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  1. William Maley

    October 2013: General Motors Co.

    GM’s U.S. Sales up 16 percent in October 2013-11-01 DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) dealers delivered 226,402 vehicles in the United States in October, up 16 percent versus a year ago. Retail sales were also up 16 percent and fleet sales were up 14 percent. “Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick-GMC all performed well in the month, and the sales tempo really picked up after the government shutdown ended,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. sales operations. “We are particularly pleased with our truck momentum. Chevrolet and GMC have the newest and best light duty trucks, sales are accelerating and we are gearing up for the second, third and fourth phases of our strategic truck plan.” This month, the premium Chevrolet Silverado High Country and GMC Sierra Denali will hit showrooms, followed by a redesigned range of heavy-duty pickups in the first quarter of 2014. All-new Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac full-size SUVs also arrive in the first quarter, and later in the year, GM will introduce clean-sheet redesigns of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups. October Sales Highlights (vs. 2012) Buick total sales increased 31 percent and retail sales were up 25 percent for the 18 th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. Regal sales increased 47 percent. Cadillac’s sales increased 10 percent and have grown in each of the last 13 months thanks to the all-new XTS and ATS. In addition, the SRX is on track for its best year ever. Retail sales were up 12 percent for the brand and more than 60 percent of buyers did not trade in a Cadillac. GMC was up 16 percent. The Terrain had its best October sales ever. Chevrolet was up 15 percent. Thirteen nameplates posted double-digit increases, including every SUV and crossover nameplate. Retail sales of Chevrolet passenger cars were up 32 percent. Cruze had its best-ever October retail sales. Impala retail deliveries nearly doubled and Malibu retail sales increased 58 percent. Deliveries of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were up 10 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Sales of the new 2014 light duty Silverado and Sierra increased 62 percent from September 2013. They accounted for about 76 percent of GM’s light duty deliveries, per plan. Strong calendar-year-to-date sales have helped Chevrolet and GMC earn a 30 percent share of light-duty pickups priced $40,000 or above. That is up 5 percentage points versus 2012.
  2. 11.01.2013 VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA REPORTS OCTOBER 2013 SALES October sales total 28,129 units Chattanooga-built Passat delivered 7,258 for the month Jetta Sedan delivered 10,161 units for the month Tiguan delivered 2,153 units High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models accounted for 24.2 percent of sales in October and 22 percent of sales year-to-date, the best year-to-date results on record Passat TDI sales reach 33.3 percent of mix with 2,416 units, the best October results ever Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 28,129 units delivered in October and 342,962 units year-to-date, down 18 percent for the month. Adjusted for models in run-out, Volkswagen’s year-to-date pace would be on par with the prior year-to-date pace. “After more than doubling our sales over the past three years, it is a significant recognition of the strength of our products that we are on course to close out a second consecutive year with over 400,000 vehicles delivered for the first time in 40 years,“ said Jonathan Browning, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. Now operating at a new plateau, Volkswagen is seeing a consistent stream of accolades, not only for products, but for interaction with customers -- through compelling advertising and effective website management. Beyond sales figures, awards like these are a further proof point that the brand has gained a significant foothold in the US market. Volkswagen’s award-winning commercials have found themselves atop another list. Ace Metrics named Volkswagen’s “Choose Wisely,” ad at the top of its list for “Funniest Ads of 2013.” “Top Down Day,” a Volkswagen ad promoting the new Beetle convertible, also made the top ten list, ranking number seven. Volkswagen was the only automaker in the top ten. Volkswagen has also proven successful in reaching consumers on their mobile devices, JD Power and Associates ranked the newly redesigned mobile.vw.com 6th overall among 33 automakers. The 2013 Automotive Mobile Site Study examines the features and content of automotive manufacturer mobile websites and their usefulness in the vehicle-shopping process. The Chattanooga-built Passat continues as a core model with 7,258 units delivered. In October the Passat TDI, the only clean diesel in the midsize sedan segment delivered 2,416 clean diesels, representing 33.3 percent of its sales mix. Total Jetta deliveries (including SportWagen) for October accounted for 10,161 units. The Jetta Turbo Hybrid continues to attract consumer interest with 666 deliveries in October., Total Beetle deliveries for October were 2,555 units, a 4.8 percent increase versus the prior year. The Tiguan sold 2,153 units. Total sales of the Golf (including Golf R and GTI) were 2,249. The Touareg sold 549 units. Volkswagen’s high-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models accounted for 24.2 percent of sales in October, and 22 percent year-to-date, the best year-to-date on record.
  3. William Maley

