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  1. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com February 1, 2013 Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 32% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 24.8 Ford Motor Company - Up 21.8% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 21.6% Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 21.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 16% General Motors - Up 15.9% American Honda - Up 12.8% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 10.7% Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 9.3% Audi of America - Up 7.5% Volkswagen of America - Up 6.7% Hyundai Motor America - Up 2.4% BMW Group U.S. - Up 2.3% Kia Motors America - Up 2.2% Nissan North America, Inc. - Up 2.0% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 1% American Suzuki Motor Corporation - Down 1% Mazda North American Operations - Down 11.2% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  2. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com April 2, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 41% Audi of America, Inc - Up 14.4% Subaru of America, Inc - Up 13.3% BMW Group U.S. - Up 11.2% American Honda - Up 7.1% General Motors - Up 6.4% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 6.3% Ford Motor Company - Up 5.7% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 5% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 4% Volkswagen of America, Inc. - Up 3.1% Nissan North America, Inc. - Up 1% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 1% Mazda North American Operations - Down 1.1% Hyundai Motor America - Down 2% Kia Motors America - Down 14.6% Volvo Cars of North America - Down 19.8% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 26% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  3. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com March 1, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 31% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 27.8% Audi of America - Up 27.5% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 22.2% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 18% Subaru of America - Up 11% Ford Motor Company - Up 9% General Motors - Up 7.2% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 4.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 4% Volkswagen of America - Up 2.9% Hyundai Motor America - Up 2% American Honda - Down 2% BMW Group U.S. - Down 2.2% Mazda North American Operations - Down 2.8% Nissan North America - Down 6.6% Volvo Cars of North America - Down 7.5% Kia Motors America - Down 7.8% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  4. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com February 1, 2013 Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 32% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 24.8 Ford Motor Company - Up 21.8% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 21.6% Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 21.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 16% General Motors - Up 15.9% American Honda - Up 12.8% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 10.7% Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 9.3% Audi of America - Up 7.5% Volkswagen of America - Up 6.7% Hyundai Motor America - Up 2.4% BMW Group U.S. - Up 2.3% Kia Motors America - Up 2.2% Nissan North America, Inc. - Up 2.0% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 1% American Suzuki Motor Corporation - Down 1% Mazda North American Operations - Down 11.2% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. View full article
  5. Mitsubishi Motors Reports Record Outlander Sport Sales In June CYPRESS, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported that the U.S.-built Outlander Sport in June showed its best-ever sales for a single month. The 2,634 units sold represent a year-over-year sales increase of more than 80 percent. The record total marks the tenth consecutive month of sales increases for the fuel-efficient CUV. Outlander Sport sales are up more than 54 percent year to date. "We can't emphasize enough the importance of Outlander Sport's recent designation as a "Top Safety Pick+" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa. "Consumers can now add class-leading safety to high fuel-efficiency and an attractive price as reasons to consider our CUV." Early sales of the all-new 2014 Outlander contributed to a 58 percent increase in Outlander sales for the month compared to June 2012. Overall Outlander sales are up more than 25 percent year-to-date. "The all-new 2014 Outlander, with its cutting-edge safety technology, should be available in all Mitsubishi dealerships across the country," Yokozawa added. "With Outlander Sport and now the all-new Outlander, we feel we have a very solid one-two punch." Sales of Mitsubishi models currently in production were up 40 percent compared to June 2012. However due to discontinued models, total overall Mitsubishi sales were down 2 percent.
  6. IRVINE, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today reported sales in excess of 50,000 units for the second straight month, as the all-new 2014 Cadenza reached the 1,000 unit mark for the first time following the launch of the flagship sedan's national marketing campaign. With 50,536 total vehicles sold, the U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan was the brand's best seller for the 19th consecutive month, and together with the Sorento CUV – also built in West Point, Georgia – accounted for more than 40 percent of Kia's June sales. The Soul urban passenger vehicle also recorded strong monthly sales of 11,287 units. Kia is in the midst of launching seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles this calendar year, including the 2014 Sorento CUV and Cadenza and Forte sedans on sale now. Later this year, all-new versions of the Soul, Forte Koup and Forte 5-door, as well as a refreshed Optima midsize sedan, are scheduled to arrive in showrooms. Each of these new products continues Kia's commitment to advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining world-class design with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities and affordable pricing.
