Thursday, January 3, 2013

December 2012 U.S. Auto Sales

General Motors December U.S. sales were 245,733, a 4.9 percent increase over 2011. For the year, GM sales were 2,595,717, a 3.7 percent rise over 2011. For 2012, Chevrolet sales were 1,851,646, up 4.3 percent. GMC sales were 413,881, up 4 percent. Buick sales were 180,408, up 1.6 percent and Cadillac sales were 149,782, down 1.7 percent from 2011.

Ford's U.S. December sales were 214,222, up 1.9 percent over the same month a year ago, its best December sales results since 2006. For 2012 Ford's U.S. sales were 2,250,165, a 4.7 percent gain with cars up 5 percent, utilities up 7 percent, and trucks up 2 percent for the year. The Ford brand ended 2012 with 2,168,015 vehicles sold, the only brand to top 2 million U.S. sales. Lincoln brand sales were 82,150, down 4.1 percent in 2012 from the previous year.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. reported December sales of 194,143, up 9 percent. 2012 sales were 2,082,504, up 26.6 percent. Lexus brand year-end sales of 132,741 represent a 31.2 percent increase over 2011.

Chrysler Group reported U.S. December sales of 152,367, a 10 percent increase compared with sales in December 2011, the group's best December sales since 2007. For the year, Chrysler Group sales totaled 1,651,787, up 21 percent compared with sales in 2011.

American Honda's December 2012 U.S. sales of 132,774 was an increase of 26.2 percent compared with December 2011. For the year, sales of 1,422,785 was up 24 percent compared with 2011. This makes 2012 American Honda's fourth-best sales year ever, and its best sales result since 2008. The Acura Division's year-end sales totaled 156,216, up 26.7 percent compared with 2011 results

Nissan North America reported December sales were 99,290, down 1.6 percent from the prior year. For 2012, sales were 1,141,656, an increase of 9.5 percent and the first time that the Nissan brand sold more than 1 million units in a calendar year. Infiniti sales of 119,877 in 2012 were up 21.8 percent compared to 2011.

Hyundai Motor America announced record sales of 59,435 vehicles in December, a 17 percent total sales increase compared with the same record-setting period a year ago. For the year, Hyundai sales were 703,007, up 9 percent versus 2011. Sales to fleet accounts represented 10 percent of total sales for 2012.

Kia Motors America reported December sales of 39,178 and all-time record sales in 2012 of 557,599, a 14.9 percent increase over the previous best-ever mark set in 2011. 

Volkswagen of America reported December deliveries totaled 44,005, up 35.4 percent over 2011, marking the best December since 1970. VW of America delivered 438,133 vehicles in 2012, a 35.1 percent increase over prior year sales. Separately, Audi sold 14,841 vehicles in December, a 17.3 percent increase over the previous December sales record. Audi ended the year with its 24th consecutive month of record sales with 2012 Audi's best year. For the full year, Audi sold 139,310 vehicles, a 18.5 percent rise. Audi sales in the U.S. have increased 68.4 percent since 2009.

BMW Group reported December sales of 43,855 vehicles, an increase of 34.8 percent from the same month a year ago. In 2012, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) achieved its best sales since the previous record year of 2007 retailing 347,583 vehicles, up 13.8 percent compared to 2011.

Mercedes-Benz posted December sales of 28,145, up 9.5 percent from last year bringing MBUSA sales to a best-ever 31,372, up 12.0 percent from December 2011. Mercedes-Benz USA reported its highest year on record with 305,072 vehicles sold in 2012, representing a 15.4 percent increase over 2011. The Mercedes-Benz model line alone also recorded a record year with sales of 274,134 for the year, up 11.8 percent. Smart and Sprinter model lines both achieved their highest volumes under the MBUSA umbrella with smart sales increasing 92.2 percent to 10,009 while a record month for Sprinter took the brand to 20,929 for 2012, an increase of 26.3 percent.

Subaru of America reported record sales of 36,653 vehicles in December 2012, the best sales month in Subaru history and up 8.8 percent from a year ago.  Subaru also announced record-breaking annual sales of 336,441, a 26 percent increase over 2011. This is the fourth consecutive year of sales records for Subaru of America and fifth consecutive year of sales increases. Subaru is the only manufacturer to increase sales each year for the last five years.

Mazda North American Operations reported December 2012 U.S. sales of 27,25, an increase of 21.9 percent versus 2011, and the best December since 1994. On a year-to-date basis, MNAO reported 277,046 vehicles sold in 2012, exceeding 2011 by 10.6 percent, and representing the company's best full calendar-year of sales since 2007.

Volvo Cars of North America reported U.S. sales of 6,150, a 15.1 percent increase from December 2011 and the best since 2007. For the year, U.S. sales of 68,117, 1.3 percent higher than 2011.

Jaguar December sales of 1,049 was an 8 percent drop from December 2011 leaving 2012 sales at 12,011, a 2 percent decline from the prior year. Land Rover December sales of 5,174 was a 9 percent gain helping 2012 sales reach 43,664, a 15 percent rise over 2011. Combined, JLR sales were 6,223 in December, a 6 percent increase and for all 2012, sales were 55,675, an 11 percent gain.

Mitsubishi Motors North America reported December sales were 4,113, down 18 percent compared to December 2011. 

Porsche Cars North America announced December sales of 2,952, an increase of 61 percent. Porsche has achieved an all-time record for U.S. sales, with 35,043 cars sold in the U.S. in 2012, an increase of 21 percent. The previous record year for Porsche in the U.S. was 2007 when PCNA sold 34,693 cars.

American Suzuki, which is exiting the car business, reported December 2012 automobile sales of 1,946 units, a 620 unit decline compared to the same period last year. The results were attributed to a decrease in available inventory as the company allocates its remaining automobiles in the U.S. to retail auto dealerships.

Sales will be updated as manufacturers report.