2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SilveR

32 automobile manufacturers reported improved sales in February 2012 as the U.S. market surged forth with a massive year-over-year increase for the second consecutive month. The new vehicle market in America was up 11% in January. February sales of nearly 1.15 million produced a 15% improvement. Indeed, America’s most popular automaker, Ford, was up nearly that much, accounting for more than 20,000 of the extra sales. Through the end of February, Ford sales reached 302,905 vehicles in the United States.

The greatest year-over-year gain reported in February belongs to Chrysler’s 114% jump. The Chrysler brand has doubled its two-month total from early 2011. The worst drop was reported by Mitsubishi. Its 31% decline has a great deal to do with losing models, just as Cadillac’s 27% slide relates to the restrictions of its current three-model-lineup. 

Overall, the lack of red font in the rankings below speaks well of the American economy, specifically the apparent unwavering desire of American consumers to own new vehicles amidst rising fuel prices and the kind of reliability that has them keeping cars longer than ever before. BMW was the best-selling premium brand with gains better than 29%. Despite the car-like qualities of the Compass and Patriot, Jeep is still an SUV brand, and sales jumped 30% to 37,312. GMC, a truck brand, sold 32,581 vehicles, a negligible increase. And sales of America’s favourite vehicle, the Ford F-Series, rose 26% to 47,273. 

Consumer confidence appears to be back. The rankings for every automotive brand competing in America are below with February and year-to-date data. Over the course of the coming hours and days you’ll find best seller lists in this space and, by accessing the dropdown menu in the top right of this page, updated monthly and year-to-date data for every nameplate currently on sale in America.

Rank
Automaker
February 2012

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
171,732
+ 14.3%
302,905
+ 11.6%
#2
Chevrolet
151,197
+ 5.8%
275,061
+ 2.5%
#3
Toyota
137,807
+ 11.1%
246,538
+ 10.2%
#4
Honda
98,899
+ 13.3%
173,527
+ 11.5%
#5
Nissan
97,492
+ 17.1%
170,009
+ 15.1%
#6
Hyundai
51,151
+ 17.5%
93,845
+ 16.2%
#7
Kia
45,038
+ 37.3%
80,555
+ 32.9%
#8
Dodge
42,692
+ 27.2%
74,146
+ 28.1%
#9
Jeep
37,312
+ 30.4%
69,022
+ 33.5%
#10
GMC
32,581
+ 0.1%
57,547
– 4.4%
#11
Volkswagen
30,577
+ 42.5%
57,786
+ 45.0%
#12
Chrysler
27,008
+ 114%
44,612
+ 99.8%
#13
Mazda
25,651
+ 32.3%
49,647
+ 47.5%
#14
Subaru
25,374
+ 17.0%
48,181
+ 18.8%
#15
Ram
23,282
+ 14.7%
41,752
+ 25.3%
#16
BMW
21,204
+ 29.2%
37,609
+ 16.4%
#17
Mercedes-Benz
18,910
+ 16.9%
40,133
+ 20.0%
#18
Lexus
16,678
+ 20.7%
28,952
+ 8.5%
#19
Buick
14,023
– 11.3%
24,231
– 16.7%
#20
Cadillac
11,505
– 27.0%
20,429
– 27.9%
#21
Acura
11,258
+ 4.3%
19,639
+ 4.7%
#22
Infiniti
9239
+ 1.0%
16,035
– 3.1%
#23
Audi
8531
+ 10.0%
17,885
+ 14.9%
#24
Lincoln
6912
+ 16.2%
12,033
+ 4.6%
#25
Volvo
5263
+ 9.8%
9724
+ 7.2%
#26
Mini
4980
+ 42.2%
8314
+ 32.9%
#27
Scion
4938
+ 25.2%
8473
+ 17.4%
#28
Mitsubishi
4736
– 31.3%
9447
– 25.1%
#29
Land Rover
3255
+ 27.4%
6460
+ 33.9%
#30
Fiat
3227
—–
—–
#31
Suzuki
2425
+ 47.6%
3930
– 6.5%
#32
Porsche
2149
+ 6.4%
4699
+ 6.3%
#33
Jaguar
1022
+ 47.7%
2007
+ 23.4%
#34
smart
769
+ 58.9%
1265
+ 50.2%
#35
Maserati
191
+ 20.1%
345
+ 26.4%
#36
Bentley
126
+ 24.8%
244
+ 33.3%

Source: Automakers & ANDC 
Red font indicates declining year-over-year sales. Bold equals premium.

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