If you were wondering how your favourite automobile brand fared in the USA during February – at least as compared with February of last year – wonder no more. It is more than likely that they (Acura, Buick, Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru etc.) sucked. Royally.
Thank the tumbling housing market, nation-wide economic concern, and rising gas prices. Although earlier this week we heard rumours of that the major Japanese makes would escape February unscathed. Not so much. Nissan and Toyota suffered sales drops of 3.2% and 6.3%, respectively.
Rather than explain everybody’s bad news, GoodCarBadCar chooses to be positive. Yeah, right. Whatever.
Mini sales jumped 38.5%, but you can assume that additional models account for much of that growth. Honda growth did occur, but just 1.9%. Mazda’s + was 2.5% and Mercedes-Benz saw 3% higher sales than February of 2007.
As Autoblog put it, the leap year simply “offered most automakers an extra day to suck”, although the percentages you see relate to average daily selling rates.