September 2011 Auto Sales

Volkswagen +36%

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 +19%
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.

Bentley +17%

BMW +19%

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.

Mini -18%
Even with the Countryman, Mini had another down month.

Rolls-Royce -30%
The results at Rolls-Royce exactly matched those of the prior month, with 30 cars sold, against 43 last year.

MAZDA +37%
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.

Mercedes-Benz +13%

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.

Smart +11%
Last month it appeared that Smart's sales declines were slowing. This month: finally, the turnaround!

Maybach -20%
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 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.

VOLVO +21%
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 +15%

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.

SAAB -62%
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
Corolla/Matrix 16,147

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