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  1. We knew that the Cadillac ELR would be driving off into the sunset, but we didn't know when. "I plan to continue admiring it as one of the most beautiful cars on four wheels. But we don't plan further investment" in the coupe, said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen back in February. This lead many to believe that Cadillac was going to keep the ELR until the end of the 2016 model year. That would not be the case as General Motors quietly stopped production in the same month. “Cadillac ELR production recently concluded. A very small quantity of ELR units remain available at dealers today,” said Cadillac Product Communications Manager David Caldwell in a statement to Hybrid Cars. Through April, Cadillac only moved 357 ELRs. Source: Hybrid Cars
  2. Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 24% (34,909 Vehicles Sold This Month; 63,641 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Nissan North America - Up 15.8% (115,360 Vehicles Sold This Month; 205,830 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 15.2% (3,232 Vehicles Sold This Month; 6,328 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Chrysler Group LLC - Up 11% (154,866 Vehicles Sold This Month; 282,049 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 10% (5,558 Vehicles Sold This Month; 11,579 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 3.8% (24,971 Vehicles Sold This Month; 49,384 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Audi of America - Up 0.1% (24,971 Vehicles Sold This Month; 49,384 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Kia Motors America - Down 0.7% (41,218 Vehicles Sold This Month; 78,299 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) General Motors Co. - Down 1% (222,104 Vehicles Sold This Month; 393,590 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 1.2% (5,977 Vehicles Sold This Month; 10,844 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mazda North American Operations - Down 2.4% (24,341 Vehicles Sold This Month; 43,155 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Toyota Motor Sales - Down 4.3% (159,284 Vehicles Sold This Month; 305,649 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) BMW Group U.S. - Down 4.4% (24,476 Vehicles Sold This Month; 45,272 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Ford Motor Company - Down 6.1% (183,947 Vehicles Sold This Month; 338,591 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Hyundai Motor America - Down 6.3% (49,003 Vehicles Sold This Month; 93,008 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) American Honda Motor Co. - Down 7% (100,405 Vehicles Sold This Month; 192,036 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volkswagen of America - Down 13.8% (27,112 Vehicles Sold This Month; 50,606 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Down 18% (3,991 Vehicles Sold This Month; 7,783 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Brands: Jeep - Up 47% (45,946 Vehicles Sold This Month; 87,856 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Lincoln - Up 36.4% (6,661 Vehicles Sold This Month; 12,634 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Jaguar - Up 35.2% (1,552 Vehicles Sold This Month; 2,899 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Ram - Up 28% (30,481 Vehicles Sold This Month; 56,514 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Subaru - Up 24% (34,909 Vehicles Sold This Month; 63,641 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Smart - Up 20.2% (34,909 Vehicles Sold This Month; 1,462 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Buick - Up 18.8% (19,192 Vehicles Sold This Month; 32,470 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Nissan - Up 16.7% (105,631 Vehicles Sold This Month; 187,103 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Sprinter - Up 15.7% (1,421 Vehicles Sold This Month; 2,709 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Porsche - Up 15.2% (3,232 Vehicles Sold This Month; 6,328 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Lexus - Up 8.7% (18,855 Vehicles Sold This Month; 36,492 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Infiniti - Up 6.4% (9,729 Vehicles Sold This Month; 18,727 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Fiat - Up 5% (3,465 Vehicles Sold This Month; 6,687 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) BMW - Up 3.3% (22,017 Vehicles Sold This Month; 40,270 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Land Rover - Up 2.6% (4,006 Vehicles Sold This Month; 8,680 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mercedes-Benz - Up 2.6% (22,609 Vehicles Sold This Month; 45,213 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Acura - Up 1.6% (11,545 Vehicles Sold This Month; 22,368 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Chrysler - Up 1% (25,230 Vehicles Sold This Month; 46,343 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Audi - Up 0.1% (24,971 Vehicles Sold This Month; 49,384 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) GMC - Down 0.6% (35,562 Vehicles Sold This Month; 63,295 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Kia - Down 0.7% (41,218 Vehicles Sold This Month; 78,299 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mitsubishi - Down 1.2% (5,977 Vehicles Sold This Month; 10,844 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mazda - Down 2.4% (24,341 Vehicles Sold This Month; 43,155 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Cadillac - Down 2.9% (13,437 Vehicles Sold This Month; 24,823 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Chevrolet - Down 2.9% (153,913 Vehicles Sold This Month; 273,002 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Toyota - Down 5.8% (140,429 Vehicles Sold This Month; 269,157 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Hyundai - Down 6.3% (49,003 Vehicles Sold This Month; 93,008 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Ford - Down 7.2% (177,286 Vehicles Sold This Month; 325,957 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Honda - Down 8% (88,860 Vehicles Sold This Month; 169,668 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Dodge - Down 11% (49,744 Vehicles Sold This Month; 84,649 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volkswagen - Down 13.8% (27,112 Vehicles Sold This Month; 50,606 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volvo - Down 18% (3,991 Vehicles Sold This Month; 7,783 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) MINI - Down 42.8% (2,459 Vehicles Sold This Month; 5,002 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) 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.
