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2011 January's Auto sales figures; Ford, Chevy, Ram trucks see gains..

 
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Posted: 02/01/11
09:28 AM

Welcome to 2011, January's sales figures have trickled in and can be found below. For comparison, here is the link to the previous months numbers.

------------ JANUARY 2011 Sales Numbers Are Listed Below----------------  

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09:30 AM

VOLVO ANNOUNCES JANUARY SALES
U.S. Sales Up 3.6 Percent

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Feb. 1, 2011) -
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 4,276 units, a 3.6 percent increase from January 2010. In Canada, Volvo sales were up 0.3 percent in January with a total of 397 vehicles sold.

In the U.S., the top seller for the month of January was the all-new S60 sports sedan, with 1,042 units sold. Sales of the XC60 were also up an impressive 97.5 percent in the U.S. year-over-year with 966 units sold in January 2011 (versus 489).
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For sales by model click here: https://www.media.volvocars.com/us/enhanced/en-us/About/Sales/Current.aspx

Source: Volvo Cars of North America, LLC  

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Mercedes-Benz Reports 17,273 Sales for the Month of January, Up 14%

MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) continued its strong momentum of the past year with a 14% increase for January 2011 (17,273 vs. 15,158).

Strong demand in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and SUVs fueled sales for the month, including diesel models which were up as a group by 136 percent over January 2010.  The 9th generation E-Class was the volume leader with sales of 4,759, a 24.5 percent increase over last year, followed by the C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – with sales of 4,172, a 3.6 percent increase over last year. Rounding out the top three volume lines is the popular M-Class SUV, which posted monthly sales of 2,484, a 28.9 percent over last January.

Notable sales at the high-end were the flagship CL-Class coupe, up 72.6 percent over last January and the SLS AMG supercar, 70 of which were retailed in January.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,443 vehicles in January, 3.4 percent over 2010.

Source:  Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Chrysler Group LLC Reports January 2011 U.S. Sales Increased 23 Percent
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * January marks the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases
   * Jeep® Grand Cherokee sales up 130 percent versus January 2010
   * All Jeep models in production post January sales increases
   * Ram pickup truck sales up in January, the ninth-consecutive month of year-over-year sales improvements
   * Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands all post double-digit year-over-year sales gains
   * Chrysler Group’s 16 all-new or significantly-refreshed vehicles launched in 2010 arrive in dealerships in volume
   * Chrysler Group celebrates production launch of the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country; both minivans post double-digit percentage sales gains in January
   * All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan premieres at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; Named Top Safety Pick for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
   * New 2011 Jeep Compass compact SUV, now with available Trail Rated 4x4 capability, debuts at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit
   * All-new 2011 Dodge Charger named Top Safety Pick for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 70,118, a 23 percent increase compared with sales in January 2010 (57,143 units).

The entire Jeep® product lineup, the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, and the Ram pickup truck helped drive the 23 percent sales increase in January, the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.

“We have set the foundation for a year of sales growth with our 16 all-new or significantly-revamped models for 2011,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales. “We have started the year on a strong note, and we intend to continue gaining sales momentum as our new 2011 models hit dealer showrooms during this first quarter.”

Hot off their exciting premieres at the North American International Auto Show in January, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans have begun shipping to dealers and the new 2011 Jeep Compass compact SUV has already arrived in dealerships.

Chrysler Group’s 16 all-new or significantly-refreshed models, representing 75 percent of its nameplates, are arriving in dealerships in volume. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango three-row SUV and the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan landed in dealerships in January, as did the new 2011 model year Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Avenger, and Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

The Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands started the year with a bang, posting double-digit percentage sales increases in January, led by the Jeep brand’s 47 percent sales gain versus a year ago. The Chrysler Town & Country, the original luxury minivan and the nation’s top-selling minivan in 2010, led the Chrysler brand with a 45 percent sales increase in January versus a year ago.

Chrysler Group finished the month with an 89-day supply of inventory (260,533 units). U.S. industry sales figures for January are projected at an estimated 12.8 SAAR.

January 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Jeep® Brand

Jeep brand sales were up 47 percent in January compared with the same month in 2010. All Jeep models currently in production posted a sales increase in January, led by the brand’s flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the brand’s volume leader, increased 130 percent in January versus a year ago. Sales of the iconic Jeep Wrangler were up 32 percent compared with January a year ago.

