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Posted: 02/03/09
01:56 PM

Subaru of America Announces Sales Increase for January

PRNewswire
CHERRY HILL, N.J.

- Record Sales for the 2009 Subaru Forester - Up 115% Percent -

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced an 8 percent sales increase for January 2009 over last year's January results. Sales for the 2009 Subaru Forester broke records with 5,162 units sold in January 2009 versus 2,402 units in January of last year - an increase of 115 percent overall.

This increase follows strong 2008 sales where Subaru was the only full-line brand with positive sales results and set its highest market share in over 20 years.

"In January, we maintained the momentum we established in 2008. The fundamentals - our products and dealers - are strong for Subaru." said Tim Colbeck, vice president of sales for Subaru of America, Inc. "The value, performance and durability of our product line-up keeps us well-positioned for the current market."

                             January

                  2009         2008       % chg
   Legacy         1165         1451         20%
   Outback*       2515         3435         27%
   Impreza        2937         3091         -5%
   Forester       5162         2402        115%
   Tribeca         415          910        -54%
   Total        12,194       11,289          8%

   *includes Legacy Wagon
"At the recently completed NADA meeting, our dealer attitude was very positive," said Tom Doll, executive vice president for Subaru of America. "Our sales continue to do well primarily due to our retailers' positive attitudes toward our products, our marketing, lease and financing programs and the Subaru brand."

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2007. In addition, Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.  

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01:58 PM

Kia Motors America Announces January Sales

Company Records Second Best January Sales Ever with 3.5-Percent Increase

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced January sales of 22,096 units - an increase of 3.5 percent over January of 2008 and the second best January in the company's history. January sales were led by Sorento and Sportage, both posting significant increases over the same period last year.

2009 Product Line

Kia Motors America offers a dynamic and diverse product line of 11 vehicles to meet the needs of all lifestyles. The 2009 vehicle line features the functional Rondo CUV and award-winning Sedona minivan along with a wide variety of popular passenger cars, including the refined Amanti full size sedan, purposeful Optima mid size sedan, versatile and compact Spectra and Spectra5, and sporty yet fuel efficient Rio and Rio5 subcompacts. The vehicle line also features the affordably luxurious Borrego, rugged Sorento and value-packed Sportage SUVs. The Soul will further complement the lineup when it arrives in dealerships this spring.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 640 dealers throughout the United States. For 2008, KMA recorded its 14th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline "The Power to Surprise."

Kia Motors America is the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site - www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.

                     MONTH OF JANUARY          YEAR-TO-DATE
 Model               2009        2008         2009        2008
 Rio                1,656       2,709        1,656       2,709
 Spectra            5,810       4,858        5,810       4,858
 Optima             2,198       3,986        2,198       3,986
 Amanti               183         199          183         199
 Sportage           4,129       3,064        4,129       3,064
 Sorento            3,621       1,213        3,621       1,213
 Sedona             2,570       2,100        2,570       2,100
 Rondo              1,657       3,226        1,657       3,226
 Borrego              272        n/a           272         n/a

 Total             22,096      21,355       22,096       21,355

Source: Kia Motors America, Inc.  

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01:59 PM

Mazda Reports January 2009 Sales

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported January 2009 sales of 15,420, down 27.3 percent versus last year.

Leading the way for the month, MAZDA3 sales were up 16.3 percent over last year, while the all-new 2010 MAZDA3 arrives in dealerships across the country in the first quarter of this year.

"The new year is already starting to look a lot like the last half of 2008," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "We expect the first half of the year to be tough going, but are looking toward an up-turn come the second half, with an annual industry projection in the 11-million range for the year."

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) celebrated its best-ever January with sales of 1,933 vehicles, up four percent versus last year. The all-new MAZDA3 had a great month, selling 209 vehicles, 28 percent of the total MAZDA3 sales. Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) reported January sales of 4,150 units, down 12.3 percent versus last year.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City; and in Puerto Rico by Mazda de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

                    Month-To-Date                      Year-To-Date
                    -------------                      ------------

        January  January     %    % MTD   January   January     %   % YTD
          2009     2008   Change    DSR     2009      2008   Change   DSR
          ----     ----   ------    ---     ----      ----   ------   ---

 Mazda3   7,649   6,579    16.3%   11.8%    7,649    6,579   16.3%   11.8%
 Mazda5   1,340   1,699   (21.1)% (24.2)%   1,340    1,699  (21.1)% (24.2)%
 Mazda6   2,529   6,333   (60.1)% (61.6)%   2,529    6,333  (60.1)% (61.6)%
 MX-5
  Miata     419     660   (36.5)% (39.0)%     419      660  (36.5)% (39.0)%
 RX-8       156     260   (40.0)% (42.3)%     156      260  (40.0)% (42.3)%
 CX-7     1,164   2,555   (54.4)% (56.2)%   1,164    2,555  (54.4)% (56.2)%
 CX-9     1,733   1,850    (6.3)%  (9.9)%   1,733    1,850   (6.3)%  (9.9)%
 Tribute    397   1,158   (65.7)% (67.0)%     397    1,158  (65.7)% (67.0)%
 B-Series
  Truck      33     118   (72.0)% (73.1)%      33      118  (72.0)% (73.1)%

 Total
  Vehicles
 ---------

 CARS    12,093  15,531   (22.1)% (25.1)%  12,093   15,531  (22.1)% (25.1)%
 TRUCKS   3,327   5,681   (41.4)% (43.7)%   3,327    5,681  (41.4)% (43.7)%
          -----   -----    -----            -----    -----   -----

 TOTAL   15,420  21,212   (27.3)% (30.1)%  15,420   21,212  (27.3)% (30.1)%
         ======  ======    =====   =====   ======   ======  =====   =====

 -----
 MEMO:
 -----

 IMPORT
  CAR     9,564   9,198     4.0%            9,564    9,198    4.0%
 IMPORT
  TRUCK   2,897   4,405   (34.2)%           2,897    4,405  (34.2)%
          -----   -----   -----             -----    -----  -----
 IMPORT
  TOTAL  12,461  13,603    (8.4)%          12,461   13,603   (8.4)%

 DOMESTIC
  CAR     2,529   6,333   (60.1)%           2,529    6,333  (60.1)%
 DOMESTIC
  TRUCK     430   1,276   (66.3)%             430    1,276  (66.3)%
            ---   -----   -----               ---    -----   -----
 DOMESTIC
  TOTALS  2,959   7,609   (61.1)%           2,959    7,609  (61.1)%
          -----   -----   -----             -----    -----   -----
 Selling
  Days       26      25                        26       25
 -------
 Note:  MPV is a discontinued vehicle.

Source: Mazda North American Operations  

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02:00 PM

Hyundai Motor America Reports January 2009 Sales

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 24,512 for the month of January, up 14 percent versus 2008 and 2 percent over December.

"We got off to a quick start in January thanks to the rollout of our all new Hyundai Assurance Program, which has struck a chord with the American consumer during these uncertain times," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's vice president of national sales. "This momentum was further spurred by the announcement of Hyundai Genesis winning the North American Car of the Year award. We are encouraged by the strong start in January and are hopeful that this energy can be sustained into February as we launch the new Genesis Coupe and Elantra Touring."

