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FCA US Reports 2018 December and Full-Year Sales

  • FCA US reports highest calendar year of retail sales in 17 years
  • Jeep® brand sets full-year record as sales climb 17 percent
  • Ram brand notches full-year record as sales climb 7 percent
  • Dodge Challenger reports full-year record
January 3, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported December U.S. sales of 196,520 vehicles, a 14 percent increase compared with sales of 171,946 vehicles in December 2017.

Retail sales for the month rose slightly to 151,077 vehicles. Fleet sales totaled 45,443 vehicles and accounted for 23 percent of total sales during the month.

The Jeep® Wrangler was the standout for the month and the year. Wrangler notched record December sales of 19,800 vehicles and full-year sales of 240,032. The results significantly exceeded the former full-year sales record of 202,266 set in 2015.

For the year, U.S. retail sales were 1,760,488, marking the highest level since 2001 when sales reached 1,833,186 vehicles. Total U.S. sales rose 9 percent to 2,235,204 compared with 2,059,376 vehicles for 2017. Fleet sales accounted for 21 percent of the company’s overall sales in 2018.

“This year’s performance underscores the efforts we undertook to realign our production to give U.S. consumers more Jeep vehicles and Ram pickup trucks,” Head of U.S. Sales Reid Bigland said. “We see sales remaining solid in 2019 and we look forward to expanding our vehicle portfolio with the addition of the much anticipated Jeep Gladiator.”

Jeep Brand
Jeep brand sales rose 10 percent to 80,449 vehicles in December. For the year, sales increased 17 percent to a record 973,227 vehicles, eclipsing the last record of 926,376 vehicles in 2016.

The Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass joined the Wrangler in setting new records for December and the year. Cherokee sales rose 7 percent to 20,800 vehicles. For the year, sales were 239,437 vehicles. Compass sales rose 46 percent to 12,745 in December. For the year, sales were 171,167, which beat the previous record of 94,601 set in 2016.

Ram Brand
Ram brand sales rose 37 percent in December to 68,195 vehicles. For the year, sales hit a new record of 597,368 vehicles. The Ram 1500 – the Most Awarded Full-size Truck – drove the performance as total sales climbed 15 percent to 377,286 vehicles for a new record. Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City reported the best December ever. ProMaster sales rose 75 percent to 5,857 vehicles while ProMaster City sales increased 35 percent to 2,183 vehicles.

Dodge Brand
Dodge brand December sales rose 17 percent to 32,528 vehicles. For the year, Challenger sales rose 3 percent to 66,716 which is a new record for the nameplate. The previous record was 66,377 in 2015.

Alfa Romeo Brand
Alfa Romeo brand December sales fell 4 percent to 1,946 vehicles. Alfa Romeo’s 2018 annual sales rose to a record 23,820, which was almost twice as much as the brand sold in 2017. Both Stelvio and Giulia finished the year notching more than 11,500 vehicle sales.

Chrysler Brand
Chrysler brand December sales fell 28 percent to 12,425 vehicles. However, the Pacifica reported higher year-over-year results as vehicle sales totaled 118,322. Overall, the brand has seen some softening during the year following the continued wind-down of the Chrysler 200 and the Town & Country.

FIAT Brand
Fiat December sales declined 44 percent to 977 vehicles in December. Fiat finished the year with 15,521 vehicle sales.

