By on January 3, 2013

“Detroit’s automakers showed December U.S. sales gains of 5 percent, slightly better than analysts’ expectations,” says Reuters,  “but likely not enough to stave off market-share gains by Japanese rivals.”

And here December and full year 2012 sales results in an easy to read table, data courtesy of  Automotive News [sub ].

December and Full Year 2012 U.S. New Auto Sales
.

Automaker Dec. 2012 Dec. 2011 Pct. chng. 12 month
2012
12 month
2011
Pct. chng.
BMW Group 43,887 32,576 35% 347,967 305,780 14%
    BMW division 37,399 26,834 39% 281,460 247,907 14%
    Mini 6,456 5,711 13% 66,123 57,511 15%
    Rolls-Royce 32 31 3% 384 362 6%
BMW Group 43,887 32,576 35% 347,967 305,780 14%
Chrysler Group 152,367 138,019 10% 1,651,787 1,369,114 21%
    Chrysler Division 25,513 23,974 6% 307,967 221,346 39%
    Dodge 52,391 41,548 26% 524,989 451,040 16%
    Dodge/Ram 83,276 68,143 22% 825,917 708,650 17%
    Fiat 3,707 2,325 59% 43,772 19,769 121%
    Jeep 39,871 43,577 –9% 474,131 419,349 13%
    Ram 30,885 26,595 16% 300,928 257,610 17%
Chrysler Group 152,367 138,019 10% 1,651,787 1,369,114 21%
Daimler AG 31,377 28,010 12% 305,072 267,016 14%
    Maybach 5 4 25% 50 39 28%
    Mercedes-Benz 30,376 27,296 11% 295,013 261,769 13%
    Smart USA 996 710 40% 10,009 5,208 92%
Daimler AG 31,377 28,010 12% 305,072 267,016 14%
Ford Motor Co. 212,902 209,447 2% 2,243,009 2,143,101 5%
    Ford division 205,518 201,044 2% 2,160,859 2,057,210 5%
    Lincoln 7,384 8,403 –12% 82,150 85,643 –4%
    Mercury –% 248 –100%
Ford 212,902 209,447 2% 2,243,009 2,143,101 5%
General Motors 245,733 234,351 5% 2,595,717 2,503,797 4%
    Buick 16,473 14,974 10% 180,408 177,633 2%
    Cadillac 18,248 16,259 12% 149,782 152,389 –2%
    Chevrolet 167,091 161,158 4% 1,851,646 1,775,802 4%
    GMC 43,921 41,960 5% 413,881 397,973 4%
General Motors 245,733 234,351 5% 2,595,717 2,503,797 4%
Honda (American) 132,774 105,230 26% 1,422,785 1,147,285 24%
    Acura 16,034 13,129 22% 156,216 123,299 27%
    Honda Division 116,740 92,101 27% 1,266,569 1,023,986 24%
Honda (American) 132,774 105,230 26% 1,422,785 1,147,285 24%
Hyundai Group 98,613 94,155 5% 1,260,606 1,131,183 11%
    Hyundai division 59,435 50,765 17% 703,007 645,691 9%
    Kia 39,178 43,390 –10% 557,599 485,492 15%
Hyundai Group 98,613 94,155 5% 1,260,606 1,131,183 11%
Jaguar Land Rover 6,223 5,880 6% 55,675 50,375 11%
    Jaguar 1,049 1,137 –8% 12,011 12,276 –2%
    Land Rover 5,174 4,743 9% 43,664 38,099 15%
Jaguar Land Rover 6,223 5,880 6% 55,675 50,375 11%
Maserati 333 238 40% 2,730 2,321 18%
Maserati 333 238 40% 2,730 2,321 18%
Mazda 27,253 22,353 22% 277,046 250,426 11%
Mazda 27,253 22,353 22% 277,046 250,426 11%
Mitsubishi 4,113 5,032 –18% 57,790 79,020 –27%
Mitsubishi 4,113 5,032 –18% 57,790 79,020 –27%
Nissan 99,290 100,927 –2% 1,141,656 1,042,534 10%
    Infiniti 12,627 10,990 15% 119,877 98,461 22%
    Nissan Division 86,663 89,937 –4% 1,021,779 944,073 8%
Nissan 99,290 100,927 –2% 1,141,656 1,042,534 10%
Saab Cars North America 270 –100% 5,610 –100%
Saab 270 –100% 5,610 –100%
Subaru 36,653 33,701 9% 336,441 266,989 26%
Subaru 36,653 33,701 9% 336,441 266,989 26%
Suzuki 1,945 2,565 –24% 25,357 26,618 –5%
Suzuki 1,945 2,565 –24% 25,357 26,618 –5%
Toyota 194,143 178,131 9% 2,082,504 1,644,660 27%
    Lexus 30,607 25,355 21% 244,166 198,552 23%
    Scion 5,522 4,159 33% 73,505 49,271 49%
    Toyota division 158,014 148,617 6% 1,764,833 1,396,837 26%
    Toyota/Scion 163,536 152,776 7% 1,838,338 1,446,108 27%
Toyota 194,143 178,131 9% 2,082,504 1,644,660 27%
Volkswagen 62,075 47,337 31% 615,281 473,203 30%
    Audi 14,841 12,655 17% 139,310 117,561 19%
    Bentley 237 317 –25% 2,315 1,877 23%
    Lamborghini 40 29 38% 480 340 41%
    Porsche 2,952 1,834 61% 35,043 29,023 21%
    VW division 44,005 32,502 35% 438,133 324,402 35%
Volkswagen 62,075 47,337 31% 615,281 473,203 30%
Volvo Cars NA 6,150 5,342 15% 68,117 67,240 1%
Volvo Cars NA 6,150 5,342 15% 68,117 67,240 1%
    Other (estimate) 239 229 4% 2,858 2,735 5%
TOTAL 1,356,070 1,243,793 9% 14,492,398 12,779,007 13%

