By on October 1, 2014

2014-MINI-cooper-cooper-sAutomakers reported sales of more than 1.24 million new vehicles in September 2014, a 9.4% increase compared with the same month one year ago. Auto sales rose 5.5% over the course of 2014’s first three quarters, powered by big improvements at Jeep, Ram, Subaru, and Nissan.

Aside from Maserati’s massive leap in September – the brand once again outsold Jaguar – the month’s fastest-growing brand was Jeep, up 47%, or 17,767 units. Mini, Scion, Volkswagen (down 19% to fewer than 26,000 sales), Infiniti, and Jaguar stood out for their declines. Countryman sales shot up 60%; every other Mini was down sharply, including the core Hardtop model which fell to just 1118 units.

Automaker Sept. 2014 Sept.  2013 % Change 2014 YTD 2013 YTD % Change
Acura
 13,832 11,648 18.8% 119,750 120,830 -0.9%
Audi
 14,917 13,065 14.2% 130,983 114,411 14.5%
BMW
 25,586 23,568 8.6% 236,591 212,565 11.3%
Buick
 17,466 15,623 11.8% 170,764 157,503 8.4%
Cadillac
 13,829 13,828 0.0% 127,837 133,414 -4.2%
Chevrolet
 153,873 127,875 20.4% 1,542,866 1,493,329 3.3%
Chrysler
 28,781 25,251  14.0% 223,066 237,746 -6.2%
Dodge
 44,020 48,576 -9.4% 443,957 461,834 -3.9%
Fiat
 3,360 3,157  6.4% 35,501 32,742 8.4%
Ford  172,261  177,999  -3.2%  1,809,927  1,827,820  -1.0%
GMC
 38,269 29,959 27.7% 366,421 333,213 10.0%
Honda
 104,391 93,915 11.2% 1,040,855 1,038,182 0.3%
Hyundai
 56,010 55,102 1.6%  557,458  548,218  1.7%
Infiniti
 7,837  9,040 -13.3% 84,880 80,919 4.9%
Jaguar
 1,142 1,313 -13.0%  11,830 12,447 -5.0%
Jeep
 55,231 37,464  47.4% 516,387 355,385 45.3%
Kia
 40,628 38,003 6.9% 445,017 416,383 6.9%
Land Rover
 3,106 3,387  -8.3%  38,424  35,359 8.7%
Lexus
 21,852 19,522 11.9% 220,683 190,760 15.7%
Lincoln
 7,257 6,453 12.5% 67,788 59,852 13.3%
Maserati
 1,318 379 247.8% 9,125  2,241 307.2%
Mazda
 23,980 22,464 6.7% 240,953 220,491 9.3%
Mercedes-Benz
 27,315 24,697  10.6%  233,211  215,056  8.4% 
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
 2,208 2,152  2.6%  17,785  14,940  19.0%
Total Mercedes-Benz
 29,523  26,849  10.0%  250,996  229,996  9.1%
Mini
 4,219 5,306 -20.5% 39,188 49,635 -21.0%
Mitsubishi
 5,558 4,001 38.9% 58,365 44,981 29.8%
Nissan
 95,118  77,828 22.2% 978,392 860,197 13.7%
Porsche
 3,607  3,093  16.6% 35,366  31,549 12.1%
Ram
 38,498 25,569  34.8% 337,148 269,296  25.2%
Scion
 4,154 5,131 -19.0% 46,103 54,090 -14.8%
Smart
 748 625 19.7% 8080 6937 16.5%
Subaru
 41,517 31,755 30.7% 375,485 313,407 19.8%
Suzuki
 —  — 5,946  -100%
Toyota
 141,273  139,804 1.1%  1,528,002  1,453,329 5.1%
Volkswagen
 25,996 31,920 -18.6% 270,874 314,833 -14.0%
Volvo
 4,667 4,188 11.4% 43,851 48,193 -9.0%
 —
BMW-Mini
 29,805 28,874 3.2% 275,779 262,200 5.2%
Chrysler Group
 169,890 143,017  18.8% 1,556,059 1,357,003 14.7%
Daimler
30,271 27,474 10.2% 259,076 236,933 9.3%
Ford Motor Company
 179,518  184,452  -2.7%  1,877,715 1,887,672  -0.5%
General Motors
 223,437 187,195 19.4% 2,207,888 2,117,459 4.3%
Honda Motor Company
118,223 105,563 12.0% 1,160,605 1,159,012 0.1%
Hyundai-Kia
 96,638  93,105  3.8%  1,002,475  964,601  3.9%
Jaguar-Land Rover
4,248 4,700 -9.6% 50,254 47,806 5.1%
Nissan Motor Company
 102,955  86,868 18.5% 1,063,272 941,116 13.0%
Toyota Motor Corporation
167,279  164,457  1.7% 1,794,788  1,698,179  5.7%
Volkswagen Group *
 44,520  48,078  -7.4% 437,223  460,793  -5.1%
Industry Total **
1,245,786
1,138,378
9.4%
12,436,855
11,790,337
5.5%

