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Old 01-04-19, 11:42 AM
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It's clear who the biggest loser was, at least on a temporary basis......Genesis, not because they make a bad product (they don't), but because of the delays and hassles caused by the long legal-wranging process trying to get the stand-alone Genesis franchises started up and in business. I did a thread on that, based mostly a good video by Alex Dykes.
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Meh, lots of doomsday talk on here about Cadillac too.

I can't imagine both Buick and Cadillac being dropped. GM has to have at least one upmarket division.....although GMC currently serves in that role for a number of trucks and SUVs.

Lincoln's numbers, BTW, clearly aren't very impressive, either. But Ford is in the same boat....if they drop Lincoln, they won't have an upmarket division any more, either. And, if Ford plays their cards right, and they keep the MKZ and Continental in production despite the current low sales numbers, they could profit from GM dumping all of their big sedans, picking up those potential customers,

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LUXURY: Mercedes edges BMW for 2018 U.S. crown; Acura tops Caddy

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Mercedes-Benz maintained its grasp of the U.S. luxury sales crown for the 3rd year in a row — barely — while Acura topped Cadillac for the 3rd time since 2012.

For the year, Mercedes sold 315,959 luxury vehicles, down 6.3 percent from the same period a year ago. Rival BMW was hot on Mercedes’ heels, reporting sales of 311,014 vehicles in 2018, up 1.7 percent. Lexus volume dropped 2.2 percent to 298,310. Audi deliveries fell 1.4 percent to 223,323.

Acura leapfrogged Cadillac into the 5th-place spot, selling 158,934 vehicles and topping the American brand by 4,232 units.

Overall, U.S. luxury sales dipped 0.4 percent to 217,338 cars and light trucks in December. For the year, luxury vehicle demand fell 0.3 percent to 2,027,312 even as overall industry volume edged up 0.6 percent.

Among other luxury brands, U.S. sales in 2018 rose at Land Rover, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Acura and Volvo but slipped at Jaguar, Infiniti, Genesis and Cadillac.

"Luxury will remain as hot as ever in 2019, with a slew of new product and new segment entries," said Akshay Anand, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book. "The sales crown may mean a lot to automakers, but to consumers, what matters is finding the best bang for their buck in a time when most vehicles out there are rock-solid."

BMW, however, bested its chief German rival in December — with sales of 34,357. Mercedes, meanwhile, sold 32,016 vehicles, excluding commercial vans. Lexus' U.S. sales in December dipped 0.2 percent to 35,524. Audi's deliveries tumbled 16 percent to 22,765 units.


Mercedes-Benz' volume leaders in December included the GLC, C-Class and E-Class model lines.

The GLC took the lead with sales of 7,294, followed by C-Class sales of 6,799. The E-Class rounded out the top 3 with 5,042 units sold.

"Despite the delayed availability of some of our most popular models in 2018, we achieved a solid closing of the year thanks to the excellent work of our dealers," Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said in a statement. "With the youngest and most comprehensive lineup in the luxury segment, we will continue to advance our position in the marketplace."

Crossovers accounted for 63 percent of BMW's U.S. sales last month.

For the 10th consecutive month, the BMW X3 was the top-selling BMW model in the U.S., followed by the new BMW X5. The BMW X3 and X5, combined, represented more than 2 out of every 5 BMW vehicles sold in the U.S. in December.

Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids totaled 2,774 in December, up 2 percent from a year ago.

Porsche Cars North America reported December U.S. sales of 4,086 vehicles, a 4.4 percent uptick from the same time last year. Retail sales for 2018 climbed 3.2 percent to 57,202. It was the 7th consecutive record year of growth for Porsche.

The Macan led the pack with more than 23,504 deliveries in 2018, up 9.7 percent. Panamera sales rose 19 percent to 8,042 units. Meanwhile. Porsche 911 sales accelerated 7.6 percent to 9,647 units, helped by strong demand for GT models.

"A record 2018 is an excellent starting point for an even more dynamic 2019, when highlights will include the market entry of the next-generation 911, the updated Macan, and the launch of our 1st all-electric sports car, the Taycan, late in the year," Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer said in a statement.

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https://insideevs.com/u-s-tesla-sales-december-2018-up/

U.S. Tesla Sales In December 2018 Up By 249%

JAN 3 2019 BY MARK KANE 9

More than 25,000 Model 3 and Over 7,000 S/X is outstanding

In December, Tesla set its new monthly sales record in U.S. with roughly 32,600 electric cars delivered (InsideEVs’ estimation), which is also 249% more than year ago.

Our estimates stand at:
  • Model 3 – 25,250 (up 25-times)
  • Model X – 4,100 (up 24%)
  • Model S – 3,250 (down 35%)
  • Total: 32,600 (up 249%)
In effect, the rolling 12-month Tesla sales tally increased to over 191,000.



In 2018, Tesla delivered over 191,627 BEVs:
  • Model 3 – 139,782 (up 7788% – just in case you want to know)
  • Model S – 25,745 (down 5%)
  • Model X – 26,100 (up 22%)
  • Total: 191,627 (up 282% from 50,139)






Cumulative sales of all three models is now above 350,000:
  • Model S – 143,892
  • Model 3 – 141,546
  • Model X – 65,852
  • Total: 351,298
Next month, the Model 3 will be above the Model S.



