2009 February Auto Sales: Going Nowhere Fast

What's Up (and is it a blip or a trend)?
Some nameplates sold better in February than they did a year ago, but in each case we'll also check the January-February combined sales (in parenthesis) to see if they did a sudden reversal or if they're on a 2-month winning streak.

Hyundai Accent +30% (up)
Hyundai Elantra +33% (flat)
Hyundai Entourage +355% (up, nearly 3x!)
Kia Amanti +639% (up, more than 4x!)
Kia Sedona +153% (up, nearly 2x!)
Kia Sorrento +228% (up, nearly 3x!)

Hyundai's Lose-Your-Job-We'll-Buy-Back-the-Car program seems to be striking a chord, while Kia is enjoying success by turning on a fire hose of incentive money.

New redesigns
Porsche Boxster +127% (up)
Nissan 370Z +33% (up)

Lots of redesigned models are selling worse than their predecessors, but the Boxster and the Z have enthusiasts reaching for their wallets.

Sudden reversals
Mercury Sable +36% (down)
Audi A5/S5 +29% (down)
Mercedes-Benz CLK +15% (down)
Mazda 5 +12% (down a bit)
Mercedes-Benz G-class +5 units (down)

Enjoying two good months in a row
Subaru Forester +101% (up, 2x!)
Saturn Astra +30% (up, 2x!)
Smart +29% (up)
Mitsubishi Raider +122% (up)
Infiniti FX +21% (up)
Nissan Rogue +6% (up)

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