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USA December 2014: BMW 3 breaks record again, market up 11%

Chevrolet Colorado USA December 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comChevrolet sales are up 20% in December, with the Colorado back inside the Top 100.

* See the Top 275 All-models, Top 40 brands & 15 groups by clicking on the title *

An improving economy, fuel prices at 6 year-lows and very advantageous year-end deals: all conditions were reunited for US car buyers to flock to dealerships in December. And they did, propelling new light vehicle December sales up 11% year-on-year to 1.507.928 and lifting the 2014 figure up 6% to 16.5 million deliveries. Looking at automotive groups, General Motors (+19%), Toyota (+13%), FCA (+20%) and Hyundai-Kia (+14%) all lodge double-digit year-on-year growth while Ford (+1%) Honda (+1%) and Nissan (+7%) lose market share.

BMW M3 USA December 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comBMW M3: the 3/4 Series smashes its monthly US volume record in December.

Brand-wise, Chevrolet is up a stellar 20% to take a definitive advantage over Toyota (+13%) in the final 2014 ranking, Jeep is faithful to month after month of explosive growth at +19%, GMC is up 23%, Subaru up 24% and Ram up 35%. And that’s just the Top 10… Further down, notice Kia up 36%, Lexus up 15%, Chrysler up 53%, Buick up 32% and Alfa Romeo already climbing one spot up the ladder, overtaking Rolls-Royce to rank #38 with 67 units sold.

1. Ram 2500 Long Horn Fort WorthThe Ram Pickup is at its best since July 2005, with the 1500 variant up 44%.

While the Ford F-Series is waiting out its transition period to the new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 (-0.3% on December 2013), the Chevrolet Silverado (up 36% to 57,837 sales) and the GMC Sierra (up 31% to 23,436 both deliver their best monthly results since August 2007, meaning GM’s full-size pickup line outsells the Ford F-Series for the 5th month running at 81,273 sales vs. 74,355. In other great pickup news, the Ram Pickup hits its best monthly score since July 2005 at 44,222 sales, up 32%, thus securing the #3 spot overall in 2014. The Honda CR-V is virtually immobile vs. last month, tying its best-ever monthly ranking at #4 overall, outselling all passenger cars in the market for the second month running (and ever) and lodging the nameplate’s 5th best-ever monthly tally at 32,369.

Nissan Altima USA December 2014The Nissan Altima is the #1 passenger car in the US in December, outselling the Toyota Camry.

The Nissan Altima (+30%) is the best-selling passenger car in the country for only the third time ever after March 2013 and February 2014 at #5 above the Toyota Camry (+6%) and Honda Accord (-2%). The Toyota Corolla is up a beautiful 34% YOY at #8 and the Chrysler 200 hits its 2nd best-ever monthly volume at 16,229 units (+187%) thanks to the 2015 model. But the most impressive performance of all is the works of the BMW 3/4 Series smashing the all-time record it hit exactly one year ago in December 2013: up 16% to 19,464 sales in 15th position.

Ford Transit USA December 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFirst ever 4-digit sales month for the Ford Transit in the US.

Further down in the ranking, the Jeep Cherokee lodges a third consecutive month inside the Top 20, the Ford Transit finally breaks its ties now that the E-Series it replaces has been discontinued: up 107% and 33 spots on November to break into the Top 50 for the first time and pass the 10,000 monthly-unit milestone at #45 and 10,030 sales. The Ford Mustang is up 66% to #49, the BMW X5 up 212% to #75, the Lexus NX up to #123 with 2,905 units for its first full month of sales and the Chevrolet Trax lands at #199. In the medium-size pickup revived segment, the Chevrolet Colorado is up 71% on last month to 4,037 units at #99 while the GMC Canyon is up 80% to 1,533 sales at #167. If the Toyota Tacoma is still a fair bit ahead (#31 at 14,284 sales), the Nissan Frontier (#75 – 6,060 units) is now a locked-down target for the Colorado.

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Full December 2014 Top 275 All-models, Top 40 brands & 15 groups below.

USA December 2014 – groups:

1General Motors274,48319%1
2Ford Motor Co219,3691%2
3Toyota Motor Corporation215,05713%3
4Fiat Chrysler Automobiles193,26120%4
5Honda Motor Company137,2811%5
6Nissan Motor Company117,3187%6
8Volkswagen Group56,9834%8
10BMW Group48,1419%11
11Daimler AG38,2704%10
13Jaguar Land Rover7,4372%14
15Volvo Cars NA4,9201%15

USA December 2014 – brands:

27Land Rover5,7540%29
38Alfa Romeo67new39
39Rolls Royce61-8%38

USA December 2014 – models:

1Ford F-Series74,3550%1
2Chevrolet Silverado57,83736%2
3Ram Pickup44,22232%3
4Honda CR-V32,36913%4
5Nissan Altima32,33130%11
6Toyota Camry31,6186%5
7Honda Accord31,589-2%8
8Toyota Corolla30,12534%6
9Ford Escape25,6035%7
10Honda Civic25,337-13%9
11GMC Sierra23,43631%12
12Ford Fusion23,166-5%14
13Toyota RAV422,99710%13
14Chevrolet Equinox21,29824%15
15BMW 3 & 4 Series19,46416%23
16Hyundai Elantra18,860-13%26
17Ford Explorer18,4649%18
18Hyundai Sonata17,92424%16
19Chevrolet Cruze17,800-2%10
20Jeep Cherokee17,71518%17
21Jeep Grand Cherokee17,1764%20
22Chevrolet Malibu16,8179%33
23Chrysler 20016,229187%24
24VW Jetta15,5781%19
25Nissan Sentra15,39343%29
26Subaru Forester15,16315%27
27Toyota Highlander15,01922%30
28Ford Focus14,883-4%22
29Nissan Rogue14,8791%21
30Subaru Outback14,77234%25
31Toyota Tacoma14,28412%31
32Jeep Wrangler14,00316%28
33Lexus RX13,6253%35
34Chevrolet Impala13,08823%37
35Kia Optima11,82725%32
36Toyota Sienna11,68825%43
37Honda Pilot11,47928%40
38Chevrolet Tahoe11,25930%50
39Dodge Grand Caravan11,2530%44
40GMC Terrain11,03238%53
41Chrysler Town & Country10,70910%49
42Toyota Tundra10,519-4%36
43Hyundai Santa Fe10,39526%34
44Honda Odyssey10,368-14%46
45Ford Transit10,030new78
46Kia Soul9,90656%41
48Kia Sorento9,68829%47
49Ford Mustang9,51166%45
50Jeep Patriot9,43453%55
51Toyota Prius9,291-14%48
52Nissan Versa9,1293%38
53Chevrolet Traverse8,65411%51
54Subaru Impreza8,62430%70
55Hyundai Accent8,56621%99
56Dodge Charger8,422-17%60
57Dodge Journey8,42111%56
58VW Passat8,257-11%59
59Mercedes C Class8,22414%39
60Toyota 4Runner8,14460%58
61Ford Edge7,940-34%54
62Lexus ES7,782-5%65
63Mazda CX-57,72115%57
64Buick Enclave7,39353%85
65GMC Acadia7,323-8%62
66Dodge Dart6,88126%42
67Nissan Pathfinder6,7892%64
68Acura MDX6,7613%71
69Chevrolet Suburban6,76116%75
70Chevrolet Camaro6,62832%84
71Toyota Avalon6,5015%69
72Honda Fit6,45040%61
73Dodge Durango6,11914%68
74BMW X56,098212%82
75Nissan Frontier6,06012%63
76Lexus IS5,93910%80
77Mercedes M Class5,62525%72
78Chevrolet Express5,611-22%83
79BMW 5 Series5,517-32%111
80Subaru XV Crosstrek5,482-1%66
81Subaru Legacy5,45786%67
82Chevrolet Sonic5,45623%77
83Kia Forte5,30623%74
84Ford E-Series5,256-58%90
85Acura RDX5,15622%101
86Mercedes E Class5,119-41%79
87Buick LaCrosse5,03461%73
88Ford Transit Connect5,01232%134
89Jeep Compass4,94640%91
90Dodge Challenger4,93872%89
91Cadillac SRX4,899-19%104
92GMC Yukon4,72931%110
93Audi Q54,551-5%88
94Mini Cooper4,54517%109
95VW Golf4,405138%92
96Nissan Murano4,367-7%96
98Ford Expedition4,239-2%93
99Chevrolet Colorado4,037n/a128
100Chrysler 3003,992-18%76
101Infiniti Q503,855-16%87
102Acura TLX3,834new86
103Ford Taurus3,748-31%102
104Cadillac Escalade3,74062%105
105Ford Fiesta3,724-17%100
106Audi A43,599-10%112
107Chevrolet Corvette3,55218%127
108Mercedes GL Class3,39452%113
109Infiniti QX60/JX3,367-10%115
110Kia Sportage3,29831%108
111Mercedes Sprinter3,28816%120
112GMC Yukon XL3,2603%125
113Nissan Maxima3,180-51%107
114Hyundai Tucson3,114-16%97
115Buick Encore3,10212%81
116Nissan LEAF3,10223%118
117Ram ProMaster3,03662%106
118Buick Verano3,0173%103
119Chevrolet Spark3,00776%117
120Kia Sedona2,997498%98
121Audi A62,94510%139
122Hyundai Genesis2,923-11%124
123Lexus NX2,905new260
124Toyota Prius C2,8391%114
125Mercedes S Class2,83253%116
126BMW X32,795-25%132
127Mitsubishi Outlander Sport2,75517%119
128Lexus GS2,7455%145
129Lexus GX2,70748%140
130Audi A32,690new121
131Mercedes CLA Class2,664-19%94
132Cadillac CTS2,652-18%123
133Lincoln MKZ2,636-7%136
134BMW X12,591-5%126
135Cadillac ATS2,465-37%130
136Toyota Venza2,41913%131
137Lincoln MKC2,310new135
