Forecasters expected April 2017 U.S. auto sales volume to decrease, year-over-year, for a fourth consecutive month. While volume likely would remain high, it would do so on the backs of incentives which were roughly 13% higher than in April 2016.
Audi was first to report U.S. auto sales volume for 2017 and the first-third of 2017. Audi volume rose 5% in April; 8% year-to-date. But Audi was something of an anomaly, as U.S. auto sales did in fact fall 5% to 1.4 million units in April 2017, a drop of 70,000 sales compared with April 2016.
The Ford Motor Company, first of the major automakers to report April 2017 auto sales ifno, tumbled by more than 7% as car sales plunged by nearly a quarter, year-over-year, and as F-Series volume flatlined.
Total Toyota sales took a 4% hit as the Lexus brand fell off April 2016’s pace by 11%. Toyota did sell the company’s first 550 copies of the new C-HR, however.
General Motors, the highest-volume seller of new vehicles in America, posted a 6% decline in April 2017, dragged down by Chevrolet and GMC decreases despite Buick and Cadillac upticks.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, including Maserati, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo, fell 7% to 177,441 units in April 2017, a loss of nearly 13,000 sales.
American Honda’s Accord, Civic, and Fit downturns brought down a brand that was otherwise elevated by surging CR-V and HR-V sales.
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Aside from niche auto brands such as Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Bentley, and Maserati, Buick’s 17% leap forward was the most rapid rate of growth in April 2017. Volvo, Cadillac, Ram, Audi, Subaru, Infiniti, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Land Rover all reported improvements, as well.
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But Mini, down 27%, reported the worst year-over-year drop in a group of 21 auto brands that didn’t sell as many new vehicles in April 2017 as in April 2016. That group included eight of the top brands in America: Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, Honda, Nissan, Jeep, Hyundai, and Kia.
If you don’t wish to see automakers arranged alphabetically, click column headers to sort automakers by April sales, year-over-year change, year-to-date totals, 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 year-to-date sales for every single vehicle line, a list which includes brand results. (Check out the 2016 version 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? Thumb across the table for full-width visibility or switch to the web version at the bottom of the page, at which point columns will be sortable. March 2017 • April 2016 • Updated at 5:07 PM AT on 05.02.2017