Here’s how Tesla sales in the U.S. compare to global results:







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Originally Posted by mmarshall View Post
It's clear who the biggest loser was, at least on a temporary basis......Genesis, not because they make a bad product (they don't), but because of the delays and hassles caused by the long legal-wranging process trying to get the stand-alone Genesis franchises started up and in business.
It’s only ‘clear’ on a percentage basis. Fiat dropped more in unit sales than Genesis’ bad year total unit sales. But definitely a bad year for genesis... they need cuv/suv’s and maybe the separate dealers will help but i’m not convinced. It will however give genesis more flexibility and consistency.
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Old 01-06-19, 05:31 PM
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It’s only ‘clear’ on a percentage basis.
Yes, agreed....I wasn't disputing that part of it. But, as I said, that's probably only temporary. Once the lawyers finally get this Genesis dealer-outlet problem straightened out (and there are signs it is finally happening), then the company has some real potential. One the hurdles, of course, will be to get John Q. Public's head out of the sand with the old stereotype that Hyundai products are junk. Even to this day, a significant part of the public seems to cling to that 25-year-old image.
Fiat dropped more in unit sales than Genesis’ bad year total unit sales.
In general, not surprising. But one thing that is surprising, IMO, that more of the Miata-based Fiat 124 Spyders haven't been sold. True, the Miata is firmly-established as THE inexpensive small roadster in the U.S., but, IMO, the Spyder offers better looks (particularly in the front end), more power, sales incentives, and more panache. It is, of course, hampered by a sparse Fiat dealer network and the ongoing Fiat reputation for unreliability, though the Spyder itself, except for the Italian-sourced engine, is essentially a Japanese Miata design with some styling differences.

But definitely a bad year for genesis... they need cuv/suv’s and maybe the separate dealers will help but i’m not convinced. It will however give genesis more flexibility and consistency

Having SUVs certainly won't hurt, but I suspect that the Genesis sedans will pick up at least some of the Buick/Cadillac/Lincoln sedan customers that Ford and GM are neglecting. In the future, Genesis is probably going to be a significant winner there....perhaps, like with you, maybe (?) even with my checkbook....we'll see.

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Old 01-07-19, 04:31 AM
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SETS NEW US FULL YEAR SALES RECORD WITH 122,626 SALES IN 2018, A SEVEN PERCENT INCREASE FROM 2017 RECORD HIGH

3 January 2019Jaguar Land Rover reports U.S. sales for December 2018
  • Best ever December sales month for Jaguar Land Rover with 14,079 units; up 24 percent
  • Land Rover brand has another record year of sales with 92,143 units; up 23 percent in 2018
  • Record breaking sales year for both Range Rover Sport with 24,282 units sold and Range Rover with 19,030 units sold
  • Best ever December sales month for Land Rover brand with 10,617 units sold highlighted by record month for Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque
(MAHWAH, NJ) – January 3, 2019 – Jaguar Land Rover today reported December 2018 U.S. sales: Land Rover had its best ever December sales month with 10,617 units, an increase of 33 percent from 7,980 in December 2017; Jaguar sales were 3,462*** units, a slight increase from 3,414 units in December 2017. Jaguar Land Rover total December U.S. sales reached 14,079 units, a 24 percent increase from 11,394 units in December 2017.

For the full year 2018, Jaguar Land Rover U.S. sales reached 122,626 units; up seven percent compared to the previous record of 114,333 units in 2017, establishing a new all-time U.S. sales record for the combined brands.

"We are pleased to finish another year with record-setting sales for Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S.,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. "Land Rover continues to prove its reign in the luxury SUV market by achieving its fourth consecutive record-setting sales year on the heels of announcing the highly anticipated return of the iconic Defender to the U.S. market. This success is truly a testament to the strength of our product lineup and the dedication of our retailer network.”

U.S. MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
Land Rover
For the Land Rover brand, 2018 U.S. sales reached 92,143 units, a 23 percent increase, surpassing 2017’s previous U.S. high of 74,739 units. The Range Rover Sport led the brand with an impressive 24,282 units sold for the year; up 27 percent, while sales from the flagship model, Range Rover were 19,030 units; up 13 percent from 2017.

The Land Rover brand reached a new December sales high of 10,617 units, an increase of 33 percent compared to 7,980 units in December 2017.

The Range Rover set a new December sales record with 2,231 units; up 108 percent from 1.075 units in December 2017. Range Rover Evoque also achieved its best ever December sales month with 1,594 units; up 27 percent from 1,255 units sold in December 2017.Range Rover Sport was the brand’s sales leader with 2,688 units sold; up 85 percent from 1,452 units sold in December 2017.

Jaguar
For Jaguar, 2018 marked the expansion of the PACE family of SUVs to include the E-PACE compact performance crossover and later in the year, the brand’s first ever all-electric mid-size performance SUV, the I-PACE. Sales of Jaguar SUV models totaled 19,624 units, growing 3.6% from 2018.

For the month of December, Jaguar sales were 3,462 units, a slight increase from 3,414 units in December 2017. Jaguar I-PACE sold 223 units in its second full sales month.

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Great posts and data thanks for sharing some of these numbers are surprising to me.
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