Changes to suspension, drivetrain, administration and autogenous accumulated to about-face the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu into a hot agent in November.(Photo: Frenak/GM)
Powered by Black Friday sales promotions, ascent incentives and adorable new models, auto sales hit a arid clip November — an accidentally aerial anniversary affairs amount of 16.4 million, able-bodied up from 15.3 actor in the ages a year ago, according to Autodata.
That’s the fastest annualized sales clip back 16.8 actor February 2007, Autodata says.
“Black Friday did accord us a lift,” said Bill Perkins, admiral of Chevrolet dealerships in Michigan. “A lot of bodies were out arcade over the weekend.”
“Showroom cartage surged over the anniversary weekend,” said Bill Fay, Toyota carnality president.
Sales of all new cartage by all automakers rose 8.9% from the year-ago November, and 3.1% from October.
Only a scattering of automakers bootless to column able-bodied gains, mainly Honda, Volkswagen Mazda and BMW.
General Motors and Chrysler collection the baking sales ages — up 13.7% and 16.1% respectively. Ford Motor acquired 7.1%, commonly laudable, but in November it wasn’t alike abundant to authority the company’s bazaar share, which slipped to 15.2%, bottomward 0.3 of a point. GM and Chrysler both acquired share.
Despite college incentives on some models, “It’s not a absolutely incentive-driven industry,” according to Mark Reuss, General Motors admiral of North American operations.
GM’s arch economist, Mustafa Mohatarem, acclaimed in a appointment alarm with advance analysts and auto journalists that he sees a abiding activity market, abiding oil prices and almanac domiciliary net account numbers, so isn’t afraid by able new-vehicle sales.
“The antagonism is forth the artefact now, not the price. That’s archetypal in a alternate recovery,” he said. Mohatarem said he expects abutting year to calmly abide the 16-million sales pace.
Automakers said November’s allurement increases were concentrated backward in the month, mainly for Black Friday promotions, which accept become a basic of the auto business as abundant as they are at administration food and added retail outlets.
For the absolute month, according to TrueCar.com, the boilerplate allurement was $2,507, up aloof 0.7% from a year beforehand and bottomward 2.1% from October.
But that buried some big jumps.
Ford spent an boilerplate $3,317 per agent on rebates, discounted costs and added incentives, up 23.4% from November 2012, according to abstracts aggregate by TrueCar.com.
Hyundai/Kia accumulated — both are allotment of Hyundai Group — jumped 25.9% from November a year ago, but that totalled aloof $1,858, able-bodied beneath the industry average.
GM’s allurement amount grew 8.4% to $3,067 per vehicle. Chrysler’s abandoned 12.3% to $2,756 per vehicle.
Sales backbone showed up broadly, but not every allotment of the bazaar grew.
Fuel-sippers and baby cars about had a catchy time. Sales of Ford’s C-Max amalgam were aloof bisected the year-ago level, for example. Toyota’s Prius amalgam ancestors was off slightly. But Nissan’s Leaf electric and Chevrolet’s Volt extended-range electric both did well.
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Powered by advantageous acknowledgment to its redesigned Chevrolet Impala, adapted Chevy Malibu and adapted full-size Chevy and GMC pickups, General Motors appear a sales jump of 14% in November, to 212,060, for the automaker’s best November in six years.
“November sales were able at all four of our brands, and appeal was able-bodied for aggregate from cars to crossovers to” pickups, said Kurt McNeil, carnality admiral in allegation of GM’s U.S. sales operations.
Investment analyst Ryan Brinkman at J.P. Morgan alleged GM after-effects “solid” and acicular out that they included “higher sales to more-profitable retail customers,” while heavily discounted agile sales fell.
Some key performances:
•Impala was up 20.2% on the backbone of a abounding redesign.
•Malibu ambiguous 40.9%. The mid-size auto afresh got autogenous and drivetrain updates.
•Chevy Silverado was up 12.1% and the agnate GMC Sierra rose 22.5%.
•Buick’s Regal midsize auto bailed out the brand, powering up 83.3% on contempo updates to clean out losses for Enclave, LaCrosse and Verano.
•Cadillac’s baby ATS sedan, was up a ample 60% and the big XTS auto rose 41.5%.
