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. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:36:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 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 » 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: U.S. Automaker Market Share In America – June 2015 YTD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chart-day-u-s-automaker-market-share-america-june-2015-ytd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/chart-day-u-s-automaker-market-share-america-june-2015-ytd/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104993 General Motors generated 17.7% of the U.S. auto industry’s new vehicle sales in the first-half of 2015, a slight decline from the 17.8% market share earned by GM in the same period one year ago. GM, the top-selling automobile manufacturer in the United States, posted a 3.4% year-over-year sales improvement through the first six months […]

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TTAC June 2015 YTD auto brand market share chart

General Motors generated 17.7% of the U.S. auto industry’s new vehicle sales in the first-half of 2015, a slight decline from the 17.8% market share earned by GM in the same period one year ago.

GM, the top-selling automobile manufacturer in the United States, posted a 3.4% year-over-year sales improvement through the first six months of 2015, but that was a full percentage point off the pace set by the industry as a whole.

Similarly, Ford Motor Company, American Honda, Hyundai-Kia, and the Volkswagen Group all failed to grow their sales at the rate of the steadily growing American auto industry. The overall auto industry is beginning to appear capable of selling 17 million vehicles for the first time since 2001, when sales slipped 1.3% from the massive achievement of 2000.

On the other side of the coin, Toyota (including Lexus and Scion) have improved their market share from 14.3% in the first six months of 2014 to 14.4% this year. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, meanwhile, now owns 12.8% of the U.S. new vehicle market, up from 12.6% at this point last year.

America’s top-selling vehicle in the month of June was Ford’s F-Series, but it was roundly outsold by the twins from General Motors, Chevrolet’s Silverado and the GMC Sierra. The Toyota Camry led all cars for the fifth consecutive month. The Honda CR-V likewise expanded its lead in the SUV/crossover sales race. Total June auto sales were up 4% to just under 1.48 million 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. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: NX Boosting Lexus In The Time Of The RX’s Need http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-nx-boosting-lexus-time-rxs-need/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-nx-boosting-lexus-time-rxs-need/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095825 Conventionally pretty, it is not. But the Lexus NX is a hit. The NX200t and NX300h combined to generate 4,014 U.S. sales in May 2015, the best month yet for the six-month-old NX line. Year-to-date, 16,546 copies of the NX have been sold in America. Since the end of November, 19,473 NXs have found their […]

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USA Lexus sales chart May 2015 YTD

Conventionally pretty, it is not. But the Lexus NX is a hit.

The NX200t and NX300h combined to generate 4,014 U.S. sales in May 2015, the best month yet for the six-month-old NX line. Year-to-date, 16,546 copies of the NX have been sold in America. Since the end of November, 19,473 NXs have found their way into driveways across America.

Lexus, of course, has a tradition of building wildly popular premium crossovers. The RX is perennially America’s top-selling premium utility vehicle.

As Lexus prepares to replace the current RX with an all-new, already revealed model for 2016, sales of the current RX have fallen 5% this year. It’s still far more popular than any other premium brand utility vehicle in America.

In the meantime, with the NX added to the fleet, SUVs and crossovers accounted for 49% of all Lexus volume in the U.S. over the first five months of 2015, up from 43% in the same period one year ago, before the NX. Rather inconsequentially, sales of the high-end LX are faltering, but the GX460 is up 13% year-to-date, a gain of 1108 units.

As for the NX’s standing in its own category, only the Acura RDX and Audi Q5 are currently selling more often. The fourth-ranked Mercedes-Benz GLK, down 24% this year, is 5,260 sales back of the Lexus. BMW’s X3, down 44% this year, is 5,564 sales abaft. The Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKC lead the peloton but are well back of the better-selling contestants.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: Like Horsepower, Corvette Interest Grows Over Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095801 After averaging fewer than 1,200 monthly spring sales in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, the launch of the C7 presented Chevrolet with more than 3,000 sales in March and in April and in May 2014. Surely that’s all because of pent-up demand, right? After the C6 battled quite respectably through a recession, the craziness of […]

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Corvette sales chart

After averaging fewer than 1,200 monthly spring sales in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, the launch of the C7 presented Chevrolet with more than 3,000 sales in March and in April and in May 2014.

Surely that’s all because of pent-up demand, right? After the C6 battled quite respectably through a recession, the craziness of the C7 was bound to generate a great deal of initial demand.

And yet one year later, long since its launch, the Corvette is selling just as well. Better, in fact.

