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2011 February's Auto sales figures; Chrysler and GM gain on Ford

 
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2011 February's Auto sales figures; Chrysler and GM gain on Ford

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 Sales Numbers Are Listed Below----------------  

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Retail Sales Propel General Motors to 49 Percent Gain in February

DETROIT, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Year-over-year retail sales gain of 70 percent highest on record
   * Car, Truck and Crossover segment retail sales each rise 59 percent or more
   * GM’s newest vehicles continue to gain customers – retail sales up 119 percent
   * Retail sales improve 52 percent for the first two months


General Motors total sales in the United States rose 49 percent in February, as dealers reported 207,028 deliveries for the company’s four brands. For the second month in a row, the gain in total sales was driven by soaring retail demand for the company’s products. During the month, retail sales rose 70 percent – the highest year-over-year gain in the company’s history.

For the first two months of the year, GM’s total sales have risen 36 percent, while the company’s retail sales – those to individual consumers – have increased by 52 percent.

Retail sales of GM’s cars, trucks and crossovers all rose at least 59 percent or more during the month, up 76 percent, 74 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

“Our plan was to get off to a quick start this year, and we did just that,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations.  “Having the right vehicles in inventory, combined with aggressive advertising and targeted consumer marketing has been the key to our success in the first two months this year.”

Newest Vehicles Lead Gains, More Than Doubling During February

Combined sales for GM’s newest vehicles – 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 66 percent, while retail sales surged 119 percent for the month, compared to February 2010.

Passenger Cars

Total sales of GM passenger cars improved 40 percent during February, led by the sale of 18,556 Chevrolet Cruzes. Retail sales of GM passenger cars rose 76 percent for the month, with Cruze retail sales 212 percent higher than the compact car it replaced. Strong retail sales of the all-new Cadillac CTS Coupe helped propel CTS retail sales to a record high for the month of February, up 159 percent versus a year ago. The Buick Regal had its best month since launch, recording 3,541 retail sales.

Crossovers

February total sales for GM’s industry-leading lineup of fuel-efficient crossovers were the best ever for the month, increasing 57 percent versus February 2010. Each of GM’s most popular crossovers set a record for retail sales for the month of February – Chevrolet Equinox (up 98 percent) and Traverse (up 32 percent); GMC Terrain (up 76 percent) and Acadia (up 25 percent); Buick Enclave (45 percent); and Cadillac SRX (up 62 percent). Combined retail sales for these models rose 58 percent during the month, compared to last year’s month.

Pickups and Utilities

Total sales of GM’s full-size pickup trucks – Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche, and GMC Sierra – improved 65 percent in February versus a year ago, with retail sales rising 83 percent. Total sales of GM full-size utilities – Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade – rose 50 percent during the month, with combined retail sales improving 52 percent.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 517,000 units, which is about 7,000 higher compared to January and about 101,000 higher than February 2010.

Brand Key Facts:

   * Chevrolet : Chevrolet dealers delivered 142,919 total vehicles in February, a 43-percent increase versus last year. Retail sales for Chevrolet rose 69 percent and were propelled by improving Cruze sales, which were 212 percent higher than the compact car it replaces. Silverado retail sales rose 84 percent, while Equinox posted its best February ever, with retail sales almost doubling, up 98 percent ( read more ).
   * Buick : Buick reported 15,807 total sales, a 73-percent increase compared to February 2010. This includes a 90-percent surge in year-over-year retail sales, led by Regal (3,541 units), Enclave and LaCrosse, which had retail sales 45 and 28 percent higher than last year, respectively. This marks the 17th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand ( read more ).
   * GMC : GMC reported total sales of 32,534, a 59-percent increase compared to the same month last yea r. Thi s marks the 17th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Retail sales were 61 percent higher than last year, spurred by Sierra, Terrain, Yukon and Acadia – up 87 percent, 76 percent, 63 percent and 25 percent, respectively ( read more ) .
   * Cadillac : Cadillac reported total sales of 15,768 for February – 70 percent higher than last February, with retail sales increasing 83 percent. February was the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales gains. CTS retail sales rose 159 percent, driven by strong demand for the all-new CTS Coupe and Sedan. SRX retail sales were up 62 percent compared to a year ago, and the Escalade family saw retail sale rise 27 percent versus February last year ( read more ).
   * Fleet sales for GM’s four brands were 43,900 for the month, a 2-percent increase for the month, with sales to rental fleets down 5 percent during the same period. Sales to commercial customers rose 19 percent for the month, the 11th consecutive month of commercial fleet sales gains. Fleet accounted for 21 percent of GM total sales during the month.  

