By on April 1, 2011

March sales are coming in, and it looks to have been another month of steady growth for the US market. GM’s “core brand” sales were up 11 percent, Chrysler enjoyed a 31% increase in volume, while Ford’s sales grew 19 percent. For only the second time since 1998, Ford beat GM’s overall volume by 5,674. Meanwhile, Nissan recorded its strongest monthly sales in its history in the US market, and at came within 589 units of topping Chrysler’s volume. Honda’s sales rose 19 percent last month. Hit the jump for a developing table, and check back in for more sales data as it becomes available.

Automaker March 2011 March 2010 Pct. chng. 3 month
2011
3 month
2010
Pct. chng.
BMW Group* 26,426 21,712 22% 65,090 55,177 18%
BMW division 20,295 18,060 12% 52,617 46,323 14%
Mini 6,087 3,610 69% 12,341 8,728 41%
Rolls-Royce 44 42 5% 132 126 5%
BMW Group* 26,426 21,712 22% 65,090 55,177 18%
Chrysler Group LLC 121,730 92,623 31% 286,950 234,215 23%
Chrysler Division 20,463 19,780 4% 42,796 47,148 –9%
Dodge 44,102 29,506 50% 101,977 82,434 24%
Dodge/Ram 67,612 48,450 40% 158,801 123,620 29%
Fiat 500 –% 500 –%
Jeep 33,155 24,393 36% 84,853 63,447 34%
Ram 23,510 18,944 24% 56,824 41,186 38%
Chrysler Group LLC 121,730 92,623 31% 286,950 234,215 23%
Daimler AG** 22,976 20,707 11% 57,277 51,984 10%
Maybach 5 6 –17% 15 18 –17%
Mercedes-Benz 22,546 20,024 13% 55,995 50,569 11%
Smart USA 425 677 –37% 1,267 1,397 –9%
Daimler AG** 22,976 20,707 11% 57,277 51,984 10%
Ford Motor Co.*** 212,295 183,425 16% 495,508 441,708 12%
Ford division 203,794 159,009 28% 475,253 381,868 25%
Ford/Lincoln/Mercury 212,295 178,188 19% 495,508 427,702 16%
Lincoln 8,501 8,693 –2% 20,007 22,410 –11%
Mercury 10,486 –100% 248 23,424 –99%
Volvo 5,237 –100% 14,006 –100%
Ford Motor Co.*** 212,295 183,425 16% 495,508 441,708 12%
General Motors**** 206,621 188,011 10% 592,546 475,859 25%
Buick 15,663 12,954 21% 44,739 32,136 39%
Cadillac 12,164 11,639 5% 40,513 29,352 38%
Chevrolet 148,197 132,889 12% 416,505 337,785 23%
GMC 30,597 27,389 12% 90,789 68,619 32%
Hummer 294 –100% 855 –100%
Pontiac 109 –100% 582 –100%
Saab –% 606 –100%
Saturn 2,737 –100% 5,924 –100%
General Motors**** 206,621 188,011 10% 592,546 475,859 25%
Honda (American)† 133,650 108,262 24% 307,978 256,412 20%
Acura 12,611 11,722 8% 31,368 27,793 13%
Honda Division 121,039 96,540 25% 276,610 228,619 21%
Honda (American)† 133,650 108,262 24% 307,978 256,412 20%
Hyundai Group†† 106,052 77,524 37% 247,394 188,205 31%
Hyundai division 61,873 47,002 32% 142,620 111,509 28%
Kia 44,179 30,522 45% 104,774 76,696 37%
Hyundai Group†† 106,052 77,524 37% 247,394 188,205 31%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,315 3,709 16% 10,768 9,091 18%
Jaguar 874 893 –11% 2,501 2,375 5%
Land Rover 3,441 2,726 26% 8,267 6,716 23%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,315 3,709 16% 10,768 9,091 18%
Maserati 200 189 6% 473 394 20%
Maserati 200 189 6% 473 394 20%
Mazda 30,905 23,193 33% 64,559 55,941 15%
Mazda 30,905 23,193 33% 64,559 55,941 15%
Mitsubishi 7,560 5,434 39% 20,167 13,623 48%
Mitsubishi 7,560 5,434 39% 20,167 13,623 48%
Nissan††† 121,141 95,468 27% 285,358 228,229 25%
Infiniti 11,287 9,942 14% 27,836 23,694 18%
Nissan Division 109,854 85,526 28% 257,522 204,535 26%
Nissan††† 121,141 95,468 27% 285,358 228,229 25%
Porsche 2,588 1,905 36% 7,007 5,222 34%
Porsche 2,588 1,905 36% 7,007 5,222 34%
Saab Cars North America‡ 830 133 524% 2,069 133 1456%
Saab Cars North America‡ 830 133 524% 2,069 133 1456%
Subaru 26,916 23,785 13% 67,457 57,494 17%
Subaru 26,916 23,785 13% 67,457 57,494 17%
Suzuki 2,497 2,246 11% 6,702 5,661 18%
Suzuki 2,497 2,246 11% 6,702 5,661 18%
Toyota‡‡ 176,222 186,863 –6% 433,924 385,686 13%
Lexus 20,682 20,219 2% 47,356 49,523 –4%
Scion 5,540 3,511 58% 12,759 9,573 33%
Toyota division 150,000 163,133 –8% 373,809 326,590 15%
Toyota/Scion 155,540 166,644 –7% 386,568 336,163 15%
Toyota‡‡ 176,222 186,863 –6% 433,924 385,686 13%
Volkswagen‡‡‡ 37,131 30,868 20% 92,741 79,909 16%
Audi 9,818 8,589 14% 25,383 21,315 19%
Bentley 137 131 5% 320 311 3%
VW division 27,176 22,148 23% 67,038 58,283 15%
Volkswagen‡‡‡ 37,131 30,868 20% 92,741 79,909 16%
Volvo Cars North America‡‡‡‡ 6,369 –% 15,440 –%
Volvo Cars North America‡‡‡‡ 6,369 –% 15,440 –%
Other (estimate) 244 241 1% 732 710 3%
TOTAL 1,246,668 1,066,298 17% 3,060,140 2,545,653 20%

