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November 2016: BMW Group U.S.

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BMW Group U.S. Reports November 2016 Sales

  • BMW brand sales decrease 18.2 percent
  • MINI brand sales increase 1.4 percent

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 1, 2016… Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 18.2 percent in November for a total of 26,189 compared to 32,003 vehicles sold in November, 2015.  Year-to-date, the BMW brand is down 10.0 percent in the U.S. on sales of 280,339 vehicles compared to 311,398 sold in the first eleven months of 2015.
 
Notable vehicle sales in November include the BMW 7 Series which increased 18.0 percent to 1,233 cars, the BMW X1 which increased 53.2 percent to 2,745 vehicles, and the BMW X5 which increased 18.4 percent to 4,693 vehicles.
 
“Only a month remains in this year and we are beginning to bid farewell to the current generation 5 Series and getting ready to welcome the all-new BMW 5 Series which will make its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America.  “The dynamic driving character of the new 5 Series will be a complement to our 7 Series and make for a stronger model lineup heading into 2017.”  
  
BMW Group Sales
In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported November sales of 30,696 vehicles, a decrease of 15.8 percent from the 36,447 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, BMW Group sales are down 10.2 percent on sales of 327,711 vehicles in the first eleven months of 2016 compared to 364,903 in the same period in 2015. 
 
MINI Brand Sales
For November, MINI USA reported 4,507 automobiles sold, an increase of 1.4 percent from the 4,444 sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a total of 47,372 automobiles sold, a decrease of 11.5 percent from 53,505 automobiles sold in the first eleven months of 2015.

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      Hyundai - 
      Infiniti - Down 17% (8,960 Vehicles Sold This Month, 49,847 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 37% (2,019 Vehicles Sold This Month, 10,068 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Up 20% (82,641 Vehicles Sold This Month, 310,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Up 24% (6,448 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,694 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 2.1% (21,642 Vehicles Sold This Month, 85,853 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 12.1% (8,518 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,980 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 1% (27,207 Vehicles Sold This Month, 105,681 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 28.4% (2,815 Vehicles Sold This Month, 11,001 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Up 7.2% (3,731 Vehicles Sold This Month, 14,264 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 29.1% (78,804 Vehicles Sold This Month, 453,920 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 9% (43,074 Vehicles Sold This Month, 156,728 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 74.5% (93 Vehicles Sold This Month, 414 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 5.1% (170,706 Vehicles Sold This Month, 678,528 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)

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    • By William Maley
      Author's Note: As we reported last month, General Motors will be reporting their sales numbers quarterly. The next time you will see GM and their subsequent brands will be in June. -WM
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi of America - Up 7.4% (20,090 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,052 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Up 5% (184,149 Vehicles Sold This Month, 698,918 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Up 4.2% (27,213 Vehicles Sold This Month, 111,581 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 2.1% (30,115 Vehicles Sold This Month, 117,096 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - 0% (8,467 Vehicles Sold This Month, 40,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford Motor Company -  Down 4.7% (204,651 Vehicles Sold This Month, 804,232 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota Motor North America - Down 4.7% (192,348 Vehicles Sold This Month, 764,381 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Down 9.2% (125,701 Vehicles Sold This Month, 488,192 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan North America - Down 28.1% (87,764 Vehicles Sold This Month, 503,767 Vehicles Sold This Year)

