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April 2011 Auto sales figures; Ford, GM, Ram and all the others

  
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April 2011 Auto sales figures; Ford, GM, Ram and all the others

 
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Posted: 05/03/11
07:03 AM

April'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

March 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers



------------ APRIL 2011 Sales Numbers Are Listed Below ----------------  

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07:06 AM


Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Propel General Motors April U.S. Sales Increase of 27 Percent


   * Chevrolet Cruze posts best month since launch with 25,160 total sales
   * GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox set April sales records
   * Retail sales rose 25 percent for April; up 35 percent year to date
   * Incentives decline more than 10 percent while retail sales rise 4 percent from March

DETROIT
– General Motors dealers in the United States reported 232,538 total sales in April, a 27-percent increase versus April a year ago. Solid gains by GM’s lineup of fuel-efficient passenger cars and crossovers powered the gains, led by the best sales month for the Chevrolet Cruze and record sales for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact crossovers.

Retail sales, those to individual customers, rose 25 percent versus last April with cars and crossovers up 49 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Retail sales for the Cruze were 180 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced. The Equinox and Terrain also posted retail sales records, up 53 and 61 percent respectively.

With gasoline averaging almost $4 per gallon, consumers are beginning to trade in larger vehicles for smaller, more fuel efficient ones.

“Recently, rising fuel prices have led many to re-think their vehicle choice,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Because of the investments we’ve made in fuel-efficiency and global product architectures, the company is well positioned to meet these needs.”

During the first quarter of 2011, the company’s retail share of the small, compact and compact crossover segments improved by an estimated 3.4 full share points, compared to the first quarter of 2010. Much of this improvement is due to improved availability of the popular Equinox and Terrain and the launch of the all-new Cruze.  

Compared to March, retail sales rose 4 percent though incentive spending decreased more than 10 percent, Johnson said.

April deliveries to commercial accounts rose 21 percent – the 13th consecutive month of commercial sales gains.

GM’s Newest Vehicles Retail Sales Soar 76 Percent in April

Combined retail sales for vehicles launched since June 2009 – Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado HD, Cruze, Camaro Convertible and Volt; Buick LaCrosse and Regal; GMC Sierra HD and Terrain; and Cadillac SRX, CTS Wagon and CTS Coupe – jumped 76 percent during April and are up 76 percent for the year through April.

Passenger Cars

Total sales of GM passenger cars improved 50 percent during April, led by the sale of 25,160 Cruzes and 24,701 Chevrolet Malibus. Retail sales of GM passenger cars climbed 49 percent for the month. The Cruze and Chevrolet Camaro Convertible recorded their highest retail sales since launch. For the year-to-date, retail sales of GM’s passenger cars were up 49 percent, also led by the Cruze, up 195 percent for the year compared to the Chevrolet Cobalt.

Crossovers

The Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands each set April total and retail sales records for crossover sales, driven by a 49-percent increase in combined retail sales by the Equinox, Terrain and SRX.  The three also set individual April records for retail sales.  For the year-to-date, retail sales of GM’s industry-leading crossovers were up 29 percent.

Pickups

Total combined sales of Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche, and GMC Sierra increased 2 percent; with retail sales down 2 percent versus a year ago. For the year-to-date, retail sales for GM’s full-size pickups are up 26 percent, while total sales of 172,070 units represent a 22-percent increase.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 577,000 units, up about 3,000 units compared to March and about 149,000 higher than April 2010.

Brand Key Facts:

   * Chevrolet: Chevrolet dealers delivered 169,794 total vehicles in April, a 25-percent increase versus last year. Retail sales for Chevrolet were up 25 percent. Cruze retail sales were 180 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt. Equinox retail sales increased 53 percent (read more).
   * Buick: Buick reported 18,413 total sales, a 51-percent increase compared to April 2010. This includes a 35-percent rise in year-over-year retail sales, led by demand for the all-new Regal, which is attracting large numbers of non-GM owners to the brand. April was the 19th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand (read more).
   * GMC: GMC reported total sales of 31,204, a 29-percent increase compared to the same month last year, also the 19th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Retail sales were 23 percent higher than last year, driven by continued strong retail demand for the Terrain, with sales up 61 percent (read more).
   * Cadillac: Cadillac reported total sales of 13,127 for April – 16 percent higher than last April, with retail sales increasing 25 percent. April was the 15th consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales gains. CTS retail sales continued to set the pace, rising 52 percent, driven by strong demand for the CTS Coupe (read more).
   * Fleet sales for GM’s four brands were 75,868 for the month, a 31-percent increase for the month, with sales to commercial customers increasing 21 percent – the 13th consecutive month of commercial fleet sales gains. Fleet accounted for 33 percent of GM total sales during the month.


