Monthly Sales Roundup

2014's stars, laggards at halfway mark

5:29 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
If it was a new compact or premium crossover or a large or mid-sized SUV, chances are it lit up the United States sales chart in the first half of the year. If it was a minicar or a mid-sized or large sedan, it probably lost some luster. Light trucks were hot in the first half of 2014, driving up overall new-vehicle sales 4 percent through June. Sales of light trucks increased 9 percent through June, while car deliveries were flat....
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GM sales solid despite recalls, but Chevy falls

12:23 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
GM remains relatively unscathed in the showroom from its unprecedented recall crisis, as sales rose 1 percent last month to the company's strongest June in seven years....
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BMW holds U.S. luxury segment lead over Mercedes, Lexus

5:24 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
BMW won the June luxury sales crown in the United States and widened its lead over Mercedes and Lexus during the first six months. Last month, BMW sold 30,201 vehicles, a 12 percent increase, helped by the 5-series sedan, which surged 77 percent to 7,940 deliveries. Mercedes rose 8.6 percent to 26,506, helped by a 25 percent gain to 6,500 for the E-class sedan....
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European growth helps push Skoda to best-ever May sales

June 9, 2014 14:50 CET
Skoda's global sales rose 15 percent in May to a record 91,200 vehicles, powered by growth in western Europe....
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Ford edges Chrysler as Canada posts all-time monthly sales record

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Ford edged out Chrysler for the top spot in May sales in Canada by 256 units as the country set an all-time monthly light-vehicle sales record. Ford of Canada said it sold 31,754 vehicles in May while Chrysler Group said it delivered 31,498 units during the month. But for the year to date, Chrysler holds a lead of 7,314 vehicles over Ford in Canada....
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BMW tops Mercedes in May as cheaper luxury models woo buyers

5:07 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
BMW topped Mercedes in May sales as cheaper models and fashionable crossover vehicles helped luxury brands gain traction in the United States with new buyers enjoying rising disposable income....
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Mercedes sales rise 14% in April on C-class, compacts

May 6, 2014 13:08 CET
Mercedes brand sales rose 14 percent in April helped by demand for the newly launched C class and the automaker's growing compact lineup....
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Auto recovery takes firmer hold in France

May 2, 2014 09:57 CET
Renault led a 6 percent gain in French new-car sales in April as the European auto market recovery took a firmer hold in the region's third-biggest market....
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Audi climbs; Mercedes keeps slim lead over BMW

4:54 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Audi's entry in the expanding sub-$30,000 luxury-car segment helped the Volkswagen AG unit post record April sales in the United States. Mercedes led the luxury segment with a narrow lead over BMW....
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Canada sales climb 4%; Chrysler, Ford tussle at top

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Automakers reported solid Canadian vehicle sales in April, with a 4 percent overall gain on a year ago, as demand for truck and luxury brands buoyed the industry....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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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