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Posted: 10/04/10
11:10 AM

SEPTEMBER sales figures have trickled in and can be found below. For comparison, here is the link to the previous months numbers.

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JUNE 2010 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers

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AUGUST 2010 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers



------------ SEPTEMBER 2010 Sales Numbers Are Listed Below----------------  

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Posted: 10/04/10
11:13 AM

Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac September Sales Rise 22 Percent on Strong Retail Growth

DETROIT, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac retail sales increase 39 percent during month
   * Sales and inventory mix reflects quick transition to new model year vehicles  
   * Company gaining retail market share with retail sales up 15 percent year-to-date
   * GM full-size pickup sales rise 62 percent; compact crossovers increase 101 percent


September combined total sales for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac increased 22 percent to 172,969 units, driven by a combined 39 percent rebound in retail sales compared with last September. Each brand saw retail increases in excess of 21 percent, led by Buick, where retail sales were up 96 percent for the month.

September's results also reflect an effective and quick model-year transition – a dramatic departure from last year's changeover. Of GM's retail sales for the month, 53 percent were new (2011) model year vehicles – almost double last year's 27 percent. Dealer stock at the end of the month included 75 percent new model vehicles, compared to just 30 percent last year.

"We said our goal for this time of year was to achieve an orderly transition from past model to the new model year, and we've achieved that," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. "This helps us lower our overall selling costs and positions us to come out of the gates quickly during the new model year."

Year to date through September, GM's four brands have sold 79,948 more units than were sold with eight brands through September 2009. The company's brands also have increased retail sales by 15 percent through September, and have gained market share in each of the first nine months this year.

"September's results are a continuation of positive momentum for our four brands and demonstrate that our plan is working," Johnson said. "With key products like our heavy-duty pickups, the Buick Regal and the Cadillac CTS Coupe launching now, and expanded capacity for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain hitting dealer lots, we're ready to run."

Increased sales of crossovers and full-size pickups led GM's gains in September. Sales of the company's compact crossovers, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, rose 101 percent, while sales of mid-size crossovers, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave increased 36 percent. The Cadillac SRX, remained the fastest growing luxury crossover, with sales up 41 percent during the month. Year-to-date, SRX sales have increased 319 percent. Sales for GM's full-size pickup trucks, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra rose 62 percent in September.

Month-end dealer inventory in the U.S. stood at about 478,000 units, which is about 26,000 higher compared to August, and about 55,000 higher than September 2009.

September Key Facts and Brand Results:

   * Calendar-year-to-date total sales for GM's four brands are up 23 percent  
   * Chevrolet: Chevrolet delivered 121,479 total vehicles in September, a 19 percent increase year-over-year. Year-to-date total Chevrolet sales are up 19 percent. Retail sales for Chevrolet rose 34 percent on the strength of Silverado and Equinox sales ( read more ).
   * Buick: Buick reported total sales of 12,875, an increase of 36 percent compared to last year. Driven by continuing strong customer demand for the LaCrosse and Enclave (retail sales up 182 and 89 percent, respectively) and growing demand for the all-new Regal, Buick retail sales were up 96 percent for the month. With total sales up 58 percent this year, Buick remains the fastest growing major auto brand in the U.S.  ( read more ).
   * GMC: GMC reported total sales of 25,995, a 42 percent increase in total sales in the month of September, compared to the same month last year. This includes a 48 percent increase in retail sales. Retail sales for the GMC Sierra increased 59 percent during the month and retail sales for the Terrain were up 405 percent compared to last year. For the year, GMC total sales are up 28 percent ( read more ).
   * Cadillac: Total sales of 12,620 for September were 11 percent higher than last September, with retail sales increasing 21 percent. SRX retail sales were up 96 percent, compared to a year ago, and CTS retail sales increased 18 percent. With total sales up 44 percent for the year, the brand remains the fastest growing luxury auto brand in the industry ( read more ).
   * Fleet sales for GM's four brands were 43,733 for the month.


 
   