  7. Hyundai Motor America Reports Best June And Mid-Year Sales Ever Elantra up 26 percent for the month Santa Fe, Automobile Magazine's Family Crossover for 2013, up 14 percent for the month COSTA MESA, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 65,007 units, up two percent versus the same period in 2012 and up one percent the first six months of the year. "June was another record-breaking sales month for us in what has been a strong first half of the year," said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of national sales. "We clearly felt the impact of the summer selling surge and our improved availability of award-winning vehicles was perfectly timed. Important third-party accolades, such as Genesis taking J.D. Power's trophy for highest initial quality in the midsize premium car segment and the all-new Santa Fe being named Automobile Magazine's Family Crossover for 2013, also continue to build strong momentum for our brand." "With all of our plants continuing to operate at maximum capacity, sales of the U.S.-built Elantra soared 26 percent over June 2012," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "Our Hyundai Assurance Connected Care program, now free for three years on most Hyundai models, continues to draw customers to our website and showrooms." Fleet mix registered about 19 percent for the month. Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 6,775 a June record, up 7.5 percent over June 2012.
  8. BMW Group U.S. Reports June 2013 Sales BMW brand sales up 24.6 percent, best June ever MINI brand sales up 9.6 percent, best month ever WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported June sales of 33,645 vehicles, an increase of 21.4 percent from the 27,720 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 9.0 percent on sales of 172,787 in the first six months of 2013 compared to 158,563 in the same period in 2012. "There is nothing like an abundance of new and popular models to drive sales, resulting in new U.S. sales records for BMW, MINI and pre-owned BMW," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. "We started this year with confidence and optimism; the sales results have verified our viewpoint and we are very much looking forward to the second half with more new models on the way including the new X5." BMW Brand Sales Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 24.6 percent in June for a total of 27,074 compared to 21,725 vehicles sold in June, 2012. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.0 percent on sales of 140,431 compared to 126,504 sold in the first six months of 2012. In June, best performing vehicles included the 3 Series, up 62.6 percent to 10,957 units; the 6 Series, up 119.5 percent to 1,409 units; the 7 Series, up 58.6 percent to 855 units and the X3 SAV, up 5.5 percent to 2,981 units. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In June, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 2.7 percent to 13,859 vehicles compared to the 13,489 vehicles sold in June, 2012. January through June, BMW used vehicle sales are up 5.2 percent on volume of 86,559 compared to 82,282 in the same period of 2012. This has been the best first six months sales result for BMW Pre-Owned, exceeding the previous record year of 2010. MINI Brand Sales – best month ever MINI USA reported the best month ever in June with sales of 6,571 automobiles, an increase of 9.6 percent from the 5,995 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 0.9 percent on volume of 32,356 compared to 32,059 in the first six months of 2012. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles In June, sales of MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 16.3 percent to 1,877 automobiles from the 1,614 sold in June, 2012. MINI NEXT had a strong month with 100 percent increase over June 2012, and 113.2 percent increase year-to-date. January through June, MINI used vehicle sales are up 18.5 percent on volume of 10,324 compared to 8,710 in the same period of 2012.
  9. July 2, 2013 SUBARU REPORTS 42 PERCENT INCREASE IN JUNE SALES; BEST-EVER JUNE FOR FORESTER AND OUTBACK Subaru reaches 200,000 vehicle sales during the first six months of 2013 – a record-setting pace Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 39,235 vehicle sales for the month of June, a 42 percent increase over June 2012. The company also posted best-ever June sales for Forester and Outback models. Year-to-date sales for Subaru total 204,597 – 25 percent higher than the same period in 2012. June Forester sales totaled 10,170, a 41 percent increase over June 2012 and best-ever June for the model. The 2014 Forester was recently named a 2013 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Subaru Forester is also the highest-safety-rated small SUV by IIHS. June was also a record month for Outback sales. Monthly sales for the popular Outback model totaled 12,210, 32 percent higher than June 2012. “We are thrilled to close the first half of 2013 with such record numbers,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “Our products are being well-received and we are looking forward to adding Subaru’s first-ever hybrid vehicle to our product line-up later this year.” “Subaru sold more than 200,000 vehicles in six months, which is a record setting pace for our brand,” said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. “Consumers are looking for safety, versatility and durability; shoppers are finding that in Subaru showrooms.”
