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USA 7 months 2014: Discover the Top 270 models

August 7th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Corolla USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Toyota Corolla is now #6 and #3 Passenger Car year-to-date in the US.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through detailed US sales for July, we explore the year-to-date ranking in order to extract some longer-term trends. As a reminder the US light vehicle market is up 5% on 2013 so far this year at 9.6 million units in 7 months. As the year goes by, the year-to-date models ranking cements both its order and its evolution and this month is a perfect illustration: all Top 5 models that were losing ground after 6 months do so again after 7 months, and this is also true for the stable and gaining ones. The Ford F-Series is immobile, patiently awaiting the arrival of the new generation at 429,065 units, while the Chevrolet Silverado disappoints at -2%.

Ram 1500 USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ram Pick-up is still the biggest year-on-year gainer in the Top 10.

The Toyota Camry is up even before the new model has arrived in dealerships (+8%), the RAM pick-up still lodges the largest year-on-year improvement in the Top 10 at +19% and the Honda Accord struggles once again at -2%. In 6th place we have the first change in the year-to-date ladder: boosted by its new generation, the Toyota Corolla overtakes the Nissan Altima at 205,187 units (+12%) vs. 203,107 (+3%). The rest of the Top 10 is unchanged: the Honda Civic at #8 followed by the Ford Fusion and Honda CR-V. The Chevrolet Equinox (#13) and Toyota RAV4 (#14) pass the Ford Focus while the Nissan Rogue (+23%) and Sentra (+43%) are in great shape.

Toyota 4Runner USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comToyota 4Runner sales are up 42% so far in the US in 2014.

Further down, the Subaru Forester (+47%) is still sparkling, as are the Mazda CX-5 (+29%), Toyota 4Runner (+42%), Acura MDX (+55%) and Lexus IS (+95%). Notice also the Dodge Grand Caravan and its twin the Chrysler Town & Country both up a very solid 20% year-on-year with almost identical sales figures: 81,530 and 81,246 respectively! The Jeep Cherokee is once again and by far the most popular new nameplate over the past 12 months at #26 and 95,259 units, ahead of the Infiniti Q50 (#116), Mercedes CLA (#145), Mitsubishi Mirage (#163) and Ram ProMaster (#183). There are no other newcomers inside the Top 200, but the Audi A3 (#161, +1098% thanks to the sedan), Porsche Macan (#215) and Lincoln MKC (#216) shine.

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USA July 2014: Toyota RAV4 at all-time record in market up 9%

August 7th, 2014 10 comments

Toyota RAV4 USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe Toyota RAV4 delivers its highest ever monthly volume in the US in July.

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The US light vehicle market delivers another very solid month in July: up 9% year-on-year to 1.435 million vehicles, which brings the year-to-date total to 9.6 million units, up 5% on 2013. The seasonally adjusted annualised sales rate (SAAR) hit 16.5 million in July, up from 15.8 million a year earlier, but down from the 17 million rate reached in June. The SAAR has now topped 16 million units for 5 consecutive months and 2014 is on track to end around 16.3 million sales, meaning it would be the 5th year of growth in a row and the strongest annual volume since 2006 when deliveries totalled 16.6 million units. The best performing manufacturers this month are Fiat-Chrysler up 20% thanks notably to the ever-impressive success of the all-new Cherokee, Toyota up 12% to edge out Ford Motor Co into 2nd place overall, Nissan up 11%, Ford up 10% and General Motors up 9% in spite of their recall crisis.

GMC Sierra USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGMC sales are up 22% year-on-year in July.

Brand-wise, below Ford up 9% to 203,604 sales, Toyota overtakes Chevrolet to rank #2 at 183,342 units (+12%) vs. 175,155 (+8%). Honda loses 2% in 4th place, ahead of Nissan (+11%), Hyundai (+2% to a record July figure of 67,011) and Jeep up 41%: the American brand has now improved by 28% or more for 9 consecutive months! Notice also GMC up 22%, Subaru up 27%, Mazda up 17% (best July since 1993), Lexus up 19% (best July ever), Tesla up 28% and Maserati up 324%. However the big news in the brands sales charts is in the retail figures (excluding fleet sales), the ‘true’ sales to US consumers: Toyota becomes the most popular retail brand in the USA this month above Ford…

Toyota Corolla USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comToyota Corolla sales are up 26% year-on-year thanks to the new generation.