                                                (Calendar Year-to-
                                                      Date)
                       September            January - September
                       ---------           --------------------
                                     %Chg
                                 % Chg   per                         %Chg
                   2010    2009 Volume   S/D      2010       2009  Volume
                   ----    ---- ------ -----      ----       ---- -------
   Selling
    Days (S/
    D)               25      25
   ---------        ---     ---
   Enclave        4,408   2,748   60.4  60.4    40,289     31,572    27.6
   LaCrosse       4,741   2,383   99.0  99.0    47,536     16,609   186.2
   Lucerne        1,950   4,324  -54.9 -54.9    20,521     24,162   -15.1
   Rainier            0       0  ***.* ***.*         0          4   ***.*
   Regal          1,776       0  ***.* ***.*     5,654          0   ***.*
   Rendezvous         0       0  ***.* ***.*         0          9   ***.*
   Terraza            0       0  ***.* ***.*         0         33   ***.*
      Buick
       Total     12,875   9,455   36.2  36.2   114,000     72,389    57.5
      ------     ------   -----   ----  ----   -------     ------    ----
   CTS            3,760   3,485    7.9   7.9    32,516     29,011    12.1
   DTS            1,870   2,282  -18.1 -18.1    13,987     12,125    15.4
   Escalade       1,211   1,343   -9.8  -9.8    11,053     10,991     0.6
   Escalade
    ESV             824     628   31.2  31.2     5,698      4,607    23.7
   Escalade
    EXT             180     241  -25.3 -25.3     1,376      1,837   -25.1
   SRX            4,027   2,866   40.5  40.5    36,730      8,770   318.8
   STS              745     434   71.7  71.7     3,473      5,043   -31.1
   XLR                3      60  -95.0 -95.0       180        640   -71.9
      Cadillac
       Total     12,620  11,339   11.3  11.3   105,013     73,024    43.8
      --------   ------  ------   ----  ----   -------     ------    ----
   Avalanche      1,760   1,191   47.8  47.8    15,028     11,478    30.9
   Aveo           6,552   1,906  243.8 243.8    35,286     31,486    12.1
   Camaro         6,323   7,961  -20.6 -20.6    66,508     39,151    69.9
   Chevy C/
    T Series          0       1  ***.* ***.*         8         36   -77.8
   Chevy W
    Series           13      48  -72.9 -72.9       234        573   -59.2
   Cobalt         3,462   7,381  -53.1 -53.1    93,838     85,885     9.3
   Colorado       2,723   2,094   30.0  30.0    18,426     27,566   -33.2
   Corvette       1,109   1,585  -30.0 -30.0     9,798     10,795    -9.2
   Cruze            516       0  ***.* ***.*       516          0   ***.*
   Equinox       11,658   6,840   70.4  70.4    99,055     55,982    76.9
   Express        5,233   4,559   14.8  14.8    43,475     41,496     4.8
   HHR            5,209   5,804  -10.3 -10.3    62,451     56,001    11.5
   Impala        12,186  13,047   -6.6  -6.6   133,585    126,856     5.3
   Kodiak
    4/5
    Series           44     398  -88.9 -88.9     1,154      3,196   -63.9
   Kodiak
    6/7/8
    Series           16      39  -59.0 -59.0       215        831   -74.1
   Malibu        16,289  10,479   55.4  55.4   163,246    118,995    37.2
   Monte
    Carlo             0       0  ***.* ***.*         0          6   ***.*
    Silverado-
    C/K
    Pickup       32,185  19,401   65.9  65.9   267,715    229,388    16.7
   Suburban
    (Chevy)       2,863   5,338  -46.4 -46.4    31,808     27,441    15.9
   Tahoe          5,422   7,304  -25.8 -25.8    55,143     49,705    10.9
   TrailBlazer        2     250  -99.2 -99.2       213      8,340   -97.4
   Traverse       7,914   6,863   15.3  15.3    78,012     65,697    18.7
   Uplander           0      49  ***.* ***.*        76      1,644   -95.4
      Chevrolet
       Total    121,479 102,538   18.5  18.5 1,175,790    992,548    18.5
      --------- ------- -------   ----  ---- ---------    -------    ----
   Acadia         4,608   2,844   62.0  62.0    49,729     40,675    22.3
   Canyon           782     499   56.7  56.7     5,655      8,575   -34.1
   Envoy              2     163  -98.8 -98.8        80      4,509   -98.2
   GMC C/T
    Series            0      30  ***.* ***.*        52        374   -86.1
   GMC W
    Series           17     123  -86.2 -86.2       325      1,394   -76.7
   Savana           923     616   49.8  49.8    10,601      9,704     9.2
   Sierra        11,077   7,244   52.9  52.9    90,235     79,433    13.6
   Terrain        4,777   1,334  258.1 258.1    39,869      1,809   ***.*
   Topkick
    4/5
    Series           15     216  -93.1 -93.1       850      2,162   -60.7
   Topkick
    6/7/8
    Series           19     139  -86.3 -86.3       367      1,482   -75.2
   Yukon          2,305   3,150  -26.8 -26.8    18,869     20,432    -7.6
   Yukon XL       1,470   2,001  -26.5 -26.5    15,464     11,286    37.0
      GMC Total  25,995  18,359   41.6  41.6   232,096    181,835    27.6
      ---------  ------  ------   ----  ----   -------    -------    ----
      Brand
       Total    172,969 141,691   22.1  22.1 1,626,899  1,319,796    23.3
      ------    ------- -------   ----  ---- ---------  ---------    ----
      HUMMER
       Total        163     426  -61.7 -61.7     3,507      8,193   -57.2
      ------        ---     ---  ----- -----     -----      -----   -----
      Pontiac
       Total          8  11,079  ***.* ***.*       962    151,818   -99.4
      -------       ---  ------  ----- -----       ---    -------   -----
      Saab
       Total          0     484  ***.* ***.*       608      6,928   -91.2
      ------        ---     ---  ----- -----       ---      -----   -----
      Saturn
       Total         15   2,993  -99.5 -99.5     6,568     60,216   -89.1
      ------        ---   -----  ----- -----     -----     ------   -----
      Other
       Brand
       Total        186  14,982  -98.8 -98.8    11,645    227,155   -94.9
      ------        ---  ------  ----- -----    ------    -------   -----
      GM Total  173,155 156,673   10.5  10.5 1,638,544  1,546,951     5.9
      --------  ------- -------   ----  ---- ---------  ---------     ---
   


