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USA First Quarter 2014: Nissan Rogue & Subaru Forester hit record

April 6th, 2014 No comments

Kia K900 USA March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Kia K900 lands at #249 in the US.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring US March sales we now go into the First Quarter results in detail to try and extract longer-term trends. Thanks to a strong March score (+6%), the US market as a whole is up 1.4% on 2013 to 3.74 million units. Brand-wise, below an unchanged podium – Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, all declining – the big change is the access of Nissan in 4th spot thanks to sales up a very robust 11% to 323,745, passing Honda down 5% to 287,406. Jeep is up a huge 45% and goes from #10 brand one year ago to #7 this year! Subaru is up 22% to break into the Top 10 at #10, Ram is up 27% to #12, BMW up 12%, Lexus up 15%, Lincoln up 36% and Maserati up 331%.

Maserati Ghibli USA March 2014. Picture courtesy of www.motortrend.comMaserati Ghibli. US Maserati sales are up a whopping 331% so far in 2014.

It’s tough being at the top as far as the models ranking is concerned: 7 in the Top 10 lose ground year-on-year, including the Chevrolet Silverado down 8% in 2nd place. The Ford F-Series is for its part up 3% to 173,358 units, while the Ram Pick-up is up a fantastic 25% to 96,906 sales, going from #8 at the same time last year to #3. In spite of sales down 6%, the Toyota Camry remains the most popular passenger car in the country, shaking off the Nissan Altima (+3%) thanks to a strong month of March.

Nissan Rogue USA March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comUS Nissan Rogue sales are up 47% so far in 2014.

Other great performers inside the Top 20 include the Chevrolet Cruze up 12% thanks to its new diesel offering, the Toyota RAV4 up 28% and the Nissan Rogue up a splendid 47% thanks to the new model to reach a record 50,448 sales in 16th position. Reversely, the Honda Accord is down 14% and 4 spots to #8 and the Ford Focus down 16% to #16. Further down, the Subaru Forester takes off: up 67% to a record 35,390 units, the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Frontier are both up 47% to #43 and #64 respectively, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is up 58% to #67, Nissan Juke up 71% to #75 and Acura MDX up 67% to #79.

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Previous post: USA March 2014: Ram Pick-up up to 2nd place for the first time

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One year ago: USA 3 months 2013: Ford Fusion and Escape at record levels

Full 1st Quarter 2014 Analysis, Top 261 models & Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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USA March 2014: Ram Pick-up up to 2nd place for first time

April 5th, 2014 5 comments

Ram 1500 USA March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comRam 1500

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Car makers worldwide can exhale a sigh of relief: after a very slow start of 2014 (-1% in both January and February), US sales are back to a more dynamic 6% year-on-year increase in March at 1.54 million units, potentially due to the more clement weather in the 2nd half of the month. This single-mindedly brings the 1st Quarter total back into positive at 3.74 million units, up 1.4% on 2013. Moreover, the seasonally adjusted sales rate (SAAR) is back up to 16.4 million units, up from 15.3 million a year ago, same as November 2013 (also 16.4 million) and the best score in over 7 years, since February 2007 exactly.

Lincoln MKZ USA March 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comLincoln MKZ. Lincoln sales are up 31% year-on-year in March.

Brand-wise, Ford, Toyota and Chevrolet lead the way and all improve by 3% on March 2013, in the case of Toyota the first year-on-year increase so far in 2014. The Nissan group at 149,136 sales (+8%) and Jeep brand at 57,983 units (+47%) both deliver their best-ever month in the US. Audi lodges its best-ever March US sales at 12,246 vehicles, its 39th consecutive month of record monthly sales, while Subaru is up 21% to 44,479 units, the brand’s 28th consecutive month of year-on-year gain and 15th straight double-digit gain! Ram is up 29%, BMW up 19%, Mercedes up 12%, Lexus up 23%, Mitsubishi up 70%, Lincoln up 31% and Maserati up a staggering 342% thanks, once again, to the Ghibli.

