The Truth About Cars » Chart Of The Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:19:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Chart Of The Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/chart-of-the-day/ Chart Of The Day: A Decade Of January Market Share Improvement For Winter’s Auto Brands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-decade-january-market-share-improvement-winters-auto-brands/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-decade-january-market-share-improvement-winters-auto-brands/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:17:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1009394 Subaru and Jeep are consistently two of America’s fast-growing auto brands. Aided by expanding portfolios and clearly understood branding, Jeep volume jumped 41% in 2014; Subaru sales shot up 21%. Are any two auto brands more easily identified with winter than Subaru and Jeep? As the U.S. auto industry grew 14% in January 2015, Jeep […]

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Jeep Subaru market share chartSubaru and Jeep are consistently two of America’s fast-growing auto brands. Aided by expanding portfolios and clearly understood branding, Jeep volume jumped 41% in 2014; Subaru sales shot up 21%.

Are any two auto brands more easily identified with winter than Subaru and Jeep?

As the U.S. auto industry grew 14% in January 2015, Jeep sales were up 23%; Subaru volume rose 24%. Together, they accounted for 8% of all new vehicle sales in America in the first month of 2015.

Since January may be the most Subaru and Jeep-like month of them all, the accompanying chart showcases their market share improvements in the month of January over the last decade.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Is Minivan Fuel Mileage A Big Part Of The Problem? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-minivan-fuel-mileage-big-part-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-minivan-fuel-mileage-big-part-problem/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:21:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1004658 “America’s minivan segment generated only 3.4% of the U.S. auto industry’s new vehicle volume in 2014, down from 5.2% in 2007.” So said I earlier this week in my review of the updated 2015 Toyota Sienna, the only remaining all-wheel-drive minivan. The Sienna was America’s top-selling minivan in each of the last three months. And […]

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Minivan fuel economy chart 2015“America’s minivan segment generated only 3.4% of the U.S. auto industry’s new vehicle volume in 2014, down from 5.2% in 2007.”

So said I earlier this week in my review of the updated 2015 Toyota Sienna, the only remaining all-wheel-drive minivan.

The Sienna was America’s top-selling minivan in each of the last three months. And although the accompanying chart displays its official EPA mileage ratings at 16/23 mpg on the city and highway, front-wheel-drive Siennas are rated at 18/25. Forget the 14.4 mpg we saw during our test. Temperatures were brutal, the vehicle spent much of its time idling as we attempted to clear it (along with every other car on the street) of multiple inches of ice, the city streets on which the Sienna spent most of its stay were mostly snow-covered, and the van was fresh off the assembly line.

But could we have reasonably expected more than 16 mpg in city driving? Not according to the EPA.

A 2005 all-wheel-drive Sienna was also rated at 16 miles per gallon in the city, and it was marked down on the highway by just one mpg compared with our 2015 version. But at that time, the most efficient 4WD Ford F-150 was rated at 13 mpg in the city.

Pickup trucks have made massive progress. Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is rated at 18 mpg in 4WD trim today.

Minivans are impressive vehicles. But are we surprised that in a relatively em-pee-gee-conscious society, a dearth of progress will be rewarded when other vehicle categories are leaping forward?

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In America In January 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-january-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-january-2015/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 13:42:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=994378 With 17.6% of the U.S. market in January 2015, General Motors increased its market share from January 2014’s 16.9% but slid back from December’s 18.2%. GM car sales slid 7% to account for just 32% of the automaker’s January volume. Light trucks at General Motors – including a pickup range that grew its sales by […]

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Auto brand market share chart January 2015With 17.6% of the U.S. market in January 2015, General Motors increased its market share from January 2014’s 16.9% but slid back from December’s 18.2%.

GM car sales slid 7% to account for just 32% of the automaker’s January volume. Light trucks at General Motors – including a pickup range that grew its sales by 42% – jumped 36%.

The big loser? That’d be the Koreans. Hyundai and Kia combined to own 8% of the U.S. market in January 2014, a figure which fell to 7.2% in January 2015. New vehicle sales rose 14% in America last month, year-over-year. Hyundai volume rose to a record-setting January level of 82,804 sales, but the 1% gain severely trailed the industry. Kia sales were up a little more than 3%, although the brand’s car division slid 3% on falling Optima and Cadenza volume.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Cars vs. Light Trucks Over The Last Decade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/chart-day-cars-vs-light-trucks-last-decade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/chart-day-cars-vs-light-trucks-last-decade/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:50:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=991330 After selling in virtually identical numbers in 2013, light truck sales in the United States overtook car sales in 2014 for the first time since 2011. Light trucks, a category which encompasses everything from pickups and body-on-frame SUVs to minivans and commercial vans to SUVs and very car-like crossovers, accounted for 52% of U.S. new […]

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Car sales vs light truck sales chart 2014After selling in virtually identical numbers in 2013, light truck sales in the United States overtook car sales in 2014 for the first time since 2011.

Light trucks, a category which encompasses everything from pickups and body-on-frame SUVs to minivans and commercial vans to SUVs and very car-like crossovers, accounted for 52% of U.S. new vehicle volume in 2014, up from 49.9% in 2013.

Passenger cars, a far more restrictive vehicle classification, achieved less than 2% year-over-year growth in the U.S. in 2014 even as the industry as a whole improved by 6%. Over the last decade, however, car volume was only twice superior to that of the 2014 level. Those two years, 2005 and 2006, also happened to be years in which light trucks outsold passenger cars. That trend came to an end in 2008, a twelve-month period which began a three-year span in which passenger cars would be the dominant force.