    October 2013: Ford Motor Company

    NOV 1, 2013 | DEARBORN, MICH. FORD MOTOR COMPANY ACHIEVES BEST OCTOBER U.S. RETAIL SALES SINCE 2004; MULTIPLE PERFORMANCE RECORDS SET Ford Motor company October total sales up 14 percent – retail sales up 15 percent; best October retail since 2004 Ford Fusion up 71 percent and Fiesta up 9 percent – both report record-setting October sales F-Series tops 60,000 trucks for sixth-straight month All-new Lincoln MKZ total sales up 80 percent including best-ever October retail sales – total Lincoln brand up 38 percent Ford Motor Company’s October U.S. total sales of 191,985 vehicles rose 14 percent over a year ago. Retail sales are up 15 percent, at 142,487 vehicles. It is the company’s best October retail sales performance since 2004. Gains were broad-based, with passenger cars up 19 percent, utilities up 9 percent, and trucks up 14 percent. Ford Fusion and Fiesta posted best-ever October sales, and F-Series again topped 60,000 sales. “October was simply an outstanding retail performance, as consumers continued to choose Ford for great fuel efficiency, styling and value at all levels of the market,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “The combination of great new products, such as Fusion and Escape, along with the strength of our dealers helped us achieve our best October retail sales month since 2004.” Fusion sales of 21,740 vehicles jumped 71 percent year-over-year, making it the car’s best-ever sales performance for October. The strongest growth for Fusion is in the west region of the U.S., with retail sales up 77 percent. In the eastern region of the country, Fusion retail sales are up 65 percent. Escape sales of 22,253 vehicles increased 12 percent, while Fiesta sales of 4,337 vehicles increased 9 percent – setting a new record for October. F-Series sales of 63,803 trucks are up 13 percent, making October the sixth-straight month above the 60,000-vehicle mark for F-Series. The last time Ford sold more than 60,000 trucks for six consecutive months was 2006. Lincoln MKZ sales of 2,909 vehicles increased 80 percent over a year ago, leading the Lincoln brand to an overall increase of 38 percent. MKZ has now reported record sales for six of the last seven months, attracting significant conquest buyers to the Lincoln brand.
  4. William Maley

    October 2013: Toyota Motor Sales

    Toyota Growth Is Steady With Nearly 9 Percent Sales Increase In October 2013 All-new Tundra up almost 23 percent; All-new Avalon posts triple-digit gains for eighth month in a row TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported October 2013 sales results of 168,976 units, an increase of 4.8 percent over October 2012 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in October 2013 versus 26 selling days in October 2012, TMS sales increased 8.8 percent from the year-ago month. Toyota Division posted October 2013 sales of 146,257 units, up 4 percent year-over-year on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Toyota division sales increased 8 percent over October 2012. "Consumers showed resiliency in October with steady auto sales despite headwinds caused by the government shutdown," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. "The growth in the auto industry continues to play a leading role in the economic recovery, and Toyota is on track for a strong close to the year." Lexus reported October sales of 22,719 units, a 10.2 percent increase on a DSR basis and a 14.5 percent increase on a raw volume basis, both year-over-year. "Industry growth is being driven by new products, and we have two of the hottest new models on the market today - the new IS and GX SUV," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "And as we move into November and December, traditionally two excellent months for Lexus, we're poised to close out the year with strong sales." Other Highlights: All-new Corolla posts sales of 23,637 units All-new Avalon posts triple-digit gains for eighth month in a row Camry posts sales of almost 30,000 units TMS hybrids retain more than half of the market with sales of nearly 23,800 units Prius family records sales of 15,623 units All-new RAV4 increases 60.8 percent with a best-ever October Sienna up 10.1 percent with sales of more than 8,500 units Toyota division pickups post sales of more than 22,000 units All-new Tundra up almost 23 percent All-new Lexus IS up more than 68 percent Lexus LS up more than 26 percent Lexus ES is volume car leader with sales of nearly 6,000 units Lexus RX up more than 15 percent with sales of almost 8,000 units *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  5. William Maley

