Monthly Sales Roundup

VW Group sales rise 8% in March as Europe recovers

April 11, 2014 11:20 CET
VW Group increased vehicle sales 8 percent in March, with gains in Europe and China offsetting declines in the United States and Brazil. First-quarter sales rose 6 percent to a record 2.4 million.... Read More »

 

Skoda posts best-ever March sales

April 10, 2014 15:32 CET
Skoda's global sales rose 15 percent in March to a record 96,100 vehicles, powered by robust demand for the Rapid, Yeti and Octavia.... Read More »

 

VW brand sales rebound in March as Europe recovers

April 8, 2014 12:16 CET
Volkswagen increased sales at its core VW passenger car brand by 5 percent in March, the second-highest growth rate in the past 10 months, as recovering demand in Europe and Chinese growth outweighed declines in the Americas.... Read More »

 

Audi joins Mercedes in posting best-ever monthly sales in March

April 7, 2014 11:55 CET
Audi said today it posted a new company record for global sales in a single month with March volume up 15 percent to 170,450 vehicles. Rival Mercedes reported a new high for global sales in a month on Friday.... Read More »

 

Mercedes breaks global record for single-month sales

April 4, 2014 12:26 CET
Mercedes set a new company record for global sales in a single month as March volume rose 13 percent to 158,523 vehicles. Demand for the E class and Mercedes' growing lineup of compacts is driving the growth.... Read More »

 

MARCH U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 6% as spring momentum builds

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent to 1.54 million units in March, exceeding analysts' forecasts and signaling the auto industry has shaken off its sluggish start to 2014. The seasonally adjusted sales rate -- a broad gauge of the industry's health -- surged to 16.4 million units from 15.3 million units a year ago. It's the best showing for the SAAR since November 2013 and among the highest in the past seven years.... Read More »

 

Canadian auto sales nudge slightly higher in March

12:05 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Canadian auto sales inched just 0.2 percent higher in March from a year earlier, figures on Tuesday showed, but an independent auto industry analyst said the modest increase masked a solid performance during severe winter weather, especially in comparison with the record sales of March 2013.... Read More »

 

Spanish car sales rise for seventh consecutive month

April 1, 2014 12:16 CET
New-car sales rose 10 percent in Spain in March, registering the seventh straight monthly increase as government subsidies continue to boost demand.... Read More »

 

French new-car sales rise 9% but market still in 'crisis mode'

April 1, 2014 11:07 CET
French car sales rose 9 percent in March -- helped by strong gains for Renault and PSA -- but the CCFA industry association remains cautious, warning: "We're still in crisis mode."... Read More »

 

Mercedes pads luxury lead as new models help set February record

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, the top-selling luxury-auto brand in the United States last year, extended its 2014 lead with record February sales on the strength of new models.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Sitting out Double Winter

3:28 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Sales are always lousy in January and February. That's regular winter. But this year, at least for the 78 percent of Americans east of the Rockies, it's Double Winter. That's what I've decided to call it. Because all the bad parts of winter have doubled. Double cold. Double snow. Double salt. Double potholes. Maybe triple potholes in Michigan.... Read More »

 

Fleet sales hit the skids, haul down Jan. volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Blame fleet flop, not snow slop, for January's disappointing auto sales. After U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 3 percent in January, most automakers blamed lousy weather that kept shoppers from showrooms.... Read More »

 

Skoda sales rise 17% in Jan. on Europe, China demand

Feb. 13, 2014 11:27 CET
Skoda's sales rose 17 percent in January, the fifth consecutive monthly gain for the brand as it targets deliveries of 1 million cars this year.... Read More »

 

Audi's January sales up 12% on China, Germany demand

Feb. 6, 2014 13:11 CET
Audi's global vehicle sales rose 12 percent in January, driven by strong deliveries in Germany and China and robust demand for its compact vehicles.... Read More »

 

Honda deliveries fall 2% as cold, snow dent East, Midwest strongholds

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
The arctic temperatures that hit key Honda markets in the Midwest and East Coast kept some car buyers out of Honda showrooms last month, leading American Honda to a 2 percent decline in United States sales.... Read More »

 

Canadian auto sales nudge slightly higher

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Canadian auto sales nudged just 0.3 percent higher in January, as imports outsold Detroit 3 vehicles, but bad winter weather and a big December sales push likely skewed the results, an independent auto industry expert said on Monday.... Read More »

 

Toyota: Stop-sale order will have 'minimal' impact

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
A potential defect that is preventing Toyota dealers from selling some vehicles on their lots had little effect on January sales and is expected to have a “minimal” impact in February, company executives said today.... Read More »

 

GM ends monthly sales call with analysts, media

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
General Motors said today that it will no longer host a monthly conference call with auto analysts and journalists to discuss the prior month's domestic sales results.... Read More »

 

Canada sales highest in decade; Ford still tops

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Canadians bought more vehicles in 2013 than in any year since 2002, as consumers brushed off high debt and a slow economic recovery to buy trucks and luxury models, though icy weather limited December purchases, numbers released today showed.... Read More »

 

Mercedes outlasts BMW's late surge to grab U.S. luxury crown

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz withstood a late surge from BMW, ending its rival's two-year reign as the U.S. luxury-vehicle sales leader as the breadth of Mercedes's lineup pushed it to a record year. Mercedes won its only other U.S. luxury sales title in 1999.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

3 things we learned from December sales

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
A series of powerful snowstorms through much of the country kept enough buyers away from United States dealerships to make December's volume gain a mere technicality -- up 2,602 units, or 0.19 percent. Oddly enough, even that little bit helps in the rounding game.... Read More »

 

OFF TO THE RACES

U.S. sales through November 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Here's a look at numerous rivalries involved nameplates, brands and companies after 11 months.... Read More »

 

In October, fleet again takes a back seat to retail

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
Robust retail sales again drove U.S. light-vehicle sales in October, and many automakers continued to slow down on fleet volume.... Read More »

 

OCTOBER U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. sales rise 10%; Detroit 3 gain share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
Auto sales increased 10 percent in the United States during October as the Detroit 3 gained market share while other major automakers fell short of projections. The industry's seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate declined from September's sluggish figure, to 15.2 million. Executives and analysts said the closure of federal offices during the federal government shutdown curbed traffic in the first half of October before rebounding.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Bleeding reserves today, when we'll need them tomorrow

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
Everybody is focusing on the positive aspects of October auto sales. Car execs and analysts are busy praising consumer “resilience” and mooning over a 10 percent sales gain. And everybody ignores the obvious: October sales ain't what they could have been without the partial government shutdown and specter of a federal debt default.... Read More »

 

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