Data Courtesy: Automotive News

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62 Comments on “US Sales In March: Up, Up, Up...”


  • avatar


    Ford dropped Mercury and hasn’t figured out what to do with Lincoln and they still whipped GM. if Toyota hadn’t had the recall disaster, GM would be in third place. just goes to show how truly bad GM is managed. once again I’ll state it plain and clear, General Motors has no clue how to sell cars. the product is fine, it’s the marketing that is driving them further behind the competition.

    wait a while longer and see what happens as more transplant production is up and running. VW will climb higher as will BMW. Toyota will be back even with their tragic circumstances, and Fiat/Chrysler will continue to improve.

    GM plays games with numbers, finances, and PR. they are losing top talent left and right and the newbies they have brought on board are no better then the ones who drove it into BK.

    see The Buickman on FaceBook

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      I’m curious … on how many sites do you post identical comments?

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      If you call Ford piling incentives to the ceiling and dumping fleet “whipping GM”, I guess so.

      Fact is, Ford sold 18k more total fleet cars than GM did, more than 3x the total difference.

      Ford bought their sales this month.

    • 0 avatar
      charly

      Maybe GM is starved of new product as they slashed investment during the collapse of old GM

    • 0 avatar
      Norma

      “In February, GM offered attractive incentives that expired in March. Jesse Toprak, analyst for sales tracker TrueCar, said that probably caused some of its normal March sales to be pulled forward into the prior month, opening the door for Ford.

      Toprak said Ford probably won’t stay in the No. 1 position all year, but the two companies could play leap frog for a while.”

    • 0 avatar
      Norma

      Furthermore, weaker truck sales are concerns for Ford, GM and Chrysler as they make a substantial portion of their operating profits from those vehicles.
      Ford already announced to idle a truck plant next week.

    • 0 avatar
      Norma

      Ford is said to idle a truck assembly plant next week due to softening demand for full-size pickup trucks and to conserve components following the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      Saying that demand is softening on pickups is a bit misleading.  As the full article details, individual purchases of large trucks are declining a bit in favor of more fuel efficient options, but business/commercial/construction sales are more than making up for the difference.  Coming out of a huge economic slump, there are plenty of companies that have put off vehicle purchases for the past couple years but who are now ready to jump back in.  Commercial sales always make up a large chunk of truck sales, so this is an important market.
       
      The truck plant going idle for a bit is Kentucky Truck, which produces the Super Duty, Navigator and Expedition.  I’ve seen a lot of customer who were previously heavy duty truck owners trading down to F-150s, so this makes some sense to me.  Those who didn’t really need the full capability of a HD pickup, or those whose needs can now be met with the increased capabilities of the F-150, are transitioning down to save on fuel and operating costs.  From Ford’s sales PDF, over a third of March F-150 sales were the V6 models (whether 3.7 liter or 3.5 EcoBoost), so, it’s obvious that truck buyers are paying attention to fuel economy too.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    while Ford’s sales grew 19 percent. For only the second time since 1998, Ford beat GM’s overall volume by 5,674.

