VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +24% The Group that would rule the automotive world came a bit closer to its hubristic goals in May, with all three brands contributing.
The Jetta continues to do well (+59%), and in May was joined by the CC (+50%), the Tiguan (+58%, ahead of a redesign), and the Touareg (+107%). Note that VW showrooms are at the moment without the Beetle or the Passat.
Audi had a very good month thanks to the addition of the A7 and the renewed A8.
The new Continental GT has given Bentley a boost.
BMW GROUP +20%
BMW looked the best of the luxury players this month. Credit the new X3 (which tripled the sales of the old model), the 5-series (+84%), and the 7-series (+122%). Even some of the marginal players like the Z4 (+51%), the 6-series (+64%), and the X6 (+22%) kicked in to help. The 3-series (-16%) and the 1-series (-51%) did not.
The Mini’s sales increase was all due to the Countryman.
Rolls-Royce increased its sales by 1 car.
On the car side, it was the E-class, and only the E-class, that looked good (+5%). Things were much better among the trucks/SUVs, where all models posted gains except the soon-to-be-replaced M-class. The biggest jumps came in the unlikeliest places: the Sprinter (+126%) and the R-class, which nearly tripled.
Roger Penske is looking pretty smart for unloading Smart.
Maybach sales declined from 5, to 4.