March sales rose 9% to 3,785 units, the second-highest monthly U.S. sales total since the C7 arrived in the latter portion of 2013. April volume was down 1%, a scant 45 units, but remained well above 3,000 units. May sales jumped 6%, significantly faster than the rate of growth in the industry as a whole. Year-to-date, Corvette volume is up 3% to 15,500 sales through five months.

That’s more than 5,000 units better than any individual Cadillac passenger car.

Credit goes to the fact there are more versions of the Corvette now available, including a Z06 Convertible and Z06s with automatic transmissions.

It’s also an all-American sports car in America – combined sales of the Porsche Boxster, Cayman, and 911 aren’t half as strong.

But these factors don’t alter the fact that, for a premium-priced two-seater, the Corvette is ridiculously successful. At the current pace, 2015 is set to be the best year since 2006’s 36,518-unit total. GM has already sold more Corvettes in America in 2015 than in all of 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: 2015 Will Be Ford Fiesta’s Seventh Consecutive Year As UK’s Best-Selling Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-2015-will-ford-fiestas-seventh-consecutive-year-uks-best-selling-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-2015-will-ford-fiestas-seventh-consecutive-year-uks-best-selling-car/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095769 The Ford Fiesta is on track in 2015 to celebrate a seventh consecutive year as the best-selling vehicle in the United Kingdom. A streak which began in 2009 – following the Focus’s own tenure atop the leaderboard – appears completely secure now that the Fiesta has outsold its nearest rival by 19,000 units over the […]

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UK best-selling autos market share chart

The Ford Fiesta is on track in 2015 to celebrate a seventh consecutive year as the best-selling vehicle in the United Kingdom. A streak which began in 2009 – following the Focus’s own tenure atop the leaderboard – appears completely secure now that the Fiesta has outsold its nearest rival by 19,000 units over the course of just five months.

The Fiesta is not a popular car by the standards with which Americans identify popularity. On this side of the pond, for example, the Ford F-Series is America’s best-selling line of vehicles, but the F-Series accounts for 4.3% of the overall auto industry’s volume. The Fiesta generates 5.3% of UK auto industry volume.

The Fiesta also outsells the second-ranked Vauxhall Corsa to the tune of nearly 1.5-to-1. The F-Series, on the flip side, isn’t even outselling the combined efforts of its nearest rival, the Chevrolet Silverado and its identical GMC Sierra twin so far this year in the U.S.

Then consider the fact the Fiesta is absurdly popular despite the fact that the third-best-selling car in the UK – and the Fiesta’s predecessor among top sellers – is sold right alongside the Fiesta on dealer forecourts.

The Fiesta is also on the rise. Although the UK auto market is up 6% this year, Fiesta sales are up just 1%. But the Fiesta is old, and the growth it has achieved through the first five months of 2015 comes after annual year-over-year increases in 2012, 2013, and 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. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: May 2015 Was The Best Month Yet For GM’s Subcompact Crossovers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-may-2015-best-month-yet-gms-subcompact-crossovers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-may-2015-best-month-yet-gms-subcompact-crossovers/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1095353 During a month in which American Honda reported the brand’s first 6,381 HR-V sales, a month in which Subaru and Mitsubishi reported record XV Crosstrek and Outlander Sport sales, a month in which Jeep sold another 4,416 Renegades, GM’s smallest crossovers combined for their highest sales total thus far, as well. 11,107 Buick Encores and […]

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Encore Trax sales chart

During a month in which American Honda reported the brand’s first 6,381 HR-V sales, a month in which Subaru and Mitsubishi reported record XV Crosstrek and Outlander Sport sales, a month in which Jeep sold another 4,416 Renegades, GM’s smallest crossovers combined for their highest sales total thus far, as well.

11,107 Buick Encores and Chevrolet Traxes (Traxi? Trai?) were sold in the United States in May 2015.

This required the biggest of six months so far for the Chevrolet Trax. Encore volume increased 28%, year-over-year, and crested the 5,000-unit mark for the third consecutive month and just the third time since the little Buick arrived at the beginning of 2013.

General Motors sold 102,547 SUV and crossovers in the U.S. in May 2015. The Encore and Trax accounted for 11% of those sales. In other words, significantly more than the just-launched Honda HR-V; not nearly as many as the Chevrolet Equinox. With 29,456 May sales, the Equinox ranks second among SUVs and crossovers overall.

