March 2011 Auto Sales

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The addition of the Outlander Sport can be credited with about half of Mitusbishi's big jump in March. Also contributing were the Endeavor (which nearly tripled its year-ago figure) and, to a lesser extent, the Galant (+11%).

VOLVO +22%
Finally, a good month for Volvo, mostly due to the new S60, which beat its February total by more than 50%. Elsewhere in the lineup, minor increases for the XC60 and the S40 didn't offset larger drops for the XC70 and S80.

Jaguar -11%
Jaguar declined again in March, as the surging XJ couldn't overcome the sinking XF. Sales of the sports cars fell by nearly half, which didn't help matters.
Land Rover +26%
Another month, another 26% sales increase for Land Rover. This time, the gains were spread around pretty evenly amongst the LR4, the Range Rover, and the Range Rover Sport. The LR2, though, dropped by a third.

The zooming Cayenne (+164%) continues to be Porsche's most popular model. The Panamera (+21%) is a distant second, just ahead of the 911, with the Boxster and Cayman trailing far behind. Depressingly, all three sports cars declined in March.

The Kizashi (+77%) is finally getting some traction, but the SX4 (-14%) declined a bit.

SAAB +524%
Saab sold 830 cars in March, which is a damned sight better than 133 last year. More importantly, it's a nice increase over the 546 total in February. Recently, Saab had a brief interruption in production when some suppliers stopped deliveries due to unpaid invoices, but CEO Victor Muller says the problem has been cleared up.

TOP 5 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES (and rank last month)
1. Ford F-series 53,272 (#1)
2. Honda Accord 33,616 (#6)
3. Chevrolet Silverado 32,555 (#2)
4. Nissan Altima 32,289 (#7)
5. Toyota Camry 31,464 (#3)

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