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  1. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com December 3, 2012 Porsche Cars North America - Up 71% Subaru of America - Up 59.7% American Honda - Up 38.9% BMW Group U.S. - Up 38.8% Volkswagen of America - Up 29.3% Volvo Cars of North America - Up 26.8% Audi of America - Up 24.4% American Suzuki Motor Corporation - Up 22% Mazda North American Operations - Up 17.7% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 17.2% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 15.6% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 14% Nissan North America - Up 12.9% Kia Motors America - Up 10.9% Hyundai Motor America - Up 8% Ford Motor Company - Up 6% General Motors - Up 3% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 4.3% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Down 7% 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.
  2. AMERICAN SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION’S NOVEMBER 2012 AUTOMOBILE SALES UP 22% YEAR-OVER-YEAR Strong month driven by SX4 sales, continued zero percent consumer financing for up to 72 months, ongoing commitment to customers, and support from dealers BREA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) reported today November 2012 sales of 2,224 units, a 22% increase compared to the same period last year. SX4 sales rose 42% year-over-year. This sales growth was fueled, in part, by strong consumer response to the continued availability of zero percent financing for up to 72 months for qualified customers through an agreement with Ally Financial Inc. As previously announced, during and after ASMC’s realignment and restructuring, all automobile warranties will continue to be fully honored according to their terms, and automobile parts and service will be provided without interruption through ASMC’s national dealer network. Suzuki offers basic warranty coverage for 36 months or 36,000 miles (whichever occurs first), as well as powertrain warranty coverage for seven years or 100,000 miles (whichever occurs first) for new vehicles in the U.S. “American Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased with our strong monthly vehicle sales for November, and we look forward to working with our valued dealers across the country to ensure that remaining U.S. inventory is sold in the coming months,” said M. Freddie Reiss, Chief Restructuring Officer for ASMC. “Now is a great time for customers to consider Suzuki’s attractive financing options and the full commitment to vehicle warranties, parts and continued service in place across our complete range of vehicles.” ASMC announced on November 5, 2012, that it plans to realign its business to focus on the long-term growth of its Motorcycles/ATV and Marine divisions and to wind down and discontinue new automobile sales in the continental U.S., following a thorough review of its current position and future opportunities in the U.S. automotive market. ASMC has been working within its current U.S. automotive dealer network to help structure a smooth transition from new automobile sales to parts and service operations. ASMC intends to market and sell its remaining U.S. automobile inventory through its national network of automotive dealers; many of the high-volume dealers have expressed interest in continuing to order and receive shipments of Suzuki automobiles as long as they remain available. Additionally, ASMC motorcycle/ATV sales for November 2012 increased by 26% over the same period in last year, and November sales for ASMC’s Marine division were up over 50% year-over-year.
  3. JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS U.S. SALES FOR NOVEMBER 2012 • Jaguar Land Rover North America U.S. sales increase 11 percent year to date • Land Rover Sales increase 15 percent year to date • Sales of the Jaguar XF up 6 percent year to date • Launch of three new key products to start in the New Year (MAHWAH, NJ) – December 3, 2012 – Jaguar Land Rover North America today reported November 2012 U.S. sales: Land Rover sales for the month were 3,687 down just 3 percent from 3,820 in 2011; Jaguar sales for the month were 713 down 22 percent from 915 in 2011; Jaguar Land Rover North America sales for the month were 4,400 down 7 percent from 4,735 in 2011. Jaguar Land Rover North America is up 11 percent year to date. “The all-new Range Rover and the AWD Jaguar XJ and XF will be in showrooms this winter,” said Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover, North America. “While November proved to a challenging month due to current product run down and increasing competitor’s incentive offerings, we anticipate improved sales performance once the new products arrive in showrooms.” U.S. BRAND HIGHLIGHTS Land Rover Land Rover’s U.S. sales are up 15 percent year to date. For the month of November, Land Rover’s sales were down 3 percent. Range Rover Sport was the volume leader with 1,634 units sold; making November the highest selling month for Range Rover Sport year to date. Sales for Range Rover Evoque are up 35% with 904 units sold; making November the highest retail month for Range Rover Evoque since its launch last October. The All New 2013 MY Range Rover, featuring weight-saving aluminum architecture, goes on sale later this month. For MY13, the Land Rover LR2 receives significant interior and exterior design updates, as well as a fuel efficient 240-hp Turbocharged four cylinder engine. Land Rover's 2013 Model Year line-up features five models: The 240-hp 2.0 liter powered LR2; the LR4 powered by the 375-hp 5.0 liter V8; the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover, both available with the Naturally-aspirated 375-hp V8 and 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrains. The newest model, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque has a starting price of $41,995* for the five-door, and $44,995* for the coupe and achieves 28 MPG** EPA highway and 20 MPG** EPA city. Jaguar Jaguar's U.S. sales for November, 2012 were down 22 percent, and are down just 1 percent for the year at 10,962 from 11,119 units year to date. The volume leader for the month is the Jaguar XF with 341 sales, down 21 percent from 429 in 2011. Sales for the Jaguar XF are up 6 percent year to date. For MY13, Jaguar transforms its U.S. lineup, and dramatically expands U.S. market presence with addition of five new products, available for the start of the New Year. • Instinctive All Wheel Drive™ – Available on both the XF and XJ • Supercharged 340hp V6 engines in the XF and XJ • Turbocharged 240hp four cylinder engine available in the XF • Eight Speed ZF® Automatic Transmissions on all XF and XJ models • Auto Engine Stop/Start on select XF and XJ models Jaguar's 2013 Model Year line-up features three models: The Jaguar XJ luxury sedan, powered by either the supercharged 3.0 liter V6 in rear wheel or all wheel drive configuration, naturally-aspirated 385-hp 5.0 liter V8, the 470-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 or the 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8; the Jaguar XF sports sedan powered by the 240-hp 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder, supercharged 340-hp 3.0 liter V6 in rear wheel or all wheel drive configuration, the naturally-aspirated 385-hp 5.0 liter V8, the 470-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 or, in the XFR, the 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrains; and the XK coupe and convertible sports cars powered by either the naturally-aspirated 385-hp V8, or for the XKR, the 510-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrains. Jaguar also offers its highest performance models ever, the 2013 Jaguar XKR-S coupe and convertible with a 550-hp supercharged 5.0 liter V8 powertrain. The Jaguar F-TYPE convertible will join the lineup in summer of 2013.