Source: http://www.prnmedia.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?beat=BEAT_AUTO&view=LATEST&resourceid=4541781]GM[/url]  

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Chrysler Group LLC Reports February 2011 U.S. Sales Increased 13 Percent

* February marks the 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases
* February sales improve 36 percent over last month's sales as 2011 models resonate with consumers
* All Jeep(R) brand models post February sales increases, led by the all-new 2011 Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee, whose sales were up 31 percent versus February 2010
* Sales of all-new 2011 Dodge Durango three-row SUV up 128 percent versus last month as volumes increase in dealerships
* Both the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2011 Dodge Durango earn MotorWeek's respected Drivers' Choice Awards for Best Large Utility
* New 2011 Chrysler 200, basking in the glow of its celebrated Super Bowl ad, posts a 203 percent sales increase compared with last month as greater volumes of the mid-size sedan reach dealership showrooms
* Ram Truck brand posts an 81 percent increase versus a year ago, the brand's 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
* Ram Light Duty and Heavy Duty pickup trucks, and the Ram Chassis Cabs each post double-digit year-over-year sales gains
* The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan make Kelley Blue Book's Top 10 Family Cars of 2011


Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 95,102, a 13 percent increase compared with sales in February 2010 (84,449 units).

The entire Jeep product lineup, the Ram pickup truck, the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango three-row SUV, and the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan helped drive the 13 percent sales increase. February marked the 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

"Our retail sales were up substantially in February, proof positive that the 16 all-new or significantly-refreshed models we launched during 2010 are resonating with consumers," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales. "The sustained buzz generated by our Super Bowl commercial has added to the interest and excitement in our 2011 models as they land in dealership showrooms in volume."

February was a solid month for Jeep and Ram Truck as each brand posted year-over-year double-digit percentage sales increases. All five models in the Jeep vehicle lineup posted sales gains in February, led by the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, winner of MotorWeek's prestigious 2011 Drivers' Choice Award for Best Large Utility.

Sales of Ram pickup trucks increased 82 percent in February, marking the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. At last month's Chicago Auto Show, Ram Truck further strengthened its lineup unveiling the Ram 1500 Tradesman, a value-priced option package designed to meet the needs of small businessmen, construction jobsites and commercial fleets, and announced a series of upgrades to its Heavy Duty truck lineup that will give it outright class supremacy in trailer towing.

Six Dodge brand models posted sales increases in February, compared to a year ago, and sales of the all-new Dodge Durango were up 128 percent in February versus last month as greater volumes of the new model arrive in showrooms.

In the wake of Chrysler Group's innovative Super Bowl ad, the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan was the center of attention in February for the Chrysler brand. Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 203 percent in February, compared with last month's sales, as dealers took delivery of the model in greater volume.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 68-day supply of inventory (269,107 units). U.S. industry sales figures for February are projected at an estimated 13.4 SAAR.

February 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Jeep(R) Brand
Jeep brand sales were up 23 percent in February compared with the same month in 2010. All five Jeep brand models posted a sales increase during the month, led by the brand's flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee and the iconic Jeep Wrangler. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee increased 31 percent in February versus a year ago, while sales of the Jeep Wrangler were up 28 percent. Each Jeep model posted a double-digit percentage sales gain in February. February also marked the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand.

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, will arrive in dealerships in spring.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee earned MotorWeek's respected Drivers' Choice Award for Best Large Utility in February, and was named the Official Winter Vehicle of New England by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA), adding to its growing list of prestigious awards. The Grand Cherokee last week made Kelley Blue Book's annual Top 10 Family Cars of 2011. The KBB editors said that the recently redesigned Grand Cherokee remains every inch the capable off-roader, but improved on-road manners and an elevated level of refinement - most noticeable in its well-appointed cabin - propel Jeep's flagship to new levels of excellence.

