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USA September 2013: Dodge Ram up to #4, Corolla leads segment

Toyota Corolla USA September 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comToyota Corolla

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The insane growth of the US new car market is coming to a shocking halt in September: sales are down 4% year-on-year to 1,139,050 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still up by a very healthy 8% on 2012 at 11,786,536 units. In pole position, the Ford F-Series goes against the market to brilliantly gain 10% on September 2012 at 60,456 sales, while the Chevrolet Silverado, even though it regains its traditional 2nd spot, is down 11% to 32,506 units just above the Toyota Camry at 31,871 sales (-7%).

Dodge RAM USA September 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comDodge RAM

Excellent performance of the Dodge RAM up 3 spots on August to #4 at 28,145 units (+8%), the model's highest monthly ranking in the US since December 2007! The Toyota Corolla, helped by the new generation now in dealerships, passes the Honda Civic to top its segment at #6 with 23,251 sales, the Ford Fusion is up 62% to #11, the Toyota RAV4 up one further rank to #14, the Ford Explorer up 12 to #16 and the Subaru Forester up 75% year-on-year at #30.

Mercedes CLA Class USA September 2013The Mercedes CLA makes its first appearance in the US ranking this month.

Further down, notice the Dodge Charger up 23 spots to #38, the Dodge Dart finally up 21 to a best-ever #44 and the BMW X5 up 57 to #73. As far as newcomers are concerned, the Infiniti Q50 is up 12 ranks to #119 and 2,367 sales for its 2nd month in market, the Mercedes CLA-Class lands directly at #122 with 2,310 units sold for its very first appearance in the US ranking, the Fiat 500L up a further 4 ranks to a record #168 and the Mitsubishi Mirage selling its first 20 units at #252.

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  1. carman
    October 9th, 2013 at 23:17 | #1

    tengil :
    ok, you have won, i answer to your last comment.
    the vehemence, you show in your antagonism againt a certain car company, whose name you well know, shows psychologicaly only one thing: when you look deep in your heart, you will find out, that in reality you love that brand, you just haven’t avowed it yourself until now. Think about that, my friend, there is truth in it!

    hahaha…this was good my friend ;-)

  2. tengil
    October 9th, 2013 at 20:47 | #2

    ok, you have won, i answer to your last comment.
    the vehemence, you show in your antagonism againt a certain car company, whose name you well know, shows psychologicaly only one thing: when you look deep in your heart, you will find out, that in reality you love that brand, you just haven’t avowed it yourself until now. Think about that, my friend, there is truth in it!

  3. carman
    October 9th, 2013 at 18:14 | #3

    not only dsg problems…big problems with multitronic too if you look on my post below(and they are not able, competent enough, to solve it!!)… and look here, very dangerous brakes problems that I never heard that another brand had this problems too…
    and even after the replacemnet the problems will come back again…is this reliability and quality????

  4. Louis
  5. tengil
    October 9th, 2013 at 04:21 | #5

    There must be a mistake in your comment concerning “crap”! I am sure you meant renault in your posting, because in your given source this company is behind vw :-)
    apart from that your laborious task concerning the youtube movies does not proof anything, i have denied. So for you ones again: yes, there were some dsg issues, but this does not affect all dsg users, the way the problem is solved, i described in my former posting and apart from that, every carcompany has some issues like that from time to time.

  6. Louis
    October 9th, 2013 at 03:23 | #6

    There are many kind of trouble you may experience with DSG. One of the most dangerous is the sudden loss of power and sudden deceleration
    But this is a real bothering one.

  7. Louis
    October 9th, 2013 at 03:12 | #7

    Thanks Carman & Bryan for your interesting links.
    At least, VW group is nothing else than crap. Just like it appears to be in the British index.

  8. tengil
    October 9th, 2013 at 02:47 | #8

    Oh louis, the difference between you and me is, that i don’t call you a psa troll, because insulting others only creates a poisonous atmoshere, which does not subserve finding the truth, to which i wanted to lead you gently, but if you want it in a more simple way, just read this:
    “PSA’s first-half deliveries fall 9.8%”
    Source: http://europe.autonews.com/article/20130708/ANE/130709911?template=mobile02

  9. carman
    October 9th, 2013 at 02:02 | #9

    not only DSG problems, see here below…incredible problems with the multitronic too…and they are not able to solve it…

  10. Louis
    October 8th, 2013 at 23:53 | #10

    @tengil, what are you else than a VW troll here, please?
    Europe : 8 months :VW-8% (-17% in august). Audi -4%; BMW 0%; Dacia +18%.

