By on July 3, 2017

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Image: VolkswagenAuto sales slid 3 percent in the United States in June 2017, marking the end to a first-half of 2017 in which U.S. auto sales declined in six consecutive months.

Despite Acura-fuelled improvements at American Honda, RAV4-powered increases at Toyota, Volkswagen’s continued bounce-back from the brink, a 6-percent jump in full-size pickup truck sales, and modest gains at a number of America’s top-selling premium brands, June volume fell by roughly 45,000 units, year-over-year.

June wasn’t a horrible month for auto sales in America, just as the first-half of 2017 was not a dreadful stretch. The comparison with 2016, a record year for auto sales in America, causes 2017 to appear worse than it really is.

Still, auto sales are presently being propped up by average incentives equal to roughly 10 percent of the average transaction price. In June, ALG says transaction prices rose 1.5 percent, year-over-year, to $32,900. But incentives jumped 9.7 percent to $3,550 during the same period.

Even with incentives rising 8 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors still combined to lose some 39,000 sales in June 2017. That’s not to say there weren’t bright spots at the traditional Detroit Three: pickup truck sales at Ford jumped 10 percent in June and 5 percent at Ram; SUV/crossover sales shot up 13 percent at General Motors.

Car sales, however, were a challenge for the Detroit Three and many others. Hyundai, notoriously reliant on passenger car volume, posted a 22-percent decline to 52,894 sales, well below that of corporate partner Kia (which outsold Hyundai for the first time ever in May). Hyundai sold only 22,844 Elantras and Sonatas in June 2017, barely more than the number of Elantras sold at this time last year. No volume auto brand reported a worse June drop than Hyundai, which blames a severe cutback in fleet volume for the sharp decline.

On the flip side, the improvements at Acura, Volkswagen, and Subaru were most substantial. Subaru now claims 67 consecutive months of growth. (Audi’s streak stands at 78 months.) Following the sharp reduction in sales before and after the diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen volume has improved in eight consecutive months. Acura, which suffered through much of the early part of the year, announced a 24-percent increase in June thanks to a huge RDX uptick plus gains from the MDX and and TLX sedan.