  3. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com March 1, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 31% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 27.8% Audi of America - Up 27.5% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 22.2% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 18% Subaru of America - Up 11% Ford Motor Company - Up 9% General Motors - Up 7.2% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 4.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 4% Volkswagen of America - Up 2.9% Hyundai Motor America - Up 2% American Honda - Down 2% BMW Group U.S. - Down 2.2% Mazda North American Operations - Down 2.8% Nissan North America - Down 6.6% Volvo Cars of North America - Down 7.5% Kia Motors America - Down 7.8% 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.
  4. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com March 1, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 31% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 27.8% Audi of America - Up 27.5% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 22.2% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 18% Subaru of America - Up 11% Ford Motor Company - Up 9% General Motors - Up 7.2% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 4.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 4% Volkswagen of America - Up 2.9% Hyundai Motor America - Up 2% American Honda - Down 2% BMW Group U.S. - Down 2.2% Mazda North American Operations - Down 2.8% Nissan North America - Down 6.6% Volvo Cars of North America - Down 7.5% Kia Motors America - Down 7.8% 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
  5. JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS U.S. SALES FOR FEBRUARY 2014 Jaguar Land Rover North America increases 10 percent in February, for its best February sales month result since 2005 Land Rover brand has its best February sales ever Range Rover Sport and Range Rover have best February sales ever Jaguar continues growth streak with 35 percent growth in February on XF sales, up 52 percent Jaguar launches F-TYPE Coupe with British Villains campaign, debuted on broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII (MAHWAH, NJ) – March 3, 2014 – Jaguar Land Rover North America today reported February 2014 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 1,552 units, 35 percent up from 1,148 units in February 2013; Land Rover sales reached an all-time February high of 4,006 units, up 3 percent from 3,905 units in February 2013. Jaguar Land Rover North America February U.S. sales for both brands hit 5,558 units, a 10 percent increase from 5,053 units in February 2013 and the company’s best February result since 2005. "Jaguar Land Rover had a strong February despite difficult weather conditions,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “We are especially pleased in the continued strength of each brand’s volume leaders, the Jaguar XF sedan and the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.” For the complete year 2013, Land Rover sales achieved an all-time high of 50,010 up 15 percent from 2012; Jaguar sales for the year were 16,952 up 41 percent from 2012; Jaguar Land Rover North America sales for the year were 66,962; up 20 percent from 2012. U.S. BRAND HIGHLIGHTS Land Rover The all new Range Rover Sport hit a record February high of 1,464 units, up 16 percent from 1,261 in February, 2013. The new Range Rover Sport has received multiple awards for its breadth of capability including Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road ‘4x4 of the year’ andRoad & Track’s ‘Best Cars’ list in the SUV category. Range Rover also set an all-time February high with sales 869 units, up 5 percent from 825 in February, 2013. The Range Rover was awarded the 2014 Polk Automotive Loyalty Award in the Luxury Full Size SUV category in February. Jaguar For the month of February, the Jaguar XF was the Jaguar volume and growth leader with 896 units sold (the highest ever February for XF), up 52 percent from 588 sales in February 2013. The current MY XF lineup includes the new 2.0T model as well as all-wheel-drive and V-6 options. The F-TYPE convertible sports car added 322 units this month. The F-TYPE Coupe was introduced at the Los Angeles International Automobile Show in February and goes on sale in spring, 2014. The F-TYPE Coupe launch campaign, British Villains, kicked off with Jaguar’s first advertisement in the broadcast of the Super Bowl. The 60 second spot, “Rendezvous,” has become Jaguar USA’s most popular YouTube video ever with 11.5 Million views.
