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2011 March's Auto sales figures; Ford, GM, Ram and all the others

 
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Posted: 04/01/11
09:51 AM

February's 2011 sales figures have trickled in and can be found below. For comparison, here is the link to the previous years (2010) numbers.

January 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers

February 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers


------------ FEBRUARY 2011 Sales Numbers Are Listed Below----------------  

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09:53 AM

Kia Motors America Announces All-Time Record Sales for March 2011 and Best Quarter in Company History
Sorento and Soul Each Surpass 10,000 Unit Mark; Annual Sales Up 36.6 Percent


IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced its best ever monthly sales of 44,179, a 44.7-percent increase from March 2010, and a 34.7-percent increase over last month.  This marks KMA's seventh consecutive month of record sales, and for the first time in company history Kia had two vehicles – Sorento and Soul – post sales of more than 10,000 units in a single month.  The record March total helped KMA achieve its best-ever quarterly sales result with 104,774 units sold, surpassing the previous record of 97,955 units sold in the third quarter of 2010.

"Kia's design-led transformation has delivered a diverse lineup of stylish and fun-to-drive vehicles, and with rising fuel prices, more and more consumers are visiting our showrooms to take advantage of the outstanding fuel economy each of our vehicles offer," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).  "Led by the Sorento and Soul, our record results are a reflection of the tremendous impact our fuel-efficient and technology-laden vehicles have made with consumers, and new levels of performance in models like the turbocharged Optima and Sportage will continue to surprise and impress consumers who turn to Kia while shopping for a new vehicle."

The record sales performance illustrates the growing awareness and consideration of the Kia brand resulting from the company's global commitment to quality, safety, design, technology and overall value.  In March, the all-new 2011 Optima became the first Korean-built vehicle to be awarded a five-star crash safety rating under NHTSA's new, stricter guidelines and the 2011 Sportage CUV was named the "Best New Crossover Vehicle" in the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards by About.com.  


Source: Kia Motors America  

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Chrysler Group LLC Reports March 2011 U.S. Sales Increased 31 Percent

PR Newswire

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 1, 2011

   * Best March sales since 2008
   * Best sales for any month since May 2008
   * Retail sales up 51 percent in first quarter of 2011 compared with same period in 2010
   * March marks the 12th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases
   * March sales increase 28 percent over February sales as new 2011 models resonate with consumers
   * Chrysler Group car sales improve 46 percent versus a year ago, and 90 percent over car sales in February
   * Dodge brand cars post year-over-year sales increase of 47 percent; New 2011 Dodge Avenger sales increase 92 percent compared with a year ago
   * Sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, star of Chrysler brand’s celebrated Super Bowl ad, posts a 191 percent sales increase over February sales as availability continues to improve
   * Chrysler Group begins selling the all-new 2012 Fiat 500 in the U.S. and Canada
   * All Jeep® brand models post March sales increases, led by the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, whose sales were up 64 percent versus March 2010
   * New 2011 Jeep Compass posts 108 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association names the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee its 2011 SUV of the Year
   * Ram Truck brand posts a 24 percent increase versus a year ago, the brand’s 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
   * Work Truck magazine names the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab truck its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year


Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 121,730, a 31 percent increase compared with sales in March 2010 (92,623 units). This was the best March since 2008, and the highest sales for any month since May 2008.

Both Chrysler Group car and truck sales posted year-over-year sales gains in March. Chrysler Group car sales increased 46 percent, the best month for car sales since May 2008.

“Our pickups and sport-utilities have been strong performers in the market, and now we are seeing our cars gaining momentum in the marketplace as well,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales. “Chrysler Group’s retail sales during the first quarter of this year were up 51 percent compared with the same period in 2010. We showcased our all-new and significantly-refreshed 2011 models during our Premiere Event in March. Now we launch our Minivan Month and Jeep® 70th Anniversary activities as we continue to build on our sales momentum.”

The Dodge, Chrysler and Fiat brands all contributed to the increase in car sales.

Sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, star of the Chrysler brand’s Super Bowl commercial, increased 191 percent in March, compared with sales in the previous month of February, as the 200’s celebrity and significant improvements translate into sales.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger performance car led the surge in March car sales for the Dodge brand, while the new 2011 Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan posted the brand’s largest percentage sales increase for the month.

