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.
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%).
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%).
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.
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'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.
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 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.