  4. MBUSA Posts All-Time Sales Record With November Sales Of 32,649 Mercedes-Benz at 30,315 up 13.1%; smart and Sprinter up 70.0% and 56.0% respectively MONTVALE, N.J., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported an all-time sales record with November sales of 32,649 for combined sales of Mercedes-Benz, smart and Sprinter models, up 15.6% and delivering a record year-to-date total of 273,622 up 14.5%. The Mercedes-Benz model line alone recorded its highest November on record with sales of 30,315 for the month, up 13.1%, and 245,910 for the year up 12.0%. "As the post-storm rebuilding gets underway, we're seeing a strong sales pace for the industry at large which will carry MBUSA to its highest year on record," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO, MBUSA. Mercedes-Benz sales for the month of November were led by the C-, E- and M-Class model lines. The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand on the car side for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead with sales of 8,565, up 2.5%. The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 8,126 up 59.5%. MBUSA's top-selling SUV, the M-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of 3,894. Additionally, the sporty SLK roadster sold 427 vehicles for the month, up 107.3%. At the high end, the all-new iconic sixth generation 2013 SL roadster – which debuted in showrooms this past spring -- posted sales of 573, an increase of 625.3% over last November. On a year-to-date basis, top performers were again the C-Class with 73,940, the E-Class with 58,187 and the M-Class with 33,860. Sales of the high-performance AMG models were up 30.8% for the year at 6,176 compared to the 4,721 vehicles sold over the same time last year. Sales of the company's BlueTEC diesel models were up 7.9% for the year at 13,738 compared to the 12,727 diesels sold over the same period last year. The company's smart brand continued thirteen consecutive months of sales increases. November sales of 704, were a 70.0% increase over November 2011 (414), bringing the year-to-date volume to 9,013, up 100.4% when compared to the 4,498 vehicles sold last year. On the van side, Sprinter had a strong month with 1,630 vehicles sold in November, up 56.0% over last year and up 24.8% on a year-to-date basis. Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 7,113 vehicles in November; an increase of 28.6% when compared to November 2011 (sales of 5,530 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 73,431 vehicles, an increase of 7.3% over the comparable period (with sales of 68,459 vehicles).
  5. MAZDA ACHIEVES BEST NOVEMBER SALES SINCE 1994 - Four models post record sales performance; Mazda's Northeast Region shows excellent signs of recovery after Hurricane Sandy - IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported November U.S. sales of 21,691 vehicles, representing an increase of 17.7 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through November are up 9.1 percent (9.1 percent DSR) versus last year, with 249,795 vehicles sold. Key November sales notes: Mazda's November sales performance was a multi-carline effort as Mazda2 (2,495), Mazda3 (9,841), Mazda5 (1,284), and Mazda MX-5 Miata (369) all acheived record November sales. Mazda2 experienced its best November sales ever with 2,495 units sold, up a whopping 212 percent year-over-year. Mazda3 reported its best November sales ever with 9,841 units, up 43 percent. The SKYACTIV-equipped model represented 67.0 percent of Mazda3 vehicles sold for the month. Mazda CX-5 continues to be Mazda's best-selling SUV and second best carline all-together, acheiving 4,213 units sold in November. Mazda5 had an oustanding showing as it sold 1,284 vehicles, up 31 percent, making it the best November since 2008 and its best month since February 2012. Even heading into Winter, the Mazda MX-5 stays hot as it had its best November since 2009 with 369 vehicles sold, up 26 percent. Mazda CX-9 had its best performance all year, with 2,285 vehicles sold. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported November sales of 2,117 vehicles, down 27.0 percent versus November of last year. Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
  6. Volvo Announces November Sales U.S. Sales Up 26.8 Percent ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Dec. 3, 2012) - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 6,141 units, a 26.8 percent increase from November 2011. Year-to-date sales are up 0.1 percent over the first eleven months of 2011. The top seller for the month was the XC60 crossover with 2,067 units sold, an impressive 167.1 percent increase from November 2011. The S60 sports sedan finished the month right behind with 1,866 units sold.
  7. Mitsubishi Motors Reports Another Big Month For Outlander Sport Sales In November CYPRESS, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported November sales of the Outlander Sport were up 34.2 percent compared to November 2011. Outlander Sport sales were 1,520 for the month, the fourth highest monthly total this year for sales of the fuel-efficient CUV, now manufactured in Normal, Illinois. Year-to-date, Outlander Sport sales are up 9.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. "We are encouraged at the consistent sales performance of the Outlander Sport, our top seller in the U.S," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa. "It bodes well for our next generation 2014 Outlander, which we unveiled to the U.S. media last week." That announcement came at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where MMNA also said it is bringing a Limited Edition version of the 2013 Outlander Sport to market to commemorate Mitsubishi's arrival in America 30 years ago. The Limited Edition will feature dynamic enhancements of the exterior and interior of the vehicle, as well as enhanced engine performance. Lancer sales were up 16.3 percent for the month, and Lancer Evolution sales improved 9.1 percent. Overall Mitsubishi sales were 3,574 units, down 4.3 percent compared to November 2011. That total however is impacted by models that ended their production in 2011. Total sales of models currently in production were up more than 16 percent for the month compared to last November.
