By on March 1, 2012

February sales are coming in stronger than expected, indicating a post-Presidents Day boom. Chrysler and Volkswagen lead the charts with a 40 and 43 percent gain over February 2011.

February 2012 New Car Sales 

 

Automaker Feb. 2012 Feb. 2011 Pct. chng. 2 month
2012
2 month
2011
Pct. chng.
BMW Group 26,216 19,949 31% 45,987 38,635 19%
    BMW division 21,204 16,416 29% 37,609 32,321 16%
    Mini 4,980 3,503 42% 8,314 6,254 33%
    Rolls-Royce 32 30 7% 64 60 7%
BMW Group 26,216 19,949 31% 45,987 38,635 19%
Chrysler Group 133,521 95,102 40% 234,670 165,220 42%
    Chrysler Division 27,008 12,628 114% 44,612 22,333 100%
    Dodge 42,692 33,561 27% 74,146 57,875 28%
    Dodge/Ram 65,974 53,855 23% 115,898 91,189 27%
    Fiat 3,227 –% 5,138 –%
    Jeep 37,312 28,619 30% 69,022 51,689 34%
    Ram 23,282 20,294 15% 41,752 33,314 25%
Chrysler Group 133,521 95,102 40% 234,670 165,220 42%
Daimler AG 19,683 16,663 18% 41,413 34,297 21%
    Maybach 4 3 33% 8 6 33%
    Mercedes-Benz 18,910 16,176 17% 40,140 33,449 20%
    Smart USA 769 484 59% 1,265 842 50%
Daimler AG 19,683 16,663 18% 41,413 34,297 21%
Ford Motor Co. 178,644 156,232 14% 314,938 283,213 11%
    Ford division 171,732 150,284 14% 302,905 271,459 12%
    Lincoln 6,912 5,948 16% 12,033 11,506 5%
    Mercury –% 248 –100%
Ford 178,644 156,232 14% 314,938 283,213 11%
General Motors 209,306 207,028 1% 377,268 385,925 –2%
    Buick 14,023 15,807 –11% 24,231 29,076 –17%
    Cadillac 11,505 15,768 –27% 20,429 28,349 –28%
    Chevrolet 151,197 142,919 6% 275,061 268,308 3%
    GMC 32,581 32,534 0% 57,547 60,192 –4%
General Motors 209,306 207,028 1% 377,268 385,925 –2%
Honda (American) 110,157 98,059 12% 193,166 174,328 11%
    Acura 11,258 10,796 4% 19,639 18,757 5%
    Honda Division 98,899 87,263 13% 173,527 155,571 12%
Honda (American) 110,157 98,059 12% 193,166 174,328 11%
Hyundai Group 96,189 76,339 26% 174,400 141,342 23%
    Hyundai division 51,151 43,533 18% 93,845 80,747 16%
    Kia 45,038 32,806 37% 80,555 60,595 33%
Hyundai Group 96,189 76,339 26% 174,400 141,342 23%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,277 3,247 32% 8,467 6,453 31%
    Jaguar 1,022 692 48% 2,007 1,627 23%
    Land Rover 3,255 2,555 27% 6,460 4,826 34%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,277 3,247 32% 8,467 6,453 31%
Maserati 191 159 20% 345 273 26%
Maserati 191 159 20% 345 273 26%
Mazda 25,651 19,387 32% 49,647 33,654 48%
Mazda 25,651 19,387 32% 49,647 33,654 48%
Mitsubishi 4,736 6,893 –31% 9,447 12,607 –25%
Mitsubishi 4,736 6,893 –31% 9,447 12,607 –25%
Nissan 106,731 92,370 16% 186,044 164,217 13%
    Infiniti 9,239 9,144 1% 16,035 16,549 –3%
    Nissan Division 97,492 83,226 17% 170,009 147,668 15%
Nissan 106,731 92,370 16% 186,044 164,217 13%
Porsche 2,149 2,019 6% 4,699 4,419 6%
Porsche 2,149 2,019 6% 4,699 4,419 6%
Saab Cars North America 581 –100% 1,239 –100%
Saab 581 –100% 1,239 –100%
Subaru 25,374 21,683 17% 48,181 40,541 19%
Subaru 25,374 21,683 17% 48,181 40,541 19%
Suzuki 2,425 1,643 48% 3,930 4,205 –7%
Suzuki 2,425 1,643 48% 3,930 4,205 –7%
Toyota 159,423 141,846 12% 283,963 257,702 10%
    Lexus 16,678 13,814 21% 28,952 26,674 9%
    Scion 4,938 3,944 25% 8,473 7,219 17%
    Toyota division 137,807 124,088 11% 246,538 223,809 10%
    Toyota/Scion 142,745 128,032 12% 255,011 231,028 10%
Toyota 159,423 141,846 12% 283,963 257,702 10%
Volkswagen 39,234 29,316 34% 75,915 55,610 37%
    Audi 8,531 7,753 10% 17,885 15,565 15%
    Bentley 126 101 25% 244 183 33%
    VW division 30,577 21,462 43% 57,786 39,862 45%
Volkswagen 39,234 29,316 34% 75,915 55,610 37%
Volvo Cars NA 5,263 4,795 10% 9,724 9,071 7%
Volvo Cars NA 5,263 4,795 10% 9,724 9,071 7%
Other (estimate) 262 255 3% 524 510 3%
TOTAL 1,149,432 993,566 16% 2,062,728 1,813,461 14%