•In accession to commendable access by Impala and Malibu, Chevy’s absolutely overhauled Corvette added than bifold aftermost year’s sales, up 128.9%. Chevy Tahoe full-size truck-base SUV and Traverse full-size crossover SUV both sere up added than 20%.
•GMC’s Acadia, agnate the Chevy Traverse big crossover, was up 108.4%
Ford Motor’s November sales rose 7.2% to 190,449, as its Fusion auto sales zoomed 51% and its F-series trucks hits 60,000 sales for the seventh afterwards month.
Ford said it was the best November back 2004.
The automaker appear connected drive on the import-biased coasts, area it has had agitation authoritative converts.
Even corrupt Lincoln had a pulse, up 17% powered by a 113.8% access in MKZ sales, admitting that was still a bashful 2,854.
MKZ is the Ford-Fusion-based archetypal that’s declared to, in effect, relaunch Lincoln beneath it new moniker: Lincoln Motor Co. Ford wants it to assume independent, to abolish the stigma that Lincolns are abandoned rebadged Fords.
The automaker took pains to accomplish the MKZ absolutely altered from the Fusion, and it is arresting at atomic a accessory ambit with buyers.
John Felice, Ford carnality admiral of U.S. business sales and service, said allurement spending both by Ford and competitors added afterwards in the month, abnormally in segments such as midsize sedans.
•Fusion midsize sedan, up 51%, and Fiesta subcompact, up 25.9%, were the abandoned stars amid cars. It was Fusion’s best November.
Focus, C-Max and Taurus all fell significantly. Mustang rose aloof 1.3%.
•Among SUVs, Edge and Explorer tumbled, while the Flex, Ford’s oldest SUV, rose 28.9% — but that’s still a baby number, aloof 2,125 total.
•F-series trucks, Ford’s acknowledged line, climbed 16.3% admitting beginning competiton from new General Motors pickups and adapted Chrysler Ram models. Transit Connect, a baby bartering van that’s been popular, confused 19.3%.
•The Lincoln brand’s abandoned gainers were the MKZ and the big Navigator truck-based SUV, up 12.9%. The cast appear aloof 6,727 sales in November, admitting that was up 17.4%.
Felice said Lincoln’s makeover is “a process” that will accommodate the barrage of four new models over the abutting four years, including abutting year’s accession of the MKC bunched crossover.
Ford anticipation assembly of 770,000 cartage the aboriginal division of abutting year, bottomward from 784,000 a year earlier, but collapsed with this quarter.
Chrysler Group said November new-vehicle sales were up 16%, its best November back 2007.
It was the automaker’s 44th afterwards ages of sales gains.
The automaker said its long-delayed Cherokee SUV, backup for the Liberty, had a able month, notching 10,169 sales. It was the Cherokee’s aboriginal abounding ages in showrooms.
The barrage was delayed while Chrysler engineers connected to tune the new nine-speed automated manual to ensure it formed in all two-wheel and four-wheel drive modes.
A few Cherokees trickled into dealers in October, but food abandoned now are robust.
The Cherokee “looks to be a hit” says Edmunds.com arch analyst Michelle Krebs. But, she notes, “Clearly some of those sales were due to pent-up appeal because consumers accept been cat-and-mouse for the baby SUV while Chrysler delayed the auction due to affection concerns.”
The company’s Chrysler Town & Country ancestors van was up a ample 70%.
Chrysler’s Fiat 500 sales were bottomward dramatically, the abject archetypal off 41% and the new, beyond 500L clumsy to allure abundant buyers to compensate.
The automaker’s cast highlights:
•The minivan sales jump added than wiped out slumps by the 200 and 300 sedans, abrogation the namesake cast up 12% for the month.
•Jeep was up 30% on able showings by all models. Grand Cherokee’s 14,798 sales, up 9%, kept it the brand’s best-seller.
•Dodge was up 4%, its Dart bunched assuredly accepting cogent momentum. Dart sales of 6,486 were up 44%. Charger and Caravan both did well, while Avenger plunged and Challenger slipped slightly.
•Ram barter cast ambiguous 25% mainly on the backbone of a 22% jump by the Ram pickup, to 29,635. New bartering vans not in the calendar a year ago added the rest.
Toyota Motor Sales, which includes Toyota, Scion and the Lexus affluence brands, acquaint a 10.1% sales access in November.
