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USA 11 months 2014: Discover the Top 279 best-selling models

Ram 1500 USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ram Pickup is now just 1,421 sales (0.35%) off the Toyota Camry and a YTD podium ranking…

* See the Top 279 models, Top 40 brands and Top 15 groups by clicking on the title *

As is the tradition on BSCB, after detailed November results, we now zoom in on the year-to-date sales charts to extract longer-term trends. Overall the US new light vehicle market is up 6% so far in 2014 to 15.02 million units and with just one month to go. 2014 will be the strongest sales year in the country since 2007, sanctioning 5 consecutive years of sales increase, a winning stretch we had only seen happen once in the past 80 years: from from 1996 to 2000. The record is 8 straight years of growth from 1909 to 1917. The groups ranking is pretty much cemented for the year with General Motors holding the top spot with 2.66 million sales (+4%) ahead of Ford Motor at 2.25 million (-1%) and Toyota Motor at 2.16 million (+6%) while Fiat Chrysler is up 16% to 1.9 million. The top of the brands ranking is not as certain: below Ford at 1.99 million, Chevrolet should remain #2 by the time 2014 comes to an end but its advantage over Toyota has thawed to 15,492 units from 17,786 last month.

Mercedes C-Class USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe new C-Class should enable Mercedes to remain the #1 premium brand in 2015.

1. Mercedes now almost certain to finish 2014 as #1 premium brand.

A tight race is the one for the title of #1 premium brand in the country. Actually it was tight up until this month. After 11 months, Mercedes leads with 318,837 sales, up 7% on the same period in 2013. It has taken a definitive advantage over BMW in November (+6,091 sales), extending the gap to 20,625 units even though BMW has gained more ground YOY at +10%. BMW’s flagship (3-4 Series) is up 19% so far, but the X4 has arrived too late in the year to have a real impact. Back at Mercedes, the C-Class loss (-18%) has been more than compensated by a great-performing SUV range (M-Class +12%, GLK +13%) and the arrival of the ultra-successful compact CLA (25,000 units) and GLA (5,000 sales). Plus the S-Class doubled its sales this year. 2014 would be the 2nd consecutive year Mercedes takes the #1 premium brand spot when 2013 was the first time it ever did so. It should remain on top in 2015 as its flagship, the new generation C-Class, gears up, the GLA gains momentum and the GLE targets the BMW X6.

Cadillac CTS USA November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCadillac will be overtaken by Audi for the first time in 2014.

As a reminder, BMW held the premium top spot in 2011 and 2012 whereas Lexus was leader for 11 consecutive years before then. Hit by Toyota’s recall issues a few years back, Lexus is climbing back the ladder from a distance, up 14% to 271,510 sales so far this year. Just below in the premium ranking, a very momentous event is taking place: thanks to sales up 15% to a record 162,773 units, Audi has overtaken Cadillac (down 6% to 154,600) for the first time in the history of automobile in the USA! This means there is no US premium brand in the Top 4 for the first time ever. The last time Cadillac topped the premium sales charts at home was in 1997.

Hyundai Genesis USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHyundai will be threatened by Jeep in 2015…

2. Two novel brand battles

In anticipation for 2015, let’s single out two brand battles that never before occurred on US ground because one of the contestants is evolving at all-time record highs. Jeep is up 44% so far in 2014 to a record 629,074 units partly thanks to the runaway success of the all-new Cherokee. This means it is up two spots on 2013 to #7 overall, overtaking Dodge and Kia in the process. However both in October and November it also outsold Hyundai to rank #6. Jeep is too far below Hyundai year-to-date (32.137 units) to have any hope of overtaking the Korean manufacturer in the next month, but 2015 will be very open.

Subaru Outback USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of…while Subaru will be teasing Dodge and Kia.

After 36 straight months of monthly YOY gains, Subaru has earned a spot among America’s 10 favourite brands for the first time. It ranks #10 after 11 months, one spot higher than a year ago, with sales up 21% to 463,770 deliveries. During 4 of the past 5 months (July, August, October and November), Subaru also outsold the #9 in the YTD ranking, embattled American brand Dodge, down 4% so far in 2014. Same situation as above, it is too late for Subaru to pass Dodge in 2014, but longer-term trends say it will do so in 2015 and could also tease Kia to the overall 8th spot…

Toyota Camry USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCan the 2015 model help the Toyota Camry retain the third place in 2014? I don’t believe so.