Method of Determining FCA US LLC’s Monthly Sales. FCA US’s reported vehicle sales represent unit sales of vehicles to retail customers, deliveries of vehicles to fleet customers and to others such as FCA US’s employees and retirees as well as vehicles used for marketing. Most of these reported sales reflect retail sales made by dealers out of their own inventory of vehicles previously purchased by them from FCA US. Reported vehicle units sales do not correspond to FCA US’s reported revenues, which are based on FCA US’s sale and delivery of vehicles, and typically recognized upon shipment to the dealer or end customer. As announced on July 26, 2016, FCA US has modified its methodology for monthly sales reporting as follows:
  • Sales to retail customers by dealers in the U.S. are derived from the New Vehicle Delivery Report (“NVDR”) system and are determined as the sum of (A) all sales recorded by dealers during the month net of all unwound transactions recorded to the end of that month (whether the original sale was recorded in the current month or any prior month); plus (B) all sales of vehicles during that month attributable to past unwinds that had previously been reversed in determining monthly sales (in the current or prior months).
  • Fleet sales are recorded upon the shipment of the vehicle by FCA US to the customer or end user.
  • Other retail sales are recorded either (A) when the sale is recorded in the NVDR system (for sales by dealers in Puerto Rico and limited sales made through distributors that submit NVDRs in the same manner as for sales by U.S. dealers) or (B) upon receipt of a similar delivery notification (for vehicles for which NVDRs are not entered such as vehicles for FCA employees).

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

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GM’s U.S. Crossover Sales Topped 1 million in 2018


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[h2=center]Chevrolet and GMC Together Lead U.S. Industry[/h2][h2=center]Pickup Sales for the Fifth Consecutive Year Double-digit Gain in Commercial Deliveries vs. 2017[/h2][h2=center]Record Fourth Quarter and Full-year Average Transaction Prices[/h2]DETROIT – General Motors (NYSE: GM) announced today that it delivered 2,954,037 vehicles in 2018, including more than 1 million crossovers, almost 974,000 pickup trucks and more than 280,000 large SUVs.“We have built the most successful pickup, SUV and crossover business in the industry and we gained considerable momentum in the fourth quarter of 2018 as dealers began delivering the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Cadillac XT4,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations.GM’s fourth quarter deliveries totaled 785,229 units and the company’s share of the industry’s retail sales grew every month from October through December.“We feel confident heading into 2019 because we have more major truck and crossover launches coming during the year and the U.S. economy is strong,” McNeil added. GM delivers more than 1 million crossovers in the U.S. in 2018
  • GM crossover deliveries totaled 1,034,808 in 2018, up 7 percent versus 2017, and the following five nameplates had record calendar year sales:
  • GMC Terrain up 34 percent
  • Chevrolet Traverse up 19 percent
  • Chevrolet Equinox up 15 percent
  • Chevrolet Trax up 13 percent
  • Buick Encore up 6 percent
  • The first-ever Cadillac XT4 became the best-selling vehicle in its segment just two months after launch. Cadillac will be introducing all-new models every six months, on average, through the end of 2021.
Total sales of all utility vehicles, including large SUVs, totaled 1,295,700, up 7 percent. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban were up 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, and the Cadillac Escalade ended the year with a retail segment share twice that of its closest domestic competitor. Chevrolet and GMC pickup sales leadership continues
  • The Chevrolet Colorado had its best year ever, with 134,842 pickups sold, up 19 percent versus 2017.
  • Combined sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado, and the GMC Sierra and Canyon, rose 3 percent versus 2017 to a total of 973,463 pickups.
  • GM has now sold more pickups in the United States than any other competitor for five consecutive years. Through November, the next closest competitor had sold 821,558 pickups.
A fast start for new Chevrolet and GMC pickups GM’s all-new light-duty pickups, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, have invigorated the segment and helped the company pass its domestic competitors in key areas:
  • GM’s retail share of the light-duty pickup segment has increased every month since August, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates, and GM led the segment every month during the fourth quarter.
  • GM has had the highest ATPs in the segment since October, according to J.D. Power PIN, driven by incentive discipline and a strong mix. More than 90 percent of the all-new 2019 model-year sales in the quarter were crew cab models, and at GMC, more than 70 percent of deliveries were premium Denali and AT4 models.
  • GM’s incentives as a percent of ATP were the lowest among domestic competitors during the fourth quarter.
These results reflect the successful sell-down of the previous generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s, and strong demand for the all-new models. During the fourth quarter, the all-new models accounted for 17 percent of GM light-duty deliveries, as planned. By the end of January, the new models are expected to be the majority of light-duty sales.“We are very bullish on pickups heading into 2019,” McNeil said. “The light-duty launch has been one of the best in our history, with a very smooth production ramp-up of the new models and a faster than expected sell-down of the old models. We are following that up with all-new HD trucks, and the first-ever Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty chassis cab trucks for commercial customers.”In December, Chevrolet confirmed that its next-generation Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD will be on sale in the second half of 2019. The medium-duty Silverados are now shipping to dealers. Double-digit Commercial delivery increase
  • GM posted an 11 percent year-over-year increase in Commercial deliveries in 2018, following average annual growth of 7 percent from 2012-2017.
  • Fleet sales for the year were up 9 percent versus 2017, and were down 4 percent for the fourth quarter.
  • Commercial and government deliveries in 2018 were more than half of fleet sales, as planned.
Chevrolet Bolt EV sales
  • GM increased production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV during the fourth quarter to meet strong global demand, including higher than expected demand in South Korea and Canada, and to begin rebuilding U.S. dealer inventories.
  • GM expects higher year-over-year sales in Bolt EV’s major markets in 2019.
GM operating highlights
  • GM estimates that the light vehicle SAAR in the fourth quarter was 17.7 million units. Light vehicle sales for the calendar year are estimated at 17.3 million units.
  • GM’s retail mix was 80 percent for the fourth quarter and 79 percent for the year.
  • ATPs were a record $36,974 in the fourth quarter and a record $35,839 for the year, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates.
  • GM’s incentives as a percent of ATP for the fourth quarter were 12.7 percent, down 1.0 percentage point year over year, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. For the year, incentives were 13.0 percent of ATP, down 0.3 percentage points.
  • Year-end 2018 inventory was 755,000 units, essentially equal to a year ago.
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Toyota Motor North America Reports December 2018, Year-End Sales

