November 2011 Auto Sales

Chrysler, which has been doing well all year, further powered up in November, posting the biggest percent increase of any major automaker.

Chrysler +92%
The 200 was again the most popular Chrysler model, as its sales exceeded the old Sebring’s by a factor of six. After a drop last month, sales of the new 300 took off (+215%). So it hardly mattered that the Town & Country stagnated (-2%).

Dodge +43%
The Grand Caravan is treading water but it just managed to remain Dodge’s bestselling model, in the face of a surging Avenger (+102%) and Charger (+160%). The addition of the Durango, which is now outselling both the Journey and the sinking Nitro, also gave the brand a big push.

Ram +7%
The big Ram pickup enjoyed another big month, enough to put it in the number seven spot among all nameplates.

Jeep +50%
Compass sales had all but stopped last November, so its performance this year looks magnificent; in reality, it did well, but it was just ahead of the Patriot (which is up by half). In fact, all Jeeps are up. The smallest percentage gain (+23%) was posted by the Grand Cherokee, mostly because it was doing quite well a year ago.

Sales of the Fiat 500 slipped further in November.

It was another banner month for Hyundai-Kia, with both brands claiming a best-ever November.

Hyundai +22%
The Elantra (+44%), Tucson (+35%), and Sonata (+12%) led the charge for Hyundai. The Veloster added 2700 units. The only discordant notes were sounded by the Genesis (-10%) and the Santa Fe (-12%).

Kia +39%
The Optima has gone from hot to hotter (selling at six times its year-ago pace); the new Rio also more than doubled. Next was the Sportage (+74%). The Forte, however, continues to slide (-22%).

Nissan enjoyed a second strong month in a row, with an assist from Infiniti this time. The highlight was having the Altima again in the Top Five nameplates, and behind only the Camry among passenger cars.

Nissan +22%
Nissan’s success went beyond the Altima (which topped 20,000 units) to encompass every Nissan nameplate save three: the Juke (-26%), the 370Z (-44%), the Cube (-80%). The biggest percent increases (+38%) were seen in the Versa, which has a redesigned sedan model, and the Frontier, which has no significant changes.

Infiniti +3%
Infiniti was able to turn things around in November, thanks to the G (+12%), the FX (+25%), and the QX56 (+9%). The M slipped (-17%) and the EX is really struggling (-47%).

After almost pulling off its first post-tsunami sales increase last month, Honda did worse in November, with its inventory woes compounded by flooding in Thailand. Honda was the only major automaker to suffer a decline in November, and that caused it to drop behind both Hyundai-Kia and Nissan.

Honda -1%
The Accord fell (-19%), putting it behind the Fusion, Altima, and Camry. The Civic was about flat, but the Insight and the CR-Z plummeted (-51% and 70%, respectively). Trucks did better than cars for Honda, but it was all due to the Pilot (+38%), as the CR-V slipped (-10%).

Acura +1%
The TSX (+4%) was Acura’s only car to increase sales, and it wasn’t much of an increase. The RDX (+12%) was in a similar spot among the SUVs. Sales of the RL (-73%) were predictably terrible -- only 45 cars -- but, hey, that’s twice as many as last month.

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