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  1. Mercedes-Benz USA Hits Its Highest-Ever U.S. Volume With Sales Of 305,072 Mercedes-Benz, smart and Sprinter All Set Records MONTVALE, N.J., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported its highest year on record with 305,072 vehicles sold in 2012, representing a 15.4% increase over the 264,460 vehicles sold during the same period in 2011. The Mercedes-Benz model line alone also recorded a record year with sales of 274,134 for the year, up 11.8%. Smart and Sprinter model lines both achieved their highest volumes under the MBUSA umbrella with smart sales increasing 92.2% to 10,009 while a record month for Sprinter took the brand to 20,929 for 2012, an increase of 26.3%. "A strong product offensive backed our retail network's commitment to providing a world-class ownership experience put the wind at our back and enabled us to outperform the market and take the brand to new heights in the U.S.," said Steve Cannon , president & CEO of MBUSA. "We're going to ride that momentum into 2013 with new products across the entire model line from entry point to flagship." For December, the Mercedes-Benz product line alone posted sales of 28,145 vehicles (up 9.5% from 25,701 in December 2011) bringing MBUSA sales to a best-ever 31,372, up 12.0% from the 28,006 vehicles sold in December 2011. Strong sales were recorded across the model line. The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – recorded its highest year on record with sales of 81,697, up 17.9% over its year-to-date volume in 2011. The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 65,171, and the M-Class, MBUSA's top-selling SUV, rounded out the top three with sales of 38,101. For December, sales at the high-end increased as well, with combined sales of S-, CL- and SL-Class vehicles increasing 18.9% percent to 17,416 (when compared to the 14,650 vehicles sold in 2011). Separately, sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 39.9% for the month with sales of 2,231 compared to the 1,595 vehicles sold in December 2011. Sales of the smart fortwo totaled 996 vehicles in December, up 40.3% for the month (compared to the 710 vehicles sold in December 2011). Sales of the high-performance AMG models were 6,658 for the year a 27.5% increase of the 5,220 vehicles sold over the same period last year. Sales of the company's BlueTEC diesel models were up 7.4% for the year at 15,416 compared to the 14,358 diesels sold in 2011. Additionally, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,949 vehicles in December; an increase of 13.7% when compared to December 2011 (sales of 6,112 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 80,380 vehicles, an increase of 7.8% over the comparable period (with sales of 74,571 vehicles).
  2. AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 2012 AUTOMOBILE SALES OF 1,946 UNITS Year-over-year decline of 620 units driven by decrease in total inventory as company’s remaining U.S. automobiles are allocated to auto dealers BREA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) reported today December 2012 automobile sales of 1,946 units, a 620 unit decline compared to the same period last year. The results were attributed to a decrease in available inventory as the company allocates its remaining automobiles in the U.S. to retail auto dealerships. “Now is a great time to purchase a Suzuki: 98% of Suzuki auto dealers have confirmed they will remain parts and continued service locations, and many are offering attractive financing options and incentives,” said M. Freddie Reiss, Chief Restructuring Officer for American Suzuki Motor Corporation. A final shipment of 2,500 vehicles is being shipped from Japan this month and will be distributed to auto dealers around the country. Full-year 2012 auto sales declined 5% compared with 2011, with total vehicle sales of 25,358 units.
  3. BMW Group Achieves Best Sales Year Ever in the U.S. BMW reports best December ever MINI reports best December and best ever U.S. sales year Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 3, 2013… In 2012, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) achieved its best sales since the previous record year of 2007 retailing 347,583 vehicles, up 13.8 percent compared to the 305,418 vehicles sold in 2011. BMW Group reported December sales of 43,855 vehicles, an increase of 34.8 percent from the 32,545 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. “To turn months of critically short supply into the best year ever for the BMW Group in the U.S. is a monumental achievement, emphasizing what a customer-oriented dealer network with an agile logistics team can do,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “The post-recession sales momentum that started in 2010 reached an unprecedented level in December, making us strongly confident and optimistic as we enter 2013.” BMW Brand Sales Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 39.4 percent in December for a total of 37,399 compared to 26,834 vehicles sold in December, 2011. For the year, BMW brand sales were up 13.5 percent to 281,460 vehicles compared to 247,907 sold 2011. For 2012, best performing vehicles included the 5 Series, up 10.3 percent to 56,798 units; the 6 Series, up 110.3 percent to 8,208 units; and the X3, up 26.6 percent to 35,173 units. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In December, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) totaled 16,728, an increase of 2.9 percent from the 16,264 sold in December 2011. For the year, BMW used vehicle sales are up 2.1 percent on volume of 164,524 compared to 161,146 in 2011. MINI Brand Sales MINI USA reported the best December ever with sales of 6,456 automobiles, an increase of 13.0 percent from the 5,711 sold in December, 2011. This marks the seventh consecutive month of record sales and ninth “best month” of 2012. For the year, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 15.0 percent on volume of 66,123 compared to 57,511 sold in 2011, making 2012 the brand’s best year ever in the U.S. “We like to say the world is becoming more MINI and the record 2012 sales is the perfect conclusion to our 10th anniversary year in the U.S.,” said Jim McDowell, Vice President, MINI USA. “We are a quick and agile brand with an expanding vehicle portfolio, a growing dealer network and a great year ahead.”