  6. Retail Customers Propel Toyota's February 2014 Sales Lexus up about 9 percent; All-new Highlander and RAV4 post double-digit gains for best-ever February TORRANCE, Calif. (March 3, 2014) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported February 2014 sales results of 159,284 units, a decrease of 4.3 percent from February 2013 on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and raw-volume basis. Toyota division posted February 2014 sales of 140,429 units, down 5.8 percent year-over-year on both a DSR and raw-volume basis. “February auto sales emerged from a chill in the second half of the month, poising the industry for a strong March,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “Boosted by consumer interest and strong truck sales, Toyota led retail sales this month.” Lexus reported February sales of 18,855 units, an 8.7 percent increase on both a DSR and raw-volume basis. "The luxury segment is off to a good start this year, showing across the board gains," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The new IS continues to be one of the hottest cars in any segment, with sales more than doubling for the fourth straight month." Other Highlights: Toyota division is no. 1 retail brand Camry posted sales of 29,000 units All-new Corolla records sales of more than 25,000 units Toyota division trucks up 3.5 percent All-new RAV4 up more than 23 percent; best-ever February All-new Highlander up nearly 30 percent; best-ever February 4Runner up 17 percent All-new Tundra up more than 8 percent Lexus cars up more than 19 percent All-new Lexus IS posts triple-digit gains Lexus GS up more than 42 percent Lexus RX posts sales of more than 5,600 units Lexus GX posts triple digit gains
  7. 03/03/2014 - TORRANCE, Calif. Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey continue sales momentum Acura light trucks rise 29.8 percent to set fifth consecutive monthly sales record American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported February 2014 Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 100,405 units. Acura light trucks bucked the February trend, gaining 29.8 percent for the month on sales of 7,482 units. The Honda Division recorded sales of 88,860. Honda Even as the mainstream U.S. auto market slowed from a year ago, 2013 best-sellers Accord, Civic and CR-V earned sales of more than 20,000 units each in February, while Odyssey continued to pull in positive numbers. Odyssey sales were up 4.6 percent with 8,945 units sold in February CR-V rose 0.4 percent on sales of 20,759 units "With the overall market catching its breath we're pleased that core models like Accord, Civic and CR-V each continue to gain more than 20,000 new customers each month," said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales at American Honda. "It just shows once again that when quality and value are baked into the product, consumers will beat a path to your door." Acura Acura light truck sales topped even last year's torrid pace with a fifth straight monthly record, rising 29.8 percent. Acura Division sales bucked market trends with an increase of 1.6 percent overall on sales of 11,545 units MDX sales continue to soar with a 54.9 percent increase on sales of 4,563 units last month RDX posted its 22nd consecutive monthly sales record with sales up 4.2 percent with 2,911 units sold "Offering the comfort, connectivity and performance every luxury customer wants at a price no other luxury brand can match is clearly a winning formula for Acura light trucks," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. "With Acura trucks setting records month after month, we are creating great momentum for the introductions this year of the RLX Sport Hybrid and all-new TLX luxury performance sedan."