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

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Chart Of The Day: Can The New Nissan Maxima Reverse This Downward Trend? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-can-new-nissan-maxima-reverse-downward-trend/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-can-new-nissan-maxima-reverse-downward-trend/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:25:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093233 Nissan USA’s Maxima sales figures are about to look very good. Oh, not in comparison with, for instance, Nissan’s own Altima, one of America’s best-selling cars, but rather, in comparison with recent Nissan Maxima sales figures. New, eighth-generation Maximas are beginning to arrive at dealers. These cars, as you might expect, replace the seventh-generation Maxima, […]

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Maxima 8.15.15 AM

Nissan USA’s Maxima sales figures are about to look very good. Oh, not in comparison with, for instance, Nissan’s own Altima, one of America’s best-selling cars, but rather, in comparison with recent Nissan Maxima sales figures.

New, eighth-generation Maximas are beginning to arrive at dealers. These cars, as you might expect, replace the seventh-generation Maxima, a car that was launched back in 2008, just at the onset of a recession.

The aged Maxima, therefore, has appeared particularly unwell of late. With poor demand and few available Maximas to speak of, May 2015 volume was cut in half in the United States, year-over-year.

But even if we reach back to calendar year 2014, Maxima sales had declined to a six-year low. In fact, Maxima volume in 2014 was down 49% compared with 2002, the year Nissan upped the midsize ante with the Altima, making it Nissan’s primary Camry/Accord fighter. Maxima sales dipped in 2003, fell further in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, and never properly recovered.

So is the 4DSC back? Not according to TTAC’s review of the 2016 model. “Four Doors Yes, Sports Car No.”

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: The Discontinued Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Was All Kinds Of Rare http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-discontinued-honda-accord-plug-hybrid-kinds-rare/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-discontinued-honda-accord-plug-hybrid-kinds-rare/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093281 You thought you saw one once, didn’t you? A hint of blue trim was visible in the distance; some unique badging, as well. But then when you Googled the images at home later, you realized that no, the front fascia was too normal. You saw the ninth-generation Honda Accord’s hybrid model, not the plug-in hybrid. […]

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Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sales Chart

You thought you saw one once, didn’t you? A hint of blue trim was visible in the distance; some unique badging, as well.

But then when you Googled the images at home later, you realized that no, the front fascia was too normal. You saw the ninth-generation Honda Accord’s hybrid model, not the plug-in hybrid.

Indeed, spotting a Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is now statistically not all that different from catching a glimpse of a Porsche 918 Spyder. You roar ahead, trying to get a closer look, but it’s already pulled into Jerry Seinfeld’s exclusive parking garage. Or in the case of the Plug-In Hybrid, a Honda executive’s enclosed charging station.

As if Honda dealers haven’t had a hard enough time stocking Accord Hybrids, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid was so rarely built that only 1,030 have been sold in the United States since the car arrived in January 2013. That’s an average of 36 sales per month. No wonder Honda is, wait for it, pulling the plug

Yes, the current version of the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is done for. Only fifteen have left showrooms over the course of the last three months. We’re now some 20 months removed from the Plug-In’s best ever month of 71 sales. After reporting 526 Plug-In sales in 2013, volume slid 15% to 449 units last year. Year-to-date, the Accord PHEV is down 64% to just 55 units.

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Meanwhile, May 2015 turned out to be the non-Plug-In Accord Hybrid’s best month in a year with 1,463 sales, equal to 4.5% of the overall Accord lineup’s volume last month. In 2014, for every Accord PHEV sold, American Honda sold 31 copies of the Accord Hybrid. Over the course of its 29 months, the Plug-In accounted for just 0.12% of all U.S. Accord sales.

Total Accord sales are down 16% so far this year, which makes it America’s fifth-best-selling car, down from third at this stage of 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. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: Is Kia About To Catch Hyundai In U.S. Sales? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-kia-catch-hyundai-u-s-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-kia-catch-hyundai-u-s-sales/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:53:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088129 Hyundai’s U.S. operations produced record sales in calendar year 2014 and in the process outsold Kia – which also reported record sales last year – by an average of 12,000 sales per month. That gap was narrower than in 2013, when Hyundai typically outsold Kia by more than 15,000 sales per month. But after outselling […]

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Hyundai Kia sales chart May 2015

Hyundai’s U.S. operations produced record sales in calendar year 2014 and in the process outsold Kia – which also reported record sales last year – by an average of 12,000 sales per month. That gap was narrower than in 2013, when Hyundai typically outsold Kia by more than 15,000 sales per month.

But after outselling its Kia partner by 6,206 units in January of this year, 8475 units in February, 16,248 in March (Hyundai Motor America’s best ever month), and 14,727 units in April, Hyundai’s favourable gap narrowed to only 1,177 units in May

Yes, May, Kia Motors America’s best ever month and a month in which Hyundai sales declined 10%, year-over-year. Compared with May 2014, Hyundai’s U.S. market share slid from 4.41% to 3.89%. Kia, on the other hand, saw its market share increase from 3.73% in May 2014 to 3.82%.

