October Sales: Movin' On Up

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

After a largely flat year of auto sales, it’s looking like the analysts are getting it right and sales were good last month. Chrysler is leading the good-news parade with a whopping 27% bump in volume on strong sales of the 200, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee and 20%+ increases from every brand. GM had a more sideways kind of month, with 2% overall growth and only Chevrolet rising as a brand. For more, watch October’s sales results unfold at our evolving table after the jump…


AutomakerOct. 2011Oct. 2010Pct. chng.10 month


201110 month


2010Pct. chng.BMW Group27,31823,26517%246,890215,70015% BMW division21,87319,27214%199,552176,73613% Mini5,4153,95037%47,05038,53822% Rolls-Royce3043–30%288426–32%BMW Group27,31823,26517%246,890215,70015%Chrysler Group114,51290,13727%1,123,923910,35724% Chrysler Division21,24416,54728%178,795174,6502% Dodge33,73427,02025%379,175330,03915% Dodge/Ram55,57045,11023%589,776499,68118% Fiat1,965––%15,826––% Jeep35,73328,48026%339,526236,02644% Ram21,83618,09021%210,601169,64224%Chrysler Group114,51290,13727%1,123,923910,35724%Daimler AG24,45319,44826%210,760189,63711% Maybach45–20%4453–17% Mercedes-Benz24,12219,07627%206,632184,43812% Smart USA327367–11%4,0845,146–21%Daimler AG24,45319,44826%210,760189,63711% Ford Motor Co. 167,502157,6506%1,767,2131,626,9129% Ford division161,408143,33913%1,696,0301,445,61117% Ford/Lincoln/Mercury167,502157,6506%1,767,2131,594,38711% Lincoln6,0946,834–11%70,93570,1201% Mercury–7,477100%24878,656–100% Volvo–––%–32,525–100%Ford Motor Co.167,502157,6506%1,767,2131,626,9129%General Motors186,895183,5432%2,089,0441,818,88215% Buick11,68712,569–7%151,779126,56920% Cadillac11,79513,393–12%124,985118,4066% Chevrolet131,804124,2146%1,485,7371,298,39314% GMC31,60933,000–4%326,543263,50224% Hummer–242–100%–3,749–100% Pontiac–83–100%–1,045–100% Saab–––%–608–100% Saturn–42–100%–6,610–100%General Motors186,895183,5432%2,089,0441,818,88215%Honda (American)98,33398,811–1%958,1301,011,247–5% Acura11,11511,0111%100,261107,399–7% Honda Division87,21887,800–1%857,869903,848–5%Honda (American)98,33398,811–1%958,1301,011,247–5%Hyundai Group90,09273,85522%950,411751,92626% Hyundai division52,40242,65623%545,316452,70321% Kia37,69031,19921%405,095299,22335%Hyundai Group90,09273,85522%950,411751,92626%Jaguar Land Rover–––%–––% Jaguar–––%–––% Land Rover–––%–––%Jaguar Land Rover–––%–––%Maserati–––%–––%Maserati–––%–––%Mazda18,32618,0132%209,641192,7839%Mazda18,32618,0132%209,641192,7839%Mitsubishi4,3785,111–14%70,25346,50351%Mitsubishi4,3785,111–14%70,25346,50351%Nissan82,34669,77318%856,425743,47415% Infiniti6,8627,930–14%79,04382,727–5% Nissan Division75,48461,84322%777,382660,74718%Nissan82,34669,77318%856,425743,47415%Porsche2,2702,647–14%24,93420,33723%Porsche2,2702,647–14%24,93420,33723%Saab Cars North America337741–55%4,9843,36748%Saab Cars North America‡337741–55%4,9843,36748%Subaru20,08122,720–12%215,631216,3340%Subaru20,08122,720–12%215,631216,3340%Suzuki–––%–––%Suzuki–––%–––%Toyota134,046145,474–8%1,328,5691,456,790–9% Lexus18,09221,091–14%153,739183,529–16% Scion3,9524,654–15%41,55937,88810% Toyota division112,002119,729–7%1,133,2711,235,373–8% Toyota/Scion115,954124,383–7%1,174,8301,273,261–8%Toyota134,046145,474–8%1,328,5691,456,790–9%Volkswagen38,41528,33236%360,115295,56622% Audi10,2258,12826%95,20681,71817% Bentley16212035%1,4221,07432% VW division28,02820,08440%263,487212,77424%Volkswagen38,41528,33236%360,115295,56622%Volvo Cars NA4,8993,99623%57,05412,589353%Volvo Cars NA4,8993,99623%57,05412,589353%Other (estimate)2482423%2,4662,4112%TOTAL1,014,451943,7588%10,476,4439,514,81510%
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  • Mjz Mjz on Nov 01, 2011