    October 2013: Mercedes-Benz USA

    Mercedes-Benz Launches Into Fourth Quarter With Highest October On Record At 30,069 Best month yet for 2013 MONTVALE, N.J., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the 10th consecutive month of its 2013 sales streak, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported total October sales of 32,620 units for the Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart model lines, a 22.4% increase from the 26,642 vehicles sold in the same period last year. Retail volumes for the Mercedes-Benz brand alone broke October records at 30,069, up 25.4%, while year-to-date sales rose 13.7% to a landmark 245,125 units. Adding year-to-date volumes of 16,978 for Sprinter Vans and 7,450 vehicles at smart, MBUSA's year-to-date totals reached 269,553 units, making this the best October in the company's history. "It's been an extraordinary year for the brand, embodied in two cars— the CLA and the S-Class —as stunning as they are technologically fit," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. "More importantly, October sales show they're resonating with customers. The recently-launched CLA is already one of the top volume models and our flagship S-Class, just rolling into dealerships, is up 75%. With sustained momentum and compelling product across the model range, we're looking toward a record finish in the final stretch of 2013." Mercedes-Benz October sales were led by the C-, E- and CLA-Class model lines. The sporty C-Class came in first at 6,548 units, followed close behind by the E-Class with sales of 6,456—an increase of 22.6% from October 2012. Sales of MBUSA's newest star, the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe, rounded out the top three at 4,895. The Sprinter model line posted month-to-date gains of 22.3% at 2,038 units, driven by the popularity of its redesigned 2014 lineup on sale since September. Month-to-date sales at smart totaled 513 units. Sales of Mercedes-Benz's BlueTEC diesel models were 1,536 for the month, up 60% versus October 2012 (960) and up 10.1% for the year at 13,368. The company's high-performance AMG models finished the month with sales of 729, an increase of 49.4% from last October. Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) recorded sales of 7,612 vehicles in October, an increase of 13.1% when compared to October 2012 (sales of 6,732 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 80,502 vehicles, an increase of 21.4% over the 66,318 vehicles sold during the comparable period last year.
  6. Volvo Announces October Sales ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 1, 2013) - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 3,919 units, a 6.7 percent decrease versus October 2012. Year-to-date sales are down 6.7 percent over the first ten months of 2012. The S60 sports sedan was the top seller for the month with 1,276 units sold, a 10.7 percent increase versus October 2012. The XC60 crossover finished the month right behind with 1,244 units sold. Also showing increases this month were S80 (up 7.4 percent), XC70 (up 5.7 percent) and C70 (up 38.0 percent) month-over-month.
  7. JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS U.S. SALES FOR OCTOBER 2013 Jaguar Land Rover North America increases 52 percent in October Jaguar continues industry-leading growth streak with 117 percent growth in October on new XF and XJ All Wheel Drive models and F-TYPE sales Land Rover brand has its best October sales performance in its 26 year U.S. history, increasing 37 percent on strong Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque demand (MAHWAH, NJ) – November 1, 2013 – Jaguar Land Rover North America today reported October 2013 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 1,515 units, 117 percent up from 699 units in October 2012; Land Rover sales were 4,286 units, up 37 percent from 3,129 units in October 2012. Jaguar Land Rover North America October U.S. sales for both brands hit 5,801 units, a 52 percent increase from 3,828 units in October 2012. Year to date through October, Jaguar Land Rover North America is up 19 percent, with Jaguar up 36 percent and Land Rover up 14 percent. "The Jaguar Land Rover business in the United States is flourishing in the wake of multiple new product introductions for both brands and rising consumer demand,” said Andy Goss, Group Sales Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover. The Jaguar brand, led by our updated lineup of sedans and sports cars, continues its dramatic growth streak with a more than doubling of its monthly business. On the Land Rover, side we had our best October ever as the Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque continued their consistent growth pace this year, and we are just starting to ramp up availability of the new Range Rover Sport.” U.S. BRAND HIGHLIGHTS Land Rover Range Rover sales were 1,184 units, up 194 percent from 403 in its run out month in October, 2012. Year to date, the Range Rover model is up 49 percent from 2012. In the 2013 J.D. Power 2013 U.S. APEAL Study, the Range Rover was the industry’s highest scoring model. Range Rover Evoque increased 49 percent to 959 units from 645 units in October, 2012. Year to date, the Range Rover Evoque is up 33 percent. The Land Rover LR2 and LR4 models are up 44 percent and 19 percent respectively for the month of October. Year to date, Land Rover is up 14 percent from 2012. Jaguar For the month of October, the Jaguar XF was the Jaguar volume and growth leader with 611 units sold, up 120 percent from 278 sales in October 2012. Year to date, the XF is up 39 percent. The current MY XF lineup includes the new 2.0T model as well as all wheel drive and V-6 options. The Jaguar XJ sales were 454 units, up 75 percent from 260 in October, 2012. All Wheel Drive models now make up approximately half of all XJ sales. The F-TYPE convertible sports car added 353 units this month. Year to date, Jaguar sales are 13,962, up 36 percent from 10,249 sales, with both XJ and XF sales increasing on the appeal of new powertrains and All Wheel Drive.
  8. William Maley

    October 2013: BMW Group U.S.