  10. July 2, 2013 , HERNDON, Va. Audi achieves 30th consecutive month of record U.S. sales with best June results ever June 2013 also marked the best first half of any year since Audi began selling cars in the U.S. market Del Rosso: Audi sales momentum shares core traits of Audi Le Mans racing dominance Audi Q5, Q7 sales remain strong; premium segment vehicles rose 19% Audi today reported June 2013 sales of 13,706 vehicles, an 8.2% increase over the previous June record set last year and the second best month ever for the brand. June also marks the best first half of any year since Audi began selling cars in the U.S. market, as well as the 30th consecutive month of record Audi U.S. sales. . Year-to-date Audi 2013 sales increased 14% to 74,277 vehicles sold. “The momentum seen in Audi sales month after month flows from a commitment to advanced products, careful preparation and a steady strategic plan,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “It’s the same formula displayed in our 12th victory at Le Mans last month and the Truth in 24 documentaries on the dominance of Audi endurance racing. This is how Audi functions, and the planning that led to our 30th straight month of record sales serves as a ‘Truth in 30’ moment in our race for U.S. premium car success.” Audi luxury SUV sales continue to climb, with the Audi Q7 posting a 78.3% gain in June with 1,227 units delivered for the month. Sales of the Audi Q5 luxury crossover increased 25.6% to 3,493 vehicles sold for the month. Audi is poised for a full-market launch of the 2014 Q5 TDI and the performance-oriented 2014 SQ5 models later this year. Sales of the Audi A5 jumped 13.3% over the same period last year to 1,821 vehicles sold for the month, while the Audi A8 flagship sedan posted strong year-over-year sales gains with a 21.6% increase year-to-date. Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (Audi A8, Audi A7, Audi A6, and Audi Q7) increased 19% YTD, representing 31.9% of total Audi sales year-to-date and 42% of the Audi year-to-date sales gain. “We’re now entering the second half of the year with solid momentum, sufficient allocation of cars to meet demand and the expectation that 2013 will be our third consecutive year of record results,” Del Rosso said. Highlights: Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 14.5% for the S4 sedan; 32.3% for the S5/ RS 5; 9.6% for the S6; 16.5% for the S7; 14.9% for the S8; 38.7% for the TTS / TT RS and TTS Roadster. Audi A5 sales up 13.3% compared to June 2012; YTD sales grew 18.8% compared to previous period. Sales of Audi A6 increased 8.4% compared to June 2012; YTD sales grew 15.8% compared to previous period. Sales of the Audi Q5 increased 25.6% compared to June 2012; YTD sales grew 35.2% compared to previous period. Sales of the Audi Q7 increased 78.3% compared to June 2012; YTD sales grew 47.9% compared to previous period. Audi sold 576 allroad models in June, bringing YTD sales to 2,747 of the sport wagon. Sales mix for Audi A8 TDI finish the month at 10.4%; sales mix for the Audi Q7 TDI finish the month at 25.3%. Audi Certified pre-owned sales increased 1.6% to 3,399 vehicles in June; YTD increased 4.6% to 19,185 vehicles sold.
  11. GM Reports Highest Monthly Sales Since September 2008 Chevrolet and GMC large pickup sales up 29 percent in June; 23 percent in first half DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sold 264,843 vehicles in the United States in June, up 6 percent compared with a year ago. Deliveries to retail customers increased 14 percent while fleet sales declined 9 percent due to the timing of customer deliveries. Total crossover sales were up 9 percent compared with a year ago; passenger car sales were up 4 percent, and truck sales, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, were up 8 percent. All four GM brands posted higher retail sales, with Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac posting double-digit increases. “Our Chevrolet, Buick-GMC and Cadillac dealers reported strong retail deliveries across the board in June and for the first six months of the year,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “We have good momentum heading into the second half of 2013: the economic outlook is solid and our launch vehicles are performing well in the marketplace.” GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate for light vehicles in June was 15.8 million units, the highest level since November 2007. “America’s families are better off than they were at the beginning of the year and they believe – with good justification – that the economic expansion is going to continue,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM chief economist. “Even moderate economic growth will be enough to keep the auto sales rate in the second half of the year at healthy levels around the mid 15 million-unit mark.” June Sales Highlights (vs. 2012) Combined sales of GM’s mini, small and compact cars were up 59 percent. Large pickups were up 29 percent, luxury car sales were up 22 percent and compact crossovers were up 8 percent. Cadillac passenger car sales increased 38 percent on the strength of the all-new ATS and XTS, helping drive the brand’s fastest growth since 1976. Chevrolet mini, small and compact car sales were up 66 percent. Total sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra increased 29 percent and 33 percent respectively. Combined, dealers delivered more than 6,000 all-new 2014 crew cab models, and the “days to turn” is 10 days. The Chevrolet Cruze set an all-time monthly sales record, and Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Sonic each had their best-ever June sales. The Chevrolet Equinox had its best month ever with sales up 14 percent. Equinox deliveries have increased for 18 consecutive months. Chevrolet Impala retail deliveries rose 62 percent. Buick retail sales have increased for 14 consecutive months and the brand had its best June retail sales in seven years, on the strength of Buick Verano sales. Calendar Year-to-Date Sales Highlights (vs. 2012) Cadillac was the industry’s fastest-growing luxury brand with a first-half sales increase of 33 percent. Retail sales of GM’s redesigned medium crossovers have been very strong: the Buick Enclave was up 24 percent, the Chevrolet Traverse 21 percent and the GMC Acadia 16 percent. Crossover sales were up 16 percent compared with a year ago, passenger car sales were up 1 percent and truck sales were up 11 percent. Large pickup sales were up 23 percent, including a 49 percent increase in Silverado and Sierra sales to small business customers, who are benefiting from the recovery in housing and overall economic growth.