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One year ago: USA March 2013: Nissan Altima finds its groove

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USA 2 months 2014: RAM Pickup biggest gainer in Top 10

March 13th, 2014 1 comment

Dodge RAM USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comRAM Pick-up

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Now that month 2 of 2014 has revealed its secrets in the US, it’s time to study the year-to-date ranking to get a bit of perspective on what’s hot and what’s not in the 2nd biggest car market in the world. First observation: the euphoric times that characterised the US new light vehicle market over the past year has dampened: sales are down 2% year-on-year so far in 2014 at 2.2 million units. If the Top 2 best-sellers are not a surprise (Ford F-Series at +1% and Chevrolet Silverado at -15%), in third position we find the RAM Pick-up at +24% on 2013 to 54,374 units which is no less than the biggest year-on-year gain in the Top 10! It also makes the US podium 100% pick-up truck, and if this trend gets confirmed by the time 2014 comes to an end, it will be the first time this happens in over a decade and the 2nd time in 20 years after 2003!

Ford Fusion USA February 2014Can the Ford Fusion play with the big boys this year?

Another big surprise is the 4th place of the Nissan Altima, boosted by a podium ranking in February, meaning it is the best-selling Passenger Car in the US so far in 2014 with 53,364 sales (+8%) ahead of the Toyota Camry at 52,330 units (-17%) and Toyota Corolla at 48,052 (-2%). Unlike the Ram Pick-up’s third place, the Altima may find it hard to hold on its #1 PC spot until the end of the year. However that being the case, it would be the first time a Nissan tops the ranking and would put an end to 12 consecutive years of domination of the Toyota Camry… Building on an all-time high volume in 2013, the Ford Fusion appears in 7th place so far in 2014, which is below the 5th spot it held at the same time last year but well above its FY 2013 ranking (#11). Can Ford finally get back in the Passenger Car game with the Fusion and hope for Top 5 ranking? Answer in a few months…

Jeep Cherokee USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motor trend.comThe Jeep Cherokee is the most successful launch in the US this year.

Outside the Top 10, a handful of SUV deliver an excellent start of the year: the Toyota RAV4 is up 34% to #14, the Nissan Rogue up 64% to a best-ever #16, the Jeep Grand Cherokee up 21% to #21 and the Toyota Highlander up 25% to #24. The all-new Jeep Cherokee is by (very) far the most successful new launch of the past year, landing directly at #25 with 22,300 sales in 2 months. The next best things are the Infiniti Q50 at #94 and the Mercedes CLA at #119.

Lexus IS Infiniti Q50 USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Lexus IS is up 125% this year, the Infiniti Q50 lands at #94.

The biggest year-on-year gainers in the Top 100 are all Japanese: the Lexus IS is up 125% to #91, the Nissan Frontier up 100% to #64, Subaru Forester up 78% to #27 and the Nissan Juke up 66% to #77. Further down, notice the spectacular Lincoln MKZ up 270% to #106, the Chevrolet Corvette up 149% to #115, Lexus GX up 123% to #142 and the Nissan Leaf up 105% to #148. Finally the Audi A3 may still be 10% below its 2013 level but the launch of the sedan variant will see it climb the ladder over the next few months.

Previous post: USA February 2014: Nissan Altima shoots up to third place

One year ago:  USA 2 months 2013: Dodge Dart best newcomer at #50… but does it make it a success?

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USA February 2014: Nissan Altima shoots up to third place

March 8th, 2014 6 comments

Nissan Altima USA February 2014The Nissan Altima is the best-selling passenger car in the US this month.

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New light vehicle sales in the USA are stable (-0.02%) in February at 1,193,872 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,206,454 units, down 1% on 2013. Experts had hoped for a healthy increase this month so the stagnation is a bad sign for the rest of the Spring season, traditionally setting the tone for the annual US market. The 3 big boys lose ground: Ford (-7%), Chevrolet (-3%) and Toyota (-6%) but Nissan delivers its strongest ever February volume at 105,632 units, up a fantastic 17% year-on-year. Notice also Jeep up a huge 47% on February 2013, Subaru up 24%, Ram up 28%, Buick up 19%, Lincoln up 36% and Maserati up a monstrous 426% year-on-year to 837 sales.

