By on December 2, 2014

2015 toyota camryNew vehicle buyers registered 1.3 million cars, SUVs, crossovers, vans, and pickup trucks in November 2014, a 57,000-unit improvement compared with November 2013.

No volume brand accelerated at a faster rate in November than Ram, which shot up 31%. Scion sales, on the other hand, plunged 21%. Land Rover, Cadillac, Smart, Infiniti, and Jaguar all posted double-digit losses, as well. Ford is America’s top-selling auto brand, both in November and the first eleven months of 2014. With a 10% decline in F-Series sales last month, however, Ford was down 2.6%. Total GM sales are up 4.1% this year and rose 6.5% in November, spreading the manufacturer’s lead by 39,484 units to nearly 409,000 units.

As for premium brands, Mercedes-Benz claimed a broad victory in November but trails BMW by 1830 sales heading into 2014’s final month. Lexus, the third-ranked premium automaker, is almost 25,000 sales back of Mercedes-Benz, but the first 22 NXs were sold in November. We also saw the arrival last month of the Chevrolet City Express and Alfa Romeo 4C, both of which produced their first 24 sales. The Toyota Camry was America’s best-selling car; the Honda CR-V led all utility vehicles.

Automaker November 2014 November 2013 % Change 2014 YTD 2013 YTD % Change
Acura
 14,857 14,559 2.0% 150,034 149,685 0.2%
Alfa Romeo
 24 24
Audi
 16,650 13,636 22.0% 162,773 141,048 15.4%
BMW
 31,019 31,752 -2.3% 298,212 271,891 9.7%
Buick
 19,143 15,072 27.0% 208,606 190,130 9.7%
Cadillac
 13,148 16,172 -18.7% 154,600 164,378 -5.9%
Chevrolet
 149,673 145,089 3.2% 1,848,504 1,793,632 3.1%
Chrysler
 27,243 21,024 29.6% 277,855 282,222 -1.5%
Dodge
 42,108 41,506  1.5% 527,577 548,654 -3.8%
Fiat
 3,111 3,075  1.2% 42,337 39,491 7.2%
Ford  178,221  182,978  -2.6%  2,167,162  2,194,934  -1.3%
GMC
 43,854 35,727 22.7% 448,815 407,781 10.1%
Honda
 106,957 101,948 4.9% 1,253,557 1,240,372 1.1%
Hyundai
 53,672 56,005 -4.2%  661,211 657,778 0.5%
Infiniti
 11,398 13,152 -13.3% 105,323 103,223 2.0%
Jaguar
 1,253 1,446  -13.3% 14,090 15,408 -8.6%
Jeep
 57,489 45,415  26.6% 629,074 437,179 43.9%
Kia
 44,936 45,411  -1.0% 534,647 501,548 6.6%
Land Rover
 3,644 4,601  -20.8% 45,711 44,246 3.3%
Lexus
 27,472 25,611 7.3% 271,510 239,090 13.6%
Lincoln
 8,113 6,727 20.6% 84,784 73,710 15.0%
Maserati
 1,203 887 35.6% 11,531 3,715 210%
Mazda
 21,242 20,754 2.4% 280,993 260,982 7.7%
Mercedes-Benz
 34,578 34,376  0.6%  296,382  279,501  6.0%
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
 2,532 2,010  26.0%  22,457  18,988  18.3% 
Total Mercedes-Benz
 37,110 36,386  2.0%  318,839  298,489  6.8%
Mini
 5,009 4,575 9.5% 49,497 59,910 -17.4%
Mitsubishi
 6534 6071 7.6%  71,098 55,671 27.7%
Nissan
 91,790 93,376  -1.7%  1,164,254 1,035,439 12.4%
Porsche
 4,699 3,966  18.5% 43,732 39,077 11.9%
Ram
 40,864 31,255 30.7% 420,511 331,815 26.7%
Scion
 3,907 4,968 -21.4% 54,192 63,998 -15.3%
Smart
 815 959 -15.0% 9,480 8,409 12.7%
Subaru
 45,273 36,621 23.6% 463,770 384,511 20.6%
Suzuki
 —  —  —  —  5,946 -100%
Toyota
 151,967 147,465  3.1% 1,833,012 1,742,111 5.2%
Volkswagen
 31,725 30,727 3.2% 332,911 373,689 -10.9%
Volvo
 3,623 4,233 -14.4% 51,446 56,345 -8.7%
 —
BMW-Mini
 36,028 36,327 -0.8% 347,709 331,801 4.8%
Chrysler Group/FCA
 170,839 142,275  20.1% 1,897,378 1,639,361 15.7%
Daimler
37,925 37,345 1.6% 328,319 306,898 7.0%
Ford Motor Company
 186,334 189,705 -1.8%  2,251,946 2,268,644 -0.7%
General Motors
 225,818 212,060 6.5% 2,660,525 2,555,921 4.1%
Honda Motor Company
121,814 116,507 4.6% 1,403,591 1,390,057 1.0%
Hyundai-Kia
 98,608  101,416  -2.8%  1,195,858  1,159,326  3.2%
Jaguar-Land Rover
4,897 6,047  -19.0% 59,801 59,654 0.2%
Nissan Motor Company
 103,188  106,528  -3.1%  1,269,577  1,138,662  11.5%
Toyota Motor Corporation
183,346  178,044 3.0% 2,158,714  2,045,199

