Detroit 3 and Japan 3 tumbled heavily

The biggest Asian automakers recorded double-digit sales declines and estimates for the Detroit 3 showed double-digit drops as well.

Ford Motor Co. posted a 12 percent drop for the month, according to Data Center estimates. Ford F-series sales dropped 13 percent during the month while Explorer sales plunged 47 percent, according to the estimates.

GM and Fiat Chrysler fell an estimated 10 percent. Ram was the only FCA brand to post a gain during the month, rising 2.7 percent to 57,963 deliveries.

Among other highlights: Nissan Motor Co. volume plunged 18 percent and Toyota Motor Corp. was down nearly as much for its biggest slide in eight years. Honda Motor Co., too, recorded its steepest drop in nearly as long.

Hyundai ended a 13-month winning streak with an 8.8 percent setback. And for the first time since 2011, Subaru wound up in the losing column.

At Toyota, volume dropped 17 percent last month, with sales off 16 percent at the Toyota division and 23 percent at Lexus. Toyota Motor said car demand dropped 16 percent, including double-digit drops for the Camry and Prius. Light truck demand skidded 17 percent.

Toyota’s last drop this steep was in September 2011, when it was still reeling from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Nissan deliveries fell 18 percent. Volume was down for the ninth straight month – 15 percent — at the Nissan division, while Infiniti collapsed 44 percent. The company continues to dial back on fleet sales and incentives.

Honda’s decline marked its biggest drop since December 2011. It had a 15 percent slip in car deliveries and a 14 percent decrease in light-truck volume. Sales fell 14 percent at the Honda brand and 18 percent at Acura.

Volume dropped 13 percent to 44,619 at Kia, ending a streak of 11 straight gains, and marking the brand’s biggest drop since sales dropped 21 percent in Dec. 2017.

Subaru’s U.S. sales fell 9.4 percent, snapping a streak of 93 consecutive monthly gains, even as the company hiked incentives. Subaru officials cited “the rapid sell-down of the last generation Legacy and Outback” for the end of the streak.

Hyundai posted its decline behind weaker car deliveries, even as crossover volume rose 9 percent to a record 27,374 for the month.  The drop snapped a 13-month streak of year-over-year monthly gains.

With an expanded crossover lineup, Hyundai has focused on retail volume and reduced fleet business.

Among other automakers, September volume dropped 11 percent at Mazda but edged up 0.2 percent at Mitsubishi.

Results were mostly positive for other luxury brands, with September volume rising 6 percent at BMW, 4.5 percent at Mercedes-Benz, 7.5 percent at Land Rover, 2.2 percent at Porsche and 7 percent at Volvo. Deliveries dropped 1.9 percent at Jaguar.

 

U.S. LIGHT-VEHICLE SALES, SEPTEMBER & YTD

Fiat Chrysler, Ford and GM have released quarterly sales numbers.