Nissan Rogue USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Rogue is up to a record 15th spot this month.

Model-wise, below the traditional Ford F-Series (+3%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-12%) we find a big surprise: the Nissan Altima is the most popular passenger car in the country in February for the first time since March 2013 and the only one to sell more than 30,000 units at 30,849, up 11% year-on-year. The Ram Pick-up follows, up a great 26%, while the Toyota Camry (-7%), Corolla (+1%), Ford Fusion (-14%) and Honda Accord (-15%) are knocked out. Boosted by its new fuel-efficient engines, the Chevrolet Cruze is up 22% to #10 while the Chevrolet Malibu is up 7 spots on January to #14 (its best US ranking in over a year), the Nissan Rogue up 73% year-on-year to a best-ever #15 (beating the #16 it reached last month) and the Toyota RAV4 up 24% to #16.

Mazda CX-5 USA February 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFirst ever US Top 50 ranking for the Mazda CX-5, directly at #37.

Among recent launches, the Jeep Cherokee still reigns supreme at #27 with 11,795 sales, followed a long way behind by the Infiniti Q50 at #94 and the Mercedes CLA at #130. Notice also the Subaru Forester up 95% year-on-year to #32, the Mazda CX-5 up 72% on February 2013 to break into the monthly US Top 50 for the very first time, directly at #37, the Nissan Frontier up 112% to #64 and the Subaru XV Crosstrek up 68% to #68. Finally this is it, at BSCB we have decided the Dodge Dart is a write-off: 18 months after its launch it is down 37% year-on-year and 12 ranks on January to a paltry 74th position.

Previous month: USA January 2014: Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue up

One year ago: USA February 2013: Is it the end of the tunnel for US sedans?

Full February 2014 Top 257 models and Top 37 brands Ranking Tables below.

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USA Full Year 2013: Honda Accord overtakes Toyota Camry as best-selling car to individual consumers

February 22nd, 2014 No comments

Honda Accord USA 2013Honda Accord

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Honda announced yesterday the Accord was the best-selling cars to US individual customers in 2013, overtaking the Toyota Camry, which was the leader in total volume with retail and fleet buyers. US customers bought 360,089 Honda Accord vs. 342,007 Toyota Camry. This is to be compared with total Camry deliveries including fleet of 408,484 vs. 366,678 Accord, meaning private sales ratios are 84% for the Camry vs. a huge 98% for the Accord. Honda is concentrating on retail sales, as they help resale values and are more profitable than fleet sales.

“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” said John Mendel, American Honda’s executive vice president of automobile sales. US automakers typically rely on fleets for a quarter or more of sales. The Accord had the highest residual value among mid-size cars in 2013, according to ALG, a California-based company that calculates such figures. The Honda also led Kelley Blue Book’s resale value awards for mid-size cars. Camry isn’t in the top 3 of either ranking. The Accord overtaking the Camry with individual buyers is a big deal, as the Camry has been dominating the overall passenger car sales for 16 of the last 17 years (the Honda Accord interrupted in 2001).

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USA January 2014: Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue up

February 8th, 2014 7 comments

Nissan Rogue USA January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Rogue hits its highest ever ranking in the US this month.

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New light vehicle sales in the US start the year on the wrong foot: down 3% on January 2013 to 1,012,582 registrations. Ford remains the most popular brand in the country in spite of sales down 9% to 147,521 units and is followed this month by Toyota (-9%), passing Chevrolet (-13%). Nissan is up a beautiful 10% to become #4 carmaker in the US ahead of Honda (-4%) while Jeep is up a splendid 38% to #7 and 41,910 sales. After a weak December (#16), Kia is back up to its traditional 8th spot, Subaru maintains itself among the 10 most popular brands in the country at #10, Infiniti is up 26% on January 2014, Lincoln up 42% and Maserati up 230% to 567 sales.

Toyota RAV4 USA January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Toyota RAV4 is at its highest in over 3 years in the US.