In the models ranking, the entire Top 5 best-sellers are identical to the year-to-date ranking: the Ford F-Series is back into positive territory after two months of year-on-year decline at +5% to 63,240 units, the Chevrolet Silverado is stable at 43,097 units, the Toyota Camry is up a very satisfying 15% to just under 40,000 sales, the Ram Pick-up is up 14% and the Honda Accord up 11%. Below, the Toyota Corolla takes advantage of the new generation to gain 26% yoy and reclaim the compact car crown off the Honda Civic, while the Toyota RAV4 is up a huge 37% to hit its highest ever monthly volume at 26,779 units, breaking into the US Top 10 for the first time in 4 years (since ranking #6 in March 2010) in 9th place, only 1,743 units below the Honda CR-V.

Nissan Versa Note USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Versa lodges the highest year-on-year increase inside the Top 50.

Further down, the Chevrolet Equinox shines at +37% in 12th position, the Ford Explorer is up 49% to #17, Nissan Sentra up 54% to #19, Nissan Versa up 74% to #23, Kia Soul up 45% to #26, Subaru Forester up 48% to #27, BMW 3/4 Series up 26% to #33, Chrysler Town & Country up 41% to #36, Chevrolet Tahoe up 51% to #40, GMC Terrain up 37% to #41, Chevrolet Camaro up 25% to #44 and the Chevrolet Traverse also up 25% to #46.

Porsche 918 Spyder USA July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFirst appearance of the Porsche 918 Spyder in the US rankings.

Among recent launches, notice the Mercedes CLA up 23 spots on June to #123, the Lincoln MKC up 33 to #159, Porsche Macan up a further 8 to #179 and the Cadillac ELR up 6 to #240. Finally, we welcome 3 new models this month in the ranking: the BMW X4 lands directly at #232 with 262 sales, the Mercedes B-Class reappears in a new robe at #252 with 41 units and the spectacular Porsche 918 Spyder lands at #258 with 3 sales.

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Full July 2014 Top 260 models, Top 40 brands & Top 15 groups Ranking Tables below.

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Australia/USA: More Historical Data now available!

July 30th, 2014 No comments

Ford Fairmont USA 19781978 Ford Fairmont

Thanks to Paul I have just added more detailed Historical Data for two countries: Australia and the USA. For Australia, you now have access to a Top 10 ranking for 1978, 1988 and 1989 and for the US there is a Top 10 ranking for February 1978 which adds a different perspective to the figures already published on BSCN. These were very different times with a Top 10 composed of 10 American cars in the US (not a single Japanese model in sight) while in Australia Holden and Ford dominated with the Kingswood, Commodore and Falcon but there were already 5 Japanese cars inside the Top 10 in 1978, led by the Datsun 200B…

You can check out all Australian and American Historical Data updates here:

Australia 1948-2013 Historical Data (42 articles featuring vintage photographs)

USA 1908-2013 Historical Data (42 articles)

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USA 6 months 2014: Top two pick-ups pause growth

July 12th, 2014 5 comments

Chevrolet Silverado USA June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comChevrolet Silverado

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through US June figures we now explore year-to-date data to try and extract longer-term trends. Halfway through 2014, the US light vehicle market is up a cool 4% to reach 8.16 million units, and with an annualised sales rate of 17 million in June we are looking at an American car market at its best in 8 years! Brand-wise, the success story of the year is Jeep: up 45% and over 100,000 compared to the same time last year to an all-time record 332,802 sales, now teasing Hyundai (364,434 – also an all-time high) for 6th place overall. For more about this success, check out Strategy: Why Jeep is breaking all-time records in the USA.