Source: General Motors  

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Posted: 10/04/10
11:14 AM

Volkswagen of America Announces 14.9% Increase for September Sales
Jetta Leads the Way with Strong Month and First Sales of All-New 2011 Model


HERNDON, Va., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported September sales of 19,943 total units, for an increase of 14.9 percent over September 2009.  Year-to-date sales for the entire line of Volkswagen vehicles were up 20.6 percent over 2009.

Jetta led the way with sales of 10,769 vehicles, marking a 12.6 percent increase over last year and the best sales month for Jetta since August 2009.  Consumers began purchasing the all-new 2011 Jetta that arrived in showrooms late in the month.

Volkswagen's line of industry-leading clean diesel TDI models also showed particular strength in September with the second highest TDI mix ever at 27 percent of all Volkswagen vehicles sold during the month, indicating a growing importance of clean diesel TDI vehicles to consumers.

Vehicles across the Volkswagen line showed strength in September.  Combined Golf and GTI sales were up 252 percent; Tiguan sales were up 49.7 percent; Routan sales were up 33.9 percent; and Passat sedan sales showed a 10.6 percent increase for the month.

"Sales of Volkswagen's full line of products continued to grow in September," said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc.  "The Jetta, which is core to our growth plans in North America, showed a strong month with the very first sales of the all-new 2011 Jetta.  Our clean diesel TDI vehicles also showed strength, indicating consumers are increasingly seeking the performance and benefits of Volkswagen's TDI technology."

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, Golf, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.  All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program.  This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more.



VW-US Snapshot






---------- YEAR-TO-DATE ----------



September-10
Actual

September-09
Actual

Yr/Yr %
change



September-10
YTD Actual

September-09 YTD
Actual

Yr/Yr %
change




Rabbit/Golf
1,099
253
334.4%

11,303
5,678
99.1%




GTI A5/A6
835
295
183.1%

10,922
5,419
101.6%

R32
-
-
N/A

-
139
-100.0%


Total Rabbit/Golf/GTI/R32
1,934
548
252.9%

22,225
11,236
97.8%

Jetta Sdn A5/A6
8,450
8,778
-3.7%

67,991
69,287
-1.9%

SportWagen A5/A6
2,319
790
193.5%

19,116
11,874
61.0%

Total Jetta
10,769
9,568
12.6%

87,107
81,161
7.3%

New Beetle - Coupe
662
1,290
-48.7%

10,850
7,977
36.0%

- Convertible
350
370
-5.4%

3,897
3,669
6.2%


Total  New Beetle
1,012
1,660
-39.0%

14,747
11,646
26.6%

Eos
521
516
1.0%

5,709
5,915
-3.5%

Passat Sdn
572
517
10.6%

9,212
7,384
24.8%

Wgn
150
147
2.0%

2,144
1,779
20.5%

Total Passat
722
664
8.7%

11,356
9,163
23.9%

CC
2,132
2,290
-6.9%

20,893
15,187
37.6%

Tiguan
1,326
886
49.7%

15,282
9,839
55.3%

Touareg
321
325
-1.2%

2,832
2,994
-5.4%

Routan
1,206
901
33.9%

12,539
12,639
-0.8%


TOTAL
19,943
17,358
14.9%

192,690
159,780
20.6%


SOURCE Volkswagen of America, Inc.  

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Posted: 10/04/10
11:21 AM

Subaru of America, Inc. Sets September Sales Record
- Company Announces a 47-Percent Sales Increase Year-Over-Year -
- Best September Ever for Company and Outback and Forester models -

PR Newswire

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 1

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. announced today that it posted its best-ever September sales results. This also marks the best-ever September sales for the Subaru Outback and Forester models.

Subaru sold 21,432 units in September 2010 versus 14,593 units in September 2009, resulting in a 47-percent gain year-over-year.  Year-to-date sales of 193,614 units in 2010 versus 158,421 units sold in 2009, resulting in a 22-percent gain compared with the same period last year.

Sales for the Subaru Outback for the month of September were up 91-percent with 8,154 units sold, while sales for Subaru Forester were up 33-percent with 6,449 units sold.

"September's record results reflect that demand for Subaru products continues to outpace supply despite the uncertain economy," said Timothy M. Colbeck, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "We have been increasing shipments to dealers, but they continue to sell everything we send them."