Chrysler Group in March began selling the new 2012 Fiat 500, representing the first Fiat vehicles to be sold in the U.S. since 1984.

Even with gas prices creeping upward, Chrysler Group’s truck and SUV sales continued to post year-over-year sales gains. They were up 27 percent in March, driven in large part by the Ram pickup trucks, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the iconic 2011 Jeep Wrangler, and the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango sport-utility.

The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in March. The Dodge brand logged the largest percentage increase for the month among the four brands.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 67-day supply of inventory (301,936 units). U.S. industry sales figures for March are projected at an estimated 13.3 SAAR.

March 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Dodge Brand

The Dodge brand posted a 49 percent sales increase in March, the largest percentage increase of the Chrysler Group brands. All Dodge models in production posted year-over-year percentage sales gains. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango three-row sport-utility posted a 61 percent increase compared with the previous month of February as the new SUV continues to gain sales momentum. Durango is the winner of MotorWeek’s 2011 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Large Utility.

The new 2011 Dodge Avenger posted a 92 percent increase, compared with March 2010, the largest percentage increase of any Dodge vehicle. The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger performance car posted a triple-digit percentage sales increase over the previous month of February. Sales of the new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, the brand’s volume leader, increased 23 percent in March.

Chrysler Brand

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan continues to build momentum in the marketplace in the wake of Chrysler brand’s Super Bowl ad. Sales of the 200 increased 191 percent in March, compared with sales in February. Hot on the heels of the new 200, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan began hitting dealership showrooms in March.

Chrysler brand’s car sales in March increased 38 percent, compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand introduced the new “Imported from Detroit” merchandise in March. The new collection features an array of products with the “Imported from Detroit” logo which represents the hardworking spirit captured and celebrated in the brand’s Super Bowl commercial, “Born of Fire.”

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand posted a 24 percent sales increase in March. Ram pickup truck sales were up 23 percent, compared with the same month in 2010. Both the Light Duty and Heavy Duty pickup trucks, along with the Chassis Cab, posted double-digit percentage year-over-year sales gains.

The Ram Truck brand unveiled its new 2012 Ram Cargo Van in March. The Ram Cargo Van – or Ram C/V – is engineered to meet small business and commercial needs. The Ram C/V provides a Class 1 commercial vehicle-leading 1,800-lb. cargo payload and category-exclusive towing capability, up to 3,600 lbs. A 20-gallon fuel tank and 25 mpg highway also deliver best-in-class fuel range.

The Ram Truck brand also announced in March that its 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 medium-duty (Class 4 and 5) Chassis Cab commercial trucks will be available with an optional 30,000-lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR), an increase from 26,000 lbs.

Work Truck magazine named the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year. Nineteen vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers, who were asked to consider which medium-duty truck model best fit their fleet requirements, including application effectiveness, durability, quality, servicing, maintenance, and lifecycle costs.

Jeep® Brand

The Jeep brand posted a 36 percent sales increase in March. All five Jeep brand models contributed to the increase by posting year-over-year sales gains. The new 2011 Jeep Compass, now featuring Jeep Trail Rated® capability for the first time, posted a 108 percent sales increase in March.

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues its strong market performance as the brand’s volume leader posted a 64 percent sales gain in March. The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association this week named the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee as its 2011 SUV of the Year.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Jeep brand is offering distinctive 70th Anniversary Edition models of each vehicle in its lineup. The 70th Anniversary Edition models, which pay homage to the history of the legendary Jeep brand, are arriving in dealerships now.

