November 2012 Auto Sales


Another double-digit increase for the Volkswagen Group is no longer news, but these two tidbits from the company's press release stood out: VW had its best November since the days of the Super Beetle (1973); and better than 1 in 5 VW's sold were diesel-powered.

Volkswagen +29%
The Passat (+75%) was back up over the 10,000-unit mark, where it joined the Jetta (+11%). Of its trucks, VW got the biggest percentage increase from its biggest volume player, the Tiguan (+52%). The Eos (-19%) was the lone VW in the negative column.

Audi +15%
After a big jump last month, the A3 fell back (-19%), as did the R8. But that was the extent of the bad news for Audi, as all the other models increased. Most notable were the A4 (+34%), the A5 (+39%), the TT (+32%), and the Q7 (+92%).

Porsche +71%
The new Boxster is back in the game for Porsche, but the (old) Cayman is still sitting on the sidelines. The new 911, however, nearly doubled, and the Cayenne rocketed ahead (+80%). Add it up, and Porsche managed not merely its best November performance but the brand's best month ever in the U.S.

Bentley +54%

Lamborghini +38%


BMW +45%
BMW had a great November, except for the fact that the flagship brand was (just barely) outsold by Mercedes-Benz. As intense as that rivalry is, there couldn't have been much sadness in Woodcliff Lake with numbers like these: 3-series (+42%), 5-series (+64%), 6-series (+67%), X3 (+51%).

Mini +11%
Both the Countryman, and the non-SUV Minis were up last month -- the former slightly more than the latter.

Rolls-Royce +3%
Rolls-Royce delivered one more car this November than they did last. Good show!


Thank the new Impreza, the new XV Crosstrek and, to a lesser extent -- a much lesser extent -- the BRZ for Subaru's huge percentage increase over its supply-weakened November 2011 total. Actually, we'd be remiss in not recognizing the Outback (+39%) and the Legacy (+29%) too.

MAZDA +18%

Mazda joined in the good times in November, with contributions from the expected players -- CX-5 and Mazda3 -- as well as unexpected ones -- Mazda5 and Mazda2.

VOLVO +27%

As usual, the XC60 (+167%) did most of the heavy lifting for Volvo, but it didn't do all of it, as the S80 (+19%), the XC70 (+16%), and the S60 (+5%) also helped.


Mitsubishi was one of only two manufacturers that couldn't beat its year-ago sales, although the Outlander Sport (-34%) at least gave it a try.


Jaguar -22%
All three Jaguar models were down, and by roughly equal measures.

Land Rover -4%
The Evoque (+35%) and the Range Rover Sport (+7%) couldn't keep Land Rover in the black.


Suzuki announced that it is bowing out of the U.S. auto market, and its dealers did a good job of clearing inventory in November.


1. Ford F-series 56,299
2. Chevrolet Silverado 30,674
3. Honda Civic 30,075
4. Toyota Camry 28,765
5. Honda Accord 26,248
6. Ram pickup 24,337
7. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 22,616
8. Honda CR-V 22,333
9. Ford Escape 20,970
10. Nissan Altima 20,305

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