Hyundai's Eastern sales region turned in the best sales performance in the country, with sales up 20 percent over last January. "Our dealers and consumers have embraced the Assurance Program in a big way," says Peter DiPersia, General Manager of the Eastern Region. "This program gets to the root cause of today's economic concerns - fear of job loss - and shows consumers we have faith in them, and faith in our economy."

All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. Hyundai buyers are protected by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty and 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance protection in addition, the Hyundai Assurance Program is now offered on all new vehicles leased or purchased from a certified Hyundai dealer. The program is available to any consumer, regardless of age, health, employment record or financed amount of the vehicle. The program is complimentary for the first 12 months, and full-term upgrades are available. For additional information, logon to Hyundainews.com.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 780 dealerships nationwide.

 CARLINE       JAN/2008     JAN/2009      CY/2008     CY/2009
 -------       --------     --------      -------      ------
 ACCENT           2,941        3,560        2,941       3,560
 SONATA           4,587        8,508        4,587       8,508
 ELANTRA          5,615        3,307        5,615       3,307
 TIBURON            603          390          603         390
 SANTA FE         3,716        5,024        3,716       5,024
 AZERA            1,143          294        1,143         294
 TUCSON           1,373          974        1,373         974
 ENTOURAGE          368          222          368         222
 VERACRUZ         1,106        1,177        1,106       1,177
 GENESIS              0        1,056            0       1,056
 TOTAL           21,452       24,512       21,452      24,512


Journalists are invited to visit our news media website: www.hyundainews.com

Source: Hyundai Motor America  

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Audi A5 and R8 Lead January Sales

- Despite headwinds, Audi expects market share gains in import luxury segment for January 2009

- Audi A5, Audi R8 sales increase more than 75% for the month

- Certified Pre-Owned sales remain strong

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi today announced sales for the month of January totaling 4,722 units, a decrease from record January sales in 2008. Audi predicts its share of the U.S. luxury vehicle market will increase when all January 2009 sales reports come in compared to year-earlier results.

The Audi A5 posted a 76.3% increase over last January with 603 units sold in January 2009. The Audi R8 broke its January sales record with over 107 units sold, an increase of 75.4% over January's sales a year ago.

"The softening economy creates challenges to our industry, but the Audi position in the market continues its upward trend. We are confident this momentum will leave Audi in a better position when the economy turns around," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "As demonstrated in our successful efforts surrounding the recent presidential inauguration and our Super Bowl presence, Audi intends to remain a top-of-mind choice for U.S. luxury car buyers."

Despite the challenging market, Audi Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales increased over this time last year, with 2,599 units sold this January.

ABOUT AUDI

Audi of America Inc. and its 270 dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi line up is one of the freshest in the industry with 23 models, including 12 models launched during model years 2008 and 2009. Audi is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. In selling one million vehicles worldwide in 2008, AUDI AG recorded its 13th consecutive record year for sales growth. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

 AUDI US SNAPSHOT                        --------YEAR TO DATE---------
                                          Jan-09    Jan-08
 Model     Jan-09    Jan-08    Yr/Yr %     YTD       YTD      Yr/Yr %
  Line     Actual    Actual    Change     Actual    Actual    Change

 A3          227       311     -27.0%       227       311     -27.0%
 A4         2058      2914     -29.4%      2058      2914     -29.4%
 A5          603       342      76.3%       603       342      76.3%
 A6          776       983     -21.1%       776       983     -21.1%
 A8           95       272     -65.1%        95       272     -65.1%
 TT          157       326     -51.8%       157       326     -51.8%
 R8          107        61      75.4%       107        61      75.4%
 Q5           31       n/a       n/a         31       n/a       n/a
 Q7          668      1209     -44.7%       668      1209     -44.7%
 Total Audi
  Sales     4722      6418     -26.4%      4722      6418     -26.4%


 NOTES:
 -- A4 includes Audi A4 sedan, Avant, and RS models.
 -- A5 includes Audi A5 coupe' and S5 coupe' models.
 -- A6 includes Audi A6 sedan, S6 sedan and A6 Avant models.
 -- A8 includes Audi A8 sedan, A8L sedan, and S8 sedan models.
 -- TT includes Audi TT coupe' and TT roadster models.

Source: Audi of America, Inc.  

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Acura Announces January Sales Results

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2009 TSX sports sedan was Acura's top-selling model with January sales of 2,406 units, up 11.6 percent compared to January 2008, based on the daily selling rate*. Total Acura sales tallied 7,856 units, down 32.4 percent compared to last year.

"Customers are willing to invest in a brand they trust" said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of sales. "Increased sales of the all-new TSX, with its balance of luxury and efficiency, demonstrate this trust in today's challenging marketplace."

January sales for Acura sedans, which includes the all-new 2009 TL with sales of 2,317 units, totaled 4,931 units, down 16.9 percent from January 2008. The MDX luxury SUV led Acura light truck sales with 2,124 sold, while the RDX crossover SUV reached 801 units.

For media information and high-resolution photos of Acura vehicles, please visit www.acuranews.com. For consumer information, please visit www.acura.com.

*The daily selling rate is calculated with 26 selling days for January 2009 and 25 selling days for January 2008.

                           American Honda Vehicle Sales For January 2009
                         Month-to-Date                 Year-to-Date
                      January  January  DSR**      January  January  DSR**
                        2009     2008   %Chg.        2009     2008   %Chg.
                        ----    ----  ------        ----     ----   ------

 Acura
  Division Total       7,856  11,168  -32.4%        7,856  11,168  -32.4%
 ---------             -----  ------  -----         -----  ------  -----
    RSX                    0       1                    0       1
    TL *               2,317   3,246  -31.4%        2,317   3,246  -31.4%
    TSX                2,406   2,073   11.6%        2,406   2,073   11.6%
    RL                   208     383  -47.8%          208     383  -47.8%
 -----                   ---     ---  -----           ---     ---  -----
    MDX *              2,124   3,982  -48.7%        2,124   3,982  -48.7%
    RDX  *               801   1,483  -48.1%          801   1,483  -48.1%
 ---------               ---   -----  -----           ---   -----  -----
 Selling Days             26      25                   26      25

    * Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic and global sourced
      parts.
    **  Daily Selling Rate

Source: American Honda Motor *** Inc.  

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American Honda Reports January Sales


TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted January total vehicle sales of 71,031, a decline of 30.7 percent compared to January 2008. Honda Division posted January sales of 63,175, a decline of 30.5 percent versus January 2008 on a daily-selling rate* basis.

"Two models posted gains, but we are still facing unprecedented times in the industry, and no auto company is immune from current market conditions," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Honda total car sales decreased by 31 percent, to 35,601. Fit sales increased 1.8 percent to 4,745. Honda light-truck sales saw a decrease of 29.7 percent to 27,574.

The Acura Division posted sales of 7,856, a decrease of 32.4 percent compared to January, 2008. Sales of the all-new TSX sports sedan, the brand's best-selling model for the month, increased 11.6 percent to 2,406.

* The daily selling rate is calculated with 26 days for January 2009 and 25 days for January 2008. All percentages reflect the daily selling rate.