March 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights

   * Chrysler Group car sales (33,643 units) increased 46 percent compared with the same month a year ago (23,055 units)
   * Chrysler Group truck and SUV sales (88,087 units) improved 27 percent versus March 2010 (69,568 units)
   * Dodge brand sales (44,102 units) increased 49 percent versus the same month last year (29,506 units)
   * Dodge Caliber sales (3,750 units) increased 28 percent compared with March 2010 (2,932 units)
   * Dodge Avenger sales (5,954 units) improved 92 percent versus the same month in 2010 (3,093 units)
   * Dodge Charger sales (8,986 units) increased 44 percent compared with March 2010 (6,220 units)
   * Dodge Challenger sales (3,989 units) improved 24 percent versus the same month a year ago (3,211 units)
   * The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango SUV posted sales of 4,392 units, up 61 percent from February 2011 (2,731 units)
   * Dodge Journey sales (5,323 units) increased 15 percent compared with March a year ago (4,642 units)
   * Dodge Grand Caravan sales (9,560 units) increased 23 percent versus March 2010 (7,749 units)
   * Dodge Nitro sales (2,136 units) increased 30 percent compared with March 2010 (1,640 units)
   * Chrysler brand sales (20,463 units) improved 3 percent versus the same month a year ago (19,780 units)
   * Sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan (6,750 units) were up 191 percent versus sales in February 2011 (2,319 units)
   * Jeep brand sales (33,155 units) increased 36 percent compared with the same month last year (24,393 units)
   * Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (9,836 units) improved 64 percent versus March last year (5,986 units)
   * Sales of the new 2011 Jeep Compass (3,703 units) were up 108 percent compared with March 2010 (1,778 units)
   * Jeep Wrangler sales (8,807 units) increased 5 percent compared with March 2010 (8,410 units)
   * Jeep Liberty sales (5,207 units) increased 28 percent versus March last year (4,078 units)
   * Jeep Patriot (5,602 units) posted a 109 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Ram Truck brand sales (23,510 units) increased 24 percent compared with the same month last year (18,944 units)
   * Ram pickup truck sales (21,898 units) improved 23 percent versus March 2010 (17,818 units)
   * Dodge Dakota sales (1,612 units) increased 45 percent compared with March of last year (1,109 units)

Source: Chrysler  

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Porsche Reports Sales Increase -- Best March Since 2007

ATLANTA, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced March sales in the U.S. of 2,588 units compared to the same period last year when it sold 1,905, an increase of 36 percent.

March's results represent the German sports car maker's best March sales total in the U.S. since 2007.  So far in 2011, the company's sales are 7,007, compared to the same three month period last year when they were 5,222, which represents a 34 percent increase.

For the month, Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 771, compared to 699 last year.

Source: Porsche  

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From Fiesta to F-Series, Consumers See Growing Value in Ford’s Fuel-Efficient Lineup; U.S. March Sales Up 19 Percent

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

   * Ford’s March sales totaled 212,777, up 19 percent versus a year ago
   * Fiesta sets U.S. record as monthly sales reach 9,787, up 56 percent versus February
   * Fusion and Escape also set monthly sales records, up 21 percent and 25 percent, respectively, versus a year ago
   * Explorer sales up 111 percent year over year
   * F-Series sales up 25 percent; new V6 engines account for 37 percent of 2011 F-150 retail sales


Consumer demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow as March sales increased 19 percent versus a year ago. Year-to-date, Ford sales totaled 496,720, up 16 percent.

“With gasoline prices eclipsing $3.50 a gallon, consumers are placing a high priority on fuel efficiency in every size and kind of vehicle,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Customers are rewarding Ford for our investment in new products as well as more efficient engines and transmissions, which save them money at the pump whether they drive Fiestas or F-Series trucks.”

Ford offers 12 vehicles that lead their sales segments in fuel economy, including four vehicles with EPA certified 40 mpg or higher fuel economy ratings – a claim no other full-line automaker can match.

Cars

Ford’s new Fiesta set a record in March as monthly sales reached 9,787, up 56 percent from February. Fiesta’s retail share of its segment has increased every month since it was introduced last summer, and Los Angeles continues to be the No. 1 sales region for Fiesta.

Fusion also set a new record with sales of 27,566, up 21 percent versus a year ago.

The Ford Mustang (up 47 percent) and Lincoln MKZ (up 28 percent) also posted higher sales than a year ago. Sales of the MKZ Hybrid reached a record 615, accounting for 20 percent of MKZ retail sales.

Total Focus sales were lower than a year ago (down 12 percent) as the all-new model is just starting to arrive at Ford dealers, but the nameplate’s retail sales were up 16 percent.

Utilities

Sales of Ford’s utility vehicles were paced by the all-new Ford Explorer, which had its best sales month since June 2007. Explorer sales totaled 12,482, up 111 percent, making the new Explorer Ford’s fastest-turning vehicle in the showroom for a third straight month.

Explorer’s class-leading EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 25 mpg is attracting owners of other makes. Its current conquest rate is 43 percent.

