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    Sales Figure Ticker: September 2018

      As the leaves begin to change color, how did automakers fare in September?

    Quarterly:
    General Motors Co.Down 11.1% (694,638 Vehicles Sold This Quarter, 2,168,808 Vehicles Sold This Year)

    Monthly:
    FCA US LLCUp 15% (199,819 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,679,983 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Volvo Cars of North America, LLCUp 10.3% (8,715 Vehicles Sold This Month, 69,981 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Subaru of America, Inc.Up 3.5% (57,044 Vehicles Sold This Month, 503,418 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Hyundai Motor AmericaUp 1% (57,359 Vehicles Sold This Month, 501,701 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    BMW of North AmericaUp 0.2% (29,369 Vehicles Sold This Month, 259,258 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Kia Motors AmericaDown 1.8% (51,503 Vehicles Sold This Month, 452,042 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Volkswagen of AmericaDown 4.8% (30,555 Vehicles Sold This Month, 266,228 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Mercedes-Benz USADown 5% (30,715 Vehicles Sold This Month, 254,366 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    American Honda Motor Co.Down 7% (132,668 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,206,997 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Jaguar Land Rover North America - Down 7.1% (9,006 Vehicles Sold This Month, 86,080 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Porsche Cars North America, Inc.Down 7.1% (5,102 Vehicles Sold This Month, 42,626 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Mitsubishi Motors North AmericaDown 8.6% (7,705 Vehicles Sold This Month, 93,398 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Toyota Motor North AmericaDown 10.4% (203,098 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,824,235 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Ford Motor CompanyDown 11.2% (197,404 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,887,625 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Nissan GroupDown 12.2% (122,819 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,124,682 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Mazda North American OperationsDown 17.4% (21,257 Vehicles Sold This Month, 235,122 Vehicles Sold This Year)

    Audi of America - 

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    Cadillac - Down 10.7% (37,291 Vehicles Sold This Quarter, 113,240 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Chevrolet - Down 11.4% (485,019 Vehicles Sold This Quarter, 1,504,038 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    GMC - Down 11.3% (126,417 Vehicles Sold This Quarter, 395,924 Vehicles Sold This Year)

    Brands (Monthly):
    Acura - Up 4.4% (13,511 Vehicles Sold This Month, 114,483 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Alfa Romeo - Up 29% (1,639 Vehicles Sold This Month, 18,160 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Audi - 
    BMW - Up 1.3% (25,908 Vehicles Sold This Month, 225,065 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Chrysler - Down 7% (14,683 Vehicles Sold This Month, 127,156 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Dodge - Up 41% (42,101 Vehicles Sold This Month, 359,728 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Fiat - Down 46% (1,185 Vehicles Sold This Month, 12,084 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Ford - Down 11.3% (189,236 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,812,345 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Genesis - Down 75.8% (419 Vehicles Sold This Month, 8,909 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Honda - Down 8.2% (119,157 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,092,514 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Hyundai - Up 3% (56,940 Vehicles Sold This Month, 492,792 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Infiniti - Down 1.6% (12,536 Vehicles Sold This Month, 105,249 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Jaguar - Down 38.1% (2,040 Vehicles Sold This Month, 20,947 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Jeep - Up 14% (83,764 Vehicles Sold This Month, 746,194 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Kia - Down 1.8% (51,503 Vehicles Sold This Month, 452,042 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Land Rover - Up 8.7% (6,966 Vehicles Sold This Month, 746,194 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Lexus - Down 6.1% (24,597 Vehicles Sold This Month, 213,622 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    Lincoln - Down 7.2% (8,168 Vehicles Sold This Month, 75,280 Vehicles Sold This Year)
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    Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 44% (4,448 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,023 Vehicles Sold This Year)
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    Porsche - Down 7.1% (5,102 Vehicles Sold This Month, 42,626 Vehicles Sold This Year)
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    10 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    A tough month for car sales.  This does not bode well for the economy in general.

    I truly think we have hit a peak and a cooling period is beginning for the North American Market.