The light truck increase in 2014 can be divided into four groups. Pickup truck sales jumped nearly 7%. Commercial van sales rose 14%. Minivan volume was up slightly less than 5%. SUVs and crossovers overachieved with a 12% improvement to more than 5M units.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In Mexico In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-mexico-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-mexico-2014/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:22:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=987938 The Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz reported a 7% increase to 1.1 million new vehicle sales in 2014. Nissan is Mexico’s best-selling auto brand. Sales at the Nissan brand jumped 11% to 291,729 units in 2014. Combined with Infiniti and Renault volume, the Alliance owned 28% of the overall Mexican auto market, up slightly more […]

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mexico auto market share sales chart 2014

The Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz reported a 7% increase to 1.1 million new vehicle sales in 2014.

Nissan is Mexico’s best-selling auto brand. Sales at the Nissan brand jumped 11% to 291,729 units in 2014. Combined with Infiniti and Renault volume, the Alliance owned 28% of the overall Mexican auto market, up slightly more than a percentage point compared with 2013.

A larger market didn’t benefit a number of brands, however. Sales at Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Peugeot, Smart, and Volvo decreased in 2014. For the most part, the biggest improvements were recorded by low-volume brands. Subaru rose 165%, but only to 1410 sales. Infiniti shot up 49% to 1475. Isuzu jumped 45% to 1468. Porsche climbed 27% to 975 units.

Regardless, Mexico is known more for the size of the country’s production capacity than for the country’s consumption of automobiles.  For every new vehicle registered in Mexico, the country’s workers build 2.8 new vehicles. Production jumped 10% in 2014 to 3.2 million units. 90% of that production was powered by Nissan, General Motors, FCA, Volkswagen, and Ford. Honda, Mazda, and Toyota also assemble vehicles in Mexico.

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2014 Canada Auto Sales Recap: Records, Records Everywhere http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/2014-canada-auto-sales-recap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/2014-canada-auto-sales-recap/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:58:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=987234 2014 was a record-setting year for auto sales in Canada, a fitting follow-up to a record-setting twelve-month period one year earlier. Auto sales in Canada jumped 6% to 1.85 million, an increase of 107,000 units. Pickup truck and minivan sales growth lagged slightly behind the overall industry’s pace, commercial van volume jumped 16%, and SUV/crossover […]

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canada auto brand market share chart 20142014 was a record-setting year for auto sales in Canada, a fitting follow-up to a record-setting twelve-month period one year earlier.

Auto sales in Canada jumped 6% to 1.85 million, an increase of 107,000 units. Pickup truck and minivan sales growth lagged slightly behind the overall industry’s pace, commercial van volume jumped 16%, and SUV/crossover sales rose 15%.


• Record sales achieved by 15 auto brands

• F-Series, Civic, Escape, Grand Caravan lead categories

• Six auto brands report YOY declines


Car sales were flat, which resulted in a market share decline from 44.6% in 2014 to 42.1% in 2014. In December, even with a somewhat impressive 11% improvement, passenger cars accounted for less than 38% of all new vehicle sales.

The fastest-growing auto brands were not so afflicted. Jeep volume shot up 58% to a record-setting 70,503 units. Jeep, of course, does not market any passenger cars.

Porsche car volume jumped 11%, but it hardly mattered, as the brand’s 53% increase in utility vehicle sales propelled the brand to a record-setting 4933 sales in 2014.

Sales of Buick’s cars, which accounted for 51% of the brand’s volume, shot up 28%; the brand’s Enclave and Encore crossovers combined for a 35% increase.

Nissan broke its Canadian sales record with assistance from cars and crossovers. The automaker says their car volume rose 18% to 51,870, less than half Nissan’s output, but the brand’s top-selling Rogue produced a 71% improvement and overall “light truck” volume was up 38%. Nissan, up 27% over the course of the year, was Canada’s sixth-best-selling brand.

Meanwhile, Land Rover, which like Jeep and Porsche and Nissan set a sales record in 2014, does not market any passenger cars. Only Maserati grew faster than the aforementioned auto brands, more than doubling its Canadian volume, year-over-year.

2014-Jeep-Wrangler-Sport-Main_rdax_646x396Joining Jeep, Porsche, Nissan, Land Rover, and Maserati in record-setting fashion were the top three premium brands – Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi – as well as Infiniti, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Volkswagen, Hyundai, and Honda.

Honda Canada, which assembles a number of products in southern Ontario, made its Canadian-built Civic Canada’s best-selling car for the 17th consecutive year. In the final two months of 2014, the Honda CR-V was Canada’s third-best-selling vehicle, outsold only by two pickup trucks. The CR-V fell short of ending the year as Canada’s best-selling utility vehicle, however, as the perennial leader, Ford’s Escape, posted a 16% year-over-year increase to 52,198 units, 14,514 more than the Honda managed.

Both those CR-V-besting trucks, the top-selling Ford F-Series and second-ranked Ram P/U, set Canadian sales records during the 2014 calendar year. Combined, the GM truck twins (Sierra and Silverado) set a record of their own and outsold the Ram by a slim 1484-unit margin. Full-size trucks accounted for 95% of the pickups sold in Canada in 2014.

Ford Motor Company’s namesake brand was the top-selling auto brand in Canada in 2014, though the Ford brand’s market share fell by one half of a percentage point to 15.4%. FCA/Chrysler Group ended 2014 fewer than 2000 sales back of FoMoCo and increased their market share from 14.9% in 2013 to 15.7%. GM, the third-ranked automobile manufacturer, saw its market share level off at 13.5%.