Sept.
2019
Sept.
2018
%
change
9 mos.
2019
9 mos.
2018
%
change
BMW 27,467 25,908 6.00% 232,427 225,065 3.30%
Mini 3,505 3,461 1.30% 27,753 34,193 -18.80%
Rolls-Royce* 110 108 1.90% 990 971 2.00%
BMW of N.A. 31,082 29,477 5.40% 261,170 260,229 0.40%
Alfa Romeo 1,072 1,639 -34.60% 13,347 18,160 -26.50%
Chrysler 10,595 14,683 -27.80% 93,966 127,156 -26.10%
Dodge 36,052 42,101 -14.40% 332,245 359,728 -7.60%
Ram 57,963 56,447 2.70% 512,368 416,661 23.00%
Fiat 549 1,185 -53.70% 7,463 12,084 -38.20%
Jeep 73,250 83,764 -12.60% 701,755 746,194 -6.00%
FCA US*** 179,481 199,819 -10.20% 1,661,144 1,679,983 -1.10%
Maserati 925 950 -2.60% 8,325 8,413 -1.00%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 180,406 200,769 -10.10% 1,669,469 1,688,396 -1.10%
Ford 164,291 188,328 -12.80% 1,728,611 1,803,373 -4.10%
Lincoln 9,042 8,168 10.70% 78,849 75,280 4.70%
Ford Motor Co.*** 173,333 196,496 -11.80% 1,807,460 1,878,653 -3.80%
Buick 15,606 14,887 4.80% 157,855 155,606 1.40%
Cadillac 12,274 12,898 -4.80% 115,695 113,240 2.20%
Chevrolet 142,708 164,177 -13.10% 1,453,356 1,504,038 -3.40%
GMC 40,275 43,266 -6.90% 418,066 395,924 5.60%
General Motors*** 210,863 235,228 -10.40% 2,144,972 2,168,808 -1.10%
Acura 11,098 13,511 -17.90% 112,813 114,483 -1.50%
Honda 102,827 119,157 -13.70% 1,093,396 1,092,514 0.10%
American Honda Motor Co. 113,925 132,668 -14.10% 1,206,209 1,206,997 -0.10%
Genesis 1,559 419 272.10% 14,909 8,909 67.30%
Hyundai brand 51,951 56,939 -8.80% 506,356 492,791 2.80%
Hyundai Motor America 53,510 57,358 -6.70% 521,265 501,700 3.90%
Kia Motors America 44,619 51,503 -13.40% 463,598 452,042 2.60%
Hyundai-Kia 98,129 108,861 -9.90% 984,863 953,742 3.30%
Jaguar 2,002 2,040 -1.90% 22,432 21,176 5.90%
Land Rover 7,488 6,966 7.50% 66,639 65,133 2.30%
Jaguar Land Rover N.A. 9,490 9,006 5.40% 89,071 86,309 3.20%
Mazda N.A. 18,838 21,257 -11.40% 208,167 235,122 -11.50%
McLaren* 180 115 56.50% 1,746 1,016 71.90%
Mercedes-Benz 32,002 30,617 4.50% 253,057 253,407 -0.10%
Smart USA 98 -100.00% 626 959 -34.70%
Mercedes-Benz USA 32,002 30,715 4.20% 253,683 254,366 -0.30%
Mitsubishi Motors N.A. 7,722 7,705 0.20% 95,571 93,398 2.30%
Infiniti 7,031 12,536 -43.90% 87,934 105,249 -16.50%
Nissan 94,213 110,283 -14.60% 956,456 1,019,433 -6.20%
Nissan North America 101,244 122,819 -17.60% 1,044,390 1,124,682 -7.10%
Nissan/Mitsubishi 108,966 130,524 -16.50% 1,139,961 1,218,080 -6.40%
Subaru of America 51,659 57,044 -9.40% 525,329 503,418 4.40%
Tesla Motors* 12,000 21,700 -44.70% 93,000 107,300 -13.30%
Lexus 18,860 24,599 -23.30% 209,551 213,624 -1.90%
Scion 2 -100.00%
Toyota 150,796 178,501 -15.50% 1,569,751 1,610,610 -2.50%
Toyota/Scion 150,796 178,501 -15.50% 1,569,751 1,610,612 -2.50%
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. 169,656 203,100 -16.50% 1,779,302 1,824,236 -2.50%
Audi 16,130 19,350 -16.60% 158,471 167,420 -5.30%
Bentley* 169 165 2.40% 1,521 1,477 3.00%
Lamborghini* 232 224 3.60% 2,088 1,224 70.60%
Porsche 5,213 5,102 2.20% 45,062 42,626 5.70%
VW 26,947 30,555 -11.80% 278,155 266,228 4.50%
VW Group Of America 48,691 55,396 -12.10% 485,297 478,975 1.30%
Volvo Cars N.A. 9,323 8,715 7.00% 77,432 73,929 4.70%
Other** 328 321 2.20% 2,952 2,889 2.20%
U.S. LIGHT VEHICLE 1,268,871 1,441,392 -12.00% 12,730,083 12,942,465 -1.60%
*Estimate
**Reflects Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lotus sales estimates.
***Estimate for September, YTD is actual

 

 

 

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