SUBARU OF AMERICA +47%
After suffering its first decline in a long time in August, Subaru returned to its winning ways in September. Predictably, the Outback led the way (+91%), while just as predictably, the Tribeca (-58%) failed to participate in the fun.
DAIMLER A.G. +18%
The E-class (+47%) continues to drive Mercedes ahead but the S-class (+55%) put in a star turn of its own this month. The brand's aging fashionistas -- the CL, CLS, and SL -- were all in negative territory.
Another down month for Smart.
The 3 Maybachs sold in September was half as many as last year.
Mazda just outpaced the overall market, thanks to good performances by its crossovers and the all-important Mazda3.
Mitsubishi managed a minor gain for September, but compared to its August results, the increase actually looks better (+16%). If you're looking at year-over-year figures, the Outlander (+104%) was the big winner, but if you looking at the month-to-month comparison, the Lancer deserves the kudos.
Despite the improving overall picture, Volvo sales declined versus the brand's figures from a year ago, when it was owned by Ford.
JAGUAR LAND-ROVER +11%
XJ sales were all but nonexistent at the end of the previous model's run last September, so this month's look great by comparison (+707%), but it's worrying that the XJ declined by nearly a third from its August total.
Land Rover +12%
The LR4 doubled its year-ago pace, but only the Range Rover is ahead of last month.
The non-traditional Porsches -- the Cayenne and the Panamera -- gave the brand its year-over-year increase.
Only the Equator pickup managed an increase over last year (+64%), but its 118 units -- and the Kizashi's 477 -- weren't enough to combat declines for the Grand Vitara and the SX4.
Saab was on a death watch last year, so maybe this jump isn't a great comparison. More heartening, perhaps, is the fact that sales more than doubled compared to just last month.
TOP 5 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES (and rank last month)
1. Ford F-series 47,433 (#1)
2. Chevrolet Silverado 32,185 (#2)
3. Toyota Camry 30,769 (#3)
4. Honda Accord 24,127 (#4)
5. Toyota Corolla 21,060 (#6)