  4. GM’s U.S. Sales up 5 percent in December 2013-01-03 DETROIT – General Motors Co.’s (NYSE: GM) U.S. dealers delivered the company’s highest December sales in five years, with deliveries up 5 percent year over year to 245,733 vehicles. December was also GM’s best retail sales month of 2012. Retail volume was up 38 percent from November – about double the industry’s estimated increase. Incentive spending was competitive with industry-wide levels, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates, and remains below many Asian and domestic competitors. “All four GM brands increased their sales year over year in December and we were strong across the board in cars, crossovers and pickup trucks,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “We also achieved an important fuel economy milestone. In December, GM became the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in a single year that get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway.” December Highlights Total GM passenger car sales increased 14 percent compared with a year ago. Crossover sales were up 2 percent and sales of trucks, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, were equal to a year ago. Compared with November, total car sales increased 18 percent, truck sales increased 52 percent and crossover sales increased 22 percent. Combined mini, small and compact car sales were up 52 percent year over year driven by continued strong Buick Verano, Chevrolet Spark and Sonic sales; a 27 percent increase for the Chevrolet Cruze; and a 72 percent increase for the Chevrolet Volt. Cadillac posted a double-digit year-over-year sales increase for the third consecutive month. Cadillac passenger car sales increased 64 percent year over year as the all-new ATS and XTS continue to establish themselves in the luxury market. Year-over-year sales of the Chevrolet Silverado increased 6 percent and sales of the GMC Sierra were up 13 percent. GM pickup sales were the highest since September 2008. “GM’s strong finish in 2012, the industry’s momentum and the overall health of the U.S. economy make us optimistic about 2013,” McNeil said. “The budget compromise reached in Washington this week removes uncertainty and clears the way for full-year light vehicle sales to rise to the 15 million to 15.5 million unit range in 2013.” December (Calendar Year-to-Date) January - December 2012 2011 %Change Volume 2012 2011 %Change Volume Enclave 6,052 5,555 8.9 56,703 58,392 -2.9 LaCrosse 4,074 5,360 -24.0 57,076 58,474 -2.4 Lucerne 1 712 -99.9 971 20,358 -95.2 Regal 1,526 3,086 -50.6 24,616 40,144 -38.7 Verano 4,820 261 ***.* 41,042 265 ***.* Buick Total 16,473 14,974 10.0 180,408 177,633 1.6 ATS 2,979 0 ***.* 7,008 0 ***.* CTS 3,372 5,420 -37.8 46,979 55,042 -14.6 DTS 0 166 ***.* 465 11,589 -96.0 Escalade 1,371 1,890 -27.5 12,615 15,079 -16.3 Escalade ESV 927 1,119 -17.2 8,083 8,388 -3.6 Escalade EXT 256 262 -2.3 1,934 2,036 -5.0 SRX 6,400 7,324 -12.6 57,485 56,905 1.0 STS 4 78 -94.9 164 3,338 -95.1 XLR 0 0 ***.* 0 12 ***.* XTS 2,939 0 ***.* 15,049 0 ***.* Cadillac Total 18,248 16,259 12.2 149,782 152,389 -1.7 Avalanche 2,737 2,546 7.5 23,995 20,088 19.4 Aveo 3 24 -87.5 67 28,601 -99.8 Camaro 5,837 6,754 -13.6 84,391 88,249 -4.4 Caprice 245 99 147.5 3,734 880 324.3 Captiva Sport 2,707 1,983 36.5 36,935 7,038 424.8 Cobalt 0 5 ***.* 11 856 -98.7 Colorado 1,293 2,970 -56.5 36,840 31,026 18.7 Corvette 1,291 1,038 24.4 14,132 13,164 7.4 Cruze 21,230 16,675 27.3 237,758 231,732 2.6 Equinox 19,551 18,195 7.5 218,621 193,274 13.1 Express 7,387 8,461 -12.7 76,808 71,943 6.8 HHR 0 150 ***.* 21 37,012 ***.* Impala 9,641 10,479 -8.0 169,351 171,434 -1.2 Kodiak 4/5 Series 0 0 ***.* 0 10 ***.* Malibu 11,630 13,034 -10.8 210,951 204,808 3.0 Silverado-C/K Pickup 50,699 47,787 6.1 418,312 415,130 0.8 Sonic 5,990 5,743 4.3 81,247 15,778 414.9 Spark 2,229 0 ***.* 12,385 0 ***.* Suburban (Chevy) 5,956 5,930 0.4 48,116 49,427 -2.7 Tahoe 8,602 8,430 2.0 68,904 80,527 -14.4 TrailBlazer 0 0 ***.