By on February 1, 2012

Kelley Blue Book was right when, a week ago, it predicted that 900,000 cars would be sold in January. It was 913,284, up 11 percent over January 2011. The SAAR, or seasonally adjusted average rate (= if the rest of the year would be as good as January, how much for the year?) climbed to 14.2 million. That blew all estimates and will become interesting when we analyze the analysts tomorrow.

GM saw its first minus since May last year. They said it’s because of a strong January 2011. Automotive News [sub] says that “a year ago, GM’s sales were aided by generous discounts.”

Chrysler (+44 percent), Mazda (+68%) and Volkswagen (+40 percent) surprised. BMW (+ 6 percent) and Mercedes (+ 23 percent) handed in their homework on time.

Automaker Jan. 2012 Jan. 2011 Pct. chng. 1 month
2012
1 month
2011
Pct. chng.
BMW Group 19,769 18,684 6% 19,769 18,684 6%
    BMW division 16,405 15,905 3% 16,405 15,905 3%
    Mini 3,334 2,751 21% 3,334 2,751 21%
    Rolls-Royce 30 28 7% 30 28 7%
BMW Group 19,769 18,684 6% 19,769 18,684 6%
Chrysler Group 101,149 70,118 44% 101,149 70,118 44%
    Chrysler Division 17,604 9,705 81% 17,604 9,705 81%
    Dodge 31,454 24,314 29% 31,454 24,314 29%
    Dodge/Ram 49,924 37,334 34% 49,924 37,334 34%
    Fiat 1,911 –% 1,911 –%
    Jeep 31,710 23,079 37% 31,710 23,079 37%
    Ram 18,470 13,020 42% 18,470 13,020 42%
Chrysler Group 101,149 70,118 44% 101,149 70,118 44%
Daimler AG 21,730 17,636 23% 21,730 17,636 23%
    Maybach 4 5 –20% 4 5 –20%
    Mercedes-Benz 21,230 17,273 23% 21,230 17,273 23%
    Smart USA 496 358 39% 496 358 39%
Daimler AG 21,730 17,636 23% 21,730 17,636 23%
Ford Motor Co. 136,294 126,981 7% 136,294 126,981 7%
    Ford division 131,173 121,175 8% 131,173 121,175 8%
    Lincoln 5,121 5,558 –8% 5,121 5,558 –8%
    Mercury 248 –100% 248 –100%
Ford Motor Co. 136,294 126,981 7% 136,294 126,981 7%
General Motors 167,962 178,897 –6% 167,962 178,897 –6%
    Buick 10,208 13,269 –23% 10,208 13,269 –23%
    Cadillac 8,924 12,581 –29% 8,924 12,581 –29%
    Chevrolet 123,864 125,389 –1% 123,864 125,389 –1%
    GMC 24,966 27,658 –10% 24,966 27,658 –10%
General Motors 167,962 178,897 –6% 167,962 178,897 –6%
Honda (American) 83,009 76,269 9% 83,009 76,269 9%
    Acura 8,381 7,961 5% 8,381 7,961 5%
    Honda Division 74,628 68,308 9% 74,628 68,308 9%
Honda (American) 83,009 76,269 9% 83,009 76,269 9%
Hyundai Group 78,211 65,003 20% 78,211 65,003 20%
    Hyundai division 42,694 37,214 15% 42,694 37,214 15%
    Kia 35,517 27,789 28% 35,517 27,789 28%
Hyundai Group 78,211 65,003 20% 78,211 65,003 20%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,190 3,206 31% 4,190 3,206 31%
    Jaguar 985 935 5% 985 935 5%
    Land Rover 3,205 2,271 41% 3,205 2,271 41%
Jaguar Land Rover 4,190 3,206 31% 4,190 3,206 31%
Maserati 154 114 35% 154 114 35%
Maserati 154 114 35% 154 114 35%
Mazda 23,996 14,267 68% 23,996 14,267 68%
Mazda 23,996 14,267 68% 23,996 14,267 68%
Mitsubishi 4,711 5,714 –18% 4,711 5,714 –18%
Mitsubishi 4,711 5,714 –18% 4,711 5,714 –18%
Nissan 79,313 71,847 10% 79,313 71,847 10%
    Infiniti 6,796 7,405 –8% 6,796 7,405 –8%
    Nissan Division 72,517 64,442 13% 72,517 64,442 13%
Nissan 79,313 71,847 10% 79,313 71,847 10%
Porsche 2,550 2,400 6% 2,550 2,400 6%
Porsche 2,550 2,400 6% 2,550 2,400 6%
Saab Cars North America 658 –100% 658 –100%
Saab Cars North America 658 –100% 658 –100%
Subaru 22,807 18,858 21% 22,807 18,858 21%
Subaru 22,807 18,858 21% 22,807 18,858 21%
Suzuki 1,505 2,562 –41% 1,505 2,562 –41%
Suzuki 1,505 2,562 –41% 1,505 2,562 –41%
Toyota 124,540 115,856 8% 124,540 115,856 8%
    Lexus 12,274 12,860 –5% 12,274 12,860 –5%
    Scion 3,535 3,275 8% 3,535 3,275 8%
    Toyota division 108,731 99,721 9% 108,731 99,721 9%
    Toyota/Scion 112,266 102,996 9% 112,266 102,996 9%
Toyota 124,540 115,856 8% 124,540 115,856 8%
Volkswagen 36,681 26,295 40% 36,681 26,295 40%
    Audi 9,354 7,812 20% 9,354 7,812 20%
    Bentley 118 82 44% 118 82 44%
    VW division 27,209 18,401 48% 27,209 18,401 48%
Volkswagen 36,681 26,295 40% 36,681 26,295 40%
Volvo Cars NA 4,461 4,276 4% 4,461 4,276 4%
Volvo Cars NA 4,461 4,276 4% 4,461 4,276 4%
Other (estimate)** 252 245 3% 252 245 3%
TOTAL 913,284 819,886 11% 913,284 819,886 11%

Data courtesy Automotive News [sub]

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9 Comments on “January Sales Up 11 Percent...”


  • avatar
    Conslaw

    Cadillac (down 29%) needs more product. The new ATS is not enough. Even Chevrolet is in for a rough patch because the 2013 Malibu isn’t good enough to be a class leader, the new Impala is a year or two away, and truck demand isn’t going to spike.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Chrysler is just chugging along – does it have the momentum to catch up with Toyota, or will all the new Toyota models in the pipeline blow Sergio away and threaten Ford?

  • avatar
    replica

    What the hell Mercury, get it together!

    • 0 avatar
      Lokki

      Well, I can predict that next month Mercury’s sales will be very close to identical to Plymouth, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Studebaker.

      The one that interests me most is Volvo. Am I missing something or are sales just as good under Chinese ownership as they were under Swed, er, Ford ownership. Are the cars too, or is it just that the typical Volvo buyer isn’t aware that Ford ever owned them let alone sold them?

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    1 month data in the right half of the table seems to be redundant until we have at least two month of data.

  • avatar
    acuraandy

    @Herr Schmitt: Might want to check out your Excel file, it looks slightly jumbled (last I heard Ford wasn’t affiliated with Daimler AG).

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Land Rover up a whopping 41 %. Tut tut Ford for selling JLR is growing faster than BMW now in the most profitable sector of the Market!

  • avatar
    Mike Kelley

    I have been perusing small car ratings at Consumer Reports Online. Two models of the Chevy Cruze and two versions of the Chevy Aveo have the lowest reliability ratings in their categories. As usual, the Jap cars did much better, as did Hyundais. The Volkswagen Golf TDI did surprising well, though, with pretty good reliability and great mileage.

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