March 2013 Car Sales: Juiced By Low-Interest Loans? Page 2

April 2, 2013
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: As usual, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik gave an early look into March sales with a Tweet delivered late last night: "Record Elantra sales (+33%) & red-hot Santa Fe (+22%) fuel 2nd best month ever (68,306, -2%), all-time record 1Q sales. ^jfk"

Kia: Kia sales fell sharply in March from 57,505 to 49,125 units. All model lines were down, Forte and Soul most sharply, while the discontinued Sedona minivan accounted for a fair share of the volume.

Volkswagen: VW sales in March rang in at 37,704 units, up 3.1 percent on the month, accumulating to VW's best year-to-date sales since 1973. While the Golf hatchbacks fell by double digits, and the Jetta and Passat sedans were down, the Beetle hatchback climbed more than 32 percent. On the deep end of the extinction pool, VW sold 39 Routan minivans in March.

Subaru: Subaru reports 36,701 sales in March, its best month ever, up 13% over March 2012. On the year, its 92,527 sales are up 15 percent from the same period in 2012.

Mazda sales fell in March 2013 by 1.1 percent to 32,028 vehicles. Year-to-date, Mazda's numbers are down 4.6 percent, at 78,283 units sold so far in 2013.

: BMW says it sold 11.2 percent more vehicles in March 2013 than in the year-ago period, between its MINI and BMW brands. BMW sales were up 13.1 percent to 27,078 units, while MINI was up 3.5 percent to 6,071 vehicles. Combined, some 33,149 vehicles were sold by the brands in March.

Mercedes-Benz: MBUSA says it sold 24,646 Mercedes-Benz-brand vehicles in March (up 6.5 percent) and a total of 27,104 vehicles including Smart and Sprinter, for an overall sales increase of 6.3 percent. On the year, the company has sold 75,214 vehicles, up 12.4 percent.


: Audi checks in with a 14-percent increase in sales, with 13,253 vehicles sold in March 2013.

Jaguar / Land Rover: Jaguar Land Rover North America has posted its best March since 2006, with sales up 4 percent overall, Jaguar up 7 percent to 1,408 units, and Land Rover up 3 percent to 4,314 units. The Jaguar XF grew its sales by 30 percent, while the Range Rover Evoque watched sales rise by 47 percent. The combined tally: 5,722 vehicles in March.

Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi says its sales were off 26 percent on the month, to 5,286 units.

Porsche: Porsche has posted record sales of 3,487 vehicles in March, up 41 percent over the 2,460 vehicles it sold in the U.S in March 2012.

Volvo: The Swedish automaker says it sold 5,365 vehicles in the U.S. in March, a 19.8-percent drop from March 2012.

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