In the models ranking, with the Ford F-Series at #1 followed by the Chevrolet Silverado and the RAM Pick-up (+22%), the 3 best-sellers are all pick-up trucks for the third time in the last 4 months but only the 4th time in 8 years (since February 2006). The Toyota Camry is back to #1 passenger car in 4th place overall in spite of sales down a harsh 27% to 23,332 units. The Toyota Corolla is up 6 spots on December to land at #5, ahead of the Nissan Altima up two to #6 with the Ford Fusion also performing well at #8. The Toyota RAV4 is up 45% to #12 (the last time it ranked higher in the US was in October 2010), the Hyundai Elantra up 26% to #14, the Nissan Rogue up 54% to a best-ever 16th place, the Subaru Forester up 64% to #24 and Toyota Highlander up 21% to #25 while the Jeep Cherokee ranks 26th for its third month in market at 10,505 units and the Volvo V60 makes its very first appearance in the US ranking at #219 with 322 sales.

Previous post: USA Full Year 2013: Ford F-Series at its best since 2006

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One year ago: USA January 2013: Ford Fusion at highest in almost 2 years

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USA Full Year 2013: Ford F-Series at its best since 2006

January 7th, 2014 4 comments

Ford F-Series USA 2013. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe Ford F-Series lodges its 32nd consecutive year atop the US rankings.

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Up 8% on 2012 to 15.6 million units, the US new light vehicle market delivers its best year since pre-recession 2007, and marks the 4th straight year with a gain of 1 million units or more: from a ghastly 10.4 million in 2009, to 11.6 million in 2010, 12.8 in 2011 and 14.5 million in 2012. A pretty impressive rally indeed, and 2014 predictions place the market above 16 millions sales, which would mean 5 consecutive years of growth, an extremely rare feat. According to Automotive News, since the late 1920′s there has been only one occurrence of such rally: from 1996 to 2000. In fact, since December 2009, the US market has gained year-on-year ground 46 of 49 months, including 27 double-digit gains. Volume in 2013 is almost 50 percent greater than it was in 2009…

Toyota Camry USA 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the US for the 16th year.

In this euphoric context, Ford remains the most popular brand in the country, outpacing the market and all but one carmaker in the Top 6, up 11% to 2.4 million sales, followed by Chevrolet at 1.95 million (+5%), Toyota at 1.89 million (+7%), Honda at 1.36 million (+7%), Nissan at 1.13 million (+11%) and Hyundai at .72 million (+6%). Dodge is up 14% to #7, Subaru up 26% to an all-time high 424,683 sales, Volkswagen down 7% and Ram up 22%.

Mercedes CLA USA 2013. Picture courtesy of www.motortrend.comThe all-new CLA helped Mercedes keep its luxury crown in 2013.

Mercedes, up 13% to 334,350 units, remains above BMW (309,280) and Lexus (273,847) in the luxury brand race with Cadillac catching up somehow at +22%, and both Audi and Porsche delivering record volumes. 2013 saw Suzuki quit the US market due to weak sales. Mitsubishi and Volvo are now in the line of fire as their volumes fail to take off. Finally, notice Maserati up a splendid 75% thanks to the new Quattroporte and Ghibli.

Ford Fusion USA 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ford Fusion had its best-ever year in 2013.

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series is the most popular vehicle in the country for the 32nd year in a row (no interruption since 1982!) and with sales up a massive 18% to 763,402 units, it lodges its biggest annual volume since 2006 (796,039), peaking at 74,592 units in December. In fact, the entire Top 5 achieve their highest sales in at least 5 years, confirming the US market is now well and truly back to its pre-recession levels and buying habits. Thanks to its new generation, the Chevrolet Silverado remains #2, up 15% to 480,414 sales, its best since 2007 (618,257). The Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car for the 12th year in a row the 16th of the last 17 years (the Honda Accord interrupted in 2001) and in spite of sales up just 1% to 408,484 it lodges its best year since 2008 (436,617).