3. Who will round up the 2014 U.S. models podium?

The suspense is becoming properly unbearable. After 334 days in 2014, the Toyota Camry sold 396,988 units (+5%) while the Ram Pickup was at 395,567 (+23%), a tiny 1,421 sales (0.35%) below compared to 8,440 a month ago. The Ram outsold the Camry for the last 3 months in a row: by 8,105 units in September, 6,670 in October and 7,019 units in November. The logic would say the Ram will edge past the Camry in the last couple of weeks of the year to snatch the #3 spot. Not that simple. December is a little unpredictable as skewed by end-of -year promotions, however the Camry has just been facelifted for the 2015 model year and dealers will be reluctant to incentivise it too hard. On the other hand, record-low petrol price will favour the Ram as well as all other pickups and SUVs in the market and disadvantage passenger cars. I predict the Ram Pickup will take third place in the Full Year 2014 ranking and therefore make the 2014 U.S. models podium 100% pickup trucks (1. F-Series 2. Silverado 3. Ram) for only the second time in the past two decades (along with 2003).

Honda CR-V USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda CR-V could deliver a last minute surge in the YTD ranking…

4. Can the Honda CR-V outsell the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Altima to rank at a record #6?

SUV and crossovers have been selling like hotcakes in the U.S. this year, and an illustration of this trend is the record 4th place of the Honda CR-V in November, the first time a crossover ever outsells all passenger cars in the country, including perennial leader the Toyota Camry. Since its mid-cycle refresh a couple of months ago, the CR-V has been going from strength to strength and breaking monthly volume records. As a result, while it ranked #10 at end-August it has since passed the Ford Fusion and its stablemate the Honda Civic up to #8 with one month left to go. And it could go further up. The CR-V stands a mere 663 units below the 7th placed Nissan Altima whereas it outsold it by… 9,544 sales in November. The gap with 6th placed Toyota Corolla is 6,723 vs. an advantage of 6,769 for the CR-V in November. All doable, but very tight indeed. I’ll take a risk and say the CR-V will outsell them both and finish the year at #6.

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Full 11 months 2014 Top 279 models, Top 40 brands & Top 15 groups Ranking Tables below.

USA 11 months 2014 – groups:

1General Motors2,660,5254%2,555,92111
2Ford Motor Co2,251,946-1%2,268,64422
3Toyota Motor Corporation2,158,7146%2,045,19933
4Fiat Chrysler Group1,897,37816%1,639,36144
5Honda Motor Company1,403,5911%1,390,05755
6Nissan Motor Company1,269,57711%1,138,66277
8Volkswagen Group542,007-3%556,83988
10BMW Group347,7095%332,7251010
11Daimler AG328,3197%306,8981111
14Jaguar Land Rover59,8010%59,6541313
15Volvo Cars NA51,446-9%56,3451415

USA 11 months 2014 – brands:

29Land Rover45,7113%44,2462929
38Rolls Royce74484%9243940
40Alfa Romeo24new0

USA 11 months 2014 – models:

1Ford F-Series679,496-1%688,81011
2Chevrolet Silverado471,9188%437,82122
3Toyota Camry396,9885%378,52033
4Ram Pick-up395,56723%322,26855
5Honda Accord356,7857%333,80444
6Toyota Corolla309,37311%279,61889
7Nissan Altima303,3133%295,90777
8Honda CR-V302,65010%275,14598
9Honda Civic300,644-2%307,18066
10Ford Fusion283,6945%270,8721111
11Ford Escape280,6093%271,5311010
12Chevrolet Cruze255,26011%230,0621212
13Toyota RAV4244,70124%197,2791616
14Chevrolet Equinox220,9440%220,9801414
15Ford Focus204,751-7%219,0011515
16Hyundai Elantra203,163-10%226,2201313
17Hyundai Sonata199,0125%189,1691717
18Ford Explorer191,53018%162,6512019
19GMC Sierra188,39713%166,5351920
20Nissan Rogue184,32024%148,0752323
21Chevrolet Malibu171,702-7%185,1011818
22Nissan Sentra167,87542%118,3443029
23Jeep Grand Cherokee166,1715%157,7582121
24Jeep Wrangler161,32512%143,4742828
25Jeep Cherokee160,7931396%10,748179132
26Kia Optima147,1931%146,4192627
27VW Jetta145,295-2%148,4002222
28Subaru Forester144,79031%110,3634036
29Toyota Tacoma140,757-4%146,7242424
30Kia Soul135,41021%111,7343941
31Toyota Highlander131,10814%115,2283532
32Nissan Versa130,65220%108,4884143
33Chrysler Town & Country127,33113%112,5513738
34Chevrolet Impala127,192-13%146,1642726
35Toyota Prius126,749-13%146,4602525
36Subaru Outback124,01816%107,0474242
37Dodge Grand Caravan122,8999%112,7933635
38BMW 3 & 4 Series122,76819%102,7844340
39Toyota Sienna112,8141%111,7373839
40Honda Odyssey112,370-4%116,8803331
41Toyota Tundra107,9746%101,7444444
42Chrysler 200101,134-13%116,8273437
43Ford Edge100,924-14%117,0313230
44Ford E-Series98,007-25%130,8962934
45Hyundai Santa Fe97,51121%80,5955754
46Honda Pilot97,378-17%117,7073133
47Chevrolet Traverse95,2897%88,6655151
49GMC Terrain93,9843%91,5274849
50Lexus RX93,8653%90,7514948
51Kia Sorento92,832-5%98,1674646
52Mazda CX-591,40126%72,8246263
53VW Passat88,392-12%100,3984545
54Chevrolet Sonic88,0628%81,2115557
55Chevrolet Tahoe86,46716%74,8566159
56Dodge Charger85,677-3%88,1915250
57Dodge Journey85,15112%76,3175958
58Jeep Patriot84,02821%69,6396667
59Chevrolet Camaro79,6695%75,5526061
60Dodge Dart76,977-1%77,9395860
61GMC Acadia76,649-6%81,8705453
62Subaru Impreza74,8647%70,1966566
63Chevrolet Express73,7413%71,9286364
64Ford Mustang73,1242%71,4596465
65Nissan Pathfinder72,322-12%81,9575355
66Toyota 4Runner68,76248%46,5258585
67Nissan Frontier68,26319%57,4367373
68Mercedes C Class66,841-18%81,0225656
69Subaru XV Crosstrek65,46336%48,2168381
70Lexus ES64,7261%64,3686968
71Kia Forte64,0304%61,8447172
72Mercedes E Class61,2810%61,0767271
73Toyota Avalon60,682-6%64,7786870
74Ford Fiesta59,468-11%66,5976769
75Ford Taurus58,881-7%63,3317062
76Acura MDX58,84227%46,5028683
77Dodge Durango58,2795%55,3517574
78Jeep Compass56,31814%49,4597984
79Buick Enclave54,907-1%55,7157475
80Hyundai Accent54,7433%53,3587676
81Honda Fit52,8908%48,8968082
82Dodge Avenger51,250-42%88,8925052
83Chrysler 30049,390-7%52,8437777
85Cadillac SRX48,679-4%50,7027879
86Chevrolet Suburban48,2486%45,4408887
87Nissan Maxima47,2210%47,3878480
88BMW 5 Series47,187-3%48,7618178
89Subaru Legacy46,81319%39,3529495
90Dodge Challenger46,673-4%48,5908286
91Buick LaCrosse46,4342%45,6758788
92Buick Encore45,79057%29,195119121
93Lexus IS45,41953%29,603116112
