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Automaker May 2014 May 2013 Pct. chng. 5 month
2014
5 month
2013
Pct. chng.
BMW Group 35,406 31,245 13% 146,332 139,497 5%
    BMW division 29,602 25,230 17% 127,181 113,357 12%
    Mini 5,729 5,944 –4% 18,776 25,785 –27%
    Rolls-Royce 75 71 6% 375 355 6%
BMW Group 35,406 31,245 13% 146,332 139,497 5%
Chrysler Group† 194,421 166,596 17% 849,037 751,646 13%
    Chrysler Division 22,592 29,070 –22% 117,042 136,590 –14%
    Dodge 57,923 56,407 3% 256,610 268,571 –5%
    Dodge/Ram 96,855 89,056 9% 435,705 412,698 6%
    Fiat 4,771 4,051 18% 20,494 17,562 17%
    Jeep 70,203 44,419 58% 275,796 184,796 49%
    Ram 38,932 32,649 19% 179,095 144,127 24%
Chrysler Group† 194,421 166,596 17% 849,037 751,646 13%
Chrysler Group† 194,421 166,596 17% 849,037 751,646 13%
Daimler AG 29,570 27,361 8% 138,374 128,742 8%
    Maybach –% 6 –100%
    Mercedes-Benz 28,881 26,543 9% 134,400 125,058 8%
    Smart USA 689 818 –16% 3,974 3,678 8%
Daimler AG 29,570 27,361 8% 138,374 128,742 8%
Ford Motor Co. 253,346 246,019 3% 1,043,961 1,054,819 –1%
    Ford division 244,501 238,714 2% 1,006,710 1,024,000 –2%
    Lincoln 8,845 7,305 21% 37,251 30,819 21%
Ford Motor Co. 253,346 246,019 3% 1,043,961 1,054,819 –1%
General Motors 284,694 252,894 13% 1,188,407 1,155,503 3%
    Buick 19,957 17,982 11% 92,069 82,759 11%
    Cadillac 14,688 13,808 6% 68,176 69,750 –2%
    Chevrolet 205,010 179,510 14% 839,341 821,674 2%
    GMC 45,039 41,594 8% 188,821 181,320 4%
General Motors 284,694 252,894 13% 1,188,407 1,155,503 3%
Honda (American) 152,603 140,013 9% 610,413 608,663 0%
    Acura 14,675 14,364 2% 66,745 63,216 6%
    Honda Division 137,928 125,649 10% 543,668 545,447 0%
Honda (American) 152,603 140,013 9% 610,413 608,663 0%
Hyundai Group 130,994 120,685 9% 543,796 522,818 4%
    Hyundai division 70,907 68,358 4% 297,027 296,003 0%
    Kia 60,087 52,327 15% 246,769 226,815 9%
Hyundai Group 130,994 120,685 9% 543,796 522,818 4%
Jaguar Land Rover 5,840 4,989 17% 29,202 25,677 14%
    Jaguar 1,304 1,435 –9% 7,054 6,161 15%
    Land Rover 4,536 3,554 28% 22,148 19,516 14%
Jaguar Land Rover 5,840 4,989 17% 29,202 25,677 14%
Maserati 1,144 226 406% 4,476 979 357%
Maserati 1,144 226 406% 4,476 979 357%
Mazda 29,731 24,270 23% 130,223 122,446 6%
Mazda 29,731 24,270 23% 130,223 122,446 6%
Mitsubishi 7,269 4,715 54% 33,651 25,172 34%
Mitsubishi 7,269 4,715 54% 33,651 25,172 34%
Nissan 135,934 114,457 19% 594,834 520,585 14%
    Infiniti 10,376 7,899 31% 50,767 43,119 18%
    Nissan Division 125,558 106,558 18% 544,067 477,466 14%
Nissan 135,934 114,457 19% 594,834 520,585 14%
Subaru 44,170 39,892 11% 196,641 165,362 19%
Subaru 44,170 39,892 11% 196,641 165,362 19%
Suzuki* –% 5,946 –100%
Suzuki* –% 5,946 –100%
Tesla* 2,350 2,488 –6% 10,880 10,498 4%
Tesla* 2,350 2,488 –6% 10,880 10,498 4%
Toyota 243,236 207,952 17% 963,893 913,556 6%
    Lexus 26,921 22,229 21% 115,171 97,060 19%
    Scion 6,181 6,586 –6% 26,024 28,660 –9%
    Toyota Division 210,134 179,137 17% 822,698 787,836 4%
    Toyota/Scion 216,315 185,723 17% 848,722 816,496 4%
Toyota 243,236 207,952 17% 963,893 913,556 6%
Volkswagen 53,665 55,415 –3% 238,003 249,270 –-5%
    Audi 16,601 13,228 26% 67,482 60,571 11%
    Bentley 233 189 23% 1,092 970 13%
    Lamborghini* 59 57 4% 295 285 4%
    Porsche 4,609 3,928 17% 18,817 17,609 7%
    VW division 32,163 38,013 –15% 150,317 169,835 –12%
Volkswagen 53,665 55,415 –3% 238,003 249,270 –-5%
Volvo Cars NA 5,014 6,329 –21% 23,347 25,900 –10%
Volvo Cars NA 5,014 6,329 –21% 23,347 25,900 –10%
Other** 291 284 3% 1,455 1,420 3%
TOTAL 1,609,678 1,445,830 11% 6,746,925 6,428499 5%