Source: GM  

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VOLVO ANNOUNCES APRIL SALES
U.S. Sales Up 40.9 Percent

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (May 3, 2011)- Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 6,404 units, a 40.9 percent increase from April 2010. Year-to-date sales are up 17.7 percent over the first four months of 2010.

In Canada, Volvo sales are up 11.4 percent in April with a total of 705 vehicles sold. Year-to-date sales are up 2.1 percent in Canada.

North American sales are at their highest monthly volume since June 2009. Sales of the award-winning S60 sports sedan continue to increase each month in the U.S. with 1,972 units sold in April. The award-winning XC60 finished the month right behind, with 1,220 units sold, up 49.3 percent (versus April 2010). In Canada, the XC60 and S60 were also the two top selling carlines with 184 and 167 units sold, respectively.

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.  

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Ford U.S. April Sales Up; As Gas Prices Rise, Fuel-Efficient Products Help Grow Ford Sales Across the Board

DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Ford’s April sales totaled 189,778, up 16 percent versus a year ago
   * Cars up 26 percent, utilities up 11 percent, and trucks up 11 percent
   * Ford brand sales up 25 percent
   * Fiesta sales eclipse 9,000 for second month in a row
   * Fusion and Escape set April sales records
   * Explorer sales up 138 percent
   * F-Series sales up 11 percent; new V6 accounts for 50 percent of 2011 F-150 retail sales
   * Lincoln MKZ up 40 percent and MKX up 16 percent


Consumer demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow, with April sales increasing 16 percent versus a year ago and year-to-date sales up 16 percent – totaling 686,498 vehicles.

“With gasoline prices eclipsing $3.90 a gallon, consumers are placing an even higher priority on fuel efficiency in every size and kind of vehicle,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford’s plan to lead in fuel efficiency is saving our customers money at the pump and helping us to profitably grow our business.”

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

Cars

Ford dealers have two all-new small cars in their showrooms that are resonating with consumers. For the second month in a row, sales for Ford’s new Fiesta eclipsed 9,000. The all-new 2012 Focus also is selling briskly.  Focus sales totaled 17,265, up 22 percent versus a year ago.

Fusion set a new April record with sales of 21,189, up 12 percent versus a year ago.

The Ford Mustang (up 59 percent) and Lincoln MKZ (up 40 percent) also posted higher sales than a year ago.

Utilities

Sales of Ford’s utility vehicles were paced by the all-new Ford Explorer, which had its best April since 2006.

Explorer sales totaled 12,593, up 138 percent and, for the fourth straight month, Explorer continues to be the fastest-turning vehicle in the Ford showroom.

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 April sales record with sales of 21,240, up 11 percent versus a year ago. Sales of the new Ford Edge (up 4 percent) and Lincoln MKX (up 16 percent) also were higher.

Trucks

Strong sales to commercial fleet customers powered Ford truck sales growth in April. Sales of Ford’s F-Series truck totaled 45,435, up 11 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 April, V6-equipped F-150s accounted for 50 percent of all 2011 F-150 retail sales, up from 40 percent in March. The EcoBoost engine accounts for almost 75 percent of the V6 rate.

“The EcoBoost engine is the right engine for the right time,” said Czubay. “It provides the industry’s only ‘no compromise’ solution, delivering both the capability and fuel efficiency truck buyers really want.”

Ford’s commercial vehicles also posted year-to-year increases. Econoline sales totaled 11,611 (up 14 percent) and Transit Connect sales were 2,668 (up 20 percent).

Sales Summary

In April, total sales were 189,778, up 16 percent. Retail sales were up 10 percent and fleet sales were up 31 percent (commercial was up 33 percent, government grew 10 percent, and daily rental increased 39 percent).

Year-to-date, total sales were 686,498, up 16 percent. Retail sales were up 17 percent and fleet sales were up 14 percent (commercial was up 33 percent, government grew 11 percent, and daily rental increased 2 percent).

Continuing a trend seen in the first quarter, the largest increase in retail sales for the Ford brand was in California, where the new Fiesta, Focus and Explorer are helping Ford to attract new customers. In April, Ford brand retail sales were up 34 percent in California and up 37 percent year-to-date.

