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USA October 2013: Podium 100% Pick-ups for first time in 8 years!

RAM 1500 USA October 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe RAM 1500 is on the podium for the first time since February 2006!

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After a shocking 4% decline last month, the US new car market is back to its euphoric self, up 10% year-on-year in October to 1,206,182 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 12,979,521 units, up 8% on 2012. Brand-wise, both Ford up 13% to 184,136 sales and Chevrolet up 15% to 155,214 units outperform the market while Toyota is up 9% to 141,317 sales at #3. Lincoln is up 38% on October 2012, Land Rover up 37%, Subaru continues to evolve at record levels, up another 32% and passing Volkswagen year-to-date, Buick is up 31%, Mercedes and Mitsubishi are both up 25%, Ram up 22% and Acura up 17%. In the luxury aisle, Rolls Royce is up a whopping 190%, Maserati up 186% and Jaguar up 117%!

Chevrolet Impala USA October 2013. Picture courtesy of Motor TrendChevrolet Impala sales are up 40% year-on-year in October.

For the first time since February 2006, the top 3 most popular vehicles in the USA this month are all pick-up trucks! The Ford F-Series is up 13% to 63,803 sales, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado up 10% to 42,660 units and the RAM 1500/3500 up 18% to 29,846 sales. The Toyota Camry leads passenger cars once again but is down 3% on October 2012 while the Honda Civic is catching up at +32% to #5 and 27,328 units, passing the Honda Accord (-11%) and Toyota Corolla (+13%).

Mercedes CLA USA October 2013. Picture courtesy of www.motortrend.comThe Mercedes CLA is already the brand's third best-seller in the US!

Excellent year-on-year progressions of the Ford Fusion up 71% to #11, Toyota RAV4 up 61% to #13, Chevrolet Malibu up 63% to #17, Nissan Rogue up 53% to #22, Subaru Forester up 137% to #23 and the Chevrolet Impala up 40% to #27. In terms of ranking gains vs. September, let's salute the Hyundai Sonata up 6 spots to #12, GMC Sierra up 5 to #15, BMW 3-4 Series up 16 to #26, Hyundai Santa Fe up 10 to #44 and Chevrolet Suburban up 33 to #65. Notice also the Dodge Dart back down 22 ranks to #66 after breaking its ranking record last month.

Chevrolet Corvette USA October 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Chevrolet Corvette is up to #87 this month in the US.

A few recent launches are already getting well noticed in the ranking: the Mercedes CLA is up 44 spots on September to break into the US Top 100 for the first time at #76 with 4,895 sales, already the brand's third best-seller after only the C Class (#56) and E Class (#58)! The new generation Chevrolet Corvette for its part is up an even more impressive 87 ranks to #87 at 3,929 units while the Infinti Q50 remains #117, the new generation Mercedes S-Class is up 65 spots to #142, Fiat 500L up 12 to #153, Mitsubishi Mirage up 20 to #224 and Jaguar F-Type up 5 to #223.

Jeep Cherokee USA October 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Jeep Cherokee lands at #201.

Finally, we welcome 3 all-new models in the US sales charts in October: the controversial Jeep Cherokee lands at a modest 201st place with 579 units sold for now, the Ram ProMaster follows at #202 with 570 sales and the Chevrolet SS imported from Australia where it is sold as the Holden Commodore sells its very first Yankee unit, ranking #258.

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  1. Steam
    November 25th, 2013 at 04:31 | #1

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

  2. carman
    November 7th, 2013 at 01:28 | #2

    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 7th, 2013 at 01:18 | #3

    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 6th, 2013 at 22:13 | #4

    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 6th, 2013 at 21:22 | #5

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

  6. Bernard
    November 5th, 2013 at 04:47 | #6

    @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 3rd, 2013 at 21:01 | #7

    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 3rd, 2013 at 15:10 | #8

    @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 3rd, 2013 at 14:10 | #9

    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 3rd, 2013 at 14:02 | #10

    @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. November 3rd, 2013 at 09:29 | #11

    @ todor ford is the top seller in suv

  12. November 3rd, 2013 at 09:28 | #12

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

  13. Todor
    November 3rd, 2013 at 08:06 | #13

    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 3rd, 2013 at 02:56 | #14

    @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 3rd, 2013 at 01:09 | #15

    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 3rd, 2013 at 00:10 | #16

    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 2nd, 2013 at 23:59 | #17

    @Todor

    You forgot Volvo in the Top 10 Europeans Brands

  18. Bryan
    November 2nd, 2013 at 23:48 | #18

    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 2nd, 2013 at 23:39 | #19

    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 2nd, 2013 at 22:34 | #20

    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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