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Volkswagen: Sales of the Passat helped push Volkswagen up to a 35.4 percent gain in December, versus the December 2011--to 44,005 units--and to 438,133 units for the year as a whole, up 35.1 percent from 2011. It was VW's best December since 1970.

Hyundai: Hyundai reported December sales at 59,435, up 17 percent from last December, while overall 2012 sales were up 9 percent to 703,007. Over the full

Kia: Kia sales were down 9.7 percent in December (at 39,178) compared to last December, although the brand had already reached its best-ever annual sales by the end of November. It finished 2012 up 14.9 percent, at 557,599 vehicles.

Subaru: December was the best sales month ever in Subaru's history, with December sales up nearly nine percent, to 36,653. The brand finished 2012 up 26 percent for the year over 2011, with a total of 336,441 vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz: The brand had its best December ever, up 12 percent from last December, to 31,372; and for 2012 it sold 305,072 vehicles, up 15.4 percent.

BMW / MINI:BMW-brand sales totaled 37,399 vehicles in December, up 39.4 percent from last December, and up 13.5 percent for 2012 as a whole, compared to 2011. And MINI posted its best December ever, as well as its best-ever sales year in the U.S.; the MINI brand was up 13 percent, to 6,456 in December. 

Mazda: Mazda sold 27,251 vehicles in December, up 21.9 percent from last year and its best December results since 1994. Mazda3 sales were at their best December ever (and at their best annual sales), while CX-5 sales continued to pick up pace.

Audi: Audi finished its 24th consecutive month of record sales, with December its best-ever month in the U.S. market. December Audi sales were at 14,841 vehicles, up 17.3 percent from last year, while 2012 full-year sales were up 18.5 percent to 139,310.

Volvo: With a 15.1 percent increase from last December, to 6,150 units, Volvo finished 2012 on an brighter note; the brand also sold 1.3 percent more vehicles in 2012 (a total of 68,117) in 2012 versus 2011.

Jaguar / Land Rover: Not yet released.

Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi sales in December totaled 4,113, down 18 percent from December of last year. The Outlander Sport, now built in Illinois, remains Mitsubishi's best-seller in the U.S. market. 

Porsche: Porsche sold 2,952 vehicles in December, which was 61 percent more than December 2011. And for 2012 as a whole, a 20-percent increase in Cayenne sales (versus 2011), pushed the brand to an especially strong full-year finish--up nearly 21 percent, to 35,043.

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