“Customers are rewarding us for delivering the vehicles people truly want and value – with the technologies they want and fuel-economy they need,” Czubay said. “This is good news for our customers, Ford dealers and our business.”

Source:  Ford Motor Company  

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Porsche Reports Sales Increase of Over 80%
Best Sales Month Since March 2007 - Year to dates sales up 46%


ATLANTA, May 3, 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 April sales in the U.S. of 3,172 vehicles compared to the same period last year when it sold 1,747, an increase of 82 percent.

April’s results represent the German sports car maker’s best April since 2006 and best sales month since March 2007.  So far in 2011, the company’s sales are 10,179 vehicles, compared to the same four month period last year when they were 6,969, which represents a 46 percent increase year-to-date.

Notable was the all-new Cayenne, which continues to sell at a torrid pace, up 384 percent for the month and 141 percent for the year. Additionally, the iconic 911 was up nearly 66 percent for the month and is up 13 percent for the year.

For the month, Porsche’s Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 776, compared to 713 last year.
 

Source: Porsche Cars North America  

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Hyundai Motor America Reports its Best April Ever and Second-Best All-Time Month
-- Retail market share expected to hit a record 5.7 percent
-- Elantra and Sonata each top 20,000 monthly sales - a company first
-- Hyundai achieves best-ever 36.2 mpg corporate average fuel economy


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced all-time record April sales of 61,754 units, up 40 percent compared with the same record-breaking period last year. For the year, total sales are up 31 percent, with retail volume rising 40 percent.  Sales to fleet accounts are down 45 percent for the year with fleet representing 13 percent of the total sales mix year-to-date and 11 percent for April.  Thirty-four percent of Hyundai vehicles sold in April achieved 40 MPG fuel economy ratings.

"April was another outstanding month for Hyundai," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's executive vice president of national sales. "Our unwavering commitment as the industry leader in fuel efficiency with four vehicles achieving 40 MPG standard this year has helped overcome escalating fuel prices and drive our continued growth.

"Further, we believe our innovative Assurance Trade-In Value Guarantee program will take the uncertainty out of future resale values and bolster consumer confidence in our brand."

April's strong performance was led by the hot-selling Elantra that registered 22,100 units sold, up 129 percent from a year ago. Its Alabama sibling, Sonata, saw sales climb 17 percent over April last year resulting in a combined 71 percent of total Hyundai volume.  This marked the first time Hyundai sold more than 20,000 units in the same month of two different models.

Genesis' sustained growth trajectory continued with a 17 percent sales increase over last year, representing the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases for Hyundai's first premium products. Hyundai's flagship Equus continues its strong performance and has now exceeded 1,000 total sales since its December launch, continuing to out-perform its five percent retail share objective.  

Hyundai continues its industry-leading approach to fuel efficiency data transparency, achieving an all-time record corporate average fuel economy of 36.2 MPG in April while selling 20,918 vehicles with 40 MPG fuel economy ratings.  "The 40-MPG Sonata Hybrid is now shipping in volume, and we're seeing terrific demand for it," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO.  "Combined with record-setting demand for the 40-MPG Elantra sedan, which is outselling all other 40-MPG compacts by a margin of six-to-one, we've got confidence our approach of delivering large volumes of high-value, ultra-high fuel-efficiency vehicles is the best long-term solution to hit our national CO2 and fuel economy objectives."

Source: HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA  

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BMW Group U.S. Reports April 2011 Sales
BMW SAV sales lead the way, up 65%
MINI rockets forward, sales up 67.7% - Best Month Ever


WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported April sales of 25,247 vehicles, an increase of 19.6 percent from the 21,111 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  

Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 18.4% on sales of 90,204 in the first four months of 2011 compared to 76,162 in the same period in 2010.

BMW Brand Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 8.9% in April for a total of 18,801 compared to 17,268 vehicles sold in April, 2010.

Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 12.3% on sales of 71,417 January to April compared to 63,591 sold in the first four months of 2010.

In April, best performing segment was BMW SAV, up 65.0%.  The new X3 SAV – now on sale in the U.S. for three full months – was up 253% to 2,277 units; the X5 was up 12.5% to 2,360 units and the X6 was up 36.3% to 522 units.  The BMW SAV segment (X3, X5, X6) continues to show growth with sales for the year-to-date up 43.3% to 19,600 in the first four months of 2011 compared with 13,675 in the same period of 2010.  