  • TMNA posted best-ever light truck sales for December, quarter, year
  • RAV4 posted best-ever year with more than 427K units
  • Lexus RX best-selling Luxury SUV for year
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PLANO, Texas (January 3, 2019)
– Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) today reported December 2018 sales of 220,910 vehicles, a decrease of 0.9 percent from December 2017 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in December 2018 compared to December 2017, sales were down 0.9 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.

For the year, TMNA reported sales of 2,426,672 vehicles, a 0.3 percent decrease on a volume basis and down 0.6 percent on a DSR basis.

Toyota division posted December sales of 185,386 units, down 1.1 percent on a volume and DSR basis. For the year, Toyota division reported sales of 2,128,362 vehicles, flat on a volume basis and down 0.4 percent on a DSR basis.

“What a tremendous finish to our year,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “That sales momentum is carrying over into the new year with the launch of the new RAV4, the best-selling SUV in the U.S., the all-new Corolla, coming to dealerships in March, and the return of the legendary Toyota Supra. We are truly encouraged by what should be an incredible 2019.”

Lexus posted December sales of 35,524 vehicles, up 0.2 percent on a volume and a DSR basis. For the year, Lexus sales of 298,310 vehicles were down 2.2 percent on a volume basis and down 2.6 percent on a DSR basis.

“Lexus finished 2018 strong with support throughout the year from a host of new product launches, including the all new flagship LS, the new RXL and the new ES,” said David Christ, group vice president and general manager of Lexus Division. “In 2019, in the early part of the year, we look forward to the launch of the UX and UX hybrid and in select markets the UX Lexus Complete Lease.”