  8. BMW Group U.S. Reports November 2012 Sales BMW brand up 45 percent in November - best month ever; 10.4 percent year-to-date increase MINI brand up 10.5 percent in November; 15.2 percent increase year-to-date - already surpassed 2011 sales record Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 3, 2012… The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported November sales of 36,461 vehicles, an increase of 38.8 percent from the 26,271 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 11.3 percent on sales of 303,728 in the first eleven months of 2012 compared to 272,873 in the same period in 2011. “Supply is catching up with demand, making November the best sales month on record for BMW in the U.S.,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “The momentum is strong in this final month of the year, MINI has already surpassed its 2011 total, and I am confident BMW Group will set a new U.S. sales record for 2012, beating the previous record year of 2007.” BMW Brand Sales BMW reported the best month ever in November with sales of 31,213, an increase of 45 percent from the 21,521 vehicles sold in November, 2011. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 10.4 percent on sales of 244,061 compared to 221,073 sold in the first eleven months of 2011. In November, best performing vehicles included the 5 Series, up 64.3 percent to 5,857 units; the 6 Series, up 67.4 percent to 919 units; the X3 SAV, up 50.5 percent to 4,172 units and the X6 SAV, up 55.2 percent to 813 units. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In November, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) decreased 0.5 percent to 12,134 vehicles from the 12,196 vehicles sold in November 2011. January through November, BMW used vehicle sales are up 1.6 percent on volume of 147,272 compared to 144,882 in the same period of 2011. MINI Brand Sales MINI USA reported the best November ever with sales of 5,248 automobiles, an increase of 10.5 percent from the 4,750 sold in November, 2011. This marks the sixth consecutive month of record sales. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 15.2 percent on volume of 59,667 compared to 51,800 in the first eleven months of 2011, surpassing the 2011 annual record of 57,511.
  9. American Honda Reports All-Time Best November Sales: All-Time Record November for Company and Civic; RDX Fuels Double-Digit Acura Gain Honda Division sales up 41 percent, Acura sales up 23 percent TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 – American Honda reports an all-time record for the month of November, with November 2012 U.S. sales of 116,580 units, an increase of 38.9 percent compared with November 2011. The Honda Division posted November 2012 sales of 104,334 units, an increase of 41.0 percent compared with November 2011. Acura U.S. November sales of 12,246 units represents an increase of 23.6 percent over November 2011. Honda Segment-leading Civic breaks 12-year-old November record (1990) with sales of 30,075 units, up 75 percent from a year ago All-new Accord continues to ramp up with 26,248 sales, up 82 percent from last November CR-V sets it ninth monthly sales record for 2012, up 36 percent to 22,333 sales “We are now surpassing sales records set pre-recession, a true sign that our business has recovered,” said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of Sales. “Honda’s all-time best November demonstrates the fundamental strength of our core products. The new Accord is hitting its stride, and with the new Civic now arriving in dealerships, we’re ready for a strong finish to 2012.” Acura RDX sets its seventh-consecutive monthly sales record, up 129 percent from a year ago with 3,036 sales MDX was the top selling Acura model in November, with 3,368 sales ILX gains traction as the top selling Acura sedan in November, with 2,108 sales “While the MDX leads the lineup in sales, the record-setting sales of RDX and ILX are doing a great job as the gateway to the Acura lineup in bringing new customers to the brand,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura Sales. “The combination of Acura’s growing lineup and rising industry sales are fueling Acura’s momentum as we head into 2013.” The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 25 days for November 2012 and 25 days for November 2011. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 281 days for 2012 and 280 days for 2011. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.
  10. Toyota Motor Sales Outpaces Industry with 17.2 Percent November Sales Increase TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported November 2012 sales results of 161,695 units, an increase of 17.2 percent compared to the same period last year on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis. The Toyota Division posted November total sales of 138,976 units, an increase of 17.3 percent on a DSR basis from November 2011. “Replacement of vehicles damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is partially responsible for strong sales,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “However, pent up demand, record low finance rates and exciting new products are also driving demand. Approximately 40 percent of the vehicles we sell this year will be all-new or significantly updated models.” The Lexus Division recorded November sales of 22,719 units, up 16.8 percent over November 2011 on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis. “With nine new or redesigned models available for customers, Lexus posted its best November sales in five years,” said Tim Morrison, Lexus Division vice president of sales. “Our momentum is extremely strong, and we will close out 2012 with a December to Remember.” Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 76,993 units, up 16.5 percent over November 2011. Camry and Camry Hybrid led car sales with combined sales of 28,765 units. Corolla reported its best November ever with sales of 22,616 units, increasing 40.3 percent. The Prius Family increased 8.5 percent with November sales of 16,505 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded November sales of 61,983 units, an increase of 18.3 percent compared to the same month last year. The Tacoma mid-size pickup truck and RAV4 compact SUV led truck sales with monthly sales of 12,272 and 12,423 units, respectively. Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 8,309 units, up 31.6 percent over the previous November. Highlander, 4Runner and Sienna also all posted double-digit gains over last November. Scion benefited from the return of younger buyers to the marketplace along with new products, posting November sales of 5,606 units, up 57.8 percent over November 2011. Sales of the recently introduced FR-S remain strong at 1,350 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 12,460 units, up 18.2 percent over November 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan and the first-ever ES Hybrid led Lexus passenger car sales with combined sales of 6,066 units, increasing 28.2 percent year-over-year. The GS midsize luxury sedan posted sales of 1,826 units, up 786.4 percent Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 10,259 units, up 15 percent over November 2011. The RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle led sales with combined November sales of 8,871 units, up 17.0 percent over last year. TMS Hybrids TMS posted November hybrid vehicle sales of 24,682 an increase of 28.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted November sales of 20,958 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,724 hybrids for the month.
