September 2012 Auto Sales


Chrysler was the only U.S.-brand automaker to post a sizeable increase in September. And all its divisions contributed.

Chrysler +6%
Chrysler was able to manage a small increase, mostly thanks to the 200 (+14%).

Dodge +18%
The arrival of the Dart more than made up for the departure of the Caliber and the Nitro. The Avenger (+89%) had a sudden spike, and the Journey (+41%) and Grand Caravan (+32%) did well. The Durango (-39%) and the Charger (-14%) were off.

Jeep +10%
Jeep's twin compacts went in opposite directions in September: Compass (-20%) and Patriot (+42%).

Ram +4%
The big Ram climbed from the number eight spot to number five among all nameplates.

Fiat +51%
Fiat 500 sales topped the 4000 mark again, and the brand reached a new high water mark.


With more new entries, Acura's comeback outpaced Honda's in September.

Honda +29%
Accord sales and Civic sales were both up by exactly the same measure (+57%). Other big gainers were the Crosstour, of all things, (+86%); the Ridgeline (+51%); and the Odyssey (+29%). The Fit was flat, as was the Pilot. Meanwhile, the Insight (-52%) continues to sink.

Acura +44%
The new RDX was up hugely (+120%), while the not-at-all-new MDX (+60%) was up half as much. The TSX, though, suffered a big fall (-46%), and the ZDX (48 sold) is all but forgotten.


The Koreans' resumed their market-share-grabbing ways, despite the return of a full-strength Toyota and Honda.

Hyundai +15%
The arrival of the Turbo boosted Veloster sales, and the new Azera is back from the dead. Mostly, though, Hyundai's increase was a group effort, with the Elantra (+27%) earning a special shout-out, and the Genesis (-11%) and the Sonata (-5%) looking like laggards.

Kia +35%
Continuing the pattern we saw last month, Kia SUV sales have fallen but its car sales more than made up the difference.


Nissan is in the same boat as the U.S. automakers: It enjoyed a boost last year due to Toyota and Honda weakness, so it's having a hard time improving on those numbers.

Nissan -2%
The new Altima was flat, but that was enough to stay in third place behind the Camry and the Accord. The Versa fell (-32%) but the Cube, surprisingly, increased (+17%). The new Quest (+40%) made some headway, and the old Pathfinder (+39%) enjoyed a pop ahead of its redesign.

Infiniti +11%
The new JX accounted for all of Infiniti's increase, as the M (-45%), the G (-27%), and the EX (-59%) all slumped.


Mercedes-Benz +7%
Mercedes-Benz remained comfortably ahead of a stagnant BMW and also topped an improving Lexus to regain the top spot among luxury brands. The sports cars all recorded big increases, albeit on small volumes. The updated GLK (+66%) shot ahead, but not so the renewed M-class (-2%) or the GL (-23%).

Smart +120%
Suddenly smarter? The tiny two-seater is back above 1000 units.

Maybach +33%
Another 4 Maybachs rolled out of dealerships and into the history books.

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