AMERICAN HONDA +21%
Honda stayed ahead of Chrysler in November, thanks to a solid performance across the board, except for the aging (but not terrible significant) Ridgeline and Element.
The Accord's 10% increase wasn't quite enough to dethrone the Camry, but the Civic's 21% gain pushed it past the Corolla/Matrix. Still, the biggest driver of Honda's sales increase was the CR-V (+31%).
The RL (-5%) reverted to its losing ways in November, but Acura's four volume nameplates were all strong. With 156 units in November, the ZDX, though, is obviously still struggling to find an audience.
CHRYSLER GROUP +17%
Chrysler's sales increase looked good in November, but not quite as good as it has the previous two months. Rather than all four brands participating, we had two up and two down. But the new and improved products for Chrysler and Dodge are mostly still to come.
It was a bad month for the Chrysler division, with every nameplate declining save the expiring PT Cruiser.
A wild month for Dodge ahead of the new Charger and Durango arrivals. The Caliber saw a huge upswing off of last year's ultra-low volume, and the Nitro had a big jump too (+88%), but the Journey fell by half.
It's no surprise that Jeep was a major engine of Chrysler's growth, and it's no surprise that the Grand Cherokee, whose sales more than tripled, was the star of the Jeep lineup. The Patriot (+43%) and the Wrangler (+34%) also lent a hand.
Even more so than last month, the big Ram pickup posted big numbers (+86%) -- it's 18,000+ sales should have been enough to muscle into the five top-selling nameplates, but a resurgent Nissan Altima skipped past it by just 166 units.