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.
The concept, formally introduced on Sept. 15, 2009, at the Frankfurt auto show, featured gull-wing doors and was powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine and two electric motors. It was designed and engineered to visualize what the company called "the dynamic performance typical of a BMW against the backdrop of future demands in sustained mobility."
The biggest Asian automakers in the U.S. posted double-digit sales gains last month in the latest sign that the market is picking up strength as the summer advances. Across the industry, U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 10.2 percent in August, the second straight month of higher volume, the Automotive News data center estimated.
Honda, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia and the VW brand were helped by demand for new and redesigned light trucks, while cars drove Toyota to a small gain. Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi posted lower sales.
- TOYOTA/LEXUS: Corolla helps Toyota brand eke out slight gain
- HONDA/ACURA: A record July for light trucks
- NISSAN/INFINITI: A big drag from weaker car volume
- SUBARU: Hot crossovers extend streak to 92 months
- HYUNDAI/KIA: Crossover momentum continues
- VW: Brand rises on crossovers, Audi gains on cars
- LUXURY: Lexus wins July, BMW still leads YTD
- CANADA: July sales down an estimated 1.7% as skid hits 17 months