      Hyundai Motor America - 

      Brands:
      Acura - Down 15.9% (11,888 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,302 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Up 173% (1,847 Vehicles Sold This Month, 7,639 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi - Up 7.4% (20,090 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,052 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW - Up 3.8% (23.482 Vehicles Sold This Month, 97,317 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 18% (14,189 Vehicles Sold This Month, 60,422 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Dodge - Up 4% (40,994 Vehicles Sold This Month, 157,965 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Fiat - Down 45% (1,404 Vehicles Sold This Month, 5,418 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford - Down 4.3% (196,133 Vehicles Sold This Month, 773,252 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Genesis - 
      Honda - Down 8.4% (113,813 Vehicles Sold This Month, 422,890 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai - 
      Infiniti - Down 17% (8,960 Vehicles Sold This Month, 49,847 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 37% (2,019 Vehicles Sold This Month, 10,068 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Up 20% (82,641 Vehicles Sold This Month, 310,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 5.2% (50,585 Vehicles Sold This Month, 177,530 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Up 24% (6,448 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,694 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 2.1% (21,642 Vehicles Sold This Month, 85,853 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 12.1% (8,518 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,980 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 24.9% (950 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,663 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 4.6% (23,056 Vehicles Sold This Month, 107,051 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 1% (27,207 Vehicles Sold This Month, 105,681 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 28.4% (2,815 Vehicles Sold This Month, 11,001 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Up 7.2% (3,731 Vehicles Sold This Month, 14,264 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Down 4.6% (7,990 Vehicles Sold This Month, 43,762 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 29.1% (78,804 Vehicles Sold This Month, 453,920 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Up 0.7% (5,570 Vehicles Sold This Month, 19,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 9% (43,074 Vehicles Sold This Month, 156,728 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 74.5% (93 Vehicles Sold This Month, 414 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 1.5% (53,170 Vehicles Sold This Month, 202,873 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 5.1% (170,706 Vehicles Sold This Month, 678,528 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Up 4.5% (28,794 Vehicles Sold This Month, 112,746 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - Up 17% (8,333 Vehicles Sold This Month, 28,416 Vehicles Sold This Year)
    • By William Maley
      Nissan Group reports April 2018 U.S. sales
      NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for April 2018 of 87,764 units, a decrease of 28% compared to the previous year.
      Nissan highlights:
      Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle sales increased 10% to 1,171 units. Several key models have shown strong gains in 2018: Rogue (+9%), Armada (+16%) and Frontier (+27%) NISSAN DIVISION
      APRIL
      APRIL
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2018
      2017
      % chg
      2018
      2017
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Nissan Division Total
      78,804
      111,201
      -29.1
      453,920
      484,531
      -6.3
      Versa
      5,998
      8,322
      -27.9
      31,363
      39,397
      -20.4
      Sentra
      16,999
      20,255
      -16.1
      77,001
      71,669
      7.4
      Altima
      10,400
      20,263
      -48.7
      73,806
      94,248
      -21.7
      Maxima
      2,100
      5,564
      -62.3
      15,854
      21,161
      -25.1
      LEAF
      1,171
      1,063
      10.2
      3,716
      4,350
      -14.6
      Juke
      83
      986
      -91.6
      539
      5,074
      -89.4
      370Z
      260
      389
      -33.2
      1,243
      1,637
      -24.1
      GT-R
      35
      51
      -31.4
      170
      246
      -30.9
      Total Car
      37,046
      56,893
      -34.9
      203,692
      237,782
      -14.3
      Frontier
      5,082
      6,347
      -19.9
      27,907
      21,913
      27.4
      Titan
      2,670
      4,033
      -33.8
      15,394
      15,328
      0.4
      Xterra
      0
      0
      n/a
      0
      1
      -100.0
      Pathfinder
      2,741
      5,712
      -52.0
      20,847
      32,432
      -35.7
      Armada
      1,713
      2,007
      -14.6
      10,795
      9,298
      16.1
      Rogue
      23,331
      27,386
      -14.8
      139,785
      128,807
      8.5
      Murano
      3,391
      5,504
      -38.4
      24,113
      22,753
      6.0
      Quest
      0
      165
      -100.0
      2
      4,035
      -100.0
      NV
      1,225
      1,457
      -15.9
      4,993
      5,990
      -16.6
      NV200
      1,605
      1,697
      -5.4
      6,392
      6,192
      3.2
      Total Truck
      41,758
      54,308
      -23.1
      250,228
      246,749
      1.4
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      INFINITI
      APRIL
      APRIL
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2018
      2017
      % chg
      2018
      2017
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Infiniti Total
      8,960
      10,797
      -17.0
      49,847
      54,358
      -8.3
      Infiniti Q50
      1,880
      2,559
      -26.5
      13,581
      13,009
      4.4
      Infiniti Q60
      650
      744
      -12.6
      3,253
      4,115
      -20.9
      Infiniti Q70
      272
      443
      -38.6
      1,763
      2,405
      -26.7
      Infiniti QX30
      671
      1,208
      -44.5
      3,486
      7,740
      -55.0
      Infiniti QX50
      1,413
      1,197
      18.0
      5,497
      5,515
      -0.3
      Infiniti QX60
      3,052
      2,804
      8.8
      15,076
      11,472
      31.4
      Infiniti QX70
      102
      506
      -79.8
      672
      3,411
      -80.3
      Infiniti QX80
      920
      1,336
      -31.1
      6,519
      6,691
      -2.6
      Total Car
      2,802
      3,746
      -25.2
      18,597
      19,529
      -4.8
      Total Truck
      6,158
      7,051
      -12.7
      31,250
      34,829
      -10.3
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      NISSAN GROUP
      APRIL
      APRIL
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2018
      2017
      % chg
      2018
      2017
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      TOTAL VEHICLE
      87,764
      121,998
      -28.1
      503,767
      538,889
      -6.5
      Total Car
      39,848
      60,639
      -34.3
      222,289
      257,311
      -13.6
      Total Truck
      47,916
      61,359
      -21.9
      281,478
      281,578
      0.0
      Selling days
      24
      26
       
      101
      101
       
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