The Jeep brand is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the brand is creating distinctive, premium 70th Anniversary Edition models of each vehicle in its lineup that pay homage to the history of the legendary Jeep brand. All Jeep 70th Anniversary Edition models will arrive in showrooms in the first quarter, and all will be available in a unique Bronze Star exterior paint, in addition to Bright Silver and Black.

The Jeep brand unveiled its new 2011 Jeep Compass compact SUV at the North American International Auto Show in January. Offering unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy and off-road capability in the compact-SUV segment, the 2011 Compass features a stunning new sophisticated design, with cues coming directly from the brand’s premium icon, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler Brand

The Chrysler brand’s Town & Country minivan posted a 45 percent sales increase in January. Town & Country had more sales in the United States than any other minivan in 2010, and led Chrysler brand sales for the year. Building on that momentum, the Chrysler brand recently introduced a new Town & Country minivan for 2011. In January, the Chrysler Group celebrated the production launch of the new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan at the Windsor (Canada) Assembly Plant.

The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans premiered at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in January. The new 300 was named in January as a Top Safety Pick for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, marking the first time the model has achieved the Insurance Institute’s highest rating. The Chrysler 300 series delivers grand-touring performance and world-class ride and handling with best-in-class V-6 engine power and new second-generation E-segment chassis architecture. Shipments of the all-new 300 series to dealers began in late January.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand, named the 2010 Manufacturer of the Year by Off-Road Adventures magazine, posted an 18 percent sales increase in January. Ram pickup truck sales were up 22 percent, compared with the same month in 2010. Both the Light Duty and Heavy Duty pickups posted double-digit percentage sales gains in January versus a year ago. AUTOMOBILE Magazine named the Ram 1500 to its annual list of All-Stars late last year. It marked the second consecutive year that the Ram 1500 was named to the list.

Dodge Brand

Dodge brand sales were up 22 percent in January versus a year ago, led by sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan, the brand’s volume leader. The minivan’s sales increased 82 percent in January compared with sales in January 2010. Chrysler Group last month celebrated the production launch of the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, as well as its Chrysler brand sibling, the Town & Country minivan, at the Windsor (Canada) Assembly Plant.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger in January was named a Top Safety Pick for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, marking the first time the muscle car has achieved the Insurance Institute’s highest rating.

Sales of the Dodge Nitro mid-size sport utility were up 43 percent in January, while sales of the Dodge Challenger muscle car were up 50 percent. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango three-row SUV began arriving in Dodge dealerships in January.

January U.S. Sales Highlights

   * Jeep brand sales (23,079 units) increased 47 percent versus the same month last year (15,715 units)
   * Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (7,612 units) improved 130 percent compared with January last year (3,311 units)
   * Jeep Wrangler sales (6,444 units) increased 32 percent versus January 2010 (4,888 units)
   * Jeep Patriot (3,452 units) posted a 75 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Jeep Liberty sales (4,052 units) increased 36 percent compared with January last year (2,987 units)
   * Jeep Compass sales (1,423 units) were up 14 percent versus January a year ago (1,244 units)
   * Ram Truck brand sales (13,020 units) increased 18 percent compared with the same month last year (11,032 units)
   * Ram pickup truck sales (12,197 units) improved 22 percent compared with January 2010 (9,957 units)
   * Ram Heavy Duty Truck sales were up 15 percent in January versus the same month last year
   * Dodge brand sales (24,314 units) were up 22 percent compared with the same month a year ago (19,953 units)
   * Dodge Grand Caravan sales (7,813 units) increased 82 percent versus January 2010 (4,298 units)
   * Dodge Challenger sales (2,526 units) were up 50 percent compared with the same month a year ago (1,683 units)
   * Dodge Nitro sales (1,950 units) increased 43 percent versus January 2010 (1,368 units)
   * The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango posted sales of 1,199 units as the three-row SUV begins to arrive in dealerships in greater volume
   * Chrysler Town & Country sales (6,552 units) were up 45 percent compared with the same month a year ago (4,531 units)

Source: Chrysler Group LLC  

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Nissan North America Sales Rise 14.8% In January

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported January U.S. sales of 71,847 units versus 62,572 units a year earlier, an increase of 14.8 percent.  Nissan Division sales were up 15.4 percent for the month. Sales of Infiniti vehicles rose 10.3 percent over the prior year.    

