Monthly Sales Roundup

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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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."...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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