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May 2011 Auto sales Numbers: Some good, others fall

 
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Posted: 06/07/11
08:30 AM

Better late than never....

May'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 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers


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08:32 AM

Porsche Reports Sales Increase
Best May since 2007, sales up 50 percent compared to May 2010

ATLANTA, June 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 May sales in the United States of 2,817 units compared to the same period last year when it sold 1,873, an increase of 50 percent.

May's results represent the German sports car maker's best May sales total in the United States since 2007. So far in 2011, the company's sales are 12,996 units. In the same five-month period last year, Porsche sales were 8,842, which represents a 47 percent increase.

For the month, Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 753, compared to 796 last year. The year-to-date total was 3,596, compared to 3,220 last year.

SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.  

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Volkswagen Sells Over 30,000 Vehicles in May, Strongest Sales Month in Over Seven Years
- Brand experiences best month sales results since 2003
- May sales total 30,100 units, a 27.9 percent increase over prior year sales
- Best CC month ever with 3,979 units, up 50.1 percent
- Best Tiguan month ever with 3,091 units, up 57.8 percent
- Jetta momentum continues with robust sales of 16,671, up 58.6 percent
- Golf volume grows 1,761, a 23.1 percent increase
- High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 22.2 percent of sales


HERNDON, Va., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported  30,100 units sold in May 2011, a 27.9 percent increase over prior year sales and the company's best sales month since August 2003.  Year-to-date sales are up 19.7 percent.

"May was an outstanding month for Volkswagen, and breaking through the 30,000 mark without either Beetle or Passat in the mix, speaks volumes about our momentum," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc.  "And I see the momentum continuing, particularly with the launch of the 2012 Passat and Beetle this fall."

Volkswagen Jetta sales totaled 16,671 – a 58.6 percent increase over last year.  Sport utility vehicles Touareg and Tiguan experienced 106.8 percent and 57.8 percent sales increases, respectively and the best month ever for Tiguan.  CC sales increased 50.1 percent over prior year, representing its best month ever.  Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for more than 22 percent of all May sales.

"The notion that making German engineering more accessible is striking a chord with our customers, as evidenced by the increased demand and customer loyalty for our products," said Browning.

Source: Volkswagen  

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08:34 AM

Hot Sales Pace Continues for Ford’s New Fuel-Efficient Vehicles and Powertrains

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

   * Strong demand for Ford’s new fuel-efficient vehicles and powertrains continued in May
   * Ford’s all-new Fiesta and Focus combined for 29,423 sales – Ford’s biggest small car month since May 2008
   * Explorer posts highest sales in 47 months; total sales up 135 percent; retail sales quadruple from year ago
   * Fusion and Escape continue record setting sales pace with strong demand for 4-cylinder engines; F-150’s all-new V6 engines outsell the V8s
   * Ford’s May sales totaled 192,102, equal to a year ago; year-to-date sales totaled 878,600, up 12 percent
   * Ford announces third quarter North American production


Consumer demand remained strong in May for Ford’s new fuel-efficient vehicles and powertrains, bringing significant year-over-year sales gains for small cars and Explorer.

“Customers increasingly are demanding new products that deliver compelling fuel economy,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford’s new fuel-efficient products and powertrains arrived at the right time – just as fuel efficiency became even more of a consideration among consumers.”

Ford’s two all-new small cars combined had sales of 29,423 in May, up 74 percent versus a year ago.  It was Ford’s largest small car month since May 2008. Fiesta sales were 7,120, and Focus sales were 22,303, up 32 percent versus a year ago.

The Ford Fusion midsize car also has started 2011 strong – with five straight monthly sales records. In May, Fusion sales totaled 24,666, its second highest month ever, and up 10 percent versus a year ago. Eighty percent of customers equipped their new Fusion with a 4-cylinder engine, up from 50 percent when the car debuted five years ago. Sales of the Lincoln MKZ were up 24 percent in May and the MKZ Hybrid accounted for 22 percent of sales.

Explorer sales totaled 13,318, up 135 percent versus a year ago. This is the highest sales for Explorer in 47 months. In the first five months of 2011, the new Explorer is setting a torrid pace, with year-to-date sales totaling 55,401, up 120 percent. In June, Explorer will surpass last year’s full-year sales total of 60,687. Explorer has class-leading highway fuel economy of 25 mpg.

Escape sales totaled 23,140, up 21 percent. Fifty percent of customers now equip their Escape with a 4-cylinder engine, up from 40 percent a few years ago.

