TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2012) Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. reported monthly sales of 188,520 units in August 2012, up 40.2 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis and 45.6 percent on an unadjusted raw volume basis.
DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today reported August sales of 240,520 vehicles in the United States, up 10% compared with a year ago. GM increased its sales to retail customers by 11%, making August its best retail month of the year. Sales to fleet customers were up 6% compared with a year ago. All four GM brands posted higher total and retail sales.
Thanks in part to extensive national advertising during the Olympic Games, Chevrolet passenger car sales were up 25%, with the Spark, Sonic, Cruze and Volt all posting their best-ever monthly sales. In addition, the Chevrolet Equinox set an August record behind its 22% year-over-year sales increase.
“The single message Chevrolet communicated this summer was ‘confidence’ and it rang true with customers when they saw how our product lineup is being transformed,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “All 4 of our brands are building momentum behind new products so we’re very well positioned as the economy continues to slowly improve.”
Other sales highlights for August include an 11% year over year increase in Cadillac sales driven by strong demand for the SRX crossover, the Escalade and the new XTS large sedan. Buick sales increased 12% on the strength of the Verano, which has seen nine back-to-back monthly sales increases. Buick recorded its best retail sales since September 2007. GMC sales were up 4%, following a 35% reduction in fleet sales. GMC Acadia sales rose 26% in August and GMC Terrain sales were up 16%.
GM is in the midst of an aggressive rollout of new products in the United States. Some 70 percent of GM nameplates will be redesigned or all new over the course of 2012 and 2013, with the four-cylinder 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2013 Cadillac ATS reaching the market now.
The redesigned Malibu arriving in dealerships will replace depleted stocks of 2012 models. The compact Cadillac ATS sport sedan is the brand’s second all-new sedan this year and it will compete in the highest volume luxury segment in the United States.
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Ford Motor Company’s U.S. total sales increased 13% in August compared with last year – and 19% for retail sales – with gains in cars, utilities and trucks.
“As fuel prices rose again during August, we saw growing numbers of people gravitate toward our fuel-efficient vehicles – cars, utilities and trucks,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Customers increasingly value savings at the pump, and Ford is answering the call with a full family of vehicles with leading fuel efficiency and the power to choose which vehicle best meets their needs.”
Ford also added a 3rd crew at the Louisville Assembly Plant in August to support demand for the new Escape small utility – the fastest-turning vehicle in Ford’s U.S. lineup. Escape posted its best August sales results ever, with a 37% gain versus last year, with 28,188 vehicles sold.
Explorer posted its best August sales results since 2006, with 13,168 vehicles sold.
Ford passenger car sales were up 7% in August, including 35% in retail sales. Fusion posted a 6th consecutive monthly sales record, with best-ever August sales totaling 21,690 vehicles – a 21% increase over last year. Focus sales totaled 19,073 vehicles, a 35% increase versus last year. Mustang posted a 12% increase, with 6,387 vehicles sold.
Sales of Ford trucks increased 6% in August. America’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-Series, reported sales of 58,201 vehicles – 19% increase year-over-year – for its 13th straight month of sales increases and its best sales month of 2012. EcoBoost-equipped F-150s surpassed the 200,000 sales threshold in August.
In addition, Ford is announcing its fourth-quarter North American production plan. The company plans to build 725,000 vehicles in the 4th quarter, up 7% (50,000 vehicles) from the fourth quarter of 2011. The company also said it will be slightly below its previous third quarter 2012 North American production guidance of 690,000 vehicles, with 1 month of production left in the quarter.
I was at the Toyota dealer on Friday and I had to "wait in line" for a sales rep.
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Wow didn't expect Toyota to keep rolling like that.
As I see it, not surprising. With even regular 87-octane gas prices inching up towards $4.00 again (and it may be over $4 in CA), the growing Prius line (Regular, C, V, and Plug-in), and, of course, the hot-selling Lexus CT200H is probably helping Toyota overall sales. Americans, particularly in the last 4-5 years, have developed a love-affair with the Prius that shows few signs of abating.
Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 148,472 units, a 14 percent increase compared with sales in August 2011 (130,120 units), and the group's best August sales since 2007.
The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each recorded year-over-year sales gains in August compared with the same month a year ago. The FIAT brand's 34 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand for the month. August marked Chrysler Group's 29th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.
The Dodge brand produced three record-setting models while registering the largest sales volume of any Chrysler Group brand in August. The Dodge Journey full-size crossover, the most versatile and affordable crossover in America, set an all-time sales record while the sporty Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Challenger muscle car each set a sales record for the month of August.
The FIAT, Chrysler and Jeep brands also produced record-setting models in August. The Fiat 500 set an all-time sales record with its 34 percent sales gain while the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan and the Jeep Wrangler established sales records for the month of August.
"Our Iron Man streak continued last month as we posted our 29th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. "Our hard work over the past few years is starting to pay some dividends in our sales growth, quality awards and profitability. Not to mention, an incredibly resilient U.S. new vehicle sales industry doesn't hurt either."
Chrysler Group's 14 percent increase in August was driven in part by sales of the all-new Dodge Dart compact sedan (3,045 units). Dart sales were up 294 percent in August compared with the previous month of July, as the Belvidere, Ill. assembly plant continues to ramp up Dart production.
The Chrysler 300 flagship sedan, with its substantial 65 percent increase, contributed to Chrysler Group's August increase, as did the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, each posting double-digit percentage gains for the month. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a 13 percent hike, had its best August in six years while the Ram pickup truck extended its lengthy streak of consecutive year-over-year sales gains with a 19 percent increase in August.
Chrysler Group finished the month with a 66-days supply of inventory (362,407 units). U.S. industry sales figures for August are projected at an estimated 14.6 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).
August 2012 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand
FIAT brand sales, up 34 percent compared with the same month a year ago, were an all-time sales record in August. Sales of the Fiat 500 Cabrio were up 37 percent versus the same month last year, while the Fiat 500 Abarth, the ultimate high-performance small car, recorded a 22 percent increase compared with sales during the previous month of July. The Fiat 500 was one of 3 Chrysler Group models to rank highest in their segment in Strategic Vision's 2012 Total Quality Index in August. The Fiat 500 was ranked first in the Small Car segment.
The FIAT Brand introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo in August, the fourth model in the expanding FIAT brand product lineup and one of the most affordable turbo-charged vehicles in America. The Fiat 500 Turbo features a 135-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior. The new Fiat 500 Turbo answers the call for enthusiasts who are drawn to the Italian style of the Fiat 500 but want more power and performance for their daily drive.
Chrysler brand sales were up 25 percent, the brand's best August sales in five years and its 14th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 300 flagship sedan were up 65 percent, the full-size sedan's best August sales in 5 years. The Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan contributed to the brand's sales gain by setting a sales record for the month of August. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which offers families versatility, luxury, and convenience at a value, logged a double-digit sales increase, its best August sales in 6 years and 2nd best sales month this year.
Ram Truck Brand
The Ram pickup truck extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 28-consecutive months in August. Sales of the Ram pickup truck, Chrysler Group's volume leader, were up 19 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago. It was the pickup truck's best August sales performance since 2007. Of the Ram 1500 sales, the regular cab pickups posted the largest percentage sales increase in August, while the crew cab trucks led in volume. The Ram Light Duty, Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab pickup trucks posted year-over-year sales increases in August. The Ram Cargo Van posted a 53 percent sales increase compared with the previous month of July.
The Ram Truck brand, which recorded its best August sales in four years, introduced its new 2013 Ram 1500 to the automotive media in August underscoring the model's best-in-class fuel economy, state-of-the-art technology, and class-exclusive features. Production of the Ram begins this month and is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in October.
