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2014 U.S. Vehicle Sales Rise to 16.5 Million Units

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — December’s total new-vehicle sales increased 10.8% vs. a year ago to 1.5 million units, according to Autodata Corp., capping off a year in which sales increased 5.9% from a year ago to 16.5 million units. December’s seasonally adjusted annual rate did fall from November’s 17.2 million-unit rate — the highest rate of the year — to 16.92 million, but December’s SAAR was still the second highest rate of the year. The following is a breakdown of sales performance by manufacturer.

BMW: The BMW Group reported a 9.5% sales increase in December over the same month a year ago, with sales totaling 48,141 vehicles sold. The company sold 375,782 vehicles for all of 2014, a 5.3 % increase and a new U.S. sales record.

The best-performing vehicles for BMW in December were the 3 and 4 series, with sales of those models increasing 16.3% to 19,464 units. Reflecting the current popularity of SUVs, sales of the OEM’s X5 increased 18% from a year ago to 47,031 units sold in December.

Mini sold 10,000 fewer units, a 15.6% decrease, in 2014 than it did in 2013, with sales totaling 56,112 units. However, the brand did score its best December on record, selling 6,615 units for the month.

Chrysler: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a 20% year-over-year increase in December, with sales totaling 193,261 units. FCA says this was the group’s best December since 2004, with the monthly performance capping of a year in which the OEM increased sales 16.1% from a year ago to 2.1 million units sold.

All three Ram Truck brand and three Jeep brand vehicles set records in December. Chrysler’s car sales hit record strides as well, with the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Challenger, and Journey posting best-ever unit sales in December.

Ram Truck sales were up 32% in December and finished the year with a 28% increase vs. 2013. Officials said this was the best full-year sales performance since 2005. Jeep brand sales in December were up 19% from a year ago, while Chrysler brand sales increased 53% and Fiat Brand sales were up 1% for the month.

Ford: Ford posted its best December sales performance since 2005, with sales increasing 1% from a year ago to 220,671 vehicles sold. For the year, sales totaled 2,5 million, which was flat compared to 2013. Company officials noted that sales didn’t show an increase because of the new F-150 changeover and a planned 15% reduction in daily rental sales.

The F-150 was the fastest turning vehicle in showrooms this year, however, with trucks averaging just five days on dealer lots in December. Ford sold 74,355 trucks in December and 753,851 for the year.

The Ford Fusion and Escape both had record sales years, with both models posting combined sales of more than 306,000 units for all of 2014. The Escape also posted it best December in company history, with sales totaling 25,603 vehicles.

Lincoln sales were up 21% compared with last December and were up 16% for the year, with 94,474 vehicles sold. Navigator sales alone increased by 90% in December, with 1,792 trucks sold.

General Motors: GM delivered 274,483 vehicles in December, a 19% increase from a year ago and the OEM’s best December in seven years. Total vehicle sales for the year were up 5.3% over 2013, with 2.8 million cars and trucks sold for all of 2014.

Five GM vehicles, the Chevrolet Corvette and Spark, The Buick Enclave and Encore, and the GMC Sierra all posted record annual sales in 2014.

GM’s average transaction price saw 27 consecutive months of year-over-year increases and stood at a record $36,300, according to J.D. Power estimates. The ATP increased $1,000 per unit over November and $3,000 per unit over a year ago in December.

Honda: Honda had its second best year yet in 2014 with 1,540,872 vehicles sold, a 1% increase vs. 2013 sales. The American Honda division also reached a new high, selling 1.4 million cars and trucks for the year.

In December, light-truck sales increased 6.2% from a year ago to 67,479 units, bringing the yearly sales total to 702,351. Acura also posted strong sales in December, reporting a 13.1% gain from a year ago on sales of 17,809 vehicles. The performance delivered the division third best year since 2007.

The Civic once again surpassed the 300,000-unit sales mark in 2014, while the CR-V sold 335,019 units for the year. The Fit also realized its best December sales, with 6,450 vehicles sold in December — a 39.7% increase from a year ago.

Hyundai: Hyundai Motor America reported record December sales, which increased 2% from a year ago to 64,507 units. For the year, Hyundai sold 725,718 vehicles, which the company says is the fifth consecutive year of record U.S. sales.

The Santa Fe and Tuscon followed the upward trend of SUV sales with increases of 21.5% and 13%, respectively, in December. The Sonata and Genesis cars also posted significant sales increases for the month (24% and 17%, respectively).

Mazda: The OEM realized its best December sales performance ever, with sales increases 8% from a year ago to 24,808 units sold. The company also posted its highest annual sales total in 20 years with 305,801 vehicles sold.