Jeep Cherokee USA June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comUS Jeep sales are up by a gigantic 45% year-on-year so far in 2014.

No less than 3 other manufacturers break records in the US Top 10, making it 5 in 10: Nissan is up 13% to 645,136 units, Kia is up 7% to 297,413 sales and Subaru is up 16% to 238,008 units, making its first appearance among the US’s 10 most popular brands. Ford keeps the lead of the brands ranking with 1.22 million units (-2%) ahead of Chevrolet at 1.03 million (+1%) and Toyota at 996,282 (+4%). Notice also GMC up 5%, Ram up 22%, BMW up 12%, Lexus up 17%, Buick up 13%, Audi and Infiniti up 14%, Lincoln up 16%, Mitsubishi up 30% and Maserati up 329% thanks to the Ghibli.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport USA June 2014Mitsubishi sales are up 30% so far in 2014.

In the models ranking, the first observation when looking atop the sales charts is the two best-sellers, the Ford F-Series (-0.5%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-1%), have paused their growth for now. If for the F-Series the explanation is simple (the 2015 model is coming up soon), for the Silverado it isn’t as the current generation is only one year old. Granted, the Ram Pick-up is up 20%, the GMC Sierra is up 6% and the Toyota Tundra up 12%, so pick-up trucks do still have a rosy future in the US.

Honda Accord USA June 2014. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe Honda Accord is now #2 passenger car below only the Toyota Camry.

The Toyota Camry reinforces its third position (+7%), the Honda Accord (-4%) overtakes the Nissan Altima (+5%) for 5th place overall, the Toyota Corolla improves to +10% year-on-year in 7th position, and the Honda Civic (+5%) passes the Ford Fusion (+3%) for 8th place. Further down, the Ford Focus jumps up to #13, the Hyundai Sonata is up to #17 and in terms of year-on-year gains let’s salute the Nissan Rogue up 26% to #20, the Nissan Sentra up 41% to #21, Subaru Forester up 47% to #31 and the Dodge Grand Caravan up 21% to #34.

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USA June 2014: Toyota Corolla & Hyundai Sonata lead gainers

July 10th, 2014 6 comments

Hyundai Sonata South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comHyundai Sonata sales are up 30% in June thanks to the new model.

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After a fantastic month of May, most analysts had predicted the US new light vehicle market to decline year-on-year in June. Nope. It is up 1% to 1,420,994 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,163,942 units, up 4% halfway through the year. Even better: the annualised sales rate is up to 17 million units, up from 15.9 million in June 2013 and just above May’s 16.8 million rate, the first time it hits 17 million since July 2006. So we are looking at a US car market at its highest in 8 years! 

Audi A3 USA June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe all-new A3 sedan helps Audi lift its sales by 23% year-on-year in June.

Surprisingly, General Motors is still weathering in a pretty good way the recall of 25.7 million vehicles so far this year, with sales up for the 4th consecutive month in June at +1%. In fact, Ford and Honda (both at -6%) are the only groups among the ones selling over 100,000 units this month to lose ground year-on-year in June, and for both of them it’s their 4th decline in the past 6 months. Reversely, Fiat Chrysler (+9%) and Nissan are strong again, the latter delivering its 15th monthly record in the past 16 months. Brand-wise, notice Jeep up another 28% on the back on strong Cherokee sales (#27), Mazda up 17% at delivering its strongest June volume in 10 years, Buick up 18%, Audi up 23% and Maserati up 233%.

Nissan Sentra USA June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Sentra is up 68% on June 2013.

In the models ranking, we witness the first true dent in the Ford F-Series return to shape in over 2 years: going from +7% in April to -5% in May to -11% this month, however the reason is simple: the new generation is coming this Summer/Fall and will no doubt give it another sales kick. Plus its supremacy in the ranking is nowhere near being threatened, with another 17,000 units separating it from the #2, the Chevrolet Silverado. The Toyota Camry is back down to #3 but up 13% year-on-year, the RAM Pick-up is up 12%, the Toyota Corolla up 17%, Ford Fusion up 14%, Ford Focus up 4 spots on May to #9 and 13% year-on-year, the Hyundai Sonata up 30%, Nissan Sentra up 68% and the Subaru Forester up 28%.