    BMW Group U.S. Reports October 2013 Sales BMW sales up 4.2 percent MINI sales down 3.2 percent WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported October sales of 33,274 vehicles, an increase of 2.9 percent from the 32,339 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 10.6 percent on sales of 295,474 in the first ten months of 2013 compared to 267,267 in the same period in 2012. "The momentum of October is a good indicator of what's ahead in the final 60 days of the year, especially with sales of the new X5 and the 4 Series beginning to have an impact," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. "All of the leading indicators – sales, order rates, showroom traffic, finance applications – are up, very good signs." BMW Brand Sales Sales of BMW vehicles increased 4.2 percent in October for a total of 27,574 compared to 26,451 vehicles sold in October, 2012. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 12.8 percent on sales of 240,139 compared to 212,848 sold in the first ten months of 2012. In October, best performing vehicles included the BMW X1 with an impressive increase of 60.4 percent compared to October 2012. The BMW 3 and newly launched 4 Series, both leaders in their segments, also ended the month with an increase of 20.4 percent compared to October 2012. The BMW 5 and 6 Series increased sales 18.7 percent and 19.6 percent, respectively, over sales in October 2012. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In October, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 23.4 percent to 15,502 vehicles compared to the 12,563 vehicles sold in October, 2012. January through October, BMW used vehicle sales are up 9.2 percent on volume of 147,638 compared to 135,139 in the same period of 2012. MINI Brand Sales In October, MINI USA reported sales of 5,700 automobiles, a decrease of 3.2 percent from the 5,888 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 1.7 percent on volume of 55,335 compared to 54,419 in the first ten months of 2012. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles In October, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) continued its year of record breaking, smashing last year's October sales with an increase of 30.4 percent to 1,962 vehicles from 1,505 sold in October, 2012. January through October, MINI used vehicle sales are up 19.1 percent on volume of 18,143 compared to 15,233 in the same period of 2012.
  9. Honda October Sales Rise on Record CR-V and Strong Civic Sales; Acura Posts over 17-Percent Increase on Record Sales of Truck of the Year Candidate MDX CR-V boasts record October sales Civic sales up 32.1 percent over October 2012 Acura light trucks post record October sales on strength of all-new MDX and RDX TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported October 2013 U.S. total sales of 114,538 units, an increase of 7.1 percent compared with October 2012 (up 3.1 percent based on the Daily Selling Rate, or DSR*). Year-to-date sales reached 1,273,550, an increase of 8.5 percent. Honda Division October sales reached 100,242, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to last October. Acura Division posted sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to October 2012. Honda CR-V surpasses the previous October record set in 2006, with sales of 22,554 up 11.6 percent from October 2012 Civic sales for October were the best since 2001 and up substantially over the previous year with an impressive 32.1 percent rise, posting sales of 27,328 Accord posted October sales of 25,162, with America's best-selling retail model handily passing the 300,000-unit mark for year-to-date, up 11.2 percent versus 2012 "Despite consumer uneasiness early in the month, real demand remains strong across the Honda brand and we remain on track to achieve number one retail sales this year for our core models: Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda. "With the all-new Accord Hybrid arriving at dealerships this week and a significantly updated Civic coming later in the year, we anticipate sales will continue to be hot even as the weather cools down heading into winter." Acura Acura posted October sales of 14,296, an increase of 17.5 percent compared to last October with Acura light trucks recording their best October since 2007 MDX sales set an October monthly record with 5,608 units, up 48.7 percent compared to last October RDX also set an October record with sales of 3,333, up 25.3 percent compared to last year RLX posted its best sales month since its release in March "The poise and power of Acura's line of light trucks continues to win over an ever-increasing number of discerning SUV customers," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales. "With MDX recording its best October since 2004 and RDX continuing to set sales records month over month, Acura has the strongest one two punch in the industry." *The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for October 2013 and 26 days for October 2012. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 256 days for 2013 and 255 days for 2012. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.
  10. William Maley

    October 2013: Chrysler Group LLC

    Chrysler Group LLC Reports October 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 11 Percent; Best October Sales Since 2007 43rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each post sales increases in October compared with same month a year ago Six Chrysler Group vehicles each set sales record for month of October Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass and Patriot each post year-over-year sales gains led by the 68 percent increase in Compass sales Two all-new models – 2014 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and 2014 Ram ProMaster van – arriving at dealerships across the country; first sales recorded in October for both new vehicles Ram Truck, Jeep and Dodge brand vehicles take top honors at the annual Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Texas Truck Rodeo All-new 2014 Fiat 500L and all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee each earn a Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) November 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 140,083 units, an 11 percent increase compared with sales in October 2012 (126,185 units), and the group’s best October sales since 2007. The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in October compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand’s 22 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand during the month. Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 43 consecutive months in October. “After a choppy start to the beginning of the month, Chrysler Group sales accelerated in the second half of the month with renewed consumer confidence and the launch of our all-new Jeep Cherokee,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Following a meticulous focus on quality, our new Jeep Cherokee began shipping to dealers and quickly selling which helped us to achieve our 43rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.” The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster went on sale in October, expanding the Chrysler Group product lineup. Six Chrysler Group vehicles logged their best October sales ever, including the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Patriot, and the Dodge Journey crossover, Dodge Dart compact car and the Dodge Challenger. This was the Wrangler’s seventh sales record this year, including an all-time sales record in May. The Ram Cargo Van also logged its best October sales ever. Chrysler Group finished the month with an 86 days supply of inventory (445,271 units). U.S. industry sales figures for October are projected at an estimated 15.7 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). October 2013 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales were up 22 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 18 percent, its 42nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and its best October sales since 2004. The Ram Truck brand recorded its first sales of the all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster van in October. The Ram Truck brand took home eight awards last month at the annual Texas Auto Writers Association Texas Truck Rodeo, including the Truck Line of Texas. The 2014 Ram 1500 was named Truck of Texas for the second-consecutive year, as well as Full-Size Truck and Luxury Truck of Texas. The 2014 Ram 2500 received the Heavy Duty Truck of Texas award and Best Technology award for its five-link coil rear suspension. The 2014 Ram ProMaster was named the Commercial Vehicle of Texas, while the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee shared the Best Powertrain award for the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. Sales of the Ram Cargo Van were up 120 percent, its best October sales ever. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 12 percent in October, the brand’s best October sales since 2005 and its 29th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Dodge Dart, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey mid-size crossover each recorded their best October sales ever, while sales of the Dodge Charger sport sedan were up 60 percent. Sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan were up 9 percent, the minivan’s best October sales in seven years. To celebrate 30 years of minivan leadership, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition, available on both the SE and SXT models, is now on sale featuring unique content, including commemorative badging, special paint and black interior trim. The Dodge Durango full-size SUV extended to 12-consecutive months its run of year-over-year sales gains with its 59 percent increase. The Durango was named the 2014 Full-Size SUV of Texas during TAWA’s Texas Truck Rodeo in October. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales were up 7 percent in October as all Jeep brand vehicles, excluding the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, posted year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep Compass, with its 68 percent sales gain, recorded the largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model in October. The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Patriot each set a sales record for the month of October. The Wrangler has set a sales record in seven months this year, including an all-time record in May. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the SUV of Texas for the fourth-consecutive year, were up 20 percent in October, its best October sales since 2005. The flagship Grand Cherokee also won Mid-Size SUV and Luxury Mid-Size SUV of Texas during last month’s Texas Truck Rodeo. The Wrangler took home the award for Off-Road Utility Vehicle of Texas. The all-new Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV went on sale in October in dealerships across the country, recording sales of 579 units in its partial month of sales. The Cherokee has already won an award in its first head-to-head vehicle competition – Compact SUV of Texas – in TAWA’s Texas Truck Rodeo. In addition, the Cherokee earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in October. The Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent (versus the former Jeep Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were up 6 percent, the brand’s best October sales performance since 2007. Sales of the award-winning Chrysler Town & Country were up 28 percent, the minivan’s best October sales in six years. As the creator of the minivan segment, Chrysler Group is celebrating 30 years of the minivan this fall. Now on sale, the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition is based on the Touring L model and features unique exterior and interior content. Town & Country sales are up 6 percent through October this year compared with the same period in 2012. FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales were down slightly in October compared with the same month a year ago. The Fiat 500e all-electric model, available in the state of California, logged its best sales month so far this year. Sales of the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L were up 26 percent in October versus the previous month. October was the 500L’s best sales month since launch in June. The 500L was named a 2013 Top Safety Pick in October by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 500L recorded the highest-possible rating in each of four IIHS tests to determine the Top Safety Pick. The innovative, four-door B-segment hatchback was one of two Chrysler Group vehicles to earn the designation during the latest round of IIHS evaluations. Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.
  11. William Maley