"Our sales reflect that Subaru products represent the best all-around package in the marketplace," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. "As we currently have the lowest incentives in the industry and continue breaking sales records, we know that customers have done their homework and recognize that Subaru products offer them the utility and capability that All-Wheel Drive provides as well as the long-term value they are looking for," Doll added.

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 more than 600 dealers across the United States.  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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Posted: 10/04/10
11:22 AM

Chrysler Group LLC Reports September 2010 U.S. Sales Increased 61 Percent

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ --

   * September marks the six consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases
   * Chrysler, Jeep® Dodge and Ram Truck brands post year-over-year increases
   * All-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee sales up 98 percent over last month as inventory levels continue to improve at dealerships
   * Ram Brand unveils the Ram Laramie Longhorn edition, the most luxurious Ram Truck ever produced by the company
   * New 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan and new 2011 Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicle to arrive in dealerships this quarter


Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 100,077, a 61 percent increase compared with sales in September 2009 (62,197 units).

September represents the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, and the second month this year that Chrysler Group sales exceeded the 100,000-unit threshold. Nearly all Chrysler Group vehicle lines currently in production improved year-over-year sales.

"We will continue to build sales momentum this fall as a slate of new product begins arriving in our dealerships," said Fred Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer – Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales. "Consumers soon will be able to see more of our all-new and significantly-refreshed vehicles in our dealerships."

The new 2011 Chrysler 200, which replaces the Chrysler Sebring, and the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicle will arrive in dealerships during this quarter. Also arriving this quarter are the significantly-refreshed 2011 Jeep® Patriot, 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, 2011 Dodge Charger and 2011 Dodge Avenger. Additional new models also will be available during this quarter.

In all, Chrysler Group this year is introducing 16 all-new or significantly- refreshed vehicles representing 75 percent of its nameplates.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 58-day supply of inventory (231,304 units). U.S. industry sales figures for September are projected at an estimated 11.9 SAAR.

September 2010 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Jeep Brand

The Jeep Brand posted a 65 percent year-over-year increase in September, the best September for sales in three years. The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee contributed to the increase as its September sales were up 98 percent over August. Total Jeep Grand Cherokee year-over-year sales were up 95 percent in September. Sales of the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the brand's volume leader, increased 29 percent compared with September 2009. Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass also had a strong September as each model posted triple-digit percentage sales increases.

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler models – with all-new interiors – will be arriving this month in greater numbers on dealership lots. The new 2011 Jeep Patriot, the affordable compact sport-utility vehicle, arrives in dealership showrooms this quarter with rugged new exterior styling, interior enhancements, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck Brand posted a 22 percent sales increase in September, compared with the same month in 2009. Ram pickup truck sales increased 26 percent in September as both light- and heavy-duty pickup truck sales posted double-digit percentage sales increases. Crew Cab and Quad Cab models continue to be the most popular consumer choices. Dodge Dakota sales also were strong last month, up 141 percent compared with September 2009.

The Ram Truck Brand last week unveiled the most luxurious Ram Truck ever produced by the company. Named the Ram Laramie Longhorn edition, the Ram lineup's most well-appointed model is designed for the owner who needs a truck for work or play, but won't settle for anything but the finest quality and refinement. Ram Laramie Longhorn models will go on sale first quarter 2011. Ram Truck officials unveiled the Laramie Longhorn in the heart of Truck Country: the State Fair of Texas. Ram Laramie Longhorn's design cues were taken from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, a fine pair of hand-tooled leather cowboy boots, a collector's-grade shotgun or a horseman's saddle. The metal work and leather work are second to none.

Chrysler Brand

The Chrysler Brand posted a 92 percent sales increase in September, compared with the same month in 2009. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan, the brand's volume leader, posted a sales increase of 149 percent in September. Town & Country has posted year-over-year sales increases every month this year. Chrysler Sebring (sedan and convertible) posted a sales increase in the triple digits.

The brand is replacing its full lineup with either all-new or significantly improved vehicles in just the next few months. The new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan, which will replace the Chrysler Sebring, will be arriving in dealership showrooms this quarter offering consumers exceptional craftsmanship inside and out, a refined and spirited driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content. The new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country also arrives in dealerships this quarter. The 2011 minivan offers consumers fresh, sophisticated, styling; a beautifully-crafted interior; improved driving dynamics; a new powertrain; and SafetyTec, a package of 40 standard safety and technology features.

Dodge Brand

The Dodge Brand posted a 71 percent sales increase in September, compared with the same month in 2009. All Dodge models posted sales increases during September. By the end of this year, Dodge Brand will fill dealer showrooms with a vast array of new or updated Dodge products. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, a three-row sport-utility vehicle, begins arriving this quarter in dealerships. The 2011 Durango's stiffened unibody structure is engineered with the driving enthusiast in mind. The end result is a vehicle that delivers premium driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility. Durango will be followed by the all-new Dodge Charger and significantly redesigned Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger with two new powertrains. These products will join Dodge Nitro and Dodge Caliber in dealer showrooms.