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USA: 1985-1991 Detailed Historical Data now available!

June 27th, 2014 No comments

Ford Escort USA 1987The Ford Escort is the best-selling Passenger Car in the US in 1987 and 1988.

Thanks to an avid reader of BSCB, I have now added full models ranking for the USA for each year between 1985 and 1991, slowly but surely filling up the holes in US Historical Data on the site. This is a period where I had previously almost no information about, and it means there is now at least a Top 10 ranking for each year in the past 3 decades! The 1985-1991 period is a hugely important one in the USA as it shows the shift from an almost All-American ranking to Japanese domination in the Passenger Cars sales charts.

Honda Accord USA 1986The Honda Accord writes history in the US during the eighties.

In 1985, there is only 3 foreign models in the Top 20 best-sellers overall: the Honda Accord, Toyota Hilux/SR5 and Nissan Sentra. The Ford F-Series dominates overall, while the Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Escort, Chevrolet Celebrity and Oldsmobile Ciera being the most popular passenger cars. Only 6 years afterwards in 1991, the Honda Accord is the best-selling passenger car for the third year running, ranking third overall only 33,000 sales below the leader, still the Ford F-Series! Add to this the Toyota Camry #3 passenger car and #5 overall with over 260,000 sales.

Hyundai Excel USA 1986The first Korean car to reach US shores, the Hyundai Excel launched in 1986 and ranked #9 in 1987.

Witness also the arrival of Korean manufacturer Hyundai in 1986, placing the Excel at an unbelievable 9th place overall in 1987 (but crashing and burning afterwards), the birth of US-exclusive Japanese premium brands Acura in 1986, and Lexus & Infiniti in 1989
and the launch by General Motors of the “no haggle” priced Saturn brand in 1990 with a new plant, workforce, dealer network and the manufacturing process in response to the success of Japanese manufacturers. Result: the Saturn S-Series ranks #56 in 1991 for its first full year of sales.

Saturn S-Series USA 1990General Motors launches the Saturn brand with S-Series (above) in 1990.

You can check out the entire 1908-2013 USA 43 Historical Data articles here.

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Strategy: Why Jeep is breaking all-time records in the USA

June 19th, 2014 4 comments

1940 Bantam Jeep BRC40The 1940 Bantam BRC40 is one of the ancestors of the Jeep.

While Jeep had never before in its 73-year history topped 60,000 US sales in a month, it delivered an out-of-this world 70,203 in May, passing Kia, teasing Hyundai which also broke its all-time record this month, doubling Volkswagen and tripling Buick. The Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass nameplates all beat their all-time monthly volume records this month. According to Autonews, Jeep did so with only modest financing and lease subsidies, making it all the more impressive.

1967 Jeep Jeepster1967 Jeep Jeepster

To show how far Jeep has traveled, lets back-track 8 years ago, prior to the global financial crisis, when the market was at a similar level as it is now. In July 2006, Jeep sold 35,831 vehicles in the US, a little more than half of what it sold last month, with a market share of 2.4% vs. 4.4% last month. What is behind Jeep’s sudden and tremendous current success in the USA? Autonews says it’s a matter of ‘right time, right place’…

Riding the SUV wave

Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book, says “All of the major growth in the marketplace seems to be isolated in the CUV and SUV segments. Given this is Jeep’s entire portfolio, they seem to be benefiting more than anybody else. No brand has gained more market share in the USA since 2010 than Jeep. And the brand has accomplished the feat with modest fleet sales.”