Every Hyundai except the Elantra posted decreased volume, year-over-year. At Kia, despite declines from the Cadenza, K900, Optima, Rio, and Soul, the brand’s sales were up 4% because of a 19% Forte increase, a 2% Sorento improvement, and the Sedona’s 3,371-unit, 456% increase.

With 26 selling days in May 2015, Kia sold 2,401 vehicles per day last month, just 46 fewer sales per day than Hyundai.

Will Kia be able to overcome that 2% margin in the near future, or was this just the result of a confluence of incentive, inventory, and oddly timed events?

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: Cadillac CTS Sales Are Down 41% In 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-cadillac-cts-sales-41-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-cadillac-cts-sales-41-2015/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088321 In each of the last five months, General Motors has failed to sell more than 1,800 copies of the CTS. Sub-2K CTS sales months are unheard-of. Even in 2012, when CTS volume slid 15%, Cadillac averaged 3,914 CTS sales per month in the United States and never fell below 2,300. CTS volume dropped 31% in […]

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Cadillac CTS sales chart

In each of the last five months, General Motors has failed to sell more than 1,800 copies of the CTS. Sub-2K CTS sales months are unheard-of. Even in 2012, when CTS volume slid 15%, Cadillac averaged 3,914 CTS sales per month in the United States and never fell below 2,300.

CTS volume dropped 31% in 2013 and another 4% in 2014. However, over the course of the last two calendar years, Cadillac averaged 2,644 CTS sales per month and never slid below the 2,000-unit mark.

In 2015, the CTS has been hit even harder.

Let’s remember, the CTS is not positioned in the market the way it was in prior generations. It’s no longer an upsized 3-Series rival. No, it’s the ATS’s role to now be an undersized 3-Series rival. Instead, the CTS attempts to line up directly against the BMW 5-Series, a car which is averaging more than 4,100 monthly sales in 2015.

2014 Cadillac CTS V Sport

But it’s not working. U.S. CTS sales slid 24% to just 1,698 units in January, the fourth consecutive January in which CTS sales declined. February volume likewise declined for the fourth consecutive year. March sales were down 49%. CTS sales in April plunged 47%. Most recently, May volume fell 38% to 1,792 units, and that was the best month of the year thus far. Year-to-date, the CTS is America’s 76th-best-selling car. It ranked 59th at this time a year ago.

Total Cadillac car volume is down 20% to 29,124 units in 2015, just 43% of the brand’s total. However, Cadillac sales are down just 1% overall because the brand’s Escalades and SRX are collectively up 21%.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: Here’s How Jeep Reported An All-Time Monthly U.S. Sales Record In May 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-heres-jeep-reported-time-monthly-u-s-sales-record-may-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-heres-jeep-reported-time-monthly-u-s-sales-record-may-2015/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1084785 Four out of every ten new vehicles sold in May 2015 in the United States by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were Jeeps, ten years after Jeep accounted for just 20% of Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales. The automaker’s 4% year-over-year improvement was powered in large part by Jeep’s 13% gain. FCA volume improved by 8,000 units despite […]

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USA Jeep May 2015 sales chart

Four out of every ten new vehicles sold in May 2015 in the United States by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were Jeeps, ten years after Jeep accounted for just 20% of Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales.

The automaker’s 4% year-over-year improvement was powered in large part by Jeep’s 13% gain. FCA volume improved by 8,000 units despite a 58% decrease in minivan volume. How’d they do it?

FCA’s midsize car volume more than doubled, Ram sales rose 12% (including an 8% pickup improvement), and Jeep volume jumped 13% to an all-time high of 79,652 U.S. sales with nearly across-the-board increases.

That 13% Jeep jump represents a 9,449 unit increase for the brand, helped along by the Wrangler’s own all-time monthly record (and an increase of 3,089 sales compared with May 2014), another all-time record from the Cherokee, and improved Grand Cherokee and Patriot sales.

