CHRYSLER GROUP +30%
Chrysler continues to have its moment in the sun, although how much of it is due to diminished competition and how much is due to its own new and/or improved products remains unclear. Whatever the cause, the U.S. arm of the Fiat Group surely must have been pleased to outsell mighty Toyota for the second month in a row. The better news is that Chrysler's retail sales increase actually exceeded its total increase by a considerable margin, ringing in at +46%.
Thanks at least in part to the Eminem boost (his commercial also just won an award), sales of the 200 buried those of the Sebring by 82%; but the real story is even better, as the Sebring was such a fleet special that retail sales are running 5 times higher than before. Unfortunately, the story isn't so great for the Town & Country (-29%) or the 300 (-24%). Combined with the loss of the PT Cruiser, that put Chrysler division behind last June's total.
The addition of the Durango didn't account for all of Dodge's increased volume, but it did account for a lot of it. The Durango was the second-bestselling Dodge in June, following only the Grand Caravan (+25%). Unfortunately, all Dodge cars declined, except the Challenger (+10%).
Jeep continues to be a centerpiece of Chrysler's comeback, based largely on the strength of the Grand Cherokee, which tripled the depressed volumes of last June, which saw the rundown of the old version. The Compass (+278%) and the Patriot (+77%) also staged heroic increases this month, but the Wrangler (+27%) remained the top-selling Jeep.
A big gain (+35%) for the big pickup and a smaller gain (+21%) for the smaller Dakota pushed the Ram brand ahead in June.
Sales of the Fiat 500 totaled 1803 units, which was about even with May.
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES -21%
The good news for Toyota in June was that the company appeared finally to reverse its slide, as deliveries were up versus the month prior. But compared to a year ago, the figures were still ugly. The worst, though, may be over, as the company claims that production of most of its North American-built models is now back up to normal levels, and the same should be true of all its Japanese-imported vehicles by the end of the month. Will the pipeline beginning to fill, Toyota also announced incentive programs for the 4th of July weekend, with more to come in late summer.
Camry sales were off by a quarter, and the perennial bestseller was passed by the Chevy Cruze and Malibu, and the Ford Focus. Prius sales plummeted 61%, as inventories all but dried up. The only models besting their previous-year's performance were the Highlander (+23%) and the FJ Cruiser (+9%).
Supply problems continue to weigh heavily on Lexus. Its largest-volume vehicle, the RX, was off by 34%, and that was the least-affected model. Meanwhile, its newest entry, the CT200h, was, like the Prius, essentially sold out.
Scion's three-car lineup is all imported, but the tC coupe still managed an increase (+81%). Both other models were down.
The Koreans had another big month in June, although it wasn't quite as big as May. Still, it was the company's best-ever June, and, importantly, fleet sales were a low 12% of total volume.
The new Elantra (+40%) zoomed ahead of the slowing Sonata (+5%) to become Hyundai's bestselling model. The Genesis (+23%), Tucson (+30%), and Veracruz (+60%) -- of all things -- also contributed to the happiness.
Kia out-hotted Hyundai this month, based largely on the Optima, which beat its previous June performance by a factor of 7. The Sportage merely tripled its year-ago volume. The disappearance of the Borrego and a decline for the Sedona (-31%) tempered the brand's overall increase.
AMERICAN HONDA -21%
Honda continues to suffer depleted inventories of its key models, which depressed sales again in June.
The Civic has been hobbled during its critical launch period, and neither the Civic (-34%) nor the Accord (-36%) were anywhere near the top ten bestselling nameplates this month, a highly unusual situation for these two. Once again, the Fit (+25%) was a bright spot, but not nearly bright enough.
All Acura models were down compared to a year ago, most severely the RL (-64%) and the ZDX (-61%). The MDX (-12%) remained the strongest.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +11%
Nissan did better in June than in May, but Infiniti continues to suffer supply problems.
The Altima had another good month (+23%) but it wasn't enough to stay in the top ten nameplates. The Sentra (+31%), the Frontier (+52%), the addition of the Juke, and the return of the Quest also helped grow Nissan volume. The Versa (-36%) and the Cube (-31%) were a drag on sales.
Again this month, all Infinitis were down, save the new QX56 (+27%).