HYUNDIA - KIA +47%
Record-breaking numbers for both brands -- that pretty much sums it up.
Hyundai's big increase is all the more impressive because it's in comparison to such a strong performance in April 2010. The new Elantra doubled sales of its predecessor and accounted for just over one-third of Hyundai brand sales, and because all versions of the Elantra get 40 mpg on the highway, Hyundai was able to claim that 34% of the vehicles it sold in April get 40 mpg. Back in the slow lane, the Equus squeaked past the Azera (yes, Hyundai still makes the Azera) but tallied only 222 sales.
Soul doubled, racking up a second huge month. Optima more than doubled. Sportage nearly tripled. Sorento, Kia's biggest seller, grew sales by half, as did the Forte. Only the Rio was down (-15%), and it's about to be replaced.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +12%
Nissan couldn't keep pace with the market overall in April -- and it definitely couldn't keep up with the zooming Koreans. It got smoked by Hyundai-Kia, and dropped down to 7th place among major automakers.
The Altima looks good (+17%) year over year, but dropped precipitously compared to last month, falling out of the top ten nameplates, when it had been #4 in March. The Sentra (+42%) was able to capitalize on the move to smaller cars but the Versa (-3%) was not. Volume for the new Juke has grown to nearly equal that of the Murano, but Nissan's most popular truck/SUV remains the Rogue (+28%).
All Infiniti models slipped in April, save the new QX56, which jumped 74%.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +19%
The new Jetta is still flying out of dealerships (+74%) and the Tiguan (+48%) and CC (+40%) have upped their game as well. VW would have done even better if it had any Passats to sell, but the new model is not in showrooms yet.
The Q5 has finally settled down (+2%) leaving the new A8 and the Q7 (+24%) to push Audi forward.
Bentley sales fell by eight (8) cars in April.