August 2008 Car Sales: Funny, it sure looks like a recession

August 2008 Car Sales: Funny, it sure looks like a recession

Minivans in the can
Honda Odyssey -20%
Hyundai Entourage -70%
Kia Sedona -71%
Chevy Uplander -80%

OF COURSE, IT'S NOT ALL BAD NEWS

The allure of the new
Redesigned models comprise the largest group of vehicles posting significant gains.
Infiniti FX +27%
Toyota Land Cruiser +35%
Cadillac CTS +51%
Mercedes-Benz C-class +53% (definitely the shining star in Mercedes' lineup)
Subaru Forester +73%
Toyota Sequoia +86%
Lexus LX570 +238% (on very small volume, it must be said)

Small is still swell
Not as swell as it was two months ago, but these gas savers are still trending positive.
Toyota Yaris +20%
Ford Focus +23% (it's new, too)
VW Jetta +29%
Mini Cooper +34%
Hyundai Accent +73%
Pontiac Vibe +95% (bolstered by a redesign)
Suzuki SX4 +133% (with the addition of a sedan body style)

Defying gravity
Chevy Impala +21%
GMC Acadia +25%
Kia Optima +25%
BMW X5 +32%
Mazda 5 +40%
Mazda CX-9 +41%
Chevy Corvette +47% (ZR1 stokes the fires)
Nissan Frontier +55%
Buick Enclave +60%
Nissan Quest +64%
Nissan Xterra +77% (one of 3 Nissans suddenly posting a huge month after a long, year-to-date decline)
Audi A6 +88%

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