 

 

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39 Comments on “December and Full Year 2012 Sales Table...”


  • avatar
    sunridge place

    Hmm…Silverado/Sierra outsells F-150 on a monthly basis for the first time this year.

    GM Full Size truck inventory at 221,000 units which is a whopping 1000 units over the target they set last summer. They missed their target by .45%.

    Days Supply went from 139 days on Nov 30th to 80 days on Dec 31st.

    Nothing like some overhyped TRUCK REBATE!!!!!!!! articles to bring out some shoppers and help move almost 70,000 trucks.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Everyone laughed when FIAT said they were going to move 50,000 units of the 500 per year. Who’s laughing now?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Curious on chart it shows Dodge/Ram and then Ram

  • avatar
    KixStart

    It’s going to be difficult to judge the winners and losers this month without information on fleet and incentives.

    GM didn’t mention fleet directly in their press release. GM generally mentions fleet sales reductions when they’ve got good news on it. I wonder if it came up on the conference call?

    • 0 avatar
      Secret Hi5

      FWIW, I read somewhere that retail sales were up, but I forgot what the reference point is (vs Nov’12, or Dec’11, or??).

    • 0 avatar
      sunridge place

      For GM, fleet was 21% of sales in December. For 2012, fleet was 26%…right where they advised they would be for the year.

      Good luck getting Chrysler’s #’s.

      By the way, I noticed Volt sales were back up…32 day supply across the country…still just a 13 day supply in California.

      I recall a conversation with you a month ago where you guessed the November drop in Volt sales compared to October was some sort of sign of doom.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        GE is buying them, my neighbor works for them and he was given a choice of that or the CMax.

      • 0 avatar
        sunridge place

        Ahh…the ole ‘my neighbor’s brother’s cousin’ fleet analysis?