Mazda also posted its best annual sales performance since 1994 in terms of retail-only sales, with sales totally 278,880 vehicles sold. The feat was achieved despite the company’s decreasing reliance on fleet sales. December was also the best month yet for the CX-5, with sales increasing 14.9% from a year ago to 7,721 units sold.

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz USA scored its best December sales performance yet, delivering 34,009 vehicles for the month. Annual sales also broke records, with 366,589 vehicles sold.

The redesigned C-Class was the company’s top seller, with 75,065 units sold in 2014. Following behind was the E-Class with 66,400 units sold. The best-selling SUV was the M-Class, with sales increasing 13.1% from a year ago to 46,726 vehicles sold.

Sprinter sales increased 18% for the year to 25,745 units sold, while smart Car sales increased 12.8% to 10,453 units.

Mitsubishi: December was the OEM’s 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, with sales totaling 6,545 units. The company also realized a 24.8% annual sales increase in 2014, with sales totaling 77,643 units.

The Outlander Sport was the top-selling model with 2,755 units sold in December and 31,054 units sold for the year. The Mirage led all car models for the year, with sales totaling 16,708 units for the year.

Nissan: Nissan set a December sales record with 117,318 units sold, a 6.9% increase from a year ago. For the year, the OEM recorded an all-time record, with Nissan and Infinite sales totaling 1.4 million units, an 11.1% increase vs. 2013 sales.

Altima sales increased 30.3% in December vs. one year ago to 32,331 units sold, a December record, according to company officials. Sales of the Nissan LEAF totaled 3,102 units in December, which was also a record for the all-electric vehicle.

Toyota: Toyota sold 215,057 vehicles in December, an increase of 12.7% from December 2013 on a volume basis. Total annual sales were 2.4 million units, an increase of 6.2% over last year.

Lexus reported an all-time monthly sales record in December, with sales increasing 14.7% from a year ago to 39,879 units sold. Lexus sales increased 13.7% for the year to 311,389 units sold. It was the first time since 2007 that Lexus topped 300,000 vehicles in a single year.

Leading the way for Toyota was the Camry, with sales in December increasing 5.5% from a year ago to 31,618 vehicles sold. Additionally, Corolla sales rose about the 30,000-unit mark and realized a 33.5% sales increase from a year ago.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen’s December sales increased 4.5% from a year ago to 53,837 vehicles sold. On an annual basis, sales fell 2.9% vs. 2013 to 552,720 vehicles sold.

Sales for Volkswagen division fell 10% from 2013 totals to 366.970 units sold. For December, sales fell 0.1% to 34,058 units sold.

Audi Sales were up for the year, increasing 15.2% over 2013 to 182,011 units sold. For December, Audi sales increased 13.1% from a year ago to 19,238 vehicles sold.

Porsche Cars North America set an all-time U.S. sales record for the year, with sales increasing 11.1% from its record-setting 2013 performance to 47,007 units sold. December sales totaled 2,275 vehicles sold, a slight increase over last December.

Porsche introduced the Macan this year, which achieved sales of 7,241 units for all of 2014. Sales of the Cayenne SUV totaled 16,205 units for the year, which was down from 2013. And despite sales falling in December vs. a year ago, the Cayenne was the OEM’s best-selling model for the month with 934 units sold.

Additionally, Porsche sold 10,442 911s for the year, a slight increase over last year.

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Autodata: February Sales Fall 1.4%

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. — Harsh winter storms continued to impact new-vehicle sales, which fell 1.4% from a year ago to 1.19 million units, according to Autodata Corp. The seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), however, was even with the rate recorded in February 2013 at 15.34 million units. However, the sale rate was up slightly from 15.24 million in January. The following is a breakdown of sales performance by manufacturer:

BMW: The BMW Group reported a 4.4% decreased in February sales vs. one year ago, with sales totaling 24,476 units. On a year-to-date basis, sales were down 1.2% from a year ago on sales of 45,272 units in the opening two months of the year. BMW Brand Sales increased 3.3% from a year ago to 22,017 units. On a year-to-date basis, sales were up 6.5% to 40,270. Sales for MINI USA dropped 42.8% from a year ago to 4,302 units sold. On a year-to-date basis, sales were down 37.3% on volume of 5,002 units.

Chrysler: Chrysler Group LLC reported its best February sales since 2007, with sales increasing 11% from a year ago to 154,866 units. The Chrysler (up 1%), Jeep, Ram Truck (up 26$), and FIAT (up 5%) brands each posted year-over-year sales gains vs. a year ago, with Jeep posting the largest gain of 47%.