Not unexpectedly, few automakers produced fewer sales in 2014 than in 2013, but those that did were notable for a variety of reasons. Scion’s 20% loss is not far out of line with its 15% decline south of the border. Mini’s 10% drop hides a record-setting fourth-quarter for the brand.

Dodge was down 7%, largely because of the disappearance of the Avenger. (Dodge car sales slid 43%, but the Grand Caravan which generates more than half of Dodge’s sales and is Canada’s fifth-best-selling vehicle was up 11%.)

Volvo dropped 4%, the brand’s third consecutive year of decline. Kia was down 3%, the second consecutive drop after the brand hit its own high-water mark in 2012. Chrysler sales were down 3% but were up 42% in the second-half of the year.

Although it’s unlikely that we’ll see an even more significant swing toward pickup trucks and big SUVs in 2014, the auto industry as a whole will likely be buoyed by falling oil prices. As consumers find more and more unanticipated cash in their wallets, you can safely assume they’ll be buying and leasing more Ford Escapes, Honda CR-Vs, and Toyota RAV4s. More cars? Perhaps, but Canada’s turn away from passenger cars swing into action before gas prices began their rapid decline.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In The United Kingdom In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-united-kingdom-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-united-kingdom-2014/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:55:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=984393 We haven’t shied away from discussing the error of Volkswagen USA’s ways here on TTAC nor the results of those ways. Yet while the brand saw its U.S. market share fall from a measly 2.6% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014 and group-wide market share fell from 3.9% to 3.6%, year-over-year, VW Group market share […]

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uk auto market share chart 2014We haven’t shied away from discussing the error of Volkswagen USA’s ways here on TTAC nor the results of those ways. Yet while the brand saw its U.S. market share fall from a measly 2.6% in 2013 to 2.2% in 2014 and group-wide market share fell from 3.9% to 3.6%, year-over-year, VW Group market share in the United Kingdom grew by half a percentage point to 20.7% in 2014.

True, the Volkswagen brand itself saw its market share fall despite year-over-year volume growth of 4%. Volkswagen is the UK’s third-best-selling brand behind Ford and GM’s Vauxhall.

Audi ranks fourth, 10,109 sales ahead of BMW in 2014. Skoda and SEAT generated 25% of the VW Group’s UK volume last year. Porsche volume jumped 11% to 9160 units, more than Jeep, Chrysler, and Chevrolet combined.

Yes, it’s a bit of a different market across the pond. Bentley sells half as many vehicles in the UK home market as they do in the U.S., although the U.S. market is nearly seven times the size.

The Ford Fiesta was the UK’s best-selling car in 2014, the sixth consecutive year in which the Fiesta landed atop the leaderboard. The best-selling Volkswagen was the Golf, with a 14% YOY increase to 73,880 units, 57,374 units back of the top-ranked Fiesta; 7903 sales back of the third-ranked Vauxhall Astra.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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The Heavy Lifters: 2014 U.S. Auto Sales Growth Was Mostly Powered By An Elite Few http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/heavy-lifters-2014-u-s-auto-sales-growth-mostly-powered-elite/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/heavy-lifters-2014-u-s-auto-sales-growth-mostly-powered-elite/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=980409 Subtract the growth achieved by America’s 19 most meaningfully improved vehicles in 2014 and the U.S. auto industry was up just 1.0%, not 5.9%, last year. The Audi A3; BMW 3-Series/4-Series; Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado; GMC Sierra; Honda Accord and CR-V; Jeep Cherokee; Kia Soul; Nissan Sentra, Rogue, and Versa; Ram P/U; Subaru Forester and […]

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2014 Ram 3500Subtract the growth achieved by America’s 19 most meaningfully improved vehicles in 2014 and the U.S. auto industry was up just 1.0%, not 5.9%, last year.

The Audi A3; BMW 3-Series/4-Series; Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado; GMC Sierra; Honda Accord and CR-V; Jeep Cherokee; Kia Soul; Nissan Sentra, Rogue, and Versa; Ram P/U; Subaru Forester and Outback; and Toyota’s Camry, Corolla, RAV4, and 4Runner all produced in excess of 20,000 more sales in 2014 than in 2013, combining for 764,885 extra sales in a market which grew by approximately 927,000 units.

93,722 more sales were produced by another 18 vehicles which weren’t available in 2013: 4C, i3, i8, X4, GLA, Transit, MKC, ELR, City Express, Trax, TLX, K900, RC, NX, Q3, 918 Spyder, Macan, and V60.

Subtract the improvements produced by these 37 vehicles – which represent just 13% of the available nameplates – and America’s new vehicle industry was up just 0.4% in 2014, or basically flat.

TTAC pie chart 2014 salesCause for concern?

Hardly. But it’s a meaningful statistic, as it displays how the joint strength of many of the most popular (or increasingly popular) vehicle lines can overcome disastrous results from vehicles which buyers found far less desirable last year than in 2013. The 147 different nameplates which posted year-over-year declines in 2014 collectively produced 626,271 fewer sales in 2014 than in 2013, an 11% loss.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Charts Of The Day: U.S. Auto Market Share In December And 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/charts-day-u-s-auto-market-share-december-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/charts-day-u-s-auto-market-share-december-2014/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:38:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=973913 Compared with the prior year, the Ford Motor Company lost one full percentage point of market share in the United States in 2014. While preparing to replace their F-150, Ford/Lincoln market share fell from 15.9% to 14.9% as F-Series sales predictably stalled in an expanding market and as Ford brand car sales slid 4%. Poised […]

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2014 u.s. auto market share chartCompared with the prior year, the Ford Motor Company lost one full percentage point of market share in the United States in 2014. While preparing to replace their F-150, Ford/Lincoln market share fell from 15.9% to 14.9% as F-Series sales predictably stalled in an expanding market and as Ford brand car sales slid 4%.