    October 2013: Kia Motors America

    IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today reported October sales of 39,754 units as the brand's introduction of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles this calendar year continued with the arrival of the all-new, second-generation Soul urban passenger vehicle and the 2014 model year Optima midsize sedan. Looking ahead, all-new 2014 Forte5 and Forte Koup models will begin arriving in showrooms later this month, and the Los Angeles Auto Show will provide the backdrop for the unveiling of the all-new 2015 K900 – a rear wheel drive flagship sedan that will take value to new levels of sophistication.
  12. November 1, 2013 SUBARU BREAKS PREVIOUS BEST YEAR AND SETS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEARLY SALES RECORD October sales increased 32 percent over last October Year-to-date sales are 347,890, up 28 percent over 2012 Cherry Hill, N.J. - Today Subaru of America, Inc. reported that the company has surpassed its previous annual sales record with two months of reporting remaining for the year. Subaru sold 34,483 vehicles in October and 347,890 total vehicles in 2013. The previous record for annual sales was set in 2012 with 336,441 vehicles sold. This new record means that 2013 will be the fifth consecutive year of sales records for Subaru of America and the sixth consecutive year of sales increases. Subaru is the only manufacturer to increase sales each year for the last six years. October sales for Forester increased 137 percent, reaching 12,581 vehicles sold. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2014 Forester a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Forester was also named Motor Trend 2014 Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year – a second win for Forester and a third win for the Subaru brand. “We have incredibly hardworking retailers who have made these results possible; and we have the right product for consumers,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “2013 will be another very successful year for Subaru and we look forward to sales of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid – Subaru’s first-ever hybrid vehicle – in December.” “We have seen record numbers of consumers shopping the Subaru brand and we have seen wonderful acceptance across our line-up. Consumers are not just shopping a single model – there has been demand for Outback, Forester, XV Crosstrek, Impreza as well as our performance models WRX and STI,” said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. “Almost 60 percent of our sales this year have been to customers new to the brand and we have worked closely with our parent company to smartly manage our inventory to meet the demand,” added Cyphers.
  13. Mitsubishi Motors Sales Climb Nearly 20 Percent In October CYPRESS, Calif., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported October sales of 4,972, up 19.4 percent compared to October 2012. Sales of the U.S.-built Outlander Sport led the way with 2,009 units sold, an increase of 19.9 percent for the month compared to prior year sales. Sales of the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander showed a year-over-year gain of more than 65 percent in October. "This marked MMNA's best October of sales since 2010," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa. "Sales of our Outlander and Outlander Sport – 'American's Safest CUV Line-up' – remained very strong, and we are continuing the roll-out of the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door sub-compact – the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered, non-hybrid vehicle in America." MMNA reported 475 Mirage sales in October. Yokozawa added, "We are looking forward to November with great anticipation. Mirage will be reaching dealerships in many additional markets and we will be dramatically increasing the television advertising for Outlander and Outlander Sport from last year." Highlights of October sales: Outlander Sport sales were up 19.9 percent compared to October 2012 and are up 38.7 percent year-to-date. Outlander sales were up 65.5 percent for the month and 47.1 percent year-to-date. Lancer sales are up 22.0 percent year-to-date. Lancer Evolution sales are up 1.3 percent year-to-date. Lancer Sportback sales are up 6.6 percent year-to-date. Sales of the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV are up 114 percent year-to-date.
  14. MAZDA REPORTS BEST OCTOBER SALES IN SIX YEARS IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported October U.S. sales of 19,738 vehicles, representing an increase of 6.0 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through October are up 5.3 percent versus last year, with 240,229 vehicles sold. Key October sales notes: Sales of 19,738 vehicles represents Mazda's best October since 2007. Celebrating its best October since 2008, Mazda6 posted a significant gain of 104.6 percent year-over-year with 3,100 vehicles sold. Mazda CX-5 continues to gain popularity among consumers as 5,833 vehicles were sold in October, accounting for a 54.4 percent increase YOY. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY is the no-compromise answer to fuel efficiency and outstanding driving dynamics. Mazda vehicles equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY accounted for 77.6 percent of October sales. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported October sales of 2,602 vehicles, down 6.0 percent versus October 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.