Six Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in February, including the Jeep Compass, Patriot and Wrangler. The Chrysler 200 and Dodge Journey also logged their best ever February, while the Ram pickup truck posted its best February in eight years with a 26% sales increase. Additionally, sales of the all-new Jeep Cherokee rose 12% vs. one year ago.

Ford: February sales for the domestic automaker fell 6% from a year ago to 183,947 units. Retail sales totaled 125,919 units, a 4% decrease from a year ago. Officials noted a late-month sales surge, which they hope means good things for March. One bright spot was the company’s F-Series truck line, which realized its best February in eight years. Sales of the pickup truck totaled 55,882 units.

Led by the MKZ and MKX, Lincoln sales increased 36% from a year ago to 6,661 units. February marked the fifth straight month of positive sales for Ford’s luxury brand. And over the last five months, Lincoln sold 34,476 units, a 26% increase over the same period one year ago.

General Motors: The domestic automaker reported a 1% decline in sales vs. a year ago, with the company delivering 222,104 vehicles in February. On a month-to-month basis, however, sales increased 30% thanks to the company’s Olympic advertisements.

The Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze and Malibu posted double-digit sales increases, while the Cruze realized its best February to date. Deliveries of the Corvette were up 149% from a year ago. As for Cadillac, the brand’s CTS sedan helped drive a 7% increase in retail sales for the CTS range, while sales of the SRX were up 23% from a year ago.

Sales of the Buick Encore nearly doubled, while Enclave and Equinox realized their best February sales ever. Additionally, deliveries of the GMC Acadia were up 2%.

Honda: American Honda reported a 7% decrease in sales from a year ago, with sales totaling 100,405 units. Bucking the trend were Acura light trucks, with sales increasing 29.8% from a year ago to 7,482 units.

The company’s Honda division recorded sales of 88,860 units, with the Accord, Civic and CR-V (up 0.1%) each recording sales of more than 20,000 units in February. Odyssey sales increased 4.6% to 8,945 units.

The Acura Division realized a 1.6% sales increase, with sales totaling 11,545 units in February. Sales of the brand’s MDX increased 54.9% to 4,563 units. The RDX posted its 22nd consecutive monthly sales record, with sales rising 4.2% to 2,911 units sold.

Hyundai: Sales for Hyundai Motor America decreased 6% to 49,003 units in February. On a month-to-month basis, however, sales were up 11% from January. Despite the tough month, two of brand’s smallest cars, the Accent and Veloster, realized a sales increase of 20%, while sales of the company’s two SUVs, the Santa Fe and Tucson, were up 12% from a year ago.

Mazda: The automaker reported February U.S. sales of 24,431 vehicles, a 2.4% decrease from a year ago. Year-to-date sales through February were down 6.7% vs. last year, with 43,155 vehicles sold. However, the Mazda6 experienced its second-best February since 2008 with 3,945 vehicles sold, a 46% increase from a year ago. The CX-5 realized its best sales month ever, with sales increasing 71.6% to 9,355 units sold. The company also reported that its SKYACTIV Technology accounted for 83.2% of all vehicle sales during the month, the largest percentage sold in one month.

Mercedes-Benz: The German automaker reported sales of 24,971 units for the month of February, a 3.8% increase from a year ago. This was the highest volume on record for the month, officials noted. The Mercedes-Benz brand alone achieved record February retail sales of 22,609 units, a 2.65% increase from a year ago. On a year-to-date basis, sales rose 1.5% to 45,213 units.

Sales were the led by the brand’s C-, E- and M-Class model lines, with sales totaling 5,612, 4,271 and 3,258 units, respectively. At the high end, sales of the all-new 2014 S-Class flagship model jumped 93.8% to 1,789 units.

Mitsubishi: The OEM reported a 1.2% dip in sales from February 2013, with sales totaling 5,977 units. On a year-to-date basis, sales were up 1.3% from a year ago. Sales of Mitsubishi’s core models (Outlander Sport, Outlander, Lancer, and Mirage) were up 8.9% in February and 12.7% on a year-to-date basis. Realizing the biggest sales increase was the Outlander Sport, with sales up 42.8% from a year ago.

Nissan: The Japanese automaker reported a 15.8% increase in February sales vs. a year ago, with sales totaling 115,260 units — a record total for February. Sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF also set a February record, increasing 118.2% to 1,425 units. Also setting a new monthly record was the Rogue, with sales rising 72.6% to 17,197 units. The Nissan Juke also recorded its best monthly sales total, with sales rising 111.7% to 5,791 units.

