By on August 2, 2016

2016 Buick Cascada

After a steep May decline and modest growth in June, which fell below expectations, U.S. auto sales expansion flatlined in July 2016, suggesting the market is poised for a slower second half than the early part of the year projected.

New vehicle sales volume rose less than 1 percent in July 2016, a year-over-year improvement equal to roughly 11,000 sales.

There were a number of significant improvements. July 2016 was the best July ever for American Honda, for example, as sales jumped 6 percent to 139,125 at the Honda brand, overcoming another Acura decline. Buick, up 10 percent last month, ended the January-July period with its best start to the year since 2005. The only brands with superior growth rates in July were smaller outlets: Smart, Volvo, and Scion.

Mixed in with these gains, however, were double-digit percentage losses from a bundle of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands: Maserati, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Dodge.

Additionally, Chrysler sales fell 4 percent. FCA’s corrected sales reporting methods mean prior monthly tallies don’t mesh with July’s numbers, but the automaker now says sales are up 4 percent through seven months.

General Motors was July’s top-selling automaker, Ford led all brands, the F-Series led the pickup truck sector and outsold all other vehicle lines, the Honda CR-V was America’s top-selling utility vehicle, and the Toyota Camry led all passenger cars.

Auto Brand July 2016 July 2015 % Change 2016 YTD 2015 YTD % Change
Acura
 13,674 14,915 -8.3% 92,668 102,002 -9.2%
Alfa Romeo
 43 49 -12.2% 338 354 -4.5%
Audi
 18,364 17,654 4.0% 115,298 111,269 3.6%
BMW
 25,777 26,970 -4.4% 179,213 195,593 -8.4%
Buick
 22,960 20,791 10.4% 127,167 127,105 0.0%
Cadillac
 14,341 14,154 1.3% 87,572 95,053 -7.9%
Chevrolet
 178,820 188,790 -5.3% 1,185,710 1,242,409 -4.6%
Chrysler
 19,095 19,907  -4.1%  148,398 191,079 -22.3%
Dodge
 35,520 39,492  -10.1% 311,658 303,701 2.6%
Fiat
 2,754 3,196  -13.8% 19,346 23,118  -16.3%
Ford  206,170 212,478 -3.0%  1,498,043  1,453,685 3.1%
GMC
 51,137 48,777 4.8% 305,724 313,490 -2.5%
Honda
 139,125 131,409 5.9% 852,486 797,323 6.9%
Hyundai
 75,003  71,013 5.6% 449,063  442,163 1.6%
Infiniti
 9,945 10,433 -4.7% 74,923 74,713 0.3%
Jaguar
 3,398 1,242 174% 14,389 9,078 58.5%
Jeep
 79,246 75,459  5.0% 543,714 476,101  14.2%
Kia
 59,969 56,311  6.5% 388,296 367,263 5.7%
Land Rover
 6,075 5,011 21.2% 42,723 37,323 14.5%
Lexus
 27,890 29,816 -6.5% 179,454 188,664 -4.9%
Lincoln
 9,098 9,536 -4.6% 62,395 56,648 10.1%
Maserati
 811 957 -15.3% 6,013 6,261 -4.0%
Mazda
 27,915 27,157 2.8% 173,269 186,152 -6.9%
Mercedes-Benz °
 28,523 27,526  3.6%  191,300  192,492  -0.6%
Mercedes-Benz Vans °
 3,272 2,163 51.3% 19,034 15,697 21.3%
Total Mercedes-Benz °
 31,795 29,689 7.1%  210,334 208,189 1.0%
Mini
 4,774 5,191 -8.0% 29,918 35,451 -15.6%
Mitsubishi
 7,890 7,868  0.3%  59,824  57,412 4.2%
Nissan
 122,530 120,439 1.7% 855,666 792,642 8.0%
Porsche
 3,878 4,730  -18.0% 30,586 29,868 2.4%
Ram
 44,069 42,021  4.9% 302,082 274,924 9.9%
Scion
 6,423 3,865 66.2% 44,143 28,796 53.3%
Smart
 493 441 11.8% 3,086 4,065 -24.1%
Subaru
 52,093 50,517 3.1% 331,551 322,935 2.7%
Toyota
 179,920 183,500 -2.0%  1,188,436  1,231,161 -3.5%
Volkswagen
 28,758 31,300 -8.1% 177,772 205,742 -13.6%
Volvo
 8,584 5,619 52.8% 45,238 34,985 29.3%
 —
BMW-Mini
 30,551 32,161 -5.0% 209,131 231,044 -9.5%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
 180,727  180,124 0.3% 1,325,536 1,269,277 4.4%
Daimler AG
 32,288 30,130 7.2% 213,420 212,254 0.5%
Ford Motor Co.
 215,268 222,014 -3.0%  1,560,438  1,510,333 3.3%
General Motors
 267,258 272,512 -1.9% 1,706,173 1,778,057 -4.0%
Honda Motor Co.
 152,799 146,324 4.4% 945,154 899,325 5.1%
Hyundai-Kia
 134,972  127,324 6.0%  837,359  809,426 3.5%
Jaguar-Land Rover
 9,473  6,253  51.5% 57,112 46,401 23.1%
Nissan Motor Co.
 132,475 130,872 1.2% 930,589 867,355 7.3%
Toyota Motor Corp.
214,233 217,181 -1.4% 1,412,033 1,448,621 -2.5%
Volkswagen Group *
 47,287  49,162  -3.8%  293,854  318,468  -7.7%
Industry Total †
1,522,144
1,511,261
0.7%
10,167,064
10,032,521
1.3%