The Renegade contributed, too, with 4,416 May sales. Since March, 9,573 Renegades have been sold in America. Yet even without the Renegade, Jeep sales in May still broke the previous record set in April, and the record set before that, 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. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Chart Of The Day: U.S. Midsize Car Market Faltering, Leaders Earning Greater Market Share http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-u-s-midsize-car-market-faltering-leaders-earning-greater-market-share/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-u-s-midsize-car-market-faltering-leaders-earning-greater-market-share/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 14:20:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1085289 Through the first five months of 2015, the Toyota Camry opened up a lead of nearly 36,000 units over the Nissan Altima in the race to end the year as America’s best-selling midsize car. Aside from popularity, the Camry and Altima – as well as nearly every intermediate car on the market – share another factor […]

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USA midsize car sales chart May 2015

Through the first five months of 2015, the Toyota Camry opened up a lead of nearly 36,000 units over the Nissan Altima in the race to end the year as America’s best-selling midsize car.

Aside from popularity, the Camry and Altima – as well as nearly every intermediate car on the market – share another factor in common: their sales are declining.

Year-over-year, U.S. sales of midsize cars are down nearly 4% so far for 2015. The Chrysler 200’s 133% year-over-year increase (and FCA’s 22% overall midsize improvement) stands out, not just in the category, but among the five leaders. Each of the four better-selling cars in the group are sliding, from the Camry’s 2% drop to the Altima’s 5% decline, the Accord’s 16% plunge, and the Fusion’s 7% decrease.

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The second-ranked Altima is now 14,344 sales ahead of the third-ranked Accord, causing us to wonder if the real race is for third spot, as the above chart indicates. The Ford Fusion trails the Accord by only 520 units but has been outsold by the Honda in each of the last two months.

The Altima last outsold the Accord on a calendar year basis in 2011.  If the current pace holds, 2015 will be the Camry’s 14th consecutive year atop the leaderboard. The five best-selling midsize cars in America accounted for 69% of the category’s sales through the first five months of 2014; 67% so far this year.

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Chart Of The Day: U.S. SUV/Crossover Market Share Rises To 34% In May 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-u-s-suvcrossover-market-share-rises-34-may-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-u-s-suvcrossover-market-share-rises-34-may-2015/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1083369 In May 2015, for the fifth consecutive month, more than one-third of the new vehicles sold in the United States were SUVs and crossovers. Year-over-year, the share of the market earned by utility vehicles increased from slightly less than 32% to slightly more than 34%, a gain equal to 50,000 extra sales in a market […]

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USA SUV:crossover market share percentage auto sales chart May 2015

In May 2015, for the fifth consecutive month, more than one-third of the new vehicles sold in the United States were SUVs and crossovers. Year-over-year, the share of the market earned by utility vehicles increased from slightly less than 32% to slightly more than 34%, a gain equal to 50,000 extra sales in a market which saw passenger car volume tumble by nearly 30,000 units.

Led by the Honda CR-V, which was actually down 1% in May 2015, the U.S. SUV/crossover market was strengthened by new products last month. May was the second full month for the Jeep Renegade in what turned out to be the highest-volume month in the Jeep brand’s history. Not only did Jeep sell more than 20,000 Wranglers for the first time ever, not only did Jeep break the Cherokee’s sales record, but they also sold 4,416 copies of the Renegade.

Honda added 6,381 HR-Vs in the model’s first month on sale. With the new XC90 increasingly available, Volvo sold 741, a 60% year-over-year improvement. Chevrolet reported its first month with more than 5,000 Trax sales.2016-honda-hr-v

And among the higher-volume vehicles, the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue all posted double-digit percentage gains. Overall SUV/crossover sales jumped 10% as a result. Sales of the category are up 12% to nearly 2.4 million through the first five months of 2015.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In America In May 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-may-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-may-2015/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1082913 General Motors earned 17.9% of the U.S. auto industry’s sales volume in May 2015, a drop from 18.5% one month ago but a slight improvement compared with May 2014, when GM’s market share stood at 17.7%. In May 2015, GM’s U.S. sales grew at a 3% clip, twice the rate of improvement posted by the […]

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May 2015 TTAC USA auto brand market share sales chart
General Motors earned 17.9% of the U.S. auto industry’s sales volume in May 2015, a drop from 18.5% one month ago but a slight improvement compared with May 2014, when GM’s market share stood at 17.7%.

In May 2015, GM’s U.S. sales grew at a 3% clip, twice the rate of improvement posted by the overall auto industry. GM’s gains came mainly as a result of improved pickup truck volume and a strong month for Lambda crossovers.

Year-over-year, Ford Motor Company’s market share slid by almost one-half of one percentage point, a loss largely traced back to the F-Series’ 10% drop and a slight drop-off in utility vehicle sales. Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai-Kia lost small amounts of market share in comparison with May 2014, as well. FCA, including Alfa Romeo and Maserati, saw its share of the U.S. industry rise from 12.2% in May 2014 to 12.5% one year later thanks to a best-ever month for the Jeep brand, the company’s highest-performing outlet.