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles

In April, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) totaled 14,521, a decrease of 6.1% from the 15,472 sold in April 2010.  

Year-to-date, BMW used vehicle sales are down 2.9% on volume of 53,735 compared to 55,320 in the first four months of 2010.

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 6,446 automobiles making it the best sales month ever in the U.S.  April 2011 sales are an increase of 67.7% over the 3,843 sold in April, 2010.

"The refreshed and expanded MINI model lineup has been driving demand since the first of the year and now rising gas prices mean even more people are open to small," said Jim McDowell, Vice President – MINI USA.  "The U.S. is MINI's largest market and the addition of the new Countryman offering four doors and All Wheel Drive is a real game-changer, further increasing our appeal."  

Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 49.4% on volume of 18,787 compared to 12,571 in the first four months of 2010.

Source:  BMW of North America, LLC,  

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Volkswagen Announces Strongest Sales Month in Eight Years
April sales total 28,542 units, a 23 percent increase over prior year sales


HERNDON, Va., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported  28,542 units sold in April 2011, a 23 percent increase over prior year sales and the company's best sales month since November 2003.  Year-to-date sales are up 17 percent.  

"We are gaining traction in the U.S. market," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc.  "With our Jetta model continuing to lead the way, the numbers show our product line up is responding to consumers needs for performance, precision engineering and smart fuel economy."

Volkswagen Jetta sales totaled 16,955 – a 74 percent increase over last year.  Sport utility vehicles Touareg and Tiguan experienced 62 percent and 47 percent sales increases, respectively.  CC sales increased 39 percent over prior year.  Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for more than 23 percent of all April sales.

"The enthusiasm and demand for our products is unmistakable and we see this trend continuing when the new Beetle and U.S.-built Passat hit showroom floors this fall," said Browning.

Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.  

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Kia Motors America Announces All-Time Record Sales
Kia Achieves Best-Ever Sales Mark for Second Consecutive Month; Annual Sales Up 42.3 Percent

IRVINE, Calif., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced all-time record monthly sales of 47,074, a 56.7-percent increase from April 2010, and a 6.6-percent increase over the previous record set last month.  Consumer demand for the all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan continues to increase while sales of the Soul eclipsed the 10,000 unit mark for the second consecutive month.  The Sorento was Kia's best-selling vehicle for the 16th consecutive month and posted its best-ever sales of more than 12,000 units.

"More and more car shoppers are being drawn to Kia as a result of our commitment to offering stylish, fuel efficient and high quality vehicles, such as the Sorento and Soul, that exceed the expectations of today's discriminating consumers at a tremendous value," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).  "Demand for the new Optima has outpaced supply since its launch last year and with gas prices continuing to rise, the upcoming launch of Kia's first-ever hybrid vehicle couldn't be coming at a better time.  The 2011 Optima Hybrid will deliver class leading fuel efficiency, world-class design, and modern amenities that will resonate with American consumers and further validate Kia's tremendous value proposition."

Consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the Kia brand continues to increase, evidenced by the brand's continued record sales performance and market share gains.  At the New York International Auto Show, KMA introduced the all-new 2012 Rio and Rio5, which bring world-class styling and class leading horsepower and fuel economy(1) of 40 miles per gallon(2) to the sub-compact segment.  Building on the success of the best-selling Sorento, KMA announced the addition of 2012 Optima production later this year at KMMG in West Point, Georgia*, further reinforcing the brand's commitment to the U.S. market.

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 America  

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Nissan North America Reports April Sales Increase of 12.2%


FRANKLIN, Tenn., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported April U.S. sales of 71,526 units versus 63,769 units a year earlier, an increase of 12.2 percent.  Nissan Division sales were up 14.5 percent for the month at 64,765 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 6.2 percent from the prior year, to 6,761 units.

For 2011, NNA sales have increased 22.2 percent to 356,884 units.  Nissan Division deliveries are up 23.4 percent to 322,287.  Infiniti sales have increased 11.9 percent to 34,597 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan vehicles posted April sales of 64,765 units, an increase of 14.5 percent over 56,558 units sold in April 2010.
   * In 2011, Nissan sales are up 23.4 percent to 322,287 units.
   * Nissan Rogue set an April record, with sales of 8,432 units up 28.1 percent over the prior year.
   * Nissan Sentra sales increased 42.2 percent over last year, with sales of 9,367 units.
   * Nissan GT-R sales increased 143.4 percent to 258 units, setting a new April record.
   * Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle posted sales of 573 units, for a total of 1,044 units in the United States since its December launch.


