U.S. auto sales climbed last month to rise to the highest October level in more than a decade, further driving sales toward a potential record calendar sales year.
Powered in large part by improvements among the traditional Detroit Three, October 2015 auto sales climbed to more than 1.45 million units. U.S. car buyers purchased and leased 1.28 million total new vehicles in October 2014.
• Ford leads all auto brands with 204,620 sales • GM is top-selling automaker with 262,993 sales, up 16% • BMW declines but grows premium brand lead over M-B • Land Rover, fastest-growing brand, doubles its October volume • Buick, BMW, Lincoln, Mini the largest brands to post decreases • CR-V leads all SUVs/crossovers • Camry leads all cars • F-Series tops all autos, outsold by GM twins
Reporting early, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a 67th consecutive year-over-year sales improvement in October 2015. Jeep volume was up by a third. Jeep’s Cherokee, Compass, Patriot, and Wrangler – and the new Renegade, for that matter – all recorded their best October ever. Every FCA brand posted an increase.
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Ford Motor Company, maker of America’s best-selling Ford brand, posted a significant 13% year-over-year October sales gain as car sales at the Ford brand jumped 17%, as Ford utilities jumped 12%, and as the F-Series truck posted a 3% increase.
General Motors, the largest manufacturer in the United States, jumped 16% to 262,993 sales in October 2015, a far higher increase than the 12% predicted by forecasters. Buick’s stall continues, but Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC all posted double digit gains.
American Honda, which markets the country’s best-selling SUV/crossover, posted a 9% increase in October with a 4% Acura improvement and a 9% Honda increase. Accord, Civic, CR-Z, Odyssey, and Pilot sales increased – CR-V sales slid 4% on a daily sales rate basis.
Even the small brand at Toyota USA, Scion, achieved terrific growth in October 2015 thanks to a new model duo. But Toyota and its Lexus premium division recorded 12% and 13% gains, respectively, as popular vehicles like the Corolla, Camry, and RAV4 shot forward at Toyota and the NX continued to propel Lexus.
Volkswagen, assumed to lose thousands of sales prior to Reuters discovery last week that sales would likely increase, posted a 0.2% increase of 74 units as VW owners were lured into dealers with incentives on gas-powered cars. GTI sales, for example, jumped 46%.
There are more details on specific brands below the full results table.
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If you don’t wish to see automakers arranged alphabetically, click column headers to sort automakers by October 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. 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.
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Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates declining year-over-year volume * Does not include Lamborghini ^ Excluding Sprinter/Metris: up 1.3% to 28,952 in October; up 6.5% to 278,842 YTD. Nissan USA’s 12.5% uptick occurred as a result of 10,832 extra Nissan sales and 2098 extra Infiniti sales.
Mitsubishi’s U.S. volume in October increased for a 20th consecutive month as the brand posted a seventh consecutive double-digit gain.
Audi USA, initially only lightly linked to Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, produced a 17% year-over-year improvement to 17,700, an October record for the brand. A3 sales jumped 15%. Porsche, another upmarket Volkswagen-owned brand, posted a significant 11% October sales increase thanks mainly to a doubling in sales of its best-selling Cayenne.
Mazda USA reported a 35% year-over-year sales improvement equal to an additional 6653 sales compared with October 2014. The 3 was up 15%, the best-selling CX-5 jumped 55%, and Mazda also sold 1382 CX-3s and 1085 new MX-5 Miatas.
For a fourth consecutive month, Subaru sold more than 50,000 vehicles in America. Forester, Impreza, Outback, and XV Crosstrek sales all increased. It was the best ever October for those vehicles and for the Subaru brand.
BMW, America’s top-selling premium brand through the end of the first three-quarters, suffered a sharp drop in car sales and a harsh Mini decline, as well. BMW’s X3, X4, X5, and X6 did combine for a 57% increase, however. Despite a modest increase in October, Mercedes-Benz wasn’t able to outsell BMW, which now leads the premium race by 553 sales heading into November.
Kia, the smaller member in the Hyundai-Kia conglomerate, generated a 12% increase in October thanks to rising Soul, Sorento, Sportage, Cadenza, and Optima sales. Hyundai, the larger of the pair, posted a 9924-unit improvement in October thanks to big Elantra, Santa Fe, and Tucson gains.
For the first time since June 2012, Volvo sold more than 7000 new vehicles in America.