                 American Honda Vehicle Sales For January 2009
                         Month-to-Date                 Year-to-Date
                    January  January  DSR**      January  January  DSR**
                      2009     2008   %Chg.        2009     2008   %Chg.
                      ----     ----  ------        ----     ----   ------
 American
  Honda Total         71,031  98,511  -30.7%       71,031  98,511  -30.7%
 ------------
    Total Car Sales   40,532  55,345  -29.6%       40,532  55,345  -29.6%
    Total Truck
     Sales            30,499  43,166  -32.1%       30,499  43,166  -32.1%
       Honda Total
        Car Sales     35,601  49,642  -31.0%       35,601  49,642  -31.0%
       Honda Total
        Truck Sales   27,574  37,701  -29.7%       27,574  37,701  -29.7%
       Acura Total
        Car Sales      4,931   5,703  -16.9%        4,931   5,703  -16.9%
       Acura Total
        Truck Sales    2,925   5,465  -48.5%        2,925   5,465  -48.5%
 Domestic Car
  Sales *             30,562  40,632  -27.7%       30,562  40,632  -27.7%
 ------------
    Honda
     Division         28,245  37,386  -27.4%       28,245  37,386  -27.4%
    Acura
     Division          2,317   3,246  -31.4%        2,317   3,246  -31.4%
 Domestic Truck
  Sales *             26,089  30,817  -18.6%       26,089  30,817  -18.6%
 --------
    Honda
     Division         23,164  25,352  -12.1%       23,164  25,352  -12.1%
    Acura
     Division          2,925   5,465  -48.5%        2,925   5,465  -48.5%
 Import Car
  Sales                9,970  14,713  -34.8%        9,970  14,713  -34.8%
 ----------
    Honda
     Division          7,356  12,256  -42.3%        7,356  12,256  -42.3%
    Acura
     Division          2,614   2,457    2.3%        2,614   2,457    2.3%
 Import Truck
  Sales                4,410  12,349  -65.7%        4,410  12,349  -65.7%
 ------------
    Honda
     Division          4,410  12,349  -65.7%        4,410  12,349  -65.7%
 ------------          -----  ------  -----         -----  ------  -----
 MODEL
  BREAKOUTS BY
  DIVISION
 Honda Division
  Total               63,175  87,343  -30.5%       63,175  87,343  -30.5%
 ---------            ------  ------  -----        ------  ------  -----
     Fit               4,745   4,480    1.8%        4,745   4,480    1.8%
    Accord *          16,581  23,957  -33.5%       16,581  23,957  -33.5%
      Memo:
       Accord Hybrid       1      48  -98.0%            1      48  -98.0%
    Civic *           14,198  20,993  -35.0%       14,198  20,993  -35.0%
      Memo:
       Civic Hybrid    1,076   1,745  -40.7%        1,076   1,745  -40.7%
    S2000                 76     212  -65.5%           76     212  -65.5%
    Insight                0       0                    0       0
    FCX                    0       0                    0       0
    FCX Clarity            1       0                    1       0
 -----------             ---     ---  -----           ---     ---  -----
    Odyssey  *         5,399   8,746  -40.6%        5,399   8,746  -40.6%
    Pilot *            6,679   8,375  -23.3%        6,679   8,375  -23.3%
    CR-V *            13,143  16,016  -21.1%       13,143  16,016  -21.1%
    Element *          1,152   2,317  -52.2%        1,152   2,317  -52.2%
    Ridgeline          1,201   2,247  -48.6%        1,201   2,247  -48.6%
 ------------          -----   -----  -----         -----   -----  -----
 Acura
  Division Total       7,856  11,168  -32.4%        7,856  11,168  -32.4%
 ---------             -----  ------  -----         -----  ------  -----
    RSX                    0       1                    0       1
    TL *               2,317   3,246  -31.4%        2,317   3,246  -31.4%
    TSX                2,406   2,073   11.6%        2,406   2,073   11.6%
    RL                   208     383  -47.8%          208     383  -47.8%
 -----                   ---     ---  -----           ---     ---  -----
    MDX *              2,124   3,982  -48.7%        2,124   3,982  -48.7%
    RDX  *               801   1,483  -48.1%          801   1,483  -48.1%
 ---------               ---   -----  -----           ---   -----  -----
 Selling Days             26      25                   26      25

   * Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic and global sourced
     parts.
  ** Daily Selling Rate

                          Month-to-Date                 Year-to-Date
                    January  January  DSR**      January  January  DSR**
                      2009     2008   %Chg.        2009     2008   %Chg.
                      ----     ----  ------        ----     ----  ------

            Hybrid     1,077   1,793  -42.2%        1,077   1,793  -42.2%

Source: American Honda Motor *** Inc.
 

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Toyota Reports January Sales

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported January sales of 117,287 vehicles, a decrease of 34.4 percent from last January, on a daily selling rate basis.

The Toyota Division posted January sales of 102,565 units, a decrease of 34.9 percent from last January. The Lexus Division reported January sales of 14,722 units, a decrease of 30.3 percent from the year-ago month.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded January sales of 60,017 units, down 30.8 percent from the same period last year. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid, which posted combined sales of 20,782 units. Corolla recorded sales of 19,238 units. Yaris reported sales of 4,440 units for the month. The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted January sales of 8,121 units.

Toyota Division light trucks posted January sales of 42,548 units, down 40 percent from January 2008. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV with January sales of 8,034 units. The Tacoma mid-size pickup reported sales of 7,619 units for the month. The Tundra full-size pickup reported monthly sales of 7,076 units. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined sales of 5,757 units.

Scion posted January sales of 3,923 units. The xB urban utility vehicle led the way with sales of 1,715 units. The tC sports coupe recorded sales of 1,241 units.

Lexus Division

Lexus passenger cars reported January sales of 7,246 units, a decrease of 37.7 percent from January 2008. Passenger car sales were led by the ES entry luxury sedan with January sales of 2,971 units. The IS entry luxury sport sedan reported combined sales of 2,400 units. The LS flagship luxury sedan reported combined sales of 904 units. The GS luxury sport sedan reported combined January sales of 898 units.

Lexus Division light trucks recorded January sales of 7,476 units, down 21.2 percent from the year-ago month. Lexus sales were led by the RX luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined January sales of 6,520 units. The RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,556 units for the month.

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted January sales of 11,876 hybrid vehicles. Toyota Division recorded sales of 10,246 hybrids for the month. Lexus Division reported January sales of 1,630 hybrids.

There were 26 selling days this month, compared to 25 selling days and last January.

