July 2012 Auto Sales

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +28%

The Volkswagen Group continues to outpace the industry and pick up market share.

Volkswagen +27%
The Passat still is posting huge percentage gains over its dead-in-the-water predecessor, but its 9007 July sales are down about 1000 units from what they had been recently. The Beetle continues to add about 3000 units per month, and the Tiguan (+26%) and the Golf (+14%) increased. The biggest-volume car, the Jetta, dropped a bit (-13%), as did the CC (-27%) and the Eos (-54%).

Audi +28%
What's up at Audi? Plenty: the A3 (+49%), the A4 (+52%), the A5 (32%), the A6 (67%), and, to a lesser degree, both SUVs. The laggards are the A8 (-11%), the R8 (-33%), and, surprisingly, the A7 (-19%).

Bentley +21%


BMW GROUP +4%

Again it was Mini that pushed the BMW Group into positive territory.

BMW -1%
What's the deal at BMW? The redesigned 3-series -- sedan anyway -- was down again (-11%) while the far-from-fresh 7-series suddenly surged (+159%). One suspects the economics of lease offers at play. More predictable was the revamped 6-series (+51%) turning more heads, while the no-longer-new Z4 (-62%) languished.

Mini +15%
The regular Minis were up 12% but the Countryman blew that out of the water with its 59% increase. Rolls-Royce +7%


SUBARU +16%

The new Impreza is running well ahead of its predecessor (+68%). In other new-model news, the BR-Z is selling at only one-third the rate of the FR-S, but that may be due to the FR-S getting into dealers first. Oh, and Subaru still sells the Tribeca, but in July it sold one-third fewer than last year.


MAZDA -7%

The decline at Mazda would have been a lot worse if it weren't for the arrival of the CX-5. Certainly, the new Mazda6 can't arrive soon enough (the current model's sales fell by half) but it's still months away. All other Mazdas declined except for the Miata (+4%).


VOLVO +2%

Volvo's newest models both made some headway in July. The XC60 (+73%) actually made a lot of headway, while the S60 (+22%) trailed along in its wake. All other Volvos were down -- none more so than the S80 (-50%).


JAGUAR LAND ROVER +14%

Jaguar +3%
Jaguar was able to reverse last month's slide, thanks to its sedans, both the big XJ (+9%) and the XF (+3%). The XK coupe/convertible (-17%) were no help at all.

Land Rover +18%
The Evoque continues to be the big news at Land Rover, although the company did manage to sell a few more examples of the LR2 (+33%) than last year.


MITSUBISHI -47%

July saw big declines all around for Mitsuibshi, although the Outlander Sport fell by only 7%. Sales of the battery-powered "i" car held steady at 33 units.


PORSCHE +1%

Sports cars were the heroes at Porsche, although the brand's overall performance wasn't very heroic. The new Boxster (+77%) had the biggest percentage gain, followed by the new 911 (+43%). The Panamera was flat and the Cayenne declined (-17%).


SUZUKI -7%

The SX4 compact, the Kizashi sedan, and the Equator pickup all dropped compared to last year. The Grand Vitara increased (+23%), but not enough.

TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN JULY
1. Ford F-series 49,314
2. Toyota Camry 29,913
3. Chevrolet Silverado 28,972
4. Honda Accord 28,639
5. Nissan Altima 26,602
6. Honda Civic 25,004
7. Dodge Ram 23,824
8. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 23,640
9. Ford Fusion 23,326
10. Ford Escape 21,572

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