Mainstream C-segment and D-segment car rankings (I'll let somebody else do the other segments...):
Impreza 6,071 (incl. WRX)
Cruze had its second blockbuster month in a row. Malibu not so much...I'll give it through the end of the calendar year before I'm ready to use the "F" word. The Fusion is in the middle of the 2012/13 changeover, so this month's number probably means nothing for the long term.
The Dart is still struggling...I'll give Chrysler some slack there, because they were starting from zero, rather than replacing an existing, successful model. Part of the problem may also be that the Avenger is a screaming deal right now. People may be going in to look at a Dart, seeing that the Avenger is actually cheaper, and buying that instead.
Currently they show about 33K Malibus in stock nationally (mostly '13s, some '12s left). So, there's plenty of supply. By contrast, there are about 11K Fusions in stock, which means that it's more plausible to argue that the Fusion's number was caused by lack of inventory.
But, I'll give GM a few more months to get their act together. I don't think the Malibu is a fundamentally bad vehicle...it may not be best-in-class, but it should be sellable.
I really like the 200. If I trusted Chrysler powertrains, I'd kind of want one. Where else can you get a midsize sedan that looks almost like a luxury car, for like $19K?
I'll be interested to see what they do with the replacements for these models. I imagine they're going to do a substantial price hike to get in line with the rest of the segment. If they do that, the cars are going to have to be really good.
That works out to 1.28 Suzukis sold per US state, per day in September.Originally Posted by PR Newswire
It wasn't really a bad car-reliable, cheap, decent mileage-it was more of an unremarkable, boring and utterly forgettable appliance. A decent appliance, but an appliance.
My wife drives an 05 Malibu, more of the same, and fine for her since she views cars as yep, appliances. If her dad hadn't been a lifelong GM employee, she'd probably drive a Camry.
Also, several of their models are niche products that don't make much of a dent in overall sales (Eos, Touareg, Routan).
I agree, however, that there will be less of an increase during the months when the MkVI Golf will no longer be available (and the MkVII is not yet here).
Aung San Suu Kyi
Audi sets all-time U.S. September sales record with 26.5% increase
Audi reports 21st consecutive month of record sales; premium category vehicles (A8, A7, A6, and Q7) represent 35.7% of September demand
Audi today reported its 21st consecutive month of record performance with sales of 12,302 new vehicles representing a 26.5% increase above the old mark set in September 2011.
Total Audi sales year-to-date increased 18.5% from last year, with September setting the record for the period January through September, with 100,694 vehicles sold. Audi already has exceeded 100,000 U.S. sales for the third time ever, and September 2012 stands as the third-best month of U.S. sales in Audi of America history.
Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (the Audi A8, Audi A7, Audi A6, and Audi Q7) showed no signs of slowing down, with a 35.7% share of total September sales. Audi momentum benefitted strongly from robust demand for the technologically advanced Audi A6, generating a 83.7% sales increase for the month and a 107.5% increase year to date. Audi’s flagship vehicle, the Audi A8 sedan, is up 34.1% and the Audi Q7 luxury SUV also performed favorably with an astounding 94.6% increase for the month.
Sales of the updated Audi A4 combined with the new Audi allroad jumped 12.8% in September from a year earlier, while the product improvement for the Audi A5 helped boost its sales 25.6% for the month and 10.9% year-to-date. Furthering the U.S. position as a top market globally for Audi S model performance cars, sales of the Audi performance models accounted for 10.4% of the September’s sales mix.
“Our newly expanded lineup of S-model performance cars is delivering strong immediate results,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “This fact, along with increasing demand for our refreshed core models, bodes well for record sales results by year-end and more gains into 2013.”
• September 2012 ranks as the best September in Audi of America history.
• Sales mix for Audi S models finished the month at 15.3% for the S4 and 35.5% for the S5/ RS 5.
• Audi A3 sales up 76.8% compared to September 2011; YTD sales grew 14.5% compared to previous period.
• Audi A4 sales up 12.8% compared to September 2011; YTD sales grew 10.9% compared to previous period.
• Audi A5 sales up 25.6% compared to September 2011; YTD sales grew 10.9% compared to previous period.
• Sales of Audi A6 increased 83.7% compared to September 2011; YTD sales up 107.5% compared to previous period.
• Sales of the Audi A8 increased 34.1% compared to September 2011.
• Sales of Audi Q7 increased 94.6% compared to September 2011; YTD sales up 8.5% compared to previous period.
• Sales mix for Audi TDI clean diesel models finish the month at 55.2% for the A3 TDI and 32.4% for Q7 TDI; sales of the Audi A3 TDI increased a solid 90.2% for the month.
• For the record-setting month of September 2012, four Audi models recorded year-over-year sales increases of 20% or more, including the Audi A3, Audi A5, Audi A6, Audi A8, and Audi Q7 models.
• Audi Certified pre-owned sales of 2,799 vehicles marked a strong finish despite the reduced inventory of available models for the program.
Last edited by acuraudi; 10-03-2012 at 09:43 AM.
Apostrophes are important.
Originally Posted by mm3
BMW brand up 4.9 percent year-to-date, MINI brand up 16.6 percent year-to-date, best September ever,
By BMW of North America, LLC
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., OCT. 2, 2012 — WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported September sales of 26,660 vehicles, an increase of 3.5 percent from the 25,749 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 7.1 percent on sales of 234,928 in the first nine months of 2012 compared to 219,314 in the same period in 2011.