The Escape set a new March sales record – and its second best month overall – with sales of 23,975, up 25 percent versus a year ago. Sales of the new Ford Edge (up 21 percent) and Lincoln MKX (up 12 percent) also were higher as were sales of the Ford Expedition (up 40 percent) and Lincoln Navigator (up 10 percent).

Trucks

Strong sales to commercial fleet customers as well as higher sales to retail customers powered Ford truck sales growth in March. Sales of Ford’s F-Series truck totaled 53,272, up 25 percent versus a year ago.

In January, Ford launched the 2011 F-150 with four all-new powertrains including two V6s – a 3.7-liter and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. In March, V6-equipped F150s accounted for 37 percent of all 2011 F-150 retail sales.

“The No. 1 unmet need for full-size pickup truck owners has been fuel economy,” said Doug Scott, Truck Group marketing manager. “The good news is the 2011 Ford F-150 has best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class capability and power, plus more powertrain choices to suit customers’ different needs.”

Ford’s commercial vehicles also posted strong year-to-year increases. Econoline sales totaled 11,827 (up 13 percent) and Transit Connect sales were 2,690 (up 47 percent).

Sales Summary

In March, total sales were 212,777, up 19 percent. Retail sales were up 14 percent and fleet sales were up 29 percent (commercial was up 50 percent, government was up 33 percent and daily rental was up 13 percent).

In the first quarter, total sales were 496,720, up 16 percent. Retail sales were up 20 percent and fleet sales were up 8 percent (commercial was up 34 percent, government was up 11 percent, and daily rental was down 8 percent).

Two independent market research studies cited the growing strength of the Ford brand in March. Ford was named the most considered auto brand among new-car shoppers in Kelley Blue Books’ Market Intelligence Brand Watch study, and Ford was named top full-line automotive brand in the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend study.

“Our newest products are helping Ford to connect with customers beyond our traditional geographic areas of strength,” said Czubay. “In the first quarter, our largest retail sales increases were on the west coast and in the northeast with major contributions from the Fiesta and Edge. We believe the new Focus and Explorer will help us to achieve further growth in these and other key markets as even more customers look for fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles with technology they truly value.”

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.

Source: Ford Motor Company  

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Chevrolet Cruze Fuels 17 Percent Rise in GM March Retail Sales

DETROIT, April, 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * First quarter retail sales surge 38 percent, total sales rise 26 percent to 592,545 units
   * March total sales up 11 percent; fleet sales penetration 27 percent
   * March incentives decline sharply from February


March capped a successful quarter for General Motors in the United States. Retail sales surged 38 percent for its four brands, driven by demand for Chevrolet's all-new Cruze compact sedan. In spite of a decline in incentives, dealers reported 206,621 total sales during March, an increase of 11 percent. This total included a 17 percent increase in retail sales, compared to March 2010.

March's retail sales increase was spurred by a 34-percent rise in passenger car retail sales, led by a 287 percent gain in retail sales of the Cruze over the car it replaced.

March deliveries to fleets declined 1 percent and represented 27 percent of the company's total sales – the ninth straight month that fleet sales comprised less than 30 percent of total sales.

For the first three months, total sales increased 26 percent to 592,545 units compared to a year earlier. As a result, each of GM's brands – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac – gained retail and total market share during the quarter.

"Our plan was to get out of the gates quickly in the first quarter and we succeeded," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. "Consumers responded favorably to the value of our broad lineup of fuel-efficient cars, trucks and crossovers."

In the first quarter, fleet sales represented 24 percent of the company's total sales volume, compared to 30 percent in the first quarter of 2010.

GM's Newest Vehicles Continue to Drive Retail Gains – up 54 Percent in March

Combined retail sales for vehicles launched since June 2009 – Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado HD, Cruze and Volt; Buick LaCrosse and Regal; GMC Sierra HD and Terrain; and Cadillac SRX, CTS Wagon and CTS Coupe – increased 54 percent during March and were up 74 percent for the first three months of the year.

"March sales demonstrated our newest models continue to win over customers," Johnson said.  "Vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox put us in great position to benefit from consumer's increasing desire for fuel-efficient vehicles."

Passenger Cars

Total sales of GM passenger cars improved 15 percent during March, led by the sale of 18,018 Cruzes. Retail sales of GM passenger cars rose 34 percent for the month. The Cruze, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and Buick Regal all have achieved record retail sales since being launched. For the quarter, retail sales of GM's passenger cars were up 49 percent, also led by the Cruze, up 203 percent.