The Jeep brand reached an unprecedented domestic automotive milestone in February, as fans on the brand's Facebook page reached and surpassed the 1 million mark. In achieving more than 1 million fans, the Jeep brand exceeds the next closest domestic automotive brand fan's total by more than 450,000.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand posted an 81 percent sales increase in February. Ram pickup truck sales were up 82 percent, compared with the same month in 2010. Both the Light Duty and Heavy Duty pickups, along with the Chassis Cab, posted double-digit percentage sales gains in February versus a year ago.

The brand introduced in Chicago the Ram Tradesman, a value-priced, HEMI(R)-powered Ram 1500 regular cab truck that appeals to a cost-conscious, new-vehicle buyer who doesn't want to give up performance and capability. The Ram Truck brand also announced in Chicago a Ram Heavy Duty upgrade giving the Cummins Turbo Diesel an unsurpassed 800 lb.-ft. of torque and a best-in-class tow rating of 22,700 lbs.

Also in February, the Ram Truck brand announced that it would launch a new Ram 1500 model with HEMI(R) performance and sporty appearance aimed squarely at younger customers and first-time buyers. This as-yet-to be-named Ram 1500 model, developed under the code name "Adventurer," offers buyers a standard HEMI V-8 engine with its 20 mpg rating for the same price competitors are charging for their V-6 engines.

Dodge Brand

The Dodge brand posted a 2 percent sales increase in February. Six Dodge models posted year-over-year percentage sales gains. The new 2011 Dodge Journey mid-size crossover, with five- or seven-passenger seating, posted an 18 percent increase in sales compared with February last year. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, winner of MotorWeek's 2011 Drivers' Choice Award for Best Large Utility, posted sales of 2,731 units in February. That's a 128 percent sales increase compared with last month, as the new model continues to gain sales steam.

From minivans to muscle cars, the Dodge brand introduced an entire lineup of new R/T performance models at the Chicago Auto Show in February. Whether it's a Charger, Challenger, Journey, Durango or the Grand Caravan, every Dodge R/T vehicle will have unique handling characteristics, high-tech, high-performing engines, special exhaust tuning, a sport-tuned suspension and performance tires that grip the road.

The new product onslaught continued for the Dodge brand with the announcement in Chicago that the Dodge Charger SRT8 will return for the 2012 model year. Under the hood, the new 6.4-liter HEMI(R) V-8 delivers more horsepower and torque than the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces. It also will offer improved fuel economy.

Chrysler Brand

As sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan build momentum in the marketplace, the Chrysler brand unveiled its new 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible at the Chicago Auto Show. Redesigned, re-engineered, re-packaged and re-priced for 2011, the Chrysler 200 Convertible is beginning to arrive in dealership showrooms.

"Imported from Detroit," the Chrysler brand's new tagline, and the 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan continue to make a larger-than-life entrance into the mid-size market. Both the tagline and the vehicle made their debut in a first-ever, two-minute advertising spot on Super Bowl Sunday.

Last week, the editors at Kelley Blue Book's www.kbb.com named the new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan to its list of the Top 10 Family Cars of 2011. Kelley Blue Book noted that there are just a handful of large sedans with family-friendly starting prices, and the 2011 Chrysler 300 is one of the newest and one of the best. KBB noted that for under $30,000 you can treat the family to a well-crafted interior, roomy backseat, uncannily quiet highway ride, keyless entry and start, plus an 8.4-inch LCD control screen.

Also in February, the Chrysler brand unveiled its latest entry to the mid-size segment on the front of the Chrysler Group Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. - a massive building wrap featuring an image of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 and the brand's new tagline. The wrap covers almost the entire west side of the company's 15-story headquarters.