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan vehicles posted sales of 64,442 units in January compared with 55,861 units sold in January the previous year, an increase of 15.4 percent.
   * Sales of Nissan crossovers boosted monthly results, with sales of the Rogue marking a best-ever January, up 71.9% from the prior year at 9,423 units. The Juke continued its strong launch, with sales of 3,095 units.
   * Versa subcompact sales totaled 8,682 units, an increase of 46.8 percent and a record January, while Sentra sales increased by 26.9 percent to 9,538 units.
   * In its second month of availability, Nissan delivered 87 units of the 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF.


"Nissan sales continue to increase, thanks in part to the success of our crossovers like the Rogue," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan division. "The Rogue marked five consecutive months of year-over-year monthly records, with sales of 9,423 units. And the Juke is exceeding expectations with sales topping 3,000 units for the third consecutive month."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti sales for January were 7,405 units, up 10.3 percent from the 6,711 units sold in the same month a year earlier.
   * Sales of the Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV rose 17.8 percent to 782 units, posting seven consecutive months of sales improvement since the new model arrived.
   * Sales of the Infiniti G Sedan Line rose 21.2 percent to 3,248 units, lifted by the sales success of the new G25 sports sedan.

SOURCE Nissan North America, Inc.  

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Ford's Balanced Porfolio of Cars, Utilities, Trucks Delivered 27 Percent Increase in January Retail Sales


DEARBORN, Mich, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Ford's January retail sales climbed 27 percent versus year ago - the largest retail sales increase to begin a year in more than a decade; retail sales were up 35 percent for cars, 22 percent for utilities and 24 percent for trucks
   * Ford's total January sales (including fleet sales) were 127,317, up 13 percent, including a planned 27 percent decline in sales to daily rental companies
   * Fresh off record-setting years, Fusion, Escape set January sales records
   * 2011 Explorer, North American Truck of the Year, is Ford's fastest-turning vehicle; Explorer retail sales more than triple year-ago levels
   * Ford's F-Series truck registers 30 percent sales increase


Consumer demand for Ford's full family of cars, utilities and trucks continued to grow in January, as retail sales climbed 27 percent versus a year ago. Retail sales for cars grew 35 percent, 22 percent for utilities and 24 percent for trucks.

Ford's total sales in January (including sales to fleet customers) were 127,317, up 13 percent.  Total sales comparisons included a planned 27 percent decline in sales to daily rental companies and the discontinuation of the Mercury brand.

"We begin 2011 in a strong position - ready to meet the needs of a wide range of customers with a full portfolio of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "We're off to a great start in 2011 with the largest January retail sales increase in more than a decade."

Cars

Fiesta posted January sales of 4,270. In 2010, Fiesta played a key role in helping Ford to achieve its highest retail share in California since 2006. The Los Angeles region continues to be the top-selling region for Ford's smallest new car.

Focus retail sales increased 41 percent. The Focus and Fiesta combined to boost the company's small car retail sales to a level almost double a year ago (up 99 percent). The all-new Focus arrives in dealerships this spring.

"Higher gasoline prices are factoring into vehicle purchase decisions," said Czubay. "Ford Motor Company is leading the way for consumers with the best or among the best fuel economy with every new vehicle we introduce. We also have four vehicles with 40 mpg or higher fuel economy - Fiesta, Focus, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid - more than any other automaker."

Fusion - Ford's popular midsize sedan - set a January sales record of 14,346, up 18 percent.  Fusion retail sales were up 39 percent. In 2010, Fusion set a full year sales record of 219,219 - the first time since 2004 a Ford car has eclipsed the 200,000 milestone.

Ford Mustang retail sales were up 17 percent, and Lincoln MKZ retail sales increased 42 percent. In January, the new MKZ Hybrid accounted for 24 percent of MKZ retail sales - the highest since it was introduced in October.

Utilities

In January, the all-new 2011 Explorer was the fastest-turning Ford vehicle on the showroom floor.  Recently named North American Truck of the Year, the 2011 Explorer offers customers full SUV capability with superior ride and handling, plus class-leading fuel economy. Explorer sales totaled 7,351, up 73 percent. Retail sales were more than triple year-ago levels (up 244 percent).

Ford Escape set a January record with total sales of 13,973, up 30 percent versus a year ago. In 2010, Escape set a full-year sales record of 191,026.

The redesigned 2011 Ford Edge posted a 36 percent increase in retail sales.