Poised to pickup Ford’s share was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The company’s Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, and Ram brands boosted FCA’s U.S. market share from 11.6% in 2013 to 12.7% in 2014. Maserati, Jeep, and Ram were America’s fastest-growing auto brands. 

U.S. auto market share chart December 2014Year-over-year, General Motors, Toyota, and the Korean duo saw little change. American Honda lost half a percentage point; Nissan gained nearly that much. What the Volkswagen Group lost – thanks to the VW brand itself – the Subaru brand picked up.

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Chart Of The Day: 11 Years Of Nissan Titan Market Share http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/chart-day-11-years-nissan-titan-market-share/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/chart-day-11-years-nissan-titan-market-share/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:01:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=968138 Nissan USA announced on December 16, 2014, that the next Titan, the second Titan, the first all-new Titan since 2003, will be introduced at 2015’s NAIAS in Detroit on January 12, 2015. Hardly altered since the production truck arrived for the 2004 model year, the Titan is now somewhat embarrassing. Yet while the truck never […]

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nissan titan u.s. full-size trucksNissan USA announced on December 16, 2014, that the next Titan, the second Titan, the first all-new Titan since 2003, will be introduced at 2015’s NAIAS in Detroit on January 12, 2015.

Hardly altered since the production truck arrived for the 2004 model year, the Titan is now somewhat embarrassing. Yet while the truck never had the potential to tackle full-size pickup trucks from Ford, General Motors, and Ram – Toyota can’t either – in the same way Nissan’s Altima can outsell their midsize sedans and Nissan’s Versa their subcompacts, initial U.S. volume was respectable.

This chart shows the first-generation Nissan Titan’s market share in America’s full-size truck segment over the first eleven years of its tenure. Without heavy-duty versions, countless engine options, and myriad trim lines, the Titan was at a disadvantage before one even takes into consideration the loyalty engendered by Detroit’s massive truck lines. But when Nissan was grabbing 3% of the full-size truck market as recently as 2007, we would have guessed that they were primed to interpret that as either a reason to give up or a reason to put up a fight. They are putting up a fight, but not until next year, six years after their market share fell below 2%.

Another truck making its debut in Detroit? The Toyota Tacoma, which this year sells 12 times more often than the Titan.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: How Important Is The TLX In Acura Showrooms? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/chart-day-important-tlx-acura-showrooms/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/chart-day-important-tlx-acura-showrooms/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=962514 Even in the Acura TLX’s best sales month, the brand’s MDX and RDX crossovers still accounted for 55% of Acura sales in the United States. With the TLX now consistently generating around three out of every ten Acura sales in America, it’s safe to say that Acura’s passenger car division is, for the moment, in […]

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Acura sales chart TLXEven in the Acura TLX’s best sales month, the brand’s MDX and RDX crossovers still accounted for 55% of Acura sales in the United States.

With the TLX now consistently generating around three out of every ten Acura sales in America, it’s safe to say that Acura’s passenger car division is, for the moment, in safer hands than it was with the TL and TSX last year. Together, they generated 25% of Acura’s total volume in calendar year 2013, down from 40% in 2012 and 50% in 2011. 

2015 Acura TLXIt’s also safe to say that Acura continues to be a moderately successful upmarket brand thanks to its high-volume utility vehicles. Acura sold 15,293 TLX sedans between August and November 2014. The MDX produced 21,805 sales during the same period; the RDX another 13,828.

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Lower Fuel Prices Not Slowing U.S. Car Sales At BMW http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/lower-fuel-prices-not-slowing-u-s-car-sales-bmw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/lower-fuel-prices-not-slowing-u-s-car-sales-bmw/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:01:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=958529 Passenger car sales in the United States are up just 1% as the overall industry has grown more than 5% through the first eleven months of 2014. America’s two best-selling premium brands, however, are enjoying more encouraging passenger car numbers in 2014. Quickly decreasing fuel prices are not, as of yet, slowing car volume at BMW […]

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Mercedes-Benz BMW USA sales chartPassenger car sales in the United States are up just 1% as the overall industry has grown more than 5% through the first eleven months of 2014. America’s two best-selling premium brands, however, are enjoying more encouraging passenger car numbers in 2014. Quickly decreasing fuel prices are not, as of yet, slowing car volume at BMW in the least.

BMW car sales are up 12% through the first eleven months of 2014 on the strength of the 3-Series and 4-Series, which account for more than six out of every ten BMW passenger car sales. As the chart’s red line shows, the percentage of BMW’s volume generated by cars was as low as 59% in March, as high as 77% in July and 76% in October, but slid back somewhat to 67% in November.

Mercedes-Benz car volume is up 4.4% this year, although the brand’s cars tumbled 18% in October and 7% in November. Again, as the chart shows in the green line, Mercedes-Benz’s SUVs and crossovers accounted for 36% of non-Sprinter Mercedes-Benz volume in March, a figure which rose as high as 38% in May and 39% in October but fell to 37% in November.

We were clear about the reasoning behind charts like this a week ago, so we won’t go into the justification for displaying figures like these again. Are fuel prices a factor in pushing luxury SUV/crossover sales upward? Perhaps, but the numbers for these two top-selling luxury brands manifest little change.

