April 2013 Auto Sales

Chrysler was easily able to continue its streak of year-over-year sales increases in April -- now 37 months and counting.

Chrysler -13%
The 300 (-47%) had another big drop, while the 200 was down a bit and the Town & Country (+4%) scratched out a small gain.

Dodge +18%
Dart sales of better than 8000 units and a 65% increase for the Durango helped the Dodge cause last month. The Grand Caravan (-13%) was a minor drag on results.

Jeep +2%
The early arriving 2014 Grand Cherokee (+27%) helped stop the losses resulting from the departure of the Liberty at Jeep. That model's replacement, the new Cherokee, should shore things up further.

Ram +49%
No one capitalized on the renewed interested in big pickups more than Ram, where sales of the big pickup topped 30,000 units.

Fiat +1%
Fiat 500 volume is holding steady.

Honda's total increase was unspectacular, but it scored a helluva trifecta with the Accord the bestselling car, the Civic the bestselling small car, and the CR-V the bestselling SUV.

Honda +7%
Beyond its aforementioned major players, Honda saw some gains for its supporting models as well: Fit (+34%), Ridgeline (+48%), Pilot (+20%), and Odyssey (+13%). Only perennial losers the Crosstour (-15%) and the Insight (-47%) were left out.

Acura +14%
Acura's churning lineup saw the new ILX add 1894 units, the just-introduced RLX chip in only 400, while the new RDX doubled year-ago volumes. Continuing models were all over the map: the TSX fell by half, the TL was flat, while the MDX split the difference (-27%).

Nissan is becoming the top-tier automaker whose sales results most closely resemble a roller coaster ride. February was all downhill, March was flat, and April soared.

Nissan +25%
After taking bestselling car honors from the Toyota Camry last month, the Altima dropped out of the top ten nameplates in April -- although it was still +35% over a particularly weak April 2012. At least the new Pathfinder's trajectory is moving in one direction: up. It tripled the sales of the old model. The new Sentra (+45%) is also reaping the fruits of its redesign. It was a ride down, however, for the Cube (-18%), the 370Z (-28%), the Juke (-15%), the Maxima (-22%), and the Quest (-44%). The Titan (-34%) sank despite the big-pickup upswing, and yet the Xterra (+80%) suddenly popped.

Infiniti +10%
The JX (+24%) is humming along while the EX has ground to a halt (91 sales). The G (+18%) was up but the M (-16%) was down.

The formerly white-hot Koreans have seen another month of essentially flat sales.

Hyundai +2%
The new Azera was up by nearly half, but the other premium Hyundais -- the Genesis and the Equus -- were both down. The Sonata (-22%) is not old but is suffering against newer competitors. The new Santa Fe, however, was up 10%.

Kia +0%
The Optima (+33%) looks like it may catch the Sonata. The Rio and the Soul managed minor gains but all other Kias were down.

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