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Chart Of The Day: 19 Months Of Midsize Pickup Truck Market Share In America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-19-months-midsize-pickup-truck-market-share-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-19-months-midsize-pickup-truck-market-share-america/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 16:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1077978 Midsize pickups have increased their share of the overall pickup truck category by around four percentage points since GM launched the second-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Compared with a period when the twins weren’t on sale, the volume sent the direction of midsize pickups jumped 50% over the first four months of 2015. That gain […]

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USA midsize truck market share chart October 2013 April 2015

Midsize pickups have increased their share of the overall pickup truck category by around four percentage points since GM launched the second-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Compared with a period when the twins weren’t on sale, the volume sent the direction of midsize pickups jumped 50% over the first four months of 2015. That gain of 39,000 units wasn’t simply down to the GM twins, either, as the class-leading Toyota Tacoma is growing faster than the overall pickup truck category.

Yet, at the same time as the small/midsize pickup truck market boomed back from obscurity into an oft-discussed vehicle category, U.S. sales of full-size trucks were on the upswing as well. The 6% increase generated by the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram P/U, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan translates to more than 36,000 extra sales, year-over-year.

As a result, pickup trucks produced 14.3% of the new vehicle sales in the U.S. over the first one-third of 2015, up from 13.6% during the same period one year ago.

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Chart Of The Day: What If Dodge And Ram Were Still Just Dodge? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-dodge-ram-still-just-dodge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-dodge-ram-still-just-dodge/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 12:45:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072834 As recently as 2009, Dodge was the sixth-best-selling auto brand in the United States. But through the first four months of 2015, Dodge is the tenth-best-selling auto brand in America. Granted, Dodge volume has fallen 15% year-over-year, but the real reason for Dodge’s lower ranking is that the Dodge of today isn’t the Dodge of […]

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Dodge Ram sales chart

As recently as 2009, Dodge was the sixth-best-selling auto brand in the United States.

But through the first four months of 2015, Dodge is the tenth-best-selling auto brand in America. Granted, Dodge volume has fallen 15% year-over-year, but the real reason for Dodge’s lower ranking is that the Dodge of today isn’t the Dodge of yesterday. 

Ram, formerly part of the Dodge division, is the twelfth-ranked auto brand in America so far this year.

As a unit, Dodge/Ram is currently – you guessed it – the sixth-best-selling auto brand in America, ahead of FCA’s top-selling Jeep brand. Ahead of Hyundai, too.

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Chart Of The Day: 52 Months Of Record Audi USA Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-52-months-record-audi-usa-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-52-months-record-audi-usa-sales/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 15:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1064338 Audi USA sold 16,827 new vehicles in April 2015, an increase of 1174 units compared with Audi’s previous best-ever April in 2014, and the 52nd consecutive month in which Audi U.S. volume has broken the previous monthly record. Year-over-year, Audi sales have increased in each of the last 66 months, a streak stretching back to […]

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Audi USA record sales chart TTAC COTDAudi USA sold 16,827 new vehicles in April 2015, an increase of 1174 units compared with Audi’s previous best-ever April in 2014, and the 52nd consecutive month in which Audi U.S. volume has broken the previous monthly record.

Year-over-year, Audi sales have increased in each of the last 66 months, a streak stretching back to November 2009.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In America In April 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-april-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-april-2015/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 15:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1059154 Compared with the prior month, General Motors’ U.S. market share increased by more than two percentage points to 18.5% in April 2015. Toyota’s trio of brands lost slightly more than half a percentage point. American Honda jumped from 8.2% to 8.9%. Nissan and Infiniti dropped by nearly two percentage points as the automaker suffered its […]

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TTAC automaker market share chart April 2014

Compared with the prior month, General Motors’ U.S. market share increased by more than two percentage points to 18.5% in April 2015. Toyota’s trio of brands lost slightly more than half a percentage point. American Honda jumped from 8.2% to 8.9%.

Nissan and Infiniti dropped by nearly two percentage points as the automaker suffered its normal, anticipated, severe drop-off in April volume. The auto industry’s size decreased 6% between March and April; Nissan USA’s sales fell 24% during the same period.

Compared with April 2014, GM’s market share elevation was only slight. American Honda lost more than half a percentage point, sliding from 9.5% to 8.9%. And Nissan’s 7.5% share remained on an even keel.