Dodge brand sales increased 13 percent, the brand's best August sales since 2005 and its second best sales month this year. Dodge brand sales of 47,348 units represented the largest sales volume of any Chrysler Group brand in August. Sales of the all-new Dodge Dart compact sedan soared 294 percent in its third month of sales. As Dart production continues to ramp up in the Belvidere, Ill. assembly plant, a full, multifaceted marketing campaign will launch this month, following the 90-second "How to Change Cars Forever" commercial that debuted in July.
As sales of the new Dart heat up, three Dodge models set sales records in August. The Dodge Journey, the most versatile and affordable crossover in America, set an all-time sales record with its hefty 58 percent increase in August. The sporty Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Challenger muscle car each set sales records for month of August. Not to be outdone by the passenger cars, the Dodge Grand Caravan had its best August in 7 years. In fact, the Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans each logged double-digit sales increases in August.
The Dodge Charger took home a Strategic Vision 2012 Total Quality Award in the Large Car segment, complementing its 30 percent sales increase in August, while the Dodge brand was cited as the most improved brand in the industry.
Jeep brand sales were up 5 percent, the brand's best August sales in nine years and its 28th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep Wrangler, the brand's volume leader in August, set a sales record for the month of August. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever, were up 13 percent, its best August sales in 6 years. Sales of the Jeep Liberty were up 15 percent in August compared with the same month last year. It was the Liberty's best August since 2006.
The Grand Cherokee won a Total Quality Award in the Medium SUV segment from Strategic Vision in August. Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index reflects all aspects of buying, owning and driving a vehicle as a holistic measure, and encompasses positive and negative experiences including reliability, driving excitement, emotional attachment and overall sales and service satisfaction.
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Retail sales up 39 percent in August; nine percent year-to-date
ATLANTA, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced August 2012 sales of 3,026 vehicles. This compares to 2,184 vehicles sold last August, for an increase of 39 percent. For the year, Porsche has sold 22,279 cars in the U.S., a nine percent increase over last year's sales of 20,494.
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"Our all-new Boxster and 911 sports cars continue to be in high demand," said PCNA's President and CEO, Detlev von Platen. "The new Boxster was up 118 percent over August 2011 and the new 911 is up 44 percent for the year."
Sales of the Porsche Cayenne sport utility increased 54 percent for the month versus last August and the Panamera sport sedan was up 22 percent over the same period. This month Porsche begins selling a new Cayenne model, the Cayenne Diesel, which provides 406 lb.-ft of torque and 29 MPG on the highway.
Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 870 for August 2012, an 18 percent increase over August 2011. Year-to-date, Porsche has sold 6,500 CPO models, an eleven percent increase versus 2011 (5,879).
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported August U.S. sales of 98,515 units versus 91,541 units a year earlier, up 7.6 percent. Nissan Division sales increased 5.9 percent for the month at 87,360 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were up 23.6 percent over the prior year, to 11,155 units.
Nissan Division posted sales of 87,360 units, up 5.9 percent from last August's 82,517 units.
Altima mid-size sedan sales totaled 25,889 units, up 12.5 percent from the prior year. Sales of the all-new 2013 Altima began in July.
Nissan Rogue set an August record on sales of 12,626 of the crossover, up 10.1 percent from last year.
Sales of Nissan trucks showed strength, with Frontier sales of 5,464 units up 12.8 percent over last year, sales of Pathfinder, at 2,472 units, up 18.1 percent over the prior year, and NV sales seeing a record August, up 19.4 percent to 783 units.
"Nissan continues to see sales growth across our lineup during a year of significant new vehicle launches, such as the all-new 2013 Altima, which debuted this summer to critical and consumer acclaim," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "With all-new Sentra and Pathfinder models joining the lineup this fall, we only expect to see our momentum continue to grow."
Infiniti today reported sales of 11,155 units for August, an increase of 23.6 percent from 9,024 units a year earlier.
Infiniti G Sedan, with sales of 5,123 units, had a 20.1 percent increase over the prior year and had its best-ever August.
With 2,378 sales in August, the all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover now has become Infiniti's 2nd best-selling vehicle for the year since it went on sale in late March.
Overall, Infiniti had its best August in 7 years.
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