U.S. Auto Brand Sales Results - April 2015 YTD: Almost As Good As Expected

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

A predicted 6% increase in April 2015 auto sales ended up as a 5% year-over-year boost, equal to nearly 65,000 more sales last month than in the same period one year ago.

The biggest gains among volume brands were produced by Jeep (with its best-ever month and a 20% increase to 71,759 April sales), GMC (another no-car brand), and Subaru.

Honda, Volkswagen, and Kia all posted slight losses, however, and the gains produced by big brands like Toyota, Hyundai, and Chevrolet weren’t all that significant. Ford, the best-selling auto brand in America, was up 5%. General Motors’, the top-selling manufacturer, increased 6% despite the third Buick decline in four months.

Industry-wide sales were strengthened by SUVs and crossovers. All of the category’s top 20 sellers posted improved sales, year-over-year.

AutomakerApril 2015April 2014% Change2015 YTD2014 YTD% ChangeAcura 14,87414,1225.3%54,51852,0704.7%Alfa Romeo 38——255——Audi 16,82715,6537.5%56,92550,88111.9%BMW 26,95225,0526.9%105,44497,5798.1%Buick 18,22419,214-5.2%68,72172,112-4.7%Cadillac 15,80113,90013.7%52,97653,488-1.0%Chevrolet 187,837181,6483.4%664,393634,3314.7%Chrysler 27,70421,967 26.1%109,63794,45016.1%Dodge 44,90653,463-16.0%168,417198,687-15.2%Fiat 3,7564,298-12.6%14,79415,723-5.9%Ford 213,518203,5524.9%783,940762,2092.9%GMC 47,19439,31420.0%167,005143,78216.2%Honda 115,194118,334-2.7%409,493405,7400.9%Hyundai 68,009 66,1072.9%240,038226,1206.2%Infiniti 9,979 9,1708.8%43,821 40,3918.5%Jaguar 1,0791,0354.3% 5,4155,750-5.8%Jeep 71,75959,754 20.1%250,508205,59321.8%Kia 53,28253,676 -0.7%194,382186,6824.1%Land Rover 5,311 4,53317.2% 22,287 17,61226.5%Lexus 25,87623,16511.7%103,05688,25016.8%Lincoln 8,1346,80319.6%29,61228,4064.2%Maserati 1,06096410.0%2,9893,332-10.3%Mazda 24,12322,4347.5%102,167100,4911.7%Mercedes-Benz 29,18825,887 12.8% 107,344 98,501 9.0% Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2,7642,394 15.5% 8,323 7,018 18.6% Total Mercedes-Benz 31,95228,28113.0%115,667105,5199.6%Mini 5,4764,39024.7%18,25313,04739.9%Mitsubishi 8,2166,542 25.6%32,00626,38221.3%Nissan 99,869 94,7645.4%433,655418,5093.6%Porsche 5,2174,07228.1%16,64714,20817.2%Ram 40,86439,170 4.3%151,270140,1637.9%Scion 4,3095,386-20.0%16,28719,843-17.9%Smart 4801,048-54.2%2,0133,285-38.7%Subaru 47,24140,08317.9%178,522152,47117.1%Toyota 173,144171,1091.2%659,606612,5647.7%Volkswagen 30,00930,831-2.7%109,248118,154-7.5%Volvo 4,3814,635-5.5%18,10318,333-1.3%————— ——BMW-Mini 32,42829,5929.6%123,697110,62611.8%FCA/Chrysler Group189,027178,652 5.8%694,881654,6166.2%Daimler 32,43229,32910.6%117,680108,8048.2%Ford Motor Company 221,652210,3555.4%813,552790,6152.9%General Motors 269,056254,0765.9%953,095903,7135.5%Honda Motor Company 130,068132,456-1.8%464,011 457,8101.4%Hyundai-Kia 121,291119,7831.3% 434,420412,8025.2%Jaguar-Land Rover 6,3905,56814.8%27,702 23,36218.6%Nissan Motor Company 109,848103,9345.7%477,476458,9004.0%Toyota Motor Corporation203,329199,660 1.8%778,949 720,6578.1%Volkswagen Group * 52,29550,765 3.0%183,602184,102-2.7%———————Industry Total **1,455,242 1,390,769 4.6% 5,411,707 5,134,781 5.4%

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

** Industry total takes into account Automotive News estimates for brands such as Tesla (1700 April units) and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers.

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

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  • Raph Raph on May 01, 2015

    Another good month for Mustang double digit sales again.

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on May 04, 2015

    @Lou_BC, The thread is becoming rather long. No, HDs will not benefit more, unless they are driven more. Using CAFE the car is the vehicle that will benefit most from lighter weights. Cars must meet more stringent FE requirements than any other class of vehicle in the US under CAFE. Cars only produce a 3% profit, so aluminium is out of the question due to the chance of gaining a return or making a loss. Plus the US only needs to grab Asian and Euro platforms that already produce the desired FE targets. Engines/drivetrains exist externally to the US. HDs fall outside of pickups in that their 8 500lbs attracts a different system of FE evaluation, similar to how the EU measures it's vehicles. Under CAFE 1/2 ton pickups are given a lax formula in comparison to cars. This allow for the use of larger engines. The HD formula is even more lax. It's almost a sliding scale as vehicles get larger in the US. I'd bet the driver behind the F-150 being chosen is primarily driven by the profits it attracts. Also, pickup design isn't that complex in comparison to a car. So, a pickup would of been easier to produce. It's odd that more business orientated vehicles are adopting a different system, closer to what is used in the EU.

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    • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on May 04, 2015

      @Lou_BC, Did I say van? You are making mention of Classes of pickups that I term as a truck, not a pickup. So, in the forestry industry there is a far greater choice of product available to do what HDs are doing. You made mention of the capability of pickups as a work truck. This only represents 25% of the trucks. The rest are cars, hence the fluffy interiors and suspensions. The Transits (and many other trucks) also will also come as a cab chassis. Transits from the onset are designed as a work truck. A cab chassis style Transit would suit probably more than what half pickup are currently used for in the work environment. With a cab chassis a bed can be added that is far more versatile for many businesses. What I'm stating according to your comment the "working" pickups can be replaced with alternatives that are just as good and in some instances are cheaper to operate and maybe even more reliable.

  • FreedMike I like the looks of the Z, but I'd take the Mustang. V8s are a disappearing breed.
  • Picard234 I can just smell the clove cigarettes and the "oregano" from the interior. Absolutely no dice at any price.
  • Dartdude The Europeans don't understand the American market. That is why they are small players here. Chrysler Group is going to die pretty soon under their control. Europeans have a sense of superiority over Americans that is why the Mercedes merger didn't work out and almost killed Chrysler. Bringing European managers aren't going to help. Just like F1 they want our money. We need Elon Musk to buy out Chrysler, Dodge and Ram from Stellantis.
  • Michael S6 I would take the Mustang for the soundtrack. However, practically a BMW M340ix or M240ix would be my choice.
  • Michael S6 Took my car for oil change on Friday and dealership was working on paper. Recently one of the major health care system in our area was hacked and they had to use paper backup for three weeks. What a nightmare.