October Auto Sales: Battered By Sandy, But Still Strong Page 3

November 1, 2012
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Hyundai: Hyundai sold 50,271 vehicles in October, which was up four percent from the same period last year, leaving year-to-date sales for the first ten months of the year up 8.2 percent. Sales of the Elantra were up 12 percent versus last year, while the new Santa Fe gained 16 percent from last October. Hyundai also boasted that its fleet mix often percent is one of the lowest in the industry.

Kia: Kia posted its best-ever October sales, with 42,452 vehicles sold--a 12.6-percent increase from October 2011. Kia's year-to-date sales levels for the first ten months of 2012 are 17.8 percent higher than in 2011. .

Volkswagen: Volkswagen had its best October ever for Passat and Tiguan, and year-to-date sales stand at their best since 1973 (up 35.6 percent just compared to last year). It was the brand's best October since 1972, with 34,311 units sold, which is a 22.4-percent increase over October 2011. Clean-diesel TDI models accounted for 24 percent of VW's October U.S. sales.

Subaru: Not yet available at the time of posting.

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz sales were up 5.9 percent, to 23,978, in October, compared to last October, with Smart sales up sharply and calendar-year-to-date sales up 11.9 percent.

BMW / MINI: BMW Group sales, which include both BMW and MINI, were up 18.5 percent in October versus the same month last year, to 32,339 vehicles. BMW-brand vehicles were up 20.9 percent, to 26,451 compared to last October, while MINI-brand sales were at 5,888--up 8.7 percent versus October 2011. Year-to-date sales are up for both brands and stand 8.4 percent higher than at this point in 2011. 


Mazda reported an increase of 1.6 percent versus last October, for 18,622 vehicles sold for the month. Year-to-date sales stand at 8.8 percent higher than last year's levels, and it achieved its best October ever for both the Mazda2 and Mazda3 small cars.

Audi: It was a record-setting month for Audi, which reported an all-time sales high for October, up 14.5 percent from last year, to 11,708 vehicles. October marked the 22nd consecutive month of record performance in the U.S. market, and five different models in the lineup had year-over-year sales increases of 20 percent or more.

Volvo: At 4,200 units sold in October, Volvo Cars of North America reported a 14.3-percent decrease from October 2011, with year-to-date sales down 2.2 percent for the first ten months of 2011.

Jaguar / Land Rover: Jaguar reported sales down 20 percent compared to last October, at 3,828 for the month, combining Land Rover and Jaguar. Land Rover sales were down 19 percent, to 3,129, while Jaguar sales were down 23 percent, to 699. Despite that, Land Rover sales are up 18 percent on a year-to-date basis, and Jaguar awaits the arrival of significantly refreshed XF and XJ models.

Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi reported its second highest month ever for the Outlander Sport crossover, which is now being assembled in the U.S.  Otherwise, Mitsubishi's total U.S. sales were down 9.1 percent from October 2011, to 3,981.

Porsche: Not yet available at the time of posting. 

Suzuki: Not yet available at the time of posting.


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