     
    Yeah…because Ford relied heavily on FLEET SALES.  From Ford’s own press release:

    In March, total sales were 212,777, up 19 percent. Retail sales were up 14 percent and fleet sales were up 29 percent

     

    • 0 avatar

      and GM never plays the fleet card?…tsk, tsk… the Explorer is now ramping up and more is coming fresh from the oven. my prediction is Ford takes the majority of remaining months and likely the crown for ’11.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Silvy actually has a point.  GM’s fleet business was down 1%, the growth is all retail.
       
      GM says fleet was 27% of their total.  Does anyone have the same number for Ford?  The press release only talks about fleet growth, it does not break out the amount of fleet business in March or Q1.

    • 0 avatar
      OldandSlow

      Are you all suggesting that GM doesn’t over rely on on fleet sales?

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      @OldandSlow, GM did 27% fleet sales in March, a fairly moderate number.  That’s from their press release.
       
      The question is whether Ford’s number is in the same range …

    • 0 avatar
      1996MEdition

      I’ll post this link so Silvy won’t have to regurgitate last years comments:

      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ford-march-sales-up-43-percent/

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      OldandSlow – yes GM sells to fleets but it seems Ford may be more dependent on them than GM. And I don`t call “losing” by 6,000 out of over 200,000 to being whipped.
      GM marketing isn`t the best and yet they are still the largest in the US (Q1 sales) – why isn`t someone like Honda making hay especially since Toyota had their issues, which have dropped out of public view.

    • 0 avatar
      SV

      According to the press release, the breakdown of Ford’s 29% increase in fleet sales was a 50% increase in commercial fleet sales, 33% increase in government and only a 14% increase in rental (same as the retail increase). So Ford’s fleet sales increases are coming more from corporate and government fleets than rentals, which, as far as I know, is a good thing.

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      Considering Ford’s retail growth was higher than GM’s total growth, there is nothing wrong with also bumping some extra fleet vehicles.  Crown Vic sales nearly doubled, Transit Connect sales were up 46%, E-Series sales were up 13%, and Ranger sales were up 31%. All of these models traditionally have very high fleet percentages because they are designed with fleet customers in mind.  F-Series trucks were also up 25%, and there are likely a lot of business customers in the mix.  None of these are ‘bad’ fleet sales, if you consider any sale to

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      Nullomondo – I agree not all fleet sales are bad but people on TTAC usually deride GM for fleet sales – as you say not all fleet sales are bad.

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      Ford sold 35% of their stuff to fleet.

      That’s a Chrysler number.

      Ford oughta be ashamed.

    • 0 avatar
      Norma

      WSJ: ” GM exceeded Ford in retail sales to individual consumers who buy [...] from dealers.”

  • avatar
    Augie the Argie

    A mere coincidence for Fiat that sold “cinquecento” models in the first month of US sales?

  • avatar
    JMII

    Saw a report that Ford has taken over GM in terms of customer loyalty, so that is just another reason why GM is lagging behind Ford.

    • 0 avatar
      SVX pearlie

      No, the real reason is that GM pulled back on incentives, big time.

      GM sold less cars than Feb, which is really unheard of. GM sold way ahead in Feb, and just turned it off in March, leaving the month wide open for Ford to take full advantage of.

    • 0 avatar
      MikeAR

      Sorry, GM is still offering more incentives than any other manufacturer. The percentage is increase or decline isn’t important, until GM weans itself off incentives they havent proven that they can sell fleet wide on value. The average appliance driver, and most cars and trucks slod are appliances, will buy based on price and terms. High incentives and easy financing are the main determinants of what car they buy.

      By the way, a newspaper article I linked to yesterday had the final tally of the bailout to be as high as an $84 billion loss to taxpayers.

  • avatar
    mjz

    The 500 Fiat 500′s sold may have been the early deliveries of the 500 special first edition models.

  • avatar
    MikeAR

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/channel-stuffing-gm-hits-record-574000-cars-dealer-inventory-despite-no-interest-loans-and-h

    Again, posted without comment.

  • avatar

    Kia up 45 percent?  I never would have believed it.

    John

  • avatar
    CraigSu

    Ed, can you post the related notes for the *, **, ***, ****, †, ††, †††, ‡, ‡‡, ‡‡‡, and ‡‡‡‡?
     