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center
Note: *Estimate
†Fiat S.p.A. purchased the remaining 41.46% stake in Chrysler Group from the UAW’s VEBA Trust on Jan. 20, 2014.
**Includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Lotus

Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, GM pace robust May as SAAR surges to 16.8 million on holiday deals

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Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, GM pace robust May as SAAR surges to 16.8 million on holiday deals

GM’s retail sales advanced 10 percent in May while fleet shipments rose 21 percent.

Photo credit: KATHLEEN BURKE

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U.S. light-vehicle sales — led by big gains at Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler and General Motors — rose 11 percent to 1.6 million in May as a raft of discounts and extended holiday deals drew consumers to showrooms.

The annualized pace of sales shot up to 16.8 million. That’s the highest rate for the seasonally adjusted rate since July 2006 and marked the third consecutive month the SAAR has topped 16 million after a weaker-than-expected start to the year.

“Industry sales in May soared as consumer confidence improved and demand for new vehicles continued to strengthen,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “May was just one of those months where everything came together with five weekends, an early Memorial Day and an extra selling day.”

The SAAR had been forecast to come in at 16.1 million, according to analysts’ estimates. In May 2013, the figure was 15.5 million.

GM’s U.S. sales rose 13 percent last month despite an escalating recall crisis that has dogged the company since February.

All four of GM’s brands increased sales as the automaker posted its biggest monthly gain of the year. Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, and Chrysler Group also tallied their biggest gains of 2014 with double-digit increases. Hyundai Motor America advanced 4 percent and Ford Motor Co. was up 3 percent.

GM’s increase was double what had been projected by analysts. After a sluggish start, the automaker’s sales are now up 2.8 percent for the year.

“There’s some risk associated with the recalls, but it hasn’t been evident in GM’s sales numbers so far,” Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for researcher LMC Automotive, said before today’s results were released. “The jury is still out, but at this stage, it’s not derailing their momentum.”

Chevrolet led GM with a 14 percent gain, followed by Buick at 11 percent. GMC was up 8 percent, while Cadillac advanced 6 percent.

GM said its retail sales advanced 10 percent while fleet shipments rose 21 percent last month.

U.S. sales of the Rogue crossover set a May record with 18,722, an increase of 8 percent, Nissan said today.

Photo credit: KATHLEEN BURKE

Consumer confidence

Nissan Motor Corp. reported a 19 percent rise in May sales — its second straight month of double-digit gains. The Nissan brand set a May record of 125,558 units sold, up 18 percent, and Infiniti volume advanced 31 percent to 10,376.

The Altima, Sentra, Rogue, Versa and Juke — all core models — each set May U.S. sales records. Overall, the Nissan brand has now set sales records in 14 of the last 15 months.

“Car sales are heating up as we head into summer,” Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president for sales, marketing and operations, said in a statement.

Toyota Motor Corp. sales jumped 17 percent to 243,236 units. Volume rose 12 percent at the Toyota division behind Camry, Corolla, and Prius demand, while Lexus deliveries advanced 17 percent.

Ford said its retail sales climbed 6 percent last month. Demand at the Ford division edged up 2 percent and Lincoln volume jumped 21 percent.

Three core models — the Accord, Civic and CR-V — helped Honda Motor Co. to a nine percent increase in May sales. Deliveries rose 10 percent at the Honda division and 2 percent at Acura. Honda officials, noting the launch of the all-new Fit this month, said the brand remains well-positioned heading into the second half of the year.

“Our dealers are preparing for heavy customer traffic in the coming months,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager.

Chrysler streak

At Chrysler, strong Jeep and Ram pickup demand helped propel the company to its 50th consecutive monthly advance.

Jeep sales, behind the new Cherokee and redesigned Grand Cherokee, surged 58 percent and Ram pickup deliveries climbed 17 percent.

Jeep sales have now jumped 30 percent or more for seven straight months. May also marked the first month ever that Jeep’s U.S. volume has topped the 70,000 mark, Chrysler said.