2014 Jeep Cherokee2014 Jeep Cherokee

The role of the new Cherokee

Jeep’s impressive growth streak can be pinpointed partly to the addition of the 2014 Cherokee mid-sized SUV which replaced the lacklustre Liberty at the end of last year. Albeit controversially designed, the new Cherokee immediately stroke a chord with US buyers, selling over 10,000 units for its first full month of sales last November. It never dropped below 5 digit sales figures since, adding up to 92,881 sales so far and will pass the 100,000-unit milestone in June, only 8 months after launch. Don Lee, president of Lee Auto Malls which operates two Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram stores in Maine, said “The new style of the Cherokee is so dramatically different than previous Jeeps that it’s bringing a new buyer into our showroom that we haven’t seen before: they’re a younger buyer than the typical Jeep buyer.”

1974 Jeep Cherokee1974 Jeep Cherokee

Quality perception

According to Autonews, Jeep brand head Mike Manley said the average age of Jeep buyers has dropped nearly 2 full years in the past year. He declined to reveal precise numbers. Meanwhile, in a survey released two weeks ago by ALG, the analytics division of TrueCar, millennials who had purchased a vehicle placed Jeep third in perceived quality among all automotive brands, behind only Honda and Toyota. ALG defines millennials as people born between 1979 and 1994. Among all respondents, Jeep was the highest-ranking Chrysler Group brand for perceived quality and was above the industry average.

Blake Helfman, new-vehicle sales manager at Helfman River Oaks Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, confirms this: “We’re conquesting buyers from higher-end vehicles. I’m getting trade-ins from Mercedes, BMW, Range Rover, Lexus-type vehicles because people come in and typically, they leave with a similar quality vehicle at a much, much lower payment.” For instance, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s sticker starts at US$30,390 while the Mercedes M class starts at $48,715.

2015 Jeep Renegade2015 Jeep Renegade

Production constraints

In addition to the record US sales in May, Jeep sold 30,004 vehicles overseas. “A number of our international markets are constrained because of the demand we have in the U.S.,” Manley said. This didn’t prevent the Grand Cherokee to break into the Australian Top 10 for the very first time… The brand’s 5 year plan calls for building Jeeps in Asia, South America and Europe to feed domestic markets there. The Jeep Renegade, a new subcompact SUV that will come to the US in 2015, is scheduled to go into production in Europe earlier, before the end of 2014. “The sooner that we can bring that international manufacturing onstream, the more product that we can use to continue to feed the US dealers,” Manley said. Manley said the brand remains on track to sell 1 million Jeeps globally in 2014, but further growth will require more production. “If it continues this way, we’ll naturally bump into the production capacity limits,” Manley said.

Arguably a nice problem to have.

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USA 5 months 2014: Toyota Camry back on podium

June 10th, 2014 1 comment

Lincoln MKC USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Lincoln MKC is one of 3 all-new models to pop up in the US ranking this month.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through May figures for the US we now explore year-to-date data to try and extract longer-term trends. After 5 months the American new light vehicle market is up a healthy 5% year-on-year to 6.7 million units, and there is one significant change in the year-to-date Top 10 models this month: below traditional leaders the Ford F-Series (+2%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-1%) both relatively stable, the Toyota Camry (+6%) passes the Ram Pick-up (+21%) to reclaim the third spot it held over the Full Year 2013 with 181,876 units vs. 170,711.

Acura MDX USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Acura MDX is the fastest growing model in the Top 80 so far in 2014.

The Nissan Altima remains the 2nd best-selling passenger car in the country in 5th place overall thanks to sales up 7% to 150,342 units, ahead of the Honda Accord (-5%), Toyota Corolla (+8%) and Ford Fusion (1%) with the Honda Civic (+5%) and CR-V (+8%) rounding up the Top 10. The greatest gainers in the Top 50 also include the Chevrolet Cruze at #12 (+18%), Nissan Rogue at #19 (+33%), Nissan Sentra at #22 (+37%), Subaru Forester at #31 (+51%), Hyundai Santa Fe at #45 (+29%) and Mazda CX-5 at #47 (+36%).

Jeep Cherokee USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comMost successful newcomer of the past 12 month by far: the Jeep Cherokee.