    Also, more detailed sales info for Saab is available at:
    http://www.saabsunited.com/2011/04/march-us-sales-data-not-an-april-fools-joke.html
     
    (I know, I know, nobody cares but me…) :-P

  • avatar
    mazder3

    I wonder how many of those Nissan sales are due to Nissan’s “Get an Altima for $7,999!!!” one time payment lease plan.

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    Anybody wanna buy a Volt?

    http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?sf1Dir=DESC&alMdId=35025&mkId=20053&mdId=35025&crSrtFlds=stkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId&rd=100000&PMmt=1-1-0&stkTypId=28880&sf2Dir=ASC&sf1Nm=price&sf2Nm=location&alMkId=20053&rpp=50&feedSegId=28705&searchSource=GEO_SEARCH&pgId=2102&zc=02675

    Act quickly!, only 346 cars to choose from! Prices range from 41 – 65 grand.

    Get’em while they’re hot hot hot!

  • avatar
    mikey

    Every chance we get, somebody beats up “Z71_ Silvy” cause he has some anti Ford issues. At the same time” GarbageMotorsCo” posts  the same anti GM trash over, and over, again.

    Is a troll, a troll, a troll?

  • avatar
    eldard

    I expect gas prices to go up, up, up as well.

  • avatar
    rocketrodeo

    I used to buy into the “fleet sales bad” meme, and even had the chance to chat about it once with some product planners at DTP while I was at the Rouge.  Some perspective I got on this:
     
    A radiator that goes into a fleet truck makes the supplier just as much money as a retail order.  Seats, wiring harnesses, headliners, suspension components, etc., all the same. The tier 1 folks whose fiscal health is the REAL economic barometer in Detroit don’t differentiate at all. Neither do the dozens of mom-n-pop suppliers who make fan shrouds and power steering pump brackets. For the vast majority of the companies involved in the sale of a vehicle, it just doesn’t matter if it’s fleet or retail. A sale is a sale.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      Good point far back up the chain a part sale is a part sale and the more the better no matter how you cut it. The other thing is that those fleet sales bring down the prices of many of those parts for both retail and fleet sales by distributing the fixed costs over more volume. The vehicle mfg reaps the same benefit of lowering the per unit of the fixed costs making the other vehicles more profitable.
       
      Another thing to consider is that while fleets may get a discount from MSRP in many cases it is the dealers profit that is cut out of the equation and fleet customers don’t qualify for the special financing and rebates like retail customers.
       
      In the Case of Fords recent fleet sales growth a big chunk of that is commercial fleet sales which are an entirely different animal than rental fleet sales. The commercial fleet customer keeps their vehicles for much of it’s useful life. That means that the buyer usually carefully selected a particular vehicle for the long term so initial purchase price is a minor consideration and cost of operation including expected days out of service, real world operating costs and overall durability. Since they keep them for the long term they have less affect on resale values.
      Since the economy is showing signs of improvement it is no wonder that Ford is showing a boost in sales, after all the F and E series are the work horses of many commercial fleets. Throw in the fact that Panther production is soon coming to an end so many customers getting what they can while they can since there is no comparable replacement anywhere on the horizon. High demand from fleets is what kept the Panther in production longer than Ford had planned, they chose to keep it in production because it was profitable.

    • 0 avatar
      John Horner

      I’ve been saying that fleet sales are not necessarily an evil thing for a long time. They CAN be, but are not always a bad thing to do. If bloggers had to run real manufacturing companies instead of just talking about them, then they might have a bit more cognizant of the many issues involved.
       

    • 0 avatar
      CamaroKid

      Yes, and the other thing that’s the “Fleets is bad” folk always ignore is that some of the fleet favorites are also some of the MOST profitable for the manufacture… What is the margin on a Town Car?  a Caddy DTS?  a Chevy Impala? They all ride on  platforms that cost the manufacture next to nothing… the design and development is fully depreciated…

      No one other then Fleets will buy them… Why ignore or even shun this profit?

      Yes a sale is a sale.

      And the prediction that GM and Ford will swap places over the year!  Wow… When was the last time that GM and Ford were neck and neck for the  annual sale number?  60′s? 50′s? WWII?

