May 2012 Auto Sales

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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +24%

The Volkswagen Group was hot, but not quite as hot as last month.

Volkswagen +28%
Volkswagen's performance largely mirrors that of last month. Some 10,000 Passats were sold, which appears to be where that model has plateaued. Those additional units account for the brand's year-over-year increase, while the 3000 sales chipped in by the reintroduced Beetle offset the declines in the Tiguan (-20%), the CC (-60%), and the Jetta (-9%).

Audi +10%
The new A6 has grown to become the third-best-selling Audi, behind the A4 and the Q5. The A7, however, had its first down month (-3%). Nothing else in Audi land moved more than 12%, either up or down.

Bentley -11%


SUBARU +48%

Subaru was one of the lesser-known brands that was affected by supply problems starting last May. The brand's big increase over a year ago also proved to be enough to push it past the BMW Group. The new Impreza (+218%) looks great compared to last year but is up only slightly from April's figure. All Subarus increased -- except, of course, for the Tribeca (-10%).

BMW GROUP +7%

BMW's growth slowed in May, and the flagship brand was again outsold by Mercedes-Benz.

BMW +7%

The 3-series (-22%) had a sudden, and unexpected reversal this month -- and, conversely, so did the 1-series (+52%). A big jump for the new 6-series (+160%) was more expected. The X5 (+39%) and the 5-series (+45%) also did well.

Mini +6%
Both the regular Minis and the Countryman managed small gains this month.

Rolls-Royce +7%


MAZDA +14%

The CX-5 has become the second most popular Mazda, behind only the Mazda3. Speaking of the Mazda3, it dropped a bit (-4%), as did the CX-9. The struggling Mazda2 (-21%) and the stubbornly unpopular Mazda5 (-36%) dropped more.

VOLVO -15%

The XC60 (+26%) once again was Volvo's only bright spot, although its sales climbed more in May than they had in April. All other Volvos were down.

MITSUBISHI -26%

Mitsubishi took another ride down in May, mostly due to collapsing sales of the Eclipse, plus a drop for the Lancer (-35%). Only the Galant turned in a positive number (+31%). Oh, and sales of the battery-powered "i" car climbed from 79 to 85.


JAGUAR LAND ROVER +8%

Jaguar -15%
All three Jaguars dropped in May, lead by the XK (-45%).

Land Rover +19%
The Evoque is the source of all the growth at Land Rover. Strangely, of the other models, it was only the LR2 that was able to post a gain.


PORSCHE +1%

The new 911 did well again in May (+44%), staying ahead of the Panamera (+22%). The Cayenne (-7%), however, remains the bestselling Porsche. Boxster and Cayman buyers continue to await the new versions.

SUZUKI +3%

Suzuki moved into positive territory in May, thanks mostly to the Grand Vitara (+25%).


TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN MAY

1. Ford F-series 54,836
2. Toyota Camry 39,571
3. Chevrolet Silverado 34,555
4. Honda Civic 33,490
5. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 31,847
6. Honda Accord 29,737
7. Chevrolet Malibu 29,579
8. Ford Fusion 26,845
9. Dodge Ram 26,040
10. Honda CR-V 25,186

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