  8. Mar 3, 2014 , HERNDON, Va. Audi sets new February sales record in 2014 All-time best February marks 38th consecutive month of record sales for the brand Audi Certified pre-owned sales set 7th straight monthly record February was a strong month for Audi A6, Q7, and R8 sales Audi reported February 2014 sales of 10,881 vehicles, which stands as the brand’s 38th consecutive month of record monthly sales. “Audi sales continued to remain strong with C and D segment vehicles – A6, A7, A8, Q7 – throughout the month of February, which shows the progress of the Audi brand and our retail partners are making in the U.S.,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. February results were bolstered by sales of Audi luxury SUVs, with the Audi Q7 luxury crossover posting a 33.6% gain in February on 1,229 units delivered for the month and year-to-date sales increased 38% to a total of 2,497 vehicles. Luxury sedan sales remain strong as the Audi A6 increased 27.2% to 1,743 vehicles sold for the month, while YTD sales increased 22.6% to 3,224 vehicles sold. Audi has experienced increasing demand for the updated 2014 Audi R8 models, including the Audi R8 V8, Audi R8 V10 and Audi R8 V10 plus. Audi R8 January sales rose 40% MTD and 52.5% YTD. February 2014 was the 7th consecutive record month for Audi Certified pre-owned vehicles sales with an increase of 17.3% for the month, to a total of 3,267 vehicles. Highlights: Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 14.7% for the S4 sedan; 33.1% for the S5/ RS 5; 5.2% for the S6; 25.8% for the S7 / RS 7; 14.2% for the S8; 33.9% for the TTS / TT RS and TTS Roadster, and 7.9% for the SQ5 crossover. Sales of A6 increased to 27.2% compared to February 2013; YTD sales grew 22.6% compared to previous period. Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 33.6% compared to February 2013; YTD sales grew 38% compared to previous period. Audi R8 sales up 40% compared to February 2013; YTD sales grew 52.5% compared to previous period. Sales mix for Audi A6 TDI finished the month at 11.6% to 202 vehicles sold, for the Audi A7 TDI at 8.8% to 55 vehicles, for the A8 TDI to 16.4% to 59 vehicles, the Audi Q5 TDI at 16% to 422 vehicles, and for the Audi Q7 TDI at 25.2% to 310 vehicles; with an overall increase of 14.6% to 1,048 total TDI sales for February. Audi Certified pre-owned sales increased 17.3% to 3,267 vehicles in February. Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a completive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.
  9. IRVINE, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today reported February sales of 41,218 vehicles, led by the U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan and the totally transformed Soul, with 11,226 and 10,584 units sold, respectively. February also saw the continuation of the marketing campaign to introduce the all-new 2015 K900 flagship sedan as well as the largest showcase of the company's Clean Mobility program at the Chicago Auto Show with the global debut of the brand's first-ever electric vehicle for the U.S. market – the Soul EV2 – and the refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid. The K900 is scheduled to arrive in select dealer showrooms beginning this month. Optima Hybrid is on sale now, and the Soul EV will arrive in the fall.
  10. BMW Group U.S. Reports February 2014 Sales BMW brand sales up 3.3 percent MINI brand sales down 42.8 percent Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 3, 2014… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported February sales of 24,476 vehicles, a decrease of 4.4 percent from the 25,613 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is down 1.2 percent on sales of 45,272 in the first two months of 2014 compared to 45,808 in the same period in 2013. “The ferocious February winter in much of the country no doubt increased the desire for BMW SAV’s, but in keeping others away from the showrooms it is also building up future demand,” said BMW of North America President and CEO, Ludwig Willisch. “The expanding range of BMW models, as seen during the Sochi Olympics, especially the new 4 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe, the new 2 Series, and the soon to arrive all-electric BMW i3, are among the good reasons to look forward to Spring.” BMW Brand Sales Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 3.3 percent in February for a total of 22,017 compared to 21,311 vehicles sold in February, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 6.5 percent on sales of 40,270 compared to 37,824 sold in the first two months of 2013. In February, best performing vehicles included the BMW X1, up 57.2 percent to 2,329 vehicles, and the BMW X3, up 51.8 percent to 3,301 vehicles. MINI Brand Sales For February, MINI USA reports 2,459 automobiles, a decrease of 42.8 percent from the 4,302 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are down 37.3 percent on volume of 5,002 compared to 7,984 in the first two months of 2013. MINI USA is currently in transition from the current hardtop to the new model arriving in the second quarter.
  11. Mitsubishi Motors Reports February Sales CYPRESS, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported February sales of 5,977. The U.S.-built Outlander Sport led the way with an increase of 42.8 percent for the month compared to February 2013 sales. The all-new Mitsubishi Mirage had 1,116 units sold in the vehicle's fourth full month of sales, exceeding a thousand units for the third month in a row. "We're very pleased at the efforts of our sales team and our dealer partners in February, despite the challenging weather conditions we have had across the United States," said MMNA EVP of Sales, Don Swearingen. "We're anticipating a big month of March with some extremely attractive incentives for our customers and our highest TV advertising exposure thus far this year." Highlights of February sales include: Aggregate sales of MMNA's core models (Outlander Sport, Outlander, Lancer, and Mirage) were up 8.9 percent in February, and are up 12.7 percent year-to-date. Outlander Sport sales were 2,348 units, an increase of 42.8 percent. It was the fourth-largest monthly total in history and the best-ever February sales of the model (launched in 2010). Outlander Sport sales are up 39.9 percent year-to-date. Outlander sales are up 5.5 percent year-to-date. MMNA sales are up 1.3 percent year-to-date. The small decrease in February (1.2 percent) broke a string of four consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  12. HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA REPORTS FEBRUARY SALES Weather wreaks havoc on sales nationwide FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 3, 2014 – Hyundai Motor America announced February sales of 49,003, down six percent from a year ago while up 11 percent over January. “I don’t like to make excuses, but the awful weather we saw across the country really hurt traffic to our dealerships and ultimately kept our sales at a pace well below what we were expecting,” said Bob Pradzinski, vice president of sales. “They say ‘If you want to see the sunshine you have to weather the storm,’ so we’re all looking forward to some sunshine in March.” Despite a tough month, Hyundai saw sales of its two smallest cars, Accent and Veloster, up 20 percent and two CUVs, Santa Fe and Tucson, up 12 percent.
