U.S. Auto Sales Results: December And Calendar Year 2014

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
u s auto sales results december and calendar year 2014

Auto sales in the United States grew nearly 11% in December 2014, a fitting ending to a year of impressive growth for the overall auto industry. The biggest leaps forward in December were achieved by three volume brands: Chrysler, Kia, and Ram. Scion and Cadillac continued to spiral. Volkswagen reported a modest increase for the third consecutive year in comparison with what was a disappointing fourth-quarter in 2013.

• Ford led all brands in U.S. sales in 2014

• GM is the top-selling manufacturer with its four brands

• Maserati’s 171% year-over-year improvement led all automakers in 2014

• Jeep and Ram combined for 303,190 more sales in 2014 than in 2013

The market supported more than 16 million sales for the first time 2007 with strength rising most particularly in the SUV/crossover sector, but also from top-selling cars. Toyota’s Camry, the best-selling car in America, climbed to 428,606 sales. The Nissan Altima set an annual sales record. The Honda Accord reached a seven-year high.

As usual, premium makes fared well in the month of December most especially. BMW ended the year 9347 sales ahead of Mercedes-Benz. Lexus, with its smaller but expanding lineup, was was 19,002 sales back of Mercedes-Benz.

AutomakerDec. 2014Dec. 2013% Change20142013 % ChangeAcura 17,80915,75113.1%167,843165,4361.5%Alfa Romeo 67——91——Audi 19,23817,01313.1%182,011158,06115.2%BMW 41,52637,38911.1%339,738309,2809.8%Buick 20,35715,37932.4%228,963205,50911.4%Cadillac 16,15018,165-11.1%170,750182,543-6.5%Chevrolet 184,938153,49320.5%2,033,4421,947,1254.4%Chrysler 30,93020,270 52.6%308,785302,4922.1%Dodge 46,57847,689 -2.3%574,155596,343-3.7%Fiat 3,7843,745 1.0%46,12143,2366.7%Ford 209,679 208,6080.5% 2,376,8412,403,542 -1.1%GMC 53,03843,12023.0%501,853450,90111.3%Honda 119,472119,504-0.01% 1,373,0291,359,8761.0%Hyundai 64,507 63,0052.4% 725,718720,7830.7%Infiniti 12,00713,232-9.3%117,330116,4550.8%Jaguar 1,6831,544 9.0%15,77316,952-7.0%Jeep 63,27453,275 18.8%692,348490,45441.2%Kia 45,58733,631 35.6%580,234535,1798.4%Land Rover 5,7545,764 -0.2%51,46550,0102.9%Lexus 39,87934,75714.7%311,389273,84713.7%Lincoln 9,6907,98421.4%94,47481,69415.6%Maserati 1,4121,053 34.1%12,9434,768171%Mazda 24,808 22,9648.0%305,801283,9467.7%Mercedes-Benz 34,00933,007 3.0% 330,391 312,534 5.7% Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3,2882,828 16.3% 25,745 21,816 18.0% Total Mercedes-Benz 37,297 35,8354.1%356,136334,3506.5%Mini 6,6156,5920.3%56,11266,502-15.6%Mitsubishi 6,5456,423 1.9%77,64362,22724.8%Nissan 105,31196,5269.1%1,269,5651,131,96512.2%Porsche 3,2753,246 0.9%47,00742,32311.1%Ram 48,62836,028 35.0%469,139367,84327.5%Scion 3,8174,323-11.7%58,00968,321-15.1%Smart 97385513.8%10,4539,26412.8%Subaru 49,92340,17224.3%513,693424,68321.0%Suzuki — — — — 5,946 -100%Toyota 171,361151,76312.9% 2,004,373 1,893,8745.8%Volkswagen 34,05834,0150.1%366,970407,704-10.0%Volvo 4,9204,888 0.7%56,36661,233-7.9%————— ——BMW-Mini 48,14143,9819.5%395,850375,7825.3%Chrysler Group/FCA US 193,261161,007 20.0%2,090,6391,800,368 16.1%Daimler38,27036,6904.3%366,589 343,6146.7%Ford Motor Company 219,369 216,5921.3% 2,471,315 2,485,236-0.6%General Motors 274,483230,15719.3%2,935,0082,786,0785.3%Honda Motor Company137,281135,2551.5%1,540,872 1,525,3121.0%Hyundai-Kia 110,094 96,636 13.9% 1,305,952 1,255,962 4.0%Jaguar-Land Rover 7,4377,308 1.8%67,238 66,9620.4%Nissan Motor Company 117,318109,7586.9%1,386,8951,248,42011.1%Toyota Motor Corporation 215,057190,84312.7%2,373,771 2,236,0426.2%Volkswagen Group * 56,983 54,716 4.1% 598,991 615,736 -2.7%———————Industry Total1,507,9281,359,62110.9% 16,531,07015,603,6785.9%

* 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 (December) 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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  • Theswedishtiger Theswedishtiger on Jan 05, 2015

    I am going to guess 2015 trends Volvo - down or maybe out Ford - up with new F150 FCA - continues strong. Jeep will bring the star Chevy - trax helps moderate increase Scion - put the Supra in the lineup and your saved Infinity - more down VW - tanks

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    • Theswedishtiger Theswedishtiger on Jan 06, 2015

      @mason Thanks. My auto correct failed me. Pardon the pun

  • Mjz Mjz on Jan 06, 2015

    How do I get a job like Johan de Nysschen? This is now the second luxury car line he is lording over that is experiencing dismal sales results. Infiniti was down 9% for the month. Cadillac down an even more alarming 11%. Lexus, BMW and Mercedes all sold more than DOUBLE what Cadillac did for the month. I am waiting for the Cadillac dealer mutiny movement to begin.

  • Golden2husky You'd be way better off in a base Vette for that money.
  • Gene Sedans and coupes don't sell in the quantity that they used to but they still make up a significant market. Why Ford abandoned this segment still baffles me. Again, just look at Toyota, Dodge, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, etc who have not abandoned this segment.
  • JMII Cracker Barrel - there is one off every major interstate interchange east of the Mississippi.I don't drink coffee - and based on the constant debate / worry of others just drinking water or tea has greatly simplified my life.Regardless of your choice in snacks and drinks I recommend the iExit app: https://www.iexitapp.com/ it shows what hotels, restaurants and gas stations are coming up so you can decide if its worth pulling off.
  • Redapple2 My dad s buddy got a tire thru the windshield. DRT -dead right there.
  • Redapple2 Hope they fix the:1 ride. worse than a corvette2 seating position. ankles at the height of my butt is UNCOMFORTABLE .As is. Horrible truck