And there are other contributing factors. Mercedes-Benz now sells their most affordable crossover, the GLA, which didn’t go on sale until September, and the new C-Class is only just beginning to play a role. Meanwhile, X6 volume dried up in August, September, and October as BMW USA waited for the new model to arrive.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: U.S. Auto Market Share – November 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/chart-day-u-s-auto-market-share-november-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/chart-day-u-s-auto-market-share-november-2014/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 12:59:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=955762 Compared with the previous month, November 2014 saw smaller automakers pick up market share at the expense of America’s largest automobile manufacturers. General Motors and Ford Motor Company combined to lose nearly a full percentage point in November even as the Volkswagen Group, Subaru, and Daimler AG combined to equal that in terms of gains.  […]

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Auto brand market share chartCompared with the previous month, November 2014 saw smaller automakers pick up market share at the expense of America’s largest automobile manufacturers. General Motors and Ford Motor Company combined to lose nearly a full percentage point in November even as the Volkswagen Group, Subaru, and Daimler AG combined to equal that in terms of gains. 

Year-over-year, Volkswagen brand sales have now increased in two consecutive months, a distinct turnaround after 18 consecutive months of decline. Of course, sales at the VW brand are really up (+3% YOY) because they were down. Compared with November 2012, sales last month were off 14%. Volkswagen was America’s 14th-best-selling auto brand in November 2014, up from 15th in November 2013 but down from ninth in November 2012. 2.4% of the new vehicles sold in the United States in November of this year were Volkswagen products. Audi chimed in with another 1.3%, up from 1.1% a year earlier.

Long-term gains in 2014 don’t belong to Volkswagen of America, of course, nor do large sales volumes. On the other hand, FCA’s wide-ranging family of brands – Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, and Ram – have produced 12.7% of America’s new vehicle sales during the first eleven months of 2014, up from 11.6% during the equivalent period one year ago. Alfa sold their first 24 4Cs in November; Maserati sold 11,531 cars between January and November of this year. This month’s chart reflects the input of those two brands, having in previous months only taken Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat into account.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Question Of The Day: Are Small Crossovers Stealing Midsize Sales Because Of Fuel Prices? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/question-day-small-crossovers-stealing-midsize-sales-fuel-prices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/question-day-small-crossovers-stealing-midsize-sales-fuel-prices/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:07:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=955602 After climbing above $3.50/gallon for much of the spring, the average U.S. retail price for regular gasoline began to decline in mid-July before rapidly plunging throughout the fall of 2014, sliding to around $2.70/gallon by the beginning of December. Have consumer tendencies been altered as a result? We’re not on a mission to suggest they […]

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2015 honda cr-vAfter climbing above $3.50/gallon for much of the spring, the average U.S. retail price for regular gasoline began to decline in mid-July before rapidly plunging throughout the fall of 2014, sliding to around $2.70/gallon by the beginning of December.

Have consumer tendencies been altered as a result?

We’re not on a mission to suggest they have, nor is our aim to support the belief that they haven’t. Any change would be both slight and gradual, and not without other possible causes. (Indeed, if it is slight, it means the vast majority of buyers aren’t changing their ways at all.) But if there is a band of consumers which makes new vehicle purchase decisions based on a brief period of less costly fuel, how many consumers are in such a band, and how different is the new track they follow?

One-month snapshots don’t tell a full story. An examination of long forgotten history won’t answer the immediate question, either: is the current price decline changing consumer behaviour?

Sure, consumers aren’t buying full-size SUVs like they used to, but showcasing that trend in a chart that’s full of other moving parts ignores a multitude of other social, economic, and technological changes which will interfere with our ability to spot recent changes. We want to reduce, not increase, the number of variables.

If our goal is to determine what, if any, changes are made by the buying public as a result of this recent fuel price dive, one surefire way to reduce variables is to examine consumer behaviour only during this recent fuel price dive. This way, our figures will not be skewed as severely by automaker bankruptcies, government-infused purchase incentives, variances in the number of offerings, or major changes to specific high-volume vehicle lines.

Do buyers reconsider the type of vehicle they’ll pay for over the next three or six or eight years based on the price of fuel over the span of four or five months? We’ll attempt to find the collective consumer response to that question by looking at the overall share of the U.S. auto industry gleaned by different vehicle types, but we’ll remember that this is only one factor: out-the-door pricing, recalls, our culture’s constantly revamped palate, and significant product introductions play vital roles, as well.

One chart won’t sufficiently display all the information we wish to make manifest – this will be an ongoing process. The mission TTAC’s Managing Editor set out for these charts is to track. Not to reach a conclusion. Not to build a case. But to track. Together, we’ll discover that which is worth examining on a deeper level, or if anything at all warrants such an examination.

TTAC COTD Midsize Cars vs Small CrossoversFirst up, the Honda CR-V-led small crossover segment and the Toyota Camry-controlled midsize car class. With the CR-V having just outsold every passenger car nameplate on its way to ending November as America’s fourth-best-selling vehicle, this seemed like a fair place to start our journey. Yet the extent to which fuel prices play a role in this discussion at all is up for debate, as one key reason leading to increased small crossover popularity is believed to be fuel efficiency, which doesn’t go hand in hand with a reckless disregard for the price of fuel.

The fact that today’s chart shows small crossovers outselling midsize cars is all but a moot point. After all, by reorganizing vehicle classifications to suit your preferences – we did the math with the 15 core midsize car nameplates and 19 core small crossovers and did not include subcompact utilities like the Buick Encore – you could rejig the numbers slightly. This isn’t about the totals, however, but the trend, where one grey line has steadily risen by claiming more and more U.S. market share. And while the cause of the shift is debatable, the trend itself is not.