        Keep up the keen observations and send them our way as you get the reports from the field.

        Volt has single digit fleet sales.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        You are unusually uniformed. Actually, GE publicly committed to buying a substantial share of Volt production. Volts are heavily subsidized fleet queens.
        http://www.cnbc.com/id/40132643/GM039s_Chevy_Volt_Gets_Early_Boost_From_GE

        GE “Forcing” Employees Into Chevy Volts
        http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1073034_ge-employees-get-chevy-volt-electric-cars-all-gas-use-oked-sometimes

      • 0 avatar
        KixStart

        If Volt sales don’t fall off a cliff this month or next, they surely will when the $7500 in Federal candy goes away.

        There’s nothing like giving an extra $7500 in tax credits to people making $175K per year to reassure people that the tax code is fair.

        Still, I’m a little surprised that Volt sales rebounded so strongly. It could be fed, in part, end-of-year tax opportunism (and a little bit of uncertainty whether or not the deal would be available next year).

      • 0 avatar
        KixStart

        thornmark,

        It’s unclear how many cars that GE deal actually represents at this point. I think the Healthcare unit has only 4K or so employees, and there’s no telling how many get a company car.

        Certainly, the Volt is getting significant fleet support. Early on, when Volts were “virtually unavailable”, NYC somehow managed to score 40 of them for use by meter maids.

        In 2011, Volt fleet ran at about 10% all year long… until December when it jumped to about 35%. I haven’t seen any figures since from GM.

      • 0 avatar
        sunridge place

        Sorry for the delay dude..the dust from that first old link got in my eyes.

        Here’s a newer April article from the GM-loving Fox News. Volt at 5% fleet sales.

        http://nation.foxnews.com/chevy-volt/2012/04/19/fishy-ge-behind-record-chevy-volt-sales

        Here’s another link explaining the planned purchases…spread out through 2015.

        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703848204575608323321329514.html

        Here’s a hatchet job on the Volt,and even it says 5% corporate fleet.

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmichaels/2012/09/19/notwithstanding-gms-protests-no-one-wants-the-chevy-volt/

        Link from July quoting 3% fleet.

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/02/1116218/-GM-Beats-Estimates-Again-Chevy-Volt-Sales-Surging#

        For 2012, Volt fleet sales were less than 10%. If GE followed the plan and bought 2000 of them this year, that is less than 10% of sales.

        It is not a fleet queen. Before accusing me of being ‘uninformed’ perhaps you should do a bit more research.

        You have no clue what you’re talking about.

      • 0 avatar
        KixStart

        Oh. I see. GM avoided excessive fleet sales by offering massively subvented leases.

        If GE went with the minimum plan and no other fleets bought Volts, then it’s under 10%. No other fleets bought Volts? NYC Meter maids are going back to the Crown Vic?

        Let’s see… First the public subsidies:

        - $7500 right off the top from the Feds.
        - Additional state rebates (CO seems to be offering $6K).
        - HOV Lane access in CA (and VA and NY?). What’s that worth? You tell me. Where else can you buy time?

        Then the private ones:

        - Some shops and employers offer free charging.
        - Preferential parking in some locations.
        - GM is subventing leases.

        And GM sold 23K, about a month-and-a-half’s worth of Priuses – with less than 10% fleet – maybe.

        Forgive us for doubting it; it’s a stellar success. We stand in awe of GM’s engineering and marketing genius.

      • 0 avatar
        sunridge place

        Not going to go thru it again with you Kix. We went over this last month.

        http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/november-sales-early-results-come-in-as-expected/

        Sales went up as supply in California got better. California is1/3 of all Volt sales…that makes sense.

        The guy was saying the Volt is a fleet queen. It isn’t. Vehicles with fleet #’s in single digits–even those up to 15% or so are not fleet queens.

        The guy was wrong and I was correcting him…especially after he called me out. I wasn’t claiming stunning Volt success. Come on.

