January Auto Sales Portend A Glum '09

February 3, 2009

Well, folks, here are the numbers to show you just how bad U.S. auto sales are tanking. From a sobering 55 percent decrease at Chrysler LLC to a surprising eight percent increase at Subaru, we've listed below all the companies who have reported January sales from worst to best. All sales were in the U.S. and for the month of January 2009; percentage decreases are in comparison to January of 2008.

  • Chrysler: 62,157 units, down 55 percent.
  • General Motors: 129,227 units, down 49 percent.
  • Mercedes-Benz: 10,433 units, down 42.9 percent.
  • Ford: 90,596 units, down 39 percent.
  • Mitsubishi: 4,730 units, down 34.5 percent.
  • Toyota (plus Lexus): 117,287 units, down 34.4 percent.
  • Honda (plus Acura): 71,031 units, down 30.7 percent.
  • Nissan (plus Infiniti): 53,884 units, down 29.7 percent.
  • Audi: 4,722 units, down 26.4 percent.
  • BMW (plus MINI): 14,314 units, down 15.5 percent.
  • Volkswagen: 12,744 units, down 11.6 percent.
  • Subaru: 12,194 units, up 8 percent.

Let's hope some good news from Team Obama spurs sales, increases access to credit, or at least replaces aging USPS mail trucks with, say, languishing PT Cruisers and Chevy HHRs. Let's also hope this is the worst; we don't relish peering any further into this automotive black hole.

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