Could midsize buyers be heading elsewhere? Of course. We’re not implying that a few thousand potential midsize buyers, without exception, all opted to buy a small utility vehicle instead. Nevertheless, it’s worth pointing out that the share of the market owned by compact cars has decreased from 14.5% in March to 13.7% in November, while larger and more costly volume brand cars have seen their share of the overall industry fall to 3.2% in November from 3.6% in March.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Gas Prices, Trucks And Automobiles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chart-day-gas-prices-trucks-automobiles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chart-day-gas-prices-trucks-automobiles/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:49:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=952969 Courtesy of our own Tim Cain. The fain green line represents gas prices, starting from the peak price of crude oil in 2014. Elsewhere, we see market share figures for passenger cars, SUVs/CUVs and pickup trucks. We’ll be keeping an eye on this as the months roll on. Crude oil dipped below $70 a barrel […]

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Courtesy of our own Tim Cain. The fain green line represents gas prices, starting from the peak price of crude oil in 2014. Elsewhere, we see market share figures for passenger cars, SUVs/CUVs and pickup trucks. We’ll be keeping an eye on this as the months roll on. Crude oil dipped below $70 a barrel today – truly a black Friday for world oil markets. Let’s see how consumers respond in terms of new vehicle choices.

 

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Chart Of The Day: Jaguar vs. Land Rover http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chart-day-jaguar-vs-land-rover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chart-day-jaguar-vs-land-rover/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:10:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=947857 The reasons for the drop of the red line and the steady rise of the grey line on today’s chart are perhaps too numerous to count. Additional product for one brand. Less intervention at another. A move toward high-riding vehicles helped one brand. A move away from traditional cars harmed the other. These two factors […]

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Jaguar vs Land Rover sales chartThe reasons for the drop of the red line and the steady rise of the grey line on today’s chart are perhaps too numerous to count.

Additional product for one brand. Less intervention at another.

A move toward high-riding vehicles helped one brand. A move away from traditional cars harmed the other. These two factors are made all the more apparent when one brand employs a full lineup of SUVs/crossovers and the other has yet to bring its first utility vehicle to market.

One brand’s message has been artfully constructed over a few decades; the other’s has been muddied for at least a generation.

Both have been labelled as dreadfully unreliable at different points. One brand has had trouble discarding that label; the other has succeeded in spite of it.

Both British brands were Ford-owned but now find themselves under the wing of India’s Tata Group.

These lines could yet head in similar directions. Jaguar will begin to sell a crossover and a lower-priced sedan. Land Rover’s Discovery Sport could buoy the brand’s lower range, as the majority of the company’s U.S. sales are produced by the trio of Range Rover-branded products.

At the moment, however, Land Rover USA sales are better than they’ve ever been thanks to a market which is increasingly keen on this type of vehicle and the brand’s broadest product range ever. Jaguar USA, on the other hand,  sold nearly 16,000 S-Types in 2002 but might not sell that many XJs, XFs, XKs, and F-Types in total this year.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: U.S. Auto Market Share – October 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chart-day-u-s-auto-market-share-october-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/chart-day-u-s-auto-market-share-october-2014/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 13:27:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=940337 One month after the Chrysler Group outsold Toyota USA and grabbed 13.6% of the U.S. auto market, Toyota, Lexus, and Scion (14.1%) combined to outsell Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram (13.3%) by 10,000 units in October 2014. As is the norm, this month’s chart shows something of a Big Four, or an Expanded Big […]

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Auto brand market share chart October 2014One month after the Chrysler Group outsold Toyota USA and grabbed 13.6% of the U.S. auto market, Toyota, Lexus, and Scion (14.1%) combined to outsell Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram (13.3%) by 10,000 units in October 2014.

As is the norm, this month’s chart shows something of a Big Four, or an Expanded Big Seven. GM, Ford, Toyota, and Chrysler generated six out of every ten U.S. auto sales in October. Throw in Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai-Kia, and there’s only around 15% of all auto sales left over for the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Mazda, and a handful of truly niche auto brands.

Compared with October of last year, Nissan’s market share (Infiniti included) grew from 7.5% to 8.0%. The Chrysler Group’s year-over-year market share growth meant a surge from 11.6% in October 2013 to last month’s 13.3% as they managed to sell 30,000 more vehicles in October 2014 than in October 2013.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Buick’s Fast Fall And Steady Rise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-buicks-fast-fall-steady-rise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-buicks-fast-fall-steady-rise/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:53:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=934266 Through the first nine months of 2014, U.S. Buick volume is up 8% to 170,764 units, nearly 50,000 sales back of Lexus, sales of which have risen 16%. Though Buick, the 19th-best-selling auto brand in America, trails Lexus, the 18th-best-selling brand, by a wide margin, Buick has opened up a wide lead over America’s three […]

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Buick historical sales chartThrough the first nine months of 2014, U.S. Buick volume is up 8% to 170,764 units, nearly 50,000 sales back of Lexus, sales of which have risen 16%. Though Buick, the 19th-best-selling auto brand in America, trails Lexus, the 18th-best-selling brand, by a wide margin, Buick has opened up a wide lead over America’s three next-best-selling brands, Audi, Cadillac, and Acura. 

Three-quarters of 2014 tells us only a very little bit about Buick’s recent history. Compared with 2002, when today’s COTD begins, only one Buick nameplate still exists. And while Buick owned 2.6% of the overall U.S. market in 2002 – and GM 28.6% – Buick’s market share through the first three-quarters of 2014 stands at 1.4%.

Buick marketed four cars and an SUV in 2002; three cars and two crossovers from opposite ends of the size spectrum in 2014. Buick’s collapse began long before the size of the U.S. auto industry began to dramatically shrink in the latter portion of 2008. Buick sales slid 22% in 2003. (The four brands which currently sell in the most Buick-like numbers all posted increases in 2003, as the market fell 1%.) Between 2002 and 2007, Buick volume shrunk by 57% as the market slid 4%.