* Volkswagen Group includes sales figures for Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen brands.

** Industry total includes Automotive News sales estimates for ultra-low-volume automakers and their 1300-unit (September) Tesla sales estimate.

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73 Comments on “U.S. Auto Sales Results: September 2014 YTD...”


  • avatar
    MrGrieves

    At what point is VW going to say “To heck with this!” and close up shop on their brand in the US? Is there anything at this point they can do?

    • 0 avatar
      TRH029

      I opened (and subsequently closed) the last failed auto factory they had in the US back in 1977-1987. It sure looks like they have not learned a thing since that time, and the market is even more competitive now with the likes of Hyundai and Kia in the game. Since I will be getting a small pension from them soon, and in appreciation of eleven good years, I purchased a 2006 Jetta TDI that cost me over $6,000.00 in repairs in only 125k miles. Everything from camshaft, parasitic battery drains, EGR cooler, etc, basically ate up everything I may have saved in fuel mileage. My 2012 Camry just turned over 90k- flawless!

    • 0 avatar
      Beerboy12

      They are the top selling German brand… So I am unsure what makes you say that. They sell well 100K more cars than Cadillac, perhaps they should pack up to?

      • 0 avatar
        TybeeJim

        It’s just that VW, in its market niche, is way below Toyota, Honda, Nissan, et al, in sales. I wouldn’t think they will go away, but the strategy has to change. They mistakenly tried cheap, drum brakes on the rear of Golfs, Jettas, Passats at base levels. Like it or not, until China comes fully “on line”, the US is the most important car market in the world.

        • 0 avatar
          tedward

          Tybee Jim
          Well, the did it with the Jetta at least, and the backlash was apparently so severe that they had to reverse course before the car was officially refreshed (stealthily it seems.) The price VW pays for that is people are left with that impression even after the Jetta is back on discs with independent rear suspension and turbo engines for everyone.

          I’ve never bought into that argument with the Passat. They created a 10k a month car from nothing there, and it won every possible comparison when it was launched. Their problem is they have two cars at that level now, so the bench is empty when they are coming due for a refresh (and a cosmetic one at that.)

          The Golf chassis was never part of this strategy, and at the risk of bringing up my wagon again, those are the VW’s that give me a chubby. The consensus is in that they need some UV’s, mostly because that probably guarantees them two more cars at the 10k a month mark. Hence the squabbling over the Phaeton announcement.

        • 0 avatar
          Jimal

          The Golf, which is still in somewhat limited supply, is getting some traction, along with the GTI. And more importantly, for the first time in a long time VW is putting some marketing effort behind it. So much so that that next SportWagen is going to join the rest of the world and be called a Golf. I’m not quite ready to announce the light at the end of the tunnel, but there seems to be something around the bend.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          It’s not a sports game, though. One can very easily make a few bucks off of selling 300K plus cars in 9 months, even if someone else sells a million or more.