  15. Hyundai Motor America Reports All-Time Record October Sales Core vehicles lead the charge with Sonata up 18 percent, Santa Fe up 36 percent Auto show season brings more product news and a big announcement in L.A. COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced sales for the month of October of 53,555 units, up seven percent versus the same period in 2012, representing the best October in company history. "October was a bit of a roller coaster ride for the entire automotive sector so we feel pretty good about exceeding prior year sales results and posting our best-ever October performance," said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of national sales. "We expect continued economic and political stabilization throughout the final two months of 2013, which should ease uncertainty, boost consumer confidence and restore a robust growth curve for new vehicle sales." The core vehicles in the Hyundai line-up all saw sales gains during the month of October. Accent, Sonata, Elantra and Santa Fe sales were up 7, 18, 3 and 36 percent, respectively, with Sonata and Santa Fe aided by the arrival of freshened 2014 models with high-demand features like blind spot detection. The new 2014 Equus continues its roll, with sales up 14 percent. Azera,Tucson, Genesis and Veloster 2014 models are just now arriving at Hyundai dealerships. "Consumers sidelined during the government shutdown took to showroom floors later in the month, with Hyundai sales pacing well over prior year levels in the last two weeks," said John Krafcik, president and CEO. "While we continue to rebuild dealer inventories on core models like Sonata and Santa Fe, we're also looking forward to the Los Angeles Auto International Auto Show in a few weeks, where we'll be introducing a refreshed 2014 Elantra line-up and our take on the next generation of electric vehicles." Fleet sales represented 18 percent of total sales in October. Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales for the month were 6,405 a gain of 106 percent.
  16. Porsche Reports October Sales Porsche dealers sell 3,562 vehicles ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and Panamera four-door sports sedans in the United States, today announced October 2013 sales of 3,562 vehicles, an increase of 11 percent over the same period in 2012. Year-to-date, Porsche has sold 35,111 cars in the U.S., 24 percent ahead of last year's total of 28,226, thus surpassing the entire 2012 sales volume of 35,043. "Having sold more cars in the first 10 months of this year than the entire total of our 2012 record year is quite a feat, and it is rewarding to see that nearly half of our sales success is carried by our two-door sports cars," said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. "This bodes well for the final two months and is the perfect set-up for the upcoming market introduction of the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the top-of-the-line 911 models, the GT3 and 911 Turbo and, especially, the world premiere of our fifth model line, the Macan, at the Los Angeles Auto Show." The Cayenne model line continued its strong performance with 1,669 units sold this month (plus 2 percent over last October). For the year, 15,582 Cayenne models have been sold in the U.S. – a year-over-year increase of 30 percent. The 911 model line, which will round out its 50th anniversary celebration this year, impressed with 748 units sold in October, up 27 percent over the same period last year. The Boxster/Cayman mid-engine models, together with the rear-engine 911, account for roughly 40 percent of overall Porsche sales in the U.S. this year. Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 883 for October 2013, which brings the year-to-date total to 13,222 units.
  17. Nissan U.S. Sales Increase 14.2% For October Record NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan U.S. sales in October increased 14.2 percent to 91,018, up from last year’s total of 79,865. Nissan Division sales also set an October record with 81,866 deliveries, a 15.4 percent increase over the prior year. Sales of Infiniti vehicles totaled 9,152 units, up 4.5 percent. Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing and Service and Parts, Nissan U.S.A. said: "Nissan’s record October performance demonstrates that a Washington shutdown was not enough to shut down our sales momentum. With the all-new 2014 Rogue hitting dealer showrooms this month, we expect Nissan’s growth to continue to accelerate.” NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS Nissan division posted sales of 81,866 units, an October record representing a gain of 15.4 percent from 70,928 deliveries the prior year. Sales of Rogue crossovers set an October record at 12,919 units, up 53.1 percent, as Nissan prepares to launch the all-new 2014 Rogue later this month. Pathfinder sales in October jumped 90.4 percent to 5,793. Deliveries are up 182.7 percent calendar-year-to-date over the same period in 2012. Nissan LEAF sales also set an October record at 2,002, an increase of 26.8 percent over last year’s strong performance. LEAF deliveries are up 166.2 percent in 2013 Frontier sales jumped 71.8 percent in October to 5,242 units, thanks in part to the popularity and increased availability of fuel-efficient 4-cylinder models. INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS Infiniti today reported sales of 9,152 in October, up 4.5 percent from 8,757 units a year earlier. The all-new Infiniti Q50 saw sales of 2,556 units in October, and with two full months of sales, the luxury sports sedan has had 7,357 total deliveries. The Infiniti QX60 7-passenger luxury crossover also had another strong month in October with sales of 2,176 an increase of 4.4 percent. Later this month, the new 250-horsepower QX60 Hybrid goes on sale, offering V6-like performance and best-in-class combined EPA fuel economy. 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. October 2013 had 27 selling days, while October 2012 had 26 selling days.
  18. William Maley