  • avatar
    tallnikita

    that Miata is so hillarious.  They should have a race series for it.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Totally off topic: Americans are buying smaller cars like Sentra, Sonata, Elantra, Optimas, Cruze, Fusion and the Escape, which have all posted gains over March a year ago.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Part of the reason for that is that (thank god) small cars are getting nicer inside.  I hope Americans continue to show a willingness to pay for nicer interiors in a smaller vehicle.  Just cause a vehicle can get decent fuel economy doesn’t mean the interior should be cheap. 

    • 0 avatar
      wallstreet

      I attribute that to the rising cost of petrol.

  • avatar
    mike978

    MikeAR,
     
    Go to the following site : http://www.autoobserver.com/2011/04/incentives-fall-march-sales-momentum-slips.html
    GM does have higher incentives than Ford but GM reduced their incentives 17% compared to February whilst Ford increased their’s by 5%.
    But then I don`t expect you to ever acknowledge any improvement that GM does. Of course they are not perfect but they are hardly the devil incarnate either. A shame you are so black and white in your thinking.

    • 0 avatar
      MikeAR

      Hate to point a finger at you, but you are guilty. Have you ever been critical of GM? I think I have at times damned them with faint praise, their vehicles are as good as anyone elses’. I’ll admit it, I don’t like the corporation. It offends me that I became an investor in it by paying my taxes. As far as incentives, GM still leads the pack. That hasn’t changed and no one has any right to defend them on that point until it does change. 

      There are lots more people here who blindly defend GM than those who blindly defend Ford. With the bailout losses as high as $84 billion I am going to stay critical of GM, its management and the government overlords. 

  • avatar
    AJR

    Congratulations to Ford Motor Company for becoming the number 1 selling car company in the month of March.  It is quite an achievement and good for generating buzz as well.  However, there are a few things that concern me when I look at the Ford numbers:

    1) Something has to be done to Lincoln.  I know Ford has big plans for Lincoln in the coming years, but right now, its sales numbers don’t look very good.  If Ford really, truly brings out competitive Lincolns in the luxury market, the sales numbers should improve. 

    2)  Right now, Ford Motor Company has all of its eggs in one basket – the Ford brand.  It looks great to see the Ford brand selling so well, but I think it makes the company vulnerable.  What happens if the Ford brand should stumble?  Lincoln isn’t strong enough to help out at all, so the Ford brand becomes the main target for the competition.  Seeing the Ford brand carrying everything for the Dearborn-based company makes me a little uneasy.

    3)  Sales of the Explorer, Edge, Fusion, Fiesta, F-150, and Escape appear to be growing stronger each month as these models showed huge gains in March.  Can this success be sustained?  Can Ford keep quality levels up at its plants with all of this dramatic increase in sales and production?  

    As a stockholder, I’m excited/impressed by Ford’s continued growth in the market, increased brand perception, impressive products, strong loyalty, and quality performance.  These are traits of a successful company and should keep Ford in good terms for many years to come.     

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      As a former Mercury owner, Ford neglected the brand far too long and killed if off before Lincoln is truly ready to ascend to a luxury marque status. When Mark Fields was talking about “One Ford”, he wasn’t kidding. He really meant “one Ford”! Unless they release a torrent of new desirable product in the next couple of years or less, Lincoln may join Mercury in the boneyard.
       
      The upside of all of this, is that Ford is getting a great deal of positive notoriety out of it’s current success. it would be kind of hard to split efforts for Lincoln, IMO. As an example, my coworkers, both guys in their mid 30′s, are both considering Ford products to replace their current Toyotas and Mitsubishis. In fact, the one guy already replaced a Corolla with a Fusion, he’s just trying to find a really good price on a Flex right now. As soon as he does, he will pull the trigger.
       
      If Ford wasn’t getting all of this love from the MSM and elsewhere, would they consider a Ford? I don’t know.

    • 0 avatar
      view2share

      They have gone EPS for steering assist, and plan on going auto stop/start engines, so I see no Ford in my future.  Possibly a Hyundai Genesis Coupe in a sports car, or a Mazda3 in a sedan.  The Dodge Charger is quite the value though a tad large, and the new engine is well anyone’s guess for reliability.

    • 0 avatar
      getacargetacheck

      Lincoln is 4% of Ford’s sales.  Ford just doesn’t need Lincoln.  The company would be better off slowly combining Ford and Lincoln dealers then axing Lincoln and creating a higher trim level of existing Fords, e.g., “Titanium” or “Limited” trims where they don’t currently exist.  Maybe even offer a Fusion or Taurus-based 4-door coupe Thunderbird as an additional halo.  The purpose of being in business is to make money, and making German-style luxury cars just for the sake of being in the game is a money-loser unless you are willing to commit a ton of capital and go international to spread costs.  Even then success is not guaranteed.  Cadillac is not out of the woods yet.  Otherwise, guzzied up Fords are just playing to US Chrysler and Buick customers.  Probably not worth it.

