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

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

Full December 2013 Top 255 models, Top 37 brands and Top 15 groups Ranking Tables below.

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