The Chrysler Group sold nearly 33,000 more new vehicles in August 2014 than during the same period one year earlier.
But that massive 20% leap in sales is not expected to be in line with the overall industry’s gains following an impressive jump in sales one year ago, when August volume jumped 17% compared with August 2012 results.
Jeep accounted for 35% of all FCA/Chrysler Group sales, with the Ram brand and bringing in another 36% of the manufacturer’s volume. Fiat sales tumbled as the 500L faced a knee airbag recall that saw sales fall from 1214 units in August 2013 to just 33 last month. Ram P/U sales jumped 33% to 43,775 units, its second month above 40,000 units this year.
Ford Motor Company, the maker of America’s top-selling Ford brand, posted a narrow sales gain in August as F-Series sales fell 4%. Ford brand car sales were up 4%, however, a bright spot for a division that’s down 3% year-to-date. General Motors, on the other hand, fell 1% as the Chevrolet brand posted narrow losses and Buick and Cadillac fell sharply. GMC sales were up 10% as sales of every model except for the Terrain posted notable increases.
American Honda reported small gains at the Honda brand and more meaningful decreases at the Acura brand, which sold its first 2286 TLX sedans in August. Honda Accord sales jumped 33%, but Civic volume fell 14% and the CR-V was down 2%, as well.
Toyota’s corporate-wide 6.3% August improvement involved a meaningful 7% jump at Toyota but also a 10% leap at Lexus, which ended the month as America’s top-selling premium brand for the second consecutive month.
Through the first eight months of 2014, Nissan brand sales in America are up by more than 100,000 units. It’s not their top seller by any means, but the Leaf is symbolic of Nissan’s growth: August was the Leaf’s best-ever month with 3186 U.S. sales.
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Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates declining year-over-year volume * Does not include Lamborghini ^ Excluding Sprinter: up 9.4% to 27,078 in August; up 8.2% to 205,894 YTD. ‡ Automotive News estimate
Audi sold more new vehicles in August than in any month in the company’s history, thanks in large part to a big month from the A3, the brand’s third-best-selling model, which added 2407 extra sales to the year-over-year tally. Audi’s Volkswagen parent brand slid 13%, a loss of 5161 units, in August 2014, as the Jetta, Beetle, Eos, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg’s losses were far more severe than the Golf’s 26% improvement.
Hyundai says August 2014 was their second-best month ever – only May of this year resulted in greater Hyundai USA sales volume. Big gains came from the Santa Fe, Sonata, and Tucson. Hyundai’s Kia partner was up 5.5% as the Soul once again provided major gains: 5052 extra units compared with August 2013.
Subaru reported its highest-volume month in the company’s history, cresting the 50K barrier for the first time thanks to a 25% increase in Forester sales and a 73% jump in XV Crosstrek volume. Mazda didn’t report its best month or its best August, although it was the brand’s best August in 12 years. Sales of the 3 slid slightly, but the CX-5 was up 26%. The new MX-5 Miata should debut some time today. We’re waiting, as of this moment. Mitsubishi, an even smaller Japanese auto brand, reported 29% August gains. Mitsubishi can’t sell vehicles the way they did a decade ago, but the brand is steadily, slowly but surely, growing again.
BMW’s 11% gains in August were impressive; Mini’s 17% loss much less so. BMW sold 1025 i3s and nine i8s. Mini attracts attention because sales of the third-gen Hardtop, the brand’s core model, was down 44.5%, while Countryman sales jumped 48%. Mercedes-Benz was outsold by BMW as the three-pointed star’s EV, the B-Class, attracted just 51 buyers. Mercedes-did sell 2722 CLAs to make up for a 23% loss in C-Class sales. S-Class volume more than quadrupled.