This Is How The U.S. Auto Market Has Changed In 2012

2013 Ford F-150 Blue front end
The Ford F-Series Accounted For 4.3% Of All 
Vehicles Sold In America In The First 10 
Months Of 2012, Down Slightly From 
4.4% In The Same Period A Year Ago
America's new vehicle market has grown substantially over the last couple of years. Though not back to the size it was a decade ago, the U.S. automobile industry is certainly a bigger enterprise than it was in 2011, which was an improvement over 2010, which was a big improvement over the 2009 doldrums.

With growth comes change. GCBC's secretary, a Labrador Retriever puppy named Penelope, gets faster with her extra pounds. She also grows more hair, which means more shedding. And she can now walk over children, where before she only jumped on them if they were down. 

Indeed, growth requires change.

2013 Scion FR-S orange
The FR-S Has Added 8572 Sales
To Scion's Total So Far This Year
The car market grows in fits and starts and does so with the help of different companies. Of late, the Japanese, namely Toyota and Honda, are finding numbers much more befitting of America's two favourite Japanese brands. Volkswagen has cut prices and continues to find many more buyers as a result. But with Saab, Suzuki, and Mercury dead or dying, other brands must pick up the slack.

Percentages aren't the only numbers on which an analyst should rely. If we're attempting to ascertain the locations from which growth stemmed, Fiat's 20,636-unit increase, a 130% year-over-year gain, doesn't tell us much in the grand scheme of things. Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram have all added more sales to Chrysler Group's October 2012 year-to-date total.


But percentage changes do mean something. We don't expect Fiat to sell in vast quantities, nor do we believe Bentley will find hundreds of thousands of U.S. buyers on an annual basis. The second table visible after the jump is a better way of finding out how one automaker compares against itself. Fiat sales are up 130% this year. Good for Fiat. But from a U.S. market change perspective, Toyota's 340,178 extra sales are much more meaningful.

2012 Saab 9-4X White
The 9-4X Accounted For 4% Of The Saabs
Sold In America In The First 10 Months Of
2011, But No Saabs Have Been Sold This Year
Finally, because of the market's overall growth, one automaker's ability to sell more cars doesn't necessarily mean life is good at Company HQ. Ford has sold 87,951 more vehicles in 2012 than in the first ten months of 2011, a 5.2% improvement. But Ford's share of the overall market has fallen from 16.1% to 14.9%. Toyota's share has improved, rising from 10.8% to 12.3%, not a great deal below what Chevrolet has managed this year.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for each of these brands can be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats home. You can also find model-specific sales figures through the same menu. Select Chrysler, for instance, and you can view sales figures for either the Chrysler brand or the Chrysler 300, 200, or Town & Country. It's easy, and it's enormously useful.

After the jump, however, there's a ton of information which ranks automakers by year-to-date improvements and market share. Discuss the findings amongst yourselves.


Rank
Automaker
October 2012 
YTD Volume
Increase/Decline
YOY

Change
#1
Toyota
340,178
+ 30.0%
#2
Honda
187,626
+ 21.9%
#3
Volkswagen
93,912
+ 35.6%
#4
Ford
87,951
+ 5.2%
#5
Chrysler
84,893
+ 47.5%
#6
Nissan
73,434
+ 9.4%
#7
Kia
72,271
+ 17.8%
#8
Chevrolet
69,951
+ 4.7%
#9
Jeep
59,687
+ 17.6%
#10
Subaru
55,951
+ 25.9%
#11
Dodge
53,348
+ 14.1%
#12
Hyundai
44,769
+ 8.2%
#13
Lexus
37,101
+ 24.1%
#14
Ram
34,368
+ 16.3%
#15
Acura
27,675
+ 27.6%
#16
Mercedes-Benz
26,039
+ 12.6%
#17
Scion
20,818
+ 50.1%
#18
Fiat
20,636
+ 130.4%
#19
Mazda
18,463
+ 8.8%
#20
Audi
17,196
+ 18.1%
#21
Infiniti
16,310
+ 20.6%
#22
GMC
13,585
+ 4.2%
#23
BMW
13,296
+ 6.7%
#24
Mini
7369
+ 15.7%
#25
Land Rover
5267
+ 17.8%
#26
smart
4225
+ 103.5%
#27
Porsche
3292
+ 13.2%
#28
Bentley
444
+ 31.2%
#29
Maserati
332
+ 17.5%
#30
Jaguar
25
+ 0.2%
#31
Mercury
- 248
- 100%
#32
Suzuki
- 1043
- 4.7%
#33
Buick
- 1133
- 0.7%
#34
Volvo
- 1228
- 2.2%
#35
Lincoln
- 1901
- 2.7%
#36
Saab
- 4984
- 100%
#37
Cadillac
- 7968
- 6.4%
#38
Mitsubishi
- 20,150
- 28.7%
---
Total U.S. Market
1,452,006
+ 13.8%