  13. Mercedes-Benz Posts Best-Ever February At 22,609 Double-digit gains across Sprinter and smart model lines Highest month ever in CPO MONTVALE, N.J., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported sales of 24,971 across the Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart model lines, a 3.8% increase over the 24,051 vehicles sold in February 2013, making it the highest volume on record for the month. The Mercedes-Benz brand alone achieved record February retails of 22,609, increasing 2.6% from the same time last year, while year-to-date sales rose 1.5% to 45,213 units. Adding year-to-date sales of 2,709 for Sprinter Vans and 1,462 units at smart, MBUSA achieved a year-to-date total of 49,384. "Our consistent sales momentum points to the strong foundation of our business priorities," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. "The depth and breadth of our product is unmatched, our dealers are more engaged than ever, and our absolute dedication to the customer experience has given us the No. 1 spot in luxury market loyalty for eight years running." February sales for the Mercedes-Benz brand were led by the C-, E- and M-Class model lines. The sporty C-Class, which enters a new generation for the 2015 model year arriving this fall, came in first at 5,621 units, followed by the E-Class with sales of 4,271. The brand's top-selling SUV, the M-Class, rounded out the top three at 3,258, up 19.2% over the comparable period in 2013. At the high end, sales of the all-new 2014 S-Class flagship jumped 93.8% to 1,789. Both the Sprinter and smart model lines delivered double-digit gains in February. The redesigned Sprinter lineup posted an increase of 15.7% at 1,421 units, while monthly sales at smart totaled 941, up 20.2%. Mercedes-Benz's BlueTEC diesel models recorded sales of 1,314 for the month, up 5.0%, and 2,388 year-to-date, increasing 3.6% from the 2,305 units sold in February 2013. The company's high-performance AMG models finished the month up 96.2% at 975 with year-to-date volumes increasing 83.6% to 1,821. Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) recorded the highest sales month in its history with 9,988 vehicles in February, an increase of 32.4% compared to the 7,541 units sold in February 2013. On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 18,293 vehicles, climbing 16.5% from the 15,700 vehicles sold during the same period last year.
  14. MAZDA SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY SETS RECORDS IN FEBRUARY Mazda Celebrates Grand Opening of All-New Production Facility in Salamanca, Mexico IRVINE, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported February U.S. sales of 24,431 vehicles, representing a decrease of 2.4 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through February are down 6.7 percent versus last year, with 43,155 vehicles sold. Key February sales notes: Mazda's SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY accounted for 83.2 percent of all vehicle sales during the month of February. This is the largest percentage of Mazdas equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY sold in one month, and second-best month of total volume ever with 20,245 vehicles sold. Mazda6 experienced its second-best February since 2008 with 3,945 vehicles sold, representing an increase of 46.0 percent, year-over-year (YOY). February 2014 was CX-5's best month ever with 9,353 vehicles sold, good for an increase of 71.6 percent, YOY. February was one of the most historic months for Mazda as it celebrated the grand opening of its all-new engine and vehicle assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico. With a total capacity of 230,000 units, once in full production by March of 2016, Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operations (MMVO) will employ approximately 4,500 people and produce Mazda2, Mazda3 and a Toyota B-car to be announced at a later date. Production from this facility will be distributed to North, Central and South America and parts of Europe.