Crossovers

The Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands each set March total and retail sales records for crossover sales during the month, driven by a 20 percent increase in combined retail sales by the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.  The two also set March records for retail sales.  For the quarter, retail sales of GM's complete lineup of industry-leading crossovers were up 30 percent.

Pickups

Total combined sales of Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche, and GMC Sierra increased 11 percent in March, with retail sales also rising 11 percent versus a year ago. For the quarter, retail sales for GM's full-size pickups rose 38 percent, while total sales improved to 130,866 units – a 31-percent increase.

Incentives

During March, purchase incentives declined on a per unit basis.

"We've said all along that our plan for the year was to be at or near industry average on incentives as a percent of average transaction prices, as we were last year," Johnson said. "Our actions in March were consistent with that plan and we will continue to be prudent in our go-to-market approach."

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 574,000 units, which is about 57,000 higher compared to February and about 149,000 higher than March 2010.

Brand Key Facts:

   * Chevrolet: Chevrolet dealers delivered 148,197 total vehicles in March, an 11-percent increase versus last year. Retail sales for Chevrolet were up 18 percent. Cruze retail sales were 287 percent higher than the compact car it replaced. Silverado retail sales rose 10 percent, while Equinox retail sales increased 18 percent ( read more ).
   * Buick: Buick reported 15,663 total sales, a 21-percent increase compared to March 2010. This includes a 24-percent rise in year-over-year retail sales, led by improving demand for the all-new Regal. This marks the 18th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand ( read more ).
   * GMC : GMC reported total sales of 30,597, an 11-percent increase compared to the same month last yea r. Thi s marks the 18th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Retail sales were 11 percent higher than last year, driven by continued strong retail demand for the Terrain (up 26 percent) and Sierra (up 15 percent)  ( read more ) .
   * Cadillac: Cadillac reported total sales of 12,164 for March – 5 percent higher than last March, with retail sales increasing 14 percent. February was the 14th consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales gains. CTS retail sales continued to set the pace for the brand, rising 51 percent, driven by strong demand for the all-new CTS Coupe ( read more ).
   * Fleet sales for GM's four brands were 56,465 for the month, a 1-percent decrease for the month, with sales to rental fleets down 11 percent during the same period. Sales to commercial customers rose 1 percent for the month, the 12th consecutive month of commercial fleet sales gains. Fleet accounted for 27 percent of GM total sales during the month.


Source: General Motors  

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VOLVO ANNOUNCES MARCH SALES
U.S. Sales Up 21.6 Percent

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (April 1, 2011) - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 6,369 units, a 21.6 percent increase from March 2010. Year-to-date sales are up 10.2 percent over the first three months of 2010.

In Canada, Volvo sales are down 6.8 percent in March with a total of 563 vehicles sold. Year-to-date sales are down 2.1 percent in Canada.

U.S. sales are at their highest monthly volume since July 2009. Sales of the S60 sports sedan continue to increase each month, with 1,952 units sold in March. The XC60 finished the month right behind, with 1,369 units sold. In Canada, sales of the XC60 were up 135 percent, with 200 units sold (versus 85 in March 2010).
New Volvo buyers benefit from Volvo's Safe + Secure Coverage Plan. A complimentary program, Safe + Secure wraps a comprehensive list of benefits into one package.

Volvo has combined additional time and mileage limits on warranty repairs and roadside assistance coverage, and has increased wear-item and factory scheduled maintenance coverage. Specifically, it provides:
5 years/60,000 miles of New Car Warranty
5 years/60,000 miles of Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance
5 years/60,000 miles of Wear and Tear Coverage
5 years/Unlimited miles of Volvo On Call Roadside Assistance.
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (www.volvocars.com/us) is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Corporation of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States, and oversees Volvo operations in Canada.

Source: Volvo  

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Toyota Reports March and First Quarter Sales


TORRANCE, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported March sales results of 176,222 units, a decrease of 9.2 percent compared to the same period last year, on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in March 2011 compared to 26 selling days in March 2010, TMS sales were down 5.7 from the year-ago month.

