A healthy month for the U.S. auto industry in November 2013 was expected to be fuelled by a surge in Black Friday luxury car sales and by, as we’ve consistently heard, pent-up demand. Automakers have certainly anticipated greater sales, as there are more new vehicles built and waiting to be sold than at any time since 2005.
America’s new car market traditionally tails off in November before building up for a December push, but November sales last year were actually 5% stronger than the industry’s October output. In 2010 and 2011, November volume fell 8% and 3%, respectively, compared with the prior month.
In the end, November sales rose nearly 9% as luxury brands like Acura, Audi, Bentley, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, and Mercedes-Benz all grew at an above-average pace.
The month’s sharpest decline – and there were really only six – was reported by Volvo, which is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the V60 wagon. Fiat and Mini were both down sharply. Scion’s 11% drop was only slightly less notable. Volkswagen’s 16% drop equalled the greatest volume loss. Truck sales shot up 14%. Even minivan sales rose 8%.
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Don’t like to see automakers arranged alphabetically? Click column headers to sort automakers by November ranking, November 2013 sales, year-over-year change, or any other order. Best seller lists for cars, trucks, and SUVs will be added later this afternoon. In the coming days, GCBC will also publish a complete list of YTD/November sales for every single vehicle line, a list which includes brand results. To find out what you can expect, you can see October’s version of that post here.You can always find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any brand by clicking the brand name in the table below or by selecting a make (or model) at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. The + icon has been removed from year-over-year improvements. Look instead for red font to designate year-over-year declines.
Click column headers to sort by specific categories. Using the mobile version of GoodCarBadCar? Switch to the web version at the bottom of the page, at which point columns should be sortable. November 2014 – December 2013 – October 2013 – November 2012 Updated at 4:20 PM AT on 12.03.2013
Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates declining year-over-year volume ^ Excluding Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz was up 13.4% to 34,376 in November; up 13.7% to 279,501 year-to-date. *Does not include Lamborghini The Chrysler Group’s best-selling brand in November was Jeep, which generated more than 10,000 extra sales compared with November 2012. How? Jeep sold 10,169 Cherokees in the nameplate’s first full month since its return. Chrysler Group car sales slid 7% in November.
Hyundai’s 5% year-over-year November 2013 improvement produced the brand’s highest-ever sales for the month, as the Santa Fe and Accent both reported gains above 40%.
The Ford Motor Company’s 7% November gain owes a portion of its improvement – 995 extra units – to the Lincoln brand. Ford brand car sales rose 4%, utilities fell 2%, and the F-Series was up 16%.
Volkswagen reported a dreadful 16% drop in sales, equal to 6000 lost sales, as every model save for the Beetle Convertible and Golf GTI slid. The VW Group’s premium Audi brand generated 52% of its November volume with the A4 and Q5 lineups, up from 50% a year ago. Little tiny (Toyota-related) Subaru has sold 10,822 more vehicles than big ol’ Volkswagen this year and outsold the declining VW brand by nearly 6000 units in November alone. Porsche’s November results included a very strong month for the 911, in which it sold 136% more often than the Boxster and Cayman combined.
General Motors, which in sales terms is America’s leading manufacturer of automobiles, posted a 14% volume gain across its four brands in November. At Chevrolet, 13 different nameplates reported year-over-year improvements, led by the Corvette’s 129% jump.
Through eleven months, American Honda has sold 100,046 more vehicles than during the same period in 2012. Honda and Acura combined for 1,422,785 new vehicle sales in all of 2012.
Land Rover sold more vehicles in November than all of Jaguar-Land Rover did in November 2012. Nissan’s premium Infiniti division posted its best-ever November results with relatively massive Q50 sales of 5891 units.
Kia reported just its sixth year-over-year improvement of 2013 thanks to strong Soul sales which rose by 5613 units. Mazda’s weak November came about because of, well, most vehicles falling: 2, 3, 5, MX-5, and CX-9 sales all slid; in most cases rather sharply. Mitsubishi generated 57% of its sales with the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The Camry, Corolla, and Prius lineups accounted for just under four out of every ten new vehicles sold by Toyota, Scion, and Lexus.