    October 2013: Audi of America

    Nov 1, 2013 , HERNDON, Va. Audi achieves 34th consecutive monthly sales record in October; YTD sales up 13.4% Audi Q5, Q7 sales increased 39.4% and 38.6% in October Audi A6 sales jump 13.5% Premium segment vehicles up 17% to constitute 32.7% of year-to-date sales Audi reports October 2013 sales of 13,001 vehicles, an 11.0% increase over the previous October record set last year. October also stands as the brand’s 34th consecutive month of record sales. Audi sales year-to-date increased 13.4% to 127,412 vehicles sold. “With another monthly sales record, the sustainable Audi business model is on track to produce steady and profitable growth,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “We are confident that 2013 will stand as our fourth-straight record year.” October sales results were bolstered by sales of Audi luxury SUVs, with the Audi Q5 luxury crossover posting a 39.4% gain in October with 3,380 units delivered for the month. Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 38.6% to 1,403 vehicles sold for the month. Year-to-date sales for the Audi Q5 increased 43.3% while sales for the Audi Q7 increased 45.7%. Sedan sales remain strong with the Audi A6 leading with an increase of 13.5%. Coupe sales soared for this month with Audi TT numbers increased by 62.0% and A5 sales increased to 13.7%. Audi R8 sales continue to increase as customers responded to the updated 2014 models, including the Audi R8 V8, Audi R8 V10 and Audi R8 V10 plus. Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi Q7) increased 17% YTD, representing a steady 32.7% of total Audi sales year-to-date and 41% of the Audi year-to-date sales gain. Audi Certified pre-owned vehicles sales increased 30.9% in the month of October, with a year-to-date increase of 7.4%. Highlights: Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 15.8% for the S4 sedan; 29.9% for the S5/ RS 5; 7.9% for the S6; 21.6% for the S7 / RS 7; 15.1% for the S8. Sales of Audi A5 increased 13.7% and A6 increased to 13.5% compared to October 2012; YTD A5 sales grew 11.6%, A6 sales grew to 13.5% compared to previous period. Sales of Audi TT increased 62.0% compared to October 2012. Sales of the Audi Q5 increased 39.4% compared to October 2012; YTD sales grew 43.3% compared to previous period. Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 38.6% compared to October 2012; YTD sales grew 45.7% compared to previous period. Audi sold 437 allroad models in October 2013, bringing YTD sales to 4,558 of the sport wagon, a 103.2% increase compared to previous period. Audi R8 sales up 38.3% compared to October 2012. Sales mix for Audi A6 TDI finished the month at 13.1%; sales mix for the Audi Q5 TDI finished the month at 14.2%, and sales mix for the Audi Q7 TDI finished the month at 27.2%. The Audi A3 is being phased out in advance of the all-new A3 sedan arriving in the U.S. market next spring. Audi Certified pre-owned sales increased 30.9% to 3,486 vehicles in October; YTD increased 7.4% to 32,556 vehicles sold.
  19. William Maley