  15. March 3, 2014 SUBARU SETS FEBRUARY SALES RECORD Brand up 24% February 2014 v February 2013 Forester up 95% XV Crosstrek, including new Hybrid model, sets February record - up 68% Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. has announced continuing record sales with February sales of 34,909 vehicles, a 24% increase over February 2013. Increased availability of the strong selling Forester and Crosstrek models helped sales as both models continued their strong performances. Subaru expects this sales momentum to continue throughout the year, with the debut of the all-new 2015 Legacy mid-size sedan which is due to launch later in 2014. The continued growth in Subaru sales is the result of strong retention and attracting new buyers - 60% of Subaru buyers are new to the brand. Thomas J. Doll, president and COO of Subaru of America said; “Our sales momentum continues and we are launching new models at record pace. We have a lot to look forward to in 2014.” H. William Cyphers, senior vice president of sales said; "With an-all new line-up due by mid year, we can expect our strong sales performance to continue for the remainder of the year and put us in great position to achieve our target of 460,000”.
  16. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA REPORTS FEBRUARY 2014 SALES February sales total 27,112 units Jetta Sedan delivered 10,597 units for the month Passat delivered 6,997 units for the month Tiguan delivered 2,019 units for the month High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models accounted for 16.8 percent of sales in February Passat TDI sales were 1,696, representing 24.2 percent of sales of the vehicle Herndon, VA (March 3, 2014) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 27,112 units delivered in February. “February was an expectedly modest month with the wind down of outgoing models and the fewest number of selling days,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America. “Nonetheless, we are pleased to see our core vehicles and TDI Clean Diesels continue to show strength in the market. With a full range of fuel-efficient vehicles, seven of which deliver more than 40 mpg on the highway, we anticipate steady demand as we enter the spring selling season.“ Total Jetta deliveries (including SportWagen) for February accounted for 11,908 units. The Jetta recently received a number of changes for the 2014 model year, including the adoption of a new, 1.8-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 engine. Equipped with the available new, direct-injected, turbocharged engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Jetta 1.8T achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy figure of 36 mpg on the highway, an improvement of five mpg compared with the previous 2.5-liter engine. The Chattanooga-built Passat deliveries totaled 6,997 units delivered for the month. In February the Passat TDI, the only clean diesel in the midsize sedan segment, delivered 1,696 clean diesels. The 2014 model also received Volkswagen’s new 1.8-liter TSI engine, which offers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The manual transmission model achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy figure of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, an improvement of 3 mpg over the outgoing 2.5-liter engine’s highway figure.
  17. Porsche Reports Record February Sales Atlanta. Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor in the United States of Porsche Boxster, Cayman and 911 sports cars, Panamera four-door sports sedans, and Cayenne SUVs, today announced February 2014 sales of 3,232 vehicles, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same period last year and making it the best February on record for Porsche in the U.S. Year-to-date sales total 6,328 units, three percent more than in the first two months of 2013. While the Cayenne model line continues to set the pace with 1,260 cars sold, the mid-engine sports cars and the Panamera range contributed significantly to the record month with sales increases of, respectively, 63 percent and 24 percent compared to February 2013. Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 844 for February 2014.
