NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +27%
Nissan's 27% increase was enough to push it ahead of the white-hot Koreans.
The Altima (+19%) played out of its mind in November, and for the second month in a row found itself in the top five bestsellers. The Rogue (+67%) and most of the big trucks also did well, while the Maxima (-14%), the Cube (-36%), and the sports cars declined.
Infiniti was on fire in November, and the division almost looks like it could break 100,000 units this year. The M (+167%) and the QX56 (+148%) grabbed headlines, but the G (+23%) was just as important from a volume perspective.
HYUNDAI GROUP +46%
The Korean colossus racked up the biggest sales gain of any major manufacturer in November, with both brands contributing.
All Hyundais were in positive territory, but nothing topped the Tucson (+243%) for sales growth in November. The Sonata and the Genesis chalked up the same percent increase (+72%), but of course the Sonata's was on much larger volume.
At Kia, the new Sorrento was a five-bagger (+481%) while the new Sportage saw a relatively mild 38% increase. The second-fastest-growing Kia was the not-so-new-anymore Soul (+123%). Unlike Hyundai, Kia suffered some declines, with the Amanti, Optima (surprisingly), Rio, Sedona, and the soon-to-be-departing Rondo and Borrego.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +28%
The new Jetta jumped by 40% while the new Touareg more than doubled. The not-at-all-new Routan had another good month (+99%). Downers included the CC (-18%), the Passat (-30%), and the Eos (-31%).
At opposite ends of the spectrum, the A3 had another good month (+102%) as did the new A8, which tripled. All Audis saw gains, except the TT (-35%).