On a year-over-year basis, September 2014 auto sales in the United States were expected to increase by approximately 10% with improvements being recorded by almost all major automakers. Money is cheap, incentives are easy located, and the variety of efficient new vehicles is enticing.
Chrysler Group volume shot up 19% in September 2014 despite a 7% decline in passenger car volume as the Ram P/U produced 30% gains and Jeep jumped 47%.
The Ford Motor Company, maker of America’s best-selling Ford brand, has suffered slight declines this year as the country’s most popular vehicle line enters one of the most major automobile transitions known to man. F-Series sales slid 1% in September. But Ford brand utilities were down 2% last month and Ford car sales slid 5.5%.
General Motors, the biggest seller of automobiles in the United States, produced 19% gains in September as the brand’s pickup trucks increased their volume by nearly 21,000 units.
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Toyota did not post declining September sales results, although they were behind the pace of growth. In fact, the Toyota trio of brands was outsold by the Chrysler Group, and for the second consecutive month the Camry was not America’s best-selling car.
Honda’s Acura brand posted positive results as 3884 copies of the new TLX were sold (compared with 2396 TL and TSX sales last September). The Honda brand was up 11% thanks to another big month from the brand’s best-selling Accord.
All together, auto sales were up a little more than 9% as lackluster performances from Dodge, Ford, and Volkswagen dragged down big improvements from most of GM, Jeep, Ram, Nissan, and Subaru, among others. Adding 1.25 million units in September means Americans have registered 12.4 million vehicles through the first nine months of 2014, nearly as many vehicles as were sold in all of 2011.
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Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates declining year-over-year volume * Does not include Lamborghini ^ Excluding Sprinter: up 10.6% to 27,315 in September; up 8.4% to 233,211 YTD. ‡ Automotive News estimate
Nissan USA’s big gains at its namesake brands were only offset only to a slight degree by Infiniti’s 13% decline. The Nissan Group has already sold more than 1,000,000 new vehicles in 2014’s first three quarters, a mark the company didn’t reach in the United States in all of 2008, 2009, or 2010.
Volkswagen’s fast-growing Audi brand shot up 14% to a once-again Cadillac-beating 14,917 units in September, as 23% of the brand’s sales were generated by the A3 and Q3. At Volkswagen itself, however, sales plunged 19% to fewer than 26,000 units. Volkswagen USA sold more than 36,000 new vehicles in September 2012. 53% of Porsche’s September sales were generated by the Cayenne and Macan. Boxster/Cayman and Panamera volume declined.
Subaru is heading in the opposite direction from Volkswagen: September sales shot up 31% to more than 41,000 units as the Forester, WRX, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, and best-selling Outback all produced increases.
Kia sales increased 7% in September and are up 7% this year, strengthened last month by a 46% improvement in Soul sales.
BMW’s Mini brand continued to struggle in September as all models except the Countryman reported serious decreases. The BMW brand, however, was up 9% as 3-Series/4-Series volume shot up 51%. Mercedes-Benz, with a 10% increase in CLA volume, 393% jump in S-Class sales, and 9% and 11% gains from the M and GLK, respectively, outsold BMW by 1729 units last month.
Mazda posted a 7% increase in September 2014 despite declining 3 sales. The CX-5 was the brand’s most popular model with 8097 units, a 29% year-over-year increase. Another even smaller Japanese auto brand, Mitsubishi, also reported improved September sales: the 39% gain equalled 1557 extra units.