If we broaden the net to the Top 100, the fastest growing models are the Lexus IS at #92 (+122%), Buick Encore at #94 (+96%), Acura MDX at #80 (+79%) and BMW X3 at #90 (+75%). As far as all-new models are concerned, only 13 have entered the US ranking over the past 12 months, including 3 in May alone: the Porsche Macan arrives at #233 with 1,263 sales, the Lincoln MKC ranks 243rd with 677 units and the BMW i3 is #249 with 336 sales. Still at the bottom of the ladder for now, with the only newcomer cracking the Top 100 for now being the Jeep Cherokee at #26 with 67,095 units. It is followed by the Infiniti Q50 at #110, Mercedes CLA at #143 and Mitsubishi Mirage at #164.

Nissan Altima USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com2014 is a record year for Nissan in the USA.

Brand-wise, below the traditional podium composed of Ford at 1,006,710 sales (-2%), Chevrolet at 839,341 (+2%) and Toyota at 822,698 (+4%), Nissan edges out Honda to step up to 4th place thanks to sales up a magnificent 14% to 544,067 units vs. 543,668 for Honda, stable year-on-year. Jeep is up an astounding 49% year-on-year to #7 with 275,796 sales, Subaru is up 19% to #10, RAM up 24%, BMW up 12%, Lexus up 19%, Infiniti up 18%, Lincoln up 21%, Mitsubishi up 34% and Maserati up 357%.

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USA May 2014: General Motors up 13% despite recalls, Hyundai and Jeep break all-time record

June 10th, 2014 6 comments

2015 Hyundai Genesis USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHyundai Genesis – Hyundai delivers its biggest monthly volume since the brand landed in the US in February 1986.

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May light vehicle sales in the US are up a massive 11% to 1.608.693 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 6.742.948 units, up 5% on 2013 as increased discounts and extended holiday deals drew consumers to showrooms according to Automotive News. Even better news: the annualized pace of sales shot up to 16.8 million, its highest rate in almost 8 years – since July 2006! Brand-wise, the 3 biggest pieces of news this month are below:

1. General Motors delivers its best year-on-year gain of the year so far at +13% despite a worsening recall crisis. This figure was lifted by a 21% increase in fleet deliveries vs. 10% for retail. All four brands from the American car manufacturer are on the up: Chevrolet is at +14%, Buick +11%, GMC +8% and Cadillac +6%.

2. Fiat-Chrysler lodges its 50th consecutive monthly improvement (almost 4.5 continuous years!) with Ram pickup deliveries up 17% and Jeep up a gargantuan 58% to an all-time record 70,203 units, the first time in the history of the company that over 70,000 sales are achieved in a single month in the USA.

3. Hyundai Motor America also sets an all-time monthly sales record in May of 70,907 units, up 4% over May 2013 (68,358) and up 2% on its previous monthly record set in March 2012 (69,728). The Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus all gained at least 20% year-on-year this month.

In other brand news, Nissan Motor gains 19% (Nissan +17%, Infiniti +31%), the Toyota brand gains 17% to pass Chevrolet and rank #2 with 210,134 sales, Kia is up 15% to 60,087 units, Mazda is up 23% yo 29,731 sales, BMW up 17% to 29,602, Lexus up 21%, Audi up 25%, Lincoln up 21%, Mitsubishi up 54% and Maserati up 406%. Reversely, the Chrysler brand is down a harsh 22%, Volvo down 21% and the slide down continues for the Volkswagen brand at -15%.

2015 Toyota Camry USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.com2015 Toyota Camry. The Camry is back to #2 for the first time in almost one year.

In the models ranking, for once the Ford F-Series is the only vehicle to lose ground year-on-year in the Top 12, with buyers patiently waiting for the new generation to pop up in dealerships across the country from this Summer onwards. The Toyota Camry is up a brilliant 26% on May 2013 to reclaim a #2 spot it had not held since last August, also passing the RAM Pick-up year-to-date to establish itself it this position like last year.