 5.6%

Volkswagen Group *
 53,387  48,652  9.7%  542,007  556,336  -2.6%
Industry Total
1,302,655
1,245,189
4.6%
15,023,111
14,243,037
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 2200-unit (November) Tesla sales estimate.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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


  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    There is no better time to buy that new car or truck than right now, and for the next two years!

    Life is good!

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Lincoln is up? I guess those Matthew McConaughey-hey ads are working…

    The big looser, VW.

  • avatar
    mjz

    FCA continues to kick a$$. They were only 16,000 unit behind Ford. The new 200 is picking up steam, and outsold the Malibu. Sergio seems to have the Midas touch.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      “Sergio seems to have the Midas touch.”

      Yes he does! We were very satisfied with the service we got from our 2012 Grand Cherokee and hope our grand daughter will continue to enjoy it for a long, long time (without problems).

      • 0 avatar
        mjz

        I wish you would adopt me, lol. You always take good care of your family. They are a lucky bunch.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          mjz, you are much too kind. I’m not the only one who does this. But the others who provide a leg up for their loved ones to help launch them may not have the same venues, like visiting ttac, that I do.

          We had a really great experience with our 2012 Grand Cherokee. I have said so since day one. Others in our extended family were not so lucky with their 2014 Grand Cherokees.

    • 0 avatar

      For now. I fear it will be somewhat short-lived once customers realize FCA still hasn’t fixed their reliability problem.

      • 0 avatar

        What reliability problem are we talking here, exactly? The last Chrysler product that I sold ran for 178,000 miles and the only thing broken at the time of sale was the rear light switch. My current FCA product, admittedly, had a warranty repair. But it’s at 68,000 miles now with no new squacks.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          Pete, our 2012 Grand Cherokee is at 65K+ and the only thing I had to do was top off the Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering Fluid Reservoir with some really hard to get Material Spec 11655 Silicone EHPS fluid. It’s not leaking. Don’t know where it goes.

          But now we’re set up for maintaining the WK2 Grand Cherokees. My oldest son (my grand daughter’s father) owns a 2012 SRT8 Grand Cherokee and is moving back to my area after he retires this month from the Japanese Bank in LA where he works.

          I have stocked up on Purolator oil filters, wipers (especially the back wiper), cabin air filters, etc. Thank you Amazon!

        • 0 avatar
          bomberpete

          8= and 9-speed transmissions and various launch glitches with the Cherokee aren’t good. Didn’t FCA fire their quality control head last month for failing to meet goals?

    • 0 avatar
      salomervich

      What impressed me was the Promaster’s performance 3300 units without the Promaster City, Midas touch indeed.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        The Promaster is an interesting product alternative to others in that class. Different, more efficient packaging and a huge array of configurations. I think we’ll see it’s upward trend continue as fleets begin to realize it exists.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Cadillac was down a whopping 19%. Outsold by Acura. Pathetic. New guy better watch out, the Cadillac dealers will be calling for his head on a platter soon. So how’s that decision NOT to cut Cadillac prices going for ya there, big guy?

