Toyota Motor, Honda Motor, Hyundai, Subaru and Kia posted higher U.S. sales in November, a sign that the industry is winding up the year with renewed momentum after an October lull. Few brands recorded declines in a month marked by higher spiffs, holiday promotions and an extra sales day and weekend.
Hirshberg, a passionate innovator and unconventional manager, left a key post at GM's Buick division and later oversaw the Japanese automaker's new design center in Southern California, where he created the Altima and Xterra and revived the famed Z car.
Honda and Hyundai posted U.S. sales increases in October while Nissan and Toyota fell as the industry – aided by richer incentives -- kicked off the fourth quarter with a shot at hitting 17 million total deliveries for a fifth straight year. Overall, U.S. light-vehicle volume fell an estimated 1.8 percent in October, even with an extra selling day.
The industry's two-day U.S. sales reporting continued with September declines at Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler, according to estimates. That followed steep drops tallied Tuesday by Asian automakers, in a September that was thrown off course by quirks in the sales-reporting calendar.