The Toyota Division posted March total sales of 155,540 units, a decrease of 10.1 percent on a DSR basis from March 2010, a month in which TMS reported record-high market share for the year.  On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were down 6.7 percent from the year-ago month.  The Lexus Division reported total sales of 20,682 units, down 1.5 percent from March 2010, on a DSR basis.  Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 2.3 percent over last March.

"Our thoughts are with our employees, business partners and their families in Japan during this difficult time.  All of us at Toyota pledge our full support to the relief efforts and I thank our associates, dealers and suppliers for their generous donations, which, combined with Toyota Motor Corporation’s donation, have reached over $5 million to date,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.  "Our sales momentum continued in March and contributed to a strong first-quarter close.  With improving purchase intentions and healthy inventory levels heading into April, we feel confident about our sales outlook for the month ahead."

For the first quarter, TMS reported sales of 433,924 vehicles, an increase of 11.0 percent over the same period in 2010, on a DSR basis. With 75 selling days in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 74 selling day in the first quarter of 2010, sales were up 12.5 percent on an unadjusted raw volume basis.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined sales of 91,324 units, down 1.2 percent from last March.  Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 31,464 units for the month, and Corolla reported combined March sales of 30,234 units.  The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted March sales of 18,605 units, up 52.0 percent over the year-ago month.  

Toyota Division light trucks recorded March sales of 64,216 units, a decrease of 20.4 percent year-over-year.  Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV, which posted monthly sales of 16,082, while Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 9,828 units for the month.  The 4Runner mid-size SUV recorded sales of 4,369 units; the Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 10,144 units; and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 7,515 units.  The Sienna minivan recorded sales of 10,449, an increase of 29.4 compared to March 2010.

Scion posted March sales of 5,540 units, an increase of 57.8 percent year-over-year. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,481 units, up 113.7 percent over last March.  The xB urban utility vehicle posted March sales of 1,970 units, an increase of 16.4 percent over the year-ago month.  The xD reported sales of 1,089 units for the month, up 37.4 percent over last March.

Lexus Division

Lexus reported passenger car sales of 10,503 units, up 0.5 percent over last March.  The entry luxury sedan ES led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 3,732 units, while the IS lineup reported combined sales of 2,956 units. The all-new CT 200h hybrid posted 2,199 units in its first month of sales.

Lexus light trucks recorded sales of 10,179 units, down 3.5 percent from last March.  Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined March sales of 8,600 units, up 2.7 percent over the year-ago month.  The GX mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,238 units.  

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted March sales of 24,739 hybrid vehicles, an increase 42.5 percent compared to the same period last year.  Toyota Division posted sales of 20,839 hybrids for the month, up 44.1 percent over the year-ago month.  Lexus Division reported sales 3,900 hybrids in March, an increase of 34.8 percent over March 2010.

Source: Toyota  

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Posted: 04/01/11
11:08 AM

Hyundai Motor America Reports Its Best-Ever Sales Month, Best-Ever First Quarter, and Best-Ever Fuel Economy

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Total monthly sales up 32 percent; retail volume up 41 percent
   * Total first quarter sales up 28 percent; first quarter retail volume up 46 percent
   * 28 percent of March vehicle sales deliver 40-mpg highway rating
   * Hyundai's sales-weighted corporate average fuel economy hits an industry-leading, all-time record of 35.8 mpg


Hyundai Motor America today announced record March sales of 61,873 units, up 32 percent compared with the same period last year and up 42 percent over last month. For the year, total Hyundai sales are up 28 percent, with retail volume up 46 percent, representing an all-time record first-quarter performance.  Sales to fleet accounts are down 31 percent for the year with fleet representing 13 percent of the total sales mix year-to-date and 11 percent for March.  

"March was an unbelievably strong month for Hyundai," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's executive vice president of national sales. "Consumer demand was comparable to our previous record-setting month, August 2009, when the high watermark for sales was set with the 'Cash for Clunkers' program.  With our overall supply of fuel-efficient vehicles improving, and the recent launch of our breakthrough 40-mpg 2011 Elantra, we are poised to sustain our momentum into the strong spring selling season."  

March's strong performance was led by the Alabama-produced Sonata and Elantra products that were up a combined 55 percent over March last year and accounted for 68 percent of total Hyundai volume.  

Genesis' sustained growth trajectory continued with a 24 percent sales increase over last year, representing the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.  The all-new Equus premium flagship continues to outpace sales objectives, already garnering a six percent share of the premium luxury segment year-to-date.