* 0 33 ***.* Traverse 7,430 9,326 -20.3 85,606 107,131 -20.1 Volt 2,633 1,529 72.2 23,461 7,671 205.8 Chevrolet Total 167,091 161,158 3.7 1,851,646 1,775,812 4.3 Acadia 5,179 7,355 -29.6 78,280 79,288 -1.3 Canyon 315 716 -56.0 8,735 9,590 -8.9 Envoy 0 0 ***.* 0 5 ***.* Savana 1,330 2,530 -47.4 20,650 17,268 19.6 Sierra 18,710 16,495 13.4 157,185 149,170 5.4 Terrain 11,516 7,724 49.1 97,786 83,179 17.6 Topkick 4/5 Series 0 0 ***.* 0 5 ***.* Topkick 6/7/8 Series 0 0 ***.* 0 8 ***.* Yukon 3,942 3,968 -0.7 27,818 34,250 -18.8 Yukon XL 2,929 3,172 -7.7 23,427 25,223 -7.1 GMC Total 43,921 41,960 4.7 413,881 397,986 4.0 GM Vehicle Total 245,733 234,351 4.9 2,595,717 2,503,820 3.7 * 26 selling days for the December period this year and 27 for last year.
  5. All-New Accord and Civic Drive Sharp Honda Monthly and Annual Sales Gains; ILX and RDX Fuel Acura Jump; American Honda Posts Best Annual Sales Result Since 2008 Honda Division annual sales up 23 percent, Acura annual sales up 26 percent TORRANCE, Calif. Buoyed by strong December 2012 U.S. sales of 132,774 units, an increase of 26.2 percent compared with December 2011, American Honda posted annual vehicle sales of 1,422,785 units in 2012, up 24.0 percent compared with 2011. This makes 2012 American Honda's fourth-best sales year ever, and its best sales result since 2008. Honda The Honda Division posted December 2012 sales of 116,740 units, an increase of 26.8 percent compared with December 2011 and less than 500 units shy of an all-time December record. The Honda Division's 2012 annual sales of 1,266,569 increased 23.7 percent compared with 2011. The three top-selling Honda models for 2012 were Accord, 331,872; Civic, 317,909; and CR-V, 281,652. - Civic sets all-time December record with sales of 33,118 units, up 61 percent from last year - All-new 2013 Accord sales up 66 percent from last December with sales of 29,428 units - CR-V sets an all-time annual sales record (281,652) and its tenth monthly sales record since launching last December, up 19 percent from last year to 25,733 sales "Honda began the year intent on recovery," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of Sales. "We ended 2012 with multiple product awards, a host of sales records, Honda's second best December ever, and tremendous momentum as we head into 2013." Acura Acura U.S. December sales of 16,034 units represents an increase of 22.1 percent over December 2011. The Acura Division's year-end sales totaled 156,216, up 26.7 percent compared with 2011 results - and the brand's best sales results since 2007. The MDX led the division with annual sales of 50,854, followed by the TL with sales of 33,572 and the RDX with sales of 29,520. - RDX sets its eighth-consecutive monthly sales record, up 155 percent from a year ago with 4,024 sales - setting monthly sales records in each month since going on sale in May 2012 - MDX was the top selling Acura model in December, with 5,069 sales, up 10 percent from 2011 - ILX is top selling Acura sedan in December with 2,485 sales "December was another month of tremendous sales growth fueled by our newest products, the Acura ILX luxury compact sedan and the RDX crossover SUV," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura Sales, "Acura is primed for even more success in 2013, with the upcoming launch of the brand's flagship RLX sedan and the unveiling of the 2014 MDX Prototype at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show." The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days for December 2012 and 27 days for December 2011. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 307 days for 2012 and 307 days for 2011. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures. For more information about Honda vehicles, please visit www.automobiles.honda.com. For media inquiries please visit www.hondanews.com. For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For media inquiries please visit www.acuranews.com.
