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Hyundai: The Korean automaker filed an early notice via Twitter: "#Hyundai sales of 61,099 (+4%) despite tight inventory. US plant 3rd shift in Sept will help us better meet demand. ^jfk" While numbers for its Santa Fe crossover were skewed because of a changeover to a brand-new model, its Sonata sedan was off by about a thousand units, to 19,624 sales in August. On the year, Hyundai has sold 479,789 vehicles.

Kia:  Kia sales rose to 50,028 units in August, up 21.5 percent over a year ago. Its Optima sedan already has sold more than 100,000 units in 2012; both the Sorento crossover and Soul hatchback are on track to do the same for the full calendar year.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen says it sold 41,011 units in August, up 62.5 percent on last August, and up 37.6 percent on the year; it's the brand's best August since 1973. The Passat sold 10,090 units--about three times as many as the Fiat brand--while Jetta sales were up on the month.

Subaru: The Impreza continues to rack up sales at Subaru; it's up 150 percent over last year. For August, Subaru sold 28,293 vehicles, up 36 percent over the year prior.

Mercedes-Benz: The German automaker sold a total of 23,439 vehicles in August, split among its three brands. Mercedes-Benz accounted for the lion's share, with 20,557 vehicles sold, up 13.5 percent, while smart tallied 753 sales, up 86 percent. Sprinter vans were the remainder. For the year, MBUSA has sold 188,351 vehicles, up almost 18 percent.

BMW / MINI: BMW and MINI combined for sales of 22,553 vehicles in August, a 5.7-percent slip from the figures from August 2011. BMW sold 16,835 units, down 19.1 percent on the month, while MINI sold 5,718 vehicles, a record total that was reflected in an 83.9-percent sales increase.

Mazda:
Sales of the Japanese automaker's vehicles fell in August by 1.8 percent, to 22,234 vehicles. On the year, Mazda's sales of 185,349 vehicles are up 11.8 percent.

Audi: Audi says its sales of 11,527 vehicles in August were another new monthly record, and a 13-percent boost over the year-ago figures.

Volvo: Volvo sold 6,323 units in August, a rise of 21.2 percent, and its best August since 2007. On the year, Volvo is down 1 percent.

Jaguar / Land Rover: Jaguar Land Rover sales rose again in August, as the car side of the business showed a spark. Land Rover moved 3,727 units, up 33 percent while Jaguar sold 1,029 vehicles, up 27 percent--before its new all-wheel-drive vehicles are available. The combined brands watched sales rise 31 percent to 4,756 units; on the year, they're up 18 percent.

Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi says it sold 4,249 vehicles in the U.S. in August, down 46.8 percent compared to August 2011.

Porsche: Porsche says it sold 3,026 vehicles in August, up 39 percent from August 2011. 

Suzuki: Suzuki sold 1,968 units in August, down from 2,266 units in July and 2,409 units in August 2011.

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