August Auto Sales: Cash for Clunkers' Climactic Conclusion

GMC -45%
The compact Canyon pickup (+35%) scooped up some Clunkers-flush buyers, but otherwise it was all bad news for GMC, with declines in the bread-and-butter Sierra pickup (-42%), the Acadia crossover (-25%), and the Yukon (-68%). The new Terrain has just started trickling into dealerships.

Honda +15%
Cash for Clunkers was made for a brand like Honda, and indeed, not only did the program help nearly triple sales of the Fit (+183%), but it also bolstered the Civic (+44%) and the CR-V (+52%). The Accord (-9%) didn't fare as well, but the real wallflowers were the Pilot (-31%), the Odyssey (-43%), and the Ridgeline (-60%).

Hummer -64%

Hyundai +47%
Hyundai racked up huge gains, particularly the Elantra (+116%), the Accent (+56%), the Tucson (+50%), and the Santa Fe (+41%). The Genesis (+97%) also enjoyed a big gain, albeit still on low volume, as did the Veracruz (+52%).

Infiniti -30%
The EX (-60%) turned in the weakest performance for Infiniti. One wonders what BMW, which is about to launch the thematically similar 5-series GT hatchback, thinks of that.

Jaguar -33%

Jeep -6%
The Grand Cherokee had a huge month (+62%). Dropoffs of 34% might have been expected for the Commander but not for the Patriot. The latter, however, was likely a victim of depleted stock.

Kia +60%
Kia's big sales increase was more due to the addition of the Forte and the Soul than it was to increases in existing models, although the Optima (+96%) and the Rio (+94%) both nearly doubled. So did the Sportage(+166%) and the Sedona minivan (+52%), which more than offset declines among Kia's other SUVs.

Land Rover +13%
The new Range Rover (+103%) roared ahead, while other models suffered mostly modest declines.

Lexus -23%
The HS250 began to reach dealerships and the new RX posted a slim gain, but those positives were overwhelmed by declines across the rest of the lineup, including the LS (-50%), the GS (-60%), the ES (-29%), and the IS (-23%). Both SUVs also swooned, and sales of the SC430 have slowed to a crawl.

Lincoln -38%
Lincoln sat on the sidelines during the Cash for Clunkers sales rush and suffered declines in all four of its models. The MKX (-20%) was the least bad, while the Navigator (-49%) dropped the most.

Lotus -17%

Maserati -30%

Maybach -20%

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