  11. Nissan North America Sets New November Sales Record -Nissan and Infiniti brands each post record November sales- FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported record November U.S. sales of 96,197 units versus 85,182 units a year earlier, up 12.9 percent. Nissan Division set a new November record, with sales up 9.8 percent for the month over the prior year at 84,300 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were 11,897, up 41.2 percent over the prior year, also a November record. NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS Nissan Division posted sales of 84,300 units, up 9.8 percent from last November's 76,754 units, making it Nissan's best November ever. Pathfinder SUV sales rose 249.5 percent to 8,097 units, led by the all-new 2013 Pathfinder that went on sale in November. The all-electric Nissan LEAF recorded strong sales of 1,539 units in October, up 129 percent from the prior year at 672 units. Rogue crossover sales hit a new November record at 12,662 units, an increase of 16.8 percent versus year-ago sales of 10,845. Altima sales remained strong in November at 20,305 units, with year-to-date deliveries up 14.8 percent over its 2011 total. "Nissan's significant portfolio refresh of five new models in 15 months is showing results with the new Pathfinder driving sales of the model up nearly 250 percent," said Al Castignetti, vice president, Nissan Division. INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS Infiniti QX sales of 2,121 was an increase of 46.7 percent in November, the best month in the full-size luxury SUV's history. The all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover had sales of 2,529 units in November, and 18,966 have been delivered since it went on sale in March. Overall, total sales of 6,275 for all Infiniti crossovers and sport utility vehicles in November more than doubled versus prior year. The Infiniti G Line had an increase of 7.3 percent for the month, with 4,838 sport sedans, coupes and convertibles being delivered. Infiniti had the best November in its history. "November was a fantastic month for Infiniti, with sales of each of our crossovers and sport utility vehicles showing an increase and contributing to the best November since we started sales in 1989," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "We expect showroom traffic to remain strong through the holiday gift-giving season, as our Winter Limited Engagement Event continues through January 2." NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. November had 25 selling days both in 2012 and 2011.
  12. Porsche Reports 71 Percent Increase in Sales, Best Sales Month Ever Year-to-date sales up 18 percent ATLANTA, Dec. 3, 2012 /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 a record November 2012 sales of 3,865 vehicles. This compares to 2,255 vehicles sold last November, for an increase of 71 percent. November 2012 was the best sales month ever for Porsche in the United States. For the year, Porsche has sold 32,091 cars in the U.S., an 18 percent increase over the same period last year when 27,189 cars were sold. The Porsche 911 and Cayenne SUV performed exceedingly well in November. Sales of the 911 increased by 94 percent versus the same period last year, and Cayenne sales increased by 80 percent over November 2011. The newly-launched Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne GTS models continue to impress, accounting for 38 percent of all Cayenne sales. "Setting a historical monthly U.S. sales record is extremely rewarding and demonstrates the demand for all of the new cars we have launched in the last 12 months," said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America. "We see this demand continuing into the near future and may allow us to set a sales record this year. Our product line-up is the freshest in our history and will remain so, evidenced by the global unveil of the all-new Cayman model at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show." In addition to new vehicle sales, Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 720 for November 2012, a 30 percent increase over November 2011 (554). Year-to-date, Porsche has sold 8,797 CPO models, a 12.9 percent increase versus the same period last year.
  13. Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Best November Sales In Company History November 2012 sales increase 60 percent over November 2012 Subaru year-to-date sales increase 28 percent Best November for Outback, Legacy and Impreza models CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 28,206 sales for the month of November, a 60 percent increase over November 2011. The company also announced record-breaking annual sales of 299,788 vehicles which represent a 28 percent increase over 2011 and just 222 vehicles short of achieving 300,000 sales for the first time in company history. Following the November close, on Dec. 1, 2012, Subaru achieved the 300,000th sales milestone for the first time in company history. Outback, Legacy and Impreza models experienced the best November sales month in history. Year-to-date sales for Impreza have increased 184 percent over 2011. Year-to-date sales for newly-refreshed Outback and Legacy models have increased 16 percent and 14 percent respectively. The new BRZ and XV Crosstrek models also added 2,587 incremental sales for the month of November. "With such strong November sales, Subaru annual sales should exceed 330,000 vehicles -- which would represent a 24 percent increase over our 2011 record sales of 266,989 vehicles," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. "This has been another exciting, record-breaking month for Subaru." "While Subaru has the industry's highest customer loyalty, we are also seeing record levels of first-time Subaru buyers -- which has significantly contributed to our sales growth this year," said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc.
