March 2011 Auto Sales

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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