December 2018 Highlights
  • Toyota is the number one retail selling brand for 17 consecutive years
  • TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions post best-ever light truck sales for December, quarter and year
  • Camry posted sales of 29,093 units; top-selling car in the segment for 2018
  • Corolla posted sales of 25,439 units
  • TMNA light trucks up 8.0 percent; a best-ever December, quarter and year
  • RAV4 sales up 18.8 percent; a best-ever December, quarter and year with more than 427,170 units, a 4.8 percent increase annually
  • 4Runner sales increased 11.3 percent; a best-ever December, quarter and year
  • Highlander sales increased 9.9 percent for December; posted best-ever year up 13.3 percent
  • C-HR sales increased 11 percent; a best-ever December and quarter
  • Toyota division pickups up 10.7 percent in December
  • Tacoma up 15.1 percent for a best-ever December, quarter and year since introduction; up 24.0 percent for the year
  • Tundra sales increased 3.0 percent in December; up 1.7 percent for the year
  • LS posted sales of 893 units; a best-ever December in four years; a best-ever year in five years
  • ES sales increased by 6.7 percent in December
  • Lexus division Luxury SUVs up 2.1 percent for a best-ever December, quarter and year; up 2.4 percent for the year
  • RX is the best-selling Luxury SUV for 2018
  • RX posted sales of 13,222 units for December; a best-ever year; up 3.1 percent for the year
  • NX sales increased 18.3 percent; a best-ever December and year; up 4.6 percent for the year
  • NXh posted sales of 1,367 units; a best-ever December and year

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Nissan Group reports December 2018 and 2018 calendar year U.S. sales

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for December 2018 of 148,720 units, an increase of 7.6 percent versus the prior year. Nissan Group also announced total calendar year 2018 U.S. sales of 1,493,877 units, a decrease of 6.2 percent compared to the prior year. Nissan Division December highlights:
  • Nissan Division total sales grew 7 percent in the month of December.
  • Rogue sales set an all-time monthly record with 42,523 units, up 6 percent.
  • The Nissan Kicks crossover also saw its best month of sales since launch at 5,704 units.
  • Sales of the Nissan Frontier pickup grew 27 percent in December to 7,492 units.
Nissan Division calendar year highlights:
  • For the third consecutive year, the Rogue crossover was Nissan's top-selling model with 412,110 sales, an increase of 2 percent. It was the best-ever calendar year for Rogue sales.
  • In 2018, Nissan trucks, SUVs and crossovers set an all-time record with 784,807 total sales, a 3 percent increase over the prior year.
  • Sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF grew 31 percent over the prior year.
  • Other key models showed strong gains during the full calendar year 2018: Frontier (up 7 percent) and Murano (up 9 percent).

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  • Subaru sets a new all-time sales record of 680,135 vehicles; up 5 percent over 2017
  • Best-ever December – monthly sales increase nearly 2 percent
  • Best year ever for Crosstrek and Ascent
  • 85 consecutive months of yearly, month-over-month growth
  • 58 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Outbacks sold
  • 65 consecutive months of more than 10,000 Foresters sold
Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record-breaking sales of 680,135 vehicles for the 2018 calendar year; an increase of 5 percent over the previous annual record of 647,956 vehicles set in 2017. This marks the tenth consecutive year of record sales for Subaru of America and eleventh consecutive year of sales increases.

The December sales total of 64,541 vehicles marks the automaker’s best-ever sales month, topping the previous best month of August 2018 (64,088). December also marked the 58th consecutive month of 40,000+ vehicle sales for the company.

In 2018, Crosstrek achieved a new annual sales record, adding 144,384 sales to the year-end total, while Forester achieved 171,613 sales. Outback and Legacy finished the year with sales of 178,854 and 40,109, down 5.3 percent and 19.5 percent, respectively. Impreza added 76,400 annual sales. On the performance side, the automaker’s WRX and STI models achieved annual sales of 28,730, while BRZ added 3,834 sales. In addition, 36,211 of the all-new 3-row Ascent SUVs were delivered in 2018.

“It is with much pride and excitement that we close 2018 with a decade of record sales and our best month ever in December 2018; marking 85 months of yearly, monthly-over-month sales increases,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, Inc. “We would like to thank all of our valued retailers, employees, and distributor partners for their continued commitment to our owners, dedication to implementing the
Subaru Love Promise and overall devotion to making Subaru more than just an automotive brand.”

“This year, Subaru of America exceeded its goal of selling 680,000 vehicles in 2018 and achieved its highest-ever market share in today’s highly competitive automotive industry,” said Jeff Walters, Senior Vice President of Sales. “With strong demand for Crosstrek, a full year of the all-new Ascent and Forester, as well as the launch of new products in 2019, we look forward to building off this successful year with continued growth.”

