By on January 4, 2012

U.S. December sales results, and with December, full year results begin to roll in. What we see so far looks like a December surprise: Numbers come in stronger than expected by analysts. Chrysler is up  37 percent in December and 26 percent for the year.  GM is up only 5 percent in December, but 13 percent for the year. Ford up 10 percent in December, 9 percent for the year. Volkswagen surprises with 36 percent up in December and 26 percent for the year. Subaru up 26 percent in December, but only one percent for the year.  Toyota ( not on the list yet) reports a flat December and the year down by 7 percent.

Table after the jump. Watch this page for more updates. Data courtesy Automotive News [sub]

Note: Sales for BMW and Daimler are estimates by Automotive News, as both companies have not reported yet. The totals remain preliminary also.

December U.S. Light Vehicle Sales

(Developing table)

BMW Group 32,230 27,643 17% 305,421 266,269 15%
    BMW division 26,700 23,280 15% 247,773 220,113 13%
    Mini 5,500 4,320 27% 57,300 45,644 26%
    Rolls-Royce 30 43 –30% 348 512 –32%
BMW Group 32,230 27,643 17% 305,421 266,269 15%
Chrysler Group 138,019 100,702 37% 1,369,114 1,085,211 26%
    Chrysler Division 23,974 13,132 83% 221,346 197,446 12%
    Dodge 41,548 32,390 28% 451,040 383,675 18%
    Dodge/Ram 68,143 56,660 20% 708,650 596,627 19%
    Fiat 2,325 –% 19,769 –%
    Jeep 43,577 30,910 41% 419,349 291,138 44%
    Ram 26,595 24,270 10% 257,610 212,952 21%
Chrysler Group 138,019 100,702 37% 1,369,114 1,085,211 26%
Daimler AG 27,800 22,044 26% 266,811 230,934 16%
    Maybach 5 –100% 40 63 –37%
    Mercedes-Benz 27,100 21,469 26% 261,573 224,944 16%
    Smart USA 700 570 23% 5,198 5,927 –12%
Daimler AG 27,800 22,044 26% 266,811 230,934 16%
Ford Motor Co. 209,447 190,191 10% 2,143,101 1,964,059 9%
    Ford division 201,044 173,738 16% 2,057,210 1,752,511 17%
    Ford/Lincoln/Mercury 209,447 190,191 10% 2,143,101 1,931,534 11%
    Lincoln 8,403 8,060 4% 85,643 85,828 0%
    Mercury 8,393 –100% 248 93,195 100%
    Volvo –% 32,525 –100%
Ford Motor Co. 209,447 190,191 10% 2,143,101 1,964,059 9%
General Motors 234,351 224,147 5% 2,503,797 2,211,699 13%
    Buick 14,974 17,095 –12% 177,633 155,389 14%
    Cadillac 16,259 16,718 –3% 152,389 146,925 4%
    Chevrolet 161,158 147,938 9% 1,775,802 1,563,881 14%
    GMC 41,960 42,143 0% 397,973 333,204 19%
    Hummer 38 –100% 3,812 –100%
    Pontiac 130 –100% 1,182 –100%
    Saab –% 608 –100%
    Saturn 85 –100% 6,698 –100%
General Motors 234,351 224,147 5% 2,503,797 2,211,699 13%
Honda (American) 105,230 129,616 –19% 1,147,285 1,230,480 –7%
    Acura 13,129 15,489 –15% 123,299 133,606 –8%
    Honda Division 92,101 114,127 –19% 1,023,986 1,096,874 –7%
Honda (American) 105,230 129,616 –19% 1,147,285 1,230,480 –7%
Hyundai Group 94,155 75,246 25% 1,131,183 894,496 27%
    Hyundai division 50,765 44,802 13% 645,691 538,228 20%
    Kia 43,390 30,444 43% 485,492 356,268 36%
Hyundai Group 94,155 75,246 25% 1,131,183 894,496 27%
Jaguar Land Rover 5,880 4,875 21% 50,375 45,204 11%
    Jaguar 1,137 1,180 –4% 12,276 13,340 –8%
    Land Rover 4,743 3,695 28% 38,099 31,864 20%
Jaguar Land Rover 5,880 4,875 21% 50,375 45,204 11%
Maserati 238 180 32% 2,321 1,897 22%
Maserati 238 180 32% 2,321 1,897 22%
Mazda 22,353 21,479 4% 250,426 229,566 9%
Mazda 22,353 21,479 4% 250,426 229,566 9%
Mitsubishi 5,032 4,874 3% 79,020 55,683 42%
Mitsubishi 5,032 4,874 3% 79,020 55,683 42%
Nissan 100,927 93,730 8% 1,042,534 908,570 15%
    Infiniti 10,990 12,502 –12% 98,461 103,411 –5%
    Nissan Division 89,937 81,228 11% 944,073 805,159 17%
Nissan 100,927 93,730 8% 1,042,534 908,570 15%
Porsche 1,834 2,567 –29% 29,023 25,320 15%
Porsche 1,834 2,567 –29% 29,023 25,320 15%
Saab Cars North America 270 1,074 –75% 5,610 4,838 16%
Saab Cars North America 270 1,074 –75% 5,610 4,838 16%
Subaru 33,701 26,694 26% 266,989 263,820 1%
Subaru 33,701 26,694 26% 266,989 263,820 1%
Suzuki 2,565 2,647 –3% 26,618 23,994 11%
Suzuki 2,565 2,647 –3% 26,618 23,994 11%
Toyota 178,131 177,488 0% 1,644,660 1,763,595 –7%
    Lexus 25,355 27,560 –8% 198,552 229,329 –13%
    Scion 4,159 3,956 5% 49,271 45,678 8%
    Toyota division 148,617 145,972 2% 1,396,837 1,488,588 –6%
    Toyota/Scion 152,776 149,928 2% 1,446,108 1,534,266 –6%
Toyota 178,131 177,488 0% 1,644,660 1,763,595 –7%
Volkswagen 45,474 34,610 31% 443,840 359,889 23%
    Audi 12,655 10,546 20% 117,561 101,629 16%
    Bentley 317 197 61% 1,877 1,430 31%
    VW division 32,502 23,867 36% 324,402 256,830 26%
Volkswagen 45,474 34,610 31% 443,840 359,889 23%
Volvo Cars NA 5,342 4,756 12% 67,240 21,423 214%
Volvo Cars NA 5,342 4,756 12% 67,240 21,423 214%
Other (estimate) 251 243 3% 2,967 2,897 2%
TOTAL 1,243,230 1,144,806 9% 12,778,335 11,589,844 10%
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16 Comments on “2011 Car Sales Around The World: December Surprise In The U.S.A....”