Sales rose 18 percent at the Fiat brand and 3 percent at Dodge, while volume slid 22 percent at the Chrysler brand.

Overall, Chrysler Group’s light-truck sales rose 38 percent while car deliveries dropped 27 percent.

“Our dealers reported brisk May sales over five weekends and the Memorial Day holiday,” Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales operations for Chrysler Group, said in a statement.

Hyundai Motor America set an all-time monthly sales record in May of 70,907 units, up 4 percent over May 2013. The company cited gains of 20 percent or more in sales of the Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus.

Kia Motors America set a monthly sales record of 60,087 units, a 15 percent increase over May 2013. Last month also marked the first time Kia has generated more than 60,000 monthly U.S. sales.

May sales rose 17 percent to 5,840 at Jaguar Land Rover North America. Land Rover sales reached an all-time May high of 4,536 units, up 28 percent, while Jaguar deliveries slipped 9 percent.

VW slump

Volkswagen Group said sales at the VW brand slumped 15 percent, stretching its skid to 14 months.

Audi, aided by the redesigned A3, said deliveries rose 26 percent to 16,601 vehicles, which is the brand’s second-best month ever and its 41st consecutive month of record sales.

The U.S. launch last month of the Macan crossover helped Porsche set an all-time monthly sales record of 4,609.

Sales at Mitsubishi Motors Corp., driven by the Outlander Sport and revamped Mirage, rose 54 percent. It was the third consecutive month the company’s deliveries surged by 47 percent or more.

“We are enthused that new-car shoppers are taking notice of our brand, and we are not going to let up in June,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president for Mitsubishi Motors North America.

U.S. light-vehicle sales for the month were projected to rise 6.5 percent to 1.54 million, based on a survey of analysts by Bloomberg. But that estimate proved too conservative.

Behind the new Cherokee, May marked the third straight month in which the Jeep brand set an all-time monthly sales record and the first time that monthly Jeep deliveries topped 70,000 units in the United States.

Photo credit: KATHLEEN BURKE

5 weekends of sales

May deliveries were aided by five weekends of sales and generous Memorial Day deals that were extended through Monday, June 2, the cutoff point for last month’s sales count.

TrueCar estimated the average incentive per new unit sold last month rose 1 percent to $ 2,677 from May 2013, and jumped 3.5 percent from April. Hyundai-Kia, Honda and Volkswagen Group posted the biggest gains in deals over May 2013, while incentives dropped at Chrysler and Nissan, TrueCar said.

Mazda was another automaker that reaped dividends from strong holiday shopping: sales rose 23 percent to 29,731 vehicles.

“Despite the economy being anyone’s guess these days, with GDP down and durable goods orders off, we see consumer confidence looking strong and shoppers turning into buyers, and the proof of this is the results we saw across the industry,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales for Mazda North America. “Memorial Day was huge for us, and we feared a slowdown toward the end of the month that never happened.”

Michael Foote, a general manager at Lia Auto Group in Albany, N.Y., said sales and traffic were “very heavy” last month.

The group sells Toyota, Scion, Kia, Honda, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram.

“We use database mining through a software program to contact customers to put them into a new or newer car for close to the same monthly payment. It’s worked well for us, has helped our sales immensely,” Foote said. “Honda had a fantastic program on their core products [the Accord, CRV and Civic], strong lease programs and finance programs.

“Business is fabulous,” Foote added. “We had a long winter, so it’s well deserved.”

GM, Ford top forecasts

Sales at GM had been forecast to rise 6.4 percent by analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, despite a raft of recalls this year, including 2.59 million small cars for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.

Analysts said U. S. buyers see the spate of flaws as a legacy of the company’s past rather than a defining condition of GM today.

“Shopper consideration for every GM brand has remained consistent through the recall headlines,” Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell said. “Many people may not realize that GM is the parent company of these brands, but others may be overlooking the trouble with older models and simply seeking shiny new sheet metal that serves their needs.”

Ford, facing a comparison to a strong May last year, managed its 3 percent increase against an analyst forecast of a slight decline.

U.S. auto sales topped 16 million a year from 1999 to 2007 — peaking at 17.4 million in 2000 — and remain on track to reach that level again in 2014, analysts say.

At Machens Chrysler Doge Jeep Ram in Columbia, Mo., Sales Manager Mark Winstead said the dealership spent a lot of money on advertising in May and was counting on robust sales to offset that spending.

“Jeep is always a hot product; people want SUVs,” Winstead said late last week ahead of today’s sales report, adding Ram pickups with a diesel engine were also popular sellers last month.

Kathleen Burke, Nora Naughton and Bloomberg contributed to this report.

You can reach David Phillips at dphillips@crain.com.

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