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Automakers Post Big Gains in 2013 Sales

Total light vehicle sales in December increased 0.3% from a year ago to 1.36 million units, according to Autodata Corp. For the year, the industry sold 15.6 million units, a 7.6% increase from a year ago. The following is a breakdown of sales performance by manufacturer.

BMW: Sales of BMW brand vehicles in December totaled 43,981 units, a 0.3 % increase from December 2012. For the year, sales increased 8.1% from 2012 to 375,782 units, a new record for the BMW Group.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles in December totaled 37,389 units vs. 37,399 vehicles sold in December 2012. For the year, sales of the BMW brand were up 9.9% from 2012 on sales of 309,280 units.

MINI USA reported its best December ever with sales of 6,592 units, a 2.1% increase from a year ago. For the year, sales totaled 66,502 units, a 0.6% increase.

Chrysler: In 2013, the domestic OEM posted its strongest sales year since 2007, with sales increasing 9 percent to 1.8 million units. In December, the manufacturer sold 161,007 units.

Ford: The domestic OEM’s 2013 sales jumped 11% to 2.5 million units, a six-year high and the fourth-consecutive year Ford claimed the title of best-selling brand. Leading the way were F-Series pickups, which accounted for one in three Ford vehicles sold. Ford also realized record annual sales for the Ford Fusion, Escape and Fiesta.

General Motors: Despite December sales falling 6% from a year ago, the domestic automaker sold 2.8 million vehicles in the United States in 2013, a 7% increase from 2012. The automaker also reported that Buick realized its best sales year since 2006, while GMC sales were the strongest since 2007. Sales of the GM’s full-size pickups were up 14%. Additionally, Cadillac finished the year as the fastest growing, full-line luxury brand.

Honda: The Japanese automaker reported annual sales of 1.53 million units, a 7.2% increase from 2012 and the second-best outcome in company history. For December, the OEM sold 135,255 Honda and Acura vehicles, eclipsing last December’s strong sales by 1.9%.

Honda Division annual sales reached 1.36 million units in 2013, a year-over-year increase of 7.4% and the second best all-time sales total for the Honda brand. The Acura division posted year-to-date sales of 165,436 units, a 5.9% increase and the best annual sales performance since 2007.

In December, the Honda division sold 119,504 units, a 2.4% increase from the previous year. Acura Division posted sales of 15,751 units.

Hyundai: The Korean automaker sold 63,005 units in December, a 6% increase from a year ago and the best December in company history. This was also the first December that the carmaker broke the 60,000-unit mark. For the year, sales totaled 720,783 units, up 2.5 percent over the company’s record-setting 2012.

Leading the way was the Hyundai Elantra, which set a full-year record with 247,912 units sold. Additionally, annual sales of the Santa Fe and Sonata Hybrid were up 25% and 26%, respectively.

Mazda: The automaker reported a 15.7 percent decrease in December sales vs. a year ago, with sales totaling 22,964 units sold. For the year, Mazda realized a 2.5 percent increase from 2012, with 283,946 units sold.

Mitsubishi: December sales for Mitsubishi increased a whopping 56 percent, with sales totaling 6,423 units. This was the first back-to-back increase in monthly sales, with more than 6,000 units sold since July/August 2011. Ford the year, sales increased 7.7 percent from 2012 to 62,227 units sold.

Nissan: The Japanese automaker reported December sales of 109,758 units, a 0.5% increase from a year ago. For the year, Nissan sold 1.25 million units, a 9.4% increase vs. 2012 and the best sales year in company history. Setting annual sales records were the Altima, Rogue, Versa, Pathfinder, LEAF, JUKE and NV.

Toyota: Annual sales for the Japanese automaker increased 7.4 percent from 2012 to 2.24 million units. For December, sales fell 1.7% from a year ago to 190,843 units on a raw-volume basis. Additionally, the Toyota Camry ended the year as America’s best-selling car for the 12th year in a row.

Annual sales for the Toyota Division fell 4.6 percent to 156,086 units, while sales for the company’s Lexus division increased 13.6% to 34,757 units. For December, Toyota division sales were down 0.7% from a year ago, while Lexus sales increased 18.1% from a year ago on a daily selling rate basis and 13.6% on a raw volume basis.

Volkswagen: The German automaker realized a 22.7% decrease in December sales and a 6.9% dip in annual sales. The automaker, however, realized its second best December since 1972, with 34,015 units sold for the month and 569,419 units sold in 2013. Sales of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel models totaled 95,823 sales, accounting for 23.5 percent of 2013 sales.

Porsche realized its 36th consecutive record sales month in December and ended 2013 with its fourth-straight record for annual. The luxury sports car maker also realized a record sales year for 2013, with sales jumping 21% from 2012 to 42,323 units sold. This was the first time the company eclipsed the 40,000-unit mark in one year. For December, Porsche dealers sold 3,246 cars, a 10% increase from a year ago.

Audi sold 158,061 units in 2013 and 17,013 in December, marking the first time the company sold more than 15,000 units in one month.

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