    I also think many buyers are holding off till the OEMs have their EVs on the lots to kick the tires and consider if they want to go that way or not.

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    56 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I truly think we have hit a peak and a cooling period is beginning for the North American Market.

    I also think many buyers are holding off till the OEMs have their EVs on the lots to kick the tires and consider if they want to go that way or not.

    The market is changing in a lot of ways.  Fuel prices may well go up, which will change the dynamic once again. I like that GM held on to its passenger car production in North America. I think that may bode well for them.

    Mazda is also way down. One wonders how long they will hang on as an independent-shades of Studebaker and Packard here.

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    I feel sad for Ford getting rid of their passenger cars.  If the trend is towards higher fuel prices, they better pull a rabbit out of the hat to make trucks and SUV's super fuel efficient.  Electric is still a long way off from being mainstream.

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    3 hours ago, 25ThTA said:

    I feel sad for Ford getting rid of their passenger cars.  If the trend is towards higher fuel prices, they better pull a rabbit out of the hat to make trucks and SUV's super fuel efficient.  Electric is still a long way off from being mainstream.

    I don't.  Shutter the Ford plants...all of them. Permanantly.

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    GM got beat up on the sales front across the board.  Not many sales increases anywhere either.

    Horse, how many Fords have betrayed you over the years for yo to feel that way?

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    Still waiting for the other shoe to drop...so far, the economy is holding steady. Even though jobs are really coming on to their own, thr big stuff like cars and houses are on the way down.....

    The biggest issue now is going to be gas prices, as I see them going up.....

     

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    15 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    Mazda is also way down. One wonders how long they will hang on as an independent-shades of Studebaker and Packard here.

    perhaps, but they have a turbo cx-5 coming, and the skyactiv-x engine around the corner. rumor has it the 3 and the cx-3 will get the 2.0 x. it will be interesting what the market will do with these products...when they hit lots.

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    35 minutes ago, loki said:

    perhaps, but they have a turbo cx-5 coming, and the skyactiv-x engine around the corner. rumor has it the 3 and the cx-3 will get the 2.0 x. it will be interesting what the market will do with these products...when they hit lots.

    Overall Mazda is doing ok:

    https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/global-sales-mazda-posts-third-straight-record-year/

    "Global sales: Mazda posts third-straight record year. Mazda Motor Corporation established a new best mark for global vehicle turnover during the 2017-18 fiscal year that ended on 31 March. With 1,631,000 units sold, up 5% or 72,000 from the previous year, the Japanese carmaker set its third-consecutive record while also recording its fifth year of uninterrupted growth"

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    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    We are reading the last chapter of Genesis already, and they only just begun.

    Even sarcasm fails me at this point...and that is saying something.

    11 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    GM got beat up on the sales front across the board.  Not many sales increases anywhere either.

    Horse, how many Fords have betrayed you over the years for yo to feel that way?

    Which makes me think it is the economy slowing down.  GM does not lack for products.

    Ford is a long strange love hate relationship with me. I will be more rational and rant less.

    1 hour ago, ykX said:

    Overall Mazda is doing ok:

    https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/global-sales-mazda-posts-third-straight-record-year/

    "Global sales: Mazda posts third-straight record year. Mazda Motor Corporation established a new best mark for global vehicle turnover during the 2017-18 fiscal year that ended on 31 March. With 1,631,000 units sold, up 5% or 72,000 from the previous year, the Japanese carmaker set its third-consecutive record while also recording its fifth year of uninterrupted growth"

    Good to know, they are quite the innovative car company.

    8 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Genesis down 76% ????
     

    And we are surprised...why?

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    1 hour ago, frogger said:

    Genesis has 3 sedans, no CUV's... They really failed to read where the market was going.

     

     

    The market is also really saturated with fantastic product at the moment. Not product that excites me as an enthusiast....but fantastic product. 

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    3 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Genesis sold 1 G70.  Good job on that.

    G70 just started to get to dealers

    At the moment I can't even find any for sale around me

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    Edsel sold 44,891 units in model year '59.

