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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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TrueCar Sees Sales Pacing at 14.5 Million in March

SANTA MONICA – TrueCar predicted Tuesday that new light-vehicle sales in March will increase 13.7 percent from the year-ago period to 1.417 million units. Not including fleet vehicles, the vehicle-marketing site expects sales to increase 14.3 percent from a year ago.

Jesse Toprak, vice president of market intelligence, said he expects several vehicle makers to realize record gains this month, with Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen expected to lead the way. “We also forecast that Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota will have an extremely strong month, with some of the highest unit sales in years,” Toprak said. “Due to a stronger-than-expected recovery, we’ve increased our sales forecast another 3.6 percent, from 14 million unit sales to 14.5 million unit sales in 2012.”

General Motors is expected to record the highest gain in unit sales for the month, Toprak added, with sales expected to increase 20.9 percent to 249,887 units. He added that Volkswagen should record the highest percentage change, about a 33.1 percent change since March 2011.

Fleet and rental sales are expected to account for 19.5 percent of total industry sales for the month, Toprak added.

Kristen Andersson, senior analyst at TrueCar, noted that manufactures are one of the reasons for the sales pickup, introducing attractive offers to pull skittish consumers off the sidelines. “Automakers have hit the sweet spot this month with lowered incentives and double digit sales increases, which signifies the underlying strength in consumer demand,” she said.

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Industry Sales Pace at 15 Million Annual Rate

A recent uptick in gas prices pushed consumers toward fuel-efficient vehicles rather than back to the sidelines, with the annual sales rate jumping to 15.1 million vehicles, according to Autodata. This was the best monthly showing since February 2008. Volkswagen led the way with a 42 percent sales surge year over year, followed by Chrysler’s 40 percent increase.

Audi: Audi of America reported 8,531 luxury vehicles sold in February, surpassing the prior February record set in 2011. The company’s year-over-year vehicle sales increased 10 percent while it’s year-to-date growth increased 14.9 percent compared to 2011. Three Audi models recorded year-over-year sales increases of 15 percent or more, including the Audi A3, Audi A6 and Audi TT models.

BMW/MINI: BMW Group reported February sales of 26,184 vehicles, a 31.5 percent increase from the 19,919 vehicles sold during the year-ago month. Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 29.2 percent from a year ago to 21,204 in February. MINI USA reported sales of 4,980 units, an increase of 42.2 percent from the 3,503 sold in February 2011.

Chrysler: Chrysler Group LLC recorded its best February sales month since 2008 with 133,521 units sold, a 40 percent increase from February 2010. The Chrysler brand recorded a 114 percent year-over-year increase, while the FIAT brand finished its first year of sales with its best month ever. Sales of the Fiat 500 were up 69 percent compared to the previous month. Both the Jeep and Dodge brands posted year-over-year sales increases in February as well.

Ford: Ford Motor Company experienced a 14 percent increase in sales vs. the year-ago month, with 179,119 vehicles sold. Retail sales alone increased 19 percent. The Ford brand was up 14 percent, while Lincoln posted a 16 percent increase vs. a year ago. Ford’s F-Series posted a 26 percent increase, totaling 47,273 pickups. Focus sales totaled 23,350 units.

GM: General Motors Co. announced total sales of 209,306 vehicles in February, up 1.1 percent compared to a year ago. Year-over-year sales of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD were up 28 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Other sales highlights for February include double-digit sales increases for the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Equinox and Camaro, and the GMC Terrain.

Honda/Acura: American Honda Motor Co. posted sales of 110,157 units, an increase of 7.8 percent vs. February 2011, based on the daily selling rate. The Honda Division posted February 2012 sales of 98,899, an increase of 8.8 percent year over year. The Acura Division’s February sales totaled 11,258, up 0.1 percent compared to February 2011, with the TL and TSX models registering strong sales increases.

Hyundai: Hyundai Motor America announced record February sales of 51,151 units, up 18 percent vs. 2011. Overall retail sales rose 29 percent year over year, while sales of the Sonata, Elantra and Accent increased by 11 percent, 12 percent and 29 percent, respectively. Combined sales of the Genesis and Equus models were up five percent over 2011 as well.

Mazda: Mazda North American Operations recorded its February sales month since 1994 with 25,651 units sold, representing an increase of 32.3 percent vs. last year. Mazda2 sales totaled 2,701, marking a 210.5 percent year-over-year increase, while Mazda3 sales totaled 11,275 vehicles for a 39.6 percent increase. Mazda 6 reported its best month since March 2008 with 5,101 vehicles sold, a 79.7 percent increase over 2011.