    • 0 avatar
      geeber

      The division is trying to shake its “discount luxury brand” aura, so it really doesn’t have any choice regarding prices at this point.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Better to be a failed luxury brand? Do people shopping for Cadillacs usually walk away if the price is too low? Has anyone ever thought that status seekers want to pay twice what anyone else thinks something is worth?

        New Cadillac buyer: Check out my new CTS!

        Coworker of NCB: Nice car, but I’d have gotten a Santa Fe for the money.

        NCB: A Hyundai? I paid $65K for this thing!!

        Coworker of NCB: Oh. That’s totally different then. Now I respect you.

        • 0 avatar
          geeber

          I’m also guessing that the business case for the ATS and CTS only “worked” if Cadillac could charge BMW-level prices for cars aimed at BMW customers.

          Whether a sufficient number of customers would pay BMW-level prices for a competing Cadillac was apparently glossed over…

      • 0 avatar
        mjz

        Cadillac sales will continue to plummet if they continue to charge Mercedes/BMW level prices, with Acura/Infiniti level prestige.

        • 0 avatar
          MBella

          Audi and Lexus didn’t build their brands up by selling their cars for Mercedes prices at first. They offered more for less. I don’t why Cadillac isn’t trying to do the same.

          • 0 avatar

            Go blame UAW. Hmmm, I just opened a can of worms.

          • 0 avatar

            Because the “More for Less” approach would leave its image perpetually stuck a few paces behind Acura.

            Take a look at Lexus. It’s premium luxury, but nowhere near Mercedes-Benz or Audi.

          • 0 avatar
            bomberpete

            To me, Cadillac’s predicament not to cut prices is going to be like J.C. Penney when they hired that Apple guy for 18 months and he got rid of discount coupons.

            We know how that turned out. I’m not sure they’re any better off today, but at least they’re not Sears/K-mart.

            Cadillac HAS to cut prices if they’re facing 100-day-plus inventories.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        So jacking up the price on lackluster product is the solution? When you are not the top dog, your level of price should follow the level of product. When you own the market you can churn out a pile and nobody will care.

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    Holy crap, Jeep and Ram are really carrying FCA this year.

  • avatar

    LOL ! Mitsubishi is up 27.7 % YTD.

  • avatar

    Jaysus, Subaru can do no wrong.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      The blander they get, the more they sell.

      Mazda could sadly learn something here. It’s tough being an enthusiast in a bumper-to-bumper traffic, driving is a chore, my car is an appliance, watch out for the speed camera, we need to increase ticket revenue, gas is too expensive, two-trillion in deferred road repair, my car insurance costs what, world.

      • 0 avatar

        Although all true, it’s not the whole story. For example, Subaru offers a stereo camera based safety system which offers some distinct advantages over the common radar-based and ultrasonic sensor systems. It’s quite nifty and demonstrates a certain engineering prowess that Mazda seems to be lacking, no matter now nice Skyactive engines get.

        • 0 avatar
          mike978

          And Mazda seem to have engineered a great six speed transmission that is well regarded and as fuel efficient as a CVT. An engineering prowess that Subaru may not possess. I don`t think you can argue that Mazda does not have engineering prowess.

          Skyactiv engines are just part of it.

          • 0 avatar
            VW16v

            Mazda sales have to do with poor dealership experience. The 3 and 6 also have a ridiculous amount of road noise.

      • 0 avatar
        jeano

        Nothing bland about the STI

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Sonata just had its best November in many years, and is on track to beat its 2013 sales.

    Where’s the retraction of the ‘Sonata launch failure’ meme?

    Also, the new Kia Sedona has really taken off, relatively speaking – 3538 units is its best month in many years. It’s finally more than noise on the minivan sales chart.

    • 0 avatar

      Was the launch seen as a failure? News to me.