  11. tengil
    October 8th, 2013 at 23:34 | #11

    . . . and so the “battle” continues : I am not denying, that there had been a dsg-box problem. But to answer you, let me cite a chinese article from august 2013 concerning this matter:

    “. . . , the DSG incident, despite being so widely talked-about, has had no apparent influence on the Volkswagen brand in China. In 2012, Volkswagen China sold a total of 2.8 m on-year increase of 27%. In particular, key DSG models such as the New Magotan an New Lavida have dominated their respective segments, indicating that DSG cars enjoy a very good reputation for their energy efficiency and power performance. What is strange is that Volkswagen has failed to explain to the media and the general public that it has made significant improvement to its DSG technology. The rumour was even rife on the internet that Volkswagen intended to abandon the DSG”

    And :
    “The latest DSG technology features replacement electromechanical units and a software upgrade, and no complaints about the new DSG models have been filed.”
    Apart from that other carcompanies suffer reliability issues too, for example psa:


  12. Bryan
    October 8th, 2013 at 21:03 | #12


    There are a lot of reliability problems with VW beyond the DSG issues.

    Even the officials from VW admit it:

    Volkswagen: “We will improve quality”


  13. Louis
    October 8th, 2013 at 21:02 | #13

    VW way down once again. Golf -35%. Passat -17%. Audi A3 -99%…
    Kia/Huyndai impacted by a sharp strike last month.

    About DSG issue, nothing is solved. Not at all And it’s a world issue, not limited to China.

    Volkswagen told to come clean on safety concerns : http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/volkswagen-told-to-come-clean-on-safety-concerns-20130605-2nqnx.html

  14. tengil
    October 8th, 2013 at 20:30 | #14

    so we all can see now, you are back again, feel fine and have something serious to say. That pleases me. In this sense welcome back to this wonderful blog :-)

  15. carman
    October 8th, 2013 at 18:58 | #15

    no reliability issues???? you are dreaming….. come on, wake up and welcome in the 21st century !

  16. tengil
    October 4th, 2013 at 05:13 | #16

    in russia is the vw group nr 3, i think that’s quite impressive, especially compared to the market share of psa. I assume, your potshot concerning china refers to the dsg box problem, which was solved by a softwareupdate, apart from that, there are no reliability issues.

  17. Bryan
    October 4th, 2013 at 04:44 | #17

    It’s easy to understand the sucess of Japanese and Korean cars in USA.

    US customers value reliability more than anything else, and Japanese/Korean cars are the most reliable cars in the world.

    VW have suffered from a lot of reliability isues not only in US but also in China. Just similar to what happened with French brands during the 80’s in the US market.

    For the US average customer, reliability is what matters the most.

  18. Bryan
    October 4th, 2013 at 04:33 | #18

    In Russia?? No at all, it’s only 7th.

  19. tengil
    October 4th, 2013 at 04:10 | #19

    “vw has a good market only in europe . . . and in china” lol, yes and in south america and in russia and in south africa and in mexico . . . in contrary to . . . for example psa.

    “. . . vw would be easily dead” funny, coming from a psa lover, whose favourite car company is almost bankrupt :-) really funny

  20. Fudan
    October 3rd, 2013 at 18:36 | #20

    @Max @Brandon
    Thanks you for your posts. I’m sure that all of what you say is true and part of the answer. But still, in the past 2 years they doubled sales and marketshare (roughly). Why the sudden stop?

    I guess it’s true then, the USA are just the toughest car market in the world. If you get a bad grade in a J.D.Power Report, you loose 3% marketshare. Customers are probably very price sensitive and spoiled by high discounts and they are not very “loyal” to their brands.

    Having said that, the incredible success of the Japanese and Koreans is even more impressive!

  21. Brandon
    October 3rd, 2013 at 09:54 | #21

    Compared to the competition, VW isn’t competing well. First they’re expensive, have an aging engine and car line up, bland vehicle design(Jetta/ Passat). The dealer network isn’t so good and parts are expensive. Reliability is also a concern. As I said before, their cars need an update or need to be released(Golf, new suvs). They also need to bring over better petrol engines, including hybrid vehicles. Diesels aren’t going to cut it.

    So to answer your question, all of the above.

  22. Max
    October 3rd, 2013 at 04:14 | #22

    It’s the fact that VW has a terrible reliability and their price are among the highest iin the non premium segment, nonetheless the highest cost of mainteinance. And the VW design is nothin but boring, that’s why people prefer to buy Toyota, Honda or koreans, VW has a good market only in Europe (but they’re loosing a lot here in EU too) and of course in China, without these two markets VW would be easily dead.@Fudan

  23. Fudan
    October 2nd, 2013 at 22:47 | #23

    I really wanna know how VW lost its momentum. Surely Toyota and Honda (I read somewhere that they are the main targets of VWs strategy for North America) wouldn’t just step out of the way, but the incredible growth rates have come to a full stop in a growing market (total 2013).

    What is it? price? image? dealerships? production issues in Chattanooga and Mexico (lower output)? I’m really curious to know.

  24. Todor
    October 2nd, 2013 at 18:13 | #24

    I like to see Ford on the top. :)
    And I hope soon Civic will surpass Corolla!!!

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