February U.S. Sales Highlights

* Jeep brand sales (28,619 units) increased 23 percent versus the same month last year (23,339 units)
* Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (8,667 units) improved 31 percent compared with February last year (6,614 units)
* Jeep Wrangler sales (7,636 units) increased 28 percent versus February 2010 (5,967 units)
* Jeep Liberty sales (5,896 units) increased 61 percent compared with February last year (3,659 units)
* Jeep Patriot (4,153 units) posted a 39 percent year-over-year sales increase
* Jeep Compass sales (2,267 units) were up 19 percent versus February a year ago (1,911 units)
* Ram Truck brand sales (20,294 units) increased 81 percent compared with the same month last year (11,210 units)
* Ram pickup truck sales (18,644 units) improved 82 percent versus February 2010 (10,267 units)
* Dodge Dakota sales (1,650 units) increased 85 percent versus February 2010 (891 units)
* Dodge brand sales (33,561 units) increased 2 percent versus the same month last year (32,975 units)
* Dodge Grand Caravan sales (10,555 units) increased 12 percent compared with February 2010 (9,390 units)
* Dodge Caliber sales (3,445 units) improved 52 percent versus the same month a year ago (2,263 units)
* Dodge Challenger sales (3,227 units) increased 50 percent versus the same month a year ago (2,145 units)
* Dodge Journey sales (4,884 units) improved 18 percent compared with February a year ago (4,139 units)
* Dodge Nitro sales (1,969 units) increased 64 percent versus February 2010 (1,201 units)
* The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango SUV posted sales of 2,731 units, up 128 percent from last month (1,199 units)
* Sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 were up 203 percent compared with sales (765 units) last month  

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Fiesta, Focus, Edge, Explorer Pace Ford's 23 Percent Increase in February Retail Sales

DEARBORN, Mich., March 1, 2011

   * Ford's February retail sales climbed 23 percent versus a year ago
   * Best month ever for Fiesta; Focus retail sales up 43 percent year-over-year
   * Explorer retail sales up 268 percent; Edge retail sales up 18 percent
   * Fusion, Escape set sales records – Fusion up 40 percent; Escape up 19 percent
   * Ford's total February sales (including fleet) were 156,626, up 14 percent
   * Year-to-date sales were 283,943, up 14 percent; retail sales up 25 percent
   * Ford announces second quarter North American production


Consumer demand for Ford's fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow as February retail sales increased 23 percent versus a year ago.

Ford's total February sales, including sales to fleet customers, were 156,626, up 14 percent.

"With oil nearing $100 per barrel and gasoline prices continuing to rise, consumers' consideration for fuel economy once again is taking top billing," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "Ford's investment in new products, engines and transmissions is delivering real value to our customers, and people are rewarding us for it."

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

Retail sales of Ford's small cars – Fiesta and Focus – were more than double year-ago levels (up 114 percent). Fiesta had its best sales month ever with 6,270 vehicles and continues to gain share in its market segment. Focus retail sales were 43 percent higher than a year ago. The all-new Focus will arrive in Ford dealer showrooms this spring.

Ford Fusion set a new monthly sales record with total sales of 23,111, up 40 percent versus a year ago.

Retail sales also were higher for the Ford Mustang (up 22 percent) and the Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan (up 17 percent).

Utilities

Sales of Ford's utility vehicles were paced by the all-new Ford Explorer. Explorer retail sales were up 268 percent. For the second straight month, the new Explorer is the fastest-turning vehicle in the Ford showroom.

Retail sales also were higher for the Ford Escape (up 34 percent), Edge (up 18 percent) and Lincoln MKX (up 13 percent). Escape set a February record with total sales of 18,005 (up 19 percent).

Trucks

Strong sales to commercial fleet customers and higher sales to retail customers powered Ford truck sales growth in February. Sales of Ford's F-Series truck totaled 37,549, up 14 percent versus a year ago.

Ford's commercial vehicles also posted strong year-to-year increases. Econoline sales totaled 9,723 (up 22 percent) and Transit Connect sales were 2,152 (up 61 percent).

Year-to-date sales

In the first two months of 2011, Ford sales totaled 283,943, up 14 percent versus the same period a year ago. Retail sales were up 25 percent with the strongest growth in the East (where retail sales were up 45 percent) and California (where retail sales were up 43 percent).

"Ford's fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles are winning customers nationwide, but the strongest growth is in the 'smile' region of the country," said Czubay. "Early consumer reactions indicate the new Focus will drive more growth in these areas."

North American production

In the second quarter, Ford plans to build 710,000 vehicles, up 57,000 vehicles (9 percent) compared with the second quarter of 2010.  In the first quarter, Ford plans to build 650,000 vehicles, unchanged from the previous forecast.

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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Subaru of America, Inc. Reports Nearly 20% Increase in Sales

CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced continued record-breaking sales for February, up almost 20% compared to the previous year.  

February sales records were set by Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback. Impreza WRX volume more than doubled compared to the prior year and helped lead the Impreza carline to an impressive 40% increase.  