  • avatar
    Juniper

    Woo Hoo! F series over 68000, Volt at 1500. Let the fleet sales and flaming flaming begin. Ha Ha
    It looks like those businesses that need a pickup truck finally have some money to spend.

  • avatar
    Chiburb

    Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 50,765 vehicles in December, a 13 percent total sales increase and 18 percent retail sales increase compared with the same record-setting period a year ago.
    For the year, Hyundai sales were up 20 percent versus 2010 in total, with sales to retail customers up 29 percent. Sales to fleet accounts represented just 10 percent of total sales for 2011 and three percent for the month of December.

    “December was another record-setting month and 2011 a record-setting year for Hyundai,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai sold a record 645,691 units this year, built over 420,000 cars right here in the U.S., and achieved an industry-leading 36.1 miles per gallon CAFÉ level doing it.

    “Sonata’s retail sales performance in 2011 was a real highlight for us. Along with Camry, Accord, Civic, and possibly Altima, the Hyundai Sonata was one of only five cars in the entire industry with retail sales (excluding fleet) over 200,000 units.

    Hyundai’s premium models also performed well, with Genesis delivering 32,998 sales for the year, an increase of 13 percent over 2010, setting an all-time yearly record. In its very first year, Equus found 3,193 very satisfied owners, delivering over five percent market share of the premium sedan segment with residual values and J.D. Power APEAL ratings unsurpassed by Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or Audi.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    What’s up with Chrysler? Up 82%

    Ford is hanging in there, although it looks like all the Mercury products have already left the dealer lots and hit the road.