Since 2009’s crash, however, Buick’s U.S. sales have more than doubled, far greater than the growth achieved by the industry as a whole, which at approximately 60% could make 2014 the highest-volume calendar year since 2006.

Buick’s climb back up the leaderboard is not occurring as quickly as did its slide down the leaderboard a decade ago. Of course, we don’t expect Buick to sell more than 160,000 copies of something like the Century in 2014. GM has Buick’s sights set higher. (Granted, Buick generates 41% of its U.S. volume with its entry-level models, the Verano and Encore, but that’s down from the 47% produced by the Century and Regal in 2002.)

Buick passenger car sales are up 0.3% to 88,410 units in 2014. Enclave sales have fallen 1% to 45,921. Encore volume is up 59% to 36,433. Encore aside, Buick sales would be up by 221 units this year, a 0.2% gain.

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Chart Of The Day: The 200 And A Decade Of Chrysler Group Midsize Car Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-200-decade-chrysler-group-midsize-car-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-200-decade-chrysler-group-midsize-car-sales/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:41:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930402 Through the first nine months of 2014, sales of the Chrysler 200 are down 27%. That’s to be expected, as the 200 was transitioning from Sebring-based (but Pentastar-powered!) fleet favourite to sleeker 2015 200 form. Granted, Toyota is transitioning from Camry to refreshed Camry and sales are up 5% this year, but that’s a somewhat […]

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003-2015-chrysler-200-leak-1Through the first nine months of 2014, sales of the Chrysler 200 are down 27%. That’s to be expected, as the 200 was transitioning from Sebring-based (but Pentastar-powered!) fleet favourite to sleeker 2015 200 form. Granted, Toyota is transitioning from Camry to refreshed Camry and sales are up 5% this year, but that’s a somewhat invalid comparison for another day. Dodge Avenger volume is down 37% to 49,363 units in 2014, but again, this was an anticipated decline, as Chrysler Group has actually killed off the Avenger.

Jointly, the duo is down 31% to 124,505 units. For the third time, this is not a shocker. We expected a period of decreasing 200 volume, and we knew the Avenger’s drops were going to be severe.

Perhaps Fiat Chrysler Automobiles does not need the remaining, sibling-less 200 to sell in 200/Avenger-like fashion. But if we set aside the year-to-date numbers to look only at September’s results, we’ll certainly see that the new 200 is, in fact, not coming close to selling in 200/Avenger-like numbers. In fact, the 200 and remaining Avenger – 1677 were sold in September – aren’t selling like the 200 and Avenger did last year, either. While 200 sales jumped 15% in September, that was not enough to overcome the near disappearance of Avenger sales.

Chrysler Group midsize car sales chartThe pair was down 14% to 12672 units, a loss of 2010 units. Is that a concern if the new car has greater potential for profit generation? Not at all. But the discounts are already piling up on the 2015 200, with a $2500 cash allowance being just the starting point.

Of course, Chrysler Group midsize car sales fluctuate wildly, and we could yet see a surge by year’s end. The accompanying chart shows nine-month U.S. sales totals over the last nine years.

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Chart Of The Day: What Are America’s Leading Automakers Selling? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-americas-leading-automakers-selling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-americas-leading-automakers-selling/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:51:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=928241 American consumers are on pace to buy and lease more new vehicles in 2014 than at any point since 2007, if not earlier. The seven largest automakers in the United States generate 77% of the market’s volume. For each of those seven, this chart breaks down the vehicle categories where their volume is created. For […]

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2015 Hyundai SonataAmerican consumers are on pace to buy and lease more new vehicles in 2014 than at any point since 2007, if not earlier. The seven largest automakers in the United States generate 77% of the market’s volume. For each of those seven, this chart breaks down the vehicle categories where their volume is created.

For Hyundai and Kia, this means 77% of their sales are generated by traditional passenger cars, and 37% of their own car volume with the Sonata and Optima. At Ford Motor Company, 30% of their U.S. volume is derived from pickup truck sales, the F-Series lineup. At the Chrysler Group, minivans are responsible do 14% of the load-lugging.

Select from the dropdown menu at the top left of the chart to cycle through the seven largest automakers.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: U.S. Auto Market Share – September 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-u-s-auto-market-share-september-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-u-s-auto-market-share-september-2014/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 12:35:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=923969 Auto sales in the United States rose 9.4% compared with September 2013 to 1.245M in September 2014. Pickup trucks climbed above 190,000 units for the third consecutive month. The Honda Accord unseated the Toyota Camry for the second time in two months. Chrysler Group used pickup trucks, minivans, and Jeep to generate 68% of the […]

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U.S. Auto brand market share sales chart September 2014Auto sales in the United States rose 9.4% compared with September 2013 to 1.245M in September 2014. Pickup trucks climbed above 190,000 units for the third consecutive month. The Honda Accord unseated the Toyota Camry for the second time in two months. Chrysler Group used pickup trucks, minivans, and Jeep to generate 68% of the company’s volume as their car sales slid 7%.