  18. Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 24% (34,909 Vehicles Sold This Month; 63,641 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Nissan North America - Up 15.8% (115,360 Vehicles Sold This Month; 205,830 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 15.2% (3,232 Vehicles Sold This Month; 6,328 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Chrysler Group LLC - Up 11% (154,866 Vehicles Sold This Month; 282,049 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 10% (5,558 Vehicles Sold This Month; 11,579 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 3.8% (24,971 Vehicles Sold This Month; 49,384 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Audi of America - Up 0.1% (24,971 Vehicles Sold This Month; 49,384 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Kia Motors America - Down 0.7% (41,218 Vehicles Sold This Month; 78,299 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) General Motors Co. - Down 1% (222,104 Vehicles Sold This Month; 393,590 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 1.2% (5,977 Vehicles Sold This Month; 10,844 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mazda North American Operations - Down 2.4% (24,341 Vehicles Sold This Month; 43,155 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Toyota Motor Sales - Down 4.3% (159,284 Vehicles Sold This Month; 305,649 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) BMW Group U.S. - Down 4.4% (24,476 Vehicles Sold This Month; 45,272 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Ford Motor Company - Down 6.1% (183,947 Vehicles Sold This Month; 338,591 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Hyundai Motor America - Down 6.3% (49,003 Vehicles Sold This Month; 93,008 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) American Honda Motor Co. - Down 7% (100,405 Vehicles Sold This Month; 192,036 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volkswagen of America - Down 13.8% (27,112 Vehicles Sold This Month; 50,606 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Down 18% (3,991 Vehicles Sold This Month; 7,783 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Brands: Jeep - Up 47% (45,946 Vehicles Sold This Month; 87,856 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Lincoln - Up 36.4% (6,661 Vehicles Sold This Month; 12,634 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Jaguar - Up 35.2% (1,552 Vehicles Sold This Month; 2,899 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Ram - Up 28% (30,481 Vehicles Sold This Month; 56,514 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Subaru - Up 24% (34,909 Vehicles Sold This Month; 63,641 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Smart - Up 20.2% (34,909 Vehicles Sold This Month; 1,462 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Buick - Up 18.8% (19,192 Vehicles Sold This Month; 32,470 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Nissan - Up 16.7% (105,631 Vehicles Sold This Month; 187,103 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Sprinter - Up 15.7% (1,421 Vehicles Sold This Month; 2,709 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Porsche - Up 15.2% (3,232 Vehicles Sold This Month; 6,328 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Lexus - Up 8.7% (18,855 Vehicles Sold This Month; 36,492 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Infiniti - Up 6.4% (9,729 Vehicles Sold This Month; 18,727 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Fiat - Up 5% (3,465 Vehicles Sold This Month; 6,687 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) BMW - Up 3.3% (22,017 Vehicles Sold This Month; 40,270 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Land Rover - Up 2.6% (4,006 Vehicles Sold This Month; 8,680 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mercedes-Benz - Up 2.6% (22,609 Vehicles Sold This Month; 45,213 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Acura - Up 1.6% (11,545 Vehicles Sold This Month; 22,368 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Chrysler - Up 1% (25,230 Vehicles Sold This Month; 46,343 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Audi - Up 0.1% (24,971 Vehicles Sold This Month; 49,384 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) GMC - Down 0.6% (35,562 Vehicles Sold This Month; 63,295 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Kia - Down 0.7% (41,218 Vehicles Sold This Month; 78,299 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mitsubishi - Down 1.2% (5,977 Vehicles Sold This Month; 10,844 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Mazda - Down 2.4% (24,341 Vehicles Sold This Month; 43,155 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Cadillac - Down 2.9% (13,437 Vehicles Sold This Month; 24,823 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Chevrolet - Down 2.9% (153,913 Vehicles Sold This Month; 273,002 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Toyota - Down 5.8% (140,429 Vehicles Sold This Month; 269,157 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Hyundai - Down 6.3% (49,003 Vehicles Sold This Month; 93,008 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Ford - Down 7.2% (177,286 Vehicles Sold This Month; 325,957 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Honda - Down 8% (88,860 Vehicles Sold This Month; 169,668 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Dodge - Down 11% (49,744 Vehicles Sold This Month; 84,649 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volkswagen - Down 13.8% (27,112 Vehicles Sold This Month; 50,606 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) Volvo - Down 18% (3,991 Vehicles Sold This Month; 7,783 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) MINI - Down 42.8% (2,459 Vehicles Sold This Month; 5,002 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year) 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