"This is by far the best start to a year we've ever had," said Timothy M. Colbeck, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "We have been working to get more units to our dealers, but every time we think they will build some inventory, they increase sales instead.  With the exception of the Cash for Clunkers comparison in August, this is our 12th consecutive record month."

Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. said, "While we are proud of our February results, we are also very excited that our entire organization - from Subaru of America, to our region and zone offices and independent distributors - is committed and poised for the continued growth of our franchise."

Source:  Subaru of America, Inc.  

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Infiniti Sales Increase 29.9 Percent for February
- Deliveries of Infiniti Luxury Vehicles Increase by Double Digits for the Thirteenth Consecutive Month -

FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 9,144 units for the month of February, an increase of 29.9 percent versus 7,041 units a year earlier.  

Highlights of Infiniti's sales performance for February include:

   * The popular G Sedan performed especially well with sales of 4,044, an increase of 50.6 percent
   * The Infiniti M line rose 44.2 percent
   * The Infiniti FX performance crossover also contributed to the brand's growth, with a sales increase of 20.3 percent  


"The Infiniti brand continues to outperform its luxury competition and gain share with a line of automobiles that are designed and engineered to inspire at every turn," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "Later this month, the latest expression of that mission, the Infiniti M Hybrid, goes on sale, allowing luxury sedan buyers to never again have to make the compromise between performance and fuel efficiency."  

The Infiniti M Hybrid incorporates a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 50-kW electric motor for a net horsepower rating of 360. Utilizing a conventional 7-speed automatic transmission, the brand's first hybrid model is rated at 32 miles per gallon on the highway. As part of Infiniti's corporate partnership with NCAA Men's Basketball, the advertising debut for the M Hybrid will begin during the NCAA "March Madness" tournament.

Infiniti today also debuted a new concept car, the Etherea, at the Geneva Motor Show. Powered by the same Direct Response Hybrid™ system found in the M Hybrid, the Infiniti Etherea is designed to be a new type of luxury vehicle for younger buyers, while previewing how a future compact performance luxury sedan from Infiniti might look.

In addition, at the Geneva Show, Infiniti announced a marketing agreement with Formula One World Champions, Red Bull RacingRenault, covering the 2011 and 2012 F1 seasons.  

"This is an exciting time for Infiniti," added Poore. "With great new products like the Infiniti M Hybrid, and a bright vision for the future, the best is yet to come."

Source: Infiniti  

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Infiniti Sales Increase 29.9 Percent for February
- Deliveries of Infiniti Luxury Vehicles Increase by Double Digits for the Thirteenth Consecutive Month -


FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 9,144 units for the month of February, an increase of 29.9 percent versus 7,041 units a year earlier.  

Highlights of Infiniti's sales performance for February include:

   * The popular G Sedan performed especially well with sales of 4,044, an increase of 50.6 percent
   * The Infiniti M line rose 44.2 percent
   * The Infiniti FX performance crossover also contributed to the brand's growth, with a sales increase of 20.3 percent  


"The Infiniti brand continues to outperform its luxury competition and gain share with a line of automobiles that are designed and engineered to inspire at every turn," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "Later this month, the latest expression of that mission, the Infiniti M Hybrid, goes on sale, allowing luxury sedan buyers to never again have to make the compromise between performance and fuel efficiency."  

The Infiniti M Hybrid incorporates a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 50-kW electric motor for a net horsepower rating of 360. Utilizing a conventional 7-speed automatic transmission, the brand's first hybrid model is rated at 32 miles per gallon on the highway. As part of Infiniti's corporate partnership with NCAA Men's Basketball, the advertising debut for the M Hybrid will begin during the NCAA "March Madness" tournament.

Infiniti today also debuted a new concept car, the Etherea, at the Geneva Motor Show. Powered by the same Direct Response Hybrid™ system found in the M Hybrid, the Infiniti Etherea is designed to be a new type of luxury vehicle for younger buyers, while previewing how a future compact performance luxury sedan from Infiniti might look.

In addition, at the Geneva Show, Infiniti announced a marketing agreement with Formula One World Champions, Red Bull RacingRenault, covering the 2011 and 2012 F1 seasons.  

"This is an exciting time for Infiniti," added Poore. "With great new products like the Infiniti M Hybrid, and a bright vision for the future, the best is yet to come."

