2012 Year End United States Auto Sales Brand Rankings


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GCBC has already posted early December 2012 U.S. sales figures for a number of brands, and although those numbers are important, this 2012 Year End U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings post is the one that most people will come to see. 

Through the end of November, U.S. auto sales had risen 14%. The jump in December appears to be a little below 10%, so we’re looking at, approximately speaking, a 13% jump in U.S. new vehicle sales in 2012. 

Much of that increase has been provided by Honda and Toyota, automakers which suffered greatly in 2011. But vehicles like the eminently popular Ford F-Series, the Ford Focus, America’s best-selling American-badged car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and even the Jeep Wrangler have produced tremendous improvements, as well.

Sans Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz lost the luxury brand war by 7506 sales. BMW had a huge December. Ford was America’s most popular brand, although General Motors sells more cars than FoMoCo. 


2012 U.S. auto brand market share chart
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Huge gains were posted by individual brands like Chrysler, Scion, Fiat, and smart. Toyota added 367,995 sales to its total. Declines were rare but notable: Lincoln is in a terrible place, and its crosstown rival, Cadillac, had a rough year but a terrific end to that year. Oh, and Suzuki slid, as well, so far that the brand is now defunct in the United States. GSX-R for the win. And Jaguar, but Jaguar hardly counts. And Mitsubishi. Which is probably the next Suzuki.

Brands are ranked by 2012 twelve month totals. 2012 is over, and more than 14 million new vehicles were sold in the United States. There’ll be a market share chart here for you to examine here shortly and best seller lists will be posted soon, too.

Updated at 4:58 PM AT on 01.03.2012

Rank
Automaker
2012 Year End
2011 Year End
% Change
#1
Ford
2,160,859 2,057,210 + 5.0%
#2
Chevrolet
1,851,646 1,775,802 + 4.3%
#3
Toyota
1,764,833 1,396,838 + 26.3%
#4
Honda
1,266,569 1,023,986 + 23.7%
#5
Nissan
1,021,779 944,073 + 8.2%
#6
Hyundai
703,007
645,691
+ 8.9%
#7
Kia
557,599 485,492 + 14.9%
#8
Dodge
524,989
451,040
+ 16.4%
#9
Jeep
474,131
419,349
+ 13.1%
#10
Volkswagen
438,133
324,402
+ 35.1%
#11
GMC
413,881 397,973 + 4.0%
#12
Subaru
336,441 266,989 + 26.0%
#13
Chrysler
307,967
221,346
+ 39.1%
#14
Ram
300,928
257,610
+ 16.8%
#15
Mercedes-Benz
295,063 261,769 + 12.7%
#16
BMW
281,460 247,907 + 13.5%
#17
Mazda
277,046 250,426 + 10.6%
#18
Lexus
244,166 198,552 + 23.0%
#19
Buick
180,408 177,633 + 1.6%
#20
Acura
156,216 123,299 + 26.7%
#21
Cadillac
149,782 152,389 – 1.7%
#22
Audi
139,310
117,561
+ 18.5%
#23
Infiniti
119,877 98,461 + 21.8%
#24
Lincoln
82,150 85,463 – 4.1%
#25
Scion
73,505 49,271 + 49.2%
#26
Volvo
68,117 67,240 + 1.3%
#27
Mini
66,123 57,511 + 15.0%
#28
Mitsubishi
57,790 79,020 – 26.9%
#29
Fiat
43,772
19,769
+ 121%
#30
Land Rover
43,664 38,099 + 14.6%
#31
Porsche
35,043 29,023 + 20.7%
#32
Suzuki
25,357
26,618
– 4.7%
#33
Jaguar
12,011 12,276 – 2.2%
#34
smart
10,009 5208 + 68.9%
#35
Maserati
2730 2321 + 17.6%
#36
Bentley
2315
1877
+ 23.3%
—–
—–
—–
—–
2,595,717
2,503,797
+ 3.7%
2,243,009
2,143,101
+ 4.7%
2,082,504
1,644,660
+ 26.6%
1,651,787
1,369,114
+ 20.6%
1,422,785
1,147,285
+ 24.0%
1,260,606
1,131,183
+ 11.4%
1,141,656
1,042,534
+ 9.5%
614,801
472,863
+ 30.0%

BMW-Mini

347,583
305,418
+ 13.8%

Daimler AG

305,072
267,016
+ 14.3%

Jaguar-Land Rover

55,675
50,375
+ 10.5%
—–
—–
—–
—–
Total
14,492,398
12,779,007
+ 13.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC 
* Total Does Not Include Lamborghini

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  • Anonymous

    us dominance

  • Elie

    Though there was a decline in the financial conditions of the country of U.S., it seemed that they have made up their economy through the growth in the regular sales of auto cars. This growth will further get enhanced in this year as well as coming year.