September U.S. Sales Highlights

   * Jeep Brand sales (28,603 units) increased 65 percent versus the same month last year (17,287 units), the best September sales in three years
   * Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (10,915 units) improved 95 percent compared with September last year (5,601 units)
   * New 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee sales increased 98 percent over August sales
   * Jeep Wrangler sales (7,765 units) improved 29 percent versus September 2009 (6,002 units)
   * Jeep Liberty sales (4,865 units) increased 79 percent compared with September last year (2,715 units)
   * Jeep Compass (1,090 units) and Jeep Patriot (3,641 units) each posted triple digit percentage year-over-year sales increases
   * Dodge Brand sales (36,272 units) were up 71 percent versus the same month last year (21,215 units)
   * Dodge Caliber sales (4,917 units) posted a percentage sales increase in triple digits
   * Dodge Charger sales (8,812 units) were up 17 percent compared with September 2009 (7,507 units)
   * Dodge Avenger sales (5,022 units) improved 76 percent versus the same month last year (2,859 units)
   * Dodge Challenger sales (3,138 units) were up 76 percent compared with September 2009 (1,778 units)
   * Dodge Journey sales (4,198 units) increased 40 percent versus September last year (2,989 units)
   * Dodge Grand Caravan sales (8,057 units) improved 96 percent compared with September 2009 (4,112 units
   * Dodge Nitro sales (2,032 units) increased 79 percent versus September 2009 (1,135 units)
   * Ram Truck Brand sales (17,854 units) increased 22 percent versus the same month last year (14,649 units
   * Ram pickup truck sales (16,887 units) increased 26 percent in September compared with September 2009 (13,165 units)
   * Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck sales increased 42 percent versus September 2009
   * Dodge Dakota (960 units) posted a triple digit percentage year-over-year sales increase
   * Chrysler Brand sales (17,348 units) improved 92 percent versus the same month last year (9,046 units
   * Chrysler Sebring (sedan and convertible) (4,651 units) posted a triple digit percentage sales increases
   * Chrysler Town & Country minivan sales (9,001 units) improved 149 percent compared with September 2009 (3,611 units)



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Ford September Sales Up 46 Percent; Ford on Track to Gain Market Share for Second Year In a Row


DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Ford, Lincoln and Mercury September sales totaled 160,873, up 46 percent versus year ago
   * Ford's balanced portfolio of high-quality, fuel-efficient new cars, utilities and trucks drives September's sales and market share gains; car sales up 40 percent, utilities up 61 percent and trucks up 43 percent
   * Transit Connect, Ford's purpose-built commercial van posts best sales month ever
   * Ford Edge (paced by new 2011 model), Fusion and Escape set September sales records
   * Ford's F-Series truck posts 40 percent increase; 2011 F-150, with its lineup of four new engines unveiled to media and consumers in multi-city tour, continues to set the standard for full-size pickups


Consumer demand for Ford's fresh lineup of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles in September helped the company continue to grow both sales and retail market share.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales in September totaled 160,873, up 46 percent versus a year ago. Ford's market share also increased in September, marking the 23rd time in the last 24 months that Ford's share of the retail market increased.

Year-to-date sales totaled 1.44 million, up 21 percent – growth more than double the overall industry rate. Ford is on track to gain market share for the second year in a row – a result not achieved since 1993.  

"The key to our success in the U.S. market is the relentless cadence of new vehicle, powertrain and technology introductions," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "Every high-quality, fuel-efficient new vehicle provides Ford and its dealers with an opportunity to reach new customers and build a stronger foundation for future growth."

Ford's Newest Products

The Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, the company's latest new products to arrive in dealerships, are the first to offer MyFordTouch and MyLincolnTouch, respectively – state-of-the-art technology to better connect drivers with their vehicle information, entertainment and on-board technologies.  The new Ford Edge features best-in-class horsepower and unsurpassed V6 highway fuel economy.  The new Lincoln MKX offers best-in-class fuel economy and 305 horsepower – an increase of 40 hp versus the prior model.  

Sales for the Ford Edge in September totaled 12,815, a record for the month and up 186 percent versus a year ago. Sales for the Lincoln MKX totaled 2,658, the highest sales month in over two years and up 76 percent versus a year ago.

The pace of sales for the all-new Fiesta accelerated in the second half of the month as availability at Ford dealers began to improve. September sales for the highly acclaimed subcompact totaled 3,050.  Fiesta's conquest rate is 57 percent – the highest of any Ford product.

"Fiesta customers love their new cars," said Czubay. "The Fiesta is our strongest proof point yet that our global growth strategy is working. This is important for consumers, dealers and employees to recognize as we prepare to launch the Focus – the next all-new product from Ford's global product development system."

Another global product star – the Ford Transit Connect, a small, purpose-built van – launched in North America last summer.  In September, this new vehicle aimed at small businesses posted its highest-ever sales month of 3,571.