"Nissan took advantage of consumer shifts due to rising fuel prices, resulting in strong increases for fuel-efficient models like Sentra, Altima and Rogue," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.  "The addition of innovative, all-new vehicles like Nissan LEAF, Juke, Quest and NV are strengthening our lineup and bringing new buyers to Nissan showrooms."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti today reported sales of 6,761 units in April, down 6.2 percent versus 7,211 units a year earlier.
   * The Infiniti QX had sales of 976 units, an increase of 73.7 percent over prior year, marking the full-size luxury SUV's best April since 2005.
   * The Infiniti G Sedan had sales of 2,588 units in April, pushing its year-to-date sales up 21.1 percent.
   * With sales of 1,267, the Infiniti G Coupe had a slight increase over the prior year.
   * For 2011, Infiniti has delivered 34,597 vehicles, an increase of 11.9 percent over the prior year.

Source: Nissan  

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Mazda Reports Increased Sales for April
- CX-7 and CX-9 Crossover SUVs Record Best-Ever April -

IRVINE, Calif., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported April 2011 sales of 20,638 vehicles, an increase of 9.0 percent versus April of 2010.  Through the first four months of the year, Mazda's sales are up 13.8 percent, with 85,197 vehicles sold.

Mazda's crossover SUVs led the way with the ever-popular CX-7 and CX-9 posting best-ever April sales.  CX-7 recorded sales of 2,873 vehicles, up 28.4 percent over April 2010, while CX-9 sales also were up 23.9 percent with 2,750 vehicles sold.

Mazda6 posted an increase of 7.8 percent with sales of 2,734 vehicles while sales of the MX-5 Miata were up 14.2 percent with 659 vehicles sold.  

Rounding out the North American market, Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported best-ever April sales of 2,174 vehicles, accounting for a 5.1 percent increase versus last April.  MMdM's year-to-date sales are up 19.8 percent, with 8,845 vehicles sold.  Mazda Canada, Inc. (MCI) sold 7,574 vehicles, which is down 9.0 percent versus last April.  MCI's year-to-date sales of 21,219 vehicles are down 17.0 percent.

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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American Suzuki April 2011 Sales Up Nine Percent
-- Suzuki celebrates seventh consecutive year-over-year sales increase
-- Kizashi sales up 111 percent calendar year to date

Source: Suzuki  

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Mercedes-Benz Reports April Sales of 19,157
Sales Up 5.1% for the Month and 9.2 % Year-to-Date


MONTVALE, N.J., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported April sales of 19,157 vehicles, a 5.1 % improvement over April 2010, and the best April on record since April 2008.  On a year-to-date basis, the 75,152 vehicles sold represent a 9.2% increase.

The highest volume performers for the month were the E- and C-Class model lines.  The 9th generation E-Class led the pack with sales of 5,342, up 17.9% over April 2010.  The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers –continued its strong momentum with sales of 5,232, up 13.1% over last year.  MBUSA's versatile SUV, the M-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 1,990.

On the high end, the commanding G-Class was up 29.4% over April 2010, and the company sold 54 of its supercar – the SLS AMG – bringing its year-to-date sales to 309.

Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 85.8% for the month, with sales of 1,115 – bringing a year-to-date total of 3,764 (up 94.3%).

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 7,093 vehicles in April 2011, a decrease of 8.5% over last year.  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 26,632 vehicles, decrease of 4.7 % over the comparable period last year.

Source:  Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Daimler AG Reports a 3.8 Percent Increase for Mercedes-Benz and smart Vehicles in the U.S. for April 2011
Mercedes-Benz USA Records April Sales of 19,157 Vehicles - an Improvement of 5.1 Percent over April 2010 and a 9.2 Percent Increase on a Year-to-Date Basis
smart USA Records 467 Sales in April 2011


NEW YORK, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange symbol DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 19,624 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 3.8 Percent compared to April 2010. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported April 2011 sales of 19,157 passenger cars and light truck vehicles and represents a 5.1 % improvement over April 2010, and the best April on record since April 2008. 1,115 Sprinter vans are included in this total. On a year-to-date basis, the 75,152 vehicles sold represent a 9.2% increase.  

The highest volume performers for the month were the E- and C-Class model lines. The 9th generation E-Class led the pack with sales of 5,342, up 17.9% over April 2010. The sporty C-Class - the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers –continued its strong momentum with sales of 5,232, up 13.1% over last year. MBUSA's versatile SUV, the M-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 1,990.  