Source: Manufacturers

[Image Source: General Motors]

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

° Mercedes-Benz USA releases sales figures for the Mercedes-Benz brand in the conventional sense, vans excluded, as well as totals for the Metris and Sprinter vans. The complete picture is included here.

† Industry total takes into account WSJ figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla (3,300 July units) and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers. Numbers upated at 12:22 PM ET on August 3, 2016, with final Jaguar-Land Rover figures.

[Image: General Motors]

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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47 Comments on “U.S. Auto Sales Brand-By-Brand Results: July 2016 YTD...”


  • avatar
    Kenmore

    “Maserati, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Dodge”

    Dodge got Italian disease.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Doing my part to help…

    Tesla:
    July = ~2900
    YTD = ~21930

    “http://insideevs.com/monthly-plug-in-sales-scorecard/”

    I don’t know how they can be guiding for 90k deliveries this year.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Kia alone is ahead of Chrysler + Dodge + Fiat + Alfa + Maserati. That has to hurt. Too many makes, FCA – Plymouth and Eagle need company.

  • avatar
    mike978

    Interesting that Mazda outgrew the market and gained market share. I recall some of the Mazda haters on this site crowing about a sales decline a few months ago, now strangely quiet!

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      I’m one of them. Mazda’s ‘great cars’ have perpetually earned them less than 2% market share since the Dawn of Time.

      And Mazda is heading for slightly lower sales in 2016 than in 2015 and possibly 2014.

      I’ll give them this: they’re steady.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        Yes you are, so well done for correctly self identifying. Mazda are steady and we still have 5/12th of the year left so we will see. Most companies have had similar market shares for years. Honda is typically around 10%, Ford around 15% etc. It is only brands like Subaru and Jeep that have really out-performed the market consistently.

        They are great cars, no speech marks needed. Just because they do not sell in vast numbers (partly due to a much smaller sales network) doesn`t make them less good. Are you saying the Corolla is miles better than every other compact other than the Civic. I don`t think so.

        In addition lets not be so US centered. Honda sell very poorly in Europe, does that make them bad cars – no. But by your logic it does.

        • 0 avatar
          zoomzoomfan

          Bought my ’16 Mazda6 in October 2015 and we got my wife’s ’13 CX-5 in December 2012. Both have been and still are wonderful vehicles.

