By on November 1, 2016

2015 Ford F150

Updated with Ford, Lincoln, and Ford Motor Company results.

Delayed by a fire at the automaker’s Michigan headquarters, Ford Motor Company sales figures weren’t released until this morning, a day after every other automaker issues their monthly reports.

Now, with Ford numbers included, the auto industy lost 6 percent of its October volume in 2016, a year-over-year loss of more than 86,000 units that’s causing observers to question the likelihood of a second consecutive annual sales record for the U.S. auto industry. Ford’s 12-percent drop in October certainly didn’t help.The industry worked with only 26 selling days in October 2016, two fewer than in October 2015. This means the daily selling rate across the industry grew by slightly more than 1 percent, undeniably helped by incentives that grew 16 percent, year-over-year, according to TrueCar.

In pure volume terms, the biggest percentage improvement among volume brands was reported by Ram, sales of which grew 11.5 percent to nearly 50,000 units. But total Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales slid 10 percent because of significant losses at Chrysler and Dodge. Alfa Romeo sales plunged 60 percent, albeit inconsequentially. Jeep volume slid 7 percent, its second consecutive monthly decline after nearly three years of consistent growth.

Mercedes-Benz scored a huge win in the luxury sector with a 3,856-unit victory over second-ranked Lexus. But sales at Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW, Cadillac, Acura, Volvo, and Land Rover decreased compared with October 2015.

America’s top-selling automobile manufacturer, General Motors, which reported a 1.7-percent loss, said the automaker’s four brands combined for a 2.5-percent retail sales gain. GM says 81 percent of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC sales in October were produced in the retail environment.

Auto Brand October 2016 October 2015 % Change 2016 YTD 2015 YTD % Change
Acura
12,869 16,079 -20.0% 132,596 148,098 -10.5%
Alfa Romeo
23 58  -60.3% 441 569 -22.5%
Audi
17,721 17,700 0.1% 169,900 165,103 2.9%
BMW
24,017 29,439 -18.4% 254,150 279,395 -9.0%
Buick
20,046 18,660 7.4% 189,813 186,387 1.8%
Cadillac
 13,948 15,391 -9.4% 133,234 141,090 -5.6%
Chevrolet
181,964 183,464 -0.8% 1,713,876 1,779,646 -3.7%
Chrysler
14,181 25,663 -44.7% 200,678 266,094 -24.6%
Dodge
41,514 49,683 -16.4% 436,454 438,129  -0.4%
Fiat
2,622 3,464 -24.3% 27,721 34,477 -19.6%
Ford  178,623  204,620 -12.7% 2,075,481 2,096,138  -1.0%
Genesis
 1,201 3,909
GMC
42,668 45,478 -6.2% 434,100 455,717 -4.7%
Honda
113,292 115,572 -2.0% 1,221,945 1,172,119 4.3%
Hyundai
 61,304  60,005 2.2%  646,284 638,195 1.3%
Infiniti
 11,208 11,143 0.6% 107,983 106,711 1.2%
Jaguar
3,219 988 226% 23,568 12,204 93.1%
Jeep
 68,826 73,705  -6.6% 775,932 707,351 9.7%
Kia
48,977 50,044 -2.1% 540,741 526,024 2.8%
Land Rover
5,532 7,199 -23.2% 59,923 55,602 7.8%
Lexus
24,803 26,436 -6.2% 260,996 273,881 -4.7%
Lincoln
9,069  8,485 6.9% 89,504  82,449 8.6%
Maserati
1,304 1,165 11.9% 9,460 9,541 -0.8%
Mazda
 22,711 25,451 -10.8% 246,978 267,157 -7.6%
Mercedes-Benz °
28,659 28,952 -1.0%  277,863  278,842  -0.4%
Mercedes-Benz Vans °
2,724  2,799 -2.7% 27,880  23,073   20.8%
Total Mercedes-Benz °
 31,383 31,751  -1.2% 305,743  301,915 1.3%
Mini
3,954 4,087 -3.3% 42,865 49,061 -12.6%
Mitsubishi
7,637 7,426 2.8% 81,988 80,683 1.6%
Nissan
102,312 104,904 -2.5% 1,188,561 1,131,824 5.0%
Porsche
 4,506 4,070  10.7% 44,752  43,370 3.2%
Ram
 49,443 44,325 11.5% 449,743 404,602 11.2%
Smart
 418 721 -42.0% 4,462 6,153 -27.5%
Subaru
53,760 51,629  4.1% 500,647 480,331 4.2%
Scion °
376  6,270  -94.0% 53,834  45,471  18.4% 
Toyota °
161,116  171,339   -6.0%  1,693,884 1,752,094  -3.3% 
Toyota/Scion
161,492 177,609 -9.1% 1,747,718 1,797,569 -2.8%
Volkswagen
24,779 30,387 -18.5% 256,047 294,602 -13.1%
Volvo
 6,340 7,422 -14.6% 64,872 53,803 20.6%
 —
BMW-Mini
27,971 33,526 -16.6% 297,015 328,456 -9.6%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
 176,609 196,898 -10.3% 1,890,969 1,851,222 2.1%
DaimlerAG
31,801 32,472 -2.1% 310,205 308,068 0.7%
Ford Motor Co.
187,692  213,105  -11.9% 2,164,985 2,178,587  -0.6%
General Motors
 258,626 262,993 -1.7% 2,471,023 2,562,840 -3.6%
Honda Motor Co.
 126,161 131,651 -4.2% 1,354,541 1,320,217 2.6%
Hyundai-Kia
 111,482 110,049 1.3% 1,192,135  1,164,219 2.4%
Jaguar-Land Rover
8,751 8,187 6.9% 83,491 67,806 23.1%
Nissan Motor Co.
 113,520 116,047 -2.2% 1,296,544 1,238,535 4.7%
Toyota Motor Corp.
186,295 204,045 -8.7% 2,008,714 2,071,450 -3.0%
Volkswagen Group *
 47,318  52,278 -9.5% 472,486  504,992  -6.4%
Industry Total
1,370,721
1,456,979
-5.9%
14,472,007
14,513,762
-0.3%

Source: Manufacturers

[Image Source: Ford]

* 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.

° Scion’s sales figures are now folded in to Toyota’s, but the Scion brand here includes sales of outgoing Scions as well as Scions that are becoming Toyotas. We have included the complete picture for clarity’s sake.

** Industry total takes into account Automotive News figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla (2,250 October 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.

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