VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +32%
The Volkswagen Group enjoyed another big increase in June. Dr. Piech will not be denied!
The Passat had another 10,000-unit month, putting it not far behind the Jetta (13,604, or -21%). The Beetle was once again good for about 3000 units, which was a bit more than the Tiguan (+17%) but not as many as the Golf (+24%).
Two models were largely responsible for Audi's growth: the new A6 and the not-at-all-new Q5 (+61%). The brand's other volume offering, the A4, was essentially static (+3%). Suffering declines were the R8 (-28%), the Q7 (-18%), and the A7 (-16%).
BMW GROUP +3%
With BMW sales flat, it was left to Mini to push the group into positive territory, which it did but just barely. The BMW Group also pulled ahead of Subaru, by 50 cars.
Surprisingly, the 3-series (-26%) had another down month, while the 1-series (+17%) and the 5-series (+23%) increased. The new 6-series doubled year-ago volume, and the X5 (+27%) also did well.
The regular Minis were up 10% but the Countryman notched a 28% gain.
Like Toyota and Honda, Subaru was affected by supply problems last year. Thus, the brand's 40% increase is compared to artificially low year-ago levels. All Subarus did better this year -- even the Tribeca (+2%). Subaru also benefitted from the arrival of the BRZ, although not half as much as Scion benefitted from the FR-S.
The CX-5 has settled in behind the Mazda3 as the second most popular Mazda. The brand's other SUVs all declined by 25% or more -- the discontinued CX-7 and Tribute as well as the not-discontinued CX-9. The Mazda2 (-13%) and the Mazda5 (-39%) were both down, but the Miata (+30%) enjoyed a beginning-of-summer bounce.
Utility vehicles were the story in a fairly boring month for Volvo. Both the wagon-shaped XC70 (+22%) and the SUV-shaped XC60 (+21%) rang up gains, but the same spirit couldn't help the aging XC90 (-27%).
Mitsubishi's decline accelerated in June, as the Eclipse fades out. Even a doubling of Galant volume couldn't help. Don't look for salvation in the form of the battery-powered "i" car -- its sales dropped from 85 in May to 33 in June.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER +2%
The XF held its own (+3%) but the XJ sedan (-31%) and the XK coupe/convertible (-65%) both saw a drop in demand.
Land Rover +14%
Land Rover managed to sell a few more LR2s than last year, but the aging Range Rover and Range Rover Sport were down again. Thank heaven for the Evoque, the addition of which easily pushed the luxury SUV maker into the black.
Porsche had a much better month in June than in May, thanks to the arrival of the new Boxster and a strong performance by the 911 (+45%). Cayman buyers continue to sit on the sidelines, while sales of the Panamera and the Cayenne were flat.
Suzuki was able to keep it together in June, as a small increase for the SX4 mirrored a slightly smaller decline for the Kizashi.
TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN JUNE
1. Ford F-series 55,025
2. Chevrolet Silverado 33,566
3. Toyota Camry 32,107
4. Chevrolet Malibu 31,402
5. Honda Accord 28,924
6. Ford Escape 28,500
7. Honda Civic 27,500
8. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 26,647
9. Ford Fusion 24,433
10. Dodge Ram 23,951