138Fiat 5002,302-1%142
139Toyota Prius V2,2848%122
140Cadillac XTS2,276-15%151
141VW Beetle2,270-19%152
142Tesla Model S2,200190%133
143Nissan Juke2,155-30%141
144VW Tiguan2,116-14%138
145Volvo XC602,07931%154
146Mercedes GLA2,074new146
147Range Rover Sport2,036-12%168
148Ford C-Max1,962-3%143
149Mini Countryman1,941-6%157
150Audi Q71,928-15%149
151Kia Rio1,924-11%137
152Volvo S601,8665%177
153Mercedes GLK1,857-42%129
154Buick Regal1,8114%144
155Lincoln Navigator1,79290%160
156Ford Flex1,786-25%147
157Mazda CX-91,74914%159
158Acura ILX1,73010%153
159GMC Savana1,725-33%191
160Hyundai Veloster1,685-45%166
161Lincoln MKX1,669-34%156
162Infiniti QX80/QX561,615-8%165
163Lexus CT1,608-10%164
164Toyota Yaris1,605167%196
165Nissan NV1,5543%169
166Mitsubishi Lancer1,54714%158
167GMC Canyon1,533n/a187
168Nissan NV2001,53293%170
169Chevrolet Volt1,490-38%162
170Range Rover1,48211%176
171Fiat 500L1,4824%171
172Scion xB1,48015%161
173Range Rover Evoque1,42620%175
174Ram Cargo Van1,37082%150
175Nissan Armada1,361-7%167
176Audi A51,292-7%174
177Toyota Sequoia1,261-9%181
178Infiniti Q40/G Sedan1,184-19%n/a
179Nissan Xterra1,137-28%173
180Mitsubishi Mirage1,135-18%163
181Scion tC1,128-1%172
182Mitsubishi Outlander1,096-15%178
183BMW 7 Series1,096-2%193
184Lexus RC1,042new185
185Lexus LS1,020-4%186
186BMW i31,013new188
187Smart Fortwo97314%189
188Porsche Cayenne934-32%155
189Lincoln MKS927-14%209
190Audi Q3901new190
191Nissan Titan869-32%180
192Porsche Macan864new179
193Honda Crosstour863-37%182
194Scion FR-S834-19%183
195BMW X4820new206
196Porsche 911776-6%184
197Jaguar XF772-4%204
199Chevrolet Trax739new
200Land Rover LR473634%226
201Audi A87322%199
202BMW 1 & 2 Series724-30%195
203Hyundai Azera697-36%232
204Nissan Quest685-21%207
205Infiniti Q6065842%n/a
206Infiniti Q70/M65679%201
207BMW 6 Series624-42%194
208VW CC623-31%197
209VW Touareg605-26%200
210Mercedes CLS Class575-19%236
211Kia Cadenza548-35%208
212Mercedes SL Class539-5%216
213Audi A7524-44%198
214Chevrolet City Express506new259
215Lexus LX505-25%210
216Honda Ridgeline481-69%203
217Volvo XC704706%215
218BMW X6458-37%211
219Dodge Avenger455-91%202
220Infiniti QX70/FX448-24%212
221Jaguar F-Type448142%218
222Nissan 370Z446-5%220
223Subaru BRZ416-41%213
224Toyota FJ Cruiser402-69%192
225Mercedes SLK384-2%224
226Mazda MX-537837%237
227Jaguar XJ375-16%230
228Mercedes G Class37588%228
229Toyota Land Cruiser36512%222
230Volvo V60357new225
231Lincoln MKT356-40%217
232Hyundai Equus343-3%234
233Mercedes B Class326n/a239
234Porsche Panamera320-36%205
235Honda Insight311-26%231
236Scion xD288-56%219
237Chevrolet Caprice PPV288-30%229
238Acura RL/RLX233-61%235
239Honda CR-Z224-42%240
240Infiniti QX50/EX224-24%238
241VW Eos204-8%241
242Porsche Cayman198-29%223
243Nissan Cube186-57%242
244BMW Z4168-12%243
246BMW i8158new246
247Nissan GT-R156100%247
248Porsche Boxster144-45%221
249Mini Paceman129-80%233
250Cadillac ELR1181867%245
251Chevrolet SS93-61%249
252Kia K90093new255
253SRT (Dodge) Viper8962%257
254Jaguar XK88-16%250
255Scion iQ87-57%252
256Volvo S8079-58%244
257Acura TL76-96%254
258Land Rover LR274-81%248
259Volvo XC9068-90%251
260Alfa Romeo 4C67new258
261Audi R864-9%256
262Porsche 918 Spyder39new262
263Acura TSX17-98%261
264Chevrolet Captiva Sport15-99%253
265Mercedes CL Class14-69%265
266Audi TT12-92%264
267Mitsubishi i-MiEV129%263
268Subaru Tribeca9-94%
269Mercedes SLS AMG6-86%266
270Chevrolet Avalanche2-98%269
271Acura ZDX2-86%267
272Volvo C701-99%268
273Lexus LFA1n/a270
274Mercedes R Class1n/a
275Honda FCX1-75%

Source: GCBC, Manufacturers

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