Chrysler Group’s market share increased to a Toyota-beating 13.6% from 12.6% a year ago and 12.5% in August of this year. GM’s market share grew to 17.9% from 16.4% in September 2013 as Silverado volume shot up by more than 50%. Ford Motor Company, on the other hand, suffered a decline in market share, falling from 16.2% in September of last year and 15.5% in August of this year to 14.4% in September 2014.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Jeep’s Importance At FCA In America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chart-day-jeeps-importance-fca-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chart-day-jeeps-importance-fca-america/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:02:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=913482 Outside of Maserati, which sold more cars than Jaguar in August 2014, Jeep is America’s fastest-growing auto brand in 2014. Through the first eight months of 2014, Jeep’s U.S. volume is up 45%, an increase of more than 143,235 sales. Total FCA/Chrysler Group sales are up 14%. That’s no small feat, but it’s abundantly apparent […]

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Jeep USA sales chart 2014Outside of Maserati, which sold more cars than Jaguar in August 2014, Jeep is America’s fastest-growing auto brand in 2014. Through the first eight months of 2014, Jeep’s U.S. volume is up 45%, an increase of more than 143,235 sales.

Total FCA/Chrysler Group sales are up 14%. That’s no small feat, but it’s abundantly apparent that Jeep is motivating much of the Chrysler/Dodge/Fiat/Jeep/Ram gains. (Ram brand sales are up by nearly 58,000 units year-to-date.)

As FCA/Chrysler Group car volume plunges, sliding 18% this year according to the automaker, Jeep’s massive improvements are all the more important.

And it’s not all Cherokee-derived. Sales of Jeep’s other models, the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, and Compass, are up 11% in 2014. The Chrysler family now relies on the brand for more than three out of every ten sales, well up from fewer than two out of every ten in 2004.

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Chart Of The Day: Subaru vs. Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chart-day-subaru-vs-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chart-day-subaru-vs-volkswagen/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:53:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=912882 It’s not a brand new thing, this Subaru-besting-Volkswagen trend. But when Subaru outsold the Volkswagen brand in the United States in 2009 and 2010, Subaru was on a rapid upswing despite the market’s sharp decline, and all auto sales results were thought to be skewed by the recession. Year-over-year, Volkswagen volume shot up 26% in […]

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Subaru vs Volkswagen sales chartIt’s not a brand new thing, this Subaru-besting-Volkswagen trend. But when Subaru outsold the Volkswagen brand in the United States in 2009 and 2010, Subaru was on a rapid upswing despite the market’s sharp decline, and all auto sales results were thought to be skewed by the recession.

Year-over-year, Volkswagen volume shot up 26% in calendar year 2011 and 35% in 2012, a 113,731-unit increase. But 2013 volume fell 7%, and though the total number of sales was still far higher than anything Volkswagen had recently achieved, 2012 aside, there was cause for concern. Volkswagen’s new Passat, which, when 14,462 were sold in late December 2012 looked to have potential, slid 6% in a slowly growing midsize market. Volkswagen’s next big launch was to be the Golf, a car which, in America, simply didn’t have the potential for restore-the-brand volume that the Jetta and Passat sedans possess, or were thought to posess.

So here we are, with Subaru having reported its highest monthly U.S. sales total ever in August and Volkswagen having reported 17 consecutive year-over-year declines. Not all of the products marketed by these two brands in the United States are necessarily direct rivals, but they are both seen by many of their own buyers as slightly upmarket mainstream brands: Subaru arrived at this point after, until recently, fostering a niche status, while Volkswagen has consistently played on its German heritage.

The contradictions are obvious. Subaru is a tiny, part-Toyota-owned Japanese automaker. Volkswagen is the headline brand for the world’s second-largest automaker. The average margin of Subaru’s “victories” over Volkswagen during the last four months has been 13,693 units.

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Chart Of The Day: U.S. Minivan Market Share In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chart-day-u-s-minivan-market-share-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/chart-day-u-s-minivan-market-share-2014/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909258 Minivan sales in America have grown 6% this year even as last year’s top seller, the Honda Odyssey, has suffered a 4.5% year-over-year volume decline. A slight uptick in Toyota Sienna volume has helped, but decreased sales from the Nissan Quest and now-cancelled Mazda 5 haven’t helped. Minivan volume from Chrysler and Dodge, however, has […]

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2014 Chrysler Town & CountryMinivan sales in America have grown 6% this year even as last year’s top seller, the Honda Odyssey, has suffered a 4.5% year-over-year volume decline. A slight uptick in Toyota Sienna volume has helped, but decreased sales from the Nissan Quest and now-cancelled Mazda 5 haven’t helped.

Minivan volume from Chrysler and Dodge, however, has grown by 27,414 units, or 17.1%. Chrysler is on pace for its best Town & Country sales year since 2006; Dodge is on track to post its best Grand Caravan sales year since 2007.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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U.S. Auto Market Share – August 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/u-s-auto-market-share-august-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/u-s-auto-market-share-august-2014/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:45:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=906657 As U.S. auto sales grew 5.5% to more than 1.58 million in August 2014, GM’s market share fell from 18.4% in August 2013 to 17.2% last month. Ford Motor Company’s share fell by seven-tenths of a percentage point, year-over-year. American Honda’s share of the total sales pie fell from 11.1% to 10.5% even as the […]

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U.S. auto brand sales market share chart August 2014As U.S. auto sales grew 5.5% to more than 1.58 million in August 2014, GM’s market share fell from 18.4% in August 2013 to 17.2% last month. Ford Motor Company’s share fell by seven-tenths of a percentage point, year-over-year. American Honda’s share of the total sales pie fell from 11.1% to 10.5% even as the Accord became America’s best-selling car with more than 50,000 sales.

Toyota’s share improved slightly to 15.5%, while the Chrysler Group/FCA shot up from 11% in August 2013 to 12.5% in August 2014. Nissan USA’s market share grew by one half of a percentage point.

Compared with July 2014, GM, FoMoCo, and Hyundai-Kia, all lost significant portions. Toyota USA moved up from 15%, American Honda jumped a full percentage point, and the Chrysler Group climbed from 11.7%.

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