  6. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com January 3, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 61% Volkswagen of America - Up 35.4% BMW of North America - Up 34.8% American Honda - Up 26.2% Mazda North American Operations - Up 21.9% Audi of America - Up 17.3% Hyundai Motor America - Up 17% Volvo Cars of North America - Up 15.1% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 13.2% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 12% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 10% Subaru of America, Inc - Up 8.8% General Motors - Up 5% Ford Motor Company - Up 2% Nissan North America - Down 1.6% Kia Motors America - Down 9.7% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 18% American Suzuki Motor Corporation - Down 24.2% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  7. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com January 3, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 61% Volkswagen of America - Up 35.4% BMW of North America - Up 34.8% American Honda - Up 26.2% Mazda North American Operations - Up 21.9% Audi of America - Up 17.3% Hyundai Motor America - Up 17% Volvo Cars of North America - Up 15.1% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 13.2% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 12% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 10% Subaru of America, Inc - Up 8.8% General Motors - Up 5% Ford Motor Company - Up 2% Nissan North America - Down 1.6% Kia Motors America - Down 9.7% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 18% American Suzuki Motor Corporation - Down 24.2% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. View full article
  8. Mitsubishi Motors Reports Outlander Sport Sales Rise 15.4 Percent In December CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported December was its second-best-ever month of sales for Outlander Sport, up 15.4 percent compared to December 2011. Outlander Sport sales were 1,770 for the month, exceeded only by the 2,253 sales in September of this year. Sales during the 2012 calendar year for the fuel-efficient CUV, now manufactured in Normal, Illinois, were up almost 20 percent compared to the prior year. Lancer Evolution sales improved 39 percent in December and over the past 12 months have showed an increase of almost 19 percent. Overall Mitsubishi sales were 4,113 units, an increase of more than 15 percent from November, but down 18 percent compared to December 2011.
  9. MAZDA ACHIEVES BEST YEAR OF SALES SINCE 2007, BEST DECEMBER SINCE 1994 - Mazda3 achieves best calendar year sales ever in 2012 IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported December 2012 U.S. sales of 27,251 vehicles, representing an increase of 21.9 percent versus last year, and the best December since 1994. On a year-to-date basis, MNAO reported 277,046 vehicles sold in 2012, exceeding 2011 by 10.6 percent, and representing the company's best full calendar-year of sales since 2007. Key December and CY2012 sales notes: MNAO saw its best December sales results since 1994 with a total of 27,251 vehicles. MNAO achieved its best year of sales since 2007 and second best year of sales since 1994 with a total of 277,046. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY accounted for 51 percent of December sales and, with 128,784 for the year, made up 46.5 percent of entire vehicle sales for the year of 2012 Mazda2 recorded a year-over-year increase of 121 percent with 2,967 vehicles sold. Mazda3 had its best December ever with 10,297 vehicles sold. In particular, the SKYACTIV-equipped model represented 77 percent of Mazda3 vehicles sold for the month. Mazda3 also saw its best year of sales ever in 2012 with 123,361 vehicles sold. Of those vehicles sold in 2012, 69.3 percent were equipped with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Mazda5 saw a 140 percent increase year-over-year with 2,902 vehicles sold. December proved to be CX-5's best sales month ever with 5,956 vehicles. CX-5 continues to be a brand ambassador for SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY and Mazda's second best seller for the year, exceeding all sales expectations in 2012 with 43,319 vehicles. CX-5 has been named a finalist for the North American Truck/Utility of the Year award, the winner to be announced on January 14, 2013. Mazda launched the refreshed 2013 CX-9 in early December and as a result saw the best CX-9 month in all of 2012 with 3,353 units sold. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported December sales of 2,659 vehicles, down 27 percent versus December of last year. Overall, MMdM sold 25,424 vehicles for the year, a decrease of 15 percent when compared to 2011.