                            TOYOTA  RETAIL  SALES
                          (INCLUDES FLEET & HAWAII)
                                January, 2009

                            --- CURRENT MONTH ---      -- CALENDAR YEAR
                                                             TO DATE --
                                             DSR %                    DSR %
                             2009     2008     CHG    2009     2008     CHG
                             ----     ----     ---    ----     ----     ---

 YARIS                      4,440    7,666   -44.3   4,440    7,666   -44.3
 COROLLA                   19,238   20,736   -10.8  19,238   20,736   -10.8
 CAMRY                     20,782   31,601   -36.8  20,782   31,601   -36.8
 VENZA                      1,394        0     N/A   1,394        0     N/A
 AVALON                     2,119    4,155   -51.0   2,119    4,155   -51.0
 PRIUS                      8,121   11,379   -31.4   8,121   11,379   -31.4
 SCION xA                       0        9  -100.0       0        9  -100.0
 SCION xB                   1,715    3,319   -50.3   1,715    3,319   -50.3
 SCION tC                   1,241    2,947   -59.5   1,241    2,947   -59.5
 SCION xD                     967    1,597   -41.8     967    1,597   -41.8
 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV.
  PASS. CAR                60,017   83,409   -30.8  60,017   83,409   -30.8
 -----------------         ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----
 ES                         2,971    4,346   -34.3   2,971    4,346   -34.3
 LS                           904    1,906   -54.4     904    1,906   -54.4
 SC                            73      183   -61.6      73      183   -61.6
 GS                           898    1,480   -41.7     898    1,480   -41.7
 IS                         2,400    3,262   -29.3   2,400    3,262   -29.3
 TOTAL LEXUS PASS. CAR      7,246   11,177   -37.7   7,246   11,177   -37.7
 ---------------------      -----   ------   -----   -----   ------   -----
 TOTAL TOYOTA PASS. CAR    67,263   94,586   -31.6  67,263   94,586   -31.6
 ----------------------    ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----
 SIENNA                     6,526   10,406   -39.7   6,526   10,406   -39.7
 RAV4                       8,034   10,897   -29.1   8,034   10,897   -29.1
 FJ CRUISER                 2,596    3,071   -18.7   2,596    3,071   -18.7
 4RUNNER                    3,191    5,470   -43.9   3,191    5,470   -43.9
 HIGHLANDER                 5,757   12,323   -55.1   5,757   12,323   -55.1
 LAND CRUISER                 157      460   -67.2     157      460   -67.2
 SEQUOIA                    1,592    2,377   -35.6   1,592    2,377   -35.6
 TOTAL SUV                 21,327   34,598   -40.7  21,327   34,598   -40.7
 ---------                 ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----
 4X2 TACOMA                 3,910    6,359   -40.9   3,910    6,359   -40.9
 4X4 TACOMA                 3,709    4,705   -24.2   3,709    4,705   -24.2
 TOTAL TACOMA               7,619   11,064   -33.8   7,619   11,064   -33.8
 TUNDRA                     7,076   12,073   -43.6   7,076   12,073   -43.6
 TOTAL PICKUP              14,695   23,137   -38.9  14,695   23,137   -38.9
 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. LT
  TRUCK                    42,548   68,141   -40.0  42,548   68,141   -40.0
 --------------------      ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----
 LX                           328      710   -55.6     328      710   -55.6
 GX                           628    1,657   -63.6     628    1,657   -63.6
 RX                         6,520    6,755    -7.2   6,520    6,755    -7.2
 TOTAL LEXUS LIGHT
  TRUCK                     7,476    9,122   -21.2   7,476    9,122   -21.2
 -----------------          -----    -----   -----   -----    -----   -----
 TOTAL TOYOTA LIGHT
  TRUCK                    50,024   77,263   -37.7  50,024   77,263   -37.7
 ------------------        ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----
 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV.        102,565  151,550   -34.9 102,565  151,550   -34.9
 TOTAL LEXUS               14,722   20,299   -30.3  14,722   20,299   -30.3
 -----------               ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----
 TOTAL TOYOTA             117,287  171,849   -34.4 117,287  171,849   -34.4
 MEMO:
 DOM. COROLLA              14,448   20,712   -32.9  14,448   20,712   -32.9
 DOM. CAMRY                20,316   30,561   -36.1  20,316   30,561   -36.1
 DOM. RAV4                    322        0     N/A     322        0     N/A
 DOM. PICKUP               14,695   23,137   -38.9  14,695   23,137   -38.9
 DOM. RX                    4,850    4,646     0.4   4,850    4,646     0.4

 SELLING DAYS                  26       25              26       25
 ------------                  --       --              --       --



 TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR    21,740   27,981   -25.3  21,740   27,981   -25.3
 LEXUS IMPORT CAR           7,246   11,177   -37.7   7,246   11,177   -37.7
 TOYOTA DIV NA
  BUILT CARS               38,277   55,428   -33.6  38,277   55,428   -33.6
 TOTAL TOYOTA CARS         67,263   94,586   -31.6  67,263   94,586   -31.6

 TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT
  LT TRUCK                 19,413   32,221   -42.1  19,413   32,221   -42.1
 LEXUS IMPORT LT TRUCK      2,626    4,476   -43.6   2,626    4,476   -43.6
 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT
  LT TRUCK                 23,135   35,920   -38.1  23,135   35,920   -38.1
 LEXUS NA BUILT LT
  TRUCK                     4,850    4,646     0.4   4,850    4,646     0.4
 TOTAL TOYOTA LT TRUCK     50,024   77,263   -37.7  50,024   77,263   -37.7
 ---------------------     ------   ------   -----  ------   ------   -----

 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES    26,207   40,649   -38.0  26,207   40,649   -38.0
    Memo: Lexus Sport
     Utility                7,476    9,122   -21.2   7,476    9,122   -21.2

 SMALL VANS                 6,526   10,406   -39.7   6,526   10,406   -39.7
 PICKUPS                   14,695   23,137   -38.9  14,695   23,137   -38.9

 ----------------------
 * NORTH AMERICAN BUILT
  VEHICLES
 COROLLA                   14,448   20,712   -32.9  14,448   20,712   -32.9
 CAMRY                     20,316   30,561   -36.1  20,316   30,561   -36.1
 VENZA                      1,394        0     N/A   1,394        0     N/A
 AVALON                     2,119    4,155   -51.0   2,119    4,155   -51.0
 SIENNA                     6,526   10,406   -39.7   6,526   10,406   -39.7
 RAV4                         322        0     N/A     322        0     N/A
 PICKUP                    14,695   23,137   -38.9  14,695   23,137   -38.9
 SEQUOIA                    1,592    2,377   -35.6   1,592    2,377   -35.6
 RX                         4,850    4,646     0.4   4,850    4,646     0.4
 TOTAL                     66,262   95,994   -33.6  66,262   95,994   -33.6
 N.A. VEHICLES % OF
  TOTAL                      56.5%    55.9%           56.5%    55.9%

 SELLING DAYS                  26       25              26       25
 DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE
 ------------------------

Source: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.  

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Mercedes-Benz Reports January Sales of 10,433

MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported January sales of 10,433 vehicles, a 42.9 percent decrease compared to January 2008. The company attributed the decline to the significant drop in the luxury automotive sector as a result of the current economic climate.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,753 vehicles in January, an 86.3 percent increase compared to its January 2008 sales of 3,624 vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz USA, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. For more than forty years, MBUSA has taken pride in its commitment to the customer by providing superior quality luxury vehicles coupled with outstanding customer support. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com and www.maybachusa.com.