Truck sales were lower in May, with higher gas prices likely causing some buyers to defer purchases.

Still, Ford’s F-Series truck remained the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. with May sales of 42,399 (down 15 percent versus a year ago) and year-to-date sales of 214,461 (up 11 percent). The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine accounted for 41 percent of F-150 retail sales in May, up 4 percentage points from April. The total V6 mix, including the new 3.7-liter engine, was 55 percent – surpassing sales of F-150s equipped with V8s.  

Sales Summary

In May, total sales were 192,102, equal to a year ago. Retail sales were up 5 percent, and fleet sales were down 8 percent. (Commercial was down 1 percent, government was down 9 percent, and daily rental was down 13 percent.)

Year-to-date, total sales were 878,600, up 12 percent. Retail sales were up 14 percent, and fleet sales were up 8 percent. (Commercial was up 24 percent, government grew 6 percent, and daily rental was down 2 percent.)

North American Production

In the third quarter, Ford plans to produce 630,000 vehicles in its North American assembly plants, up 44,000 (8 percent) versus third quarter 2010.

In the second quarter, Ford plans to produce 710,000 vehicles, unchanged from its previous forecast, and up 57,000 units (9 percent) versus second quarter 2010.

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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08:35 AM

May U.S. Retail Sales Rise 9 Percent on Demand for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

DETROIT, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Chevrolet Cruze retail sales surge 150 percent
   * Combined GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox retail sales rise 58 percent  
   * Buick and GMC retail sales rise for 20th successive month
   * Cadillac retail sales up 16th month in a row; Chevrolet's up for 9th consecutive month


General Motors dealers in the United States reported 221,192 total sales in May, including a 9 percent increase in retail sales compared to May 2010. Retail sales for GM's brands were again propelled by the company's lineup of fuel-efficient passenger cars and crossovers. Total sales declined 1 percent on lower fleet volume.

For the month, Chevrolet Cruze had its best retail sales since its launch as Chevrolet dealers reported 18,996 retail deliveries. The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox, GM's compact crossovers, saw a combined retail sales increase of 58 percent during the month. Passenger car and crossover retail sales also rose substantially, up 32 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

"Customers continue to demand better fuel economy and our commitment to produce high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles is paying off," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. "We expect that fuel prices will continue to be volatile and we're prepared to continue meeting the needs of an ever-changing market."

Compared to last year, May fleet sales were 16 percent lower as rental volumes declined 21 percent. Deliveries to commercial accounts rose 19 percent – the 14th consecutive month of commercial sales gains.

GM's Newest Vehicles Retail Sales Increase 65 Percent in May

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 65 percent during May and are up 74 percent for 2011.

Passenger Cars

During the month, total sales of GM passenger cars increased 13 percent. Retail sales of passenger cars rose 32 percent on the continuing strength of the Cruze, which was up 150 percent compared to the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced. Also contributing to the gain were solid retail sales for the Buick Regal and an increase of 28 percent in retail sales for the Cadillac CTS.

"The Cruze, Regal and CTS Coupe are attracting new customers to GM," Johnson said. "These vehicles are a strong reason why we're gaining share in key states like California, New York and Florida so far this year."

Crossovers

Total crossover sales declined 1 percent, while retail sales were up 17 percent compared to last year's May. GM's crossover retail sales were the highest ever for the month of May and were driven by a 58-percent increase in combined retail sales for the 32 mile-per-gallon highway rated Equinox and Terrain. Both of GM's compact crossovers set retail sales records for the month with Equinox retail sales up 62 percent and Terrain's 48 percent higher than May 2010.

"Customers love the 610-mile range that our compact crossovers provide and they get it without sacrificing capability or style," Johnson said.

For the year-to-date, retail sales of GM's crossovers were up 27 percent.

Pickups

Total combined sales of Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche, and GMC Sierra decreased 14 percent; with retail sales down 17 percent versus a year ago. For the year-to-date, retail sales for GM's full-size pickups are up 15 percent, while total sales of 212,478 units represent a 13-percent increase compared to the first five months of 2010.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 584,000 units, up about 7,000 units compared to April and about 177,000 higher than May 2010.