  12. Chrysler Group LLC Reports June 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 8 Percent; Best June Sales in Six Years Best June sales since 2007 39th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each post sales increases in June compared with same month a year ago Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in June Ram Truck brand sales up 23 percent; largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in June and best June sales since 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee sales up 33 percent in June; all Jeep brand vehicles in production record double-digit percentage sales gains Dodge Durango sales up 39 percent; largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group vehicle in June Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Challenger win AutoPacific 2013 Best-In-Class Vehicle Satisfaction Award July 2, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 156,686 units, an 8 percent increase compared with sales in June 2012 (144,811 units), and the group’s best June sales since 2007. The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in June compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand’s 23 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in June. Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 39-consecutive months in June. “Last month Chrysler Group set seven individual vehicle line sales records and achieved our 39th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth. The fundamentals for continued industry gains in new vehicle sales remain intact,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 33 percent in June, the largest percentage sales gain of any Jeep brand vehicle in the month. It was the Grand Cherokee’s best June sales in eight years. All Jeep brand vehicles in production recorded year-over-year sales gains in June. Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in the month of June. The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot SUVs each recorded their best June sales ever. The Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Dart compact sedan also registered their best sales for the month of June. The Ram Cargo Van had its best sales month since launch. Sales of the Dodge Durango full-size SUV were up 39 percent, the largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group vehicle in the month. Chrysler Group finished the month with a 68-days supply of inventory (408,336 units). U.S. industry sales figures for June are projected at an estimated 16.0 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). June 2013 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales were up 23 percent, the brand’s best June sales since 2007. The Ram pickup truck, with its 24 percent sales gain, logged its best June sales since 2007. It was the Ram pickup truck’s 38th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Light Duty Ram pickup were up 36 percent, driven by the Quad and Crew Cab pickups, while Heavy Duty Ram sales were up 5 percent. The Ram Cargo Van had its best sales month since launched in 2011. When the 2014 Ram 1500 full-size pickup arrives in dealerships in the fourth quarter this year, it will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, unsurpassed torque and impressive capability. The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty, with the all-new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8, will deliver best-in-class horsepower and best-in-class torque among pickups with gasoline engines. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 12 percent in June, the brand’s best June sales since 2007 and its 25th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Dodge Durango full-size SUV were up 39 percent, the largest percentage year-over-year sales gain of any Chrysler Group vehicle in June. Sales of the Dodge Charger were up 15 percent, its best June sales since 2007. The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Dart compact sedan each recorded their best June sales ever, and earned two respected awards during the month. Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com picked the Dart as one of its “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000,” while the Challenger tied for Best-In-Class Sporty Car in AutoPacific’s 17th-annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The Challenger has set seven-consecutive monthly sales records. Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were up 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago, the brand’s best June sales since 2007. Sales of the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan were up 14 percent, a sales record for the month of June. The Chrysler 200 Convertible was recognized as the “Best Full-Size Convertible” in June by the Southern Automotive Media Association during its third annual “Topless in Miami” Convertible Awards. Chrysler Town & Country minivan sales were up 18 percent, the minivan’s best June sales since 2006. Already the most-awarded minivan, the Town & Country in June earned another honor as the highest-ranking minivan in the J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Initial Quality Study. In addition, for the second time in the last three years, automotive research group AutoPacific named the Town & Country as its Best-In-Class Minivan. FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales were up 1 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago. It was the brand’s best June sales since the Fiat 500 was launched in 2011 and its 16th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The FIAT brand’s product lineup expanded in June as the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L began arriving in FIAT studios across the country with a starting price of $19,100 and four value-loaded models. The 500L expands the appeal of the iconic 500, with two more doors, accommodations for five passengers, best-in-class interior volume (120.1 cu. ft.) and advanced European technology. The brand picked up several new awards in June. Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com chose the 2013 Fiat 500 as one of its picks for this year’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.” Also, the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio was recognized as the “Best Small Convertible” by the Southern Automotive Media Association during its “Topless in Miami” Convertible Awards in June. It is the third time that the FIAT brand has been awarded this honor. The Fiat 500c by Gucci Edition won in 2012, as did the Fiat 500 Cabrio during the inaugural event in 2011. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales were up slightly in June, the brand’s best June sales since 2005. All Jeep brand models in production recorded sales gains in June compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot each recorded their best June sales ever. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 33 percent, its best June sales since 2005. The Grand Cherokee’s 33 percent sales gain was the largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model during the month. For the third year in a row, AutoPacific named the Grand Cherokee Best-In-Class Mid-Size SUV in its Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Sales of the Compass compact SUV were up 24 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago, while Patriot sales were up 20 percent. Available to consumers in the third quarter of this year, the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be offered at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $22,995 (plus $995 destination). The Cherokee’s starting price is hundreds of dollars less than the outgoing Liberty model, while offering more fuel economy, more advanced safety and technology features, even more class-leading 4x4 capability, a modern and progressive new design, and significantly improved everyday on-road ride and handling.
  13. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com March 1, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 31% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 27.8% Audi of America - Up 27.5% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 22.2% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 18% Subaru of America - Up 11% Ford Motor Company - Up 9% General Motors - Up 7.2% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 4.3% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 4% Volkswagen of America - Up 2.9% Hyundai Motor America - Up 2% American Honda - Down 2% BMW Group U.S. - Down 2.2% Mazda North American Operations - Down 2.8% Nissan North America - Down 6.6% Volvo Cars of North America - Down 7.5% Kia Motors America - Down 7.8% William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. View full article
  14. Chrysler Group LLC Reports April 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 11 Percent; Best April Sales in Six Years Best April sales since 2007 37th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records for month of April Dodge Dart compact car records highest monthly sales since 2012 vehicle launch Dodge Durango sales up 65 percent; best April sales since 2005 Jeep® Grand Cherokee sales up 27 percent; best April sales since 2005 Ram Truck brand sales up 49 percent; largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in April May 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 156,698 units, an 11 percent increase compared with sales in April 2012 (141,165 units), and the group’s best April sales since 2007. The Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in April compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand’s 49 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in April. Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 37-consecutive months in April. “Chrysler Group’s best April sales in six years helped to maintain our sales momentum and drove us to our 37th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Our sales last month were solid across the board with seven Chrysler Group vehicles recording their best April sales ever.” The Dodge Durango’s 65 percent sales increase was the largest sales gain of any Dodge brand vehicle in April and second only to the Ram Cargo Van’s 110 percent sales gain among Chrysler Group vehicles. Jeep brand sales rebounded in April as all Jeep brand models except Jeep Liberty, which is no longer in production, posted sales gains last month. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 27 percent in April compared with the same month a year ago, its best April sales in eight years. Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in the month of April. The Jeep Compass compact SUV and the Jeep Wrangler each logged their best April sales ever, as did the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Fiat 500, and Ram Cargo Van. The all-new Dodge Dart compact car had its best sales month since the vehicle was launched in June last year. Chrysler Group finished the month with a 66-days supply of inventory (415,019 units). U.S. industry sales figures for April are projected at an estimated 15.4 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). April 2013 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales were up 49 percent, the largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in April. It was the brand’s best April sales since 2007. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 49 percent in April, the pickup truck’s 36th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The 49 percent sales gain was the pickup truck’s best April sales in six years. Sales of the Light Duty Ram pickup were up 54 percent, driven by the Quad Cab pickups, while Heavy Duty Ram sales were up 30 percent. The Ram Cargo Van set a sales record for the month of April with its 110 percent sales gain. The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn earned a spot on Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2013 list in April. WardsAuto editors selected the top passenger compartments after spending February and March evaluating 46 vehicles that are all-new or feature significantly-upgraded interiors. WardsAuto said the Ram 1500 is a spectacular, emotive interior that sets a high standard other automakers will be hard-pressed to emulate. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 18 percent, the brand’s best April sales since 2008 and its 23nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Dodge Durango full-size SUV were up 65 percent, its best April sales in eight years. Production of the new 2014 Dodge Durango, with its standard state-of-the-art, class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission, is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The Durango’s sales gain was the largest percentage increase of any Dodge brand model in the month. The Dodge Journey full-size crossover and the Dodge Challenger each set a sales record for the month of April. Sales of the Challenger increased 17 percent, while Journey sales were up 14 percent. The all-new Dodge Dart continued on its upward sales trend with its month-over-month increase in April, the compact car’s best monthly sales since Dodge dealers began selling the model in June last year. Two Dodge brand models earned awards this week at the Texas Auto Writers Association’s (TAWA) 2013 Auto Roundup at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 took home the award for Performance Coupe of Texas, while the Dodge Journey Crew earned the Activity Vehicle of Texas award. After a day of demanding driving at the racetrack in Fort Worth, journalists voted on their favorites and Chrysler Group secured seven of the possible 19 awards – the most of any participating manufacturer at the event. Jeep® Brand Improving Jeep production in April helped Jeep brand sales to rebound with an 2 percent year-over-year sales gain for the month, the brand’s best April sales since 2007. All Jeep models in production recorded sales gains in April compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Compass compact SUV and the Jeep Wrangler each set a sales record for the month of April. Sales of the Compass were up 23 percent, while sales of the Jeep Wrangler, winner of Four Wheeler magazine’s prestigious 2013 Four Wheeler of the Year Award, were up 10 percent in April. The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s 27 percent increase was its best sales month so far this year and its best April sales in eight years. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT earned TAWA’s Performance Utility of Texas award at this week’s Auto Roundup in Texas. FIAT Brand The Fiat 500 set a sales record for the month of April with its 1 percent increase. It was the model’s 14th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Fiat 500 Abarth, with its 22 percent sales gain, had the largest year-over-year percentage increase of any of the 500 models in April. The Fiat 500 Turbo took home the award for Sub-Compact Car of Texas during this week’s TAWA Auto Roundup at the Texas Motor Speedway. This summer, the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle will join the 500 model lineup in the state of California. The 500e will be offered to California residents at launch with a $199 a month/$999 due at signing lease for 36 months, same as the current lease offer on a Fiat 500 Pop powered by a gas engine. Chrysler Brand The Chrysler Town & Country minivan logged a 4 percent sales increase in April, its best April sales in three years. The Town & Country this year won the Polk Automotive Loyalty Award in the “Minivan” category for a record 12th-consecutive time. Chrysler brand sales were down 13 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Two Chrysler brand models earned awards this week at TAWA’s Auto Roundup. The Chrysler Town & Country Limited minivan took home the award for Minivan of Texas, while the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition earned the Best New Interior award. The Chrysler brand has two special edition models coming to dealerships shortly. Production of the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition began in April. It will begin arriving in dealerships this month. The 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition is expected to arrive in dealerships later this quarter.
  15. By William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com April 2, 2013 Porsche Cars North America - Up 41% Audi of America, Inc - Up 14.4% Subaru of America, Inc - Up 13.3% BMW Group U.S. - Up 11.2% American Honda - Up 7.1% General Motors - Up 6.4% Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 6.3% Ford Motor Company - Up 5.7% Chrysler Group LLC - Up 5% Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 4% Volkswagen of America, Inc. - Up 3.1% Nissan North America, Inc. - Up 1% Toyota Motor Sales - Up 1% Mazda North American Operations - Down 1.1% Hyundai Motor America - Down 2% Kia Motors America - Down 14.6% Volvo Cars of North America - Down 19.8% Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 26% 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