Auto Brand June 2017 June 2016 % Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD % Change
Acura
 14,038 11,352 23.7% 73,871 78,994 -6.5%
Alfa Romeo
 1,017 36 2,725% 3,717 297 1,152%
Audi
19,416 18,445 5.3% 102,971 96,934 6.2%
BMW
28,962 28,855 0.4% 149,086 153,436 -2.8%
Buick
19,299 16,575 16.4% 110,316 104,207 5.9%
Cadillac
 12,580 14,263 -11.8% 72,073 73,231 -1.6%
Chevrolet
 169,842 181,387 -6.4% 968,882 1,006,890 -3.8%
Chrysler
19,741 23,288 -15.2% 102,095 129,902 -21.4%
Dodge
42,550 49,314 -13.7% 260,980 272,171 -4.1%
Fiat
2,242 2,329 -3.7% 14,682 16,712 -12.1%
Ford 217,891 230,287 -5.4% 1,238,060 1,291,873 -4.2%
Genesis
 1,613 9,919
GMC
41,434 42,985 -3.6% 263,175 254,587 3.4%
Honda
125,755 127,363 -1.3% 718,015 713,361 0.7%
Hyundai
 52,894 67,511 -21.7% 336,441 374,060 -10.1%
Infiniti
12,271 11,058 11.0% 79,143 64,978 21.8%
Jaguar
 2,946 2,743 7.4% 20,665 10,991 88.0%
Jeep
 73,153 81,865 -10.5% 406,291 465,243 -12.7%
Kia
56,143 62,572 -10.3% 295,736 328,327 -9.9%
Land Rover
5,760 5,705 1.0% 35,839 36,648 -2.2%
Lexus
24,395 25,779 -5.4% 133,760 151,564 -11.7%
Lincoln
9,275 8,809 5.3% 56,337 53,297 5.7%
Maserati
 960 941 2.0% 6,778 5,202 30.3%
Mazda
22,342 26,188 -14.7% 141,624 145,354 -2.6%
Mercedes-Benz °
 28,994 28,473  1.8% 161,960  162,777  -0.5% 
Mercedes-Benz Vans °
3,108  3,085  0.7%  15,800  15,762  0.2% 
Total Mercedes-Benz °
 32,102 31,558 1.7% 177,760 178,539 -0.4%
Mini
4,410 4,914 -10.3% 22,205 25,144 -11.7%
Mitsubishi
 7,625 8,023 -5.0% 54,576 51,934 5.1%
Nissan
 131,057 124,495 1.2% 740,545 733,136 1.0%
Porsche
4,516 4,482 0.8% 27,568 26,708 3.2%
Ram
48,645 45,689 6.5% 279,595 259,958 7.6%
Smart
 226 407 -44.5% 1,983 2,593 -23.5%
Subaru
 52,057 46,598 11.7% 304,810 279,458 9.1%
Toyota
 177,981 172,478 3.2% 1,021,405 1,046,238 -2.4%
Volkswagen
27,377 23,809 15.0% 161,238 149,014 8.2%
Volvo
7,303 8,588 -15.0% 34,105 36,654 -7.0%
 —
BMW Group
33,372 33,769 -1.2% 171,291 178,580 -4.1%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
 187,348 202,421 -7.4% 1,067,360 1,144,283 -6.7%
Daimler AG
 32,328 31,965 1.1% 179,743 181,132 -0.8%
Ford Motor Co.
 227,166 239,096 -5.0% 1,294,397 1,345,170 -3.8%
General Motors
 243,155 255,210 -4.7% 1,414,446 1,438,915 -1.7%
American Honda
 139,793 138,715 0.8% 791,886 792,355 -0.1%
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group
110,650 129,983 -14.9% 642,096  702,387 -8.6%
Jaguar-Land Rover
 8,706 8,448 3.1%  56,504 47,639 18.6%
Nissan / Infiniti / Mitsubishi
150,953 148,576 1.6% 872,464 850,048 2.6%
Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Inc.
 202,376 198,257 2.1% 1,155,165 1,197,802 -3.6%
Volkswagen Group *
47,011  42,398 10.9% 265,357 246,576 7.6%
Industry Total †
1,474,970
1,519,684
-2.9%
8,456,896
8,641,718
-2.1%

[Source: Manufacturers]

* 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 Automotive News figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla (4,400 June units) and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers.

[Image: Volkswagen]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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55 Comments on “U.S. Auto Sales Brand-By-Brand Results: June 2017 YTD...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    How about some historical context. What does this year look like compared to the saner years before last years record breaking year?

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Arch-Bishop Dan, please talk me out of this.

      pittsburgh.craigslist.org/ctd/6194152398.html

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        It is an early Northstar, My Son – the path of the stretch to yield headbolt is one of deadly temptation.

        As scripture sayeth: “Where there be torque but not reliability – he will be cast out of my father’s house and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Praise be Arch-Bishop, thou art wise. Thy demon Northstar doth tempt but nathelees all been false promises. Thy sothe path be through thy LORD of Eternal Torque.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I’ll talk you *into* this one, 28…’03 Park Avenue, low miles, Church approved.

        https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/ctd/6195699513.html

        S**t, I’m talking myself into it.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          I saw that, for 15 it would already be gone to me. My GP is already scheduled to hit the body shop next week, so ideally I don’t need another motor to feed.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    When see “-“, I see $$deal$$.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Jeep is down again, and so is FCA (of course). How low can they go?

    • 0 avatar
      Speed3

      FCA’s sales have been down ever since they got busted for their reporting methods. Basically they were front loading sales figures and their numbers looked way better than they actually were, so this year is the correction with “honest” numbers.