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USA December 2013: Ford F-Series at highest in over 7 years, BMW 3 Series breaks all-time record

January 7th, 2014 2 comments

BMW 3 Series USA December 2013Never before had Americans bought that many BMW3 Series in a single month…

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After kicking goals for most of 2013, new light vehicle sales in the US finish the year up only 0.3% in December to 1,360,302 registrations, meaning the final 2013 total is up 7.6% on 2012 to 15.6 million. In pole position, the Ford F-Series sells 74,592 units, its best score in over 7 years - since August 2006 when it sold 76,804 units, while the BMW 3 Series (including sales of the 4 Series) breaks into the monthly Top 20 for the first time at #18 with 16,737 which are to my knowledge the nameplate’s all-time high ranking and monthly volumes, with previous bests in my records being #21 in April 2007 and 13,930 units in May 2007

Jeep Cherokee USA December 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comJeep Cherokee

The third star of the month in the US is the Jeep Cherokee: it is up 48% and 12 spots on November to reach #23 and 15,038 sales for only its second full month in market! The Cherokee is already Jeep’s 2nd best-seller this month, only 1,479 units off the Grand Cherokee… In other news, the Ram Pick-up is up to #3, making the podium 100% pick-up trucks for the 2nd time in 3 months and only the third time in 8 years (since February 2006), the Honda Accord passes the Toyota Camry to become the best-selling passenger car in the country for the first time since last April, the Ford Escape is up 21% on December 2012 to #9, the Ford Fusion up 27% to #10, Toyota RAV4 up 46% to #13, Subaru Forester up 51% to #26, Lexus RX up 13 spots on last month to #27 vs. #48 over the Full Year and the Dodge Charger up 15 to #40.

Cadillac ELR USA December 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe first 6 Cadillac ELR were registered in the US this month.

Beyond the Top 50, there are some interesting movements from launches/relaunches: the Lexus IS is up 117% on December 2012 and 19 spots on last month to #74, the Infiniti Q50 is down 23 ranks to #87, the Mercedes CLA down 7 to #104, Chevrolet Corvette up to #112 vs. #159 over the full year, Ram ProMaster up 38 to #146, Fiat 500L up 19 to #163, Mitsubishi Mirage up 11 to #164 and the Chevrolet SS up 34% on November to #231 with 239 sales. Finally, we welcome the Cadillac ELR in the US ranking this month with its first 6 units registered (#252)

Previous month: USA November 2013: Jeep Cherokee lands at #35 in best November in 10 years

One year ago: USA December 2012: Ford F-Series at highest in over 5 years

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USA 11 months 2013: Discover the Top 278 best-selling models!

December 6th, 2013 2 comments

GMC Sierra USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGMC Sierra – Pick-up trucks have brought the US market up big time in 2013.

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After going through November sales figures, we now follow the BSCB tradition to try and extract some longer-term trends by looking into the year-to-date charts. And with only one month to go before 2013 is over, this is akin to a Full Year study! So far new light vehicle sales in the USA are up a fantastic 8% on 2012 to 14.24 million units, to be compared to the 14.49 million units reached over the Full Year 2012 and on track to deliver the best year this country has seen since 2007.

Subaru Forester USA November 2013The Subaru Forester delivers the biggest year-on-year sales gain in the Top 50.

Even though pick-up trucks are still the major force behind these excellent figures, it’s the Subaru Forester that delivers the biggest year-on-year increase in the Top 50, up 63% to #40 thanks to the new model and lifting Subaru up 30% year-on-year to best-ever sales. The Toyota RAV4 up 25% to #16, Hyundai Elantra up 24% to #13, and Ford Fusion up 22% to #11 follow. The best-selling pick-ups are just below: the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado are simply majestic atop the ranking at +19% each, Ram Pick-up at +22% and GMC Sierra at +20%.

Jeep Cherokee USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Jeep Cherokee is the most satisfying launch of 2013…

Beyond the Top 50 we have the Nissan Pathfinder up 136% to #53 solely due to the new generation, the Mazda CX-5 up 95% to #62, Toyota Avalon up 166% to #68, Dodge Durango up 48% to #75, Acura RDX up 59% to #91 and the VW Beetle up 55% to #92, pretty much the only Volkswagen in great shape this year. Notice also the Nissan Leaf up 141% to #140 vs. -1% and #138 for its archenemy the Chevrolet Volt, the Range Rover already up 66% to #177, Porsche Boxster up 71% to #221, Porsche Cayman up 587% to #230 and the Mercedes G-Class up 97% to #236.

