The U.S. new vehicle market shrunk by 7% compared with March but rose 18% year-over-year as the leading Detroit brands posted above average gains. Ford was tops in American car sales once again, trailed by Chevrolet in second spot and Dodge in sixth. Ford F-Series sales were up 11% and formed 25% of all Blue Oval sales.

Over at General Motors, executives will once again be very excited to learn that Buick out-sold Lexus, as it did in February. Chrysler dealers found 882 Fiat 500 buyers (fewer than there were in the much smaller Canadian market in April). Chrysler itself was down 9%, but Jeep became America’s ninth-best-selling brand after a 64.8% leap. 

American Honda held off the Hyundai/Kia juggernaut with a 9.9% increase. Honda’s luxury brand, Acura, was up 8.3% but trailed Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, and Cadillac in the premium standings. Saab and Mitsubishi lay claim to the biggest year-over-year increases, up 223.7% and 123.8% respectively. Mercedes-Benz was America’s favourite luxury brand, but its smart city car brand posted a 31.3% decline, a feat no other automaker came close to matching. It’s worth noting that without the Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz would be trailing BMW by 759 units.

Here’s the complete rundown of U.S. Auto Sales By Brand for April 2011 and 2011 year to date.

Rank
Automaker
April 2011

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
182,542
+24.5
659,007
+24.5
#2
Chevrolet
169,794
+25.4
586,299
+23.7
#3
Toyota
136,254
+0.6
510,063
+10.4
#4
Honda
113,195
+9.9
389,805
+17.6
#5
Nissan
64,765
+14.5
322,287
+23.4
#6
Dodge
63,580
+18.5
222,381
+25.4
#7
Hyundai
61,754
+40.3
204,374
+31.4
#8
Kia
47,074
+56.7
151,848
+42.3
#9
Jeep
32,384
+64.8
117,237
+41.1
#10
GMC
31,204
+28.8
121,993
+30.3
#11
Volkswagen
28,542
+23.4
95,581
+17.4
#12
Subaru
24,762
+6.7
92,219
+14.3
#13
Mazda
20,638
+9.0
85,197
+!3.8
#14
Chrysler
20,379
-9.0
63,175
-9.1
#15
Mercedes-Benz
19,157
+5.1
75,152
+9.2
#16
BMW
18,801
+8.9
71,417
+12.3
#17
Buick
18,413
+51.2
63,152
+42.5
#18
Lexus
17,576
-4.3
64,932
-4.3
#19
Cadillac
13,127
+16.0
53,639
+31.9
#20
Acura
11,604
+8.3
42,972
+11.6
#21
Audi
10,018
+7.5
35,401
+15.6
#22
Mitsubishi
8801
+123.8
28,968
+65.0
#23
Lincoln
7236
-0.6
27,243
-8.2
#24
Infiniti
6761
-6.2
30,905
+11.9
#25
Mini
6446
+67.7
18,787
+49.4
#26
Volvo
6404
+40.9
21,844
+17.7
#27
Scion
5710
+59.6
18,469
+40.4
#28
Porsche
3172
+81.6
10,179
+46.1
#29
Land Rover
2982
+8.5
11,249
+18.8
#30
Suzuki
2132
+9.3
8834
+16.1
#31
Jaguar
1249
+39.4
3750
+14.6
#32
Fiat
882
—–
1382
—–
#33
Saab
696
+223.7
2765
+699.1
#34
smart
467
-31.3
1734
-16.5
#35
Maserati
229
+23.1
702
+21.0
#36
Bentley
119
-6.3
439
-0.2

Source: Automakers & Automotive News Data Center

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