      As far as I can tell, the updated Sonata is seen as nice, capable, and quite competitive sedan that takes a somewhat unfortunate step back from the brave styling present in the last-gen. I think many were taken aback by the conservatism of the new model, but I didn’t see anyone proclaiming it a failed launch (perhaps I missed some articles on TTAC?).

      I’ve driven a basic 4-cylinder. The interior is decent, the ride quality nice, but it is otherwise unexceptional.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Well. If you put enough cash on the hood you’ll sell more iron. Buick and GMC can attest to that.

    Had someone not snapped up the fully loaded Verano turbo manual at a local dealer in a matter of hours, I might have been very tempted. 20% rebate off the top plus whatever you can negotiate.

    • 0 avatar
      sunridge place

      ‘20% rebate off the top plus whatever you can negotiate’

      Only on the oldest 15% inventory in stock by the way. Many morons on the internet (not saying you) have quoted that incorrectly in the last week or so.

      It actually was a great promotion. Lined up with the Black Friday consumer mindset.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Who else is GM going to market to? You’re as bad as the Cadillac woman that said, “everyone in New York is always just a little bit ahead of everyone else and we need to be the brand that stands for that.” GM customers have to be comfortable buying from a corporation that fails miserably had hiding its contempt for them.

        • 0 avatar
          sunridge place

          Huh? Pretty much every OEM had a Black Friday promotion. Many will have a ‘December to Remember’ type play until the end of the year.

          Was just commenting on the promotion I saw with Buick/GMC and how it was different from other promotions I’ve seen and seemed to work much like retail Black Friday stuff based on Buick/GMC numbers last month..

          I see you are in your usual angry man mode. Relax dude.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Wow, Cadillac got stomped on not just by M-B and BMW but by Audi as well, the perennial distant third player of the German trio. That’s gotta hurt. How can that possibly be? Is it that Audi has a whole bunch of new products that people want to BUY (A3, S3, Q3, etc)? No way! Audi is cool, like Apple. It’s all branding. It’s the Audi “experience,” whatever that means.

    Keep telling yourselves that guys. New York New York!

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Scion continues to be a dead brand walking. Down 21-1/2% and didn’t even move 4,000 units.

    FR-S down 25%, even the tC, which has been the one glimmer of light in the line up was down 19%.

    The new Yaris is like the old Yaris – the only people buying are rental agencies (more than 50% fleet) and even they aren’t buying a lot of them – 634 units, down 7-1/2%.

    Prius sales down 11% for the year.

    Camry will once again break 400K units total (fleet/consumer) for the year.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m seeing the new Camry everywhere, mostly in SE and XSE guises. Quite frankly, I’m pretty much over the fake windowlette. I wish it weren’t there, but it’s not a dealbreaker. And it looks pretty good on the road, but maybe that’s because the 2015’s are all new and shiny.

      Ironically, I did see a late-model Lexus ES 350 and a 2015 Camry side by side. From the rear, I almost can’t tell them apart.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Volvo will end the year badly, and below what I consider subsistence level (5000 cars/month) for a standalone mfr (although higher margins may allow for lower volume).

    Mitsubishi looks like they’ve bought some time, but they still have a very long way to go to look healthy.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Mazda might break 300k this year for the first time. Maybe they can get out of the quicksand someday.

    • 0 avatar
      petezeiss

      Ever been in line at the airport and become aware that a one-hit-wonder rock band is standing right there with you? You look them over and think “WHO would still book you?”

      That’s how I think about Mazda who *still* only sell roughly half as many cars as either bloody Hyundai or Kia. WHO would ever keep investing in them?

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    Audi up 15.4%… must be that peachy little A3.

    You know, I’d be willing to pay twice what a Corolla costs for one of those even if it’s smaller.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Funny about Audi… they are turning up the sales wick with their new MQB-based products, and yet the product in their lineup I find most attractive is one due for replacement (the S4). I also love the A8/S8 but I’ll never be able to afford one new.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    Who knew that Buick sells more cars than Cadillac?

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      Except for a brief 3-4 year period ending about 5 years ago Buick always sells more than Cadillac.