Infiniti reported sales of 9,729 units in February, an increase of 6.4% vs. one year ago. Sales of the all-new Infiniti Q50 luxury sports sedan totaled 3,275 units, while overall sales of Infiniti sports sedans, including the Infiniti G37, rose more than 14.4% for the month.

Toyota: Toyota Motor Sales reported a 4.3% decrease in February sales vs. one year ago, with sales totaling 159,284 units. Toyota division sales were down 5%, totaling 140,429 units. Lexus sales increased 8.7% from a year ago to 18,855 units.

By model, the Toyota Camry posted sales of 29,000 units, while sales of the all-new Corolla totaled more than 25,000 units. The RAV4 realized its best February sales, with sales increasing 23% from a year ago. Also realizing its best-ever February sales month was the all-new Highlander, which posted a 30% sales increase from a year ago. As for Lexus, the IS and GX posted triple-digit sales gains, while sales of the GS were up more than 42%. The Lexus RX posted sales of more than 5,600 units.

Volkswagen: February sales for the German automaker were down 13.8% from a year ago to 27,112 units delivered. This was due, in part, to the winding down of outgoing models and the fewest number of selling days for the year, officials noted. Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel models accounted for 16.8% of sales in February. Total Jetta deliveries accounted for 11,908 units of Volkswagen’s February sales total, while sales of the Passat totaled 6,997 units.

Audi sales just about mirrored last February’s sales totals, with 10,881 units sold. Leading the way was the company’s luxury SUVs, with the Q7 posting a 33.6% sales gain from a year ago. Sales of the company’s luxury sedans also stayed strong, with the A6 posting a sales increase of 27.2% vs. one year ago. Sales of the R8 were also up 40% vs. a year ago.

Porsche realized a 15% boost in sales over this time last year and a 2% increase on a year-to-date basis. The automaker realized its all-time best February, with 3,232 units delivered. The Cayenne continued to be the automaker’s most popular model with 1,260 sold units.

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May Sales Up 8.2 Percent, SAAR at 15.31 Million Units

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. — Total light vehicle sales in May, according to AutoData Corp. were up 8.2 percent vs. a year ago, with the industry delivering more than 1.44 million vehicles.

Sales paced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15.31 million units, up from last May’s 13.95 million, according to Autodata Corp. Year-to-date sales increased 7.3 percent to more than 6.42 million units. Big winners for the month were Chrysler, Ford, GM, Kia, Nissan, Porsche and Subaru, all of which reported a record-breaking month.

BMW: Sales for the BMW Group increased 10.1 percent to 31,174 units sold. Year to date, BMW Group sales (BMW and Mini) were up 6.3 percent on sales of 139,142 units in the first five months of 2013.

BMW brand sales increased 13.8 percent in May for a total of 25,230 units sold. The best performing vehicles included the 3 Series (up 47.2 percent), the Z4 Roadster (up 19 percent), the 6 Series (up 26.1 percent) and the X6 SAV (up 18.4 percent).

Mini sold 5,944 vehicles, a 3.4 percent decrease from the same month a year ago. Year-to-date sales were also down 1.1 percent on volume of 25,785 units.

Chrysler: Total sales for Chrysler Group LLC were 166,596 units, the manufacturer’s best May sales since 2007. Compared to a year ago, sales were up 11 percent. Chrysler Group also reached 38 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains.

Additionally, eight Chrysler Group vehicles set sales record in May, with the Jeep Wrangler (up 13 percent) and Compass (up 42 percent) recording their best monthly sales ever. Ram Truck brand sales were up 24 percent, the largest percentage gain of any Chrysler Group brand in May.

FIAT brand sales reached a new milestone in May, with sales surpassing 100,000 units since its reintroduction in 2011.

Ford: Ford Motor Co. reported its best May sales since 2006, with retail sales up 17 percent. Sales totaled 246,585, a 14 percent sales increase from a year ago. Cars sales were up 9 percent, utilities up 15 percent and trucks up 18 percent.

Both the Escape (29,123 vehicles sold) and Fusion (29,553 unit sold) achieved monthly sales records for four straight months with 26 percent and 10 percent increases, respectively, from a year ago. The Lincoln MKZ realized an increase of 42 percent vs. a year ago, the models best-ever May sales.

General Motors: The manufacturer sold 252, 894 vehicles in May, a 3 percent increase form a year ago. It was GM’s highest monthly sales since September 2008.