          TTAC likes to paint the picture that Mazda is knocking on death’s door, but I really don’t think that is true. I think they are getting more recognition and it’s quite amazing what they’ve been able to do even as such a small company.

          I am hoping the CX-9 sells well as it seems to be a nice and well-designed alternative to the Lambda triplet SUVs that I see 17,000 of every day.

          • 0 avatar
            mike9o

            Mazda just had an awesome early retirement program: 18 months salary and $150k. That’s not something that healthy companies do. :(

          • 0 avatar
            bd2

            Mazda’s driving enthusiast-geared and not quite as spacious or quiet lineup is geared more towards markets like Canada, Europe and Australia than the US.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          Exactly. Would you buy a Renegade/Cherokee, or a CX-3/CX-5? Sometimes the better car isn’t the better seller. Renegade/Cherokee sell on image. With a Fiat badge, they would or do tank.

        • 0 avatar
          redav

          Not shown in the above data are cars made by Mazda and sold under different makes, like the Fiata & iA. Sure, Mazda doesn’t make the same margins on them as their in-house cars, but those cars still come out of their factories.

          From all the press lately, the CX-9 looks to perk up the brand for the rest of the year, and most of the sales seem to be the high-end trims which should really help their bottom line.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      It’s the CX3, CX5 and CX9 that are behind the increase if you look at GCBC.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      Is Mazda up, or are they down 6.9% year to date? They seem to be off almost 13,000 sales so far this year.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The Back-to-School, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Year-End deals will only get sweeter, not to mention the clearance sales in early- to mid-2017.

  • avatar
    Mr. Orange

    So is this the first time Toyota outsold Chevrolet in the USA?

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Interesting the Chrysler, Fiat and Mini all report steeper sale drops than scandal plagued VW.

  • avatar
    GeneralMalaise

    So, FCA up 0.3 %… GM down -1.9%… FoMoCo down -3.0%… Toyota down -1.4%. Why single out FCA?

    • 0 avatar
      Timothy Cain

      FCA’s sales figures have been, shall we say, in the news of late: https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/07/fcas-greatest-possibly-exagerated-sales-achievements-year/

  • avatar
    spookiness

    Go Buick! And Volvo too. (yes, I’m an old person)

  • avatar
    Russycle

    What the heck is going on at Scion? Sales go through the roof just as Toyota pulls the plug? They can’t have that much leftover inventory to blow out.

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      They released 2 new products in the past 11 months. The iM is a Corolla hatchback with a better engine, better suspension, and very well equipped. The iA is a Mazda 2 that is way, way, way better than the Yaris on the same lot. The brand was starved for product. A year ago they had the xB trying to fill out the lineup between the tC and FR-S.

  • avatar
    brettc

    At least VW sold 5949 more cars in July than June, so that’s something. Looks like they’re still moving the Tiguans at a rapid pace. The new Tiguan and Crossblue can’t get on lots fast enough. Oh well, it’s all their own fault though between the TDI scandal and lack of affordable SUV offerings.

  • avatar
    Jagboi

    Impressive growth at Jaguar, no doubt due to the SUV arriving in showrooms.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Looks like Jaguar are clawing their way back into the US car market. The F Pace is making such a big impact for them that larger and smaller models won’t be far away. JLR combined have even now overtaken Lincoln.

  • avatar
    jthorner

    Smart needs to just give it up. Less than 500 units per month? No way that is a profitable business.

    VW’s problem isn’t so much the scandal as it is the fact that they can’t sell diesel powered vehicles right now. “Clean Diesel” used to be a huge part of VW’s appeal. Now we know it was a lie ….

    • 0 avatar
      amancuso

      To be fair VW’s 1.4TSI and 1.8TSI are fantastic motors that offer near diesel like MPG figures. We have a ’16 Jetta Sport that just replaced a ’14 SE 1.8 TSI and couldn’t be happier. Also my GTI has been a solid performer as well.

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