Brand Key Facts:

   * Chevrolet: Chevrolet dealers delivered 161,401 total vehicles in May, a 4-percent decrease compared to May 2010. Retail sales for Chevrolet were up 9 percent, for the ninth straight month of retail sales increases for the brand. Cruze retail sales were 150 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt. Equinox retail sales rose 62 percent ( read more ).
   * Buick: Buick reported 15,579 total sales, a 24-percent increase compared to last year. This includes a 18-percent increase 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. May was the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales gains for the brand ( read more ).
   * GMC : GMC reported total sales of 32,589, an 8-percent increase compared to the same month last year. Retail sales rose 5 percent for the brand on strong demand for the Terrain (up 48 percent) and the Acadia (up 19 percent). May also marked the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales increases for the brand ( read more ) .
   * Cadillac: Cadillac reported total sales of 11,623 for May, a 6-percent decrease versus last May, with retail sales increasing 8 percent. May was the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year retail sales gains. CTS retail sales continued to set the pace, rising 28 percent, driven by strong demand for the CTS Coupe ( read more ).
   * Fleet sales for GM's four brands were 70,139 for the month, a 16-percent decrease for the month. Sales to commercial customers increased 19 percent – the 14th consecutive month of commercial fleet sales gains. Fleet accounted for 32 percent of GM total sales during the month – lower than the 37 percent fleet mix in May 2010.


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Mazda Reports May Sales
- Mazda5 Reports Best May Sales Since 2008 -


IRVINE, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported May sales of 17,875 vehicles, down 20.9 percent versus May of 2010.  Year-to-date sales stand at 103,072, and are outpacing last year’s sales at this time by 5.7 percent.

Key May sales notes:

   * The Mazda5 multi-activty vehicle reported its best May sales since 2008 with 1,628 vehicles sold, up 14.3 percent versus last May
   * Mazda5 sales are up 22.9 percent year-to-date
   * After five consecutive months of sales increases, the Mazda CX-7 and CX-9  crossover SUVs (up 20.2 and 16.7 percent respectively, year-to-date) experienced their first sales dip
   * On May 25, Mazda announced global production of the three-millionth Mazda3
   * There were 25 selling days this May, versus 27 last year


Rounding out the North American market, Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported May sales of 2,057 vehicles, accounting for a 14.1 percent increase versus last May.  MMdM’s year-to-date sales are up 18.6 percent, with 10,902 vehicles sold.  Mazda Canada, Inc. (MCI) sold 6,587 vehicles, down 18.0 percent versus last May.  MCI’s year-to-date sales of 27,806 vehicles are also 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 North American  

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BMW Group U.S. Reports May 2011 Sales
BMW X3 and 5 Series sales lead the way
MINI sets the pace, sales up 46.3% - Year-to-date

PR Newswire

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., June 1, 2011

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported May sales of 26,452 vehicles, an increase of 19.7 percent from the 22,092 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  

Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 18.7% on sales of 116,656 in the first five months of 2011 compared to 98,254 in the same period in 2010.

"This month, BMW and MINI sales progress continues in what's clearly a yo-yo economy as consumer sentiment varies from optimism to pessimism month-to-month," said Jim O'Donnell, President and CEO, BMW of North America.   "We believe it's having a steady run of new models as we've just added the new 6 Series Convertible to the new X3 and 5 Series to further drive BMW sales, and MINI is no different because of the new Countryman as well as higher gas prices increasing small vehicle focus."

BMW Brand Sales

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 15.6% in May for a total of 20,651 compared to 17,859 vehicles sold in May 2010.

Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 13.0% on sales of 92,068 January through May compared to 81,450 sold in the first five months of 2010.

In May, best performing vehicles included the new BMW X3 SAV.  On sale in the U.S. since mid-January, the new X3 has sold 10,337 compared with 2,715 in the same period of 2010, a 280.7% increase.  The BMW SAV segment (X3, X5, X6) continues growing with sales for the year-to-date up 43.9% - 25,204 in the first five months of 2011 compared with 17,517 in the same period of 2010.   The BMW 5 Series continues its very strong sales growth with May posting an 83.5% increase over May 2010.  Year-to-date the 5 Series has sold 20,922 compared to 11,981 in the first five months of 2010, a 74.6% increase.

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles

In May, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) totaled 14,773, a decrease of 1.2% from the 14,958 sold in May 2010.  

Year-to-date, BMW used vehicle sales are down 2.5% on volume of 68,508 compared to 70,278 in the first five months of 2010.

MINI Brand Sales

MINI USA reported sales of 5,801 automobiles in May.  The May 2011 sales are an increase of 37.0% over the 4,233 sold in May 2010.

Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 46.3% on volume of 24,588 compared to 16,804 in the first five months of 2010.

Sales BMW of North America, LLC, May 2011


Source: http://www.prnmedia.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?beat=BEAT_AUTO&view=LATEST&resourceid=4630169  

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Daimler AG Reports a 4.7 Percent Increase for Mercedes-Benz and smart Vehicles in the U.S. for May 2011
-- Mercedes-Benz USA Records May Sales of 20,306 Vehicles - an Improvement of 5.9 Percent over May 2010 and a 8.5 Percent Increase on a Year-to-Date Basis
-- smart USA Records 492 Sales in May 2011


NEW YORK, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange symbol DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 20,798 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 4.7 Percent compared to May 2010. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.


Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported May sales of 20,306 vehicles, a 5.9 Percent improvement over May 2010, and the best May on record since May 2008. On a year-to-date basis, the 95,458 vehicles sold represent an 8.5 Percent increase.  

18,886 passenger cars, light truck vehicles and 1,420 Sprinter vans are included in this total for the month.

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 5,751, up 5% over May 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 4,936. MBUSA's compact SUV, the GLK-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 2,214, up 22.1% over last year. Additionally, sales of the versatile R-Class crossover were up 237% over May 2010.

Sales of Mercedes-Benz diesel models were up 108.5% for the month (1,147 versus 550) and up 115.8% for the year (4,722 versus 2,188).

At the high end, the company sold 21 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 330.

Sales of Sprinter Vans also increased by 126.1% for the month, with sales of 1,420 – bringing a year-to-date total of 5,184 (up 102.1%).  

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,818 vehicles in May 2011, a decrease of 2.1%. On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 33,450 vehicles, a decrease of 4.1% over the comparable period last year.

smart USA recorded 492 sales in May 2011. Total sales increased more than five percent month-over-month from April 2011. This is the third consecutive month of month-to-month sales increases and the highest monthly sales total in 2011. The instability in fuel prices is driving consumers to consider the smart fortwo's EPA estimated 41 miles per gallon on the highway which is the highest for a non-hybrid vehicle.

Source: http://www.prnmedia.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?beat=BEAT_AUTO&view=LATEST&resourceid=4630216  

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Mercedes-Benz Reports Best May Since 2008 With Sales of 20,306
Sales Up 5.9% for the Month and 8.5 % Year-to-Date


MONTVALE, N.J., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported May sales of 20,306 vehicles, a 5.9% improvement over May 2010, and the best May on record since May 2008.  On a year-to-date basis, the 95,458 vehicles sold represent an 8.5% 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 5,751, up 5% over May 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 4,936.  MBUSA's compact SUV, the GLK-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 2,214, up 22.1% over last year.  Additionally, sales of the versatile

R-Class crossover were up 237% over May 2010.

Sales of Mercedes-Benz diesel models were up 108.5% for the month (1,147 versus 550) and up 115.8% for the year (4,722 versus 2,188).

At the high end, the company sold 21 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 330.

Sales of Sprinter Vans also increased by 126.1% for the month, with sales of 1,420 – bringing a year-to-date total of 5,184 (up 102.1 %).  

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,818 vehicles in May 2011, a decrease of 2.1%.  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 33,450 vehicles, a decrease of 4.1% over the comparable period last year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Mitsubishi Sales Surge Continues - Up Nearly 60% in May


CYPRESS, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported May 2011 sales of 7,568 units, an increase of 59.8 percent compared to May 2010.

It was Mitsubishi's highest May sales total in three years (May 2008) and the ninth consecutive month that the company has achieved a year-over-year sales increase.  Year-to date sales are up 60.7 percent.

"Since January, we have dramatically and consistently improved our sales and reached a new base level," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa.  "In fact, each of the past four months has seen higher volume than any month since October 2008."

"It is no accident that our rapid sales rise coincides with the launch of Outlander Sport, with its fuel efficient powertrain which meets today's consumer demand," said Yokozawa.  Outlander Sport sales in May were among the highest since the vehicle was introduced last October.

"We have had an overwhelming response to our new 'World's Most Dangerous Roads' advertising for the Outlander Family and preparations are being made to put our exciting, all-new, all-electric Mitsubishi 'i' on sale later this year,"  Yokozawa added.  "We expect our outstanding sales momentum to increase."

