BMW GROUP +21%
In January, BMW outpaced the industry and -- more important, one suspects -- archrival Mercedes-Benz.
BMW's increase was driven wholly by its redesigned models: the 5-series (+76%), X5 (+24%), and the X3 (up nearly fourfold).
DAIMLER BENZ +14%
Daimler's January increase was not quite as good as that of the overall market.
The new CL, the (old) SLK, and the big Sprinter saw large percentage jumps, but on small volumes. The more significant action was in the E-class (+25%), the M-class (+29%), and the GLK (-10%).
Finally, an up month for Smart.
5 Maybachs were sold in January, one fewer than last January.
A very disappointing month for Mazda, which was the only major manufacturer to sell fewer cars this January than last. The declines were across the board, with the exception of the CX-7 (+45%) and CX-9 (+36%).
Mitsubishi's sales increase came mostly from the addition of the Outlander Sport. The Gallant was also up, but all other models declined.
Precipitous drops for Volvo's smaller models, the C30, S40, and V50, as well as the V70/XC70, were countered by the return of the S60 and a big jump for the XC60.
At long last, some good news for Suzuki, as Kizashi sales shot up.