Mercedes CLA USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com…followed by the Mercedes CLA…

Perhaps the most surprising characteristic of the US car market this year is the low number of new nameplates entering the market even though sales are definitely on a steep growing curve. Only 12 all-new models have made their appearance so far this year, that a bit more than one a month (vs. 3 to 6 in China) and this actually balances off all the cars signing out this year: we have 278 vehicles in the ranking in 2013 vs. 277 one year ago. Keep in mind the entire Suzuki range (4 models) will disappear altogether in January, and this makes for a gloomy picture…

Infiniti Q50 USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com…and the Infinti Q50.

We have to scroll all the way down to #119 to find the best performing all-new entrant: the Buick Encore with 29,195 sales, a so-so result. The Infiniti Q50 is much more impressive even though it only ranks #166 with 13,248 sales for now, however it reached #67 in November. The Mercedes CLA is second most satisfying launch of the year, racking up 10,828 units in only 3 months (#178) with a peak at #76 in October. The Jeep Cherokee, after its launch was delayed multiple times, made a big splash in November, landing directly at #35 with 10,169 sales, making it the most successful launch of the year.

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USA November 2013: Jeep Cherokee lands at #35 in best November in 10 years

December 6th, 2013 43 comments

2014 Jeep Cherokee LimitedThe Jeep Cherokee sold over 10,000 units for its first full month in market.

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If going through European car sales updates depresses you, I have one cure: follow the US market! It’s another euphoric score in November, up 9% year-on-year to 1.24 million units which brings the year-to-date total to 14.24 million, up 8% on 2012. But wait there’s more good news: according to Autonews, the industry annualised rate hit 16.4 million units in November, up 15.3 million a year earlier and the best SAAR since the 16.8 million hit in February 2007, 10 months before the recession hit the US market full frontal. Another feel-good stat: this month is the best November since 2003 and only 84,000 units shy of the industry’s best November ever – in 2001, when sales totaled 1.328 million…

Toyota RAV4 USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Toyota RAV4 is at its highest in the US in 3 years.

General Motors and Chrysler delivered the biggest year-on-year increases this month: GM sales are up 14% off the back of a 19% rise in volume to individual customers. GMC is up 20%, Chevrolet and Buick up 13% and Cadillac up 11%. With the new Jeep Cherokee being snapped up at over 10,000 units for its first full month in market, Chrysler Group sales are up 16% on November 2012, its 44th consecutive monthly advance. Jeep is up 30%, Ram up 25%, Chrysler up 12% and Dodge up 4% but Fiat is down 15%. For its part Ford is up 7%, with the F-Series above 60,000 units for the seventh straight month. In other carmakers news, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru and Land Rover all set November volume records this month!

Kia Soul USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe 2014 model pushes the Kia Soul up 77% year-on-year this month.

Model-wise, great year-on-year gains inside the Top 50 include the Ford Fusion up 51% to #9, Toyota RAV4 up 56% to #12 (its highest ranking since October 2010), Chevrolet Malibu up 41% to #19, Chevrolet Impala up 22% to #21, Subaru Forester up 135% to #23, Kia Soul up 77% to #25, Nissan Sentra up 62% to #25 and the Chrysler Town & Country up 70% to #31. As described above, the Jeep Cherokee is up 166 spots on October to land directly at #35 with 10,169 sales.

Nissan Maxima USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Maxima is knocking on the US Top 50′s door this month…

Further down, notice the Mercedes E-Class up 11 spots to #47 vs. #72 year-to-date, the Nissan Maxima up 32 to #54 vs. #84, the Infiniti Q50 almost slicing its October ranking in two to a best-ever #64 with 5,891 sales (its first time inside the US Top 100), Mercedes CLA Class down 21 to #97, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Ram ProMaster both breaking into the US Top 200 for the first time and for their second month in market at #175 (+39) and #184 (+18) respectively and the Chevrolet SS going from one unit (#258) in October to 178 (#239) this month.

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One year ago: USA November 2012: Honda Civic #1 Passenger Car, hits highest ranking since August 2009

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