June 2013 Auto Sales

At Chrysler, June looked a lot like May, with Chrysler, Jeep, and Fiat essentially flat, and Dodge and Ram providing the growth.

Chrysler +1%
At Chrysler, June looked a lot like May, with Chrysler, Jeep, and Fiat essentially flat, and Dodge and Ram providing the growth.

Dodge +13%
The increase in Dodge volume is mostly due to the Dart far outselling the previous Caliber. In June, the Dart got a hand from the Durango (+39%), while the Avenger (-19%) was a drag on results.

Jeep +0%
Jeep’s overall figure is deceptive because all continuing models were up by double digits, but those gains were wiped out by the loss of Liberty sales. The Liberty’s replacement, the new Cherokee, won’t be in dealerships for another couple months.

Ram +23%
The big Ram has become a fixture on the top ten nameplates list. This month it’s number seven.

Fiat +1%
Fiat 500 sales appear stuck at the 4000-unit mark, at least until the 500L arrives.

Honda sales chief John Mendel boasted that the Fit, CR-V, Odyssey, and Pilot all had their best performance of the year in June. That was more than enough to allow Honda to pick up a bit of market share, despite Acura’s foot-dragging.

Honda +13%
In addition to the aforementioned models, all of which were up by double digits, the Ridgeline increased by a third, the Accord added 10%, and the Civic inched up 8%. Among Honda’s laggards were the Insight (-22%), the Crosstour (-19%), and the CR-Z (-4%).

Acura -10%
The new RDX (+30%) was up again, as was the ILX (+39%). The RLX almost doubled its previous month’s volume, but still amounted to only 499 cars. The MDX fell back (-25%) during this changeover month to the new model, and both volume sedans, the TL and the TSX, were down by more than a third.

The Korean nameplates have struggled to beat their year-ago numbers, but don’t feel too badly for them. Hyundai’s figure was still another sales record.

Hyundai +2%
The Elantra (+26%) and the new Santa Fe (+14%) were the lone Hyundai models to outpace their 2012 sales, but that was enough to keep Hyundai in the black.

Kia -2%
In its second month, the Cadenza added 1001 units to Kia’s total, helping the Rio (+14%), Soul (+11%), and Optima (-9%) fight the weakness of the SUVs, the Sedona, and the Forte.

The Nissan roller coaster continued its climb in June, although Infiniti did not come along for the ride.

Nissan +16%
After a much-publicized price cut, the Leaf leapt, with sales jumping to four times last year’s levels and nearly reaching those of Chevy’s Volt (which itself was up 53%). The new Pathfinder was another big mover for Nissan, tripling its prior volume. See also the Altima (+23%) and the Rogue (+41%). On the downslope we find the Quest (-46%), the Cube (-38%), and the Titan (-44%), the latter apparently is impervious even to a booming pickup market.

Infiniti -13%
The formerly hot JX turned southward, if only slightly, joining the rest of the Infiniti lineup in the minus column. The G replacement needs to get here, stat.

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