On the high end, the commanding G-Class was up 29.4% over April 2010, and the company sold 54 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 309. Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 85.8% for the month, with sales of 1,115 - bringing a year-to-date total of 3,764 (up 94.3%).  

smart USA recorded 467 sales in April 2011. Total sales increased nearly 10 percent month-over-month from March 2011. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, the smart fortwo continues to be the most fuel efficient, non-hybrid vehicle in the United States. As fuel prices continue to rise, consumers are attracted to the smart fortwo's estimated 41 miles per gallon on the highway according to EPA regulations.

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

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Audi Reports Best-Ever April U.S. Sales
-- April 2011 sales of 10,018 rose 7.5% from a year earlier; sets fourth consecutive monthly sales record in the U.S.
-- Strong debut for the 2012 Audi A7, high demand for Audi A8 flagship sedan
-- Audi Certified Pre-Owned sales of 3,609 vehicles marks the best month in history


HERNDON, Va., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi today added to its 2011 momentum story with record-setting April U.S. sales of 10,018 luxury vehicles. Sales for the most recent month surpassed the prior April record set in 2010 of 9,319 vehicles, or 7.5 percent.

Through the first four months of 2011, Audi sales increased 15.6% to 35,401 vehicles. The record April 2011 results follow the best first quarter in company history as the automaker enjoyed a steady quarter-over-quarter sales increase of nearly 20%, compared to the previous period in 2010. April 2011 sales not only marked the fourth-straight monthly record for 2011, but also the third time in company history where vehicles sales exceeded 10,000 units in a given month.

The strong results were buoyed by the continued strong public response to the 2011 Audi A8 flagship model, which set a sales increase of 519.8% from a year earlier. Another big factor came from the recent introduction of the all-new 2012 Audi A7. Additionally, clean diesel sales continued to reflect the surging demand for fuel-efficient models as the Audi A3 TDI® and the Audi Q7 TDI accounted for 61% and 47% in their vehicle lines, respectively.

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 2012 Audi A6, which is scheduled to arrive this Fall.

In April 2011, Audi recorded year-over-year sales increases with six of its models: the Audi A3, the Audi A4, the Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, and the Audi R8. Audi Q7 full-size luxury crossover sales posted a 24.2% increase over April 2010 sales.

"With Audi sales and customer awareness at record levels the time has never been more important for our brand to surprise and delight the discriminating luxury consumers we are attracting," said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen. "It is essential to accomplish this with the fervor we will employ to bring even more exceptionally engineered models to market."

Audi sales highlights – April 2011

   * April 2011 ranks as the best-ever April sales in Audi of America history; also represents fourth consecutive month of record-setting achievements.
   * Six models within Audi lineup post YOY gains.
   * All-new 2012 Audi A7 posts strong sales in U.S. debut.
   * Month-to-month Audi sales increase by 200 units over March 2011, and 7.5% YOY increase compared to April 2010.
   * Best sales months in Audi of America history: Dec. 2006 – 11,897; Dec. 2010 – 10,546; April 2011 – 10,018; March 2011 – 9,818


Audi Q5, Audi Q7 April sales and news notes

   * Audi Q5 sales in April second only to A4.
   * Audi Q5 sales up 24.9% year-to-date, compared to 2010.
   * Audi Q7 sales up 24.2% for April YOY.
   * TDI clean diesel technology represented in 47% of total Q7 sales for April.


Audi A3, A4, R8 April sales and news notes

   * Audi A3 sales increase by 11.5% year-to-date from same period in 2010.
   * TDI clean diesel technology represented in 61% of total A3 sales for April.
   * Audi A4 remains brand's sales leader with 12,009 models sold YTD April 2011
   * R8 sales record 178% uptick over April 2010 on strong demand for the Audi R8 Spyder.


Audi Certified Pre-Owned sales and news notes

   * Certified Pre-Owned sales of 3,609 vehicles marks the best month for Audi CPO in company history, surpassing the previous sales record of 3,364 set back in May 2008.
   * April 2011 CPO sales of 3,609 units represent 57.6% YOY surge from 2,285 vehicles a year earlier; increase in sales fueled by strong A4 sales mix.
   * Record-setting CPO markets in April: East up nearly 60% year-over-year growth compared to 2010; South up 50% YOY growth compared to 2010; and West up nearly 65% YOY growth compared to 2010.


Source:  AUDI  

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