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz USA reported February sales of 19,679 vehicles, a 21.7 percent improvement over February 2011 and the highest February volume on record. Sales for the month of February were led by the C-, E-, and M-Class model lines. The C-Class led the way with sales of 5,240, up 17 percent over February 2011. The E-Class came in right behind with sales of 4,206 and the M-Class rounded out the top three with sales of 3,408, up 77.1 percent compared to February 2011.

Nissan/Infiniti: Nissan North America Inc. posted February U.S. sales of 106,731 units vs. 92,370 units a year earlier, marking an increase of 15.5 percent. Nissan Division posted a record February with 97,492 sales, an increase of 17.1 percent over the old record of 83,226 units set in 2011. Infiniti delivered 9,239 vehicles in February, an increase of 1 percent vs. 9,144 units a year earlier.

Toyota: Toyota Motor Co. reported monthly sales of 159,423 units in February, a 7.9 percent year-over-year increase on a daily selling rate basis and 12.4 percent on an unadjusted raw volume basis. Led by sales of the Camry and Camry Hybrid and the Prius family, the Toyota Division recorded February sales of 142,745 units, an increase of 7 percent vs. the year ago month. The Lexus Division reported sales of 16,678 units, up 15.9 percent over last February.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen of America Inc. realized its best February since 1973 with 30,577 units sold. The company’s performance also represented a 42.5 percent increase vs. a year ago. Sales of the Passat totaled 8,189 units for the month of February, while the Jetta sedan remains the volume leader for Volkswagen with sales totaling 11,694 — its best February ever. The 2012 Beetle sold 1,303 units while the Tiguan sold 2,280 units.

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Sales Pace at 14.18 Million in January

Retail sales rose 11.4 percent in January, with the industry pacing at a 14.18 million seasonally adjusted annual sales rate — the highest rate since the government’s Cash for Clunkers program in August 2009, according to AutoData.

Toyota was the comeback kid, experiencing a 7.5 percent gain from a year ago after suffering through months of declines due to production issues caused by last year’s disasters in Japan and Thailand. At the top of the sales board were Chrysler Group and Volkswagen of America Inc., both brands registering double-digit increases. Mercedes-Benz rounded out January’s top three thanks to strong demand for its SUV and passenger car lineup.

Audi: Audi of America sold 9,354 vehicles in January, a 19.7 percent year-over-year increase from January 2011. The company’s performance marked the best January in Audi of America’s history. Sales of the Audi A6 increased 90 percent over 2011, sales of the Audi Q7 increased 15 percent, and sales of the Audi A7 totaled 643 vehicles.

BMW/MINI: BMW Group reported January sales of 19,739 vehicles, an increase of 5.8 percent from the year-ago month. Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 3.1 percent from last January to 16,405. The best performing vehicles included the X3 SAV, up 56.9 percent to 1,687 units; the 6 Series, up 392.8 percent to 409 units; and the 7 Series, up 56.1 percent to 977 units. MINI USA reported sales of 3,334 automobiles in January, an increase of 21.2 percent from the 2,751 sold in January 2011.

Chrysler: Chrysler Group LLC sold 101,149 units in January, a 44 percent increase vs. January 2011 (70,118 units). The performance marked the group’s best January since 2008. The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands all posted sales gains, led by the Chrysler brand’s 81 percent increase. The group’s 44 percent increase was driven in large part by strong sales of the Chrysler 300, Chrysler 200, and Dodge Charger and Avenger sedans.

Ford: Ford Motor Company sold 136,710 vehicles in January, a 7 percent gain compared with January 2011. Retail sales increased 8 percent. Focus sales were up 60 percent, marking the best January for the model since 2003. Ford brand sales totaled 131,589 vehicles in January, marking the best January sales month for Ford brand since 2008.

GM: General Motors Company sold 167,962 vehicles in January, a 6 percent decrease vs. January 2011. GM’s total passenger car sales increased 3 percent in January, led by a 30-percent increase in sales of fuel-efficient, small and compact cars. The company’s crossover sales decreased 18 percent, and sales of trucks, which include full-size pickups, vans and SUVs, decreased 6 percent. Retail deliveries declined 15 percent year over year.

Honda/Acura: American Honda Motor Co. sold 83,009 in the U.S. in January, an increase of 8.8 percent over January 2011. The Honda Division posted sales of 74,628, an increase of 9.3 percent year over year. Civic sales increased 49.5 percent. The Accord posted sales of 13,659, up 1.5 percent from the same period last year. Acura Division’s January sales totaled 8,381 units, up 5.3 percent year over year.

