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Quarterly deliveries at GM dropped 9.9 percent. Volume fell 11 percent at Chevrolet, 5.7 percent at GMC, 2.9 percent at Buick and 18 percent at Cadillac. The automaker did not provide a figure or brand breakdown for its September increase.
Ford Motor Co. said Friday third-quarter volume fell 4.7 percent with deliveries off 4.8 percent at Ford and 1.4 percent at Lincoln.
Mark LaNeve, head of U.S. marketing, sales and service at Ford, which no longer releases monthly sales results, said in an interview the automaker's overall volume rose in September, and added that combined August and September deliveries edged up about 1.5 percent compared to 2019 levels.
Ford's fleet business dropped 14 percent last quarter but was up significantly from the second quarter.
Car demand, down 38 percent at Ford in the quarter, and a cornerstone of the industry's fleet business, remains a drag on the company and several other automakers, even as they race to replace sedans with new crossovers and SUVs.
FCA US said third-quarter volume was down 10 percent, with strong retail sales failing to offset "ongoing softness in fleet purchases."
Sales declined 9 percent at Jeep, 2 percent at Ram, 31 percent at Dodge and 53 percent at Fiat. Only the Chrysler brand, up 8 percent, and Alfa Romeo, with an increase of 17 percent, posted gains during the quarter, FCA said. U.S. retail sales of the Ram pickup truck rose 15 percent last quarter.
“Jeep and Ram are hot, and we continue to prioritize deliveries to our dealers who are asking us to ship as many vehicles as we can build,” said Jeff Kommor, head of U.S. sales for FCA US.
Third-quarter volume dropped 11 percent at Toyota Motor, with sales off 13 percent at the Toyota division but up 2 percent at Lexus. The September increase was fueled by a 14 percent advance at Toyota, aided by strong Highlander and RAV4 demand, and a 31 percent jump at Lexus.
Honda Motor, behind double-digit percentage gains at the Honda and Acura brands, said volume rose 12 percent last month, capping a quarter that saw deliveries slip 9.5 percent.
“September marks a high-water mark for Honda sales this year with double-digit gains and our first month in positive territory since the pandemic began,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda.
At Nissan Motor Co., sales plunged 32 percent last quarter. Deliveries slumped 33 percent at the Nissan division and 30 percent at Infiniti.
Hyundai reported third-quarter U.S. sales of 170,828, a 1 percent decline from a year earlier. In September, volume rose 5 percent, behind a 21 percent gain in retail deliveries.Third-quarter retail volume tallied 161,254, a 7 percent increase over 2019, the company said..
Hyundai has countered lower fleet business with stronger retail sales driven by an expanded crossover lineup, even as it spends less on incentives. (See chart below.) The company said fleet sales dropped 67 percent in September and represented 5 percent of overall volume.
The Volkswagen brand reported a third-quarter decline of 7.6 percent.
Among other automakers that report monthly results, September sales rose 29 percent at Mazda and 16 percent at Subaru, which said it set a record for the month with 60,103 deliveries.
At Mitsubishi, U.S. sales edged up 1.5 percent last quarter.
At other luxury brands, Sept. volume rose 10 percent at Volvo and Audi said third-quarter volume fell 16 percent.