      • 0 avatar
        TRH029

        I might add that I was a journeyman master technician in both the automotive and machinery sectors for over 25 years, and have owned an industrial equipment dealership for over 25. The costs I incurred with that lousy Jetta would have likely cost twice as much for the average consumer. The VW dealer was clueless, and claimed to have never heard of my problems, even though online TDI tech forums backed me up. As for Cadillac, that is just another GM sticker brand and no different from Buick or anything else they have made both past and present. If you study the failures of other failed US makes (Kaiser Frazer, Studebaker/Packard, Nash/Hudson) there are many similarities to VW when it comes to a weak dealer network, production/advertisement costs over fewer units, poor reliability, and resale. I find it humorous that the TN plant is getting so much media attention over the labor issues- when they closed the PA plant they said it would not have mattered if we worked free, as no one bought the cars! (at the time of closing (1988), the entire VW US product would not have kept the PA plant open) It’s too bad, because the Germans are smart people and great engineers, but like a VW co-worker (WWII POW)once told me- they would never admit they were losing that war either.

    • 0 avatar

      Clearly VW’s sales dive is a result of artificial distribution constraints put in place by VW to ensure that each Volkswagen store has more than ample room to store the rows and rows of Audi/Merz/Lexus/Infiniti trade-ins sure to fill up the back-forty upon the arrival of the North American Phaeton…

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Wow, Chrysler Group brands outsold Toyota brands in September.

    • 0 avatar
      giorgio

      with all these new Eco Diesels on the way, could FCA keep running with Toyota? how many Renegades will come over?

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        Another article I read this morning points out that the factory building the Renegade/Fiat 500x is set to build 150,000 Renegades and 130,000 500x for this next year. While those are global numbers, we can expect the majority of the Renegades to come to the US while the 500x will probably be more global than US. Call it 80/20 percent Renegade vs 20/80 percent 500x States/global.

    • 0 avatar
      Speed3

      Yes in deed. Can we start referring to them as the Big 3 again, now that Chrysler is back in third place? Keep in mind that the Jeep Renegade/Fiat 500X haven’t even come online yet either.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Those Minis at the top are just as shocked as you are.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Uh oh, Ford . . .

    • 0 avatar
      jhefner

      Without seeing the details, I assume a decline in truck sales until the new 2015s hit the streets?

      • 0 avatar
        skor

        Yup, I guess everyone is waiting on the new F-Series.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        Truck sales are pretty flat YTD. It’s some of the cars that are taking a hit, such as the Taurus and C-MAX.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Ford is down about 4000 cars compared to last September. That includes the Mustang, which only had 2014 models last month. Any car not named Fusion is down for Ford though. Fleet sales were also way down.

          The biggest drop was with the E-series that was down about 3500 units. The full size Transit only sold about 1200 units.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            @bball40dtw,
            Don’t worry the Mustang has 13 000 vehicles on order in Australia.

            Why?

            We need V8s and performance cars more than the US.

            We have the highest rate of performance vehicles per capita in the world.

            Are you still working for Ford??? ;) Yes you are one of them.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @jhefner,
        I’m not so sure the intense interest in the aluminium F-150 or even F-Series will translate into trucks of the lot.

        It is understandable the interest generated by the aluminium trucks.

        I do think FCA and GM will increase truck sales at a better rate than Ford.

        • 0 avatar
          TybeeJim

          From what saw today, Ford has a winner with the new F-150. MT did a comparison with Chevy & Ram and the F-150 apparently bested them in every category, e.g., acceleration (comparable engines used), economy and towing capacity. Additionally, they raved about the interior and the handling. Immediately following this posting, Ford announced that they F-250 will begin using the aluminum body. Also, this would explain to lower sales number for Ford trucks… Folks holding out for the new model. In any event, we’ll see shortly.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            @TybeeJim,
            I dont’ think many on this site realise the risk Ford has taken with the aluminium pickups.