  19. GM’s U.S. Dealers Delivered 222,104 Vehicles in February Passenger Cars Sales up 8 percent, paced by Buick and Chevrolet DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) dealers delivered 222,104 vehicles in the United States in February 2014. Total sales were down 1 percent compared with a year ago, beating outside expectations. Retail and fleet sales were both down 1 percent. GM increased its sales from January 2014 by 30 percent, more than 10 percentage points better than the industry as a whole. “Weather continued to impact the industry in February, but GM sales started to thaw during the Winter Olympic Games as our brand and marketing messages took hold,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Car and crossover sales were particularly strong at Buick and Chevrolet, and we continue to have a strong mix of pickup sales. “Despite a slower start to 2014 than most people expected, we look forward to a very successful year, backed by plenty of new products and what should be the strongest GDP growth since the end of the recession.” February Sales Highlights (vs. 2013) Passenger car sales were up 8 percent, with Buick deliveries up across the board. The Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze and Malibu posted double-digit sales increases. The Chevrolet Cruze and the Buick Verano had their best February sales ever. Deliveries of the Corvette were up 149 percent. The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan helped drive a 7 percent increase in retail sales for the CTS range. Segment share is estimated to be up 1.6 points. Crossover sales were up 4 percent. Sales of the Buick Encore nearly doubled, the Cadillac SRX was up 23 percent and GMC Acadia deliveries were up 2 percent. The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Equinox had their best February sales ever. Retail deliveries of Chevrolet and GMC large SUVs were up 14 percent. GM’s retail share of light-duty pickup sales increased an estimated 2 percentage points or more from January 2014. The mix of light duty pickups powered by GM’s all-new EcoTec3 V6, which offers best-in-class fuel economy, towing and payload (depending on configuration) increased 2 percentage points month over month to about 20 percent of retail sales. The average transaction prices for GM’s full-size pickups were in line with January 2014 levels, according to mid-month J.D. Power PIN estimates. More than half of light-duty pickup sales continue to be premium-contented models. Incentive spending increased slightly month over month on both an absolute basis and as a percentage of average transaction prices due primarily to the sell-down of older model heavy-duty pickups and large SUVs. GM’s increase was less than the industry average, according to J.D. Power PIN. GM increased its commercial fleet sales for the fourth month in a row, with deliveries up more than 1 percent; commercial deliveries are up 8 percent year to date.
  20. FORD F-SERIES HAS BEST FEBRUARY IN EIGHT YEARS; LINCOLN SALES INCREASE 36 PERCENT Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 37 years, posts best February U.S. sales in eight years Continuing its momentum during the past five months, Lincoln sales increase 36 percent on strong MKZ and MKX performance Ford Motor Company February U.S. sales of 183,947 vehicles decline 6 percent compared with last year; retail sales total 125,919 vehicles, down 4 percent DEARBORN, Mich.,March. 3, 2014 – Ford Motor Company U.S. total sales of 183,947 vehicles in February are down 6 percent from a year ago. Retail sales of 125,919 vehicles are off 4 percent. Ford F-Series and Lincoln brand vehicles posted strong gains. “Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment. F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.” F-Series sales totaled 55,882 in February, making the month Ford’s best February for F-Series in eight years. Led by MKZ and MKX, Lincoln sales of 6,661 are up 36 percent in February compared with a year ago. This represents Lincoln’s fifth straight month of positive sales gains, with double-digit gains in four of these five months. Over the last five months, Lincoln sold 34,476 vehicles, representing a 26 percent increase over the same period one year ago. Ford Motor Company fleet sales were off 10 percent in February, as winter weather again delayed a portion of fleet orders. The volumes are anticipated to be made up in March.
  21. Mazda Reports February Sales IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported February U.S. sales of 21,544 vehicles, representing a decrease of 16.0 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through February are down 10.2 percent versus last year, with 41,247 vehicles sold. Key February sales notes: The 2016 MX-5 has continued its sales growth with 759 vehicles sold, an increase of 48.5 percent YOY and the best February for MX-5 since 2008. In its sixth full month of sales, Mazda CX-3 celebrated its best month ever with 1,793 vehicles sold. Mazda CX-5 had its second-best February ever with 7,579 vehicles sold and an increase of 1.8 percent YOY. Mazda's predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive (AWD) has made up approximately 62.0 percent of CX-3 and CX-5 sales thus far in 2016. This same system will be available on the all-new CX-9 when it goes on sale this spring. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY proves to be the key between performance and fuel efficiency as customers demand a no-compromise solution. More than 96.0 percent of Mazdas sold in February were equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) February sales of 3,016 vehicles, down 6.0 percent YOY.
  22. We knew that the Cadillac ELR would be driving off into the sunset, but we didn't know when. "I plan to continue admiring it as one of the most beautiful cars on four wheels. But we don't plan further investment" in the coupe, said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen back in February. This lead many to believe that Cadillac was going to keep the ELR until the end of the 2016 model year. That would not be the case as General Motors quietly stopped production in the same month. “Cadillac ELR production recently concluded. A very small quantity of ELR units remain available at dealers today,” said Cadillac Product Communications Manager David Caldwell in a statement to Hybrid Cars. Through April, Cadillac only moved 357 ELRs. Source: Hybrid Cars View full article
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