 Model        Jan '09 Jan '08 Monthly %  YTD 2009 YTD 2008 Yearly %
 -----        ------- ------- ---------  -------- -------- --------

 C-CLASS       3,032   4,647     -34.8%    3,032    4,647    -34.8%

 E-CLASS       1,768   2,980     -40.7%    1,768    2,980    -40.7%

 S-CLASS         516   1,641     -68.6%      516    1,641    -68.6%

 CL-CLASS        100     253     -60.5%      100      253    -60.5%

 SL-CLASS        133     389     -65.8%      133      389    -65.8%

 CLK-CLASS       601   1,223     -50.9%      601    1,223    -50.9%

 SLK-CLASS       172     480     -64.2%      172      480    -64.2%

 CLS-CLASS       206     495     -58.4%      206      495    -58.4%

 R-CLASS         242   1,005     -75.9%      242    1,005    -75.9%

 M-CLASS       1,355   3,237     -58.1%    1,355    3,237    -58.1%

 G-CLASS          58     110     -47.3%       58      110    -47.3%

 GL-CLASS        950   1,815     -47.7%      950    1,815    -47.7%

 GLK-CLASS     1,300       -               1,300

 -----------  ------  ------     -----    ------   ------    -----
 GRAND TOTAL  10,433  18,275     -42.9%   10,433   18,275    -42.9%
 -----------  ------  ------     -----    ------   ------    -----

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Daimler AG Reports a 35.5 Percent Decrease for the Mercedes-Benz Cars Division in the U.S. for January 2009

- Mercedes-Benz Cars Division Sold a Total of 12,209 Units in the U.S.

- Mercedes-Benz USA Records January Sales of 10,433

- smart USA Records 1,776 Sales in January

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported sales for the Mercedes-Benz Cars division (Mercedes-Benz and smart combined) of 12,209 units in the U.S. for January 2009. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA reported sales of 10,433 vehicles, a 42.9 percent decrease compared to January 2008.

smart USA recorded sales of 1,776 units in January 2009. This figure represents a 177.1% increase over January 2008. smart sales in the U.S. started in the second half of January 2008. The smart fortwo offers a powerful combination of outstanding fuel efficiency, innovative safety features, environmental friendliness and excellent value. There are currently 75 smart centers open in 35 states.

Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA will be announced later today in a separate press release issued by Mercedes-Benz USA.

 Mercedes-Benz Cars Division in the U.S. Sales Summary Through January 2009

                       Month Sales        %         Sales CYTD       %
                     Curr Yr   Pr Yr    Change  Curr Yr   Pr Yr    Change

 Mercedes-Benz USA    10,433   18,275   -42.9%   10,433   18,275   -42.9%
 smart USA             1,776     641*  177.1%*    1,776     641*   177.1%*

 Mercedes-Benz USA /
  smart USA combined  12,209  18,916*  -35.5%*   12,209  18,916*   -35.5%*

 *smart sales in the U.S. started in mid January 2008

Source: Daimler AG  

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Strong F-Series, Fusion Sales Drive Ford To Higher Retail Share For Fourth Consecutive Month

- Ford's F-Series truck and Fusion mid-size sedan helped Ford achieve a fourth consecutive month of retail market share increases - Total Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales were 39 percent lower in January than a year ago; Fleet sales were 65 percent lower and retail sales to individuals were 27 percent lower - Ford and overall industry sales in January were in line with company expectations; Retail demand appears to be stabilizing - Ford continues to align production and inventories with demand; January inventories totaled 420,000 vehicles, down 156,000 from prior year

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford's F-Series truck and Fusion mid-size sedan paced Ford to a fourth consecutive month of retail market share increases. Ford estimates its share of the January retail market was 12.7 percent, up 0.3 point versus a year ago. This marks the first time since 1995 Ford has achieved a retail market share increase four months in a row.

In January, Ford's all-new F-150 truck picked up more accolades and market share. In January, the F-150 was named North American Truck of the Year and earned a quadruple 5-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Best-in-class capability and safety ratings and unsurpassed fuel economy appear to be driving F-Series appeal among buyers.

In January, the Fusion posted its highest retail share since August 2006. In March, the 2010 Fusion arrives in dealer showrooms as America's most fuel- efficient mid-size sedan for both hybrid and conventional gasoline models.

The new Fusion Hybrid delivers 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on highway, topping the Toyota Camry Hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway. The new four-cylinder Ford Fusion S achieves 34 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city, beating both the gasoline-powered Camry and Honda Accord.

The Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner small utility vehicles and the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan also contributed to Ford's January market share increase.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales totaled 90,596 in January, down 39 percent versus a year ago. Retail sales to individual customers were down 27 percent. Fleet sales were down 65 percent including a 90 percent decline in sales to daily rental customers.

Ford and industry sales in January were consistent with Ford planning assumptions.

"During the last four months, retail demand appears to have stabilized, and the strength of our new products is a key reason we're growing our share in these challenging market conditions," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, Sales and Marketing. "We expect new, recent and future fiscal and monetary actions to help improve conditions in the second half of the year."

Ford inventories were 420,000 vehicles at the end of January, which is 156,000 vehicles lower than a year ago. During the past 12 months, Ford's inventories were reduced by 27 percent - consistent with the company's sales decline (22 percent) during this same period.

Note: The sales data included in this release and the accompanying tables are based largely on data reported by dealers representing their sales to retail and fleet customers.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) , a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 213,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's wholly owned brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit http://www.ford.com/

                 FORD MOTOR COMPANY JANUARY 2009 U.S. SALES
                 ------------------------------------------

                              January        %      Year-To-Date      %
                           ------------             ------------
                           2009    2008    Change   2009    2008    Change
                           ----    ----    ------   ----    ----    ------
 Sales By Brand
   Ford                   79,322  131,074   -39.5  79,322  131,074   -39.5
   Lincoln                 6,091    7,985   -23.7   6,091    7,985   -23.7
   Mercury                 5,183    9,296   -44.2   5,183    9,296   -44.2
                          ------  -------          ------  -------
     Total Ford, Lincoln
      and Mercury         90,596  148,355   -38.9  90,596  148,355   -38.9
   Volvo                       0    8,036  -100.0       0    8,036  -100.0
                          ------  -------          ------  -------
      Total Ford Motor
       Company            90,596  156,391   -42.1  90,596  156,391   -42.1

 Ford, Lincoln and
  Mercury Sales By Type
   Cars                   28,707   44,259   -35.1  28,707   44,259   -35.1
   Crossover Utility
    Vehicles              20,147   29,680   -32.1  20,147   29,680   -32.1
   Sport Utility Vehicles  7,283   15,398   -52.7   7,283   15,398   -52.7
   Trucks and Vans        34,459   59,018   -41.6  34,459   59,018   -41.6
                          ------  -------          ------  -------
     Total Trucks         61,889  104,096   -40.5  61,889  104,096   -40.5
                          ------  -------          ------  -------
       Total Vehicles     90,596  148,355   -38.9  90,596  148,355   -38.9




                   FORD BRAND JANUARY 2009 U.S. SALES
                   ----------------------------------

                              January        %      Year-To-Date      %
                           ------------             ------------
                           2009     2008   Change   2009     2008   Change
                           ----     ----   ------   ----     ----   ------