    Sales Figure Ticker: October 2013

    William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 1, 2013 Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 52.0% Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 32.0% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 22.4% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 19.4% General Motors Co. - Up 15.7% Nissan North America - Up 14.2% Ford Motor Company - Up 14.0% Audi of America - Up 11.0% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 11.0% Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 11.0% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 8.8% American Honda Motor Co. - Up 7.1% Hyundai Motor America - Up 7.0% Mazda North American Operations - Up 6.0% BMW Group U.S. - Up 2.9% Kia Motors America - Down 6.4% Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Down 6.7% Volkswagen of America - Down 18.0% Brands: Jaguar - Up 117.0% Lincoln - Up 38.4% Land Rover - Up 37.0% Subaru - Up 32.0% Buick - Up 31.2% Mercedes-Benz - Up 25.4% Sprinter - Up 22.3% Ram - Up 22.0% Mitsubishi - Up 19.4% GMC - Up 15.7% Nissan - Up 15.4% Chevrolet - Up 14.7% Lexus - Up 14.5% Ford - Up 13.2% Acura - Up 13.2% Dodge - Up 12.0% Audi - Up 11.0% Porsche - Up 11.0% Cadillac - Up 9.5% Toyota - Up 8.0% Hyundai - Up 7.0% Jeep - Up 7.0% Chrysler - Up 6.0% Mazda - Up 6.0% Infiniti - Up 4.5% BMW - Up 4.2% Honda - Up 1.8% Fiat - Down 1.0% MINI - Down 3.2% Kia - Down 6.4% Volvo - Down 6.7% Volkswagen - Down 18.0% Smart - Down 48.6% 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.
  20. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com November 1, 2013 Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 52.0% Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 32.0% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 22.4% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 19.4% General Motors Co. - Up 15.7% Nissan North America - Up 14.2% Ford Motor Company - Up 14.0% Audi of America - Up 11.0% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 11.0% Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 11.0% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 8.8% American Honda Motor Co. - Up 7.1% Hyundai Motor America - Up 7.0% Mazda North American Operations - Up 6.0% BMW Group U.S. - Up 2.9% Kia Motors America - Down 6.4% Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Down 6.7% Volkswagen of America - Down 18.0% Brands: Jaguar - Up 117.0% Lincoln - Up 38.4% Land Rover - Up 37.0% Subaru - Up 32.0% Buick - Up 31.2% Mercedes-Benz - Up 25.4% Sprinter - Up 22.3% Ram - Up 22.0% Mitsubishi - Up 19.4% GMC - Up 15.7% Nissan - Up 15.4% Chevrolet - Up 14.7% Lexus - Up 14.5% Ford - Up 13.2% Acura - Up 13.2% Dodge - Up 12.0% Audi - Up 11.0% Porsche - Up 11.0% Cadillac - Up 9.5% Toyota - Up 8.0% Hyundai - Up 7.0% Jeep - Up 7.0% Chrysler - Up 6.0% Mazda - Up 6.0% Infiniti - Up 4.5% BMW - Up 4.2% Honda - Up 1.8% Fiat - Down 1.0% MINI - Down 3.2% Kia - Down 6.4% Volvo - Down 6.7% Volkswagen - Down 18.0% Smart - Down 48.6% 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
  21. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com October 1, 2013 Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 14.7% Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 13% BMW Group U.S. - Up 8.3% Audi of America - Up 6.2% Ford Motor Company - Up 5.8% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 5.8% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 1.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 1% Toyota Motor Sales - Down 4.3% Nissan North America - Down 5.5% Mazda North American Operations - Down 6.9% Hyundai Motor America - Down 8.2% American Honda Motor Co. - Down 9.9% General Motors Co. - Down 11% Volkswagen of America - Down 12.2% Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Down 15.9% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 16.7% Kia Motors America - Down 21% Brands: Jaguar - Up 30.8% Sprinter - Up 30.0% Subaru - Up 14.7% Porsche - Up 13% Cadillac - Up 9.9% BMW - Up 8.3% MINI - Up 8.3% Ram - Up 8% Mercedes-Benz - Up 6.7% Buick - Up 6.5% Ford - Up 6.3% Audi - Up 6.2% Dodge - Up 3% Chrysler - Up 2% Lexus - Down 4.2% Toyota - Down 4.3% Infiniti - Down 4.3% Jeep - Down 5% Lincoln - Down 5.1% Nissan - Down 5.6% Land Rover - Down 6.8% Mazda - Down 6.9% Hyundai - Down 8.2% Honda - Down 8.7% GMC - Down 9.7% Volkswagen - Down 12.2% Chevrolet - Down 14.7% Volvo - Down 15.9% Mitsubishi - Down 16.7% Acura - Down 18.9% Kia - Down 21% Fiat - Down 24% Smart - Down 39.3% 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
  22. William Maley

    Sales Figure Ticker - September 2013

    William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com October 1, 2013 Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 14.7% Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 13% BMW Group U.S. - Up 8.3% Audi of America - Up 6.2% Ford Motor Company - Up 5.8% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 5.8% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 1.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 1% Toyota Motor Sales - Down 4.3% Nissan North America - Down 5.5% Mazda North American Operations - Down 6.9% Hyundai Motor America - Down 8.2% American Honda Motor Co. - Down 9.9% General Motors Co. - Down 11% Volkswagen of America - Down 12.2% Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Down 15.9% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 16.7% Kia Motors America - Down 21% Brands: Jaguar - Up 30.8% Sprinter - Up 30.0% Subaru - Up 14.7% Porsche - Up 13% Cadillac - Up 9.9% BMW - Up 8.3% MINI - Up 8.3% Ram - Up 8% Mercedes-Benz - Up 6.7% Buick - Up 6.5% Ford - Up 6.3% Audi - Up 6.2% Dodge - Up 3% Chrysler - Up 2% Lexus - Down 4.2% Toyota - Down 4.3% Infiniti - Down 4.3% Jeep - Down 5% Lincoln - Down 5.1% Nissan - Down 5.6% Land Rover - Down 6.8% Mazda - Down 6.9% Hyundai - Down 8.2% Honda - Down 8.7% GMC - Down 9.7% Volkswagen - Down 12.2% Chevrolet - Down 14.7% Volvo - Down 15.9% Mitsubishi - Down 16.7% Acura - Down 18.9% Kia - Down 21% Fiat - Down 24% Smart - Down 39.3% 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.

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