  14. Kia Motors America Announces Best-Ever November Sales And 27th Consecutive Monthly Sales Record U.S. Sales Surpass 500,000 Vehicles for First Time in Company History; Annual Sales Up 17.3 Percent IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) has been one of the fastest-growing car companies in the U.S. over the last five years[1], and November saw the brand achieve its 27th straight month of record sales with 41,055 units sold, a 10.9-percent increase over the same period in 2011. Year-to-date sales are up 17.3 percent over 2011, and the brand achieved another important milestone in November with the sale of its 500,000th vehicle in 2012 – a first for Kia in the U.S. The U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan has been Kia's best-selling vehicle each month in 2012, and that trend continued in November with 12,715 units sold, and together with the popular Sorento CUV – also built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – represents more than 40 percent of Kia's record November volume. "Kia has sustained record-setting momentum for more than two years, and eclipsing the 500,000 vehicle sales mark for the first time is an historic achievement for KMA and our dealers," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "The popular Optima is on track to set an all-time single year record for a Kia nameplate, and the upcoming launches of the all-new 2014 Forte sedan and refreshed 2014 Sorento unveiled last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show will take the value equation we are known for and advance it to new levels of sophistication with exciting technologies such as the next generation UVO eServices hands-free infotainment system." Kia's Unprecedented Growth Kia Motors is one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling. Kia Motors America's full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the brand. In 2011, KMA recorded its 17th consecutive year of market share growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived quality[2] and the industry's highest brand loyalty ranking[3]. Kia's U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and builds two of the company's best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan*. Kia's value and technology-laden lineup also includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.
  15. Record-setting November sales push Audi to new all-time yearly high - Premium category vehicles (A8, A7, A6, and Q7) help achieve new annual and monthly sales records, representing nearly 33% of November Audi deliveries HERNDON, Va., Dec 3, 2012 - Audi today reported its 23rd consecutive month of record sales with November volume reaching 12,067 cars and SUVs, up 24.4% from the 9,700 models sold a year earlier. The fourth-best month in Audi of America history also propelled the brand to a new annual mark with a month to go the year. Audi year-to-date sales at the end of November stood at 124,469 vehicles, easily eclipsing the annual sales record of 117,561 set just last year. Audi 2012 YTD sales ran 18.6% ahead of last year’s pace through November 30. “We’re looking forward to finishing the year strong,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “Audi is in on the right track. We are pleased to see consumers recognize this and continue to reward the brand for its superior performance, progressive technology and excellent craftsmanship.” Audi premium category vehicles (the Audi A8, Audi A7, Audi A6, and Audi Q7) continue to capture the attention of discerning customers by delivering sales that equaled 32.7% of the total November sales mix, up from the 19% premium vehicle sales mix seen in 2009. Overall sales of the top-end Audi models jumped 28% in November and have increased 42% through the first 11 months of the year. Demand for the full-size Audi Q7 luxury SUV, generated a 91.9% sales increase for the month and a 17.8% increase year to date. Consumer interest in the Audi Q5 generated a 14% increase with 2,724 sales. This marked the second best month of Q5 sales in Audi history. The newly updated Audi A4, the best-selling model for the brand, contributed a 33.7% increase in November sales, with the new Audi allroad registering 437 sales compared to 228 a year earlier for the Audi A4 Avant that it replaced in the lineup. Audi A4 sedan sales rose 27.7% for the month. Sales of the updated and performance-oriented Audi A5 increased 39.3% for the month, with the A5 coupe rising 53.9%. Year-to-date sales of the A5 increased 11.2% year-to-date. The record setting November continued with certified pre-owned sales of 2,845, an increase of 6% over November 2011. Highlights: - November 2012 ranks as the best November in Audi of America history - Sales mix for Audi S / RS models finished the month at 14% for the S4, 39% for the S5 coupe/ RS 5 coupe, 12% for the S8 and 62% for the TTS and TT RS. - Audi A4 models sales up 33.7% compared to November 2011; YTD sales grew 10.2% compared to previous period. - The Audi allroad finished the month at 437 sale (in addition to three Audi A4 Avant sales), compared to 228 Audi A4 Avant sales in 2011. - Audi A5 sales up 39.3% compared to November 2011; YTD sales grew 11.2% compared to previous period. - Sales of Audi A6 increased 15.6% compared to November 2011; YTD sales up 84.7% compared to previous period. - Sales of Audi A8 increased 17.4% compared to November 2011; YTD sales up 1.6% compared to previous period. - Sales of Audi Q5 increased 14% compared to November 2011; YTD sales up 11% compared to previous period. - Sales of Audi Q7 increased 91.9% compared to November 2011; YTD sales up 17.8% compared to previous period. - Sales of Audi TT increased 31.7% compared to November 2011; YTD sales up 0.5% compared to previous period. - Sales mix for Audi TDI clean diesel models finish the month at 45.3% for the A3 TDI and 28.8% for Q7 TDI - For the record-setting month of November 2012, four Audi models recorded year-over-year sales increases of 20% or more, including the Audi A4, the Audi A5, the Audi Q7 and the Audi TT models. - Audi Certified pre-owned sales set an all-time record of 2,845 vehicles sold, amounting to the best November in Audi history.
