CHRYSLER GROUP +16%
Chrysler boasted the biggest gain among the domestic automakers, and added market share in the process.
Again this month, the Town & Country (+70%) was the engine driving the Chrysler division, while the 200 (-24%) and the 300 (-14%) were the brakes.
The Dart (+45%) darted ahead in November, while the Avenger, unsurprisingly, declined (-32%). With a push from Ron Burgundy, the Durango (+36%) saw gains.
The long-awaited new Jeep Cherokee finally arrived in quantity in November -- and it sold in quantity, too, topping 10,000 units. Other Jeeps pitched in as well: the Compass (+31%), Patriot (+23%), Wrangler (+14%), and Grand Cherokee (+9%).
The big Ram pickup (+22%) looks to be closing in on the Silverado; in any event, it was the number four nameplate (behind Camry, Silverado, and F-series) overall.
Fiat's decline has got to be sounding some alarms in Auburn Hills. It would have been much worse (-41%) had it not been for the arrival of the 500L.
AMERICAN HONDA +0%
Honda was stagnant in a surging market.
The Civic and the Accord flip-flopped, with the Accord again out in front of its smaller sibling, although the pair remained in 5th and 6th place overall. The CR-V was again the bestselling SUV. So where did Honda lose ground? The Civic and the Pilot (both -13%), and the Crosstour (-31%).
Acura added to its total thanks entirely to the MDX (+81%) and the RDX (+21%). For the passenger cars, it was all bad news. The ILX was back in negative territory (-25%), along with the TL (-24%) and the TSX (-39%). Meanwhile, the new RLX did little to help, selling 676 units.
HYUNDAI - KIA +7%
The Koreans beat their November 2012 total, as Hyundai posted another modest gain and Kia swung from negative in October to positive last month.
The new Santa Fe (+43%) and the Accent (+42%) led the charge for Hyundai, while the Azera (-32%), and the Genesis (-17%) were down.
With the Sportage doubling, the new Soul up significantly (+77%), and the Cadenza adding 913 units, Kia easily beat its year-ago total in November, despite declines for the Sedona (-57%), the Sorento (-20%), and the Optima (-15%).
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +11%
Nissan was able to beat the market again in November, with both Nissan and Infiniti divisions up by the same 11%.
The new Sentra (+63%) led the gains at Nissan. The Altima (+21%) surged to the number seven spot among all nameplates. And the Frontier (+55%) was buoyed by strong demand for pickups -- and by the departure of the Ford Ranger. The Titan (-33%) and the Armada (-31%), meanwhile, are looking old, and the Cube (-61%) looks to be dissolving.
The new Q50 and the JX pushed Infiniti ahead, despite slippage for lesser models like the FX and the M.