  16. Oct. 1, 2013 Nissan U.S. Sales Total 86,868 Vehicles In September NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan U.S. sales in September totaled 86,868, down 5.5 percent from last year's total of 91,907. Nissan Division sales finished at 77,828 units, a decrease of 5.6 percent. Sales of Infiniti vehicles totaled 9,040 units, down 4.3 percent. Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing, Service and Parts, Nissan U.S.A. said: "September was a unique month with fewer selling days than the prior year with the Labor Day weekend falling into August sales reporting for the first time in several years. While this skewed year-to-year comparisons we are optimistic that strong auto sales will continue into the fourth quarter." NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS Nissan Division posted sales of 77,828 units, a decrease of 5.6 percent from 82,462 the prior year. Nissan LEAF set a September sales record finishing the month with 1,953 deliveries, an increase of 99 percent year over year. Once again, Atlanta was the No. 1 LEAF market in the U.S., as electric vehicle sales increases spread from the West Coast to a new wave of markets. Versa deliveries increased 9.5 percent over the prior year to 8,776, with sales of the all-new 2014 Versa Note beginning to pick up momentum. Versa continues to be the leader among subcompacts for 2013. Sales of Rogue crossovers totaled 11,353 in September as Nissan prepares to launch the all-new, 2014 Rogue later this year. Nissan is conducting a special reservation program for the all-new Rogue, which will be produced at the company's Smyrna, Tenn. manufacturing plant. Pathfinder sales continue to increase, up 72.8 percent to 5,537 in September. Deliveries are up 295 percent calendar-year-to-date over the same period in 2012. Frontier sales jumped 7 percent in September to 4,662 units. Diaz said, "Anticipation is building for the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue, which we expect to begin selling next month. Rogue marks the last of our five top-selling models to be completely redesigned in the past 15 months, a strategy that also has driven stronger sales of Altima, Sentra, Versa and Pathfinder. We expect that demand for these new products will continue to accelerate our sales momentum." INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS Infiniti today reported sales of 9,040 in September, down 4.3 percent from 9,445 units a year earlier. September marked the first full month of sales for the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50, and the luxury sports sedan had sales of 2,367, with a total of 4,801 units since it went on sale in early August. Sales of Infiniti sports sedans, which include the 2013 Infiniti G Sedan, totaled 4,144 in September, an increase of 47.6 percent, bringing the automaker's sales of luxury passenger cars to be up 28.3 percent for the month. 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. September 2013 had 23 selling days, while September 2012 had 25 selling days. Adjusted for selling days, Nissan sales increased 102.6 percent over the prior year.
  17. VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA REPORTS JUNE 2014 SALES June sales total 28,827 units Golf GTI delivered 1,927 units for the month, the best month since March 2006 Passat delivered 7,222 units for the month Jetta sedan delivered 10,102 units for the month Tiguan delivered 2,416 units for the month High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel models accounted for 6,456 units, representing 22.4 percent of sales in June Year-to-date TDI sales were 42,140, representing 23.5 percent of sales Passat TDI sales were 2,316, representing 32.1 percent of sales of the vehicle marking the best year-to-date ever Herndon, VA (July 1, 2014) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported 28,827 units delivered in June. Last month, Volkswagen began delivering the all-new, seventh-generation 2015 Golf GTI. The all-new Golf GTI is off to a strong start boosting sales of the model to its best total sales since March 2006. The all-new 2015 Golf TSI and TDI Clean Diesel models will go on sale this August. In June, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the all-new, seventh-generation Golf and Golf GTI models, when equipped with optional forward collision warning, have earned the coveted 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating. “Our core models, the Passat and Jetta, continue to show strong demand in the market, particularly for our TDI clean diesel powertrains, “ said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America. “With the launch of the much-anticipated 2015 Golf GTI, as well as the upcoming introduction of the all-new 2015 Golf TSI and even more fuel efficient diesel engines, we are confident Volkswagen will be back on the shopping list for more customers.” The Chattanooga-built Passat totaled 7,222 units delivered for the month. In June the Passat TDI, the only clean diesel in the midsize sedan segment, delivered 2,316 clean diesels or 32.1 percent of total Passat sales. This marks the best year-to-date for Passat TDI® Clean Diesel. Total Jetta deliveries for June, including SportWagen, accounted for 12,090 units. The Tiguan and Touareg delivered 2,416 and 573 units respectively.