Hyundai: Hyundai Motor America announced an all-time record January with sales of 42,694 units, up 15 percent vs. 2011. January retail sales were up 19 percent, led by a 13 percent increase in Elantra sales and a 27 percent increase in Genesis/Equus sales.

Mazda: Mazda North American Operations reported its best January since 1994 with U.S. sales of 23,996 vehicles, a 68.2 percent increase vs. last year. Mazda3 sales totaled 9,200 units, an 83.4 percent increase vs. last year. This was the model’s best-ever January. Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 crossover SUV sales were up 32.6 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively, marking the best-ever January for both vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz USA posted a 25.8 percent increase in January, with 21,726 vehicles sold. This was the best January in the company’s history. Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and SUVs fueled the company’s performance, with the C-Class leading the way with a 56.4 percent increase in sales. The E-Class followed with sales of 4,097, and the M-Class rounded out the Top 3 with sales of 4,002, up 61.1 percent.

Nissan/Infiniti: Nissan North America Inc. reported January sales of 79,313 units, an increase of 10.4 percent vs. last year. Nissan Division sales rose 12.5 percent for the month to 72,517 units, with Versa sales setting a new record with 9,418 deliveries (up 8.5 percent). Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 8.2 percent from the prior year to 6,796 units, while sales of the Infiniti QX totaled 1,020, an increase of 30.4 percent vs. last year.

Toyota: Toyota Motor Sales reported monthly sales results of 124,540 units, an increase of 7.5 percent over the year ago month on a daily selling rate (DSR) and unadjusted raw volume basis. Driven by an increase in sales of 2012 Camry and Camry hybrid, Toyota Division posted January sales of 112,266 units, an increase of 9 percent compared to the same period last year. The Lexus Division reported sales of 12,274 units, down 4.6 percent from last January.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen of America Inc. posted 27,209 units sold in January, a 47.9 percent increase compared to the year-ago period. Passat sales totaled 6,318 units, while Jetta sales totaled 9,564 units. Sales of the 2012 Beetle totaled 1,401, while Touareg sales increased 68 percent. Tiguan sales increased 50 percent. The TDI models experienced a 30.2 percent increase vs. 2011.

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Ford Motor Credit Appoints New COO

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Credit Company announced that Bernard Silverstone has been appointed chief operating officer. The captive finance company also announced that its former president of marketing and sales was elected as Ford’s corporate officer, a position he will assume on Jan. 1, 2012.

In his new role, Silverstone will lead Ford Credit’s operations in its four global regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa, and Latin America. He’ll also lead marketing, sales and brand, business center operations, quality and process management, and insurance operations. He will continue to report to Mike Bannister, Ford executive vice president and Ford Credit chairman and CEO, according to F&I and Showroom magazine.

“Bernard’s global operating experience and deep knowledge of the financing business will serve us well as Ford Credit grows its business to support Ford’s growth plans,” Bannister said. “He’ll sharpen our focus on further aligning our operations globally, and provide strong leadership as we continue to profitably support Ford, its dealers and customers.”

Silverstone’s current responsibilities include senior management responsibility for international operations, which covers all Ford Credit business units outside the United States and Canada. He was previously chairman of Ford Credit Europe.

Silverstone has been with Ford Credit for 32 years, joining Ford Credit Britain as a field representative. He has held a wide variety of staff, operations and leadership positions in the U.S., the UK and Australia markets, and had regional responsibilities for various European and Asia Pacific operations.

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Ford Credit Launches Lincoln-Branded Captive

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Credit Company announced the launch of Lincoln Automotive Financial Services (LAFS), a new captive established to serve Lincoln customers. It will provide branded financing products provided by Ford Credit.

“Lincoln Automotive Financial Services is the dedicated financing brand that complements the experience provided by Lincoln vehicles and our Lincoln dealerships,” said Bernard Silverstone, president of marketing and sales at Ford Credit. “Current and future Lincoln financing customers will enjoy the same exceptional service, with unique Lincoln branding.”

All customer touch points — contracts, invoices and customer service support — are branded LAFS, according to the company. The brand also allows customers to manage their accounts online or from mobile devices, and research financing-related products and services on www.lincolnafs.com, reported F&I and Showroom magazine.

“With a strong Lincoln vehicle lineup, an exceptional dealership experience and competitive private-label financing, we expect to drive more sales and loyalty for Lincoln,” Silverstone said.

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