  10. Toyota Motor Sales Reports December Sales Increase Annual Sales Top Two Million on Strength of New Products TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported December 2012 sales of 194,143 units, up 13.2 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Unadjusted for 26 selling days in December 2012 versus 27 in December 2011, TMS sales were up 9 percent over the year-ago month. Toyota Division reported December sales of 163,536 units, up 11.2 percent year-over-year on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Toyota Division sales increased 7 percent over 2011. Lexus Division reported total sales of 30,607 units in December, up 25.4 percent and 20.7 percent on a DSR basis and volume basis, respectively. With 307 selling days in both 2012 and 2011, TMS reported annual sales of 2,082,504 vehicles, up 26.6 percent over last year. Strong 2012 sales are due largely to the introduction of 19 all-new or substantially redesigned vehicles, the most aggressive new product launch in the company’s history. Toyota Division recorded 2012 sales of 1,838,338 vehicles, increasing 27.1 percent year-over-year. Lexus Division reported annual sales of 244,166 units in 2012, up 23 percent compared to last year. Scion Division reported sales of 73,505 units for the year, an increase of 49.2 percent versus 2011. “With sales nearly doubling the increase of a healthy industry, Toyota had a breakout year in 2012,” said Jim Lentz, president and chief executive officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "Last year, we introduced 19 new or updated models, which accounted for about 40 percent of our sales. As we move into 2013 and the market sees continued growth, we expect to outperform the industry once again with another nine product launches on the horizon.” Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded December sales of 88,818 units, up 10.6 percent over the year-ago month, and annual sales of 1,066,143 units, increasing 33.9 percent year-over-year. Corolla led the way in December with sales of 24,679 units, up 22 percent compared to the same period last year. Camry and Camry Hybrid recorded its best annual sales since 2008, with 404,886 units, up 31.2 percent over 2011. Notably, Prius Family annual sales of 236,659 units saw a 73.4 percent increase over last year. In December, Prius Family sales increased 22.4 percent over the same month last year with 20,040 units. In its first full month of sales, Toyota’s flagship sedan, the all-new 2013 Avalon, posted sales of 5,171 units in December, up 66.3 percent over the year-ago month. Toyota Division light trucks reported December sales of 74,718 units, up 11.9 percent over the year-ago month, and posted annual sales of 772,195 units, an increase of 18.8 percent year-over-year. RAV4 recorded monthly sales of 14,351 units, up 5.6 percent versus December 2011, and saw a 30 percent annual increase with 171,877 units compared to the previous year. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported December sales of 12,191, up 7.5 percent year-over-year, and recorded annual sales of 121,055 units, increasing 19.6 percent over 2011. The Tundra full-size pickup recorded monthly sales of 10,254 units, an increase of 17.8 percent versus the year-ago month, and posted annual sales of 101,621 units, increasing 22.6 percent year-over-year. The Tacoma mid-size pickup monthly sales increased 20 percent year-over-year with 14,030 units, and reported year-end sales of 141,365, up 27.7 percent over last year. Scion reported December 2012 sales of 5,522 units, an increase of 37.9 percent compared to last year. The recently introduced FR-S sports car led December sales with 1,495 units. Additionally, the xB recorded annual sales of 19,787, an increase of 16.3 percent over 2011. Lexus Division Lexus Division passenger cars reported December sales of 16,172 units, up 36.5 percent over the year-ago month. Year-end sales of 132,741 units represent a 31.2 percent increase over 2011. The all-new 2013 ES and first-ever ES 300h entry luxury sedan led Lexus passenger car sales in December with sales of 7,987 units, up 69.9 percent year-over-year, and annually with sales of 56,158 units, up 37.4 percent over 2011. The all-new 2013 GS and GS 450h posted sales of 2,796 units in December 2012, and increased more than 490 percent annually, with sales of 22,160 units. The CT entry luxury hybrid sedan recorded December sales of 1,598 units, and increased 22.9 percent annually with year-end sales of 17,673 units. Lexus Division luxury utility vehicles reported December sales of 14,435 units, up 14.9 percent over the year-ago month. Annual sales of 111,425 units represent a 14.4 increase compared to 2011. The RX and RX Hybrid led the way with year-end sales of 95,381 units, up 15.5 percent year-over-year. TMS Hybrids In December, TMS posted sales of 30,788 hybrids, up 38 percent over the same period last year. TMS hybrid sales in 2012 totaled 327,413 units, up 83.3 percent over 2011. Toyota Division posted December sales of 25,870 hybrids, up 38.7 percent, and year-end sales of 289,163 hybrids, an increase of more than 90 percent. Lexus Division posted monthly sales of 4,918 hybrids, up 34.1 percent versus December 2011, and 38,250 units for the year, up 35 percent.