            GM has come out with the new Colorado. This is a high tensile steel truck. This is the style of vehicle I have been advocating as what should be made in the short to medium term for a pickup.

            Ford will hurt. It might only be for 5 or 10 years.

            You see the US is attempting to create the use of new technologies in vehicle manufacturing. This has been caused by the design regulations and other mandatory requirements laid out by the government and supported by US energy, vehicle manufacturers and unions (UAW).

            On the other hand the EU and other nations that are aligned to the harmonisation of vehicle design have taken another route.

            They are maximising existing technologies.

            I wonder who will win? The 7 billion others or the several hundred million or so NAFTA?

            I know if I was a betting man where I would place my coin.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Dear Toyota,

    Just shoot Scion in the head and get it over with.

    Love,

    The North American car buying public

    • 0 avatar
      marc

      After months or years of being a hold out, I will now agree. Mainly because of Fiatsler beating ToMoCo this month. Fold Scion into Toyota and the individual models that you keep will likely have rising sales. As a 3rd channel, it’s a bust. Unless Toyota has a grand reveal planned for the LA Auto Show, not just models, but a plan for the brand, I think all may be lost with Scion.

      Mini seems to be heading that way too, btw. And Fiat isn’t much better. These niche brands may need to join Geo in the auto brand graveyard.

      • 0 avatar
        superchan7

        The Scion xB would eat into sales of Toyota’s far more profitable RAV4. Can’t let that happen!

      • 0 avatar
        ect

        The problem with retro brands, like Mini, VW Beetle and Fiat 500 is, how do you refresh/update them? They may be cute and sentimental when introduced, but consumers want “new and improved” to keep them buying. If the 2014 Mini looks and feels a lot like the 2006 Mini, because it’s obligated to resemble the 1950s-60s Mini, why would anyone buy it?

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Mini’s down 20%, so fair enough, but Fiat is up 8.5%, which is within 1% of the industry average. Not sure I would lump the two together.

          We will see if Fiat has legs after the 500x crossover comes out. If they can make it in that segment, then they are good for a while; and FCA could even bring-in a larger Fiat model to take-up some of the slack caused by poor Dart sales.

        • 0 avatar
          JMII

          This is what I keep saying over and over. It makes no sense. These can’t be separate “brands” they need to be models inside are larger portfolio. A Mini should just be a BMW .5 series. The Fiat 500 should just be the Dodge Micro. Did nobody pay attention to what happened at Hummer? You can’t base a brand on ONE vehicle then come up with seven different versions of it.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            I would argue that you’re reading this backwards; the Hummer started out as a great machine, but got diluted badly when the H2 and H3 ran on more ‘generic’ GM truck platforms rather than the fully-independent HMMV chassis design. Had it kept that exclusivity, Hummer would still be an American brand.

            As for trying to fold the Fiat into Dodge, I strongly disagree. We can already see that the Fiat-platformed Dart and Chrysler 200 are getting a slow start due to the grossly obsolete reputation of Fiat itself even though the 500-series Fiat sales are growing. I personally expect the 500x to become the sales leader for Fiat-branded cars while the 500L slowly fades away. Meanwhile, the 2-door 500 models seems to be making visible inroads in my local market as they’re quite obvious on the roads now with respect to cars like the Smart and yes, even the Mini. Not common by any means, but also more than you might expect for such a new car in the US market. It quite reminds me of how quickly the Saturn Vue became popular back in ’02-’06 before GM decided to simply import an Opel and give it the Vue name. The Tennessee-built Vue is far more visible on the streets even today than its Opel descendant.

        • 0 avatar
          Dave M.

          The allure of MINI is the customization aspect. Personally they don’t fit me well but I play with the configurator all the time.

    • 0 avatar

      “Just shoot Scion in the head and get it over with.”

      Nothing a couple of CUVs can’t fix.

      “The Scion xB would eat into sales of Toyota’s far more profitable RAV4. Can’t let that happen!”