  16. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com December 3, 2012 Porsche Cars North America - Up 71% Subaru of America - Up 59.7% American Honda - Up 38.9% BMW Group U.S. - Up 38.8% Volkswagen of America - Up 29.3% Volvo Cars of North America - Up 26.8% Audi of America - Up 24.4% American Suzuki Motor Corporation - Up 22% Mazda North American Operations - Up 17.7% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 17.2% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 15.6% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 14% Nissan North America - Up 12.9% Kia Motors America - Up 10.9% Hyundai Motor America - Up 8% Ford Motor Company - Up 6% General Motors - Up 3% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 4.3% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Down 7% 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
  17. VOLKSWAGEN REPORTS NOVEMBER 2012 SALES - Company reports a 35 percent increase year-to-date and 102,228 units ahead of last year’s pace - • Best November since 1973 with 36,728 units sold and a 29.3 percent increase over the prior year • Brand achieves a 35 percent increase year-to-date and 27 consecutive months of year-on-year growth • Best November and year-to-date ever for Passat and Tiguan with 10,544 and 2,815 units sold respectively • Jetta Sedan achieved sales of 11,977 units • High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 21 percent of year-to-date sales Herndon, VA, Dec 3, 2012 - Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 36,728 units delivered in November, a 29.3 percent increase over prior year sales, a 35 percent year-to-date increase and the best November since 1973. “November was again a strong month for Volkswagen with a sales increase of over 29 percent on the heels of the global debut of the all-new Beetle Convertible at the LA Auto Show,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Significantly, the brand is now more than 100,000 units ahead of where we were this time last year. This is a testament to the appeal of our affordable German engineered vehicles and the strength of our dealer network." The Volkswagen Passat, recently named a 2013 Best Buy by Consumer Guide Automotive, continues to demonstrate its momentum in the market with 10,544 units sold. Jetta sedan, including the enthusiast GLI model, remains the volume leader for Volkswagen with sales totaling 11,977. The Jetta Turbo Hybrid, which received EPA ratings of 42 mpg city, 48 mpg highway for a combined mileage of 45 mpg, will soon be added to the Jetta sedan line-up. The Beetle Coupe continues to gain momentum with 1,983 units sold. The Beetle Convertible made its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week and went on sale the end of the month. The Golf and GTI, recently named to Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Best Cars for 2013, sold 1,429 and 1,003 units respectively. The enthusiast Golf R model sold 277 units. The Tiguan sold 2,815 units, the best November ever for the vehicle and a 52.2 percent increase. The Volkswagen Touareg sold 1,068 units, a 27.1 percent increase for the month. Volkswagen continued sales success with its TDI® Clean Diesel models, with 7,182 total units sold in November, a 27.8 percent increase versus the prior year. TDI models account for 21 percent of the Volkswagen line-up year-to-date. The only affordable four-door coupe, the Volkswagen CC sold 2,197 vehicles. New to the CC family, the R-Line package also debuted at the LA Auto Show last week boasting bold styling cues, including an aggressive front end that incorporates a large lower air intake and projector-style fog lights, side skirts, and R-Line badging.
  18. HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA BREAKS ALL-TIME NOVEMBER SALES RECORD Hyundai Elantra, Azera and All-New Santa Fe, receive ALG’s award for the highest residual value in their class; all post solid sales gains Elantra sees sales gain of 28 percent COSTA MESA, Calif., December 3, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America today announced record sales of 53,487 vehicles in November, an eight percent total sales increase compared with the same record-setting period a year ago. Sales are also up eight percent for the first eleven months of the year. “The Black Friday sales period once again provided a strong boost for Hyundai in the back half of the month and helped break our all-time November sales record,” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of sales. “We were also very encouraged by the strong sales recovery experienced in those northeastern regions that were ravaged by Super Storm Sandy and expect continued momentum there for the balance of the year.” The recent recipients of ALG’s award for the highest residual value -- Azera, Elantra and Santa Fe -- all experienced solid sales gains over last November, with Elantra up 28 percent. Sonata sales continue to be strong registering a 13 percent uptick for the month. Additionally, the new three-row, seven-passenger Santa Fe made its world debut at last week’s 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, joining the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, and will be on sale early 2013. “We’re encouraged that the 10 percent month-over-month lift firms like Compete have seen in our shopper counts has translated to our best-ever November retail sales and total sales,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “With increased Elantra availability, thanks to the recently added third shift in our Alabama plant, and demand high for everything in our lineup from Accent to Equus, we’re looking forward to breaking our all-time annual sales record early in December.”
  19. C-MAX Lineup Success Helps Drive Ford’s Small Car Sales to 12-Year High; F-Series Marks Best November Since 2005 Ford U.S. November small car sales total 26,848 vehicles – a 76 percent increase compared with last year and the company’s strongest November small car sales in 12 years C-MAX Hybrids sales gain momentum with 4,848 vehicles in November, a 52 percent increase compared with October; Ford posts best-ever month for electrified vehicle sales F-Series has its 16th consecutive year-over-year monthly sales increase and fourth month in a row with more than 50,000 sales; this marks F-Series’ best November sales since 2005, with 56,299 pickups sold – an 18 percent increase Ford Motor Company U.S. sales total 177,673 vehicles in November, up 6 percent from a year ago; retail sales up 12 percent compared with last year Ford announces 2013 first-quarter production of 750,000 vehicles; up 11 percent from the prior year DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 3, 2012 – November brought growth throughout Ford’s product portfolio in the U.S., with car sales up 15 percent, utilities up 2 percent and trucks up 4 percent. “November represented a strong month for the industry, and Ford sales performed well across the board,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We saw sharp increases in demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient small cars, our best-ever month for electrified vehicles and growing demand for our fuel-efficient and capable F-Series pickups.” Ford had its best small car November sales month since 2000, with Focus, the all-new C-MAX Hybrids and Fiesta sales totaling 26,848 vehicles – a 76 percent increase over last year. Focus sales were up 56 percent versus year-ago levels, while the all-new C-MAX Hybrid lineup gained 52 percent versus October, when the C-MAX Energi went on sale. The Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling vehicle, posted an 18 percent increase, with 56,299 vehicles sold in November. This represents F-Series’ best November since 2005 and 16 straight months of year-over-year sales increases. Ford’s total November sales of 177,673 vehicles increased 6 percent versus last year, with retail sales up 12 percent. Ford also announced its 2013 first-quarter North American production plan. The company plans to build 750,000 vehicles in the first quarter, up 11 percent (73,000 vehicles) from 2012’s first quarter. Fourth quarter production of 725,000 vehicles is unchanged from previous guidance.