Auto industry volume increased at a 4.6% clip to 1.455M units in April 2014

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Chart Of The Day: Imagine The U.S. Auto Industry Without Pickup Trucks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-imagine-u-s-auto-industry-without-pickup-trucks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-imagine-u-s-auto-industry-without-pickup-trucks/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:34:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1053169 With 29% and 30% of their U.S. sales coming from pickup trucks, respectively, General Motors and Ford Motor Company fall from the top two positions to the second and third when auto manufacturer sales are compared without pickups. Toyota, therefore, becomes the top dog with 507,000 non-pickup sales through the first-quarter of 2015, 21,000 more […]

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Industry sales chart no pickup trucks

With 29% and 30% of their U.S. sales coming from pickup trucks, respectively, General Motors and Ford Motor Company fall from the top two positions to the second and third when auto manufacturer sales are compared without pickups.

Toyota, therefore, becomes the top dog with 507,000 non-pickup sales through the first-quarter of 2015, 21,000 more cars, vans, SUVs, and crossovers than General Motors.

Excluding Frontiers, Titans, and Ridgelines doesn’t change the fact that Nissan and Infiniti are still outselling Honda and Acura. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles nearly pulls level with Ford MoCo when the Ram and dominant F-Series, America’s best-selling vehicle line, are left out of the equation.

Those figures don’t accurately reflect the state of the industry. That’s why today’s chart of the day also includes the actual figures. But the second subject line would clarify the state of the industry if the top manufacturers couldn’t lean on their pickup popularity.

U.S. pickup truck sales are up 12% to 567,560 through the first-quarter, equal to 14% of the industry’s year-to-date volume.

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Chart Of The Day: The Rise Of Commercial Van Sales In America – 2015 Q1 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-rise-commercial-van-sales-america-2015-q1/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-rise-commercial-van-sales-america-2015-q1/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:13:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046402 Commercial van sales are on the rise in the United States. But of greater interest than the improvements – total sales jumped 14% to 356,814 units in 2014 and are up 26% to 87,866 year-to-date – is the constant change in the category. The best-selling commercial van in America in each of the last five […]

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USA commercial van sales chart March 2015Commercial van sales are on the rise in the United States. But of greater interest than the improvements – total sales jumped 14% to 356,814 units in 2014 and are up 26% to 87,866 year-to-date – is the constant change in the category.

The best-selling commercial van in America in each of the last five months was the Ford Transit, a Euro-style van that’s replacing the Ford E-Series. Together, the Transit and similar-looking products from Mercedes-Benz (the established Sprinter) and Ram (the Fiat Ducato-based ProMaster), account for 39% of the commercial van market so far this year and 50.4% of the full-size category.

The small van sector, meanwhile, is growing rapidly. Sales are up 76% in early 2015. The quintet, led by the Ford Transit Connect and joined most recently by the Ram ProMaster City, generated 23% market share in 2015’s first-quarter, up from 17% a year ago. Click the chart for a larger view. Specific figures in the column are explained by the descriptions below with, for example, the Transit generating 22,881 first-quarter sales, the Sprinter 5,559, and the ProMaster 5,549.

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Chart Of The Day: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US Is Very Much An SUV-Oriented Automaker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-fiat-chrysler-automobiles-us-much-suv-oriented-automaker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-fiat-chrysler-automobiles-us-much-suv-oriented-automaker/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:02:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1041793 Not surprisingly, one of only a couple automakers with an SUV-only auto brand is enjoying record sales at that SUV brand in an era of booming utility vehicle sales. At this stage in 2013, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/Chrysler Group was selling more cars in the United States than SUVs and crossovers. Those figures flipped one year […]

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FCA US sales chart by vehicle categoryNot surprisingly, one of only a couple automakers with an SUV-only auto brand is enjoying record sales at that SUV brand in an era of booming utility vehicle sales.

At this stage in 2013, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/Chrysler Group was selling more cars in the United States than SUVs and crossovers. Those figures flipped one year later and became even more disparate in the first-quarter of 2015.

More than four out every ten FCA sales in the United States in the first three months of this year were SUVs or crossovers: Jeeps, Dodge Durangos, and Dodge Journeys. We only recently covered the enormity of Jeep’s record-setting March success.

