September 2010 Auto Sales

#Ford, #Ford

The Koreans enjoyed a robust increase over last September, and it allowed them to stay ahead of Nissan and maintain fifth place in the U.S. market. Looking at the year-prior comparisons, Hyundai looks better than Kia, but compared to month-prior figures, Kia actually did a little bit better.
Hyundai +48%
Not only did the new Sonata easily blow past last year's volume (+161%), it also slipped by the Honda Civic and very nearly broke into the Top 5 bestselling nameplates; it was just edged out by the Toyota Corolla/Matrix.
Kia +39%
Kia sold ten times as many of its new, redesigned Sorento as it did last year, making the Sorento easily the brand's bestselling nameplate.

Nissan was able to outpace the industry, growing sales by more than a third. Infiniti didn't do quite as well, but it was not much affected by Cash-for-Clunkers a year ago, and thus it didn't have such a dead post-Clunkers September.
Nissan +35%
Unlike many others, Nissan saw a bigger increase in the sales of its cars than its trucks. The Frontier looked good (+80%) but the Titan was weak (+9%). The Altima did well (+65%), but still was outsold by the Sonata. The Cube had Nissan's biggest drop versus year-ago (-32%), but was up 60% over last month.
Infiniti +26%
All Infiniti models beat last year, but none by a bigger margin than the new M (+227%).

VW +15%
The Golf and friends had VW's biggest gain (+253%) but then it was coming off a big post-Clunkers trough. The not-so-New Beetle (-39%) was the biggest decliner.
Audi +13% Q5 sales doubled, putting Audi's popular crossover within striking range of becoming the brand's bestseller, as the A4/S4 fell back slightly (-18%).
Bentley -2%

BMW +21%
The X5's new engine's powered it to a big sales increase (+161%), with the X6 not far behind (+122%). The 3-series also gained (+37%) but the 1-series dropped (-24%).
Mini +18%
Mini enjoyed an uptick ahead of a freshening coming this fall.
Rolls-Royce -4%
Steady as she goes: Rolls-Royce delivered 26 cars in September, versus 27 last September, and 26 in August.

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