  20. GM U.S. Sales Increase 3 percent in November DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today reported its highest November sales in the United States since 2007, with deliveries up 3 percent versus a year ago to 186,505 vehicles. Year-over-year sales to retail customers were essentially equal to a year ago and sales to fleet customers were up 16 percent. “In November, we saw strong car and crossover sales and we continue to make inroads with younger customers, import drivers and buyers focused on fuel economy,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “Sales at Cadillac and Buick are benefiting from the buzz generated by new products, including the Buick Verano, Cadillac XTS and Cadillac ATS.” Sales of GM passenger cars increased 19 percent in November compared with a year ago. Crossovers were up 9 percent and sales of trucks were down 11 percent. Buick and Cadillac had their best November sales since 2006 and 2007, respectively. Passenger car sales were up 77 percent at Cadillac, 22 percent at Buick and 13 percent at Chevrolet. Combined sales of mini, small and compact cars were up 51 percent compared with a year ago, driven by the new Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark, a 27 percent increase for the Chevrolet Cruze, a 33 percent increase for the Chevrolet Volt and a 12 percent increase for the Chevrolet Sonic. Crossover sales were driven by a 44 percent increase for the GMC Terrain, a 23 percent increase for the Buick Enclave and a 13 percent increase for both the Chevrolet Equinox and the Cadillac SRX. Sales of large pickups were 8 percent lower in part due to unexpectedly high competitive incentive activity, which GM did not match. The average transaction prices for GM vehicles increased $750 per unit versus a year ago, even though the company’s car and crossover mix increased from 56 percent of total sales to 62 percent. ATPs also increased about $190 per unit from October, when the car and crossover mix was 60 percent. “The East Coast’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy helped drive the November SAAR materially higher, but it benefited our competitors more than GM, since they rely on the region for more of their sales,” McNeil said. “It’s clear that the industry will come in at the high end of our full-year sales forecast,” he added. “Exactly how much growth we can expect next year will depend in part on how Congress and the president resolve the fiscal cliff issue. Consumers hate uncertainty, so an agreement on ways to reduce long-term federal budget deficits could remove an impediment to growth.”
  21. Chrysler Group LLC Reports November 2012 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best November Sales in Five Years Best November sales since 2007 32nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Chrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each post sales increases in November compared with same month a year ago FIAT brand sales up 123 percent in November; largest year-over-year percentage increase of any Chrysler Group brand Fiat 500 sets sales record for month of November FIAT brand expands product lineup with four additional models at Los Angeles Auto Show – Fiat 500e, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500L Trekking, and Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Dodge brand sales up 32 percent; best November sales since 2007 Dodge Journey full-size crossover sets sales record for month of November with 77 percent sales gain Dodge Grand Caravan sales increase 42 percent; best November sales since 2007 Dodge Charger sales up 24 percent; best November sales since 2007 Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan posts sizeable 26 percent sales increase Dodge brand re-introduces legendary Charger Daytona at Los Angeles Auto Show Ram Truck brand sales up 23 percent versus same month a year ago; best November sales since 2007 Ram pickup truck posts 23 percent sales gain; named ‘Truck of the Year’ by Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish automotive radio show in U.S. Ram Truck brand to develop new large van for North American market; sales slated to begin third quarter of 2013 Ram Truck brand launches new Ram Commercial truck division Chrysler brand sales up 1 percent; best November sales since 2008 Chrysler 300 flagship sedan posts 17 percent sales gain Chrysler Town & Country minivan sales up 3 percent in November; best November sales since 2009 Jeep® Wrangler sets sales record for month of November with 12 percent increase Jeep Wrangler receives two 2013 Best Resale Value Awards from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com Jeep brand introduces new, limited-production Wrangler Rubicon 10th-Anniversary Edition at Los Angeles Auto Show Best Jeep Grand Cherokee sales since 2005; second best sales month this year Jeep Patriot, America’s best priced SUV, had its strongest November sales since 2007 Dodge Dart, Ram 1500 and SRT Viper earn 2013 Hispanic Motor Press Awards Auburn Hills, Mich. , Dec 3, 2012 - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 122,565 units, a 14 percent increase compared with sales in November 2011 (107,172 units), and the group’s best November sales since 2007. The Chrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in November compared with the same month last year. The FIAT brand’s 123 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand for the month. November marked Chrysler Group’s 32nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. “Even with all the talk of a looming fiscal cliff, Chrysler Group is well positioned for a strong sales finish to the year,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. “Our November sales were up 14 percent and we extended our sales streak to 32-consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. We are expecting a strong December as the industry continues to recover from the East Coast hurricane and consumers continue to respond to our popular year-end Big Finish event.” Models that contributed to Chrysler Group’s 14 percent sales increase include the Fiat 500, the Dodge Journey full-size crossover, and the iconic Jeep® Wrangler sport-utility vehicle, each setting a sales record for the month of November. The Journey’s 77 percent sales gain was the largest percentage increase of any Dodge brand model in November. Two Chrysler Group sedans weighed in with significant sales increases in November. Sales of the sporty Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan were up 26 percent while the flagship Chrysler 300 full-size sedan recorded a 17 percent sales gain in November. The Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Ram pickup truck each posted sizeable gains as well in November. Chrysler Group finished the month with an 90-days supply of inventory (442,241 units). U.S. industry sales figures for November are projected at an estimated 15.3 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). November 2012 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand FIAT Brand Fiat 500 sales were up a hefty 123 percent, a sales record for the month of November. It was the ninth-consecutive month this year in which the Fiat 500 has set a sales record, including an all-time sales record in September. Sales of the Fiat 500 hatchback were up 143 percent in November while the Fiat 500 Cabrio posted a 41 percent year-over-year sales gain. The FIAT brand expanded its product family with four additional Fiat 500 models during last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show media preview. The 2013 Fiat 500e features an all-new battery-electric powertrain; the 2014 Fiat 500L adds two doors plus spacious seating for five; the 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking expands the appeal and practicality of the Fiat 500L with distinct, rugged looks; and the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio combines turbocharged, track-capable performance with a clever open-top design. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 32 percent in November, the brand’s best November sales in five years and its 18th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Dodge brand sales of 40,075 units represented the largest sales volume of any Chrysler Group brand in November. Three Dodge models posted significant double-digit percentage increases in November. The versatile Dodge Journey crossover set a sales record for the month of November with its 77 percent increase, the largest percentage increase of any Dodge brand model during the month. November marked the eighth month this year in which the Journey has set a sales record, including an all-time sales record in August. The Dodge Grand Caravan, the brand’s volume leader for the month, posted a 42 percent sales gain, the minivan’s11th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and its best November sales in five years. Sales of the Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan were up a substantial 26 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Dodge Durango SUV, with its spacious three-row, seven-passenger interior, increased 4 percent in November versus the same month last year. Consumers continue to respond strongly to the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart. Calendar year to date, the average transaction price for a Dart is more than $22,000, the highest average transaction price in the compact car segment and more than $5,000 higher than Dodge’s previous compact car, the Dodge Caliber. In addition the Dart just received its 20th award when it was named “Best Sedan” by Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish-language automotive radio show in the U.S. The Dart also was recognized by the Hispanic Motor Press Association with a 2013 Hispanic Motor Press Award in the Compact Car category. The awards recognize the most impressive overall new vehicles of the calendar year as judged by an all Latino panel. The Dodge brand re-introduced the legendary Charger Daytona at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. Available in Charger R/T and Charger R/T Road & Track trim levels, the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona brings back the unique style of the historic Daytona package with all the modern performance and technology offered in the current Charger lineup. Just 2,500 units of the Daytona will be produced in this limited-production run. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales were up 23 percent in November, the brand’s best November sales in five years. The Ram pickup truck, Chrysler Group’s volume leader, extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 31-consecutive months. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 23 percent in November versus the same month a year ago. It was the pickup truck’s best November sales performance in five years. The Heavy Duty Ram led the way, up 26 percent, while sales of the Light Duty Ram trucks increased 24 percent. The Ram 1500 took home four major awards during November including “Urban Truck of the Year” from Decisive Magazine in conjunction with its “2013 Urban Vehicles of the Year” list, and “Truck of the Year” at the 2012 Ruedas ESPN Awards in Miami. The pickup truck was honored with a 2013 Automotive Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the “Hauling Category” and was recognized by the Hispanic Motor Press Association with a 2013 Hispanic Motor Press Award in the Pickup Truck category. The Ram Cargo Van posted a 226 percent sales increase compared with the same month last year, setting a sales record for the month of November. The Ram Truck brand announced last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show that it will develop a new large van for the North American market, which will go on sale beginning in the third quarter of 2013. The 2014 Ram ProMaster will compete with other full-size commercial vans. The Ram Truck brand also announced in Los Angeles that it is launching a new division to focus on commercial truck development, sales and support in a growing market. The new Ram Commercial organization offers a full line of industrial-strength trucks built for workers and businesses to provide maximum capability and productivity while delivering low total cost of ownership. Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were up 1 percent in November, the brand’s best November sales in four years. The Chrysler brand extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 17-consecutive months in November. Sales of the brand’s flagship Chrysler 300 sedan were up 17 percent compared with the same month last year, the full-size sedan’s 13th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 3 percent versus the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand unveiled the 2013 Town & Country S model at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. The Town & Country S is the latest “S” model in the Chrysler brand lineup, joining the 200 sedan and convertible and the 300 sedan. The Town & Country S gets exterior and interior enhancements designed for active and style-minded consumers, as well as certain standard equipment commonly associated with top-line models. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales were down 3 percent in November due to the end of Jeep Liberty production in August and some lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy on Chrysler Group dealerships in the Northeast, one of the Jeep brand’s strongest markets. The Jeep Wrangler set a sales record for the month of November with its 12 percent sales gain. For the third consecutive year, the Wrangler has been named Best Resale Value in its class by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. The Wrangler also landed on kbb.com’s Top 10 list for the second year in a row. These prestigious awards honor vehicles expected to maintain the greatest proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership. November was the eighth month this year in which the Wrangler has set a sales record, including an all-time sales record in June. The Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – had its best November sales since 2005. The Grand Cherokee posted sales of 13,619 units, the model’s second best sales month this year. Sales of the Jeep Patriot, designed to appeal to compact-SUV buyers who want traditional Jeep styling with best-in-class off-road capability at an affordable price, were up 4 percent, the model’s best November in five years. The Jeep brand introduced the new 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition in November. It joins the previously announced Wrangler Freedom Edition as a tribute to United States military members past and present. The Jeep brand, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the wildly popular Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model, also introduced a new, limited-production 2013 Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. It is the most capable factory-produced Jeep Wrangler ever, packed with equipment that die-hard, off-road enthusiasts love. The Rubicon 10th Anniversary edition will arrive in showrooms in the spring of 2013.
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