Rank
Automaker
October 2012 
YTD % Increase/Decline
October 2011 YTD %
Increase/Decline
#1
Fiat
+ 130.4%
-----
#2
smart
+ 103.5%
- 20.6%
#3
Scion
+ 50.1%
+ 9.7%
#4
Chrysler
+ 47.5%
+ 2.4%
#5
Volkswagen
+ 35.6%
+ 23.8%
#6
Bentley
+ 31.2%
+ 32.4%
#7
Toyota
+ 30.0%
- 8.3%
#8
Acura
+ 27.6%
- 6.6%
#9
Subaru
+ 25.9%
- 0.3%
#10
Lexus
+ 24.1%
- 16.2%
#11
Honda
+ 21.9%
- 5.1%
#12
Infiniti
+ 20.6%
- 4.5%
#13
Audi
+ 18.1%
+ 16.5%
#14
Kia
+ 17.8%
+ 35.4%
#15
Land Rover
+ 17.8%
+ 14.6%
#16
Jeep
+ 17.6%
+ 43.9%
#17
Maserati
+ 17.5%
+ 22.8%
#18
Ram
+ 16.3%
+ 24.1%
#19
Mini
+ 15.7%
+ 22.1%
#20
Dodge
+ 14.1%
+ 14.9%
---
Total U.S. Market
+ 13.8%
+ 10.1%
#21
Porsche
+ 13.2%
+ 22.6%
#22
Mercedes-Benz
+ 12.6%
+ 12.0%
#23
Nissan
+ 9.4%
+ 17.7%
#24
Mazda
+ 8.8%
+ 8.7%
#25
Hyundai
+ 8.2%
+ 20.5%
#26
BMW
+ 6.7%
+ 12.9%
#27
Ford
+ 5.2%
+ 17.3%
#28
Chevrolet
+ 4.7%
+ 14.3%
#29
GMC
+ 4.2%
+ 23.1%
#30
Jaguar
+ 0.2%
- 3.6%
#31
Buick
- 0.7%
+ 19.9%
#32
Volvo
- 2.2%
+ 26.5%
#33
Lincoln
- 2.7%
+ 1.2%
#34
Suzuki
- 4.7%
+ 16.9%
#35
Cadillac
- 6.4%
+ 5.6%
#36
Mitsubishi
- 28.7%
+ 51.1%

Rank
Automaker
October 2012 
YTD Market
Share
YOY
Point Change
#1
Ford
14.88%
- 1.21
#2
Chevrolet
12.97%
- 1.13
#3
Toyota
12.29%
+ 1.54
#4
Honda
8.72%
+ 0.58
#5
Nissan
7.09%
- 0.29
#6
Hyundai
4.92%
- 0.25
#7
Kia
3.98%
+ 0.14
#8
Dodge
3.61%
+ 0.1
#9
Jeep
3.33%
+ 0.11
#10
Volkswagen
2.98%
+ 0.48
#11
GMC
2.84%
- 0.26
#12
Subaru
2.26%
+ 0.21
#13
Chrysler
2.20%
+ 0.5
#14
Ram
2.04%
+ 0.4
#15
Mercedes-Benz
1.94%
- 0.02
#16
Mazda
1.90%
- 0.09
#17
BMW
1.77%
- 0.12
#18
Lexus
1.59%
+ 0.13
#19
Buick
1.26%
- 0.18
#20
Acura
1.07%
+ 0.12
#21
Cadillac
0.98%
- 0.21
#22
Audi
0.94%
+ 0.04
#23
Infiniti
0.80%
+ 0.05
#24
Lincoln
0.58%
- 0.09
#25
Scion
0.52%
+ 0.13
#26
Volvo
0.47%
- 0.07
#27
Mini
0.45%
0.0
#28
Mitsubishi
0.42%
- 0.22
#29
Fiat
0.30%
+ 0.15
#30
Land Rover
0.29%
+ 0.01
#31
Porsche
0.24%
0.0
#32
Suzuki
0.18%
- 0.03
#33
Jaguar
0.09%
- 0.01
#34
smart
0.07%
+ 0.031
---
Other *
0.026%
- 0.001
#35
Maserati
0.019%
+ 0.001
#36
Bentley
0.016%
+ 0.003
#37
Saab
0.0%
- 0.047
#38
Mercury
0.0%
- 0.002%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
* ANDC estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maybach & Rolls-Royce

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3 comments:

  1. Growth in the U.S. automobile market is great. Yes we have to adapt to those changes accordingly, but this shows that we are pulling ourselves out of the recession that has been going on for so long.

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  2. I wish you was right, but it's not. It's all temporary increases!

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  3. It is true, we are out of recession and have been for 3 years (as measured by GDP growth). The economy will continue to get stronger as house prices increase and unemployment continues to fall.

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