  11. Hyundai Motor America Posts All-Time Full Year Sales Record - Best December ever - Sonata and Elantra both finish in the Top 10 in car retail sales - Sonata and Elantra both top 200K in sales - Sonata, Elantra, Veloster, Genesis, Equus have best-ever sales years COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced record sales of 59,435 vehicles in December, a 17 percent total sales increase and three percent retail sales increase compared with the same record-setting period a year ago. For the year, Hyundai sales were up nine percent versus 2011 in both retail and total sales. Sales to fleet accounts represented just 10 percent of total sales for 2012, among the lowest in the industry. "The holiday selling season, in conjunction with improved consumer confidence, made for a successful December," said Dave Zuchowski , executive vice president of sales. "Our momentum over the last several months, paired with improved inventory levels and the launch of seven new or refreshed products in 2012, positions us for continued growth in the new year, especially with the seven-passenger version of the new Santa Fe set to launch in the next few weeks." The Alabama-built Sonata and Elantra, two of the top-10 retail-selling cars in 2012, once again set full-year records with sales of 230,605 units, up two percent and 202,034 units, up eight percent, respectively. Sonata Hybrid sales were up 74 percent for the year. Veloster finished the year up 276 percent with a strong showing of 34,862 sales, best ever, and the recently refreshed Accent saw sales gains of 10 percent. The all-new Azera continues to sell at a quick pace and saw sales gains of 453 percent for the year. With the North American International Auto Show just around the corner, Hyundai is making plans to reveal the new design direction for its premium rear-wheel drive lineup. In 2012, Hyundai's premium Genesis and Equus models continued to surprise and delight more and more consumers, experiencing their fifth consecutive year of sales growth. Hyundai's six percent retail market share in the premium segments in which it competes now exceeds Hyundai's overall five percent retail share of the total industry. Genesis delivered 33,973 sales for the year, an increase of three percent over 2011, with Equus sales up 24 percent to 3,972. Both models set annual sales records, while Hyundai's total rear-wheel drive car sales of 37,945 places it above many established luxury nameplates in this category. "We closed 2012 with strong demand in both volume and premium segments, and all-time sales records for December and the full year," said John Krafcik , president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "2013 will mark our first full year of three-shift U.S. production for Sonata, Elantra, and Santa Fe, which will allow us to better meet the demand we're seeing from American car buyers for our three most popular vehicles."
  12. Nissan North America Sales Increase 9.5 Percent in 2012 -Nissan Division sets new yearly record with more than 1 million sales -Infiniti 2012 sales up 21.8 percent FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported record U.S. calendar year sales of 1,141,656 units versus 1,042,534 in 2011, an increase of 9.5 percent and the first time that the Nissan brand sold more than 1 million units in a calendar year.December Nissan North America sales were 99,290, down 1.6 percent from the prior year. NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS Nissan Division sales in 2012 of 1,021,779 set a new record, and were up 8.2 percent versus last year’s 944,073. Nissan Division sales for December were 86,663, down 3.6 percent from the prior year at 89,937 units. Multiple vehicles set sales records in 2012, including: Nissan Altima, up 12.6 percent with 302,934 sales for the calendar year and the first time the nameplate has exceeded 300,000 sales in a calendar year Nissan Rogue crossover, up 14.3 percent with 142,349 units in 2012 Nissan Versa, up 13.6 percent with 113,327 deliveries. Versa sales also set a new December record with 10,618 units. Nissan LEAF, up 1.5 percent to 9,819 with December sales of 1,489 units. The Nissan NV commercial van, up 58 percent to 10,179 sales, with 1,250 units sold in December, its best month ever. “Nissan had a record-breaking 2012, led by strong totals for Altima, Rogue and Versa,” said Al Castignetti, vice president, Nissan Division. “Our aggressive product launch schedule with five new core vehicles in under two years positions us well for a successful 2013.” INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS Infiniti sales highlights for the month include: Infiniti QX sales of 2,232 were an increase of 28.6 percent in December, marking its best month ever. For 2012, sales increased 14 percent to 15,310 units, its best year since the full-size luxury SUV was introduced into the Infiniti line in 2004. The all-new Infiniti JX saw sales of 2,708 in December, its best month since it went on sale in March. For 2012, the 7-passenger luxury crossover had sales of 21,674, making it the second best selling vehicle in the Infiniti line. For 2012, the Infiniti G Sedan had a sales increase of 7 percent to 46,828 units, and the Infiniti FX luxury performance crossover was up 4.9 percent to 10,424. Overall, this was Infiniti’s best December since 2006, and marked its eighth straight month of double-digit sales increases in 2012. “2012 was a strong year for Infiniti, as we added the Infiniti JX luxury crossover, and the Infiniti G sports sedan and QX full-size luxury SUV continued to be solid players in their segments,” said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. “The JX brought new buyers into our showroom, and we expect that will continue throughout 2013, as we add another important new vehicle to the Infiniti line.”