 Crown Victoria            1,646    4,431   -62.9   1,646    4,431   -62.9
 Taurus                    1,705    4,180   -59.2   1,705    4,180   -59.2
 Fusion                    8,152    9,183   -11.2   8,152    9,183   -11.2
 Focus                     7,769   11,600   -33.0   7,769   11,600   -33.0
 Mustang                   2,944    6,545   -55.0   2,944    6,545   -55.0
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Ford Cars              22,216   35,939   -38.2  22,216   35,939   -38.2

 Flex                      2,459        0      NA   2,459        0      NA
 Edge                      4,973   10,888   -54.3   4,973   10,888   -54.3
 Escape                    8,360   11,191   -25.3   8,360   11,191   -25.3
 Taurus X                    879    2,234   -60.7     879    2,234   -60.7
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Ford Crossover Utility
    Vehicles              16,671   24,313   -31.4  16,671   24,313   -31.4

 Expedition                2,377    4,963   -52.1   2,377    4,963   -52.1
 Explorer                  3,687    7,217   -48.9   3,687    7,217   -48.9
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Ford Sport Utility
    Vehicles               6,064   12,180   -50.2   6,064   12,180   -50.2

 F-Series                 25,237   41,125   -38.6  25,237   41,125   -38.6
 Ranger                    2,813    5,546   -49.3   2,813    5,546   -49.3
 Econoline/Club Wagon      5,856   11,333   -48.3   5,856   11,333   -48.3
 Low Cab Forward              19       79   -75.9      19       79   -75.9
 Heavy Trucks                446      559   -20.2     446      559   -20.2
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Ford Trucks and Vans   34,371   58,642   -41.4  34,371   58,642   -41.4
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Ford Brand             79,322  131,074   -39.5  79,322  131,074   -39.5




                 LINCOLN BRAND JANUARY 2009 U.S. SALES
                 --------------------------------------

                              January        %      Year-To-Date      %
                           ------------             ------------
                           2009     2008   Change   2009     2008   Change
                           ----     ----   ------   ----     ----   ------
 MKS                       1,535        0      NA   1,535        0      NA
 MKZ                       1,561    2,712   -42.4   1,561    2,712   -42.4
 Town Car                    510      206   147.6     510      206   147.6
 MKX                       1,735    3,026   -42.7   1,735    3,026   -42.7
 Navigator                   662    1,665   -60.2     662    1,665   -60.2
 Mark LT                      88      376   -76.6      88      376   -76.6
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Lincoln Brand           6,091    7,985   -23.7   6,091    7,985   -23.7



                 MERCURY BRAND JANUARY 2009 U.S. SALES
                 --------------------------------------

                              January        %       Year-To-Date      %
                            ------------             ------------
                            2009     2008  Change    2009     2008  Change
                            ----     ----  ------    ----     ----   ------

 Grand Marquis               725    1,963   -63.1     725    1,963   -63.1
 Sable                       482      986   -51.1     482      986   -51.1
 Milan                     1,678    2,453   -31.6   1,678    2,453   -31.6
 Mariner                   1,741    2,341   -25.6   1,741    2,341   -25.6
 Mountaineer                 557    1,553   -64.1     557    1,553   -64.1
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Mercury Brand           5,183    9,296   -44.2   5,183    9,296   -44.2



                  VOLVO BRAND JANUARY 2009 U.S. SALES
                  ------------------------------------

                               January        %     Year-To-Date      %
                            ------------            ------------
                            2009    2008   Change   2009     2008   Change
                            ----    ----   ------   ----     ----   ------

 S40                           0    1,519  -100.0       0    1,519  -100.0
 V50                           0      163  -100.0       0      163  -100.0
 S60                           0    1,713  -100.0       0    1,713  -100.0
 S80                           0      865  -100.0       0      865  -100.0
 V70                           0      167  -100.0       0      167  -100.0
 XC70                          0      965  -100.0       0      965  -100.0
 XC90                          0    1,918  -100.0       0    1,918  -100.0
 C70                           0      375  -100.0       0      375  -100.0
 C30                           0      351  -100.0       0      351  -100.0
                          ------   ------          ------   ------
   Volvo Brand                 0    8,036  -100.0       0    8,036  -100.0

Source: Ford Motor Company  

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02:08 PM

Volkswagen Reports January 2009 Sales

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced January 2009 sales of 12,744 units, a 11.6 percent decrease over January 2008 sales of 14,412 units.

Volkswagen's stylish new CC, which was designed to blend sports car dynamics and dimensions with sedan comfort, posted its best sales month since its market introduction last September with more than 1,000 units sold.

"We know 2009 has the potential to be another extremely tough year for the Automotive Industry due to continued challenges with the economy, yet we are optimistic for a successful future here in the U.S.," said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "2009 will be the first full year of sales with all five of our new products that launched last year, combine that with our commitment of manufacturing safe, efficient, high quality, and affordable fun-to-drive German Engineered vehicles, and we see a strong opportunity to grow our business here," added Barnes.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Eos, Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg 2 and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2009 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more.

 VW-US Snapshot                                  ------ YEAR-TO-DATE ------
                                                 January-  January-
                  January-   January-  Yr/Yr %   09 YTD    08 YTD   Yr/Yr %
                 09 Actual  08 Actual  change    Actual    Actual   change

 New Beetle -
  Coupe              573      1,017    -43.7%      573     1,017     -43.7%
    - Convertible    221        728    -69.6%      221       728     -69.6%
      Total New
       Beetle        794      1,745    -54.5%           794    1,745 -54.5%
 Jetta Sdn         5,285      6,488    -18.5%    5,285     6,488     -18.5%
   SportWagen        953         -       0.0%      953             -   N/A
      Total Jetta  6,238      6,488     -3.9%         6,238    6,488  -3.9%
 Eos                 369        870    -57.6%      369       870     -57.6%
 Rabbit              823      1,483    -44.5%      823     1,483     -44.5%
 GTI                 542        833    -34.9%      542       833     -34.9%
 R32                  35        336    -89.6%       35       336     -89.6%
      Total Golf/
       Rabbit/GTI/
       R32         1,400      2,652                   1,400    2,652 -47.2%
 Passat Sdn          940      1,634    -42.5%      940     1,634     -42.5%
    Wgn              192        467    -58.9%      192       467     -58.9%
      Total Passat 1,132      2,101    -46.1%         1,132    2,101 -46.1%
 Phaeton               -         -       N/A             -        -    N/A
 Touareg             314        556    -43.5%      314       556     -43.5%
 Tiguan              762         -       N/A       762            -    N/A
 Routan              663         -       N/A       663            -    N/A
 CC                1,072                 N/A     1,072                 N/A
      TOTAL       12,744     14,412    -11.6%   12,744    14,412     -11.6%

Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.  

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02:10 PM

BMW Group U.S. Division Reports January Sales

BMW Group sales in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) down by 15.5 percent in January 2009.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported January sales of 14,314 vehicles, a decrease of 15.5 percent over the 16,935 vehicles sold in the same month of 2008.

BMW Brand Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 15.5 percent in January for a total of 12,232 compared to 14,475 reported in the same month a year ago.

"We're in a definite 'toughing it out' mode and this has aided improving our market share this month," said Jim O'Donnell, President of BMW of North America, LLC. "It's meant focusing on the real basics of making sales and we've demonstrated this with our Certified Pre-Owned program continuing to be embraced as a good alternative by our dealers and consumers in the current climate and now we hope to add the momentum of the new 7 Series and Z4 coming out this spring."

