For more than a year, Subaru has defied the downward direction of the auto industry, largely on the strength of the new Forester, and it showed no sign of slowing down in August (+76%). To be fair, the new Legacy/Outback (+51%) and the Impreza (+30%) kicked I,n too. Only the Tribeca, down less than 10%, failed to see any gains.
Gains for the SX4 (+30%) and the Grand Vitara (+20%) couldn't offset the sales lost by the Reno, which was phased out ahead of the arrival of the new Kizashi sedan.
Toyota division had more Clunkers sales than anyone. The Camry (+23%) was not only the best-selling car in August, it was the best-selling vehicle in America, powering past the Ford F-series. Other big movers for Toyota were the Corolla/Matrix (+46%), the Prius (+40%), and the RAV4 (+42%). The Yaris (-49%), however, was strangely unaffected by the giveaway. Though the division got a boost from the addition of the Venza, its big trucks and SUVs are suffering: the Tundra (-55%), the Sequoia (-75%), the 4Runner (-76%), and the FJ Cruiser (-77%) all saw double-digit drops.
Volkswagen's sales increase wasn't so much a Clunkers-related boost as it was the result of the CC and the Routan joining the lineup. The Jetta had a decent month (+15%), but most of VW's small cars declined, including the Rabbit (-58%), the GTI/R32 (-52%), and the New Beetle (-34%).
Volvo got some welcome good news in August with a tripling of sales for its V50 (+202%), a near doubling of volume for the S40 (+80%), and a big boost as well for the C30 (+62%). Only the XC90 (-36%) suffered a notable decline.
TOP 5 BEST-SELLING VEHICLES (and rank last month)
- Toyota Camry 54,396 (up from #4)
- Ford F-series 45,590 (up from #5)
- Honda Civic 43,294 (down from #1)
- Toyota Corolla/Matrix 43,061 (down from #3)
- Honda Accord 39,726 (down from #2)