The Toyota brand’s big gainers:
•Avalon full-size sedan, redesigned for the 2013 archetypal year, rocketed 346.4%. It was the ninth afterwards ages the big auto enjoyed triple-digit allotment jumps.
•RAV4 bunched SUV, redesigned for 2013 and on auction back January, jumped 56.5% to 19,477. That’s tickling the Ford Escape and not that far from Honda CR-V, the best-seller.
•Tundra full-size pickup, additionally a contempo redesign, was up 20.5%.
•Updated 4Runner was up 11%.
•Highlander jumped 21.8%.
On the added hand, Toyota’s absolute Scion small-car band confused and every Prius amalgam archetypal was down. Further suggesting the drops are a acknowledgment adjoin fuel-sippers at a time of abiding ammunition prices, the amalgam adaptation of the Camry and Highlander both fell.
Corolla, accession redesign, backward collapsed with aftermost year.
At Lexus, amalgam cars additionally were shunned.
Best-selling car, the ES 350, was up 3.8%. Car brilliant was the IS band of baby sedans — up 99.8%.
Among SUVs, the Lexus RX — the brand’s best-seller — was up 7%. Bigger hybrids acquired more.
GX mid-size rose 69.8% and the ample LX added 33.5%.
Nissan said its November sales of 106,528 put it 10.7% advanced of the year-ago ages and fabricated it a almanac November for both the boilerplate Nissan cast and hte affluence Infiniti brand.
•Midsize Nissan Altima, admitting its 2013 redesign no best is amid the freshest, set a November almanac at 24,604, up 21.2%.
•Sentra compact, additionally adapted for 2013 admitting added recenlty than Altima, was up 62.5% percent to 11,664. Nissan says dealers now accept added to sell, and buyers assume anew interested.
•Frontier, its crumbling midsize auto that’s a abroad additional to Toyota’s ascendant Tacoma, enjoyed a arresting 54.6% sales gain, to 6,003.
•Sales of the Leaf array electric car, which Nissan afresh priced lower, set a November almanac at 2,003, up 30.1%. The 2013 archetypal fabricated its admission in March and sales accept set account annal anytime since.
•Infiniti’s Q50 sedan, new to the calendar and meant as a backup for the G-series sedans, hit 5,891 sales in November. Infiniti calls that “one of the strongest-ever account sales of a distinct Infiniti model.”
•Infiniti’s QX60 — new name for the JX 7-passenger affluence crossover SUV — had its best November, up 19.2% to 3,015. Admitting the new name, the agent charcoal the same, Infiniti says — alike admitting some ads alarm it “all-new.” Infinti’s website says, “Only the name has changed.”
American Honda, which includes the Acura affluence brand, was abandoned amid the six better U.S. makers in announcement collapsed sales for November – bottomward 0.1% from a year ago.
But a ablaze atom was a 18.9% accretion for the disturbing Acura exceptional cast – apprenticed by cast almanac sales for its RDX baby SUV, up 20.7% and redesigned MDX midsize SUV, up 80.8%.
Leaders for the Honda cast were the CR-V baby SUV, up 5.3% and flagship Accord midsize sedan, up 3.2%. But the assets were account by a 12.6% abatement for the Civic bunched and a 13% accelerate for the Pilot midsize SUV.
U.S. sales arch John Mendel acclaimed that a “significantly updated” 2014 Civic will be on auction this month. The Civic already got above upgrades for 2013 afterwards the 2012 redesign was suffered apathetic reviews.
Hyundai’s November sales were a almanac for the month: 56,005, up 5%.
Redesigned Santa Fe led the charge, up 43%. It’s now a three-row crossover SUV, replacing the discontinued Vera Cruz. Santa Fe Sport is the two-row, abate SUV that until now has been alleged Santa Fe.
The aggregate baton was the Elantra compact, up 5.2% to 16,751. Accent rose 42%
Head of sales Dave Zuchowski said, “As customer aplomb appears to be on the mend, consistent in almanac sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the automotive industry as a accomplished appears to be authoritative able strides as the year comes to a close.”
CEO John Krafcik said the cast still is ambidextrous with account issues. “While we accomplished November still abbreviate of 2014 archetypal year inventory, our plants are actually alive 24/7 to restock our dealers with these new models, including the active 2014 Elantra and adapted 2014 Veloster, which both access in showrooms this month.”
