After such a big sales total in May, some thought the market might take a breather in June. Instead, auto sales heated up even further. Although the year-over-year increase was just 1% (last June was pretty strong too), the annualized sales rate reached 17 million units, a figure not seen since 2006.
JUNE 2014 SALES RESULTS, AND PERCENT CHANGE VERSUS JUNE 2013
GENERAL MOTORS +1%
GM sales continue to hold up impressively given the recall news that just seems unending. Additionally, the company enjoys the highest transaction prices among the mainstream automakers. Credit, perhaps, the fact that it is the big SUVs that are on the upswing, while car sales are softer.
The Encore baby crossover was once again up big (+82%) but its baby sedan, the Verano, was the only Buick to decline (-11%).
The ATS (-32%) and the XTS (-24%) were down, but the new Escalade (+74%) saved the day.
June was the opposite from May, with trucks doing better than cars at Chevrolet. The Silverado (+1%) passed the Toyota Camry to retake the #2 sales spot overall. The Cruze (-21%) was again the brand’s bestselling car but it declined along with the Malibu (-24%) and the Impala (-17%). The tiny Spark (+20%) and Sonic (+37%) jumped, as high gas prices had buyers looking small. And yet, the new Tahoe (+93%) and Suburban (+73%) proved that some buyers are impervious to gas prices.
At GMC, the new full-size SUVs are also selling well: Yukon (+120%), Yukon XL (+70%).
FORD MOTOR COMPANY -6%
With its marquee product, the F-150, heading into a model changeover, it’s no surprise to see Ford sales tapering off a bit.
The F-series (-11%) is down, but its 60k sales means it is in no danger of losing its #1 spot. The Fusion (#8) and Focus (#9), both +14%, also made the Top 10 list. The Fiesta (-31%) and the C-Max (-12%), did not benefit from the increased interest in fuel sippers, though.
The new MKC is now in dealerships but that couldn’t put Lincoln in the black. Blame the MKS (-34%) and the MKX (-12%).
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES +3%
Toyota did well in June, and Lexus did better. But Scion is going nowhere.
The Camry (+13%) slipped to third place overall but was easily the bestselling passenger car. The Corolla (+17%) was the bestselling small car. The freshened 4Runner (+42%) continues to do well, and the forgotten Yaris (+77%) surprised.
The new IS and the GX continue to run at twice their volumes from a year ago, but the GS (-13%) and LS (-16%) are off.
There’s no good news in Scion Land. The tC (-19%) reported the best bad figure; the iQ (-49%) was the worst.
CHRYSLER GROUP +9%
Chrysler’s string of month-over-month sales increases continued, but it’s become heavily dependent on trucks.
It’s will be another month before inventories of the new 200 fill up, so sliding sales are understandable. The 300 (-17%), however, has no such excuse.
The Avenger (-30%) continues to wind down, but that was offset by the Grand Caravan (+22%), the Dart (+12%), and the Journey (+24%).
The Wrangler remains Jeep’s best seller, yet the new Cherokee has surprisingly become the third leg of the stool, along with the Grand Cherokee.
The big Ram pickup (+12%) was the #4 nameplate overall, although incentives have given it a boost.
The 500L doubled its last-year figure, bumping up Fiat’s total.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +5%
Nissan division set another monthly sales record in June, as the brand’s core products continue to do well.
The Altima (-3%) may have just missed the Top 10 club, but Nissan’s small cars surged: the Versa (+33%) and the Sentra (+68%).
All Infinitis were down, save for the EX/QX50 (+46%) and the big QX80 (+1%).
AMERICAN HONDA -6%
Honda’s June decline was the fourth automaker’s fourth this year.
The Accord (+2%) and the Civic (+9%) were in the #5 and #6 spots among all nameplates, with only 28 units separating them. The CR-V (-2%) dipped a bit but was again the bestselling SUV in the land. The Fit (-27%) fell into a model-changeover trough.
Acura SUV sales increased slightly, but not nearly enough this month to overcome an overall drop in car sales. The TL and TSX were down by roughly half, as dealers await the new TLX. Worryingly, the new RLX was down too (-54%), as was the ILX (-38%).
HYUNDAI – KIA +2%
Hyundai/Kia paced the industry, but at a cost—the Korean brands’ incentive spending is up.
The Sonata (+30%) enjoyed a boost before its model changeover. The new Santa Fe (+17%) was up modestly, while the Elantra (-23%) was off.
The Sportage (+49%) was again a big mover for Kia, while the Rio (-22%) suffered a big decline.
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP -8%
The Volkswagen brand continues to drag down the Volkswagen Group. The other members are doing just fine—particularly Audi.
Every Volkswagen model was down in June, ranging from -2% for the Tiguan to -34% for the Passat. The new Golf and GTI will help, but they won’t turn all those other models around.
The new A3 crept up another 10% over last month’s total, and is now the second most popular Audi sedan behind the A4. The Q5 (+15%) and A6 (+16%) further juiced Audi’s total.
The Macan’s total fell back by more than a third compared to May. Still, it appears to be taking a bite out of the Cayenne (-29%).
Subaru keeps chugging along to the warble of its boxer engine. The Forester (+31%) remains the main driver of growth. The Legacy (-28%) and the Outback (-6%) were down, but new versions of both are about to arrive.
BMW GROUP +6%
BMW division outsold Mercedes-Benz in June, but Mercedes holds the lead through the first six months of the year.
After rocketing higher last month, the X3 (-29%) fell back in June. But it didn’t drop as much as the X1 (-43%). The i3 arrived in dealerships but added only 358 to the brand’s total—still it outsold the Z4 (-44%) 3 to 1. BMW’s big gainers in June were the 5 Series (+77%) and the 7 Series (+81%).
Both the standard Mini (-24%) and the Countryman (-6%) were off in June.
The new S-class is doing twice the volume of the old model. The CLA added 1658 units, about one-third more than in May. The C-class (-27%) declined even more; we’ll see if it can recover when the new version arrives. The big GL (-29%) may be losing some sales to the new Escalade, but the GLK (+34%) is zooming ahead.
Smart is stalled.
Mazda again far outpaced the industry overall, with strong performances by all its core models, topped by a tripling of volume for the tiny Mazda2.
Sign of life at Mitsubishi: Another sales increase that well exceeds the industry overall. The new Mirage accounts for about a quarter of the company’s total, all other Mitsubishis were down.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER +4%
The F-Type was the most popular Jaguar, as both the XJ (-11%) and the XF (-51%) were down.
Land Rover +16%
The new Range Rover Sport (+67%) and the Range Rover Evoque (+31%) again were the driving force behind the brand’s sales growth, while the LR4 was down by half.
Volvo was able to scratch out gains with the 60 series (+5%) and 80 series (+10%), but all other models were down.
Tesla’s total of 2350 exactly matched May’s figure. It also outsold the Nissan Leaf by 3 units, enough to retain the title of America’s bestselling EV.
The new Maserati lineup better than tripled its year-ago volume, but was down from May’s total.
TOP 10 BESTSELLING NAMEPLATES IN JUNE
1. Ford F-series 60,560
2. Chevrolet Silverado 43,519
3. Toyota Camry 40,664
4. Dodge Ram 33,149
5. Honda Accord 32,329
6. Honda Civic 32,301
7. Toyota Corolla/Matrix 30,945
8. Ford Fusion 27,604
9. Ford Focus 26,266
10. Honda CR-V 26,129