Chevrolet had its best retail sales month since August 2009, while sales at Cadillac jumped 40 percent from a year ago to 13,808 vehicles sold — the brand’s best May since 2007. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado rose 25 percent to more than 43,000 units sold. General Motors also saw double-digit increase from small cars, including the Chevrolet Sonic and Cruze, as well as the Buick Verano. Sales of the Chevrolet Tahoe were also up 29 percent from a year ago.

Honda: American Honda’s May sales increased 4.5 percent from 2012 to 140,013 units sold (up 4.5 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate). The Honda brand posted May 2013 sales of 125,649 units, a 5.2 percent increase, while the Acura brand sales decreased 1.5 percent to 14,364 units sold.

Honda light trucks posted a May sales record, with the CR-V leading the way with an 8.4 percent sales increase vs. a year ago. Sales of the Pilot and Odyssey were also up 11.3 and 15 percent, respectively. Sales of the Honda Accord were up 11.7 percent, while the Fit posted a double-digit sales gain (20.3 percent). Sales of the Honda Civic totaled 30,268 units in May.

Despite the drop in sales, the Acura RDX set an all-time monthly sales record and its 13 consecutive monthly sales record with 4,930 units sold — a 49.3 percent increase from a year ago.

Hyundai: Sales for Hyundai Motor America in May increased 2 percent from a year ago to 68,358 units sold. It was the company’s second-best sales month of all time. Hyundai also set its all-time May sales record with the fastest daily-selling rate ever.

Big winners were the Elantra, with sales increasing 33 percent from a year ago to 25,090 units sold. On a year-to-date basis, Elantra sales were up 30 percent. Sonata sales topped 20,000 units in May while the new Santa Fe exceeded the 7,000-unit mark for a 21 percent sales increase on a year-to-date basis.

Kia: Total Kia sales for May 2013 represented the company’s best-ever May sales with 52,327 units sold. The Optima midsize sedan produced 15,368 deliveries, leading Kia’s sales for the 18th consecutive month. The Soul urban passenger vehicle also recorded strong monthly sales of 11,420 units.

Mazda: Sales for Mazda North American Operations increased 19.2 percent from a year ago to 24,270 units sold in May. Vehicles equipped with Skyactiv Technology accounted for a majority of total sales, with 17,875 units equipped with the technology sold in May.

Mazda3 sales rebounded in May after a down month in April, with sales increasing 5.4 percent. The CX-5 realized its best sales month ever with 7,128 vehicles sold, while the all-new 2014 Mazda6 realized its best May since 2008 with 3,944 units sold.

Mitsubishi: Total overall Mitsubishi sales were down 15 percent vs. last year. Sales of Mitsubishi models currently in production were up 31 percent compared to May 2012, but the discontinued models brought the percentage down. The Outlander Sport accounted for 2,226 units of the total 4,715 units delivered by the manufacturer.

Nissan: Nissan set a new May U.S. sales record with 114,457 units, an increase of 24.7 percent compared to May 2012. The Leaf and Pathfinder realized huge increases of 319.2 and 292.9 percent, respectively, marking the Leaf’s second-best month and the Pathfinder’s best-ever May. Infiniti sales totaled 7,899, down 25.4 percent from last May.

Porsche: Porsche Cars North America announced its best May sales month and second-best month ever with a total of 3,928 units sold. For the year, PCNA has delivered 17,609 vehicles in the U.S. market, up 31 percent over last year’s all-time record sales year. The Cayenne was the top-seller with 1,765 sold, a 50 percent increase over 2012.

Subaru: Subaru of America shattered previous monthly sales records by reaching 39,892 units in May, a 34 percent increase from 2012. It was the best sales month in company history. Year-to-date sales for Subaru total 165,362, a 21 percent increase over the same period in 2012.

Driving sales was the all-new 2014 Forester, which realized a 38 percent sales increase vs. May 2012. Outback sales increased 34 percent, while sales of the XV Crosstrek totaled 5,295 units.

Toyota: Toyota sales totaled 207,952 units in May, up 2.5 percent on a daily rate selling basis. The Toyota Division posted May sales of 187.723 units, up 2.3 percent on a year-over-year basis. Lexus reported May sales of 22,229 units, up 3.6 percent from a year ago.

Camry sales totaled 39,216 units, while the new RAV4 achieved its best-ever May sales with 20,780 units sold. The RAV4 posted its best-ever May with 20,780 unit sold (up 8 percent from a year ago), while the Tundra recorded sales of 9,950 units (up 13.5 percent from a year ago). The Scion FR-S led Scion Division with sales of 1,937 units.