Trucks

Ford F-Series checked in with January sales of 35,806, up 30 percent. In 2010, F-Series sales totaled 528,349, up 28 percent versus 2009. In the commercial fleet market, where Ford's 'Built Tough' reputation is put to the test every day, F-Series outsells its nearest competitor by almost 2-to-1 based on 2010 November calendar-year-to-date registrations. F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 34 years in a row and the best-selling vehicle, car or truck, for 29 straight years.

Ford's Econoline and Transit Connect vans captured more than 60 percent of the commercial van market in 2010. In January, Econoline sales totaled 7,979, up 29 percent versus a year ago.  Transit Connect sales totaled 2,072, up 78 percent.

Ford had six of the top eight vehicles registered to commercial fleet customers in 2010 and an industry-leading 38 percent share of the commercial fleet market, based on November calendar-year-to-date registrations.

"In addition to industry-leading quality and fuel efficiency, our broad range of products offer fleet customers strong resale values," said Czubay. "Resale value is a key factor in reducing vehicle operating costs, which puts Ford in a strong position as businesses continue to replace or add to their vehicle fleets."

SOURCE Ford Motor Company  

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Kia Motors America Announces Record January Sales
Company Achieves 25.6 Percent Monthly Sales Increase

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an historic year in 2010 that included important milestones such as the company's best-ever full-year sales, a 16th consecutive year of market share growth, and the launch of the company's first U.S.-built vehicle(1), Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced record January sales of 27,789 units, besting the previous January record of 22,524 set in 2007 by 23.4-percent.  January's strong sales performance represents a 25.6-percent increase over the same period in 2010 and the 2011 Sorento CUV was the company's best-selling vehicle for the thirteenth straight month.  Demand for the highly acclaimed all-new Optima remains strong as the midsize sedan continues to arrive in retail showrooms nationwide.

"Coming off a banner year that featured nine monthly sales records, our strong January performance is a direct result of the increased consumer awareness and consideration for the Kia brand created by eye-catching vehicles such as the all-new Optima," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.  "Kia's growth and momentum will continue in 2011 with the introduction of several new vehicles and technologies that deliver on Kia's core principles of quality, safety and value while meeting the needs of today's consumers in the areas of performance, efficiency and connectivity."

2011 Kia Motors America Product Line

Kia's model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV and Sportage CUV, the all-new Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.

Source: Kia Motors  

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Infiniti January Sales Rise 10.3%
Deliveries of Infiniti Luxury Performance Vehicles Have Seen Double Digit Growth for Twelve Consecutive Months


FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported January sales of 7,405 units, an increase of 10.3 percent versus 6,711 units a year earlier.  

Highlights of Infiniti's sales performance in January include:

   * January marks Infiniti's twelfth straight month of year-over-year gains of more than ten percent
   * Sales of the Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury SUV rose 17.8 percent, posting seven consecutive months of sales improvement since the new model arrived
   * The Infiniti G Sedan rose 21.2 percent to 3,248 units, lifted by the sales success of the new G25 sports sedan


"Luxury buyers continue to respond very positively to the refreshed Infiniti model line, led by the new Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. "Last year Infiniti was one of the fastest growing luxury automotive brands in America, setting the stage for the spring launch of the Infiniti M Hybrid, the only car with more than 350 horsepower and 30 miles per gallon highway fuel economy."

The Infiniti M Hybrid will be among the featured models as part of Infiniti's recently announced partnership with the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports.  Infiniti will run a multi-media campaign during regular-season men's basketball games and the newly expanded, 68-team 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including the introduction of the First Four™ and the always electrifying Men's Final Four®.  

"Like many of the teams heading toward the championship tournament, Infiniti is on a winning streak," added Poore.  "We look for our strong momentum to continue throughout 2011."

Source: Infiniti  

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Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Record January 2011 Sales
--Sales continue to climb in fourth calendar year of growth --
-- up 21% year-over-year--

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the back of record-breaking sales in 2010, Subaru of America, Inc. today reported a continued upward swing for the Subaru brand by posting record January sales of 18,858, up 21% versus January 2010.

The company finished 2010 as a top 10 sales brand, and the only manufacturer to show a sales increase for three straight years.  As in 2010, Legacy, Outback and Forester models led the January sales increases.

Now firmly established as a 2% plus market share brand, Subaru products continue to demonstrate their suitability for today's market, and with its innovative cut-through-the-clutter Marketing programs such as the upcoming "Super Sunday Dog Walk" where Subaru invites dog owners to get some exercise at half-time, awards for safety from the IIHS, resale values from KBB and residual values from ALG, the brand is clearly in a healthy position.