Ford's Balanced Vehicle Portfolio

In September, cars were up 40 percent versus a year ago.  Sales of all Ford cars were up sharply from a year ago:

   * Focus was up 48 percent
   * Fusion was up 47 percent and set a September sales record
   * Taurus was up 37 percent
   * Mustang was up 17 percent


Utility vehicles were up 61 percent versus a year ago.  In addition to the Edge and MKX:

   * Ford Escape sales were up 65 percent and set a September sales record
   * Ford Expedition sales were up 24 percent
   * Mercury Mariner and Mountaineer sales were up 65 percent and 60 percent, respectively
   * Lincoln MKT sales were up 16 percent


September truck sales were up 43 percent, thanks in part to a special Ford Truck promotion that continues to the end of October. Highlights include:

   * Sales for Ford's F-Series, America's best-selling truck, totaled 47,433, up 40 percent versus a year ago; year-to-date, F-Series sales totaled 385,879, up 31 percent
   * Ford Econoline, the best-selling full-size van in America, was up 25 percent


For 2011, F-150 further ensures its leadership with an all-new powertrain lineup of four new engines, including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost, and a new six-speed transmission that will deliver class-leading capability and fuel economy.  This truck lineup will be 20 percent more fuel efficient than the 2010 models. F-150 pickups with the new 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 will be in dealership showrooms later this fall.  The F-150 with EcoBoost will be available for sale early next year.

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: *** a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 159,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.



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Mercedes-Benz Reports Best Month of 2010 With Sales of 20,666

MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported its best month of the year with September sales of 20,666 boosting year-to-date sales 22% ahead of last year.  The September volume made this the second highest September on record for MBUSA.  


The 9th generation E-Class led the month with sales of 5,608 (up 47.1%) – bringing the year-to-date total to 44,730 (up 67.3%).  The sporty C-Class followed suit with sales of 5,196 and the versatile M-Class SUV rounded out the top three volume performers with sales of 2,780 for the month.

Sales at the high end were equally strong with sales of the flagship S-Class up 55.2%; the GL-Class SUV up 52.6% and 35 of the newly launched supercar – the SLS AMG – bringing its year-to-date sales to 356.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 165,355 new vehicles, an increase of 22.1 % over last year.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,248 vehicles in September, up 17.5% compared to September 2009 sales of 5,318 vehicles.  Year-to-date sales for the MBCPO program were 60,968 – a 7.5 % increase over 2009 year-to-date sales (56,728 vehicles) during the same timeframe.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States.  MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.  

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the US.  More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com.
 

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Kia Motors America Announces All-Time Quarterly Sales Record
2011 Sorento Eclipses 10,000 Unit Mark for First Time; Year-To-Date Sales Up 12.3 Percent

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced sales of 30,071 vehicles in September, a 39-percent increase over the same period last year and an all-time sales record for the month of September. Kia's sales were led for the ninth consecutive month by the 2011 Sorento CUV, which posted sales of more than 10,000 units for the first time since its debut. The monthly sales record is Kia's second in the past three months – and seventh overall in 2010 – and helped the brand achieve its best quarterly sales total in company history at 97,955 units.  

KMA's year-to-date sales of 268,024 units are up 12.3-percent over 2009 and the company is on pace to achieve its 16th consecutive year of market share growth. Kia's growing stable of new vehicles resulting from the brand's design-led transformation – the 2010 Soul, Forte and Forte Koup; and the 2011 Sorento and the all-new 2011 Sportage – accounted for 76.7-percent of sales in September.

"Our record sales, including Sorento's best performance ever with more than 10,000 units sold, are a result of the brand's complete design and product transformation that continues to drive more style-conscious consumers to Kia retail showrooms," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).  "The most aggressive new vehicle launch cycle in the auto industry will continue with the arrivals of the functional Forte 5-door later this month and the highly anticipated all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan in November."

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Daimler AG Reports a 18.5 Percent Increase for Mercedes-Benz and smart Vehicles in the U.S. for September 2010
- Mercedes-Benz USA Records September Sales of 20,666 Vehicles - an Improvement of 22 Percent over September 2009 and a 21.1 % Increase on a Year-to-Date Basis
- smart USA Records 422 Sales in September 2010

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported U.S. sales of $21,088 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 18.5 Percent compared to September 2009. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

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Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported its best month of the year with September sales of 20,666 boosting year-to-date sales 22% ahead of last year.  The September volume made this the second highest September on record for MBUSA.  19,862 passenger cars, light truck vehicles and 804 Sprinter vans are included in this total.

The 9th generation E-Class led the month with sales of 5,608 (up 47.1%) – bringing the year-to-date total to 44,730 (up 67.3%).  The sporty C-Class followed suit with sales of 5,196 and the versatile M-Class SUV rounded out the top three volume performers with sales of 2,780 for the month.

