BMW GROUP +6%
The 1-series (-16%) continues to sink but the 3-series (+16%) is hanging tough even as the sedan is about to be replaced. The 5-series (-26%) dropped significantly but the 7-series (+56%) enjoyed a bounce. The new X3 (+57%) is doing very well.
The increase for Mini was basically all due to the Countryman.
Rolls Royce +7%
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +40%With each passing month of major gains, VW's outsized U.S. sales goals look a bit less ridiculous.
The new Beetle is outselling the previous New Beetle by a factor of 4, but that only puts it about on a par with the CC. The real driver of VW's growth was the Passat, which added some 6000 units to the brand's total.
The new A6 (+90%) is doing good things for Audi, with help from the Q5 (+26%) and the A7 (+643 units). The A3 (-18%) continues to struggle and the A8 (-28%) has cooled.
MAZDA +68%A big ad push gave Mazda its best January in years. The Mazda2 came out of nowhere (with 6 times its year-ago sales) and even the Mazda6 doubled. Less remarkably, there were also gains for the updated Mazda3 (+83%) and the CX-7 (+33%). Only the Mazda5 (-25%) couldn't make it happen.
SUBARU +21%Subaru appears poised to put its disappointing 2011 in the rear-view mirror, with a healthy January increase led by the new Impreza, which doubled. The Legacy (+23%) also chipped in but the Forester (-12%) dropped.
MITSUBISHI -18%The Mitsubishi roller coaster headed downhill in January. The company sold 36 examples of its "i" electric car, which made it almost as popular as the Eclipse Spyder. The Lancer slipped (-10%) but the Outlanders crept up a bit.
VOLVO +4%Volvo was pretty static, although the S60 (+36%) continues its ascent.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER +31%
The XF (+38%) enjoyed a turnaround but the other two Jags were lower.
Land Rover +41%
The Evoque effect has hit Land Rover, but it did not account for all of the sales increase. The Range Rover Sport (+35%) also contributed, as did the LR2 (!). The Range Rover and the LR4 declined.
PORSCHE +6%The new 911 (+56%) helped keep Porsche in the black, aided by the Panamera (+16%). This was in the face of a sharp drop in Boxster sales ahead of the new model's debut and a minor decline for the Cayenne (-5%).
SUZUKI -41%A steep drop for Suzuki in January, as all models dropped off -- mostly significantly, the Kizashi (-73%).
TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN JANUARY1. Ford F-series 38,493
2. Toyota Camry 28,295
3. Chevrolet Silverado 26,850
4. Nissan Altima 22,357
5. Honda Civic 21,883
6. Honda CR-V 18,960
7. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 17,988
8. Ford Escape 17,259
9. Ram 17,909
10. Chevrolet Impala 16,009