May U.S. New Car Sales

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Nissan, Ford and Chrysler led the way in April. GM and Toyota made smaller gains. Mitsubishi was this month’s loser, down 15 percent.

May 2013 U.S. Auto Sales

Final table, courtesy Automotive News [sub].

AutomakerMay 2013May 2012Pct. chng.5 month

20135 month

2012Pct. chng.BMW Group31,25828,40010%139,562131,2386% BMW division25,23022,16814%113,357104,7798% Mini5,9446,153–3%25,78526,064–1% Rolls-Royce84796%4203956%BMW Group31,25828,40010%139,562131,2386%Chrysler Group166,596150,04111%751,646689,2579% Chrysler Division29,07029,674–2%136,590140,891–3% Dodge56,40745,79323%268,571217,26324% Dodge/Ram89,05672,16623%412,698334,63623% Fiat4,0514,0031%17,56216,7025% Jeep44,41944,1981%184,796197,028–6% Ram32,64926,37324%144,127117,37323%Chrysler Group166,596150,04111%751,646689,2579%Daimler AG27,35925,2658%128,730117,26110% Maybach–4–100%–20–100% Mercedes-Benz26,54124,5588%125,052113,51010% Smart USA81870316%3,6783,731–1%Daimler AG27,35925,2658%128,730117,26110%Ford Motor Co.246,019215,69914%1,054,819933,17913% Ford division238,714208,42515%1,024,000898,76114% Lincoln7,3057,2740%30,81934,418–11%Ford246,019215,69914%1,054,819933,17913%General Motors252,894245,2563%1,155,5031,066,9638% Buick17,98218,565–3%82,75971,34716% Cadillac13,8089,87140%69,75050,68838% Chevrolet179,510177,9431%821,674781,5645% GMC41,59438,8777%181,320163,36411%General Motors252,894245,2563%1,155,5031,066,9638%Honda (American)140,013133,9975%608,663576,1746% Acura14,36414,586–2%63,21657,56610% Honda Division125,649119,4115%545,447518,6085%Honda (American)140,013133,9975%608,663576,1746%Hyundai Group120,685118,7902%522,818530,237–1% Hyundai division68,35867,0192%296,003292,8561% Kia52,32751,7711%226,815237,381–5%Hyundai Group120,685118,7902%522,818530,237–1%Jaguar Land Rover4,9894,51311%25,67722,86512% Jaguar1,4351,07534%6,1615,47613% Land Rover3,5543,4383%19,51617,38912%Jaguar Land Rover4,9894,51311%25,67722,86512%Maserati2262260%9791,060–8%Maserati2262260%9791,060–8%Mazda24,27020,35719%122,447123,886–1%Mazda24,27020,35719%122,447123,886–1%Mitsubishi4,7155,575–15%25,17227,462–8%Mitsubishi4,7155,575–15%25,17227,462–8%Nissan114,45791,79425%519,585485,4547% Infiniti7,89910,592–25%42,11943,941–4% Nissan Division106,55881,20231%477,466441,5438%Nissan114,45791,79425%519,585485,4547%Subaru39,89229,72434%165,362136,60221%Subaru39,89229,72434%165,362136,60221%Suzuki*–2,360–100%5,94610,695–44%Suzuki*–2,360–100%5,94610,695–44%Toyota207,952202,9733%913,556868,3015% Lexus22,22921,4634%97,06088,11010% Scion6,5866,0479%28,66026,7217% Toyota division179,137175,4632%787,836753,4705% Toyota/Scion185,723181,5102%816,496780,1915%Toyota207,952202,9733%913,556868,3015%Volkswagen55,40453,2564%249,215237,5665% Audi13,22811,50315%60,57152,49415% Bentley189201–6%97085414% Lamborghini46437%2302157% Porsche3,9282,85238%17,60913,44831% VW division38,01338,657–2%169,835170,5550%Volkswagen55,40453,2564%249,215237,5665%Volvo Cars NA6,3296,2461%25,90027,511–6%Volvo Cars NA6,3296,2461%25,90027,511–6%2532453%1,2651,2253%TOTAL1,443,3111,334,7178%6,416,8455,986,9667%
Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • Thornmark Thornmark on Jun 04, 2013

    Dodge, Dodge/Ram and Ram totals about 178k. Add Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat and you get.. a mess. Total doesn't total.

    • Type57SC Type57SC on Jun 11, 2013

      He made a mistake in copying the table. AN puts Dodge/Ram in as an FU to Chrysler, so BS should have either taken the individual Dodge and Ram lines or just taken the one Dodge/Ram line. It is incorrect to show both the Dodge and Dodge & Ram (Dodge/Ram) lines as separate ones. I know the VIN says dodge and that's why AN does it, but it's a silly jab anyway.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Jun 04, 2013

    I never thought I'd see the day when Jag & Landie combined would out-sell Mitsubishi. =8-O

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  • 28-Cars-Later No, and none of you should be either.
  • Arthur Dailey No.
  • Arthur Dailey My father had multiple Northstar equipped vehicles. He got one of the first Northstar equipped STS's in Canada and continually drove STS's on one year leases for nearly a decade. One of them did 'crap out' on him. It went into 'limp' mode and he drove it to the nearest GM dealer. The vehicle was about half way through its lease, and he was in cottage country (Muskoka). GM arranged to have it flatbedded back to Toronto. He rented a vehicle, drove it home and then took delivery of a new STS within about 4 days. There were no negotiations regarding repairs, etc. The vehicle was simply replaced. Overall he was pleased with the performance of these vehicles and their engines. We also found them a pleasant environment to be in, with more than enough power.