October 2010 Auto Sales

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BMW +17%
The new 5-series (+62%) added the most volume this month, although the 1-series (+127%) was the biggest gainer in percentage terms. A shout-out also goes to the X5 (+49%), while we cast a jaundiced eye at the 7-series (-44%) and the Z4 (-64%).
Mini -5%
It appears that Mini had successfully cleared out inventory last month, and so it's October sales showed a decline relative to last year. Next month should reflect sales of the updated, 2011 model.
Rolls-Royce -4%
As was the case in September, Rolls-Royce delivered 26 cars last month, versus 27 the year prior.

Subaru again outpaced the market in October, as four of its five models chalked up gains (the Tribeca, again, declined). The redesigned Outback lead the charge, up 35%.

Mercedes-Benz +5%
Mercedes-Benz car sales actually fell in October (including those of the new E-class), but the brand was able to eke out some forward progress anyway thanks to strong truck sales. The R-class posted a 52% increase (the redesign is working!), but it's still one-tenth the volume of the ML, which was up 19%. Only the GLK (-24%) didn't participate in the truck growth.
Smart -45%
Another big down month, as Smart has fallen 61% year to date in 2010.
Maybach -50%
As in September, 3 Maybachs were sold in October.

MAZDA +20%
Mazda again managed to outpace the overall market, thanks, in order, to a modest increase for the high-volume Mazda3, larger percentage jumps for the CX-9 and CX-7, and the addition of the Mazda2.

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