Volkswagen: May sales for the German automaker totaled 38,013 units, a 1.7 percent decrease vs. the prior year. The Jetta sedan, the volume leader for Volkswagen, had its best May ever with 14,082 deliveries, up 8.6 percent from last year. The Jetta SportWagen decreased 17.4 percent to 1,828 sales.

Volvo: May sales for Volvo Cars of North America increased 1.3 percent from May 2012 to 6,329 units. Year-to-date sales were down 5.9 percent over the first five months of 2012.

The S60 sports sedan achieved a new monthly sales record with 2,739 units sold while the XC60 followed with 1,915 units sold.

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SAAR Climbs Above 14 Million-Unit Mark in June

After falling below the 14 million-unit market in May — the lowest level since December 2011 — the seasonally adjusted annual rate in June climbed to 14.08 million units, according to figures released by AutoData Corp. Compared to June 2011, sales increased by 22.1 percent, with the industry delivering 1.29 million units last month. Reporting significant gains were Chrysler and Volkswagen, while Japanese makes continued to recapture market share lost after last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

BMW: The BMW Group reported a 3.2 percent increase in sales in June vs. a year ago, with sales topping out at 27,720 units. Year to date, BMW brand sales were up 11.3 percent, while MINI USA’s June sales climbed 14.7 percent (5,995 sales) from June 2011, marking new records for June and year-to-date sales for the German automaker.

Chrysler: The domestic automaker realized its best June totals since 2007. Chrysler reported a 20 percent increase in sales vs. a year ago with 144,811 units sold. For 27 consecutive months, the carmaker has topped its year-over-year results.

Jeep delivered 28 percent more Wrangler models than last year (14,461 units sold), while Fiat reported selling 6,971 300 models. Chrysler’s biggest seller was the Ram pickup, with 22,951 units sold in June, 1,589 more than June 2011.

Ford: Sales jumped 7 percent in the U.S. market from last year, with 207,759 vehicles sold. Year to date, the company has sold 1.14 million vehicles, a 6.6 percent increase vs. the year-ago period. Maintaining its spot as Ford’s best seller was the F-Series pickup, which, with 55,025 units sold (up 11 percent from June 2011), accounted for nearly a quarter of the carmaker’s monthly sales.

Car sales were up 3 percent vs. a year ago, while trucks were up 9. Sales of the Ford Escape were up 28 percent vs. a year ago — the model’s best month ever at 28,500 units sold — while the Fusion set a new sales record for June. Ford Explorer sales were up 35 percent from last year.

General Motors: The Detroit automaker reported a 16 percent increase in sales for June vs. a year ago. Sales totaled 248,750 units sold, marking the best sales month for the company since 2008.

Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac each reported double-digit increases. Driving the 12 percent year-over-year jump in passenger vehicles for the company were Chevrolet Buick and Malibu, which realized sales increases of 32 and 21 percent, respectively, from a year ago.

Honda: The Japanese automaker realized its best June since 2008, with American Honda delivering 124,808 units last month, a 48 percent increase from June 2011. The Honda division realized a 45.6 percent surge vs. last year, as Acura sales increased 76.5 percent compared with the year-ago period. Sales of the Honda Accord topped 28,000 units, a more than 80 percent jump from June 2011. The CR-V recorded another record -breaking month, while Acura sales totaled 15,370 units — the automaker’s best June sales month since 2007.

Hyundai: Despite a slight softening in May, the Korean carmaker recorded its best June ever and beat its all-time sales record for the first half of 2012. Hyundai Motor America sold 63,813 units in June, up 8 percent vs. last year. Year to date, the automaker’s sales were up 10 percent, while retail sales alone were up 13 percent. The Azera maintained strong sales, realizing a 350 percent sales gain vs. last June, with 1,001 units sold. Sales of the Accent spiked 57 percent, while sales of the Sonata jumped 12 percent vs. a year ago.

Mazda: Compared to a year ago, Mazda sales climbed 3.1 percent to 19,911 units delivered in June. Sales for the first half of the year were up 17.5 percent vs. the year-ago period, with 143,797 cars sold. Realizing its best sales month since 2008, Mazda3 sales totaled 8,835 vehicles sold. Also experiencing its best sales month in four years was the Mazda MX-5, with 659 vehicles sold. Officials said the company will double production capacity in Japan for its SKYACTIV technology, which accounted for 55 percent of Mazda’s total sales in June.

Mercedes-Benz: The German automaker realized a 7.6 percent growth in sales last month vs. a year ago, with 22,231 vehicles sold. Not only did the company post an all-time sales record in the U.S. market, it achieved its highest half-year sales in the company’s 47-year history. The C-, E- and M-class models were among the brand’s top-sellers in June. The C-class led the way with 6,506 units sold, while the E-class recorded 5,589 units sold and sales of the M-class totaled 2,891 units.

