while still keeping payments at affordable levels," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar. "It's a good day at the office for the manufacturers when the sales continue to grow double digits while transaction prices reach record highs."

TrueCar estimated the average transaction price of a new light-vehicle sold in August was a record $31,252, eclipsing the average transaction price of $31,228 set in December 2012.

Large pickup, compact crossover, and compact car sales are projected to set the pace in August, Kelley Blue Book estimates.

pot shortages

The steady rise in sales this year has left some automakers and dealers short of certain models, and curbed sales volume at some automakers.

Hyundai's August sales advanced 8 percent to 66,101 despite limited supplies of high-volume models such as the Elantra compact, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik said via Twitter.

Inventory shortages came to a head in August, traditionally a strong sales month driven by end-of-model-year clearance sales.

In a survey by RBC Capital Markets, 19 percent of dealers said inventory was too low during the month of August. That compares with 9 percent in July and 4 percent in June.

Sales of the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Impala, Honda Odyssey and CR-V, Range Rover, Dodge Charger, Jeep Wrangler, and Ford Explorer have been limited by especially tight supplies in certain regions of the country, dealers and automakers say.

Brands that started August with the lowest stockpile of new models were Subaru, Land Rover, Audi, Hyundai, Lexus, Kia, and BMW, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Brands with the largest supply of new vehicles were Lincoln, Fiat, Cadillac, Buick and Ram.

Even with tight supplies, Subaru reported record monthly sales of 41,061, a gain of 45 percent, helped by new and redesigned models such as the Forester and XV Crosstrek.

"We're certainly expecting a terrific August, just like we had in July," Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America, told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday. "My guess is we're going to be somewhere north of 40,000, which for us is a big month."

Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales for Subaru of America, said more than half of the company's U.S. sales this year have come from consumers new to the brand.

 

 

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