94Hyundai Tucson43,19213%38,1929899
95Nissan Murano42,9347%40,0009392
96Mercedes M Class41,10112%36,841103100
97BMW X540,9338%37,884101103
98Buick Verano40,726-4%42,5989090
99Ford Expedition40,39319%34,025108106
100Acura RDX39,709-2%40,5359191
101Kia Sportage39,64730%30,438114115
102Ford Transit Connect38,1986%35,916104104
103Audi Q537,8696%35,561105102
104Toyota Prius C37,731-4%39,1699697
105GMC Yukon36,84049%24,705129129
106Chevrolet Spark36,15212%32,418113114
107Nissan Juke36,0293%35,081106108
108Chevrolet Captiva Sport35,353-21%44,9668989
109Audi A435,080-8%38,1519996
110Kia Rio34,009-12%38,58697101
111Mercedes GLK33,14313%29,324118117
112Infiniti Q5033,044149%13,248167155
113Fiat 50031,406-6%33,510110110
114Lincoln MKZ31,3736%29,538117118
115Chevrolet Corvette31,287119%14,286162159
116BMW X331,02915%26,916128126
117VW Golf29,2701%29,079121124
118Toyota Prius V28,478-13%32,879112113
119Cadillac CTS28,463-2%29,126120119
120Mitsubishi Outlander Sport28,29925%22,593133133
121Infiniti QX60/JX27,8250%27,858124122
122Toyota Venza27,572-18%33,698109109
123Cadillac ATS27,425-20%34,432107107
124Nissan LEAF27,09835%20,081140139
125Hyundai Genesis27,069-7%29,050122120
126VW Beetle26,912-33%40,3159294
127Cadillac Escalade26,87233%20,203139140
128Mini Cooper26,840-29%38,02810098
129GMC Yukon XL26,492-6%28,100123123
130Hyundai Veloster25,913-6%27,664126125
131Ford C-Max25,633-23%33,182111111
132GMC Savana24,91676%14,117163161
133Mercedes CLA Class24,701128%10,828178169
134Tesla Model S24,20026%19,206143n/a
135Mercedes GL Class23,203-16%27,673125128
136VW Tiguan23,005-16%27,538127127
137Mercedes Sprinter22,45718%18,988144142
138Mercedes S Class22,44496%11,446173172
139Lincoln MKX22,3264%21,366136136
140Cadillac XTS22,059-26%29,889115116
141Ford Flex22,036-7%23,575131131
142Infiniti G / Q6021,488-42%37,140102105
143Audi A620,9966%19,742141141
144Buick Regal20,74922%16,938153150
145Mini Countryman20,7047%19,270142144
146BMW X120,217-15%23,771130130
147Lexus GX19,97894%10,306181179
148Audi A319,5602182%857253252
149Lexus GS19,45314%17,138151147
150Volvo S6018,591-13%21,434135137
151Chevrolet Volt17,315-16%20,702138138
152Volvo XC6017,197-5%18,185146146
153Scion tC16,819-6%17,951148149
154Mazda CX-916,747-27%23,089132134
155Audi Q716,58921%13,699164163
156Acura ILX16,124-14%18,857145145
157Lexus CT16,06521%13,284166167
158Range Rover Sport15,86116%13,671165164
159Mitsubishi Mirage15,573907%1,547243234
160Nissan Xterra15,368-5%16,178157156
161Audi A515,328-11%17,280150151
162Acura TLX15,293new0
163Porsche Cayenne15,271-11%17,128152152
164Scion xB15,103-9%16,561154154
165Ram ProMaster15,003973%1,398246230
166Mitsubishi Lancer14,948-17%18,089147148
167Toyota FJ Cruiser14,31621%11,826172174
169Nissan NV13,33620%11,077175176
170Scion FR-S13,228-24%17,298149153
171Honda Ridgeline12,908-20%16,160158157
172Mitsubishi Outlander11,9729%10,998176177
173Nissan NV20011,853210%3,826225220
174Toyota Yaris11,669-44%20,741137143
175Nissan Titan11,658-19%14,407161165
176Kia Sedona11,57076%6,578199201
177Range Rover11,3484%10,881177178
178Infiniti QX80/QX5611,320-1%11,398174173
179Nissan Armada11,232-13%12,920168168
180Range Rover Evoque11,0148%10,219182181
181Honda Crosstour10,939-29%15,487159160
