October Auto Sales: Battered By Sandy, But Still Strong Page 2

November 1, 2012
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General Motors: GM (NYSE: GM) boasted strong sales for passenger cars and crossovers in October, with sales totals of 195,764 vehicles in all, up five percent versus last October. On a brand basis, Buick and Cadillac were both up nearly 15 percent from last October's levels. Sales of small cars (mini, subcompact, and compact) were up 72 percent compared to a year ago, due to strong sales of the Spark, Sonic, and Cruze, while sales of the Cadillax SRX, GMC Acadia, and GMC Terrain were also strong. Truck sales slumped two percent compared to last October.

Ford: Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) sold 168,456 vehicles in October--virtually unchanged from last year--but the automaker pointed to small-car sales, which were at their strongest October level in eleven years and 54 percent above last October's level. Escape sales were at their highest since 2001, at 19,832, and the F-Series pickups at their highest October sales since 2004. Ford said that retail sales were up two percent compared to last year. And also of note is that Ford sold 25,493 C-Max Hybrids in the model's first full month on sale.

Toyota / Lexus / Scion: Toyota Motor Sales reported an increase of 15.8 percent over October 2011 levels, to 155,242 units for the month. Within that, Toyota-brand passenger-car sales were up 24.0 percent versus last year, while light-truck sales were up 8.3 percent and Lexus sales were up 9.7 percent. Toyota's car sales surge was led by Camry and Camry Hybrid, while the Corolla posted an especially strong month, at 20,949 units. Scion sales were up 49 percent, while combined sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids were up nearly 70 percent from last year.

Chrysler: Chrysler posted its best October sales in five years, with sales up ten percent versus last October  and sales increases across most of its brands (Chrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck, and Fiat). Fiat was up by the highest percentage--89 percent--versus last year, while the Dodge brand was up 20 percent from last October, to its strongest October showing since 2007. Sales of the Dodge Avenger and Journey sett sales records for the month. Ram truck sales were also up 20 percent, while Chrysler sales were up five percent. Jeep was the only brand down (five percent, versus last October), although Chrysler noted that both the Patriot and Wrangler were above last year's levels.

Honda / Acura: American Honda U.S. sales totaled 106,973 units, which is up 8.8 percent from October 2011. The Honda brand gained 8.7 percent from last October, to 94,810 units, while Acura jumped 9.4 percent, to 12,163. On the Honda side, Civic sales were up 27 percent, while on the Acura side the RDX was up 62 percent versus last October. Insight and CR-Z were among just a few models down in sales compared to last year.

Nissan / Infiniti: Nissan North America ended the month down 3.2 percent compared to October of 2011, at 79,685 units for the past month. That includes Infiniti sales, which were up 27.6 percent, buoyed by luxury crossover and SUV models like the new JX. Nissan-brand sales were down 6.0 percent from last October, to 75,484 units.

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