Source:Infiniti  

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Mercedes-Benz Reports February Sales of 16,176
Sales Up 5.1% for the Month and 9.5% Year-to-Date

MONTVALE, N.J., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported February sales of 16,176 vehicles, a 5.1 % improvement over February 2010 and the highest February volume since 2008. On a year-to-date basis, the 33,449 vehicles sold represent a 9.5%  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 – lead the pack with sales of 4,479, up 5.5% over February 2010.  The 9th generation E-Class continued its strong momentum with sales of 4,203, up 4% over February 2010.  MBUSA's versatile SUV, the M-Class, followed in volume with sales of 1,924, up 16.3% compared to February 2010 while the compact GLK SUV trailed closely with sales of 1,853.  

At the high end, the iconic SL-Class was up 83.7%, followed by the commanding G-Class, up 40% and the CL flagship coupe increased by 35.1%.  The company also sold 83 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 153.

Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 38.3% for the month to 712 and to 1,587 on a year-to-date basis, up 66.9%.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 5,860 vehicles in February; a 4.8% decrease when compared to February 2010 (sales of 6,153 vehicles).  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 12,303 vehicles, a decrease of 0.6 % over the comparable period (with sales of 12,382).

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Nissan North America Sales Rise 31.6% for Best-Ever February

FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported record February U.S. sales of 92,370 units versus 70,189 units a year earlier, an increase of 31.6 percent.  Nissan Division sales were up 31.8 percent for the month and also set a new February record. Sales of Infiniti vehicles rose 29.9 percent over the prior year.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan Division posted a record February with 83,226 sales, an increase of 31.8 percent over 63,148 units sold in February 2010.
   * Nissan Rogue posted its best month ever with 11,427 deliveries, up 86 percent over last February.
   * Nissan Sentra sales totaled 12,599, up 62.2 percent over a year ago.
   * Sales of Nissan's top-selling Altima rose 28.5 percent over the prior year to 20,808 units.


"Nissan enjoyed a record February on strong increases by several models, clearly led by the best-ever month for Rogue," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.  "Even though February is a short month, we saw great customer traffic on models across our lineup, from Altima and Sentra sedans to Murano, Frontier, Pathfinder and Armada on the truck side."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti today reported sales of 9,144 units for the month of February, an increase of 29.9 percent versus 7,041 units a year earlier.  
   * Sales of the Infiniti G Line rose 38.8 percent, with the popular G Sedan performing especially well with sales of 4,044 units, an increase of 50.6 percent.
   * The Infiniti M luxury sedans and the Infiniti FX performance crossover also contributed to the brand's growth, with sales increases of 44.2 and 20.3 percent, respectively.
   * The Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury sport utility vehicle had another strong month with sales of 902, an increase of 11.6 percent.


Source: Nissan  

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Daimler AG Reports a 5.3 Percent Increase for Mercedes-Benz and smart Vehicles in the U.S. for February 2011
-- Mercedes-Benz USA Records February Sales of 16,176 Vehicles - an Improvement of 5.1 Percent over February 2010 and a 9.5 % Increase on a Year-to-Date Basis
-- smart USA Records 484 Sales in February 2011 - an Improvement of 9.5 Percent over February 2010 and a 17 Percent Increase on a Year-to-Date Basis


NEW YORK, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 16,660 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 5.3 Percent compared to February 2010. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported February sales of 16,176 vehicles, a 5.1% improvement over February 2010 and the highest February volume since 2008. 15,464 passenger cars, light truck vehicles and 712 Sprinter vans are included in this total.  On a year-to-date basis, the 33,449 vehicles sold represent a 9.5% 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 – lead the pack with sales of 4,479, up 5.5% over February 2010. The 9th generation E-Class continued its strong momentum with sales of 4,203, up 4% over February 2010.  MBUSA's versatile SUV, the M-Class, followed in volume with sales of 1,924, up 16.3% compared to February 2010 while the compact GLK SUV trailed closely with sales of 1,853.  

At the high end, the iconic SL-Class was up 83.7%, followed by the commanding G-Class, up 40% and the CL flagship coupe increased by 35.1%.  The company also sold 83 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 153.

Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 38.3% for the month to 712 and to 1,587 on a year-to-date basis, up 66.9%.

smart USA recorded 484 sales in February 2011, an increase of nearly 10 percent from February 2010 and the second consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.  smart sales are up 17 percent to begin the year. The smart fortwo electric drive arrived at smart center dealerships across the country this past month, and dealers are now offering consumer test drives.  

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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Toyota Reports February Sales

TORRANCE, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported February sales results of 141,846 units.  With 24 selling days in February 2010 and 2011, sales were up 41.8 percent over the year-ago month on a daily selling rate (DSR) and unadjusted raw volume basis.

The Toyota Division posted February total sales of 128,032 units, an increase of 48.5 percent over the same period last year.  The Lexus Division reported total sales of 13,814 units, flat from last February.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined sales of 74,527 units, up 50.8 over last February.  Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 27,212 units for the month, up 64.4 percent over last February.  Corolla posted combined February sales of 25,860 units, an increase of 52.2 percent year-over-year.  The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted February sales of 13,539 units, up 69.9 percent over the year-ago month.  

Toyota Division light trucks posted February sales of 53,505 units, an increase of 45.3 percent year-over-year.  Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV, which recorded monthly sales of 12,562, an increase of 84.8 percent over last February.  Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined sales of 8,622 units for the month, up 138.5 percent year-over-year.  The 4Runner mid-size SUV reported sales of 3,760 units, an increase of 26.5 percent over the year-ago month.  The Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 7,879 units for the month, while the Tundra full-size pickup posted sales of 7,012 units, an increase of 28.2 percent over last February.  

"After two months of improving sales, we feel good about the way 2011 has started," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.  "The launch of our ‘#1 for a Reason’ campaign last week contributed to an especially strong close, with a big increase in customer traffic and improved sales across the car and light truck segments.  We plan to keep the momentum going in March."

Scion posted February sales of 3,944 units, an increase of 30.2 percent year-over-year. The The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 1,662 units, up 93.3 percent over last February.  The xB urban utility vehicle posted February sales of 1,475 units, and the xD reported sales of 807 units for the month.

Lexus Division

Lexus reported passenger car sales of 5,923 units, down 7.0 percent from last February.  The entry luxury sedan ES led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 2,598 units.  The IS lineup reported combined sales of 2,081 units, an increase of 4.5 percent over the year-ago month.

Lexus light trucks recorded sales of 7,891 units, up 6.3 percent from last February.  Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX, which posted combined February sales of 6,567 units, up 15.3 percent over the year-ago month.  The GX mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,051 units.  

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted February sales of 16,461 hybrid vehicles, up 50.2 percent over the year-ago-month.  Toyota Division posted sales of 15,239 hybrids for the month, up 63.5 percent over last February.  Lexus Division reported sales 1,222 hybrids in February.

Source: Toyota  

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Hyundai Motor America Reports Record February Sales
- Total sales up 28 percent, retail sales up 46 percent
- Equus most-shopped premium luxury car according to Compete
- Hyundai achieves 35 mpg average fuel economy

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced record February sales of 43,533 units, up 28 percent compared with the same period last year. For the year, total Hyundai sales are up 25 percent, with retail volume up 51 percent.

"February was very strong for Hyundai," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's executive vice president of national sales. "Consumer activity was high, credit was readily available and the overall impact on the Hyundai business was really encouraging.  With improving supply of our red-hot 40-mpg 2011 Elantra, and increasing consumer concern with fuel prices, we're looking forward to an even stronger March."  

Overall retail sales through dealerships rose 46 percent from last February, led by a 103 percent retail increase for Sonata and a 74 percent retail increase for the all-new Elantra. Fleet sales were down 22 percent, with fleet mix at 16 percent for the month, and 14 percent year-to-date.  

Genesis continued its impressive growth with the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, while Equus continued its successful launch in the midst of tight availability and strong consumer demand, delivering a year-to-date retail market share of the premium luxury segment of over 7 percent, which is 40 percent above Hyundai's target.

"According to Compete's latest data, Equus is already the most-shopped premium luxury car in the industry this year, ahead of the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8 and Lexus LS," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America's president and CEO.  "We're delighted with the positive consumer response and we are working to increase Equus availability to meet the strong demand we're seeing."