  • avatar
    AJR

    After glancing at the rest of the data on the sales chart above, I noticed two things that really caught my eye.

    The first was the sales numbers for Honda Motor Company.  I was not expecting to see 133,650 sales from a company that had “lost its direction”.  In fact, I’m surprised to see it continue to hold its number four spot in the sales race considering its lack of full size pickup trucks, monster V-8s, muscle cars and American heritage (things most people in automotive forums feel are needed for market success).  I’m not a Honda fan by any means, but I am impressed Honda can not only keep its sales momentum going but also keep it going in impressive fashion.  It is staying strong at number 4 so far.

    The second item was the performance of Nissan.  I never thought Nissan would be that close to Chrysler, but it was only 508 units behind.  Year to date, it is only 1,952 units away from fifth place!  Nissan has really closed the gap considering it was 5,986 units behind last year at this time!  

    Fiat’s Chrysler Group needed all 16 new and improved vehicles (as well as its Premier Event) to just stay out of 6th place in March.  I doubt Fiat’s subsidiary is in any trouble of losing its 5th spot for the rest of the year, but it does say something.  The economy is getting better and all the major car companies (including Toyota) are experiencing solid performances.  When the economy does well, it usually picks up all participants.  The question I have is, how well will these players perform when there is a drop in the market again and consumer spending on automobiles softens?  This will be the time to really tell who the winners are from the losers. 
            

  • avatar
    John Horner

    Ford is getting more and more things right as time goes on. Two years ago they figured out that some customers want highly contented smaller cars and that real money could be made building them.
    GM is the company with some explaining to do. Ford demonstrated that getting down to only two brands in the US market can work. I’ve been hitting on the phrase: “Chevrolet and Cadillac, everything else is noise” for years now with respect to GM. They should have bitten the bullet during their restructuring and have gotten down to two brands, one broad and one high end.
    Ford’s only major remaining to do item is to kick Lincoln into high gear. They got rid of the distractions of Mercury, Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover. Speaking of which, I still think that putting the Volvo brand and know how into the hands of Fords most formidable long term competitors was a strategic error.
     

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      @John: Excellent observations about Ford. I wonder that during the dark days, that someone at GM imagined that better times would eventually reappear and folks would want something like a middle ground car again. Or was the decision to retain Buick simply for the benefit of marketing to the Chinese? I think it was a good idea to retain the in betweener car line. Ostensibly, Chrysler has one too… But Chrysler started their restructuring before the BK, too. Unless Ford can give Lincoln a lot of new product quickly, it really is one Ford.

  • avatar

    Thanks for all the data Ed!
     
    AS far as the models ranking is concerned, Nissan got rewarded this month: the Altima is the best selling passenger car in the US for the very first time ever!
     
    The Ford Escape is in the Top 10 for the first time in a while and delivers its 2nd best ever monthly volume, the Ford Explorer has its best month since June 2007, the Nissan Rogue and Ford Fiesta both break their monthly sales record, and Kia has two models over 10,000 sales for the very first time…
     
    If you are interested you can check out the Top 60 best selling models in the US in March 2011 here:
    http://bestsellingcars.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/usa-march-2011-nissan-altima-best-selling-passenger-car/

  • avatar

    check back 6 months ago and you’ll find my prediction of a GM US Market Share of 16% and Ford as top dog. using the numbers above, GM had 16.57% last month. as to GM marketing ineptitude, I rest my case.

  • avatar
    Bridge2farr

    GM has no clue! GM has no clue! Until they bring back the LeSabre they are doomed. Visit my website.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    Mini is through the roof.  How much of that is due to the Countryman?

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    Sorry, I was wrong, there are no longer 346 Volts for sale.

    http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?sf1Dir=DESC&alMdId=35025&mkId=20053&mdId=35025&crSrtFlds=stkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId&rd=100000&PMmt=1-1-0&stkTypId=28880&sf2Dir=ASC&sf1Nm=price&sf2Nm=location&alMkId=20053&rpp=50&feedSegId=28705&searchSource=GEO_SEARCH&pgId=2102&zc=02675

    Things are absolutely flying off the lots, better snag one quick before they are all gone!


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  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • J & J Sutherland, Canada
  • Tycho de Feyter, China
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Faisal Ali Khan, India