Sales at the high end were equally strong with sales of the flagship S-Class up 55.2%; the GL-Class SUV up 52.6% and 35 of the newly launched supercar – the SLS AMG – bringing its year-to-date sales to 356.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 165,355 new vehicles, an increase of 22.1% over last year.

smart USA recorded 422 sales in September 2010.  smart USA is showcasing the smart fortwo electric drive as it prepares to begin delivering a test fleet of 250 electric vehicles with early adopters of electric drive technology across the United States beginning this fall. The smart fortwo continues to be a trendsetter in urban mobility and conservation with the smallest exterior footprint of any car — just 8.8 feet long — but a large amount of head and legroom, more than many small sedans.  The vehicle is engineered by Mercedes-Benz.

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

*Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.

Further information on Daimler is available on the internet at www.media.daimler.com


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11:34 AM

Toyota Reports September Sales


TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported September sales of 147,162 units.  With equal selling days in September 2009 and September 2010, sales were up 16.8 percent over the year-ago month on a daily selling rate and unadjusted raw volume basis.

Toyota Division recorded sales of 130,214 vehicles, an increase of 20.5 percent over the year-ago month. Lexus reported sales of 16,948 units for the month, down 5.5 percent from September 2009.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded sales of 75,670 units, an increase of 8.5 percent over last September.  Toyota sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid, which posted combined monthly sales of 30,769 units, up 19.5 percent from September 2009.  Up 48.7 percent over the year-ago month, Yaris recorded sales of 2,835 units.  Corolla recorded sales of 21,060 units, up 1.5 percent over the same period last year.  The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid reported sales of 11,394 units, up 3.7 percent over the year-ago month.  Avalon posted sales of 2,504 units, up 29.1 percent over September 2009.

Toyota Division light trucks posted sales of 54,544 units in September, up 42.3 percent over the same period last year.  Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV, which recorded monthly sales of 14,685 units, up 41.2 percent over September 2009.  Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined sales of 7,824 units for the month, up 50.0 percent over the year-ago month.  4Runner posted sales of 3,577 units for the month. The Tundra full-size pickup recorded sales of 6,923 units, up 9.7 percent over the same period last year.  The Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 8,874 units for the month, up 18.1 percent over September 2009.  The Sienna minivan reported sales of 9,920, up 54.0 percent over last September.

Scion posted September sales of 3,562 units.  The xB urban utility vehicle led the way with sales of 1,687 units, up 9.6 percent over last September.  The tC sports coupe posted September sales of 981 units. The xD reported sales of 894 units for the month.

Lexus Division

Lexus reported passenger car sales of 8,135 units, down 8.9 percent from the year-ago month.  Lexus passenger car sales were led by the ES entry luxury sedan which posted sales of 3,697 units.  The IS line-up reported combined sales of 2,447 units.

Lexus light trucks recorded sales of 8,813 units, down 2.2 percent from last September.  Lexus Division sales were led by the RX 350 and RX 450h, which reported combined September sales of 7,420 units.  With September sales of 1,054 units, GX mid-size luxury utility vehicle posted a gain of 122.8 percent over the same period last year.

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted September sales of 14,871 hybrid vehicles, up 2.0 percent over the year-ago month.  Toyota Division posted sales of 13,021 hybrids for the month.  Lexus Division reported sales of 1,850 hybrids in September

There were 25 selling days in September 2009 and 2010.


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Mitsubishi Motors Reports September Sales Increase of More Than Five Percent

CYPRESS, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today announced last month was one of its best in nearly two years with September sales of 4,961, an increase of 5.3 percent compared to September 2009.  MMNA has reported only three higher monthly sales totals since November 2008.    

"Our September sales give us encouragement that consumers are returning to the market," said MMNA President & CEO Shin Kurihara.  "Our momentum will accelerate the remainder of the year, because we are launching our all-new Outlander Sport CUV."

September sales highlights include:

   * Lancer sales were up 71 percent compared to September 2009.  
   * Outlander sales were up 104 percent in September and are up 17 percent for the year to date.
   * Endeavor sales more than tripled (up 324 percent) compared to last year and are up 7 percent for the year.
   * Eclipse coupe sales were up 7 percent for the month, and Eclipse Spyder sales were up 7.5 percent.
   * Lancer Evolution sales were up more than 45 percent in September.


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, and marketing operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States.  MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of more than 400 dealers.  For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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11:36 AM

American Suzuki September 2010 Sales

BREA, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- 2010 Suzuki Auto Product Line


Suzuki Auto's versatile line of vehicles includes the spirited four-door SX4 Sport, all-wheel-drive five-door SX4 Crossover, SX4 SportBack hot-hatch, refined Grand Vitara compact SUV, award-winning Equator pickup truck and performance-oriented Kizashi. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high-end features at very competitive prices. All 2010 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.

About Suzuki

The Brea, Calif.-based Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 300 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle, and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2009, SMC sold more than 2.3 million new cars and trucks and more than 2.8 million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 196 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).