"2011 promises to be another great year for the Subaru brand," said Timothy M. Colbeck, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "Our strong performance is carrying through from 2010 and with new product coming in 2011, we are well placed to set yet another sales record this year."

Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc said; "We are pleased to be beginning 2011 as we finished 2010, by setting records.  This is not only the 11th month in a row where our franchise has set a new monthly sales record, but also exceeded our January 2010 sales by 21%.  Our franchise continues to be on a roll."

Source: Subaru of America, Inc.  

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Daimler AG Reports a 14.2 Percent Increase for Mercedes-Benz and smart Vehicles in the U.S. for January 2011
-- Mercedes-Benz USA Records January Sales of 17,273 Vehicles - an Improvement of 14 percent over January 2010
-- smart USA Records 358 Sales in January 2011 - an Improvement of nearly 29 percent over January 2010


NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/
-- Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 17,631 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 14.2 percent compared to January 2010. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) continued its strong momentum of the past year with a 14% increase for January 2011 (17,273 vs. 15,158). 16,398 passenger cars, light truck vehicles and 875 Sprinter vans are included in this total.

Strong demand in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and SUVs fueled sales for the month, including diesel models which were up as a group by 136 percent over January 2010.  The 9th generation E-Class was the volume leader with sales of 4,759, a 24.5 percent increase over last year, followed by the C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – with sales of 4,172, a 3.6 percent increase over last year. Rounding out the top three volume lines is the popular M-Class SUV, which posted monthly sales of 2,484, a 28.9 percent over last January.

Notable sales at the high-end were the flagship CL-Class coupe, up 72.6 percent over last January and the SLS AMG supercar, 70 of which were retailed in January.

smart USA recorded 358 sales in January 2011, an increase of nearly 29 percent from January 2010.  In January, smart USA delivered its first smart fortwo electric drive to a retail customer and began selling the 2011 smart fortwo with an all new interior, double the number of airbags on coupe models and new available technology and entertainment features.

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

SOURCE Daimler Corporate Communications  

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American Suzuki January Sales Up 26 Percent Over Last Year
-- Suzuki celebrates fourth consecutive year-over-year sales increase
-- Best ever Kizashi sales month
-- Equator sales up 160 percent over January 2010


BREA, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/
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2011 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 athletic hatch, refined Grand Vitara compact SUV, award-winning Equator pickup truck and performance-oriented Kizashi sedan. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high-end features at very competitive prices. All 2011 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty:  a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
SOURCE American Suzuki Motor Corp.  

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Audi January U.S. Sales Increase 20% to Set Another Monthly Record
-- January 2011 sales of 7,812 easily eclipsed the old record of 6,510 set January 2010
-- 2011 Audi A8 flagship sedan sales rise 765% year-over-year
-- Consumers demand clean diesel vehicles; sales mix hit 66% for the Audi A3 TDI and 41% for the Q7 TDI

HERNDON, Va., Feb 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi today reported January U.S. sales of 7,812 Audi cars and SUVs, which accounted for a 20% overall increase from January 2010. The previous January sales record for Audi in the U.S. was the 6,510 vehicles sold in 2010.

The strong January 2011 results followed the best year that the luxury brand has seen in the U.S. as sales surpassed 100,000 for the first time to finish the full year at 101,629 vehicles. The 8.6% share that Audi held in overall U.S. imported luxury vehicle sales at the end of 2010 also set a record for the brand.

Audi models have already earned significant awards in the U.S., including the Edmunds.com Technology Breakthrough Award to the 2011 Audi A8, four category winners in the Strategic Vision 2010 Total Value Index and the EyesOn Design "Best Production Vehicle" awarded to the Audi A6, which is scheduled to arrive this Fall.

In January 2011, Audi recorded year-over-year sales increases exceeding 50% with five of its models: the Audi A3, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7 and the Audi R8.

Sales of the 2011 Audi A8 flagship model, introduced in late November, jumped 765.4% from a year earlier as consumers continue to respond favorably to the most technologically advanced vehicle Audi has ever produced.

January 2011 Audi A3 sales climbed 52.8% from a year earlier as consumers continued to demand the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel model, the 2010 Green Car of the Year. Audi Q5 crossover sales continued to show the strong momentum built throughout 2010 by posting a 50.9% gain from January 2010 sales. The Audi Q7 full-size luxury crossover sales also showed a nearly 60% rise from January 2010.