      Also, FCA’s portfolio is aging. Jeep is down because The new Renegade/Cherokee are not selling at the same volume as the old Patriot/Compass. (The Renegade was on sale simultaneously with both for a year so it makes sense that Jeeps compact volume is down). Cherokee is getting old and down as well.

      IMO, Jeep should have kept producing the Patriot for an extra year or too for fleets like FCA is doing with the Grand Caravan.

      Maserati/Alfa Romeo combined sales are never going to come close to Acura/Audi volume so it’s going to be interesting to see what vehicles FCA prioritizes.

    • 0 avatar

      Grand Cherokee had a great month up like 20% Wrangler was flat Renegade was flat. Cherokee was off 27% thanks to a big cut in rental fleet sales. The bigger issue is the Patriot and Compass. The new compass now has sales close to what the out going compass had but that still means 8-9k patriot sales a month are missing.

      Now that the compass sales are correcting Jeep needs to find a way to keep Cherokee sales moving.

  • avatar
    dmoan

    Gj Sergio you have killed Chrysler in a effort to promote Fiat, Maserati and Alfa.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Now you’re getting it.

    • 0 avatar

      It is not working since even Cadillac outsells Fiat, Maserati and Alfa combined! Fiat must be the slowest selling compact car in American history. I mean they sold only 15,000 Fiats this year! What is the point. FCA is flaming bag of crap.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Initially after the merger, it seemed they knew what they were doing with Chryco and their Teutonic inspired products. Then as the company became Fiat and friends (those being Ram, JGC, Wrangler and LX) its really gone to sh*t. Coincidence?

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          Oh, what the Americans started, Dahlheimer continued, then Cerberus squeezed it for all it was worth, and now the Italians are finishing it off. I’m amazed with a run of mismanagement and course corrections this long, Chrysler assets are still around – oh wait – Jeep – that’s right.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The Italians are only doing what makes half decent business sense, stretch their parent company platform and motor investments. The issue is those are terrible and unfortunately for them the Chryco platforms/motors they inherited won’t play well in Europe or South America so those could not have been used. Tough situation.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        …Fiat must be the slowest selling compact car in American history…

        As usual, your posts highlight an amazing ignorance of the auto industry.

        I’m pretty sure Fiat has been outselling smart for years.

        Oh, and a look at the YTD numbers over at Toyota show that the “XP130 Yaris liftback,” which is at 50% fleet sales, is being crushed by the Fiat 500. The rebadged Mazda2 based sedan “Yaris” (former Scion) sells about on parity.

        Guess buyers want more than drum brakes, 4-speed automatics, and torsion beam suspensions, in a vehicle that costs almost as much as a discounted Corolla LE (or the far superior rebadged Mazda sitting next to it).

    • 0 avatar
      Speed3

      He also killed Lancia. Fiat still sells relatively well globally in some markets. More as a budget brand like Dacia.

      Would investing in Chrysler brand products have helped FCA any more? Sergio has said the Dodge Dary and Chrysler 200 were terrible investments.

      I do think they could make the case for a PT Cruiser based off the Renegade. But I don’t see much value in products for a regional brand.

      • 0 avatar
        dmoan

        Fiat sells globally but most of profit are generated in US. Also they are struggling in China and India where Fiat brand is associated with low reliability. If they want become volume sellers in those countries they need to promote Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep.

        Fiat could have spent money adding a higher end luxury car and SUV to Chrysler lineup and latter could be printing money for FCA. But they are not doing it, primary cause they don’t want any competition with Alfa and Maserati.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    That 6.4% drop in Chevy sales is why my local dealership is hammering me by mail, e-mail and text each and every week, trying to give up my 2012 Impala!

    No dice. Suffer.

    I happen to love my current ride, and I will stick with it for now.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Impala sales are nearing apocalyptic low levels. GM is advertising 20% off on Impala Premier this month as well.

      Total large FWD sedan (Impala, LaCrosse, XTS) sales this month were only 5900 units, which is worse than even the Alpha triplets. China sales might keep the XTS and LaCrosse alive, but this might be the last Impala for awhile.