    I’d thought to see better numbers from GM. Here in Texas, they were really playing up their cash back on the Silverado/Sierra during December.

    • 0 avatar
      Guzzi

      I want to know, too. From the ads in my market all I can surmise is that it’s african americans buying Chrysler 300s. And male-menopause 45-year-olds buying Caravans. Make mine the R/T in orange.

    • 0 avatar
      carbiz

      Chrysler is like that cat in Utah that just won’t die! Except for a dip in 2008/2009, Chrysler is right back up to its traditional sales volumes of 1.2-1.5M units. Incredible. It has built vehicles that make the worst Ford and GM mistakes look like masterpieces, yet that company has more lives than a cat.
      In Canada, GM continues to be punished for being ‘government controlled,’ yet Chrysler’s sales are at historic highs. The public is a fickle lot, indeed.
      Remarkable.

  • avatar
    Guzzi

    +42 for Mitsibishi. What is Mitsubishi even selling these days? Who is buying them? They can’t all be WRX STi conquests to the Lancer Evo…

  • avatar
    majorfrn

    I suppose someone might as well bring on the comments now about how Sergio Marchionne had nothing to do with Chrysler’s results.
    But if you do think he had something to do with it, you might be interested in:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kiley/chrysler-sergio-marchionne_b_1175109.html

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      … and with Fiat results? Still barely moving the needle there.

      • 0 avatar
        majorfrn

        No argument there. I don’t think Marchionne is invincible, but I do recall many comments about him and Fiat on this site were less than accurate predictors of the Chrysler outcome, to put it mildly.

        Fiat probably has worse to come considering how awful the economy is in Italy and most of Europe. Ironic that Chrysler may be the key to their survival. It will be interesting to watch how successful or not Chrysler and Fiat are going forward.

        I give up what’s the car in your avatar?

      • 0 avatar
        Diewaldo

        I think the car in his avatar is the NSU Ro 80:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSU_Ro_80

    • 0 avatar
      Guzzi

      That was a good read. I had forgotten about the $2 billion payout from GM, when GM opted NOT to buy out Fiat last decade. And then Marchionne doesn’t stake cash to the Obama turnaround plan in 2008. Rather, he’s parlayed that cash into Chrysler, which is turning a profit thanks to his (and, to be fair, some of Cerberos’) hard work and investment? Instead of cashing out through a Capital Equity Firm gutting of all the valuable parts, he’s building a modern profitable company?

      1) The nerve of this guy. Who does he think he is?

      2) We now need a Canadian/Italian CEO to remind us of the American work ethic?

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        The GM-FIAT deal cost GM $4 billion. There was the initial $2 billion when the deal commenced, then another $2 billion that GM paid to get out of the put option.

        All of that was Rick Wagoner’s handiwork. That alone should have been reason to fire him, long before the automotive task force took care of it.

        Marchionne took GM’s money and used it to develop the Punto, which turned the company around in Europe. So ironically, GM inadvertently bailed out FIAT, plus helped to pave the way for Fiat’s takeover of Chrysler.

      • 0 avatar
        geozinger

        @Guzzi: My only concern about Marchionne is the fact that many people are lauding his achievements in turning around Chrysler, when he had little to do with the current product.

        That was all Cerberus. We should remember however, it was Cerberus’ attempt to sell Chrysler off to the first willing fool, I mean buyer. The Automotive Task Force took that chore away from the BK courts and Cerberus.

        Marchionne is a lucky guy, really. He got lots of money from GM from the screwed up acquisition deal, but used it wisely. It looks like (maybe) he will be wise with the gift from the US Government, too.

        I hate to see the day come again where Mopar is funding the efforts of a foreign manufacturer and not getting anything in return. I’m talking directly about the situation with Mercedes Benz.

        It’s too bad they didn’t put a “treat it nice or we’ll take it back clause” in there. The reality is they wouldn’t have, because they (the gov’t.) really doesn’t want it back…

  • avatar
    supremebrougham

    Well I did my part, I bought a new Ford last month.

    FWIW, the dealership in the above video is located in Saginaw, MI. I bought a car from them once, They were a real class act, I would do business with them again.


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