BMW Automobile Sales

BMW's automobile sales are down 21.3 percent in January to 8,697 versus 11,053 in the same month of 2008.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales

Sales of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles increased 3.3 percent in January to 3,535 vehicles over the 3,422 sold in the same month a year ago.


MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 2,082 automobiles, down 15.4 percent from the 2,460 cars sold in January 2008.

"Consumers really are keeping their heads inside their shells this month," said Jim McDowell, Vice-President of MINI USA. "Showroom traffic is down but our internet vehicle configuration and early dealer website contact is above last year at this time, so we may be seeing early signs of stimulus expectation. Considering this, being 15 percent down was not a roaring start to the year but one we'll take as it still keeps us ahead of overall market momentum."

 Sales BMW of North America, LLC, January 2009
                                                   YTD       YTD
                    Jan. 09 Jan. 08    %       Jan. 09   Jan. 08    %
 1 Series               716       0   N/A          716         0   N/A
 3 Series             5,013   6,844 -26.8%       5,013     6,844 -26.8%
 Z4 Roadster and
  Coupe                  45     363 -87.6%          45       363 -87.6%
 5 Series             2,596   2,771  -6.3%       2,596     2,771  -6.3%
 6 Series               304     365 -16.7%         304       365 -16.7%
 7 Series                23     710 -96.8%          23       710 -96.8%
 BMW passenger cars   8,697  11,053 -21.3%       8,697    11,053 -21.3%
 ------------------   -----  ------ -----        -----    ------ -----
 X3                     394   1,091 -63.9%         394     1,091 -63.9%
 X5                   2,875   2,331  23.3%       2,875     2,331  23.3%
 X6                     266       0   N/A          266         0   N/A
 BMW light trucks
 (SAVs)               3,535   3,422   3.3%       3,535     3,422   3.3%
 -----------------    -----   -----   ---        -----     -----   ---
 BMW brand           12,232  14,475 -15.5%      12,232    14,475 -15.5%
 ---------           ------  ------ -----       ------    ------ -----
 Cooper /S Hardtop    1,482   2,157 -31.3%       1,482     2,157 -31.3%
 Cooper /S
  Convertible            46     303 -84.8%          46       303 -84.8%
 Cooper /S Clubman      554       0   N/A          554         0   N/A
 MINI brand           2,082   2,460 -15.4%       2,082     2,460 -15.4%
 ----------           -----   ----- -----        -----     ----- -----
 TOTAL BMW of North
  America, LLC       14,314  16,935 -15.5%      14,314    16,935 -15.5%
 ------------------  ------  ------ -----       ------    ------ -----

 BMW Certified Pre-Owned

Sales of BMW's Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are up 36.8 percent, to 10,007 CPO vehicles versus 7,313 vehicles reported last January making it a record month.

Source: BMW of North America, LLC  

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02:11 PM

Chrysler LLC Announces January 2009 U.S. Sales

- Jeep(R) Wrangler sales increased 4 percent (6,362 units) compared to January 2008 (6,137 units).

- Dodge Journey sales continued to climb as sales reached 3,092 units.

- Dodge Challenger sales reached 2,757 units, up 6 percent over December 2008.

- Dodge Avenger sales increased 6 percent (2,171 units) versus December 2008.

- The Company finished the month with 359,980 units of inventory, or a 151-day supply. Inventory is down 13 percent compared with January 2008, when it totaled 413,874 units.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chrysler LLC today reported total January 2009 U.S. sales of 62,157 units, down 55 percent versus the same month in 2008 (137,392 units), and down 31 percent from December 2008 (89,813 units). Total sales were suppressed by a significant reduction in fleet sales, which is aligned with the Company's sales strategy helping to maintain or improve the overall residual value of Chrysler vehicles for our customers. Fleet sales were down 81 percent for January compared to the same time last year.

"Chrysler LLC received the first $4 billion installment of our $7 billion bridge loan from the U.S. Treasury in early January," said Jim Press, President and Vice Chairman -- Chrysler LLC. "However, it wasn't until later in the month that Chrysler Financial received its $1.5 billion loan, greatly enhancing its ability to support our dealers and provide credit to our customers. We were very encouraged and working closely with Chrysler Financial, were immediately able to introduce our zero percent financing for customers."

Press emphasized the financial crisis still looms and must be modified to allow dealers to stock more vehicles and to provide customers with the financing to purchase those vehicles. "While the government has made funds available to stimulate the market, these funds carry limitations, including stringent lending guidelines and conduit restrictions. At the same time, many financial lenders are also operating with tighter standards and significantly increased reserves to hold their credit rating. All these factors have limited the amount of funds that the financial institutions can make available to consumers for the purchase of Chrysler vehicles, making it more difficult for us to close sales," he said.

January Sales Highlights

-- Jeep(R) Wrangler sales increased 4 percent (6,362 units) compared to January 2008 (6,137 units).

-- Dodge Journey sales continued to climb as sales reached 3,092 units.

-- Dodge Challenger sales reached 2,757 units, up 6 percent over December 2008.

-- Dodge Avenger sales increased 6 percent (2,171 units) versus December 2008.

-- The Company finished the month with 359,980 units of inventory, or a 151-day supply. Inventory is down 13 percent compared with January 2008, when it totaled 413,874 units.

"Consumer credit, versus consumer demand, influenced our January retail results. We saw a negative trend in December, we're seeing it again this month and we could see it for the year. Many more consumers wanted to buy a vehicle than could qualify for financing under the current credit conditions," said Steven Landry, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, MOPAR Parts and Service. "But, even though the economic environment remains extraordinarily difficult, near the end of the month we began to gain some sales traction with zero percent financing available through Chrysler Financial, and the addition of our new Chrysler Employee Pricing Plus Plus incentive."

Chrysler estimated in its submission to Congress last year that the industry would sell 11.1 million units during calendar year 2009. However, the Company currently believes that if the January trend for the SAAR continues, the industry could see 10 million units or fewer sold during the year, due to the reduction of consumer credit and tightening of the lending standards.

-- Dealer retail was down 35 percent, compared to industry retail, which was down 30 percent.

-- Fleet sales dropped 81 percent from last January, as outlined in the Company's viability plan.

-- Inventory reduction and day supply was very helpful to our dealers in reducing floorplan costs.

February Incentives

Chrysler LLC will continue the Employee Pricing Plus Plus program through February, which offers the employee price to all customers purchasing or leasing a new 2008 or 2009 Chrysler, Jeep(R) or Dodge vehicle. In addition to the employee price, customers are eligible for cash discounts of up to $3,500 for 2009 model year vehicles and up to $6,000 on 2008 model year vehicles. Chrysler Financial is also offering zero percent financing to qualified customers for up to 48 months. Other finance terms and rates are also available.