Nissan Sentra USA May 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Sentra is up a huge 75% year-on-year in May in the US. 

The Chevrolet Silverado is down to #3 but still up 8% year-on-year while the Honda Accord is up one rank to #4, the Toyota Corolla up 31% year-on-year in 6th place and the Chevrolet Cruze up 41% to #11. Further down, notice the Nissan Sentra up a fantastic 75% on May 2013 to #17, the Jeep Wrangler up 18% to #21 and the Jeep Cherokee down 3 spots on April to a still very satisfying 27th spot with 15,992 sales, this generation’s strongest monthly volume so far. Other great gainers atop the ranking include the Nissan Versa up 31%, Kia Soul and Chrysler Town & Country both up 37%, Subaru Forester up 41% and Hyundai Santa Fe up 44%.

Further down the ranking, we welcome 3 new models this month: the Porsche Macan at #171, Lincoln MKC at #200 and BMW i3 at #228. More on this in the next US update…

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One year ago: USA May 2013: Ford F-Series hits highest volume in 7 years!

Full May 2014 Top 258 models, Top 38 brands and Top 15 groups Ranking Tables below.

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USA 4 months 2014: RAM keeps podium 100% pick-up truck

May 11th, 2014 4 comments

RAM 1500 USA April 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comRAM Pick-up sales are up 23% so far in 2014 in the US.

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Every month on BSCB after going through US April sales we explore the year-to-date charts to try and extract longer-term trends. Thanks to a second consecutive strong month in April (+8%), the US market as a while is up 3% on 2013 after 4 months to 5.1 million units. I will comment on the brands ranking shortly, for now onto the models.

Toyota Camry USA April 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comWill the 2015 model enable the Toyota Camry to climb back on the US podium?

Lots of change in the Top 10 compared to last year, with the only two vehicles holding onto their ranking being the Ford F-Series in the lead (+4%) and the Chevrolet Silverado at #2 (-4%). The RAM Pick-up is up two spots and a splendid 23% to third place at 133,580 sales, still above the Toyota Camry at 132,292. It’s going to be a tough fight for the Full Year 2014 third spot, and if the RAM manages to keep its ranking until the end of the year, it would make the US podium 100% pick-up truck for only the 2nd time in 20 years after 2003!

2014 Nissan RogueThe Nissan Rogue is the biggest gainer in the Top 30 at +42% 

Below the Camry, the best-selling passenger cars also experience quite a reshuffle: the Nissan Altima is now #2 and #5 overall thanks to sales 5%, passing the Honda Accord down 11% while the Toyota Corolla is up one spot to #7 (+2%), exchanging positions with the Ford Fusion (-3%). The Honda Civic and CR-V mechanically gain one spot, benefitting from the Ford Escape puffing a bit at -3%. Thanks to a new fuel-efficient engine, the Chevrolet Cruze is up 12% to #12.

Toyota Highlander USA April 2014. Picture courtesy of cargurus.comThe new model pushes Toyota Highlander sales up 23% this year in the US.

Further down, the best performers include the Toyota RAV4 up 20% to #15, the Nissan Rogue up an impressive 42% to #18 thanks to the new generation, the Nissan Sentra up 25% to #23, Toyota Highlander up 23% to #30, Subaru Forester up 54% to #32, Toyota Tundra up 18% to #41, Mazda CX-5 up 37% to #48, Nissan Juke up 68% to #80 and Lexus IS up 119% to #90.

Fiat 500L Trekking USA April 2014Fiat 500L

11 all-new models have made their appearance in the US ranking over the past 12 months, but only two make it into the Top 130 best-sellers so far in 2014: the Jeep Cherokee at #25 with 51,103 sales and the Infiniti Q50 at #103 and 12,645 units. They are followed by the Mercedes CLA at #131 and 7,704 sales, the Mitsubishi Mirage at #162 with 5,116 units and the Fiat 500L at #177 and 4,209 sales.

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