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Mazda Sales Up 30 Percent in September

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported September sales of 18,580, an increase of 30.5 percent compared to last September.  Year-to-date sales through September, 2010, stand at 174,770, and are outpacing last year's sales at this time by 9.1 percent (up 9.6 percent DSR).

Mazda's successful crossover SUVs posted huge gains in September.  CX-7 reported sales of 2,573 units, up 64.8 percent, while CX-9 posted its best September since 2007 with sales 2,420 units, up 74.1 percent.

The sporty MAZDA3 reported an increase of 28.4 percent with 7,995 units sold, while the versatile and stylish MAZDA5 recorded its best-ever September with sales of 1,109 units, up 70.1 percent. And even as summer winds down, MX-5 sales continue to rise.  The sporty two-seater convertible has outlasted competitors for over 20 years, and posted its best month thus far in 2010 with sales of 770 units, accounting for a 53.4 percent increase.  

The all-new 2011 MAZDA2 continues to make its way from ports to dealer showrooms and sold a modest 589 vehicles in September.  Boasting a sticker price under $14,000, MAZDA2 is a stylish, eco-friendly, fun-to-drive five-door hatchback that offers a dose of Zoom-Zoom others in its class cannot.

Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) reported 6,881 units sold, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to last September. Year-to-date, MCI sales are up 6.0 percent with 62,494 units sold.  Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) posted its best-ever September with a 67.0 percent increase versus September 2009, with 1,970 units sold.  MMdM also posted strong year-to-date sales of 17,390 units, which is up 39.0 percent versus last year.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the United States in 2010, Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers.  Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.


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Nissan North America Sales Rise 34% In September
Nissan sales up 35.1 percent over last year; core models lead gains
Infiniti up 25.6 percent; Infiniti M leads growth across all models


FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported September U.S. sales of 74,205 units versus 55,393 units a year earlier, an increase of 34.0 percent.  Nissan Division sales were up 35.1 percent for the month, and sales of Infiniti vehicles rose 25.6 percent over a year before.  For all of 2010, NNA sales are up 16.1 percent.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan vehicles posted sales of 65,900 units in September compared with 48,783 units sold in September the previous year, an increase of 35.1 percent.  
   * Nissan's highest-volume models led the gains, with Altima up 64.8 percent; Rogue up 63.5 percent; Sentra up 56.4 percent and Versa up 46.9 percent.
   * Nissan's lineup of trucks, SUVs and crossovers gained 33.7 percent, led by Frontier (up 81.3 percent) and Armada (up 70.0 percent.)
   * Nissan Rogue set a new September record with 8,319 deliveries.


"At Nissan, we saw big gains in key volume segments with Altima, Sentra, Versa and Rogue," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager for Nissan Division.

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti sales for September were 8,305 units, up 25.6 percent from the 6,610 units sold in the same month a year earlier. Infiniti sales are up 24.9 percent in 2010.
   * Every model in the Infiniti lineup grew sales over September 2009.
   * The all-new Infiniti M had its best month since March 2008, with 1,460 units sold, an increase of 226.6 percent over the prior year.


"Luxury buyers continue to respond to Infiniti's promise of 'Inspired Performance,' with gains across every vehicle in the lineup over last September," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. "Broadening the G lineup with the G25 and G37 Coupe IPL this fall will continue to add to the momentum we've built with the launches of the freshened G Sedan and the 2011 Infiniti M and QX."

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. Both September 2010 and September 2009 had 25 selling days.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing.  Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.

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11:40 AM

American Honda Reports September Sales Increase

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted September sales of 97,361 vehicles, an increase of 26.1 percent, the company announced today. American Honda year-to-date sales reached 912,436, an increase of 3.7 percent versus last year based on the daily selling rate*. Acura Division posted September sales of 10,720, an increase of 47.7 percent versus September 2009, and year-to-date sales reached 96,388, an increase of 26.3 percent based on the daily selling rate.

Honda Division posted September sales of 86,641, an increase of 23.8 percent versus last year. The Accord was the top-selling Honda model for September with sales of 24,127, up 15.9 percent, followed by the Civic with sales of 18,637, up 15.8 percent. Sales of Honda light trucks, up 38.2 percent, were led by the CR-V, up 23.0 percent to 17,907, and the Pilot, up 48.2 percent to 8,059. In line with expectations, sales of the all-new CR-Z sport hybrid coupe totaled 1,236 in its first full month on the market.

"Both Honda and Acura Divisions have car and light-truck products with significant momentum in the marketplace," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "Capped by September's 47.7 percent increase, Acura Division sales have been up for eight straight months."  

Acura Division's MDX was the top-selling Acura model for the month with sales of 4,077, up 83.6 percent. Combined with RDX sales of 1,382, up 83.8 percent, Acura light truck sales increased 92.1 percent for the month. Acura TL sales totaled 2,514, up 23.6 percent, followed by the TSX with sales of 2,256, up 7.3 percent.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 25 days for September 2010 and 2009. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 228 days for 2010 and 229 days for 2009. All percentages reflect DSR.




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