      Similar to Chevy’s belief that a Cruze hatch will eat into the more profitable Equinox. The problem? Someone who wants a Cruze hatch will not step up to an Equinox but go to the competition that sells them a compact hatchback.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I don’t know why I keep thinking VW is in the top tier of cars sold in the US. Seeing that they barely sold half of what Subaru did is startling.
    I guess it’s that whole World Domination thing they were attempting a few years ago. I’m sure it’s working elsewhere, just not here.

  • avatar
    TorontoSkeptic

    Quite interesting the trend in luxury brands:

    Up year-over-year: Audi, BMW, Buick, Infiniti, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln (?!), Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche.

    Down year-over-year: Acura, Cadillac and Jaguar.

    We harp on Infiniti for renaming everything Q-whatever, but Acura and Cadillac have middling offers and nothing especially new to provide, which seems to matter more.

    If you just judged based on car sites, you would think most of the luxury “winners” were near dead – Lincoln, Infiniti, Buick and Lexus are all regularly mocked as irrelevant, geriatric and unimaginative.

    • 0 avatar
      mjz

      Um, Infiniti had the biggest decline among the mainstream luxury brands for September, and barely outsold Lincoln. Cadillac should be nervous with the mastermind of the Infiniti naming disaster now taking the helm there.

      • 0 avatar
        TorontoSkeptic

        Look at the “YTD” column. Infiniti is +4.9%, roughly even with the market as a whole, and total sales are up 35% on Lincoln.

        • 0 avatar
          Pch101

          The short answer is that the gains are coming from the fact that there are now two entry-level sedans (Q50 and G37) instead of just one.

          On the whole, the lineup is sucking wind. Infiniti has some issues to deal with.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          Infiniti’s gain for the year is solely due to the old G37, which is leased with aggressive pricing. This is not sustainable for a brand that intends to compete as a luxury brand.

          Acura, on the other hand, DOES have new product to sell. Of their top 3 sellers, the MDX and RDX are recently updated, and the TLX just came out last month. Hence the uptick.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Actually, Acura is moving up fast and Infiniti is sinking.

      The new TLX is in short supply and has generated favorable reviews, unlike Infiniti’s new models.

      I believe that in its first month and in short supply, the TLX outsold all other mid-size premium sports sedans except the 3/4 Series BMW.

  • avatar
    TorontoSkeptic

    Also, aside from the new Rogue, what exactly explains the Nissan increase?

    – The Sentra and Altima were redesigned a while ago
    – the Versa and Maxima are old
    – the Juke and Cube are niche and marginal from a sales perspective
    – the Armada is almost extinct
    – the trucks barely register…
    – the Murano is weird (although I like it) and due for a refresh

  • avatar
    sirwired

    And VW has yet another quarter of utter and complete disaster. If your mainstream brand can only eke out twice the sales of your luxo brand (which is doing okay, but not gangbusters), you are doing something VERY wrong.

    I am continually baffled as to how long VW has had it’s head up it’s collective ass. Is VWoA afraid of angering the mothership by slapping some sense into them, or is VW HQ content to cruise along indefinitely assuming that the US market is nearly identical to the European one, ignoring please from US dealers, which I expect are just about at the “Torches and Pitchforks” stage by now.

    It’s not like they’d have any trouble at all finding global customers for a viable CUV product line first developed for the US.

