20 responses

  1. Steam
    November 25, 2013

    The ranking of car-groups is very interesting, thanks Matt.

  2. carman
    November 7, 2013

    Pedro :

    Martin :
    VW -18%. Despite troll. VW is not doing well. In Europe as well

    You’re wrong
    Acoording to this article VW is actually catching up to GM and Toyota, especially in the third quarter of 2013:
    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/29/toyota-officially-outsells-gm-vw-through-first-three-quarters/

    but only because VW group is selling good in Cina!! In south america, north america, and even europe they are worser than market average. VW group cars are unreliable and more people realize this from day to day…

  3. carman
    November 7, 2013

    Tom :
    @max
    German cars maker don’t have a good reputation in US, looks the data. So VW the same, and even worst.

    VW group cars a indeed very unreliable…

  4. Pedro
    November 6, 2013

    Martin :
    VW -18%. Despite troll. VW is not doing well. In Europe as well

    You’re wrong :D

    Acoording to this article VW is actually catching up to GM and Toyota, especially in the third quarter of 2013:

    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/29/toyota-officially-outsells-gm-vw-through-first-three-quarters/

  5. Martin
    November 6, 2013

    VW -18%. Despite troll. VW is not doing well. In Europe as well :-)

  6. Bernard
    November 5, 2013

    @Todor
    1. Is Chevy Impala the last great US full-size sedan?

    No, the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger are the last traditional full-size sedans. Ironically, the new Impala is based on a Saab (9-5) platform.

    2. How long could Volvo, Mitsubishi, Smart and Jaguar survive?

    Smart and Jaguar survive because they are sold by Mercedes and Land Rover, although they both need new products.
    Mitsubishi, who cares? They certainly don’t seem to.
    Volvo is still reeling from the economic crisis. They used to sell/lease thousands of big SUV-like wagons (xc-90). They certainly missed a corner after that market evaporated.

    3. Who buys Lincoln and why?

    Why indeed. It seems like Lincoln is trying to re-create the Lincoln Versailles with every new model. That car was one of their biggest failures, so one wonders why they keep trying the same strategy.

    4. How long could Chrysler BRAND survive?

    The 300 still sells well, and the minivan probably costs nothing to build. Still, they need some product.

    5. Why does GMC exist?

    It’s a very very profitable brand. They sell Chevy pickups for thousands more. They also sell brand-new 40-year-old fleet vans that must have marginal production costs very near their scrap value.

  7. Pedro
    November 3, 2013

    max :I don’t think it may help so much, just look at the terrible results of the brand new VW Golf 7,@Bryan

    Golf 7 is not sold yet in us, that’s why sales are down a bit. Golf 7 will be launched in us-market at tte begin of 2014.

  8. Brandon
    November 3, 2013

    @Todor

    1. Ford still has the Ford Taurus to compete with the Chevrolet Impala, not including the fullsize RWD Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. So no the Impala isn’t the last fullsize sedan.

    2. Volvo, Mitsubishi, Smart, and Jaguar have their work cut out for them in order for them to survive in the US market. They need to advertise more, add more dealers and bring models that would be receptive to the US market. Compete or go the way of Suzuki USA.

    3. Lincoln has a diverse clientele, but mostly skews toward older folks. That’s changing, however, as new models come in. Lincoln has history in the US, so they can pull a Cadillac and reinvent themselves to compete. Don’t discount them just yet. ;-)

    4. Apparently many people love those 3 models to keep the brand alive. But yes, Chrysler needs more models ASAP. It needs to go back to its roots and compete in the luxury auto market. Which it seems it’s doing just that.

    5. GMC still exists because of profits. GMC is considered a more upscale SUV/Truck brand in relation to its sister Chevrolet. As you know, Americans love SUVs and Trucks, so it means lots of money for GM.

  9. Todor
    November 3, 2013

    BTW several questions:

    1. After Ford killed Crown Victoria is Chevy Impala the last great US full-size sedan?

    2. How long could Volvo, Mitsubishi, Smart and Jaguar survive on US market, selling almost nothing?

    3. Who does still buy Lincoln and why?

    4. How long could Chrysler BRAND survive with having only 3 models in their portfolio (200 (limo/convertible), 300 and Town and country)?