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Mazda Reports December and Full Year 2018 Sales Results

January 3, 2019
IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2019) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total December sales of 25,870 vehicles, a decrease of 3.8 percent compared to December 2017. With 26 selling days in December 2018, compared to 26 the year prior, the company posted a decrease of 3.8 percent on a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis.Sales for 2018 totaled 300,325 vehicles an increase of 3.7 percent compared to 2017. There were 307 selling days in 2018, versus 306 in 2017, resulting in a full-year DSR increase of 3.4 percent.


  • While Mazda’s CX-line, including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, saw December sales decline by 6.5 percent to 18,955 vehicles, total sales of the three crossover vehicles finished the year up 15.3 percent, with 195,778 vehicles sold in 2018.
  • Sales of the Mazda6 totaled 2,357 in December, an increase of 32.7 percent compared to 2017. Mazda6 sales for 2018 reached 30,938 vehicles, a decrease of 7.4 percent compared to 2017.
  • The Mazda MX-5 Miata finished December up 3.7 percent, with 511 vehicles sold, while full-year sales of the two-seat roadster totaled 8,971, a decrease of 20.6 percent compared to 2017.
Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported December sales of 6,055 vehicles, an increase of 8 percent compared to December last year. MMdM saw record-setting sales in 2018 totaling 58,105 vehicles, an increase of 7 percent compared to last year.

2018 was an exciting year for Mazda, with many developments in North America. Major announcements included:
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom. Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/MazdaUSA.

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Trucks Drive New Records and Acura Turns a Corner as American Honda Posts December Sales Increase

Jan 3, 2019
  • Acura brand sales rise 2.8% in 2018, punctuated by best-ever monthly and annual truck sales
  • Acura RDX has best-ever annual and December sales, its second-best month in history
  • Honda brand posts best-ever annual and December truck sales with overall December increase as Honda CR-V sets all-time monthly record, topping 42,000 sales
  • Accord sales jump 29.4% as passenger car sales remain strong; electrified vehicles set new annual record
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"In 2018, we took advantage of the continued consumer shift toward light-trucks, contributing to another record year for our Honda and Acura light-truck businesses," said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. "In addition to our light-truck success, our passenger car business also delivered another strong year, with Civic retaining its crown in 2018 as the best-selling retail compact car in America for nine years running and Accord commanding the highest transaction prices in the midsize segment. We remain bullish on the passenger car business and look forward to another great year in 2019 across our entire Honda and Acura lineups."
Sales HighlightsHonda finished 2018 on a strong note with both cars and trucks gaining in December, overcoming over four months of lost production due to a flood that shut the Celaya, Mexico auto plant to narrowly miss a new annual sales mark.
  • Truck sales set new monthly and annual records led by CR-V which set an all-time monthly record, with 42,079 units in December, a gain of 13.8%. Pilot set a new annual mark, eclipsing its previous record by over 7,000.
  • Accord jumped a strong 29.4% on 28,627 in sales for the month.
  • Electrified vehicle sales set new monthly and annual sales records with 6,899 December sales, the 6th straight month above 5,000 units.
Model Notes
Civic continues its dominance as the #1 retail car in America for a 3rd straight year and 9th straight year as the compact retail #1.
Honda Pilot was the fastest growing SUV in segment in 2018, helping deliver a 4th straight year of record light truck sales to Honda.

Sales HighlightsAcura was one of the few luxury brands to increase sales (+2.8%) in 2018, setting records for RDX and light trucks, leading to new market share and the brand’s first annual gain since 2014.
  • Acura trucks set a new monthly sales record, gaining 17.5% on 12,786 units
  • RDX gained 42.2% to set a new December mark on sales of 6,838 units, the model’s 7th consecutive monthly record and second best month in history.
  • MDX had December sales of 5,948 units, helping the model to its 7th straight year of 50,000+ annual sales.
  • ILX and RLX sedans gained in December, with ILX up 10.7% and RLX gaining 16.1% (its best month in 2018).
Model Notes
Heading into December, RDX was the #1 retail-selling model in segment in 2018, the #2 top-selling luxury SUV and the #3 top-selling model in all of luxury.
ILX picked up more than 2 points of share in segment in 2018, while TLX outsold the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and key models from Lexus and Volvo.

