Honda Division sets new annual record with total sales of 1,373,029 vehicles
American Honda sets new light truck sales mark for calendar year and December
Acura Division has best annual sales since 2007, with best-ever month & year for trucks
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported record Honda Division sales of 1,373,029 vehicles for 2014 as overall vehicle sales reached 1,540,872 units, the 2nd-best result in company history and an increase of 1.0% for the year. AHM light truck sales reached new monthly and annual records with December sales of 67,479 units, an increase of 6.2%, and total 2014 sales of 702,351 vehicles, up 1.5%. Acura Division sales also gained strongly in December, posting a 13.1% gain on sales of 17,809 vehicles, helping push the division to its 2rd best year since 2007.
The record Honda Division sales of 1,373,029 vehicles in 2014 was an increase of 1.0% versus 2013, led by a 2.0% increase in total car sales of 781,224 units. The Honda Division once again displayed considerable sales strength across both car and truck categories in 2014.
The award-winning Accord and the all-new Fit led the brand on the car side, while the new Honda CR-V re-asserted its leadership in the hottest segment in the industry, compact SUVs. Accord alone accounted for 388,374 sales in 2014, while CR-V captured 335,019 for the year, a new all-time annual record, and Civic again surpassed the 300,000-unit mark. The sub-compact Fit enjoyed its best December ever.
CR-V shattered its previous December and annual milestones, rising 12.6% in December on sales of 32,369 units, and 10.2% YTD on sales of 335,019.
The new Fit continued its hot streak, with 6,450 vehicles sold in December for an increase of 39.7% as total Fit sales reached 59,340 units in 2014, an increase of 10.9%.
Accord posted an annual increase of 5.9% on sales of 388,374 vehicles in 2014 while over 325,000 Civics were sold in 2014. Adding CR-V's record haul of 335,019 vehicles pushed the total for these three vehicles comfortably over 1 million units.
The Honda Pilot surged 28.0 percent in December on sales of 11,479 units in a fast-paced truck market.
"Despite the price of gasoline dropping well below $3 a gallon in many markets, Honda's strong, balanced lineup of cars and trucks helped us achieve record sales in 2014," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "The great news is that we will build on this momentum with some great new products coming in 2015."
The Acura Division reported total vehicle sales of 167,843 units in 2014, up 1.5% — the brand's best year since 2007 – and 3rd consecutive year of increased sales. Acura finished the year strongly with 17,809 new cars and truck sold in December for a total gain of 13.1% month-over-month.
The Acura MDX and RDX combined for new all-time annual and all-time monthly sales records on combined year-to-date sales of 110,546 units, up 12.6%, and December sales of 11,919, up 10.7%.
MDX rode a wave of popularity en route to best-ever sales of 65,603 units for 2014, up 23.7% versus 2013. December sales were up 3.4% on sales of 6,761 vehicles for a new all-time sales record for any month.
RDX also set annual and monthly records, with total 2014 sales of 44,865, up 0.3%, and December sales of 5,156, up 22.3% for the month.
Total 2014 TLX sales reached 19,127 since its mid-August market debut, with December sales limited only by tight supplies of key models.
ILX posted a strong December, with sales rising 10% on delivery of 1,730 units.
"The Acura MDX and RDX declared loud and clear why we call them the best 1-2 punch in the luxury SUV game, with record sales in the history of the Acura brand," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "With our passenger car lineup now strengthened by the successful launch of the all-new TLX, the upcoming introduction of the redesigned ILX, and the highly anticipated NSX supercar set for its global debut in Detroit, the Acura brand is poised for great things in 2015."
Nissan today announced total U.S. sales for December 2014 of 117,318 units, an increase of 6.9 percent compared to last year and a December record. For calendar year 2014, Nissan set an all-time record with 1,386,895 total U.S. sales, an increase of 11.1 percent over 2013.
Nissan Division 2014 calendar year highlights:
In 2014, Nissan Division set an all-time record with 1,269,565 total sales.
Nissan also set annual sales records for Altima, Rogue, Versa, Juke, LEAF, NV and NV200.
In 2014, Nissan sold more than 30,000 LEAF vehicles in the U.S., the 1st time any plug-in vehicle has reached that milestone in a single year.
Nissan Division set a December record with 105,311 sales, up 9.1 percent.
Sales of the Altima midsize sedan were up 30.3 percent to 32,331, a December record.
Rogue crossover sales also set a December record at 14,879, up 1.4 percent.
Sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF totaled 3,102, up 22.7 percent and a December record.
Sentra sales were up 42.5 percent to 15,393.
Versa sales grew 3 percent to 9,129.
Nissan will unveil the all-new Titan full-size pickup truck on Jan. 12, 2015, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. More information on the development of the new Titan is available at: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/u...-truckumentary
Fiat-Chrysler did very well, but missed analyst expectations (as did Honda).
FCA US LLC Reports December 2014 U.S. Sales Increased 20 Percent – Best December Sales in a Decade; Full-Year Sales Up 16 Percent – Strongest Annual Sales Since 2006
57th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
Annual U.S. sales top 2 million units; best full-year sales since 2006
Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each post sales gains in December compared with same month a year ago
Jeep brand records best ever December and annual sales
Chrysler 200 sales up 187 percent; best December sales ever
Ram pickup truck sales up 32 percent; best December sales ever
FIAT brand posts best ever annual sales
Eleven FCA US vehicles set sales records in December
January 5, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 193,261 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in December 2013 (161,007 units), and the group’s best December sales since 2004.
The Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in December compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand’s 53 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand and the brand’s best December sales since 2007. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 57 consecutive months.
“Our best December sales in a decade pushed our full-year sales over the 2-million unit threshold for our best annual sales since 2006,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Last year marked our fifth consecutive year of annual sales growth in the U.S., and once again, we were the fastest-growing automaker in the country.”