Other May sales highlights include:

   * Lancer sales are up 1.5 percent and Lancer Evolution sales are up 8.6 percent for the year.
   * Galant sales increased 166 percent in May compared to the prior year and are up more than 90 percent year-to-date.
   * Endeavor sales improved more than 43 percent in May and are up 102 percent year-to-date.
   * May sales of vehicles manufactured at the Normal, Illinois, plant were almost three times (up 197 percent) May 2010 sales and have almost doubled (up 97 percent) the first five months of the year.


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.

SOURCE Mitsubishi Motors North America  

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Audi Sets Record for Best May U.S. Sales; Third-Best Month in Brand's History
- May 2011 sales of 10,457 rose 13.6% above May 2010 sales
- Demand for the all-new 2012 Audi A7 was strong for the month
- Sales of Audi TDI clean diesel vehicles continue to far outpace initial predictions

HERNDON, Va., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi today reported its fifth-consecutive record-setting month for 2011 with the best May U.S. sales in company history.  Last month, demand for Audi luxury vehicles increased 13.6% to 10,457 vehicles sold, from 9,205 vehicles sold in May 2010, marking the third-best month in Audi of America history.

The strong May 2011 results were buoyed by a significant buyer response to the all-new 2012 Audi A7, with 812 vehicles sold, as consumers respond to the stylish, technologically advanced vehicle featuring the Audi first-to-market Google Earth navigation system.  The Audi A8 flagship sedan also performed favorably in May 2011, with 495 vehicles sold, a 661.5% increase over the same period in 2010.

In May 2011, Audi recorded year-over-year sales increases with seven of its models: the Audi A3, the Audi A4, the Audi A8, the Audi Q5, the Audi Q7, the Audi R8 and the Audi TT.

Consumers continued to show preferences for the brand's clean diesel technology. Sales of the fuel-efficient A3 models increased 33.9% year-over-year to 664 vehicles sold, with the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel model accounting for 55% of the sales mix in the lineup. Demand for the popular Audi Q7 full-size luxury sport-utility vehicle remained strong with a sales increase of 26.9% year-over-year, with the Audi Q7 TDI clean diesel model accounting for 40% of the sales mix.

The Audi R8 supercar series also enjoyed a significant sales increase of 135.7% year-over-year to 99 vehicles sold in May 2011.  The sporty Audi TT coupe and roadster also performed well, with sales increasing 30.2% over the same period last year to 220 vehicles sold.

"Audi continues to make measurable gains in the high-end sector of the luxury car market in the U.S.  Our current models are the most technologically-advanced vehicles Audi has ever produced and our progressive luxury positioning continues to set Audi apart from its competitors," said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen. "Audi is on track to capture the leadership position in the U.S. luxury market."

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.

Audi sales highlights – May 2011

   * May 2011 ranks as the best-ever May sales in Audi of America history; also represents fifth-consecutive month of record-setting achievements.
   * Seven models within Audi lineup post YOY gains.
   * Audi sales increase 13.6% YOY compared to May 2010, marking the third-best month in Audi of America history.


Audi A8 and A7 May sales and news notes

   * Audi A8 sales sustain momentum with a sales increase of 661.5% YOY to 495 vehicles sold.
   * All-new 2012 Audi A7 continues strong debut sales with 812 vehicles sold.


Audi A3 and Audi Q7 May sales and news notes

   * Audi A3 sales in May up 33.9% and up 15.8% year-to-date, compared to 2010.
   * Audi Q7 sales in May up 26.9% and up 44.4% year-to-date, compared to 2010.
   * TDI clean diesel technology represented 55% of total A3 sales for May and 40% of total Q7 sales for May.


Audi R8 and TT May sales and news notes

   * Audi R8 sales increase by 135.7% in May 2011 and 132.1% year-to-date, from same period in 2010.
   * Audi TT post strong sales with a 30.2% increase YOY to 220 vehicles sold in May 2011.


Audi Certified Pre-Owned sales and news notes

   * Certified Pre-Owned sales of 3,470 vehicles mark the fourth consecutive month of sales records for Audi CPO.
   * May 2011 CPO sales represent 33.7% YOY gain from 2,596 vehicles a year earlier.
   * CPO sales increased 39.3% YTD compared with the same period last year.


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Acura Announces May 2011 Sales Results
MDX Remains Acura's Top Seller

TORRANCE, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a month hit hard by production and parts shortages as a result of the earthquake in Japan, Acura total vehicle sales for May were 9,000— down 17.1 percent based on Daily Selling Rate* (DSR). The MDX luxury SUV once again led Acura sales with 3,824 units sold, up 1.9 percent* compared to May 2010. Year-to-date sales for Acura reached 51,972, up 3.4 percent.