  18. Maserati North America, Inc. Reports Record Boost In Sales This November Maserati opens the holiday season with strong success ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maserati North America, Inc. reported its strongest November sales performance with a record (1,235 units) sold, signaling its twenty-second consecutive month of sales growth. This is the highest recorded November ever with a solid 206% increase versus 2013 year-to-date. One year after the Ghibli was successfully introduced to the North American market, sales continue to soar with Ghibli comprising of over 60% of North American sales for the Trident. As the brand's 100th Anniversary year nears its close, 2014 is proving to be its most significant with the most comprehensive and best-selling range in the history of the company. "Maserati is well on its way to tripling its sales in North America over the past two years, which is a tremendous accomplishment as a niche luxury automotive manufacturer," says Peter Grady, President & CEO of Maserati North America. "Driving a Maserati is a sensory experience, and once prospective buyers feel the craftsmanship and hear the signature engine note our clients already know so well, they quickly become converts to the brand," continues Grady. Now a strong competitor in its class with viable offerings in new segments, Maserati continues to attract new customers. This winter season, the new Ghibli and Quattroporte models continue to fuel the brand's rapid growth together with the continued appeal of the signature GranTurismo coupes and convertibles. Product enhancements such as added content and special trims are now available on the 2015 product line, and further distinguish Maserati in the marketplace with added Italian flair. Just in time for winter, the 2015 Ghibli is now offered with all-season tires on 19" wheels, reinforcing Maserati's unstoppable competitiveness.
  19. Mitsubishi Motors Reports Ninth Consecutive Month Of Year-Over-Year Sales Increases Best November sales since 2007 Outlander Sport sales up a full 30.1 percent from last November Mirage sales of over 1,300 units for ninth consecutive month Cypress, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) reported another outstanding sales month with November sales of 6,534 units, a 27.4 percent year-to-date sales increase. It was the best November sales total in the last seven years with a 7.6 percent increase over the sales total from November 2013, and the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year sales for MMNA. Mitsubishi Motors' American-made Outlander Sport 5-passenger crossover led the way with sales of 2,679 units for the month making it the best November sales month for the vehicle since its launch four years ago. What's more, November also marks the best year-to-date sales for Outlander Sport ever. The highly fuel-efficient Mirage 5-door sub-compact experienced sales of 1,333 units for the month, an exceptional 30.1 percent increase over the sales total from November 2013. Mirage sales for November represented the ninth straight month that the brand's lowest priced vehicle sales surpassed 1,300 units. The Mirage is the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered non-hybrid vehicle in America with an EPA fuel mileage rating of up to 37 mpg city / 44 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined. Not far behind the Mirage was the Lancer compact sports sedan with sales of 1,292 units (excludes Lancer Evolution and Lancer Sportback) for November – the best November sales month for this versatile vehicle in the last seven years. Both the ultra-high-performance Lancer Evolution and the recently redesigned Outlander 7-passenger crossover experienced a sales increase of 8.9 percent year-to-date. "We've seen nine consecutive months of year-over-year increases, with the Outlander Sport and the Mirage leading the way," said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen. "We've also had a strong November for our Outlander and Lancer and are on track to continue this momentum through the end of the year." Highlights of November sales include: Mitsubishi Motors total vehicle sales are up 27.7 percent year-to-date Outlander Sport sales are up 25.3 percent year-to-date Mirage sales are up 26.7 percent from November 2013 Best January-through-November sales for Lancer Evolution since 2008 Best January-through-November sales for Outlander in six years
  20. Toyota Motor Sales Reports 3 Percent Increase in November Toyota Division #1 Retail Brand Lexus posts best-ever November sales Light Trucks and SUVs set November records TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported total November 2014 sales results of 183,346 units, an increase of three percent over November 2013 on an unadjusted volume basis. When adjusted for 25 selling days in November 2014 versus 26 selling days in November 2013, sales increased 7.1 percent over year-ago month. Toyota division posted November 2014 sales of 155,874 units, up 2.3 percent. “Auto industry sales during Thanksgiving weekend were even better than expected,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “Consumer demand for light trucks continues unabated and Toyota dealers set new November sales records for light trucks and SUVs.” Lexus reported November sales of 27,472 units, a 7.3 percent increase on a raw volume basis year-over-year. “Lexus set an all-time November sales record thanks in part to the momentum surrounding the arrival of the newest edition to the lineup, the RC coupes,” said Steve Hearne, vice president for sales and dealer development. “As a result, Lexus outpaced the luxury market with strong growth for both passenger cars and utility vehicles.” Other Highlights: Total Light Truck sales up 7.1 percent, year-over-year Toyota 4Runner up more than 53 percent for the month Highlander post record November sales of 13,476, up 16.7 percent Tacoma sales up 3.3 RAV4 record November sales of 21,108 Lexus RX leads luxury segment, with sales of more than 9,500 units Lexus GX up about 20 percent Corolla posts sales of more than 25,000 units, up 14.2 percent Camry posts sales of nearly 29,000 units Lexus ES is volume leader with sales of 5,884 units Lexus IS increased 16 percent All-new RC posted sales of 880 units Lexus GS sales up 15.5 percent
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