  13. Kia Motors America Announces All-Time Best Full-Year Sales And U.S. Market Share For 2012 U.S. Sales Exceed 500,000 Vehicles for First Time in Company History; U.S. Market Share Increases for 18th Consecutive Year IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA), which previously announced it had surpassed its best-ever full-year sales total in less than 11 months, today reported all-time record sales in 2012 of 557,599 vehicles, a 14.9-percent increase over the previous best-ever mark set in 2011. As one of the fastest-growing car companies in the U.S. over the last five years[1], December sales of 39,178 units helped to extend KMA's streak of annual market share increases to 18 years. KMA's sales were led throughout 2012 by the U.S.-built* Optima and that trend continued as the December total of 12,008 units helped the popular midsize sedan become the first Kia nameplate to top 150,000 annual sales. Together with the popular Sorento CUV – also built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) – Kia's U.S.-built* vehicles represented more than 40-percent of last year's record-setting volume. "2012 was an historic year filled with a number of important achievements for the Kia brand including our 18th straight annual market share increase, surpassing the 500,000 unit mark for the first time, and the sale of the four millionth Kia vehicle in the U.S.," said Byung Mo Ahn , group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG. "Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining world-class automotive design, cutting-edge technologies and premium amenities with affordable pricing, and the brand's maturation process will continue this year with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in our showrooms over the next 12 months."
  14. Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Record Month And Sets Fourth Consecutive Yearly Sales Record - December sales represent best sales month in company history - Record-high annual sales of 336,441 mark fourth consecutive year of sales increases - 2012 sales increase 26 percent over 2011 CHERRY HILL, N.J., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today reported record sales for December 2012 and also for full year 2012. The company sold 36,653 vehicles in December 2012 – the best sales month in Subaru history. Subaru also announced record-breaking annual sales of 336,441, which represents a 26 percent increase over 2011. This is the fourth consecutive year of sales records for Subaru of America and fifth consecutive year of sales increases. Subaru is the only manufacturer to increase sales each year for the last five years. Annual sales for Impreza have increased nearly 150 percent over 2011. Year-to-date sales for the newly-refreshed Outback and Legacy models have increased 13 percent and 11 percent respectively. The newly introduced BRZ and XV Crosstrek models also added 3,906 incremental sales for the month of December and 11,540 units for the year. "We met our goals for the year and we crossed a new milestone by exceeding 300,000 annual sales," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. "It was a great year for Subaru of America. The popular XV Crosstrek, all-new 2014 Forester and an upcoming hybrid will fuel our growth in this new year." "Subaru achieved record sales with the right product line-up, strong marketing to loyal and new customers and a superior dealer network," said Bill Cyphers , senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "That formula is what will continue our momentum throughout 2013."
  15. Audi sets new U.S. sales record of 139,310 vehicles in 2012; December ranks as best month ever Audi ends year with 24th consecutive month of record sales; all-time bests recorded across all regions, throughout model lineup HERNDON, Va., Jan 3, 2013 - Audi today announced that 2012 was the best year, and that December 2012 was the best month, in its history of selling new vehicles in the U.S. market. For the full year, Audi sold 139,310 new cars and SUVs to eclipse the previous sales record set a year earlier by 18.5%. Audi sales in the U.S. have increased 68.4% just since 2009. December 2012 marked the first time Audi monthly sales have topped 13,000 units, with strong demand throughout the month pushing deliveries to 14,841 vehicles. That’s a 17.3% increase over the previous December sales record of 12,655 units in 2011. The most recent December also stands as the 24th consecutive month of record sales for Audi in the U.S. Audi began recording U.S. sales in February 1970. “Audi is a brand with clear momentum across our model lineup and across all sectors of our operations in the U.S. market,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “This is the result of a business model based on steady and sustainable growth plans set in motion on top of an unswerving commitment by Audi leadership to invest in new vehicles and new technologies year after year. We expect the Audi brand to continue its strong upward trajectory in the U.S. market this year.” Last month, AUDI AG announced that despite global economic uncertainties it will invest $17 billion (13 billion euros) to develop new models, new technologies and to expand its global production capabilities through 2016. The American market will remain a key engine of growth for Audi globally, and the strength of the brand in the U.S. was demonstrated in a wide array of measures in 2012: For December 2012, The Audi A8 and Audi A7 generated the best U.S. sales since the new-generation models arrived in the market. With strong demand for the Audi A6 and Audi Q7 full-sized SUV added in, Audi saw sales of its most premium models equal 32% of all Audi sales in 2012, up from 19% in 2009. The