    • 0 avatar
      LeeK

      VWoA’s “sense” resulted in Americanized Jettas and Passats, attempting to compete in the marketplace with Civics, Corollas, Sentras, Camrys, Accords, and Altimas. VW doubled sales over four years, but the momentum has been lost as the market is shifting to CUVs. The Tiguan is too expensive and too small compared to the RAV4, Escape, and CR-V. The Touareg is too expensive and under-optioned compared to the MDX, RX, Q something or other (I can’t keep the damn Infiniti scheme straight), and Grand Cherokee. What US dealers are clamoring for are competitive two and three row crossovers. VW promises one will be out in the next year or two but does anyone feel that VW is going to sell a million vehicles a year in the US? At best they will hold around the 400,000 mark and be a niche player for decades to come. But some posters who call for return to the old days of trying to be the value German brand (it didn’t work in the 90s and 2000s) or even to close up shop in the US are not understanding how important it is for VW to have a viable presence here. They are a global brand, are the most profitable auto manufacturer on the planet, and are within a few hundred thousand units of being the biggest in the world. While Americans aren’t too thrilled with VW and may never change, Audi and Porsche have a very positive image that continues to grow. VW will continue to throw money at their US operations and plod along with their two to three percent market share, while enjoying the stacks of money made on A3s, A4s, Q5s, Cayennes, Macans, and 911s.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        VW had a presence in America a long time ago but the lack of quality squandered the following they had.

        Given it was a long time ago, VW’s attempt to re-enter the American market is mis-timed since millennials are not into buying new cars the way the previous generations of Americans were.

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        The problem w/ VW’s is reliability.

        Smart people lease German cars and let the company and later those foolish enough to buy them used deal w/ the inevitable gremlins.

  • avatar
    mike978

    Can anyone explain why Maserati outsold Jaguar? Jaguar has from reports a good product line up and some historical equity.

    Interesting that Honda and Ford for the YTD are basically flat and Toyota and Gm are both up around the same amount as the market in general. Any particular reason Chevy and GMC are up 20%+ for the month?

    • 0 avatar
      mjz

      Maserati outsold Jaguar for the SECOND month in a row.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      The Ghibli “starts” at 67,000. Prob around 75-80K with all the options you want. Conspicuous consumpution and sinful Italian styling all in one package. Or “Mafia Hit Man” vs “Fussy Anglophile wearing a plaid shirt and striped tie with his tweed suit”. The fussy Anglophile has been doen to death.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        But the “fussy Englishman” is wearing new, non retro clothes. But the market is speaking, we will see if Maserati’s increase can be sustained.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        What does it mean that the market is no longer smart enough to reject a Maserati badge pasted to a mediocre Chrysler? Nobody fell for it in the ’80s.

        • 0 avatar
          mike978

          Agreed, but you are on of those who says the market is always right. So what does it tell us?

        • 0 avatar
          PenguinBoy

          Except unlike the ’80s, this time it’s a Maserati badge pasted to quite a nice Chrysler – the LX platform is a much more credible starting point for a premium car than the K-Car.

          While the Ghibli isn’t quite as nice inside as other Maseratis, I can see the appeal – you get a much more exclusive badge for the price of a 5 Series or E Class, and you get a nice car you don’t see on every street corner.

          Maybe Sergio’s aggressive sales projections for Maserati aren’t so crazy after all.

        • 0 avatar

          Are you telling me that its more than sheer coincidence my Maserati by TC shares more than a passing resemblance to a LeBaron…??

      • 0 avatar
        cdnsfan27

        A lot of the Ghibli’s popularity is due to leases as low as $599 per month with 5K down.

  • avatar
    b1daly

    That’s crazy about VW. I’ve been in the market for a small hatchback, and settled on a Golf TDI. I’m not a car enthusiast at all, but from an everyday perspective I was blown away at how much better the Golf performed than the hatchbacks from Subaru, Honda, Hundai, et al. Noisy, weak, and cheap feeling.

  • avatar
    romismak

    Basically all major automakers and their results are what they should be

    I mean Toyota, GM are growing with market, Ford not doing so great with model changes and new F-series coming and so on, Chrysler and Nissan doing great with new cars-models and incentives- in Nissan´s case i think also helped new capacity avalaible in their new MEX. plant

    But i don´t get Honda, why are they not doing better? Everyone saying they have great products, their cars are top 3 i think in their respective categories, but Honda is on the same numbers after 3/4 of this year comparing to last year.