Eleven FCA US vehicles set records in the month of December, including all three Ram Truck brand and three Jeep brand vehicles. The Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster and Ram Cargo Van each logged their best ever December sales. The Jeep Patriot had its best sales month ever, while the all-new Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler logged their best ever December sales. The Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey each posted their best ever sales in the month of December. The Fiat 500L turned in its best sales month since it was launched in June 2013.
Full-year FCA US sales were up 16 percent in 2014, compared with annual sales in 2013. This was the company’s fifth consecutive year of annual sales growth. FCA US sales surpassed the 2-million unit threshold in 2014, the company’s best annual sales since 2006. The Jeep and FIAT brands each recorded their best ever annual sales in 2014.
FCA US finished the month of December with a 72-day supply of inventory (537,731 units). U.S. industry sales figures for December are internally projected at an estimated 17.3 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).
Chrysler brand sales were up 53 percent, the brand’s best December sales since 2007. The brand’s increase was driven by the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan. Sales of the 200 were up 187 percent; the mid-size sedan’s best ever sales in the month of December and its sixth consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. December also was the 200’s best monthly sales performance in 2014. For the second straight month, the 200 outsold combined 200/Dodge Avenger sales from the previous year. Sales of the Town & Country were up 10 percent compared with the same month a year ago. It was the minivan’s best December sales in seven years. Production for the new 2015 Chrysler 300 sedan began in December at the Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant in Canada.
The Chrysler brand’s annual sales increased 2 percent, compared with sales in 2013. It was the brand’s best annual sales since 2008. The Town & Country had its best annual sales since 2007.
Ram Truck Bran
]Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 32 percent in December; its 56th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. It was the pickup truck’s best ever sales for the month of December and its top sales month during 2014. Ram Light Duty pickup sales increased 45 percent in December while Ram Heavy Duty pickups were up 9 percent. Esquire magazine named the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, America’s most fuel-efficient pickup, its "Truck of the Year" in December. Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram ProMaster and Ram Cargo Van, were up 35 percent, the brand’s best December sales in 11 years. December also was the brand’s best sales month of 2014. The ProMaster and the Cargo Van each recorded their best ever sales in the month of December.
The Ram Truck brand’s annual sales increased 28 percent in 2014, its best full-year sales since 2005. The pickup truck turned in its best annual sales since 2003.
Jeep brand sales were up 19 percent, the brand’s best sales performance ever in the month of December and its 15th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in each month this year, including its all-time sales record in May. All five Jeep brand vehicles posted year-over-year sales increases in December. The Patriot logged its best sales month ever, while the Cherokee and Wrangler each recorded their best ever sales in the month of December. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 4 percent, its best December sales in three years. The Compass logged its best December sales since 2006.
Full-year Jeep brand sales were up 41 percent, the brand’s best ever annual sales performance. The Jeep brand sold 692,348 units in the U.S. in 2014, handily beating its previous annual record of 554,466 units in 1999. The Compass, Patriot and Wrangler each posted their best ever annual sales in 2014. The flagship Grand Cherokee had its best annual sales performance since 2005.
FIAT brand sales were up 1 percent, the brand’s best ever sales in the month of December. The brand’s increase was driven by the 4 percent year-over-year increase in Fiat 500L sales. It was the 500L’s best monthly sales since the vehicle was launched in June 2013. The FIAT brand’s full-year sales were up 7 percent, compared with sales in 2013. It was the FIAT brand’s best annual sales since the brand was re-introduced in the U.S. in 2011.
Three Dodge brand vehicles set sales records in December. Sales of the Challenger were up 72 percent, the muscle car’s best ever sales in the month of December and the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand model in the month. Likewise, the Dart and Journey each recorded their best ever sales in the month of December. The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in December. Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA. Sales of the Durango full-size SUV were up 14 percent, its best December sales since 2005. Dodge brand sales were down 2 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago.
The Dart, Challenger and Journey each posted their best ever annual sales in 2014, while the Durango logged its best annual sales since 2006.
General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) dealers in the United States delivered 274,483 vehicles last month for the company’s best December sales in seven years. Total sales were up 19 percent compared to a year ago. Retail sales were up 23 percent and fleet deliveries were up 6 percent.
“Chevrolet was strong in every segment of the market, from pickups and SUVs to cars and crossovers. Buick and GMC also had strong sales across the board, and our growth far outpaced the industry average,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Everything you need to have a great month was in place: Consumers felt good about the direction of the economy, interest rates and fuel prices were low, and our dealers did a great job introducing customers to our incredible range of new and redesigned vehicles.”
GM’s unique 3-pickup strategy – with new models spanning the light-duty, heavy-duty and mid-size segments – drove combined deliveries to almost 87,000 units in December, a 43-percent increase compared with a year ago.
5 GM vehicles – the Chevrolet Corvette and Spark, the Buick Enclave and Encore and the GMC Sierra – had their highest December sales ever.
7 GM vehicles – the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Sonic and Spark, the GMC Terrain, and the Buick Enclave and Encore – had their best-ever annual sales in 2014.
Sales to individual consumers drove GM’s results, and were the highest in 75 months. Chevrolet, Buick and GMC retail deliveries were up 25 percent, 28 percent and 29 percent, respectively, compared with a 10 percent increase for the industry as a whole. Chevrolet had its best December retail sales since 2005 and Buick and GMC had their best December retail sales since 2004.
GM commercial sales, which are about 24 percent of fleet sales, were also strong. Deliveries were up 38 percent compared with a year ago, driven by a 65 percent increase in pickup sales. December marked the company’s 14th consecutive month of higher year over year sales in the commercial segment.