American new car buyers were expected to register approximately 12% more new vehicles in October 2013 than in October 2012. September’s market wasn’t especially strong, and October was hampered to a small degree by a government shutdown which disturbed consumer confidence. Nevertheless, a 12% improvement in October 2013 would have spoken loudly after 7% increases in October 2012 and October 2011.
In the end, October sales grew 10.4%, a slightly slower rate of growth than expected, but still better than what we’ve typically been seeing from the industry this year. Through ten months, the U.S. auto industry’s sales volume is up 8% to just under 13 million units. You may recall that Americans registered fewer than 13 million new vehicles in 2009, 2010, and again in 2011.
General Motors, America’s leading manufacturer, reported a 16% increase in volume as all four brands increased in October. Declines among specific models were rare, although the Chevrolet Volt took a 32% hit and is down 3% year-to-date.
The Chrysler Group has already sold 1.5 million new vehicles in 2013; more than they managed in 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011. Jeep reported its first 579 Cherokee sales in October and produced gains of 7% despite the loss of 4099 Libertys.
Ford MoCo volume shot up 14% to nearly 192,000 sales in October as the F-Series topped 60,000 units for the sixth consecutive month and Ford brand car sales rose 16.5%.
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Source: Automakers & ANDC Red font indicates declining year-over-year volume *Does not include Lamborghini * Sans Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz USA was up 25.4% to 30,069 in October, up 13.7% to 245,125 year-to-date.
Hyundai volume rose by 3284 units in October thanks to another big jump from the Santa Fe and an 18% uptick in Elantra volume. Volkswagen’s very disappointing 18% decline came as Golf sales plunged 23%, Jetta volume slid 13%, and Passat sales slid 13%. While Volkswagen tumbled, the VW Group’s second-best-selling brand, Audi, posted a YOY improvement of 11%. The Q5 was a gain a leader, rising 39% to 3380 units. Porsche generated six out of every ten sales with the Cayenne and Panamera.
Subaru, formerly a niche automakers, outsold Volkswagen – which plans to rule the world – by 6354 units in America in October and leads Volkswagen by nearly 5000 sales through ten months. An expanded XF lineup helped Jaguar more than double sales to 1515 units, more than Jaguar managed last October and November combined. Land Rover sold 1184 Range Rovers, nearly triple last October’s total.
Mazda 3 sales fell 19% as leftover 2013 3s and all-new 2014 3s competed for attention. Mazda 6 sales doubled. Mitsubishi added 991 sales to the U.S. auto industry in October, which isn’t something we’re accustomed to saying. Mini’s Countryman was again the company’s best-selling variant, outselling the conventional Cooper Hardtop by 560 units. BMW relied on Mini for 17% of all BMW-Mini volume in October, down from 18% a year ago. BMW was outsold by the Mercedes-Benz brand (Sprinter-excluded) by 2495 units in October. 4895 of the Benzes sold were entry-level CLA sedans.
Kia’s declines continue: October marked the fifth in 2013’s ten months. 66% of the vehicles sold by American Honda, including Acuras, were Civics, Accords, and CR-Vs. Toyota, the provider of America’s best-selling car, say they sold 92,026 passenger cars across three brands in October, a 3% increase. Volvo’s decline was its seven this year and its third consecutive drop.