    VW is also another mystery to me, with their resources and plan to get bigger in NA, they should have already had more SUV´s, crossovers for NA, maybe more models avalaible and prices to get down- they try to sell as ,,german,, but they want to be volume brand…

  • avatar
    TybeeJim

    I agree with many of the observations here. As an owner of an ’07 Mini S I can understand how underwhelmed folks are with the new Mini. The Countryman that continues to do well is of the last version, not the new one which is getting too big. The one that is hardest to fathom is VW. While the cars as a whole are somewhat uninteresting, the GTi has, in the eyes of a number of pundits, become perhaps the best car in the world for the money. Performance, handling, economy, utility all wrapped up in a neat package the looks pretty nifty. It is effectively, VW’s halo car but I see little evidence that VW “gets it”!

  • avatar
    Dan

    Another terrific month for trucks and SUVs, another drop for cars.

    GM, cars +6%. SUVs +18%. Trucks +43%.

    Ford, cars -7%. SUVs +2%. Trucks -3%.

    Chrysler cars -7%. SUVs +30%. Trucks +30%.

    Toyota, cars -12%. SUVS +35%. Trucks +17%.

  • avatar

    Maserati outsold Jaguar…

    MINI (though down) outsold Scion…

    LOLRCOPTERxeleventy

    Looks like the FR-S’ll be a one-generation wonder.

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      MINI has 7 different models with 4 of them debuting in 2012 or more recently. Scion has 5 with 3 of the 5 on death’s door. With the product that Scion is supposedly getting (5 door hatch to replace the xB, compact CUV, and Mazda 2 based hatch), I think they could well be on their way to being a decent little niche brand. The xD and xB rotting on the vine with old powertrains and the iQ were just bad product planning. I’m honestly more concerned about MINI’s future since they are A) platform sharing with the BMW Active 2 thing and B) their new models don’t seem to be selling very well other than the CUV. Hopefully the 5 door hits the ground running and injects some sales into MINI.

      I own both a MINI Cooper S and a Scion FR-S, btw. I’m absolutely smitten with the FR-S. It would be a shame if they didn’t keep developing it because it is such a brilliant little car. If/when we have to replace my wife’s 9 year old MCS that she absolutely adores, we’ll probably do the 5 door hatch so we don’t have 2 coupes in the family.

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    Not a good month for GM when you look closer. Almost all the gains are from full size trucks and FS SUVs. Every other car or cuv with intense competition is either flat or down. They better do something fast before newness wears off full size suvs and Ford comes out swinging with the new F150. Stop feeding Cadillac cars and fix the Cruze, Equinox, Terrain and SRX! Almost 5 years since any of them have had meaningful changes.

    The new Colorado has just begun selling and is already down 13%. Surprised the sky is falling crowd has not noticed it yet.

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    darex

    The situation at MINI is absolutely puzzling. The F56 is completely new, and virtually every review has been gushing with praise for it. I, myself, have a new F56, and am smitten. I had a 2005 MC, and this is a better car in every way. And yet, we now have this separate model numbers breakdown, and the F56 hardtop is failing to sell in large numbers. The only explanation, partial or otherwise, is that since late June, all 2015 MY F56s have been stuck at the ports due to an EPA-induced hold. They are only just now being released to the dealers and buyers. Can that explain this downward spiral? Maybe only partly. It’s just plain odd.

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      Dan

      Mini is a fashion statement for women that happens to also be a car. As such its improved car qualities have been essentially irrelevant all along. What counts are its fashion qualities and those are old and tired.

      You can count on three things in life. Death, taxes, and that a woman will find a new and expensive way to look ridiculous the very day that her current ridiculous look is paid off.

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    Vulpine

    Doesn’t this report refute a popular argument that Fiat the brand was losing sales here in the US? While not spectacular, 8.4% growth is significantly better than both Chrysler and Dodge which both saw monthly and annual losses. Meanwhile, Maserati saw incredible growth at 307%–another Fiat company. Meanwhile, the Chrysler Group overall saw higher growth than any other automotive corporation. It looks to me like they Fixed It Appropriately, eh Tony?

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