"May sales are on par with what we expected due to the lingering effects of parts and production shortages resulting from the devastating March 11 earthquake in Japan," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda Motor *** Inc.  "We are confident that sales will rebound as our North American plants reach 100 percent production capacity for most models in August."

The RDX crossover SUV was Acura's next best selling light truck with 1,042 units sold, down 25.4 percent. Total light truck sales for Acura tallied 4,994 units, down 8.0 percent compared to May 2010.

The TL performance luxury sedan led Acura car sales with 2,197 units sold, down 18.6 percent. The TSX sports sedan (along with the new TSX Sport Wagon) was Acura's next best selling car with 1,751 units sold, down 32.4 percent. Total car sales for Acura were 4,006, down 26.2 percent.

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Posted: 06/07/11
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American Honda Reports May Sales Results


TORRANCE, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted May sales of 90,773, a decrease of 16.1 percent based on the daily selling rate* compared to May 2010 results the company announced today. American Honda year-to-date sales of 523,550 represent an increase of 7.4 percent compared to last year.

Honda Division May 2011 sales were 81,773, a decrease of 16.0 percent versus May 2010. The all-new, redesigned Odyssey minivan posted sales of 9,428, an increase of 5.5 percent. The Fit posted an increase of 46.3 percent with sales of 5,921. Civic led the division with sales of 18,341. Accord reported sales of 18,185 units for the month. The CR-V posted May sales of 16,307.

"May sales are on par with what we expected due to the lingering effects of parts and production shortages resulting from the devastating March 11 earthquake in Japan," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "We are confident that sales will rebound as our North American plants reach 100-percent production capacity for most models in August."

Acura Division posted May sales of 9,000 units, a decrease of 17.1 percent from the same period last year. The MDX luxury sport utility vehicle led the division with sales of 3,824, an increase of 1.9 percent over May 2010.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 24 days for May 2011 and 26 days for 2010. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 126 days for 2011 and 2010. All percentages reflect DSR.

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American Suzuki May 2011 Sales up 20 Percent
- Suzuki celebrates eighth consecutive year-over-year sales increase
- Kizashi sales up 89 percent calendar year to date

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Hyundai Motor America Reports its Best-Ever May
-- Elantra and Sonata each top 20,000 monthly sales for the second month in a row
-- Hyundai achieves 35.8 MPG average fuel economy


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced all-time record May sales of 59,214 units, up 21 percent compared with the same record-breaking period last year. This marks the fifth consecutive month that Hyundai has set an all-time monthly sales record.  For the year, total sales are up 29 percent, with retail volume rising 40 percent.  Sales to fleet accounts represent 11 percent of the total sales year-to-date and just seven percent for the month of May.  Thirty-four percent of Hyundai vehicles sold in May achieved 40 MPG fuel economy ratings.

"May was another outstanding month for Hyundai," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's executive vice president of national sales. "With high gas prices continuing to alter consumer behavior, car buyers are increasingly looking at Hyundai's fuel-efficient line-up, with the all-new Accent, Elantra sedan, and Sonata Hybrid all delivering 40 miles per gallon, standard."

"The launch this month of the Assurance Trade-In Value Guarantee program, which takes the uncertainty out of future resale value, is another important plank in our comprehensive strategy to improve consideration, increase consumer confidence and continue to elevate the Hyundai brand," Zuchowski added.  

"Consumer response to the Assurance Trade-In Value Guarantee program has been terrific – it's already driving a much higher level of consideration and brand lift than our original Assurance job-loss program, and is a key factor in our on-going retail sales strength," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America's president and CEO.  "While we've still got a lot of work to do, we're getting good response to our consumer-driven Hyundai recipe -- Assurance programs like Trade-In Value Guarantee and America's Best Warranty, industry-leading fuel economy, and the freshest designs in the industry."

Genesis' sustained growth trajectory continued with May representing the 23rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases for Hyundai's first premium products.  Equus continues its strong launch, with sales and market share exceeding targeted levels.

While Hyundai sales were strong in all regions of the country, California was the brightest spot, with sales up 95 percent so far in 2011 vs. last year.

Source: http://www.prnmedia.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?beat=BEAT_AUTO&view=LATEST&resourceid=4630101  

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