In what typically turns out to be the slowest month of the year for new vehicle sales, January’s results cause no great excitement in the follow-up to momentous year end figures. In terms of setting the tone, however, January 2014 will be meaningful, particularly as monthly December auto sales figures in the United States were lackluster.
Overall, January numbers were worse than lackluster, as total sales fell by more than 32,000 units compared with the first month of 2013. January, with 8.5% of 2013’s days, generated 6.7% of the U.S. auto industry’s volume last year.
Chrysler’s early release displayed a dreadful decline in Dodge Dart sales, and a 19% drop in total Dodge sales. This was easily made up for by the Jeep and Ram increases, and the Chrysler Group was up 8% overall.
Ford Motor Company, the maker of America’s top-selling brand, Ford, said weather wraked havoc on January sales in certain regions. Lincoln, however, was not tarnished by southerly-blowing white stuff, as the brand managed its best January sales since 2010.
All four General Motors brands reported year-over-year U.S. sales declines. At Chevrolet alone, sales slid by more than 18,000 units as only the Corvette and Cruze improved upon their January 2013 tally. Toyota brand sales fell as Yaris, Corolla, Prius, Camry, and Avalon volume all decreased year-over-year.
More details below the January table.
Don’t like to see automakers arranged alphabetically? Click column headers to sort automakers by January ranking, January 2014 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 January sales for every single vehicle line, a list which includes brand results. To find out what you can expect, you can see December’s year end 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.
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. January 2015 – February 2014 – December 2013 – January 2013 Updated at 4:17 PM AT on 02.03.2014
Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates declining year-over-year volume * Does not include Lamborghini ^ Excluding Sprinter: up 0.5% to 22,604 • HybridCars.com estimates for Tesla total 1300 January sales. Falling Volkswagen USA sales have become the norm, and the decline in January was powered by mostly brand-wide slides: Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Eos, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg. Subaru outsold Volkswagen by nearly 10,000 units as Forester sales jumped 64% to 10,771. Volkswagen’s premium Audi division reported a slight increase as Q models continued to make gains.
Both Nissan and Nissan’s premium brand, Infiniti, reported significant January increases, with rising Altima, Rogue, and Q50 sales. Mazda USA sold 12% fewer vehicles in the first month of 2014 than in the first month of 2013, a decrease which can be blamed in large part on the 3’s 23% drop.
In advance of Maserati’s long Super Bowl commercial yesterday, Maserati sales more than tripled in January. Honda numbers were down, although the CR-V was up 2% to 18,232 units. Acura’s 14% jump was powered by record January MDX and RDX sales.
Mini sales tanked as the regular Cooper Hardtop approached replacement – the Countryman was Mini’s top seller. BMW sold 34% more 3 and 4-Series cars in January 2014 than they did a year ago.