Other factors are shaking up the vehicle mix at FCA dealers, as well, such as the retooling at the company’s minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, and the increased number of commercial vans available. But with SUV/crossover sales rising 12% across the board in early 2015, it’s no secret that FCA was well positioned to take advantage, and that advantage has seriously rejigged the automaker’s overall U.S. sales figures.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In America In March 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-march-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-march-2015/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:49:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1037353   GM’s U.S. market share declined from 18.4% in February 2015 to 16.1% the following month as the automaker’s sales slid 2%, year-over-year, in a market which expanded marginally. GM earned 16.7% of the U.S. auto industry’s volume in March 2014. Compared with February, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai-Kia, and the BMW Group all produced market share […]

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U.S. auto brand market share march 2015

 

GM’s U.S. market share declined from 18.4% in February 2015 to 16.1% the following month as the automaker’s sales slid 2%, year-over-year, in a market which expanded marginally. GM earned 16.7% of the U.S. auto industry’s volume in March 2014.

Compared with February, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai-Kia, and the BMW Group all produced market share improvements worthy of mention. Honda’s share fell slightly from 8.4% to 8.2%; FCA was down from 13.1% in February to 12.8% in March.

The industry’s 1.55M new vehicle sales represented the best March since 2005.

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Chart Of The Day: GM’s U.S. Sales By Brand Over The Last Decade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/chart-day-gms-u-s-sales-brand-last-decade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/chart-day-gms-u-s-sales-brand-last-decade/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:21:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030321 Two weeks ago we published a chart that showed GM’s decreasing passenger car emphasis over the last 14 months. Last Saturday, we showed GM’s annual U.S. sales volume by vehicle type. This week, we’re continuing the GM examination with a look at the brand allotment over the last decade. Aside from the Chrysler Group, no […]

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GM sales by brandTwo weeks ago we published a chart that showed GM’s decreasing passenger car emphasis over the last 14 months. Last Saturday, we showed GM’s annual U.S. sales volume by vehicle type. This week, we’re continuing the GM examination with a look at the brand allotment over the last decade.

Aside from the Chrysler Group, no automaker has undergone such a dramatic restructuring during the last decade. The public face of the GM restructuring, apart from the shuttering of dealerships, congressional hearings, and a revolving door of new faces in the executive’s chair, was the dismissal of a number of brands. Hummer, Saturn, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac were killed off. Saab is still kind of a thing, but not GM’s thing.

In the U.S., General Motors thus became much more of a Chevrolet/GMC company than it already was. Chevrolet’s share of the brand’s U.S. volume increased from 58.9% in 2007 to 71.3% in 2012, for example. GMC was responsible for barely more than 11% of GM sales in 2006, a figure which stands at 18% through the first two months of 2015.

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Chart Of The Day: GM’s Gradual Car Sales Decrease http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/chart-day-gms-gradual-car-sales-decrease/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/chart-day-gms-gradual-car-sales-decrease/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:48:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1020753 GM passenger car volume decreased 15% through the first two months of 2015 in the United States, tumbling by more than 18,000 units, or 21%, in February alone. With vastly improved U.S. pickup truck volume, steadily growing full-size SUV sales, and growth from the brand’s crossovers, GM was easily able to overcome the car deficit […]

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GM car sales bar chartGM passenger car volume decreased 15% through the first two months of 2015 in the United States, tumbling by more than 18,000 units, or 21%, in February alone.

With vastly improved U.S. pickup truck volume, steadily growing full-size SUV sales, and growth from the brand’s crossovers, GM was easily able to overcome the car deficit to post a 10% overall sales improvement in America through the end of February.

This chart doesn’t showcase volume or year-over-year change, but it does show the decreased importance of GM car sales in America since the beginning of last year. For the record, rewinding ten years to the 2005 calendar year reveals GM’s car share to be just above 40%. In 2010, it was ever so slightly below 40%.

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Chart Of The Day: Auto Brand Market Share In America In February 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-february-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/chart-day-auto-brand-market-share-america-february-2015/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 13:48:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1017042 Compared with the previous month, GM’s U.S. market share grew by more than half a percentage point to 18.4% in February 2015. During the same month-to-month period, Ford Motor Company’s share slipped by nearly a full percentage point to 14.3%. FoMoCo was joined by Toyota (including its Lexus and Scion sub-brands), Honda, Subaru, and the […]

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TTAC auto brand market share chart February 2015Compared with the previous month, GM’s U.S. market share grew by more than half a percentage point to 18.4% in February 2015. During the same month-to-month period, Ford Motor Company’s share slipped by nearly a full percentage point to 14.3%. FoMoCo was joined by Toyota (including its Lexus and Scion sub-brands), Honda, Subaru, and the Volkswagen Group in losing share to FCA, Nissan, and the Korean duo, Hyundai and Kia.

Full brand-by-brand results were published earlier this week. We also published a list of America’s 20 best-selling vehicles through the first two months of 2015.

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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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