TOYOTA MOTOR SALES -23%
Toyota continues to be affected by supply issues, but despite the sharp drop-off versus year-ago volume, sales did increase by 18% over last month. The Camry returned to the number-one spot among passenger cars, and Toyota passed Chrysler, to move back into third place. Fleet sales were a tiny fraction (less than 2%) of the Toyota total.
All passenger cars save the Venza were below their year-prior figures, but things are improving. The Prius (-44%) nearly doubled June's volume but was still down. The Camry (-23%) looks bad, until you see that sales totaled 27,016. On the truck side, the Highlander (+22%) and Sienna (+2%) have bounced back, but all other models remain negative.
Even with the addition of the CT200h and a minor bounce for the HS250h, Lexus sales remain far down from year-ago levels.
The new tC is up (+23%) but the xD is off by a third and the xB by nearly half.
CHRYSLER GROUP +20%
Chrysler fell behind Toyota but there was still plenty of good news in Auburn Hills. The company's sales increased more dramatically than either Ford's or GM's, even as fleet sales accounted for a smaller percentage of the total.
Chrysler +5% The 200 is selling at twice the rate of the Sebring and the redesigned 300 has moved into positive territory as well (+6%), but the Town & Country (-20%) held Chrysler back.
The boost from more than 5000 Durangos kept Dodge in the black, despite weakness in the Grand Caravan (-16%), the Nitro (-17%), and the Charger (-11%).
Ram momentum finally ran out of steam as big pickup sales stalled.
Once again, Jeep posted the biggest sales increase in the Chrysler Group. And it's not all the Grand Cherokee (+76%) -- the Compass (+240%) certainly did well, as did the Wrangler (+43%).
Fiat wasn't here a year ago, but its July sales exceeded those of June by two-thirds.
HYUNDAI - KIA +17%
The Koreans continue to far outpace the industry, with Kia accelerating much faster than Hyundai this month. But remember that Hyundai was pretty hot a year ago.
The new Accent (+75%) is off to a roaring start and the Sonata moved back above 20,000 units. But the Elantra (-17%) and the Tucson (-6%) lost some ground.
Like Hyundai, Kia had its best-ever July, led by the Optima, whose volume more than tripled, and the new Sportage, which more than doubled. By comparison, the Sorento (+47%), the Soul (+26%), and the Forte (+10%) were relative slackers.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +3%
Nissan's anemic uptick wasn't much better than the industry overall, but was enough to slip ahead of Honda.
The Altima had another monster month (+17%), besting all mid-size sedans except the Camry. Unfortunately it was the only Nissan car in positive territory. The addition of the Juke and the Quest made for a happier scene on the truck side, as did increases for the Rogue (+3%) and the Frontier (+22%) of all things.
Infiniti continues to suffer far more than Nissan division from product shortages, and all models declined.