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September 2014 New Car Sales

Plunging gas prices have ignited sales of full-size pickups and SUVs, helping the auto industry post a 9 percent gain in total deliveries versus last September. Three of the six biggest automakers — GM, Chrysler, and Nissan — were all up 19 percent, with American Honda not far behind at 12 percent, and Toyota (+2 percent) and Ford (-3 percent) lagging.

And so, to the numbers …

1. General Motors: 223,437, up 19 percent.

*Truck sales lead, up 28 percent
*Average transaction prices (again driven by strong sales of pricey pickups and SUVs) reach a new record
*Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are only just arriving in dealerships
Buick +12 percent
Best performer: Enclave +36 percent, worst: LaCrosse -8 percent
Cadillac +0 percent
Best performer: Escalade +100 percent, worst: XTS -23 percent
Chevrolet +20 percent
Best performer: Corvette +197 percent, worst: Caprice -35 percent
GMC +28 percent
Best performer: Yukon +80 percent, worst: Acadia +15 percent (all GMC models were up in September)

2. Ford Motor Company: 179,518, down 3 percent

*Retail sales up slightly; fleet sales off 14 percent
*Fusion pushes its way up to the fourth spot among all passenger cars
Ford division -3 percent
Best performer: Transit Connect +30 percent, worst: Mustang -29 percent
Lincoln +13 percent
Best performer: Navigator +24 percent, worst: MKS -42 percent

3. Chrysler LLC: 169,890, up 19 percent.

*Cherokee is the best-selling Jeep
*Viper jumps on spiffs up to $30K
Chrysler +14 percent
Best performer: Town & Country +23 percent, worst: 300 -6 percent
Dodge -9 percent
Best performer: Viper +140 percent (but still only 108 units), worst: Dart -13 percent
Fiat +6 percent
Best performer: 500 +29 percent, worst: 500L -40 percent (sales had been stopped due to recall)
Jeep +47 percent
Best performer: Patriot +51 percent, worst: Grand Cherokee -14 percent
Ram +39 percent
Best performer: pickup +30%, worst: Cargo van +13 percent (all Ram models were up in August)

4. Toyota Motor Sales: 167,279, up 2 percent.

*Camry sales down, with changeover to 2015 model
Toyota division +1 percent
Best performer: FJ Cruiser +81 percent, worst: Yaris -76 percent
Lexus +12 percent
Best performer: GX +109 percent, worst: LS -25 percent
Scion -19 percent
Best performer: xB -4 percent, worst: iQ -54 percent (all Scion models were down in September)

5. American Honda: 118,223, up 12 percent.

*Accord beats Camry for best-seller honors again
*CR-V re-passes RAV4 to grab best-selling SUV crown
Honda division +11 percent
Best performer: Fit +67 percent, worst: Crosstour -38 percent
Acura +19 percent

Best performers: ILX, MDX, RDX (tie!) +7 percent, worst: RLX -40 percent

6. Nissan North America: 102,955, up 19 percent.

*Altima is strong, but slips to fifth-place passenger car behind Ford Fusion
*Leaf outsells Juke
Infiniti -13 percent
Best performer: QX50 +18 percent, worst: Q60 -49 percent
Nissan division +22 percent
Best performer: NV200 +119 percent, worst: Quest -60 percent

7. Hyundai: 56,010, up 2 percent.

*All three luxury sedans — Azera, Genesis, Equus — are down
Best performer: Santa Fe +35 percent, worst: Azera -49 percent

8. Subaru: 41,517, up 31 percent.

*Legacy has its best month ever
*34th month of year-over-year growth
Best performer: Legacy +118 percent, worst: BRZ -28 percent

9. Kia: 40,628, up 7 percent.

*K900 sells 56 units
Best performer: Sportage +72 percent, worst: Rio -17 percent

10. Daimler-Benz: 30,271, up 10 percent.

*Mercedes-Benz brand (exclusive of Sprinter) beats BMW
*CLA outsells Audi A3, BMW 2-Series
Mercedes-Benz +11%
Best performer: S-Class +393 percent, worst: CL-class -83 percent
Sprinter +3 percent
Smart +20 percent

11. BMW Group: 29,880, up 3 percent.

*New Mini hardtop drops 38 percent
*The i3 outsells 6 Series and 7 Series combined
BMW division +9 percent
Best performer: 1/2 Series +58 percent, worst: X6 -95 percent
Mini -21%
Best performer: Countryman +60 percent, worst: Coupe -76 percent
Rolls-Royce +6 percent

12. Volkswagen: 25,996, down 19 percent.

*New Golf/GTI is the only bright spot; all other models down
*Revised Jetta not yet in showrooms
Best performer: Golf/GTI +64 percent, worst: CC -56 percent

13. Mazda: 23,980, up 7 percent.

*CX-5 (+29 percent ) becomes Mazda’s biggest seller
Best performer: Mazda6 +35 percent, worst: CX-9 -19 percent

14. Audi: 14,917, up 14 percent.

*A3 (2340) and A4 (2480) vie for best-selling Audi passenger car
Best performer: Allroad +13 percent, worst: TT -76 percent

15. Mitsubishi: 5558, up 39 percent.

*Mitsubishi has biggest percentage sales jump of any automaker
Best performer: Outlander Sport +28 percent, worst: Outlander -11 percent

16. Volvo: 4667, up 11 percent.

*New XC90 doesn’t arrive until January
Best performer: 60 series +39 percent, worst: XC90 -60 percent

17. Jaguar Land Rover: 4248, down 10 percent.

*XJ is the best-selling Jag
Jaguar -13 percent
Best performer: F-Type +91 percent, worst: XF -59 percent
Land Rover -8 percent
Best performer: LR2 +84 percent, worst: Range Rover -46 percent

18. Porsche: 3607, up 17 percent.

*Addition of the Macan keeps Porsche in the black
Best performer: 911 +21 percent, worst: Cayman -21 percent

Pickup trucks, September sales:

  1. Ford F-Series 59,863
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 50,176
  3. Dodge Ram 36,612
  4. GMC Sierra 16,763
  5. Toyota Tacoma 11,993

Passenger cars, September sales:

  1. Honda Accord 32,956
  2. Toyota Camry 28,507
  3. Honda Civic 22,263
  4. Ford Fusion 21,693
  5. Nissan Altima 21,675

SUVs, September sales:

  1. Honda CR-V 23,722
  2. Toyota RAV4 22,724
  3. Ford Escape 21,718
  4. Chevrolet Equinox 17,266
  5. Nissan Rogue 17,229

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