Mitsubishi: For June, Mitsubishi Motors North America reported a 34 percent decrease in sales from the year-ago period, but sales of models currently in production were up 10.2 percent. Leading the way was the Outlander Sport CUV, which saw sales rise 13 percent from a year ago to 1,461 units. Year-to-date sales of the Outlander Sport were up 2.6 percent. Lancer Evolution sales also continued to grow, rising more than 31 percent in June vs. a year ago. Year-to-date sales were up more than 35 percent. Additionally, sales of the Galant sedan were up 116 percent for the month and up 3.1 percent year to date.

Nissan: The North American division realized a 28.2 percent increase in June, with 92,237 units sold vs. 71,940 a year ago. Nissan Division accounted for 81,801 of the brand’s sales in June, up 24.6 percent from 2011’s 65,659 vehicle sales. Infiniti reported sales of 10,436 units for June 2012, marking a 66.1 percent increase vs. last June’s 6,281 units.

Toyota: Compared to a year ago, sales for Toyota Motor Corp. surged 60.3 percent from a year ago, with 177,795 units sold. Sales of the Toyota Camry, the marques top seller, climbed 50.2 percent with 32,107 vehicles delivered. Sales of the Prius jumped from 4,340 units in June 2011 to 19,150 units sold in June 2012. The Corolla realized a 41.2 percent sales gain vs. a year ago, with 26,647 vehicles sold.

Volkswagen/Audi: The American division reported a 34.2 percent sales increase in June 2012 vs. the year-ago period. Year to date, the manufacturer realized a 35.4 percent increase — the company’s best monthly performance since 1973. Audi accounted for 12,664 of June’s sales, while the Volkswagen Passat sold 10,252 units — the model’s fourth month of sales of more than 10,000 units.

Additionally, the German carmaker sold more than 38,000 vehicle in the first half of the year, company officials touted.

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SAAR Dips in May Despite 25.7 Percent Sales Increase

Despite the annual sales rate dipping from 14.42 million in April to 13.78 million, May retail sales were 25.7 percent higher than May 2011, according to Autodata Corp. Leading the way were General Motors, Ford and Toyota, with each carmaker eclipsing the 200,000-unit mark last month.

BMW: The German automaker realized its best May sales since 2008, selling 28,345 vehicles — a 7.1 percent increase vs. a year ago. To date, the BMW Group has sold 130,973 units in 2012, a 12.2 percent increase vs. 2011. Leading the way were the 5 Series, up 45.3 percent to 6,102 units; the 6 Series, up 159.9 percent to 725 units; and the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, up 23.8 percent to 6,939 units.

Chrysler: The domestic carmaker realized a 30.1 percent sales gain in May, its strongest sales gain since 2007. Chrysler sold 150,041 units. On a year-to-date basis, retail sales are tracking 32.7 higher than a year ago, with 689,257 units sold.

Sales for Fiat were 127.6 percent higher than last year, with 4,003 units sold. Year to date, sales are up 431.7 percent, with 16,702 total units sold.

Ford: May sales were favorable for Ford, as the domestic carmaker realized a 12.6 increase in overall sales vs. last year, with sales totaling 215,699 units. The Ford Fusion topped the list in May, with consumers driving away with a total 26,857 Fusion units. To date, Ford vended 933,179 units — a 6.5 percent jump from the previous year. Sales on light trucks increased by 16.9 percent vs. May 2011, with 135,811 units sold. Car sales managed a 6 percent boost, totaling a 79,888 units for the month.

General Motors: The company sold 10.9 percent more vehicles compared to May 2011, with 245,256 units sold. The domestic carmaker also reported a 2 percent increase for the calendar year vs. a year ago, with its dealers rolling 1.06 million units. Light trucks led the way, capturing a 17.4 increase in sales vs. a year ago, with sales totaling 144,635 truck sales. Car sales slid 2.6 percent increase, with total sales coming in at 100,621 vehicles.

Honda: Rebounding from last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Honda’s sales climbed 47.6 percent vs. the year-ago period. The Japanese carmaker reported total sales of 133,997 units. So far in 2012, Honda has sold 10.1 percent more than in 2011, with 576,174 vehicles rolling off the lots this year. Car sales led the way with 74,274 units sold — a 53.8 percent jump from a year ago. Light truck sales were up by 72.8 percent vs. May 2011 and up 13.3 percent year to date, with 259,550 Honda trucks sold this year.