      • 0 avatar

        Soon Barra will be gone. Who cares about profits when sales are so bad, and then fall into 4th place in the international sales race.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          “Who cares about profits when sales are so bad,”

          I’d take higher profit over higher volume. Perhaps GM’s long term strategy will pay off, but I don’t see how making more money off less cars is a bad thing. This assumes GM is making more profit, but that I don’t know for sure.

          • 0 avatar
            RS

            “General Motors is not in the business of making cars. It is in the business of making money.” – Thomas Murphy

      • 0 avatar

        You are right about Impala sales. This is easily the worse year for Impala sales ever.

        Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
        2017 5,972 7,165 8,885 3,213 3,269 28,504
        2016 9,942 9,147 11,465 8,249 5,252 12,335 5,045 5,684 6,919 6,092 6,082 10,794 97,006
        2015 9,214 9,065 8,942 10,938 11,506 8,406 8,156 9,880 9,359 11,805 10,494 9,060 116,825
        2014 11,898 12,008 12,952 13,915 13,348 14,378 9,636 9,802 9,225 10,607 9,423 13,088 140,280
        2013 14,153 15,424 14,766 10,943 10,841 17,255 12,915 13,274 11,462 11,713 13,418 10,633 156,797
        2012 16,009 15,333 19,035 14,965 15,879 17,274 9,359 17,066 15,259 8,368 11,163 9,641 169,351
        2011 15,188 16,290 18,063 21,071 16,707 16,325 7,327 13,329 13,822 11,982 10,851 10,479 171,434
        2010 10,939 11,740 15,594 16,144 20,623 14,451 14,565 17,343 12,186 12,389 14,693 11,411 172,078

      • 0 avatar
        NormSV650

        Cars has 1/3rd off MSRP on Impala Premier now. That is a great deal even if you have to spend less than grand to ship one to your door on a brand new car.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Yes, I was browsing GCBC the other day, and in May, Ford Taurus was actually out selling Impala, Avalon and 300. Only the Charger and Maxima sold better.

        The Impala was down 37.8% (no other car in the segment declined by that much), while the Taurus was up by 21.9%. The biggest gain in sales was by the Buick LaCrosse, which was up like 88%.

        I’m sure fleet sales are helping Taurus (being as old as it is, that isn’t unexpected), but it still surprised me that it was up that much.

        Avalon was down 24%, the second worse drop after Impala. Still better than Azera/Cadenza, which sold less than a thousand units combined!

    • 0 avatar

      The Impala is the disappointment of the year.

      • 0 avatar
        threeer

        Which is sad, really. My cousin just bought a fully-loaded Impala as she does a fair amount of road travel for her job and wanted something comfortable for the long-hauls. It’s a seriously nice ride. But large sedans are a dwindling breed. If it isn’t jacked up a few inches and has plastic cladding around the wheel arches along with having a rear hatch (just don’t call them hatchbacks or wagons…even though they are), then they don’t sell.

      • 0 avatar
        NormSV650

        Akear, the disappointment of the year is the Toyota Avalon that is loosing almost sales of 1,200 per month this year compared to 2016.

        • 0 avatar

          Toyota can take the loss since they are the world’s top car maker. They are probably double the size of GM now. The Avalon will be fine it has a powerful company behind it.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            So Toyota loses sales = its fine.
            GM loses sales = DOOM AND GLOOM OMG ITS BAD Y’ALL.

            Okay…..

    • 0 avatar
      Speed3

      Chevy sales are down and their brand new Equinox and Traverse are just getting to dealers. These are probably some of their most competitive vehicles in one of the few growing segments.

      Not a good sign.

    • 0 avatar
      CobraJet

      My 07 impala’s engine failed last month due to a blown head gasket. I looked at the new Impala at my local dealer but they didn’t have any premier versions in stock for me to test drive only a 4 cyl model. I drove the Lacrosse and liked it. I bought a Premium model. I considered the Traverse and Enclave but have 2 pickups, a van and the old Mustang. I like to have a sedan in the fleet. I’m old school.