    • 0 avatar
      scwmcan

      Wouldn’t you rather drive a Buick? ( who knew it was true)

      • 0 avatar
        MBella

        Surprisingly yes. They have made Buick very attractive in the marketplace. You get a nice car loaded with good options for a reasonable price. I don’t know why they don’t see that Cadillac needs to follow the same model, although at a few notches higher on the product scale. You don’t make conquests from E-Class customers by offering the unproven CTS, (in the minds of an E-Class customer) at the same price. Their has to be strong value. Over time you can slowly start raising the price. This is how Lexus did it.

      • 0 avatar

        A year or two ago, Buick offered a nice micro-CUV that has no equivalent in the Caddy line-up.

    • 0 avatar
      SaulTigh

      And not just in China!

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Buick has 2 CUVs and will be soon adding a 3rd and has a hot selling compact FWD.

      Cadillac only has 1 aging CUV and its RWD compact was poorly thought out (tightest interior room).

      Once Cadillac fills its CUV lineup, things should even out but GM splits its lux/premium lineup between 2 brands unlike say what Toyota does with Lexus.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    JLR is only down because they are diverting shipments to countries like China where they can get more money for their cars. JLR are basically removing dealer incentives in the US because right now they don’t have the capacity to supply all markets!

  • avatar
    SaulTigh

    It appears the Ghibli is Maserati’s “killer app.”

    Also pleased to see Lincoln moving the chains. I’m seeing more of them around my neck of the woods (and not just MKC’s). This is significant because we lost our one and only Lincoln dealership to the great recession. People have to drive about 60 miles in one of three directions to get to a Lincoln store.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    The real surprise is the toyota sales. Give the sales team at toyota along with sub prime rates and fleet sales for those total sales, simply brilliant. Truth’s Motorweek just named the Camry last out of ten sedans under $27,000.00 Hyundai Sonota was came in 1st place. I also just got back from my sisters in Florida. A bunch of us went to the Central Florida Auto show. Many automakers had test drive areas in the back of the show. This is how the crowds were test driving the different makes. And each both said it was about the same all week for the number of people test driving at each make.
    Kia= 50 to 70
    Ford= just the F150- 30 to 50
    Chrysler,Jeep,Dodge= 70 to 100
    Toyota= 5 to 10
    Nissan= 10 to 20
    These numbers were about the same inside the show. Kia and Hyundai had 3 to 4 times the amount of people looking over the Toyota. Lincoln and Buick was about the same over Lexus. Nissan did have a large crowd. Ford and Chevrolet was very busy as was Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. Honda also very busy.
    It was very surprising how people shied away from Toyota and other big sales makers. Bottom line, sales and marketing along with major fleet sales help make up the top sales of the list above.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    The real surprise is the toyota sales. Give the sales team at toyota along with sub prime rates and fleet sales for those total sales, simply brilliant. Truth’s Motorweek just named the Camry last out of ten sedans under $27,000.00 Hyundai Sonota was came in 1st place. I also just got back from my sisters in Florida. A bunch of us went to the Central Florida Auto show. Many automakers had test drive areas in the back of the show. This how the crowds were test driving the different makes. And each both said it was about the same all week for the number of people test driving at each make.
    Kia= 50 to 70
    Ford= just the F150- 30 to 50
    Chrysler,Jeep,Dodge= 70 to 100
    Toyota= 10 to 15
    Nissan= 10 to 20
    These numbers were about the same inside the show. Kia and Hyundai had 3 to 4 times the amount of people looking over the Toyota. Lincoln and Buick was about the same over Lexus. Nissan did have a large crowd. Ford and Chevrolet was very busy as was Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep.
    It was very surprising how people shied away from Toyota and other big sales makers. Bottom line, sales and marketing along with major fleet sales help make up the top sales of the list above.

  • avatar
    Mr. Orange

    Interesting this. The Mustang last month sold at twice the rate of the Camaro, 8,728 to 4,385. And that the Challenger was just 229 units from outselling the Camaro.

    Who would have guessed those years ago to how good the Challenger would be selling.

  • avatar
    River

    Nissan vs Honda.

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