Hyundai: The Korean automaker realized its best May ever, and its second best month in company history. Sales also eclipsed the 60,000-unit mark for the third month in a row in May, with officials reporting that fleet sales were mixed down to 7 percent. The Sonata (20,765) and Elantra (18,877) models led the way for Hyundai makes. So far this year, Hyundai has sold 292,856 units, up from 263,588 units sold last year.

Mazda: The automaker realized a 13.9 percent increase in sales vs. a year ago, as well as 20.2 percent increase in sales on a year-to-date basis. Sales totaled 20,357 units in May and 123,886 for the year. While car sales remained nearly identical to last year, selling only six more vehicles this May vs. last, truck sales improved by 44.6 percent for the month, with 8,067 rolling off dealership lots. Truck sales this year, however, are down by nine vehicles, with year-to-date sales totaling 37,176 sales. Car sales for the year totaled 86,710 units in May, up by 31.6 percent from this time last year.

Mercedes-Benz: Car sales for the German automaker are up 3.1 percent for the year, with 122,600 cars sold. For the month of May, Mercedes-Ben z brand sales were up 4 percent vs. a year ago, with 113,136 vehicles sold. Smart brand car sales fell 6.9 percent to 9,464 vehicles sold, but sales to date are up 3.4 percent.

Mitsubishi: The automaker reported the best sales month in May since Sept. 2011, but overall sales in May dropped 26.3 percent. The carmaker sold 5,575 sales in May, while year-to-date sales total 27,462 units. Car sales dropped 30.1 percent in May vs. a year ago, while truck sales fell 18.6 percent vs. a year ago.

Nissan: Realizing a 20.5 percent boost in sales vs. May 2011, the automaker rolled 91,794 vehicles for the month. Nissan retailed 12.1 percent more cars year to date, with 485,484 units sold. Sales of Nissan cars inched up 5 percent in May, with 55,129 units sold. Trucks fared significantly better, with the carmaker realizing a 55 increase vs. last May, with 36,665 trucks rolling off dealer lots. Year-to-date sales in May increased 6.3 percent for cars and 24.5 percent for trucks vs. the year-ago period.

Toyota: The Japanese automaker sold 202,973 vehicles in May, a dramatic 87.3 percent turnaround from last year, when the company was suffering through supply shortages in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company also realized a 23.7 percent increase in year-to-date sales, with 868,301 units sold so far this year. Car sales skyrocketed by 100.4 percent, with 114,043 vehicles sold in May 2012. Truck sales followed suit, jumping 72.8 percent from the year-ago period.

Volkswagen/Audi: The German automaker’s Volkswagen brand experienced a 28.4 percent increase in sales vs. a year ago, with sales totaling 38,657 units — an all-time high for U.S. sales. May’s performance also marked the 17th straight month of record sales. Audi brand sales were up 10 percent in May vs. a year ago, with 11,503 units sold.

Overall, Volkswagen realized a 23.5 percent rise in sales, with 50,407 units sold in May and a 30.1 percent boost year to date.

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Automakers Reduce U.S. Incentives in April to Five-Year Low

Automakers reduced spending on discounts and incentives for U.S. customers in April by 14 percent to an average $2,320 per vehicle, the lowest in more than five years, as sales climbed.

Ford Motor Co. average spending on discounts and promotions declined 20 percent from a year earlier to $2,399, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based Autodata Corp. said yesterday. Chrysler Group LLC lowered spending 23 percent to $2,806, and General Motors Co. reduced incentives by 8.1 percent to an estimated $3,068 per vehicle..

Industrywide light-vehicle sales ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13.2 million in April, Autodata said, accelerating from a year earlier and exceeding the 13 million pace that was the average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Incentives are likely to continue dropping in the coming months due to Japan-related supply shortages, said Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends at TrueCar.com.

“The outlook for incentives is that they are going to be down dramatically,” Toprak, whose auto-pricing website is based in Santa Monica, California, said yesterday in a telephone interview.

General Motors Co. reduced incentives by $272, or 8.1 percent from a year earlier, to an estimated $3,068 per vehicle. Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker, reduced spending $60, or 3.1 percent, to an estimated $1,885 per unit, Autodata said.

Honda Motor Co., fourth in the U.S. sales by volume, raised incentives to $2,171, 8.7 percent more than a year earlier, according to Autodata. Nissan Motor Co. reduced discounts by 33 percent to $1,998.

The last month that industrywide average incentive spending was lower was October 2005 at $2,204 per unit, David Lucas, an analyst for Autodata, said in an e-mail.

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