"Consumers sent a strong signal that Audi is a brand on the rise," said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen. "Our intent is to make 2011 another pacesetting year."

Audi sales highlights – January 2011

   * January 2011 ranks as the best January in Audi of America history, eclipsing the record set in 2010.
   * Audi A8 sales numbers skyrocket due to launch of redesigned 2011 Audi A8 flagship.
   * Five models within Audi lineup post gains of over 50% YOY.


Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 January sales and news notes

   * Audi Q5 sales in January second only to A4.
   * Audi Q5 sales up 50.9% for January YOY.
   * Audi Q7 sales up 59.8% for January YOY.


Audi A3, A6 and R8 January sales and news notes

   * Audi A3 sales rose 52.8% in January; A3 TDI represents 66% of sales mix.
   * Audi A6 luxury sedan sales up 17.2% YOY.
   * R8 sales record 83.7% uptick over January 2010.


Audi Certified Pre-Owned sales and news notes

   * January 2011 CPO sales of 2,232 units represent 32.1% YOY surge from 1,690 vehicles a year earlier.


Source: AUDI  

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Acura Announces January Sales Results
Acura Up 11.6 Percent, Led by Light Truck Sales


TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing the momentum from 2010, Acura light trucks again led monthly sales for the start of 2011 with 4,268 units sold— up 32.1 percent. The top selling Acura in January was the MDX luxury SUV that sold 3,127 units, up 32.6 percent. Acura's total monthly sales were 7,961 vehicles, up 11.6 percent based on daily selling rate (DSR)*.

"Acura is in the thick of an extremely competitive luxury market as the economy slowly recovers," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "Achieving 12 straight months of double-digit sales increases is an accomplishment we can be really proud of."

The RDX crossover SUV was Acura's next best selling light truck with 993 units sold, an impressive 41.9 percent increase based on DSR. Acura car sales were led by the TSX sports sedan with 1,941 units sold, a 7.5 percent increase compared to January 2010 sales. The TL performance luxury sedan tallied 1,592 units sold, a sales decrease of 19.8 percent. Acura total car sales for January were 3,693 units, down 5.4 percent.

Source: Acura  

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BMW Group U.S. Reports January 2011 Sales
BMW brand sales up 20.8%
MINI sales up 22.4%


WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported January sales of 18,656 vehicles, an increase of 21.1 percent from the 15,410 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  

"The combination of strong December sales and miserable weather in many areas provided a real challenge for January," said Jim O'Donnell, President and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC.  "On the other hand, the new BMW X3 and MINI Countryman played a strong role in January's percentage gain even though both continue building up their model range, which we will see in the next couple of months."

BMW Brand Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 20.8 percent in January for a total of 15,905 compared to 13,163 vehicles sold in January, 2010.

In January, best performing vehicles included the new X3 SAV – officially on sale in the U.S. for only two weeks - up 273.3 percent to 1,075 units; the 5 Series, up 76.2 percent to 4,350 units and the X5, up 23.6 percent to 3,038 units.  The BMW SAV segment (X3, X5, X6) continues to show important growth with sales up 42.8 percent from the previous January.  

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles

In January, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 1.7 percent to 11,650 vehicles from the 11,451 vehicles sold in January 2010.  

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 2,751 automobiles in January, an increase of 22.4 percent from the 2,247 in January 2010.

Source: BMW  

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Update: Mercedes-Benz Reports 17,273 Sales for the Month of January, Up 14%


MONTVALE, N.J., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) continued its strong momentum of the past year with a 14% increase for January 2011 (17,273 vs. 15,158), making this the second strongest January in the company's history.  

Strong demand in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and SUVs fueled sales for the month, including diesel models which were up as a group by 136 percent over January 2010.  The 9th generation E-Class was the volume leader with sales of 4,759, a 24.5 percent increase over last year, followed by the C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – with sales of 4,172, a 3.6 percent increase over last year. Rounding out the top three volume lines is the popular M-Class SUV, which posted monthly sales of 2,484, a 28.9 percent over last January.

Notable sales at the high-end were the flagship CL-Class coupe, up 72.6 percent over last January and the SLS AMG supercar, 70 of which were retailed in January.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,443 vehicles in January, 3.4 percent over 2010.

Source: Mercedes-Benz  

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