popular Audi Q5 crossover, the second-best seller for the brand in 2012, produced the best monthly sales since the model’s introduction. Sales of Audi clean diesel A3 TDI and Q7 TDI models set a new record for the year. Audi announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November that it will add A8 TDI, A7 TDI, A6 TDI and Q5 TDI models in 2013. The U.S. finished as one of the strongest global markets for performance oriented S-models. The Audi S8, S7 and S6 models introduced last fall finished 2012 as some of the fastest selling vehicles available to American car buyers. Each of the three Audi U.S. regions – Eastern, Southern and Western – turned in record sales for the full year. For 2013, Audi is adding a Central region to maintain a steady level of service to customers and dealers as the brand grows. Sales in the biggest metropolitan markets – New York, Los Angeles, South Florida – achieved record levels in 2012. Last year was the second-best year ever for Audi Certified pre-owned vehicle sales, overcoming limited supplies of available pre-owned vehicles. For the full year, 36,469 Audi CPO models were delivered to customers, down 2.1% from the record levels seen in 2011. December 2012 ranks as the second-best December after December 2011. Other highlights: Sales mix for Audi S / RS performance models finished the month at 16% for the S4; 40.2% for the S5 coupe/ RS 5 coupe; 29.2% for the S5 Cabriolet; 6.2% for the S6; 12.6% for the S7; 14.7% for the S8; 29.5% for the TTS Roadster, and 57.6% for the TTS and TT RS coupe. The Audi allroad finished the month at 435 sales (in addition to two Audi A4 Avant sales), compared to 260 Audi A4 Avant sales in December 2011. For the year, allroad sales amounted to 3,115 units (in addition to 1,252 A4 Avant sales in 2012) compared to 3,505 A4 Avant sales in 2011. The Audi allroad went on sale in the summer of 2012. Audi A5 sales increased 23.5% compared to December 2011; YTD sales rose 12.3% compared to 2011. Sales of Audi A6 increased 1.1% compared to December 2011; 2012 sales rose 70.8% compared to 2011. Sales of Audi A8 increased to 900 units, up 32.7% compared to December 2011; YTD sales rose 5.3% compared to 2011. Sales of Audi Q5 increased 55.2% compared to December 2011; YTD sales rose 15.1% compared to 2011. Sales of Audi Q7 increased 62.5% compared to December 2011; YTD sales rose 22.3% compared to 2011. Sales mix for Audi TDI clean diesel models finished the month at 53.1% for the A3 TDI and 27.7% for Q7 TDI. Sales mix over all of 2012 for the A3 TDI stood at 53.4% and at 30.4% for the Q7 TDI. For the record-setting year, three Audi models recorded year-over-year sales increases of 20% or more – the A6, A7 and Q7.
  16. Porsche Reports Best-Ever Sales in 2012; 21 percent increase over 2011 Record global and U.S. sales fueled by Cayenne, 911 models ATLANTA, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced it has achieved an all-time record for U.S. sales, with 35,043 cars sold in the U.S. in 2012. This compares to 29,023 cars sold in the U.S. in 2011, an increase of 21 percent. The previous record year for Porsche in the U.S. was 2007 when PCNA sold 34,693 cars. For December, PCNA sold 2,952 cars, an increase of 61 percent. While final figures for Porsche AG global sales are not yet available, the company already surpassed its previous record of 118,868 in November, after selling 128,978 new vehicles to customers around the world by the end of that month. Strong demand for the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet models, which went on sale 2012, contributed to the successful year. PCNA sold 8,528 911s in 2012, compared to 6,016 in 2011, an increase of 42 percent. In 2013, Porsche will continue to roll out additional new models of the 7th generation 911, including the new Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, which go on sale this month and will be joined in March by the new Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S Cabriolet. Cayenne sales also continued to be extremely strong, heading into the fifth year for the Cayenne model line. Porsche sold 15,545 Cayenne SUVs in 2012 compared to 12,978 in 2011, an increase of 20 percent. Ten percent of the Cayenne models sold in 2012 were Diesel models, even though it just went on sale in September. The Cayenne continues to be a cornerstone of the Porsche lineup; in addition to the Diesel and GTS models added in 2012, the lineup will continue to grow in 2013 with the addition of the range-topping Turbo S, which will be shown for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14, 2013 and will go on sale this Spring. Certified Pre-Owned Sales finished 2012 at 9,512 units, up 14 percent over 2011. The Porsche Certified Pre-Owned program continues to offer the opportunity for customers to experience a Porsche at many different price points. "2012 was truly a momentous year for Porsche in the U.S.," said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America. "Not only did we launch the all-new, seventh-generation 911, the completely redesigned Boxster and our first diesel model, we set records in nearly all aspects of our business, achieving top-tier results in many high-ranking industry quality and customer satisfaction studies while growing our share in the luxury market. Given that we achieved this with only a half-year of sales of the new Boxster and without any Cayman production, we are optimistic about the prospect of another successful year in 2013. We hope to solidify our position as the world's strongest Porsche market and we look forward to the introduction of several new products in 2013, including the Cayenne Turbo S and Cayman this spring."

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