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Both Kia and Hyundai kept their March 2009 sales nearly even with their sales in March of 2008. As the March 2009 auto sales reports roll in, it's clear that the South Koreans have a good thing going with their product reinventions, newly-found styling identities, and Hyundai's industry-first buyer protection program. Subaru, as well, led by its impressive 2009 Forester small car-based SUV, managed a negligable sales decline for for March '09 compared to that month one year ago.
2009 Subaru ForesterEnlarge Photo
The German brands Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, and Porsche brands held up the middle of the March sales decreases, while high-volume Honda, Toyota, Nissan/Infiniti, and Mitsubishi suffered the worst March losses when compared to their performance in March 2008.
Most companies enjoyed sales increases in March after a particularly dismal February, leading some analysts to believe that the worst of the auto sales disaster is behind us.
March sales numbers are below; percent declines are in comparison to March 2008 sales.