"The economic indicators and consumer confidence are showing improvement and the traffic in our showrooms is further encouraging our optimism for the fourth quarter of the year as the BMW new model ramp-up continues," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC. "The X1 in its first full month is largely sold out and MINI set another sales record; both are strong indicators of what's to come."
BMW Brand Sales Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.1 percent in September for a total of 21,761 compared to 21,750 vehicles sold in September, 2011. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 4.9 percent on sales of 186,397 compared to 177,679 sold in the first nine months of 2011.
In September, the X1 SAV in it full sales month, sold 1,570 units. Other best performing vehicles for the month include the 6 Series, up 80.2 percent to 609 units; and the X3 SAV, up 63.7 percent to 3,034 units.
BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In September, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 3.8 percent to 13,624 vehicles from the 13,129 vehicles sold in September 2011. January through September, BMW used vehicle sales are up 2.6 percent on volume of 122,575 compared to 119,424 in the same period of 2011.
MINI Brand Sales MINI USA reported the best September ever with sales of 4,899 automobiles, an increase of 22.5 percent from the 3,999 sold in September, 2011. Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 16.6 percent on volume of 48,531 compared to 41,635 in the first nine months of 2011.
Table 1: Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, September 2012
Sept '12 Sept '11 % YTD Sept '12 YTD Sept '11 %
1 Series 515 674 -23.6% 5,535 6,572 -15.8%
3 Series 7,731 9,289 -16.8% 68,352 70,566 -3.1%
Z4 187 140 33.6% 1,952 2,932 -33.4%
5 Series 3,189 4,097 -22.2% 38,328 37,996 0.9%
6 Series 609 338 80.2% 5,482 2,217 147.3%
7 Series 464 869 -46.6% 8,103 7,750 4.6%
X1 1,570 N/A N/A 2,146 N/A N/A
BMW passenger cars 14,265 15,407 -7.4% 129,898 128,033 1.5%
X3 3,034 1,853 63.7% 22,591 19,167 17.9%
X5 3,850 3,878 -0.7% 29,682 26,047 14.0%
X6 612 612 0.0% 4,226 4,432 -4.6%
BMW light trucks 7,496 6,343 18.2% 56,499 49,646 13.8%
BMW brand 21,761 21,750 0.1% 186,397 177,679 4.9%
Cooper /S Hardtop 1,796 1,884 -4.7% 21,343 20,845 2.4%
Cooper /S Convertible 306 447 -31.5% 3,792 3,995 -5.1%
Cooper /S Clubman 417 461 -9.5% 4,249 5,517 -23.0%
Coupe 184 N/A N/A 2,206 N/A N/A
Roadster 194 N/A N/A 1,596 N/A N/A
Countryman 2,002 1,207 65.9% 15,345 11,278 36.1%
MINI brand 4,899 3,999 22.5% 48,531 41,635 16.6%
TOTAL BMW of North America, LLC 26,660 25,749 3.5% 234,928 219,314 7.1%
BMW Motorrad Sales BMW Motorrad USA reported sales of 790 motorcycles in September, an increase of 6.0 percent from the total of 745 motorcycles sold in September 2011. Year-to-date, BMW Motorrad is up 14.7 percent on sales of 9,497 compared to 8,280 sold in the first nine months of 2011. In September, the best performing models included the F 800 GS, up 102.2 per cent to 89 units; and the S 1000 R, up 23.1 per cent to 128 units.
Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, September 2012
September 2012 September 2011 % YTD
YTD 2011 %
BMW Motorcycles 790 745 6.0 9,497 8,280 14.7
BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 115 MINI passenger car dealers, and 32 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com
Journalist note: Information about BMW Group and its products in the USA is available to journalists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com .
SOURCE BMW of North America, LLC
Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/10/...#storylink=cpy
Last edited by acuraudi; 10-03-2012 at 09:44 AM.
Apostrophes are important.
Originally Posted by mm3
On the flip side, if anyone here is looking for a well-equipped Dart with a stick, now is the time to buy.
Originally Posted by alleghenyman
If we are talking about quality large cars from GM of that era, I'd put the mid to late 1990s Bonneville SE up against the Maxima any day. The supercharged Bonnie was very well-received by the press and public alike.
1 Series 515
3 Series 7731
5 Series 3189
7 Series 464
Range Rover Sport 1514
G wagen 83
6 Series 609... no separation of the two-door and the GT
SLS AMG 37
There's definitely stuff I don't have/couldn't find.
Last edited by S4cabriofox; 10-03-2012 at 06:19 PM.
Suzuki really needs a willing ally (i.e. not VW). They can't go it alone. The Kizashi was quite simply a better engine and expanded dealer network away from greatness.
Last edited by BLK9GEN; 10-04-2012 at 11:09 AM.
One of the most worrisome piece of information has to be this:
Taking this into account, even the 100 or so "better" dealers are only averaging 11-12 cars a monthHe says about 150 of Suzuki's remaining 246 dealers still sell five or fewer new cars per month, despite recent efforts to weed out poorly performing dealers.
Probably why most Suzuki dealers I see (the ones that still exist, anyway) have used cars on their front line, and the new vehicles stuffed in the back somewhere.