VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +31%
The new Jetta (+40%) continues to do well. The big deal this month, however, was the long-awaited new Passat, which has vaulted into the number two spot ahead of all other VW models, save the Jetta.
Audi enjoyed its best ever September, thanks to the new A6 (+43%), the new A8 (running at better than 4 times meager 2010 volumes), and the addition of the A7. The RS helped TT sales more than double. Both the Q5 and the Q7 declined, however.
BMW GROUP +11%
The new X3 is zooming along, but it's still at only half the pace of the X5, which is holding pretty steady (+7%). The 5-series (+43%) continues to do well but the 6-series has taken off with the addition of the new coupe. The Z4 remains on a roller coaster, up this month (+40%) after plummeting in August and soaring in July. Meanwhile, the 1-series (-42%) can't catch an updraft.
Even with the Countryman, Mini had another down month.
The results at Rolls-Royce exactly matched those of the prior month, with 30 cars sold, against 43 last year.
Mazda soared in September, with nearly all models participating -- with the notable exception of the Miata (-44%). The CX-7 (+91%) and the CX-9 (+74%) were the star sellers, but the Mazda5, Mazda2, and Mazda6 all increased by better than half.
The new CLS and the new SLK are far exceeded their year-ago totals, but not to the same degree as last month. More important for Mercedes' overall picture was that the C-class (+32%) was able to swing into the positive column. Meanwhile, the Sprinter (+121%) remains a quiet success.
Last month it appeared that Smart's sales declines were slowing. This month: finally, the turnaround!
Maybach seems to have settled in at a consistent 4 cars per month, whereas last year Maybachs were flying off dealer lots at a rate of 5 cars per month.
SUBARU OF AMERICA -2%
Subaru saw three models increasing this month, and two declining. The Legacy (+5%) and the Forester (+2%) both added a little more than 100 sales -- so too did the all-but-forgotten Tribeca. But the brand was dragged down by the Outback (-7%) and the Impreza (-9%) -- the latter is about to be replaced with a new version.
Mitsubishi's sales increase this month was a lot more credible than the wild gains we had been seeing. Nearly all the upside was due to the addition of the Outlander Sport.
The S60 remains far and away Volvo's biggest seller, but this month at least, two other models showed gains: the C30 (+28%) and the XC90 (+31%).
JAGUAR LAND ROVER +11%
Jaguar was finally able to reverse its slide in September, thanks to the XF (+37%) and the XK (+19%).
Land Rover +10%
Land Rover's 10% increase exactly matched last month's. Again, the Range Rover Sport (+37%) lead the way.
The Panamera (-18%) was down again this month, as was the Boxster (-16%). The other two sports cars were up by half, and the Cayenne crept ahead (+15%)
Suzuki chalked up another positive month in September, even though the Kizashi slipped at bit.
Sales of the 9-3 collapsed (-82%) while those of the 9-5 and 9-4X have barely gotten started, which lead to Saab's scary decline in September. But it's not nearly as scary as the parent company's financial problems.
TOP 5 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES in August (and rank last month)
Ford F-series 54,410 (#1)
Chevrolet Silverado 43,698 (#2)
Toyota Camry 24,851 (#3)
Dodge Ram 24,522 (#6)
Nissan Altima 24,356 (#4)
Ford Escape 20,225
Honda Accord 19,787
Ford Fusion 19,510
Hyundai Sonata 18,181
Chevrolet Cruze 18,097