           Chrysler LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru January 2009
                        Month Sales    Vol %    Sales CYTD     Vol %
        Model        Curr Yr   Pr Yr  Change Curr Yr   Pr Yr  Change
 Sebring               1,943    9,178   -79%   1,943    9,178   -79%
 300                   2,250    7,750   -71%   2,250    7,750   -71%
 Crossfire                43      124   -65%      43      124   -65%
 PT Cruiser              947    4,762   -80%     947    4,762   -80%
 Aspen                   886    2,570   -66%     886    2,570   -66%
 Pacifica                324      897   -64%     324      897   -64%
 Town & Country        4,292    9,091   -53%   4,292    9,091   -53%
   CHRYSLER BRAND     10,685   34,372   -69%  10,685   34,372   -69%
 Compass                 819    2,685   -69%     819    2,685   -69%
 Patriot               2,114    4,489   -53%   2,114    4,489   -53%
 Wrangler              6,362    6,137     4%   6,362    6,137     4%
 Liberty               3,343    8,331   -60%   3,343    8,331   -60%
 Grand Cherokee        3,124    7,828   -60%   3,124    7,828   -60%
 Commander             1,072    3,666   -71%   1,072    3,666   -71%
   JEEP BRAND         16,834   33,136   -49%  16,834   33,136   -49%
 Caliber               2,400   10,885   -78%   2,400   10,885   -78%
 Avenger               2,171    7,185   -70%   2,171    7,185   -70%
 Charger               4,028    7,972   -49%   4,028    7,972   -49%
 Challenger            2,757        0     0%   2,757        0     0%
 Viper                   127       73    74%     127       73    74%
 Magnum                   27    2,342   -99%      27    2,342   -99%
 Dakota                1,459    2,076   -30%   1,459    2,076   -30%
 Ram P/U              12,843   19,902   -35%  12,843   19,902   -35%
 Journey               3,092        0     0%   3,092        0     0%
 Caravan               3,219    8,095   -60%   3,219    8,095   -60%
 Durango                 502    3,833   -87%     502    3,833   -87%
 Nitro                 1,530    6,119   -75%   1,530    6,119   -75%
 Sprinter                483    1,402   -66%     483    1,402   -66%
   DODGE BRAND        34,638   69,884   -50%  34,638   69,884   -50%

   TOTAL CHRYSLER LLC 62,157  137,392   -55%  62,157  137,392   -55%

     TOTAL CAR        15,747   45,763   -66%  15,747   45,763   -66%
     TOTAL TRUCK      46,410   91,629   -49%  46,410   91,629   -49%
 Selling Days             26       25             26       25

Source: Chrysler LLC  

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Posted: 02/03/09
02:13 PM

/C O R R E C T I O N -- Nissan North America, Inc./

In the news release, Nissan North America Announces January Sales, issued earlier today by Nissan North America, Inc. over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that, under the INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS section, the first bullet should have read "Infiniti sales for January were 7,115 units, down from 8,644 a year ago, a decline of 17.7 percent" rather than "... a decline of 20.9 percent" as originally issued inadvertently. Complete, corrected release follows:

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported sales for January of 53,884 units versus 76,605 units a year ago, a decrease of 29.7 percent. Sales of Nissan Division vehicles decreased 31.2 percent, while sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased by 17.7 percent.

 NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

-- Nissan vehicles saw sales of 46,769 units in January compared with 67,961 units sold in January 2008, a 31.2 percent decrease.

-- The all-new 2009 370Z, Nissan's performance icon which went on sale in January, is off to a strong start with sales of 1,280 units, an increase of 47.0 percent versus prior-year levels.

-- The compact and versatile Rogue crossover saw sales of 5,802 units, an increase of 6.8 percent from January 2008.

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

-- Infiniti sales for January were 7,115 units, down from 8,644 a year ago, a decline of 17.7 percent.

-- Infiniti's crossovers experienced a strong January, with sales of the EX up 12.5 percent over the prior year with 776 units, and sales of the FX up 74.9 percent, at 1,417 units.

NNA INFORMATION

-- Combined sales for Nissan and Infiniti of 53,884 units, compared with last January's sales of 76,605 units, marked a decrease of 29.7 percent.

-- To ensure consistency in our global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days in the month. This January had 26 selling days, and January 2008 had 25 selling days.



 NISSAN DIVISION
                   January   January   Monthly   CYTD     CYTD     CYTD
                    2009       2008     %chg     2009     2008     %chg
 Nissan Division
  Total           46,769    67,961     -31.2    46,769   67,961    -31.2
 Versa             5,002     5,609     -10.8     5,002    5,609    -10.8
 Sentra            5,331     7,170     -25.6     5,331    7,170    -25.6
 Altima           14,135    21,635     -34.7    14,135   21,635    -34.7
 Maxima            2,646     3,797     -30.3     2,646    3,797    -30.3
 350Z              1,280       871      47.0     1,280      871     47.0
 GT-R                 94         0        NA        94        0       NA
 Total Car        28,488    39,082     -27.1    28,488   39,082    -27.1
 Frontier          1,603     4,064     -60.6     1,603    4,064    -60.6
 Titan             1,458     3,692     -60.5     1,458    3,692    -60.5
 Xterra            1,304     3,514     -62.9     1,304    3,514    -62.9
 Pathfinder        1,547     2,933     -47.3     1,547    2,933    -47.3
 Armada              717     1,677     -57.2       717    1,677    -57.2
 Rogue             5,802     5,435       6.8     5,802    5,435      6.8
 Murano            5,204     5,689      -8.5     5,204    5,689     -8.5
 Quest               646     1,875     -65.5       646    1,875    -65.5
 Total Truck      18,281    28,879     -36.7    18,281   28,879    -36.7
 North American
  produced        34,389    55,966     -38.6    34,389   55,966    -38.6
 Car              27,114    38,211     -29.0    27,114   38,211    -29.0
 Truck             7,275    17,755     -59.0     7,275   17,755    -59.0
 Import           12,380    11,995       3.2    12,380   11,995      3.2
 Car               1,374       871      57.7     1,374      871     57.7
 Truck            11,006    11,124      -1.1    11,006   11,124     -1.1


 INFINITI DIVISION
                  January   January   Monthly   CYTD     CYTD     CYTD
                   2009       2008     %chg     2009     2008     %chg

 Infiniti Division
  Total            7,115     8,644     -17.7     7,115    8,644    -17.7
 G Sedan           2,609     3,370     -22.6     2,609    3,370    -22.6
 G Coupe             900     1,551     -42.0       900    1,551    -42.0
 M                 1,176     1,423     -17.4     1,176    1,423    -17.4
 QX56                237       800     -70.4       237      800    -70.4
 EX                  776       690      12.5       776      690     12.5
 FX                1,417       810      74.9     1,417      810     74.9
 Total Car         4,685     6,344     -26.2     4,685    6,344    -26.2
 Total Truck       2,430     2,300       5.7     2,430    2,300      5.7


 NISSAN & INFINITI
                   January   January   Monthly   CYTD     CYTD     CYTD
                    2009      2008      %chg     2009     2008     %chg

 TOTAL VEHICLE     53,884    76,605    -29.7     53,884   76,605   -29.7
 Total Car         33,173    45,426    -27.0     33,173   45,426   -27.0
 Total Truck       20,711    31,179    -33.6     20,711   31,179   -33.6
 Selling days          26        25                  26       25


 * All numbers include Hawaii

Source: Nissan North America, Inc.  

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