    For MY 60, given pre-introduction production, let's give Edsel 2 months of production (the new models were intro'd 10/15, discontinuation was announced 11/19).
    They sold 2,486 cars, which would extrapolate out to about 14K for a full year.

    44,891 to 14,xxx is a 70% decline.

    Historically & business case-wise, it's hard to imagine a 2020 Genesis dealership being open. I say that, under the glaring inconsistency that is 14-year old money-burning Tesla.

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    many other brands were down so I don't think GM looks real bad here or anything. 

    I think this is natural market cooling, and in part because i think we are seeing resistance to the more and more absurd MSRP's.  But the market wanted expensive CUV's and trucks and maybe its time for the automakers to back of the heavy optioned and expensive vehicles and try to serve the lower ends of the market a little better now.  And maybe some folks will move back to cheaper mid size sedans, or not.

    It's probably ok for housing and car sales to cool off a bit.  The used market may heat up then, which is ok too.

     

    from Ward's auto

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    The newly redesigned Chevy Traverse large CUV saw sales rise 3.1% to 32,908 units, while its Buick Enclave platform-mate enjoyed a 7.1% sales spike to 12,807. However, sales of the 3-row GMC Acadia, a slightly smaller take on the Traverse and Enclave, were nearly halved to 13,485.

    Maybe its time to wake up that why in the hell did they downsize the Acadia topic again

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    18 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Edsel sold 44,891 units in model year '59.

    For MY 60, given pre-introduction production, let's give Edsel 2 months of production (the new models were intro'd 10/15, discontinuation was announced 11/19).
    They sold 2,486 cars, which would extrapolate out to about 14K for a full year.

    44,891 to 14,xxx is a 70% decline.

    Historically & business case-wise, it's hard to imagine a 2020 Genesis dealership being open. I say that, under the glaring inconsistency that is 14-year old money-burning Tesla.

    You have to wonder, with Ford being highly profitable and selling for relatively low prices per share, and Tesla burning cash left right and sideways....and being valued in the stratosphere. Something is really irrational about those stock market prices. 

    18 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Edsel sold 44,891 units in model year '59.

    For MY 60, given pre-introduction production, let's give Edsel 2 months of production (the new models were intro'd 10/15, discontinuation was announced 11/19).
    They sold 2,486 cars, which would extrapolate out to about 14K for a full year.

    44,891 to 14,xxx is a 70% decline.

    Historically & business case-wise, it's hard to imagine a 2020 Genesis dealership being open. I say that, under the glaring inconsistency that is 14-year old money-burning Tesla.

    I always wanted a 60 Edsel convertible, which is a fairly uncommon car. 

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    No Edsel equivalents these days.  That marque would be run out of the market in three years, just like Edsel.

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    13 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    No Edsel equivalents these days.  That marque would be run out of the market in three years, just like Edsel.

    Maybe a Chinese company is the next Edsel.

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    On 10/3/2018 at 2:55 PM, smk4565 said:

    Genesis sold 1 G70.  Good job on that.

    One born every minute...

    3 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Maybe a Chinese company is the next Edsel.

    No, they will be too well financed and the Chinese actually govern themselves like adults, unlike what we see in Washington from both parties. Once the Chinese get their foot in the door they will be here to stay permanently.

    Managed to convince the rental company to give me a Pacifica for this weekends debate trip. Chrysler did that one right.  I wish that Chrysler had stayed an American company and kept bringing out innovative product. They came so damned close. And yet they are so far....

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    ^^^^ its pretty amazing how decent the new Pacifica is, that won me over for a van and it drives better than a lot of CUV's and sedans, its why there's one in my garage right now.

    the guts of the Pacifica would be alright for a large sedan and crossover as well.  LHS anyone?