        You may be right…GE’s price might be better than dropping a couple of grand into getting an attractive lease payment.

        But, the amount of cash GM is putting into 2013 Volt deals is very similar to what BMW and others put into $40k cars.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        Actually I know two people who work for GE Capital who were basically forced into getting Volts or CMaxs.

        GE, outside of the Government, is a huge acquirer of Volts.

      • 0 avatar
        sunridge place

        I can partially understand why you’re wrong…when the editor-in-chief of this site makes the same mistake:

        http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/ge-green-lights-big-ford-purchase/

        GE and the government are not the biggest source of GM sales of the Volt. Show me one source that lists Volt fleet sales of any type higher than 15%? In fact, most reports are single digit fleet %.

        Its just not true…no matter how many times you say it is.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    It’s notable that Nissan sales actually fell in December.

    • 0 avatar
      Secret Hi5

      Nissan had a big Dec 2011, so I’m not surprised that there would be a drop YOY for the month. Presumably the inventory of outgoing models (e.g. ALtima) was being cleared out.

  • avatar
    wsn

    All the Acura bashes …

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Hyundai/Kia stays at the #6 position in the US, although I’m surprised Kia took such a beating in December.

    GM’s 4% growth in a 13% market is a bad thing for them, as is Ford’s 5% growth.

    I’m stunned by the growth of Acura and Fiat.

    • 0 avatar
      SV

      GM and Ford’s low growth numbers aren’t as bad as they seem; many of the Japanese brands’ apparent increases are still being inflated by the low tsunami-related numbers of last year. In 2013 it will be easier to see whether the Americans are really losing share or not.

      GM’s numbers (don’t know about Ford’s) were also skewed downward by a drop in fleet sales.

    • 0 avatar
      sunridge place

      How the heck are you stunned by Acura? Do you remember the tsunami and the effect it had on Toyota/Lexus/Honda/Acura? Acura sales didn’t suck in 2011 because of random things…they couldn’t build vehicles for big periods of time. If you can’t build vehicles, you cannot sell them.

      Here are some #’s on a yearly basis

      2010 Acura US Sales=133,606
      2011 Acura US Sales=123,299
      2012 Acura US Sales=156,216

      Growth of 17% 2012 vs 2010. Same exact growth rate as GM had 2012 vs 2010. GM has the oldest age of models of any of the big automakers and Acura couldn’t even beat their growth.

      The have nothing to be ashamed of…but this shouldn’t be considered ‘stunning’

  • avatar
    thornmark

    At the rate GM is shedding market share here and its dismal situation in Europe, how many years will it take for the next bailout?

    Are there enough KMart shoppers to sustain GM?

    btw, Reuters reported GM is losing $49k per Volt “sold”.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/10/us-generalmotors-autos-volt-idUSBRE88904J20120910

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      And if you read the whole story you would see the methodology is flawed as it assumes that not another Volt is every sold again to achieve the figure of $49K – and it also is based upon the highest of four different outside analysts.

      Gee, the Volt was losing a 1/4 million a unit per “expert analysis” less than a year ago – I see improvement. ;-)

      APaGttH: It’s all throwing darts and the Prii lost money until well into the second generation. If someone walks into a Chevy showroom looking at a Volt and leaves in a loaded LTZ Cruze, that’s a win for GM.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Profits matter more than market share and GM has been profitable – will make over $3 billion this year and has over $25 billion in cash reserves

      And oh, that Reutuers “article” has been debunked countless times.

  • avatar
    Habibi

    Is there a complete chart comparing 2012 to 2010? It would be interesting to see pre/post Tsunami numbers, without the recovery “noise” in between.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Watching Mitsubishi slowly fade away.
    :-(

  • avatar
    jimsport

    I’ve seen a couple of other sites reporting Ford sales figures of 2,168,015 for 2012. Which numbers are correct? Any idea where the discrepancy is from?


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