182Fiat 500L10,93183%5,981206198
184Lincoln MKC10,767new0
185Toyota Sequoia10,545-15%12,429170171
186Acura TL10,540-53%22,523134135
187Ford Transit10,418new0
188Ram Cargo Van9,94122%8,149191190
189Porsche 9119,6570%9,614187186
190Smart Fortwo9,48013%8,409189188
191VW CC9,372-37%14,763160166
192Nissan Quest9,148-24%12,006171175
193Kia Cadenza8,71912%7,782193191
194BMW 7 Series8,648-12%9,813184183
195Lincoln Navigator8,64113%7,671194192
196BMW 6 Series8,023-8%8,684188187
197Audi A77,6091%7,539195194
198Lexus LS7,539-22%9,663186185
199Lincoln MKS7,233-26%9,719185184
200Scion xD7,089-15%8,343190189
201Subaru BRZ7,088-10%7,882192193
202Nissan 370Z6,75311%6,092205204
203BMW 1 & 2 Series6,6217%6,181202199
204Hyundai Azera6,535-35%10,129183182
205Mercedes CLS Class6,406-13%7,322197196
206Porsche Macan6,377new0
207VW Touareg6,356-14%7,415196195
208Acura TSX6,270-62%16,465155158
209Porsche Panamera5,42010%4,921213213
210Audi A85,172-7%5,582208206
211Jaguar XF5,108-28%7,117198197
212BMW i35,079new0
213Mercedes GLA4,810new0
214Infiniti QX70/FX4,765-18%5,794207205
215Volvo V604,633new0
216Volvo XC704,6234%4,437217216
217Mercedes SL Class4,491-30%6,442201202
218Lincoln MKT4,444-18%5,416210208
219Infiniti Q70/M4,378-11%4,916214214
220Mazda MX-54,367-21%5,504209209
221Mercedes SLK4,3530%4,364219218
222Chevrolet Colorado3,96616%3,410227227
223Jaguar XJ3,954-21%4,985212212
224Land Rover LR43,943-40%6,545200200
225Volvo XC903,884-37%6,157203203
226Porsche Boxster3,731-13%4,308220221
227Jaguar F-Type3,66477%2,065237238
228Honda Insight3,654-17%4,384218217
229Nissan Cube3,599-28%5,029211211
230Lexus LX3,547-10%3,950223219
231Land Rover LR23,54521%2,930231229
232BMW X63,494-27%4,808215210
233Chevrolet Caprice PPV3,449-1%3,487226225
234Honda CR-Z3,338-20%4,166221222
235Porsche Cayman3,2194%3,106229228
236VW Eos3,207-19%3,956222223
237Acura RL/RLX3,180-29%4,456216215
238Hyundai Equus3,072-5%3,226228226
239Toyota Land Cruiser2,7931%2,756233233
240Audi Q32,753new0
241Mercedes G Class2,71518%2,295235236
242Infiniti QX50/EX2,50334%1,869239239
243Chevrolet SS2,3861233%179260258
244BMW Z41,983-13%2,289236237
245Scion iQ1,953-49%3,845224224
246Mini Paceman1,953-25%2,612234231
247BMW X41,833new0
248Volvo S801,674-4%1,749241242
249GMC Canyon1,53766%927252251
250Jaguar XK1,36410%1,241248247
251Nissan GT-R1,28011%1,158249248
252Kia K9001,237new0
253Cadillac ELR1,192new0270
254Audi TT1,146-39%1,894238241
255VW Routan1,103-40%1,825240240
256Lexus RC880new0
257Volvo C70778-74%3,039230232
258Subaru Tribeca693-52%1,455244244
259Audi R8671-10%743254253
260SRT (Dodge) Viper67125%536255254
261Mercedes B Class4502400%18268n/a
262BMW i8397new0
263Mercedes SLS AMG226-44%407258256
264Mercedes CL Class207-52%431257255
265Mitsubishi i-MiEV184-82%1,018251250
266Mitsubishi Galant122-91%1,426245245
267Chevrolet Avalanche90-99%16,399156162
268Acura ZDX76-78%347259259
269Volvo C3066-95%1,344247246
270Porsche 918 Spyder57new0
271Alfa Romeo 4C24new0
272Chevrolet City Express24new0
273Lexus NX22new0
274Lexus LFA16-27%22266265
275Mercedes R Class7-77%30264263
276Mercedes CLK3n/a0
277Hyundai Veracruz1-99%175261260
278Honda FCX1-83%6271267
279Mazda Tribute1-50%2274276

Source: Manufacturers via GCBC

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