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Mitsubishi Motors Reports Best Annual Sales Since 2007, Best December Since 2006 /

January 03, 2019 CYPRESS, Calif.Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) closed the 2018 calendar year with its best sales since 2007. With 118,074 vehicles sold, total 2018 sales represented an increase of 13.9 percent over calendar year 2017. This marks the sixth consecutive year-over-year sales increase for the brand, and the second-straight year of sales over 100,000 units. The company surpassed the 100,000 sales milestone in early November, the soonest in 11 years.For the month of December, MMNA recorded sales of 8,986, up 5.7 percent over December 2017. This represented the best December in 12 years."Looking back, 2018 was a banner year for Mitsubishi Motors in the U.S.," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO, MMNA. "We have a strong line-up that is resonating with buyers. Looking forward, we're optimistic about the year ahead of us and continuing our sales momentum."News and notes:
  • Echoing customers' industry-wide preference for crossover utility vehicles (CUVs), MMNA's broad CUV lineup lead the way for the brand in 2018.
  • Outlander Sport finished the year up 18.1 percent over 2017, leading the company's sales, and recorded its best sales year ever.
  • The three-row Outlander also posted its best sales year ever with total sales up 6.6 percent over 2017. New to the lineup in 2018, the Eclipse Cross and Outlander plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) both posted their best sales month ever in December.
  • Eclipse Cross December sales were 1,597, while the Outlander PHEV posted sales of 431.
  • Combined, MMNA's CUVs posted total calendar year sales of 90,456, up 31.9 percent over 2017.
  • While Mitsubishi's SUV and CUV lineup lead the brand's sales increases, the fuel-efficient and affordable Mirage and Mirage G4 bucked the industry trend away from passenger cars. For the calendar year, Mirage sales were up 8.6 percent.
  • Together, Mirage and Mirage G4 posted December sales of 1,748, up 70.9 percent over 2017.
  • The Mirage is the most fuel efficient, gas-powered, non-hybrid vehicle in America, offering an outstanding 36/43 mpg city/highway rating.
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INFINITI reports U.S. annual sales

percent.In December, deliveries of INFINITI's crossover and sport utility vehicles increased 41 percent for their best month ever, and for the year, rose five percent to above the 100,000 mark for the first time and an all-time record. With deliveries of 19,207 in 2018, the QX80 had the best year in the full-size SUV's history.The QX60 7-passenger crossover increased 72 percent for the month and 17 percent over prior year for a monthly and yearly record. The all-new QX50 crossover also increased in December and for the year.

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Porsche Sets U.S. Retail Sales Record in 2018

Deliveries increased 3.2 percent to 57,202, marking nine years in a row of growth
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ATLANTA, Jan. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and Cayman, Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan model lines, today announced December retail sales of 4,086. With that, 2018 sales reached a U.S. record of 57,202, an increase of 3.2 percent from the previous record in 2017. It was the ninth consecutive year of growth for PCNA and the seventh record year in a row.
The Macan led the pack with more than 23,500 deliveries in 2018, up 9.7 percent. In its second year as a new generation model, the Panamera also scored double-digit percentage growth with sales of 8,042. The iconic Porsche 911 roared ahead 7.6 percent to 9,647 sales, helped by strong demand for GT models. For December alone, the new Cayenne was the best-selling vehicle in the month as the Cayenne S and Turbo variants joined the lineup for the first time."Porsche and our 190 independent U.S. dealer partners are grateful for the excitement our cars are generating among customers," said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA. "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 first all-electric sports car, the Taycan, late in the year."Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales in the U.S. totaled 2,278 vehicles in December, up 5.9 percent year-over-year. For 2018, CPO sales were up 20.7 percent with 23,046 deliveries.