Source: Hyundai  

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American Honda February Sales Up 21.6 Percent
Honda CR-V sets monthly record as light truck sales climb


TORRANCE, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted February sales of 98,059, an increase of 21.6 percent compared to February 2010, the company announced today. February marks the fifth straight month of double-digit sales increases for American Honda. Year-to-date sales of 174,328 represent an increase of 17.7 percent.

Honda Division posted February sales of 87,263, an increase of 21.7 percent compared to February 2010, with sales of light truck models increasing 31.8 percent to 39,923. Honda CR-V sales of 19,096 led light truck models, increasing by 61.4 percent and breaking the previous February 2008 sales record of 15,694. Additional light truck models with increased sales included the all-new Odyssey, up 17.3 percent to 8,744; the Pilot, up 23.3 percent to 8,224; and the Element, up 35.0 percent to 1,241. Car models with year-over-year sales increases included the Civic, up 16.1 percent to 19,121; and the Fit, up 43.6 percent to 4,200. Accord was the best-selling Honda vehicle for the month with sales of 22,916, up 2.0 percent.

"Honda models available with four-wheel drive like the CR-V and Pilot saw sales increase significantly in February as people looked for ways to outsmart the bad weather," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The versatile, efficient and capable CR-V continues to solidify its position as the best-selling* SUV in America by setting a new monthly record."

Acura Division sales increased 20.8 percent to 10,796. The Acura MDX led the division with sales of 3,845, an increase of 17.7 percent. Sales of the TSX increased 31.6 percent to 2,794, beating the previous February record of 2,769 set in 2007. RDX sales of 1,344 represent a 58.1 percent increase for the model.

*The CR-V continues to be the best-selling SUV in the United States for the fifth straight year with calendar-year 2010 results of 203,714.

Source: Honda  

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Porsche Reports Sales Increase
Best February Since 2006

ATLANTA, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera Gran Turismo line-up in the United States, today announced February sales in the U.S. of 2,019 units compared to the same period last year when it sold 1,531, an increase of 32 percent.

February's results represented the German sports car maker's best February sales total in the U.S. since 2006. It also marked the ninth consecutive month that Porsche has recorded double digit monthly sales increases over the previous year.  So far in 2011, the company's sales are 4,419, compared to the same period last year when they were 3,317, an increase of 33 percent.

Once again, Porsche's new-generation 2011 Cayenne was the brand's top-selling model with February sales of 936 versus last year when they were 599, an increase of 56 percent. Also worth noting in February was the performance of Porsche's four-door Panamera Gran Turismo with sales of 442 for the month, compared to 409 the year prior, an uptick of 8 percent.  

Sales of Porsche' renowned sports cars also enjoyed relative success in February. The company's mid-engine sports cars, the Boxster and the Cayman, recorded sales of 144 and 92, respectively.  Compared to February 2010, Boxster sales were up 29 percent while the Cayman enjoyed an increase of 28 percent. Sales of the German automaker's iconic 911 sports were 405 compared to 339 in 2010, a rise of 19 percent.

For the month, Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 640, compared to 517 last year.

Source: Porsche  

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Mazda Reports Positive February 2011 Sales

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While the weather outside might be frightful, Mazda's February sales are anything but.  Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported February 2011 sales of 19,387, an increase of 13.7 percent versus February of 2010.

Mazda's crossover SUVs led the sales charge for the month.  CX-9 posted its best February ever with sales of 2,876 vehicles, up 42.8 percent and CX-7 recorded its best February since 2008, with sales of 2,357 vehicles, up 31.2 percent.  

Mazda6 sales also were on the rise with 2,838 vehicles sold, up 16.9 percent.  The Mazda6 offers all the standards in the mid-size sedan segment, but goes one step further by adding style, performance, technology and passion that no other vehicle in class can offer.

"We are pleased with our February sales results. While our year-over-year sales increase is good (+13.7 percent) it only tells half the story; we're selling cars the right way," said Jim O'Sullivan, MNAO president and CEO.  "Compared to the industry, our incentive spend continues to be very low and our retail versus fleet mix is very strong.  At Mazda, we do not chase volume, but rather, long-term brand strength and profitability."

Rounding out the North American market, Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported strong February sales of 2,131 vehicles, representing an increase of 24 percent, while Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) sold 4,170 vehicles, down 15 percent compared to last February.

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.

Source: Mazda  

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