Source: Hyundai Motor America  

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Infiniti Sales Increase 13.5 Percent for March
- March Marks the Brand's Fourteenth Month of Double Digit Sales Increases, and Expected Fiscal Year Record Market Share -


FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 11,287 units for the month of March, an increase of 13.5 percent versus 9,942 units a year earlier.  

Highlights of Infiniti's sales performance for March include:

   * Posting sales of 1,355 units over prior year, the Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV had its best March ever, an increase of 30.2 percent over prior year
   * The popular Infiniti G Line continued to have strong sales, with the G Sedan up 27.3 percent over prior year, and the G Coupe up 14.5 percent
   * In March, Infiniti marked its fourteenth straight month of double digit sales growth, and is expected to have record market share    


"With such strong sales and many of our vehicles having record deliveries in March, Infiniti ends its fiscal year with one of our best results and market shares in the brand's history," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "Our retailers reported strong traffic for the month, and as a corporate partner of NCAA® Basketball and the Men's Final Four® this weekend, we expect that trend to continue."

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Mercedes-Benz Reports Best March and First Quarter on Record With Sales of 22,546
Sales Up 12.6% for the Month and 10.7% for the First Quarter


MONTVALE, N.J., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported March sales of 22,546 vehicles, a 12.6 % improvement over March 2010 and the company's highest March volume and first quarter on record.  On a year-to-date basis, the 55,995 vehicles sold represent a 10.7% increase.  

The highest volume performers for the month were the C- and E-Class model lines.  The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – led the pack with sales of 6,542, up 8.9% over March 2010.  The 9th generation E-Class continued its strong momentum with sales of 6,107, up 21.1% over last year.  MBUSA's versatile SUV, the M-Class, finished third in volume with sales of 2,792, up 29.6% compared to March 2010.  

The R-Class crossover also made gains with sales up 76.7% year-to-date, followed by the commanding G-Class, up 59.7% over March 2010.  The company also sold 102 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 255.

Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 175.1% for the month, with sales of 1,062 - bringing a year-to-date total of 2,649 - up 98.1%.  

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 7,236 vehicles in March, a 7.2% decrease when compared to March 2010.  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 19,539 vehicles, a decrease of 3.2 % over the comparable period last year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Acura Announces March 2011 Sales Results
Acura Up 3.6 Percent, Led by Light Truck Sales

TORRANCE, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Acura’s line of light trucks continues to remain strong as the MDX luxury SUV was again its top selling vehicle. March sales of the MDX totaled 4,113 units, up 20.7 percent versus 2010 based on Daily Selling Rate* (DSR). Total light truck sales were 5,607 units, an increase of 18.1 percent. Total vehicle sales for Acura were 12,611 units, a 3.6 percent increase versus March 2010.

"While we are extremely pleased with this month's sales performance, our foremost thoughts are with the Japanese people during this difficult time," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "We know there will be challenges in the coming months as we continue to deal with supply chain issues resulting from the devastating earthquake in Japan, and we continue to appreciate everyone's patience and understanding."

The RDX crossover SUV was Acura’s next best selling light truck with 1,297 units sold, a 21.9 percent increase based on DSR. Acura car sales were led by the TL performance luxury sedan with 3,995 units sold, a 1.8 percent decrease compared to March 2010 sales. The TSX sports sedan totaled 2,810 units sold, a sales decrease of 11.9 percent. Acura total car sales for January were 7,004 units, down 5.7 percent.

Source: Acura  

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American Honda March Sales Up 18.9 Percent
Fit, Insight and CR-V post record March sales

TORRANCE, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted March sales of 133,650, an increase of 18.9 percent based on the daily selling rate*, the company announced today. March marks the sixth straight month of double-digit sales increases for American Honda. Year-to-date sales of 307,978 represent an increase of 18.5 percent based on the daily selling rate*.

Sales of fuel-efficient Honda vehicles led the division to March sales of 121,039, an increase of 20.7 percent compared to March 2010. March sales of Honda cars increased by 29.1 percent to 74,168, led by the Accord, up 11.2 percent to 33,616; the Civic, up 33.8 percent to 31,213; and the Fit, up 43.4 percent on record March sales of 6,955. Honda hybrids also posted strong sales, with the Insight up 62.2 percent on record March sales of 2,782. The CR-V, the best-selling SUV in America, posted record sales for the second straight month, up 42.7 percent to 21,998.

