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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring the US sales charts for October, we look into the year-to-date rankings to try and extract longer term trends. In October the US new light vehicle market has stabilised at a sturdy 6% year-on-year growth, the same rate it displays year-to-date at 13.72 million units. Lifted by GMC gaining 9% on 2013, General Motors accentuates its advantage over Ford in the groups rankings, adding up to 2.43 million units in 10 months vs. 2.06 million (-1%). Toyota Motor Corporation goes with the market at +6% to 1.97 million sales and though FCA Fiat Chrysler is catching up (+15%) it is still 250,000 units below vs. 370,000 a year ago. Nissan Motor (+13%) passes Hyundai-Kia (+4%) for 7th place overall.
Brand-wise, Ford continues to struggle at -1% year-on-year to just under 2 million sales in 10 months, while Chevrolet (+3%) keeps Toyota (+6%) at bay for now with a 17.800 unit-advantage vs. 14.900 a month ago but 56.900 a year ago. Nissan continues its march forward at +14% and now 74.100 units below Honda vs. 196.400 a year ago. Jeep remains the best performer in the Top 33 (!) at +46% to a record 571,585 sales, already well above its Full Year 2013 result (490.000 units). Other great performers include Subaru (+20%), Ram (+26%), Lexus (+14%), Audi (+15%), Lincoln (+14%), Mitsubishi (+29%) and Maserati (+265%).
In the models ranking, just as the first 2015 generation F-150 rolls out of the production line, the Ford F-Series holds at -0.5% and despite being outsold by the GM full-size pickup truck duo Silverado/Sierra for the third month in a row, is in no danger of losing its pole position, having sold almost 200,000 units more than the #2 the Chevy Silverado. Haloed by another very strong showing in October, the Ram Pickup is frankly catching up on the Toyota Camry for the annual third spot, nearly halving its gap on last month from 15.000 units to 8.400. At this rate it will jump up to third place next month. The Honda CR-V is also gaining ground on the Civic for #8.
The only two changes in the YTD Top 20 are the Ford Focus getting back above the Hyundai Elantra at #15 and the GMC Sierra kicking the Chevrolet Malibu out to #20. The only American models in the Top 100 to gain more than 25% on 2013 are the Jeep Cherokee launched exactly one year ago and the Buick Encore at +55%, with the other best performers being the Lexus IS (+59%), Toyota 4Runner (+47%), Nissan Sentra (+45%), Kia Sportage (+41%), Subaru Forester (+35%), Acura MDX (+33%), Kia Soul (+28%), Mazda CX-5 (+27%), Toyota RAV4 and Mazda6 (both at +26%). Notice also the GMC Yukon at +54%, Chevrolet Corvette at +146%, Mercedes S-Class at +105% and Audi A3 up 1889% to #150 thanks to the new sedan.
Now that the Jeep Cherokee and Ram ProMaster are out because one year old, the Acura TLX becomes the best-selling all-new nameplate in the US after only 3 months in market at #171 and 11,060 sales, up 28 spots on last month. It is followed by the Lincoln MKC at #189 and 8,615 units (+1), the Ford Transit at #207 and 5,567 examples (+14) and the Porsche Macan at #208 and 5,390 deliveries (-2). The BMW i3 at #214 (+11), Mercedes GLA at #234 (+16) and BMW i8 at #260 (+5) also move up.
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