Typically, America’s auto market slides a bit from March’s high levels, and April 2013 was be no exception to this rule. Forecasters expected big year-over-year increases, however, particularly in the pickup truck and crossover sectors. In the first quarter, F-Series sales rose 17%. Indeed, all six of America’s leading pickup trucks posted gains better than 15%.
In May, F-Series sales jumped 24%, helping propel Ford forward by nearly 31,000 to a 200K+-unit month. F-Series sales rose by 11,577 units.
Early numbers from the Chrysler Group suggest these expectations will hold. Ram Pickup sales jumped 49% to 31,409 in April. Overall, the Chrysler Group was up 11%, and the company’s only declining brand was the Chrysler brand itself.
While the Toyota brand suffered a slight decline, trucks – yes, trucks – were up 11.6%.
Don’t blame the Routan for Volkswagen’s 10% April slide, though only three were sold. Passat sales fell 10%, the Eos plunged 34%, total Golf sales slid 33%, and sales of the Jetta sedan were off by 19%.
Gains at General Motors were made across the map, at all four brands. As for trucks, Silverado sales jumped 28%; Sierra sales climbed 13%. Soon to be extinguished, the Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT jumped 15% and 41%, respectively.
In comparison to last April, Hyundai’s record April volumes in 2013 didn’t look terribly impressive. But keep in mind, Hyundai sold only 44,023 vehicles in April 2010. The big gains were made in 2011, and Hyundai hasn’t yet generated a lot of extra capacity to increase sales. Subaru set another sales record in April, and so they should have. The company is selling many more models than they used to.
Mercedes-Benz sold 23,635 non-Sprinter vehicles in April; 92,822 through four months. That put Benz 410 sales ahead of BMW in April; 4695 ahead through the first third of 2013.
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Only nine brands recorded year-over-year decreases in April, the worst belonged to the dead Suzuki brand, but Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Smart, and Volkswagen all fell at least 10%. Year-to-date, Lincoln’s 13% drop is most noticeable. As far as improvements, Cadillac, Porsche, Dodge, Buick, and Ram have all moved up more than 20%.
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