"While we are extremely pleased with this month's sales performance, our foremost thoughts are with the Japanese people during this difficult time," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "We know there will be challenges in the coming months as we continue to deal with supply chain issues resulting from the devastating earthquake in Japan, and we continue to appreciate everyone's patience and understanding."

Acura Division posted sales of 12,611 for March, an increase of 3.6 percent. The Acura MDX led the division with sales of 4,113, an increase of 20.7 percent, followed by the TL with sales of 3,995.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for March 2011 and 26 days for March 2010. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 75 days for 2011 and 74 days for 2010. All percentages reflect DSR.

Source: Honda  

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Mitsubishi's Sales Surge Continues With 39 Percent Growth in March


CYPRESS, Calif., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported March 2011 sales of 7,560 units, an increase of more than 39 percent compared to March 2010.  It was Mitsubishi's largest month of sales in two-and-a-half years (August 2008).

"Mitsubishi dealers have not had this much excitement and showroom traffic since the federal cash for clunkers program in 2009," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa.  "Our new Outlander Sport is leading the way, but we have seen significant sales increases across the board."

Outlander Sport sales continue to grow.  There were 1,401 units sold in March, which is an increase of 8.6 percent over the prior month (February 2011).  Outlander Sport sales have grown in each of the six months of sales since its introduction last October.  

Yokozawa added, "We hope to continue this tremendous positive momentum right up to and including the launch of sales our exciting all-new, all-electric Mitsubishi 'i' later this year."

Other March sales highlights include:

   * Sales for the first quarter (January-March) were up 48 percent.  This represents Mitsubishi's largest sales growth for the first quarter in 21 years (89 percent in 1990.)
   * Outlander and Outlander Sport combined sales were up almost 90 percent for the month and are up more than 94 percent year-to-date.
   * Lancer, Lancer Evolution, and Lancer Sportback all showed sales increases for the month, and were up an aggregate of more than 4 percent from last March.
   * Galant sales were up more than 10 percent compared to March 2010, and are up more than 95 percent year-to-date.
   * Endeavor sales are up almost 10 percent year-to-date.
   * Eclipse Spyder sales are up more than 35 percent year-to-date.
   * Sales of vehicles manufactured at the Normal, Illinois, plant are up more than 62 percent year-to-date.


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 cars and light trucks through a network of approximately 400 dealers.  For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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Nissan North America Reports Best Sales Month in History

FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported March U.S. sales of 121,141 units versus 95,468 units a year earlier, an increase of 26.9 percent, and a record for any month in the company's history.  Nissan Division sales also set a new sales record, up 28.4 percent for the month at 109,854 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles rose 13.5 percent over the prior year, to 11,287 units.

Nissan North America also achieved record market share for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended March 31 with total sales of 965,699 units, up 17.3 percent from FY09's sales of 823,565 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan Division posted a record March with 109,854 sales, an increase of 28.4 percent over 85,526 units sold in March 2010. This marks record sales volume for any month in the division's history.
   * Nissan Rogue also set an all-time volume record in March, with sales of 14,174 units up 68.8 percent over the prior year.
   * Nissan Sentra sales rose 104.7 percent versus last year, with sales of 17,851 units.
   * Market reception of the Nissan Juke continues to be enthusiastic, with 4,089 Juke sales posted in March.
   * Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle posted sales of 298 units, for a total of 452 units in the United States since its December launch.


"Nissan enjoyed our best month ever, with the foundation of our fuel-efficient vehicles such as Altima, Sentra and Rogue leading the way," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.  "Despite market conditions, our full lineup of innovative cars, trucks and crossovers helped Nissan achieve this all-time record. Nissan is well-positioned to take advantage of the shifts in the market."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti today reported sales of 11,287 units for March, an increase of 13.5 percent versus 9,942 units a year earlier, marking the 14th straight month of double-digit sales gains for the Infiniti division.  
   * Infiniti G Line continued to grow, with G Sedan sales up 27.3 percent on sales of 5,119 units, and G Coupe sales increasing 14.5 percent, with sales of 1,890 cars.
   * Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury sport utility vehicle set a new March record with sales of 1,355 units, up 30.2 percent.

Source: Nissan  

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