November U.S. Car & Truck Sales Up 9% Overall, Led By GM & Chrysler

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff

AutomakerNov. 2013Nov. 2012Pct. chng.11 month
201311 month
2012Pct. chng.BMW Group36,41136,5400%332,725304,5979% BMW division31,75231,2132%271,891244,06111% Mini4,5755,248–13%59,91059,6670% Rolls-Royce84796%9248696%BMW Group36,41136,5400%332,725304,5979%Chrysler Group142,275122,56516%1,639,3611,499,4209% Chrysler Division21,02418,76612%282,222282,4540% Dodge41,50640,0754%548,654472,59816% Dodge/Ram72,76165,14912%880,469742,64119% Fiat3,0753,603–15%39,49140,065–1% Jeep45,41535,04730%437,179434,2601% Ram31,25525,07425%331,815270,04323%Chrysler Group142,275122,56516%1,639,3611,499,4209%Daimler AG37,34532,65814%306,898273,69412% Maybach–5–100%–45–100% Mercedes-Benz36,38631,94914%298,489264,63613% Smart USA95970436%8,4099,013–7%Daimler AG37,34532,65814%306,898273,69412%Ford Motor Co.189,705177,0927%2,268,6442,030,10712% Ford division182,978171,3607%2,194,9341,955,34112% Lincoln6,7275,73217%73,71074,766–1%Ford Motor Co.189,705177,0927%2,268,6442,030,10712%General Motors212,060186,50514%2,555,9212,349,9849% Buick15,07213,28913%190,130163,93516% Cadillac16,17214,51711%164,378131,53425% Chevrolet145,089128,86713%1,793,6321,684,5557% GMC35,72729,83220%407,781369,96010%General Motors212,060186,50514%2,555,9212,349,9849%Honda (American)116,507116,5800%1,390,0571,290,0118% Acura14,55912,24619%149,685140,1827% Honda Division101,948104,334–2%1,240,3721,149,8298%Honda (American)116,507116,5800%1,390,0571,290,0118%Hyundai Group101,41694,5427%1,159,3261,161,9930% Hyundai division56,00553,4875%657,778643,5722% Kia45,41141,05511%501,548518,421–3%Hyundai Group101,41694,5427%1,159,3261,161,9930%Jaguar Land Rover6,0474,40037%59,65449,45221% Jaguar1,446713103%15,40810,96241% Land Rover4,6013,68725%44,24638,49015%Jaguar Land Rover6,0474,40037%59,65449,45221%Maserati887208326%3,7152,39755%Maserati887208326%3,7152,39755%Mazda20,75421,691–4%260,983249,7935%Mazda20,75421,691–4%260,983249,7935%Mitsubishi6,0713,57470%55,80453,6774%Mitsubishi6,0713,57470%55,80453,6774%Nissan106,52896,19711%1,138,6621,042,3669% Infiniti13,15211,89711%103,223107,250–4% Nissan Division93,37684,30011%1,035,439935,11611%Nissan106,52896,19711%1,138,6621,042,3669%Subaru36,62128,20630%384,511299,78828%Subaru36,62128,20630%384,511299,78828%Suzuki*–2,224–100%5,94623,412–75%Suzuki*–2,224–100%5,94623,412–75%Toyota178,044161,69510%2,045,1991,888,3618% Lexus25,61122,71913%239,090213,55912% Scion4,9685,606–11%63,99867,983–6% Toyota division147,465133,37011%1,742,1111,606,8198% Toyota/Scion152,433138,97610%1,806,1091,674,8028%Toyota178,044161,69510%2,045,1991,888,3618%Volkswagen48,69552,916–8%556,839553,2421% Audi13,63612,06713%141,048124,46913% Bentley32021251%2,5192,07821% Lamborghini*46445%5064766% Porsche3,9663,8653%39,07732,09122% VW division30,72736,728–16%373,689394,128–5%Volkswagen48,69552,916–8%556,839553,2421%Volvo Cars NA4,2336,141–31%56,34561,967–9%Volvo Cars NA4,2336,141–31%56,34561,967–9%Other***2532463%2,7832,7023%TOTAL1,243,8521,143,9819%14,223,37313,136,9638%

Sales of cars and light truck in the United States went up 9% overall to 1.24 million units delivered in November, selling at the fastest clip in almost seven years. The SAAR rose to 16.4 million units, exceeding analyst predictions of about 15.8 million vehicles. That’s the best seasonally adjusted annual rate since Feb. 2007, before the start of the global recession. November sales were the best since 2003 and close to the best November ever.

General Motors and the Chrysler Group’s sales were up more than the industry average, at +14% and +16% respectively with pickups and the new Jeep Cherokee spurring the increases. The new Cherokee sold over 10,000 units in the first full month that it has been available since a somewhat botched launch. Toyota and Nissan were also up by double digits, 10% and 11%, while Honda sales were more or less flat, down 0.1% from last November’s record sales. Ford was up 7% and announced that it was scaling back production in its North American plants in the first quarter of 2014, making about 2% fewer cars than the same period in 2013. Subaru continued to do very well, with sales up 30% over last year. Volkswagen, though, went against industry trends and was down 8%.

Lincoln had its second straight month of double digit increases, up 17% from November 2012.

Chrysler Group sales did well despite the fact that Fiat deliveries were down 15% and car sales at Chrysler and Dodge were down 7%, offset by a 26% increase in demand for light trucks.

Hyundai set a November record with 56,005 units delivered, up 5% from last year, led by the Santa Fe, Accent, and Elantra.

Jaguar Land Rover continues to do well with group sales up 37%. Land Rover set a November record at 4,601 on strong sales of the Evoque and redesigned Range Rover flagship and now that the F Type is at dealers, Jaguar posted an increase of over 100% to 1,446 unites.

VW’s CEO for America, Jonathan Browning said that the brand will not follow other companies aggressive incentives, one reason for a 16% decline in VW brand sales, with the Jetta, Passat and Tiguan all doing worse than last year. At VW’s Audi brand the news was better, up 13% on strong demand for crossovers.

Analysts say the industry’s overall numbers were helped by five weekends in the sales period along with early holiday promotions, attractive financing offers and pent-up demand. Sales went up at the end of the month as automakers and dealers had Black Friday sales events.

Incentives were up slightly from last year, but down 2% from last month to an average of $2,507 per vehicle.

Average transaction prices were down $198/vehicle from last year to $30,634, the first year to year decline in ATP in almost 3 years, though GM, Toyota and Chrysler reported record ATPs in November.

Table courtesy Automotive News

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  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Dec 04, 2013

    "Why no love for Mazda. Am I the only one?" Because Americans are retarded, for the most part. Mazdas sell quite well in just about every other part of the world, and are as good as vehicles get at their respective price points in terms of reliability, build quality and refinement, while being just plain more fun to drive than their competitors.

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    • Thelaine Thelaine on Dec 05, 2013

      @reclusive_in_nature See also: oikophobia

  • Roader Roader on Dec 04, 2013

    Maybach math: 0 * 100% = 5 (or 45)

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.