    5. Why does GMC exists when you can buy same vehicles under Chevy brand?

  10. Todor
    November 3, 2013

    @ronnie
    Thank you, but I don’t like SUVs and that’s why I didn’t post anything about them. The same story with pick-up trucks and so on. :)

  11. ronnie
    November 3, 2013

    @ todor ford is the top seller in suv

  12. Bernard
    November 3, 2013

    @Tom
    VW never succeed in the U.S. They do not like their cars for long trips and reliability

  13. Todor
    November 3, 2013

    Top Full-size non-luxury sedans:

    1. Chevrolet Impala 11,713
    2. Ford Taurus 6027
    3. Toyota Avalon 5148
    4. Chrysler 300 4542
    5. Nissan Maxima 3983
    6. Buick LaCrosse 3850
    7. KIA Cadenza 1111
    8. Hyundai Azera 512

    Top 10/11 Family Mid-size non-luxury sedans:

    1. Toyota Camry 29,144
    2. Honda Accord 25,162
    3. Nissan Altima 21,785
    4. Ford Fusion 21,740
    5. Hyundai Sonata 19,872
    6. Chevrolet Malibu 15,746
    7. Kia Optima 11,492
    8. Dodge Charger 7864
    9. VW Passat 7258
    10. Mazda 6 3100
    11. Subaru Legacy 3090

    Top 10/11 Compact sedans:

    1. Honda Civic 27,328
    2. Toyota Corolla 23,637
    3. Chevrolet Cruze 16,087
    4. Ford Focus 15,108
    5. Hyundai Elantra 14,876
    6. VW Jetta 11,710
    7. Nissan Sentra 8399
    8. Mazda 3 7674
    9. Dodge Dart 5617
    10. Subaru Impresa 4923
    11. KIA Forte 4706

  14. Tom
    November 3, 2013

    @max
    German cars maker don’t have a good reputation in US, looks the data. So VW the same, and even worst.

  15. max
    November 3, 2013

    I don’t think it may help so much, just look at the terrible results of the brand new VW Golf 7, the problem of VW in the U.S is the fact that VW Toyotarized their product line. They saw what Toyota was doing and thought they could do the same. Well, they are learning the hard way. Toyota has a reputation for reliable and dependable vehicles. People will buy Toyotas no matter what. VW must recognize this and go back to their Germanic aesthetics. Only Toyota can do Toyota effectively, something that GM found out painfully and is now moving away from that fools errand.@Bryan

  16. Todor
    November 3, 2013

    Bryan :
    @Todor
    You forgot Volvo in the Top 10 Europeans Brands

    Yes, sorry, my mistake.

    Volvo is down this month: -6.69% and only 3,919 sales

  17. Bryan
    November 2, 2013

    @Todor

    You forgot Volvo in the Top 10 Europeans Brands

  18. Bryan
    November 2, 2013

    The result of the VW Jetta is really worrying.

    When will the VW launch the new Jetta based on the MQB platform?

  19. Todor
    November 2, 2013

    October 2013 Top 10 luxury brands:

    1. Mercedes-Benz 32,107
    2. BMW 27,574
    3. Lexus 22,719
    4. Cadillac 14,792
    5. Acura 14,296
    6. Audi 13,000
    7. Infiniti 9,152
    8. Lincoln 7,131
    9. Porsche 3,562
    10. Jaguar 1,515

    October top SUV brands:

    1. GMC 38,841
    2. Jeep 36,379
    3. Ram 31,264
    4. Land Rover 4,286

    October top 10 US brands:

    1. Ford 184,854
    2. Chevrolet 155,214
    3. Dodge 45,314
    4. GMC 38,841
    5. Jeep 36,379
    6. Ram 31,264
    7. Chrysler 23,452
    8. Buick 17,555
    9. Cadillac 14,792
    10. Lincoln 7,131

    October top 9 Japanese brands:

    1. Toyota 146,257
    2. Honda 100,242
    3. Nissan 81,866
    4. Subaru 34,483
    5. Lexus 22,719
    6. Mazda 19,738
    7. Acura 14,296
    8. Infiniti 9,152
    9. Mitsubishi 4,972

    October Top 10 European brands:

    1. Mercedes-Benz 32,107
    2. Volkswagen 28,129
    3. BMW 27,574
    4. Audi 13,000
    5. Mini 5,700
    6. Land Rover 4,286
    7. Fiat 3,674
    8. Porsche 3,562
    9. Jaguar 1,515
    10. Maserati 623

    October Top 5 Ultra luxury brands:

    1. Porsche 3,562
    2. Maserati 623
    3. Bentley 340
    4. Rolls-Royce 84
    5. Lamborghini 46

  20. Todor
    November 2, 2013

    Most impressive brands in USA for October:

    Brand Vol. % Oct. 2013 Oct. 2012

    Maserati 159.58 623 240
    Jaguar 116.74 1,515 699
    Bentley 53.15 340 222
    Lincoln 38.36 7,131 5,154
    Land Rover 36.98 4,286 3,129
    Subaru 32.02 34,483 26,119
    Buick 31.16 17,555 13,384
    Mercedes 25.20 32,107 25,644
    Mitsubishi 24.89 4,972 3,981

    October 2013 top 10

    1. Ford 184,854
    2. Chevrolet 155,214
    3. Toyota 146,257
    4. Honda 100,242
    5. Nissan 81,866
    6. Hyundai 53,555
    7. Dodge 45,314
    8. Kia 39,754
    9. GMC 38,841
    10. Jeep 36,379

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