November 2015 Auto Sales: Records Everywhere
Several automakers set records this month.
Many automakers set November sales records or hit their best sales levels since 2000, as consumers continue to enjoy gas prices that are under $2.00 per gallon in many parts of the country and seem to be plowing their monthly savings into new vehicles, especially gas-thirsty pickup trucks and SUVs.
One of the exceptions to the bull-run on car sales was Volkswagen of America, which got pummeled with a 25 percent hit, owing in large part to very limited sales of diesel vehicles, which often account for a quarter of the German automaker sales. VW has been restricted on selling its TDI vehicles after admitting it falsified emissions performance of its diesel engines in several countries, including the U.S.
U.S. auto sales in November rose 1.4 percent to 1.32 million vehicles, which was barely off the industry record for November 2001-a time when Big Three automakers, and others, were running aggressive incentives to keep their factories humming in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (fewer selling days taken into account), though, last month was a record for any November in history at 18.19 million vehicles sold, according to Autodata.
With sales on a bull run and transaction prices up, TrueCar said projects U.S. revenue from sales of new vehicles in November reached a record high for the month of $44 billion, up 3.8 percent versus the same period last year. November marks the 23rd consecutive month of record-setting revenue for the auto industry.
So with that, let's go to the numbers …
1. General Motors: 229,296 up 1.5 percent.
*Chevrolet Silverado was +5.1 percent
*GMC Yukon and Yukon XL sales of Yukon and Yukon XL were up 23 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
*The Chevy Volt, up 49 percent, had its best November ever based on both total and retail sales.
*Chevy Colorado was +163 percent, while Camaro sales were up 44 percent.
*Buick and Cadillac sales were both down, though Buick Enclave sales were up 9 percent and Encore, helped by generous incentives, was up 12 percent, and 50 percent at retail.
Cadillac SRX sales were up 53 percent, but Cadillac sedans were down.
2. Ford Motor Company: 187,794 up 0.4% percent.
*Total truck/SUV sales up 18.3 percent and F-Series monthly sales best in eight years.
*Lincoln sales fell 2.4 percent, while sales are tracking 6.6 percent higher for the year. MKZ was up 11 percent in November, while MKX was up 17.5 percent.
*C-Max sales were down 25 percent in the month and 20 percent so far on the year.
*Passenger cars down across the board, with Focus off 25 percent, Taurus off 9.1 percent and Mustang off 16.5 percent.
3. Toyota Motor Sales: 189,517, up 12.4 percent.
*Toyota division was up 11.7 percent, with Camry up 7.3 percent to 30,945 units and RAV4 up 30-percent, making it the best November ever for Toyota.
*Lexus division was up 16.1 percent, with trucks up 37 percent and cars down 17.1 percent.
*Scion brand sales were up 32.7 percent, bucking a trend for slower sales for small cars at other automakers.
4. Fiat Chrysler: 175,974 up 3 percent.
*On the strength of Jeep, which was up 20 percent, it was best November since 2000.
*Jeep experienced its best November ever, including sales of Patriot and Compass.
*Dodge Challenger and Journey also experienced best November sales ever.
*Fiat sales were down 3% as 500x held up the brand, while sales of 500 and 500L were down 25 percent and 31 percent respectively.
*Chrysler sales were up 8 percent, driven by sales of the 200, while minivan sales were down 35 percent.
5. American Honda, 115,441, down 5.2 percent
*Accord and Civic were up 1.2 and 8.6 percent respectively, with Accord topping 320,000 so far for the year.
*Pilot sales up 19 percent to 10,975.
*Acura sales were down 17.6 percent. But the premium brand's truck sales are headed to top 100,000 sales, which would be a record.
6. Nissan Group: 107,083, up 4 percent.
*Nissan truck/crossover/suv sales set a November record
*Rogue was best-seller, up 50 percent to 22,565 units
*Leaf sales were down 41.2 percent, while Versa sales climbed 5 percent to 9,783. Juke sales tumbled 30 percent.
*Infiniti truck sales up 27.8 percent, and cars up 0.3 percent. QX60 sales were up 60 percent to 3736 for the month.
7. Hyundai: 60,007 up 12 percent.
*Best November sales ever
*Small cars Accent, Veloster and Elantra sales up 44 percent, 70 percent and 26 percent. Tucson sales almost doubled in November to 6,906.
*Long-wheelbase Santa Fe up 55 percent, and overall Santa Fe sales up to 9156 in the month.
*Genesis and Equus sales both down in November with Genesis up slightly for the year.
8. Subaru: 51,629, up 20 percent
*November sales record for the Fuji Heavy Industries brand.
*Forester ahead of Outback as best seller for the brand.
*Impreza biggest gainer, up 90.2 percent, and Crosstrek sales up 17 percent.
*The brand is up 14 percent for the year and already surpassed its 2014 sales.
9. Kia: 45,553, up 1.4 percent.
*Optima best seller at 13,048
*Sportage crossover sales up 29 percent
10. BMW Group: 36,447, up 1.2 percent.
*BMW brand sales were up 3.2 percent, with 5 Series up 50 percent to 4,646.
* BMW crossovers are up 32.6 percent, with X3 sales up 124 percent and X6 up 60 percent.
*Mini brand sales were down 11.3 percent, with Cooper two-door hardtop down 44.5 percent to 1,460, and Countryman down 18.4 percent to 1,260.
11. Mercedes-Benz USA: 33,475, down 11.7 percent
*C-Class best seller, down 21.8 percent to 7,239
*GLA crossover up 50.2 percent to 2,721; CLA sedan down 33 percent to 2,611
*Sprinter and Metris vans up 9.4 percent to 2,770
*Smart division down 18.8 percent to 662
12. Volkswagen: 23,882, down 24.7 percent.
*The Golf family, with five configurations, managed just 4,110, while the VW brand is still limited to few sales of new diesel vehicles
*Jetta sales were down 22.3 percent, and Passat sales tumbled 60 percent.
*Tiguan sales actually jumped 88 percent based on some heavy incentive spending.
13. Mazda: 22,732, up 7 percent.
*CX-5 had its best November ever with 8,756 sold, an increase of 21.3 percent.
*Car sales were down, with Mazda6 off 21 percent to 3,089 and Mazda3 off 4.6 percent to 7,405.
14. Audi: 16,700, up 0.4 percent.
*Audi has not been hit nearly as badly by the diesel scandal as VW, posting its best November sales ever.
*A3 was up up 20.6 percent and Q5 reported up 8 percent
15. Jaguar/Land Rover: 7,604, up 55 percent.
*Best November since 2001
*Land Rover sales up 79 percent
*Jaguar sales down 15%
16. Volvo: 6,902, up 90.5 percent.
*Volvo continues to crawl back from the dead with strong sales of XC60 and new XC90.
15. Mitsubishi: 6,772, up 3.6 percent.
*Outlander sales up 69.3%
18. Porsche: 4,450, down 5% percent.
*Sales were down across the board with Cayenne sales down slightly to 1,523, Boxster/Cayman down slightly to 588 and Macan sales down a bit to 962.
Luxury/Premium Brands, YTD:
1. BMW 311,398
2. Mercedes-Benz 308,885
3. Lexus 303,221
4. Audi 181,803
5. Acura 160,342