      • 0 avatar
        87 Morgan

        CobraJet…I would be shocked if you find yourself disappointed with the Lacrosse.

      • 0 avatar
        NormSV650

        Congrats on the LaCrosse! People forget that GM sells a higher grade XTS and lower Impala. My XTS rides very firm on less than perfect roads and my buddies 2015 Impala is a little tinny, but the 2011 Buick LaCrosse of my Mom’s is just right. Quiet, comfortable which make a great cruiser. Of GM does not make a car that does not have good handling.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Did you get dynamic drive and what do you think about the stop/start?

        • 0 avatar
          CobraJet

          I didn’t get the dynamic drive. That comes with 20″ wheels. Mine has 18″ ones. Mine does have a sport and touring suspension setting.

          The engine stop takes a little getting used to. It doesn’t stop the engine each time the car stops. It depends on cabin temp, outside temp, battery charge level and other things. The engine will stop with the car at a complete stop, in drive and foot on the brake. It will stay stopped for a maximum of 2 minutes. Since the weather is warm, the stop usually is less than a minute bcecause of the air conditioner. A slight lifting of the foot off the brake starts the engine.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Echoing others, congrats on the new car! I’m sure it’ll be a good one. They really put effort into LaCrosse and it shows.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      I’ll buy a new Impala Premier when they almost give one to me. I’d like that, but we recently replaced Wifey’s 2002 CR-V with a 2015 CPO CR-V EX in Feb., so my friendly local Chevy store would have to give me one since I’m retired.

      My Impala was one fine way to drive to the STL area last week on vacation.

  • avatar
    Wayne

    Someone has been cooking the book:

    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2017/07/diesel-emissions-isn-t-the-only-thing-volkswagen-lied-about.html

  • avatar
    Speed3

    How are Infiniti sales up 22% this year?

    No really that doesn’t make sense. Especially since you have new entrants Alfa Romeo and Jaguar.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I suppose if you work out “peak car” just prior to the GFC and “peak car” now, factoring in population growth and income/disparity you should be able to work out how and when cars sales will drop.

    I would assume with the greater disparity in US society now compared to “peak car” prior to the GFC and average income we should expect CUVs, SUVs and pickups to ride the crest for a little longer.

    I’d say with the all the leasing and the dumping of good quality second hand cars on the market competing for new car sales you are witnessing the bottom end collapse (so to speak, not literally).

    Soon after the longer term leases on the more expensive cars ie, SUVs, CUVs and pickups start end you will see this market slow down as well.

    But, more expensive cars also picked up prior to the everyday appliances.

    So, I put my balls on the chopping block.

    We see the CUVs, SUVs and pickups start dropping in 6-8 months.

  • avatar
    stroker49

    Is not Tesla listed? Why, not considered to be a car?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Who let Black Dynamite in here and why do they have a linked TTAC address?

  • avatar
    Sgt Beavis

    Any chance we can get a breakdown of sales on a per model basis? I’d love to know what models to keep an eye on for a future deal.

    • 0 avatar
      syncro87

      Easy enough to figure out. Sedans have taken a hit lately, so deals to be found there, especially when a replacement model is imminent and there are plenty of the old version left in stock. Camry, Accord fit those criteria now. Major discounts.

      Others would be things that just don’t sell well. Chrysler 200, etc. Mitsubishis.

      Chevy has announced production cuts of the Malibu, and stated themselves that they aren’t selling. Probably deals to be had.

      Where will you not likely find deals? Hot CUV/SUVs. Probably not giving away new CR-Vs, although I’ve seen Ford dealers with large discounts on Escapes. You probably aren’t getting a Civic Type R at $2k below invoice any time soon.

      Anyway, it’s really not that hard to look around and see what’s a deal. Carjojo is a useful tool, shows stock levels, days in inventory, etc.


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