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      32,205
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      MBUSA
      Combined Total
      Oct-19
      Oct-18
      Monthly %
      YTD 2019
      YTD 2018
      Yearly %
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      GRAND TOTAL
      32,130
      31,719
      1.3%
      285,188
      285,126
      0.0%
       
      *Model has been discontinued in the US market.
      1 Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.
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    • It still sucks, but I think you will come out much better in the next place you decide to go. Market for the most part is still solid, so I know you will find a new place quick, if not before the other place ends! I was bummed when I got laid off from my automotive job- but besides missing the cars, I find this one more fun. Reminds me to update my resume-though I kinda shy from it. I updated my Monster account, and the calls just won’t stop..... 😮 
    • The Jalopnik link makes a mistake in expressing an opinion that GM/Chevy had Tesla in their sites. Had Tesla products as a benchmark... The only thing I gather Chevy/GM had on benchmarking Telsa was the price point in which the Bolt was to be sold at as compared to the Model 3.  From the EV1, all the way to Volt gen 1 and 2, the Cadillac ELR, and then the  Bolt to the mild hybrid stuff on Malibus and Tahoes,  nothing suggests that GM ever wanted to do performance oriented EVs.  And GM could do a performance oriented EV if they chose to do so.  They took a different market approach.  Tesla has found that sweet spot. It does not mean that GM's approach is wrong vis-a-vis Tesla's approach. It just means that GM's approach and its choice of its product's packaging may be at fault... The Cadillac ELR was a 2 door personal luxury coupe econobox with an econobox derived Chevrolet version of its EV. And it also used the Chevrolet Volt's 1st generation tech instead of the 2nd generation tech, in an era when small, 2 door coupes dont sell. In an era when SUVs sell like mad. In an era when Tesla and Fisker were selling sexy body styled sedans and the Tesla was and still is eons ahead in  marketing, styling and dare I say in EV technology in some key tech areas... The Bolt does not fail as an EV product. It fails on its intended mission as an EV product. Not in terms of it not being a capable EV, but it failing of it not being capable of delivering the marketing message that its supposedly sold upon. Packaging. And also, GM does not put full faith in that marketing message either...and so the marketing is also downplayed... The Mustang Mach-E will only eat its lunch if EV buyers buy into a  1. Mustang EV 2. A Ford EV capable of being a good Tesla product equal I think point 1 wont be a problem. But point 2 might very well be. Some EV people have a strong bias against ICE makers and will NEVER take Ford, GM, VW, Nissan, etc, seriously and the Mach-E, as good as it seems on paper, does not have a chance and is DOA...          
    • LOL Listen.  American cars is what I love. From the 1900s to today.  But I'd like to try and learn about  cars from different countries and from their different eras too.   Car craziness and car culture is strong in America, but it aint strictly an American thing. The automobile has defined America and its culture and we revolve our modern lives around it more than any other culture, but there is a car culture elsewhere other than North America. And if it wasnt for 2 devastating world wars in Europe where the automobile was starting to get a grip on life here as well as in Europe, the automobile in Europe would have had the same influence as in America.  But like everything else in nature, the environment influences the surroundings and the same entity evolves differently and at a different pace as the next.  I love to learn about different car cultures around the globe and how the car has influenced that society and how it evolved differently from ours. And from all that,  I learned that car enthusiasts around the world are the same, but have a different take on the performance car than what we have. And from an enthusiast point of view, for which I am, I enjoy enthusiast cars.  And I want to appreciate that.  I have learned that I actually do enjoy European racing cars of the 1920s and 1930s.  Or the rivalry that Ferruccio had with Enzo that produced those slick Italian cars of the 1960s and 1970s from both companies.  I enjoy the French quirkiness and I enjoy an Alpina race to which Renault paid a tribute to just a couple of years ago, kinda like what Ford did with the Ford GT in 2005.  I actually like that Renault/Alpina. Its a cool little sports car.  The Japanese car culture thing is whack. Most of it just seems weird to me. But I definitely like the American influence on their sports cars (which also had a slight Euro touch to them too) which in turn begat a pure Japanese sports car scene.  I get the question marks.  I do not like the shyteboxes that Europe has produced. But then again, I dont like the shyteboxes that Detroit has produced over the years also. But, I do prefer Detroit shyte over Europe's though. And I feel like  what Jay Leno has over other car "influencers" is that he has a certain bias towards cars that I find interesting and I gravitate towards his influence over others.    
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