February shapes up to be the strongest month in almost four years, says Automotive News [sub], which also supplied this table.

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15 Comments on “February Sales Final Table: Strongest Month In 4 Years...”


  • avatar
    mjz

    The Chrysler brand DOUBLED in sales and outsold Buick and Cadillac COMBINED! Go Sergio!

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    Not only did Chrysler outsell Cadillac and Buick combined, they did it with only three models: the 200, the 300, and the Town and Country. Cadillac’s in line for a shot in the arm with the ATS, but Buick recently had updates to its main car models, the Regal and The Lacrosse, and it recently added the Verano. Buick has no excuses.

    Also, as well as Chrysler brand did, the Dodge brand still sold more.

  • avatar
    mike978

    I am amazed the Focus sold >23,000 units and more than doubled. Also surprised the Jetta “only” sold around 11,000 units – best for a February but I recall it selling in the 15-16,000 range last year.

    I recall some authors and some of the B&B on here saying pent-up demand was a phantom. How do you explain these February figures? Interesting to see if it continues into March.

  • avatar
    dejal1

    I wonder how much the Chrysler 200 is part of the 114%. I see a bunch of them, were as I never saw many of the Sebrings.

  • avatar
    Sgt Beavis

    Chrysler’s recent sales successes are shockingly good…

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    I think there was some court order that you could only drive a Sebring without lights, on a moonless night, in the fog, with a fully opaque covering. And if someone happened to see the car, you had to send that person a written apology.

  • avatar
    getacargetacheck

    Something doesn’t seem right about 480% and 315% increases for the Chrysler 300 and 200 respectively. Major fleet sales push? Incentives?

    • 0 avatar
      mjz

      How about the American public actually likes the redesigns and realizes they are stylish, high quality products that are great values?

    • 0 avatar
      Pch101

      “Major fleet sales push?”

      That would be my guess. That’s definitely the case with GM in February.

      I would presume that if one was to crunch the numbers, it would show that Hyundai has reduced its fleet sales, and that the domestics are stepping in to fill the resulting gap. This may be an indication that fleets are expanding in anticipation of stronger economic growth, which when combined with Hyundai focusing heavily on retail, results in heavy demand for rental cars and one less company to provide the majority of the supply.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      Part of the reason the increases are astronomical is because last year’s numbers were bad. And that 315% doesn’t include Sebring in the 2011 count.

      300:
      – Feb 2010: 4487
      – Feb 2011: 1323
      – Feb 2012: 7670 (up 70% over 2010, up 480% over 2011)

      200/Sebring:
      – Feb 2010: 3160
      – Feb 2011: 3000
      – Feb 2012: 9717 (up 208% over 2010, up 224% over 2011)

  • avatar
    Monty

    SAAB? Hello? Are you there?


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