U.S. Auto Sales By Brand – December 2011


Auto sales figures, both December’s and 2011’s as a whole, for manufacturers attempting to sell cars in the United States are listed in the table below. 

Ford ended December as America’s best-selling automaker with 16% gains. Chevrolet trailed by a little less than 40,000 sales. Toyota’s year-over-year improvement stands in stark contrast to the 19.3% drop at Honda, a drop which was accompanied by a 15.2% drop at Honda’s premium Acura division. Only Porsche and Saab fell harder.

The Chrysler Group found Christmas joy in Dodge/Ram’s 20% bump, Jeep’s 41% increase, and Chrysler’s 83% climb. Fiat sold 2325 500s in December, a 44% improvement from November’s tally.

It seems likely that numerous NBA wives were buying their boys Bentleys for Christmas presents. 17% of all Bentleys bought in America in 2011 were acquired in December. The twelfth month, like all the other months, represents just 8% of the calendar. Only 6% of all Porsches acquired in 2011 were picked up in December. With a new 911 coming and poor supply of Porsche’s two entry-level sports cars, December was not a fine time for Porsche acquisitions.

Interesting though this table may be, at this time of year it’s all about the final standings. The 2011 wrap-up can be viewed here.

Updated 01.05.2012 @ 1:44 PM AST – all automakers reporting

Rank
Automaker
December 2011

Change
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
201,044
+ 15.7%
2,057,210
+ 17.4%
#2
Chevrolet
161,158
+ 8.9%
1,775,812
+ 13.4%
#3
Toyota
148,617
+ 1.8%
1,396,838
– 6.2%
#4
Honda
92,101
– 19.3%
1,023,986
– 6.6%
#5
Nissan
89,937
+ 10.7%
944,073
+ 17.3%
#6
Dodge/Ram
68,143
+ 20.3%
708,650
+ 18.8%
#7
Hyundai
50,765
+ 13.3%
645,691
+ 20.0%
#8
Jeep
43,577
+ 41.0%
419,349
+ 44.0%
#9
Kia
43,390
+ 42.5%
485,492
+ 36.3%
#10
GMC
41,960
– 0.5%
397,986
+ 18.8%
#11
Subaru
33,701
+ 26.2%
266,989
+ 1.2%
#12
Volkswagen
32,502
+ 36.2%
324,402
+ 26.3%
#13
Mercedes-Benz
27,296
+ 27.1
261,808
+ 16.4%
#14
BMW
26,834
+ 15.3%
247,907
+ 12.6%
#15
Lexus
25,255
– 8.0%
198,552
– 13.4%
#16
Chrysler
23,974
+ 82.6%
221,346
+ 12.1%
#17
Mazda
22,353
+ 4.1%
250,426
+ 9.1%
#18
Cadillac
16,259
– 2.7%
152,389
+ 3.7%
#19
Buick
14,974
– 12.4%
177,633
+ 14.3%
#20
Acura
13,129
– 15.2%
123,299
– 7.7%
#21
Audi
12,655
+ 20.0%
117,561
+ 15.7%
#22
Infiniti
10,990
– 12.1%
98,461
– 4.8%
#23
Lincoln
8403
+ 4.3%
85,643
– 0.2%
#24
Mini 
5711
+ 32.2%
57,511
+ 26.0%
#25
Volvo
5342
+ 12.3%
67,240
+ 24.6%
#26
Mitsubishi
5032
+ 3.2%
79,020
+ 41.9%
#27
Land Rover
4743
+ 28.4%
38,099
+ 19.6%
#28
Scion
4159
+ 5.1%
49,271
+ 7.9%
#29
Suzuki
2565
– 3.1%
26,618
+ 10.9%
#30
Fiat
2325
—–
19,769
—–
#31
Porsche
1834
– 28.6%
29,023
+ 14.6%
#32
Jaguar
1137
– 3.6%
12,276
– 8.0%
#33
smart
710
+ 24.6%
5208
– 12.1%
#34
Bentley
317
+ 60.9%
1877
+ 31.3%
#35
Saab
270
– 74.9%
5610
+ 16.0%
#36
Maserati
238
+ 32.2%
2321
+ 22.4%

Source: Automakers, Automotive News Data Center & @CountingCars 
Red font indicates declining year-over-year sales, bold indicates a so-called premium brand

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