2012 Subaru Impreza
Hyundai: Hyundai reported its best May sales ever and its second-best sales month in U.S. history. It sold 67,019 vehicles, a gain of 13 percent over May 2011. Its Sonata and Elantra sedans have cooled slightly on the charts, though: the Sonata sold 20,765 units, down from 22,754 units last May, while Hyundai sold 18,877 Elantras last month, down from 20,006 in May 2011.Kia: Kia had its best-every May and a 7.4-percent year-over-year increase with sales of 51,771 vehicles last month. The brand is up 18.7 percent on the year.
Volkswagen: Volkswagen sold 38,657 vehicles in the U.S. in May, up 28.4 percent over May 2011. It's gained 35.7 percent in 2012 versus 2011 to date, and while Jetta sales have plateaued at almost 75,000 units so far this year, the Passat has sold almost 45,000 copies thus far in calendar-year 2012, accounting for some of the migration upward in price and size.
Subaru: Subaru's record sales of 29,724 vehicles marked a 48-percent gain over May 2011. On the year, the Japanese automaker's sales are up 22 percent; on the month, the Impreza recorded an impressive 236-percent rise.
Mazda: Mazda sold 20,357 new vehicles in May, an increase of 13.9 percent. On the year, its sales are up 20.2 percent.
Mercedes-Benz: With more than 100,000 vehicles sold thus far in 2012, Mercedes is up nearly 23 percent on the year. In May, the German automaker's sales rose 19.2 percent, with sales of 22,515 units, excluding sales of the Sprinter van.
BMW / MINI: BMW's U.S. brands (not including Rolls-Royce) sold 28,321 vehicles in May, an increase of 7.1 percent year over year. The BMW brand accounted for 22,168 units of the total, up 7.3 percent, with strong sales of the X5 and 1-Series. MINI moved 6,153 units, up 6.1 percent despite slumping sales of the quintessential Cooper hatchback.
Audi: Audi set another May record with sales of 11,503 units, up 10 percent over the same period in 2011.
Volvo: Volvo sales were off 15.1 percent, to 6,246 units. On the year, the Swedish automaker's numbers have fallen 5.8 percent.
Mitsubishi: Sales at the Japanese automaker totaled 5,575 units, down 26 percent over May 2011's numbers.
Jaguar/Land Rover: Jaguar Land Rover says its Land Rover sales were up 19 percent in May, to 3,438 vehicles. The Jaguar brand fell to 1,075 units, off 15 percent. Combined, the brands were up 8 percent to 4,513 vehicles sold; on the year, the duo's sales have risen 19 percent.
Porsche: Porsche sales rose by 1 percent to 2,852 units. Its tally of 13,448 vehicles in 2012 thus far represents a 3-percent increase over 2011.Suzuki: Suzuki sold 2,360 vehicles in May, up 3 percent.