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BMW Reports December 2018 and Year-End U.S. Sales.

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  • BMW brand sales increase for 14th consecutive month.
  • U.S. built BMW X3 posts best year of sales of any SAV in BMW history
  • BMW 5 Series iPerformance is best-selling premium plug-in hybrid in U.S.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 3, 2019… Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.3 percent in December 2018 for a total of 34,357 compared to 34,253 vehicles sold in December 2017. For the full year, BMW brand sales increased 1.7 percent on total sales of 311,014 compared to the 305,685 sold in 2017.

“We have seen the momentum building throughout 2018 and BMW in the U.S. starts the New Year with 14 straight months of sales increases and our best sales month ever for our U.S. built BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “Our optimism for 2019 is based on solid facts including the continued strong sales of the 5 Series, with the 5 Series PHEV as the best-selling luxury plug-in hybrid vehicle in the U.S. Now, the all-new X5 is making a strong impact in its first two months in the market and we are looking forward to the arrival of the all-new X7, and the highly anticipated launch of the all-new 3 Series in the months ahead.”

BMW’s lineup of Sports Activity Vehicles accounted for 63 percent of BMW brand sales in December 2018. For the tenth consecutive month, the BMW X3 was the top-selling BMW model in the U.S., followed by the new BMW X5. Taken together, the BMW X3 and X5 represented more than two out of every 5 BMW vehicles sold in the U.S. in December.

Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, December 2018
DecDec-17%YTDYTD%201820182017BMW passenger cars17,42821,580-19.20%193,465202,201-4.30%BMW light trucks16,92912,67333.60%117,549103,48413.60%TOTAL BMW34,35734,2530.30%311,014305,6851.70%

BMW Group Electrified Vehicle Sales
BMW brand sales of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles totaled 2,774 in December 2018, an increase of 2.0 percent over the 2,720 sold in the same month a year ago. For the full year, combined sales of BMW Group (BMW and MINI) electrified vehicles exceeded 25,000 for the first time, and grew 17.9 percent in comparison with 2017.

BMW Group currently offers five electrified models in the U.S., including the BMW i3, BMW i8 and i8 Roadster, BMW 530e, BMW 740e, and MINI Countryman plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrid versions of the all-new BMW X5 and the all-new BMW 3 Series have been announced and will begin sales in the U.S. at a future date.

MINI Brand Sales
For December, MINI USA reported 2,797 vehicles sold, a decrease of 39.3 percent from the 4,611 sold in the same month a year ago. Total year sales for the MINI Countryman sport-activity vehicle increased 18.2 percent in 2018 compared with 14,864 sales in 2017. In 2018, MINI USA reported a total of 43,684 vehicles sold, a decrease of 7.3 percent from the 47,105 vehicles sold in 2017.

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles
  • BMW Certified Pre-Owned sold 9,858 vehicles, a decrease of 14.9 percent from December 2017.
  • Total BMW Pre-Owned sold 21,388 vehicles, a decrease of 0.7 percent from December 2017.

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles
  • MINI Certified Pre-Owned sold 988 vehicles in December, an increase of 16.8 percent from December 2017.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sold 2,461 vehicles in December, derease of 6.5 percent from December 2017. For the whole of 2018, total MINI Pre-Owned sales increased 4.9 percent compared with 2017.

Table 2: Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, December 2018Dec-18Dec-17%YTDYTD%20182017BMW CPO9,85811,589-14.90%123,291135,864-9.30%BMW Total Pre-Owned21,38821,542-0.70%244,665238,5862.50%MINI CPO98884616.80%13,53910,92224.00%MINI Total Pre-Owned2,4612,631-6.50%31,86730,3814.90%

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and manufactures the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 346 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 37 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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Hyundai Motor America Reports 2018 December and Total Year Sales

  • Record-Setting December Sales Total
  • Total December Sales Up 3 Percent; Retail Sales Up 4 Percent
  • Best SUV Sales Month Ever with More than 35,000 Units Sold
  • Highest Monthly Kona Sales Total Ever
  • 2018 Hyundai-Branded Vehicles Sales Increase Over 2017