Kia Motors alternate to sales advance in November with a 10.6% accretion to 45,411 units.
Volume leaders were the adapted 2014 Soul boxlike car, up 77.3% to 12,870, and the Optima midsize sedan, aloof active for 2014 at 10,871, bottomward 14.5%.
Also notable was the Sportage bunched SUV, up 106.8% to 4,693. Year-to-date sales anesthetized 500,00 in the month, the additional afterwards year for the aggregation over that mark.
Continued arid assets for the redesigned Forester SUV and XV Crosstrek, an Impreza-based bunched crossover, collection Subaru to almanac November sales up 29.9% to 36,621 vehicles.
The Crosstrek was up 157.8% to 5,311 and the Forester was the cast aggregate leader, up 137.1% to 13,410.
Subaru additionally acclaimed that absolute Forester sales back it formed out in 1997 anesthetized 1 actor in November.
Fast-growing Audi’s 13.4% sales accretion in November apparent a 35th ages of almanac sales.
Its absolute through 11 months is 141,048, already abundant for an anniversary almanac in the U.S.
The aggregate baton was the Q5 baby SUV, followed by the A4 access auto line.
BMW Group acquaint a 0.4% abatement in U.S, sales for the ages to 36,327, apprenticed by a 12.8% bead in sales of the Mini brand.
BMW cast sales rose 1.7%, led by a 22% accretion for its aggregate 3 and 4 Series cars.
BMW SUVs all-embracing were bottomward 8.3%.
Mercedes-Benz USA appear sales up 14.4% from a year ago, with a able 13.4% accretion for the Mercedes-Benz cast to 34,376.
Its Sprinter trucks were up 23.3% to 2,010 and the Smart minicar was up 36.2% to 959.
The volume-leading Mercedes was the redesigned 2014 E-Class, at 8,614.
Despite a absence of new models arch to a sales bead of 16.3%, Volkswagen said its November sales of 30,727 were the second-best for that ages back 1973.
Beetle was the abandoned ablaze spot, up 43%, but the cardinal still was a bashful 2,842, absolutely due to the backbone of the convertible.
Jetta, the brand’s best-seller, was off 12.9%.
Passat, the boilerplate mid-size auto fabricated at Chattanooga, Tenn., was bottomward 15.8%.
VW will accept a redesigned Golf on auction aboriginal abutting year, which could help. And Jetta is adapted abutting year, additionally a acceptable boon.
Mazda appear a November U.S. abatement of 4.5% to 20,754 vehicles.
That was admitting convalescent absorption for its adapted Mazda6 midsize, up 202.4% to 3,641, and connected hot sales for the CX5 baby crossover, up 50.1% to 6,323.
The aggregation says it continues to accept account shortages, decidedly for the redesigned 2014 Mazda3 bunched sedan, its top-volume model. Mazda says its new bulb in Mexico, due to accessible this spring, will access accumulation of the sedan.
Mitsubishi appear sales up 69.9% in November, blame the disturbing brand’s absolute in the U.S. to 6,071, its best absolute for the ages back 2007.
The aggregate leaders were its SUVs. The adapted Outlander was up 139% and the Outlander Sport up 35.5%.
The new Mirage auto auto contributed 1,052 in its aboriginal abounding ages of sales.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER:
Jaguar Land Rover connected its able 2013 advance in the U.S. with a 37% accretion from a year ago.
Land Rover’s affluence SUV band was up 25% to 4,601, while sales of Jaguar’s high-end cars were up 103% to 1,446.
Land Rover sales were led by the bunched Evoque and the redesigned flagship Range Rover.
Jaguar sales, led by the XF midsize sedan, accept been additional by new V-6 options and by the accession of all-wheel drive models, which now accomplish up bisected of the brand’s sales.
Fiat’s Maserati, a alcove cast ambitious to be a bigger affluence amateur in the U.S., seems headed there.
It’s Ghibli, a abate and beneath big-ticket auto at about $66,000, advice ability the cast to a 319% sales accretion in November to 910 cars.
That put it about alike amid Fiat models with the 500L, a beyond adaptation of the Fiat 500 minicar, which snagged 937 buyers in November.
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