    Heil Piech! VW's quest for global domination marches on in October Jetta and new Passat selling quite well. Apparently Americans really do like cheap plasticky interiors afterall.

  • Ronin Ronin on Nov 01, 2011

    Last month GM got accused of 'channel stuffing:' ramming cars through to the retail dealers, and then recording the units as corporate sales, whether or not there was an actual consumer purchase. Is it possible this is Chrysler's month?

  • Ronin The very asking of the question "Are Plug-In Hybrids the Future?" is an interesting one. Because just 2 or 3 years ago we'd be asking- no, asserting- that E cars are the future. We're no longer asking that question.
  • Peter Benn There apparently were some K-code 4-dr sedan Fairlanes. Collectible Automobile Apr 2024 has found a '63 500 with HD 3/spd.
  • Mia Hey there!I recently stumbled upon the Crack Eraser DIY Windshield Repair Kit (check it out here: https://crackeraser.com/collections/diy-windshield-repair-kits) and decided to give it a shot on a small chip in my windshield. I have to say, it worked like a charm! Super easy to use, and it saved me a trip to the professionals. If you're dealing with a similar issue, this kit is definitely worth considering. 😊
  • Rust-MyEnemy Whoa, what the hell is wrong with Jalop1991 and his condescension? It's as if he's employed by Big Plug-In or something."I've seen plenty of your types on the forums....."Dunno what that means, but I'm not dead keen on being regarded as "A type" by a complete stranger"" I'm guessing you've never actually calculated by hand the miles you've driven against the quantity of gas used--which is your actual miles per gallon."Guess again. Why the hell would you even say that? Yes, I worked it out. Fill-to-fill, based on gas station receipts. And it showed me that a Vauxhall Astra PHEV, starting out with a fully charged PHEV battery, in Hybrid mode, on my long (234-mile) daily motorway daily commute, never, over several months, ever matched or beat the economy of the regular hybrid Honda Civic that I ran for a similar amount of time (circa 5000 miles)."You don't use gasoline at all for 30-40 miles as you use exclusively battery power, then your vehicle is a pure hybrid. Over 234 miles, you will have used whatever gas the engine used for 200 of those miles."At least you're right on that. In hybrid mode, though, the Astra was using battery power when it wasn't at all appropriate. The petrol engine very rarely chimed in when battery power was on tap, and as a result, the EV-mode range quickly disappeared. The regular hybrid Civic, though, deployed its very small electric reserves (which are used up quickly but restore themselves promptly), much more wisely. Such as when on a trailing throttle or on a downward grade, or when in stop-start traffic. As a result, at the end of my 234 miles, the Civic had used less gas than the Astra. Moreover, I hadn't had to pay for the electricity in its battery.I look forward to you arguing that what actually happened isn't what actually happened, but I was there and you were not."Regardless, that you don't understand it appears not to have stopped you from pontificating on it. Please, do us all a favor--don't vote."You really are quite unpleasant, aren't you. But thanks for the advice.
  • Tassos Jong-iL Electric vehicles are mandated by 2020 in One Korea. We are ahead of the time.
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