VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +32%
All members of the Volkswagen Group did well in September.
Two VW back benchers, the Eos and the Routan minivan, were, unsurprisingly, in the down column; more significantly, the Jetta (-2%) seems to have stalled. Otherwise, things looked very good for VW, with the Passat and the Beetle adding market share, and several other models gaining ground as well, including the Tiguan (+35%), the Golf (+30%), the Touareg (+26%), and, reversing last month's decline, the CC (+22%).
Big (incentive-fueled?) gains for the aging A3 (+77%) and Q7 (+95%), along with more organic growth for the new A6 (+84%), kept Audi moving ahead. Sitting out the increase were the TT (-17%) and the Q5 (+1%).
The volume-seller Cayenne's increase (+47%) was way more significant than that of the Boxster (+84%), due to the latter's small totals.
Subaru posted another nice increase over its low-inventory, 2011 figures. The new Impreza (+82%) gained the most, followed by the Outback (+39%). The BR-Z and the XV Crosstrek aren't yet a significant factor.
BMW GROUP +4%
The Gran Coupe and the M6 continue to juice 6-series sales (+80%), but other than a few more Z4 sales, the news for the brand's other cars was all bad. Worst was the 7-series (-47%). Things would have been much worse overall were it not for the SUVs, where the new X1 added 1570 units -- at no cost at all to the X3 (+64%).
This month, the Countryman (+66%) accounted for virtually all of Mini's growth.
For all its popularity, the CX-5 didn't quite make up for the loss of the CX-7 at Mazda, not to mention collapsing sales of the CX-9 (-52%) and the Mazda5 (-51%). Similarly, healthy sales of the Mazda3 (+57%) battled big losses for the Mazda6 (-66%).
Once again, the XC60 was up more than 100%, but this time that wasn't enough to counter the decline among all other Volvo models.
The Outlander Sport powered ahead, gaining 49% over last year. Unfortunately, all other Mitsubishi models were down.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER +21%
Jaguar flipped from positive to negative in September, as all three models declined.
Land Rover +33%
The Evoque is giving Land Rover a big push, but all the other models also showed growth, except for the big Range Rover, although its replacement is about to arrive.
The good news at Suzuki in September was that the SX4 enjoyed a sales increase; the not-so-good news is that it was only 1%.
TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN SEPTEMBER
1. Ford F-series 55,077
2. Chevrolet Silverado 36,425
3. Toyota Camry 34,252
4. Honda Accord 29,182
5. Dodge Ram 25,973
6. Chevrolet Cruze 25,787
7. Nissan Altima 24,448
8. Ford Escape 23,148
9. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 23,026
10. Honda CR-V 22,268