VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +22%
The Volkswagen Group continues its winning streak.
It was the sweet sixties for VW in October, with a 60% increase in sales for the Tiguan, a 61% jump for the Beetle, and a 66% increase for the Passat. The only significant drop was the Eos (-41%) but even that wasn't very significant because its volumes are so small.
The A3 (+60%) and the Q7 (+43%), were up again, although not as much as last month. The A8/S8 (+55%) also gained, but the sports cars -- TT (-34%) and R8 (-32%) -- were down.
Boxster, Boxster, Boxster! The new version is finally hitting its stride, and nearly outsold the Panamera. Only four (4!) Caymans were sold; presumably buyers are awaiting the new model, which will is expected to be at the Los Angeles auto show. In other news, the Cayenne (+64%) shot ahead, and the new 911 (+34%) also was up.
BMW GROUP +19%
BMW retook the luxury crown from Mercedes-Benz in October, and the division's performance further powered the BMW Group past Subaru. Only the 5-series (-16%) and the 7-series (-43%) failed to participate in the good times. All other models were up, from niche players like the Z4 (+167%) and the X6 (+41%), to volume models like the 3-series (+26%) and the X3 (+40%).
Last month, the Countryman was way up; this month, it's down (-9%). But the other Mini models plodded ahead.
Subaru posted another nice increase over its low-inventory, 2011 figures. The new Impreza more than doubled, and the XV Crosstrek, in its first volume month, added 1735 units to the brand's total. That's more than three times as much as the BRZ.
Mazda squeaked out a small gain, thanks to the Mazda3 (+34%), and the new CX-5.
The XC60 had another huge month (+82%), but the XC60 can't do it all alone.
The Outlander Sport keeps moving ahead (+30%), but the Outlander Sport can't do it all alone.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER -20%
A few more XKs were sold but both sedans were down.
Land Rover -20%
The Evoque is now counted in Land Rover's year-ago figures, so the percent change suddenly looks less rosy.
Suzuki went from negative to positive in October, thanks mostly to the Grand Vitara (+64%).
TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN OCTOBER
1. Ford F-series 56,497
2. Chevrolet Silverado 38,739
3. Toyota Camry 29,926
4. Honda Accord 28,349
5. Ram pickup 25,222
6. Nissan Altima 24,623
7. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 20,949
8. Honda Civic 20,687
9. Honda CR-V 20,205
10. Ford Escape 19,832