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 3, 2019 – Hyundai Motor America reported December sales of Hyundai- and Genesis-branded vehicles of 65,721 units, a 3 percent increase in comparison with December 2017 and the best December sales month in company history. Retail sales in December were also up 4 percent. Hyundai closed the year strong with total sales increasing in seven out of the last eight months.
2018 Year End Sales SummaryFor the full year, Hyundai and Genesis sold 677,946 vehicles, a 1 percent decline in comparison with 2017, while retail volume was up slightly on the year. Hyundai-branded vehicle sales exceeded last year’s total, while Hyundai SUVs set an all-time annual record with more than 300,000 units sold, a 24 percent increase compared with 2017. SUV sales represented 45 percent of total sales, the highest SUV mix in Hyundai history. The Tucson led the way with 142,000 units sold, a 24 percent increase over 2017, making it Hyundai’s second highest volume model behind Elantra. On the car front, Elantra yearly sales were up 1 percent with more than 200,000 units sold and Ioniq was up 35 percent on the year.
Sales by BrandDec-18
2018 YTD
2017 YTD

Hyundai December Brand Highlights
Hyundai-branded vehicle sales increased by 6 percent in December, in large part due to the highest SUV sales month in company history of 35,058 units sold, a 42 percent increase over December 2017. This was the fifth month in a row Hyundai established a new monthly SUV sales mark, while retail SUV sales mix reached an all-time high of 53 percent. Tucson set a monthly record for the 22nd month in a row, with a 32 percent increase, and Kona sold more than 8,000 units, its highest monthly total yet and a 39 percent increase compared with last month, November 2018. Retail sales of the all-new 2019 Santa Fe were also up 46 percent versus the prior year. Sonata (up 2 percent), Veloster (up 54 percent) and Ioniq (up 40 percent) rounded out the Hyundai models with gains on the month.“Hyundai had a strong close to the year, setting our December sales total record and increasing retail sales for the year,” said John Cook, director, Sales Operations, Hyundai Motor America. “In 2018 we focused on reinventing and expanding our SUV lineup and customers responded in the second half of the year with SUV retail mix exceeding 50 percent for the first time in December. These vehicles, along with our diverse car lineup put us in a position to pick up market share in 2019.”
December Product and Corporate Activities
  • Most Combined IIHS Safety Ratings: For the second year in a row, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that Hyundai has the most combined TOP SAFETY PICK+ and TOP SAFETY PICK-rated vehicles in the automotive industry.
  • Wards 10 Best Engine Honors: Two out of the ten coveted spots in the 2019 WardsAuto 10 Best Engines competition were Hyundai powertrains with the all-new 2019 NEXO FCEV and 2019 Kona Electric
  • First 2019 NEXO Sale: Hyundai delivered its first NEXO fuel cell SUV to a former scientist eager to add the benefits of this zero-emissions vehicle to his environmentally-friendly lifestyle at Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys, California.
  • Kona Electric Pricing: The long-awaited 2019 Kona Electric convention-breaking electric crossover starts at $36,450, for an effective net price of $28,950 ($29,995 including delivery), with the electric vehicle tax credit of $7,500 factored in.
  • Hyundai 'Elevate' Walking Car Concept: At CES 2019, Hyundai will present a totally new vehicle concept that combines the power of robotics and EV technology to take people where no vehicle has been before. This design concept and prototype will be showcased at Hyundai’s press conference on January 7 at 3 p.m. PST at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Level 2, Oceanside B.
  • Super Bowl Advertising: Hyundai confirmed plans to advertise during the Super Bowl with a a new 60-second spot that will run in the first quarter of the game.
  • 1 Million Mile Elantra: In just five years, a delivery driver from Olathe, Kansas drove her 2013 Elantra 1 million miles with the original powertrain. Hyundai created a 1 million mile emblem for her odometer and surprised her with a new 2019 Elantra.

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December sales decrease 16 percent; YTD sales down amidst inventory challenges

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