February 2012 Auto Sales


Audi slowed down a bit but Volkswagen is still white-hot.

Volkswagen +43%
Last month, the Passat bolstered VW's total by about 6000 units; this month, it was better than 8000. The redesigned Beetle is far outselling its predecessor but is still only about half the volume of the Golf/GTI. The CC (-39%) suffered the biggest drop.

Audi +10%
The new A6 (+64%) continues to ring the register at Audi, along with the A7. The A3 (+22%) has swung to the plus side but the Q7 (-50%) suddenly dropped.

Bentley +25%


After BMW's narrow victory over Mercedes-Benz in the luxury-car derby last year, Mercedes jumped out into the lead in January but BMW was ahead in February. It appears that we're setting up for another close race.

BMW +29%
The new 3-series (sedan) has arrived, and its presence is felt, as 3-series sales jumped 66%. The 6-series also was hot, as was the revamped X3 (+43%). All SUVs, in fact were up; the only downers were the 5-series (-4%) and the 1-series (-30%).

Mini +42%
In a particularly egalitarian effort, both the regular Minis and the Countryman jumped by better than 40%.

Rolls-Royce +7%

MAZDA +32%

Small cars made big news at Mazda: both the suddenly hot Mazda2 (which tripled its year-ago sales) and the Skyactiv-enhanced Mazda3 (+40%). The Mazda6 (+80%) pitched in as well, but all SUVs and the Mazda5 minivan declined. The new CX-5, just starting to trickle into dealerships, isn't yet a factor.


The new Impreza is off to an impressive start at Subaru, up 85%. The Legacy and the Outback showed modest growth, but the Forester (-12%) is starting to weaken.

VOLVO +10%

The S60 (+55%) remains the Scandinavian powerhouse, with a surprise assist from the aging XC90 (+33%). The equally aged S80, however, is looking pretty arthritic (-37%).


Eclipse sales have all but dried up (121 units sold) and so far, the battery-powered i car (44 units) isn't exactly riding to the rescue. If it weren't for the Outlander (+18%) and the Outlander Sport (+7%), it would have been all bad news this month.


Jaguar +48%
The arrival of the XK-RS help triple sales of Jaguar's grand tourer, and the XF (+84%) enjoyed a sudden spike in interest as well.

Land Rover +27%
The Evoque has become the second-bestselling Land Rover, behind the Range Rover Sport. The rest of the lineup mirrored last month, with the LR4 and the Range Rover down, while the LR2 was up.


Subaru pulled up out of last month's nosedive, with help from all corners of the lineup. The biggest contributions came from the most important quarters: the SX4 (+54%) and the Kizashi (+77%).


No surprise: The new 911 saw a dramatic increase in sales (+112%). Big surprise: That made it the bestselling Porsche model. Hurrah!


1. Ford F-series 47,273
2. Toyota Camry 34,542
3. Nissan Altima 32,953
4. Chevrolet Silverado 32,297
5. Honda Civic 27,087
6. Honda CR-V 24,759
7. Ford Focus 23,350
8. Dodge Ram 22,595
9. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 22,148
10. Ford Fusion 21,773

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