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June 2011 Auto Sales Roundup: Truck, SUV, and every thing in between

 
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Posted: 07/01/11
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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.

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09:20 AM

GM June U.S. Sales Improve 11 Percent on Strong Retail Demand for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

DETROIT, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * GM gains market share in first half of 2011, with sales 192,056 units higher
   * June retail sales rise 16 percent year over year, and up 4 percent over May
   * Chevrolet Cruze sales surpass 20,000 third straight month; retail sales up 153 percent
   * June total sales of full-size pickups increased 15 percent compared to May


General Motors dealers in the United States reported 215,358 total sales in June, an 11-percent gain compared to June 2010. The gain was the result of continued solid retail demand for the company's wide selection of fuel-efficient vehicles. Retail sales for GM's brands rose 16 percent for the month, compared to a year ago, and were 4 percent higher than May.

For the month, Chevrolet Cruze had retail sales 153 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced, and total sales above 20,000 for the third straight month. The 32 MPG highway-rated GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox compact crossovers saw a combined retail sales increase of 78 percent during the month. Passenger car and crossover retail sales also rose substantially, up 33 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

Total sales for GM's full-size pickups – Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche, and GMC Sierra, rose 15 percent compared to May, while retail sales increased 20 percent from last month.

"With continued strong consumer demand for GM's fuel-efficient vehicles, June was another solid month for us," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. "The month caps a successful first half of 2011 for us in the U.S. market – our sales are up and we've gained share profitably."

In the first half of 2011, GM dealers in the United States have reported 1,261,633 vehicles sold – a 192,056 unit increase over the first half of 2010 – leading to total and retail market share gains.

Compared to last year, June fleet sales decreased 1 percent due to a planned decline in sales to rental accounts. Sales to commercial accounts rose 31 percent – the 15th consecutive month of commercial sales gains. Fleet deliveries accounted for 27 percent of GM's total sales for the month.

Passenger Cars

Total sales of GM passenger cars increased 28 percent during June, compared to a year ago. Retail sales for cars rose 33 percent for the month on the continuing strength of the Cruze, which was up 153 percent compared to the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced. The Cruze Eco, which delivers an estimated 42 miles-per-gallon highway, accounted for 17 percent of the model's sales during the month.

The all-new Buick Regal continued to appeal to new consumers, recording 3,497 retail sales. For the month, approximately 30 percent of Regal sales were turbo models. Cadillac CTS retail sales rose 16 percent, spurred by continued strong demand for the all-new CTS Coupe.

Year-to-date through June, retail sales for GM's passenger cars rose 43 percent.

Crossovers

Total crossover sales declined 2 percent, due to a planned reduction in sales to fleets, while retail sales were up 24 percent compared to last June. Retail sales of Equinox and Terrain were up 79 percent and 75 percent respectively.

For the first half of 2011, retail sales of GM's crossovers were up 26 percent.

Pickups

Total combined sales of Silverado and Avalanche, and Sierra increased 5 percent, with retail sales down 2 percent versus a year ago. Total sales of Chevrolet Silverado HD rose 23 percent year-over-year, while GMC Sierra HD sales improved 39 percent. Total sales for both the Silverado and Sierra were the best of any month in 2011.

For the year to date, retail sales for GM's full-size pickups are up 12 percent, while total sales of 259,101 units represent a 12-percent increase compared to the first six months of 2010.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 605,000 units, up about 21,000 units compared to May and about 168,000 units higher than June 2010.

Brand Key Facts:

   * Chevrolet: Chevrolet dealers delivered 156,848 total vehicles in June, an 11-percent increase over June 2010. Retail sales for Chevrolet were up 16 percent, for the tenth straight month of retail sales increases for the brand. Cruze retail sales were 153 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt. Equinox retail sales rose 79 percent. For the third straight month, sales of passenger cars were higher than trucks and crossovers for the brand – something that hasn't happened since 1991. Through the first half of 2011, Chevrolet sold 904,548 total vehicles – up 122,105 units, or 16 percent.
   * Buick: Buick reported 14,868 total sales, a 13-percent increase compared to last year. This includes a 19-percent increase in year-over-year retail sales, led by demand for the all-new Regal and Regal Turbo, which accounted for approximately 30 percent of June sales. June was the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales gains for the brand. Year-to-date Buick total sales of 93,599 are 34 percent higher than the first six months of 2010.
   * GMC : GMC reported total sales of 32,782, a 15-percent increase compared to the same month last year. Retail sales rose 18 percent for the brand on strong demand for the Terrain (up 75 percent) and the Acadia (up 23 percent). Sierra retail sales rose 6 percent and marked the best year of 2011 for the pickup truck. June also marked the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales increases for the brand. Through June, GMC total sales are up 23 percent to 187,364 .
   * Cadillac: Cadillac reported total sales of 10,860 for June, an 8-percent decrease versus last June due to planned reductions in sales to rental accounts. For the month, retail sales increased 5 percent. June was the 17th consecutive month of year-over-year retail sales gains. CTS retail sales continued to be brisk – up 16 percent – driven by the popular CTS Coupe. For the year-to-date, Cadillac total sales are up 18 percent to 76,122.
   * Fleet sales for GM's four brands were 58,661 for the month, a 1-percent decline for the month, compared to last year's June – driven by a planned 4 percent decrease in sales to rental accounts. Sales to commercial customers increased 31 percent – the 15th consecutive month of commercial fleet sales gains. Fleet accounted for 27 percent of GM total sales during the month – lower than the 31 percent fleet mix in June 2010.


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Volkswagen of America Increases June Sales 35% Over Prior Year

HERNDON, Va., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * June sales total 28,444 units, a 35.1 percent increase over prior year sales
   * Best June and best first-half year since June 2002
   * Best Jetta month ever with 17,105 units, up 88.3%
   * Strong Golf sales of 1,776 units, up 13.1%
   * Eos up 17.7%, best month since May 2009
   * High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 21.3 percent of sales


Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported  28,444 units sold in June 2011, a 35.1 percent increase over prior year sales  Year-to-date sales are up 22.3 percent.

"We've been able achieve a volume in the first half of this year in what took us effectively seven months last year," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc.  "With Volkswagen's broad range of fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles, we expect the momentum to continue into the second-half of the year."

Volkswagen Jetta sales totaled 17,105 – a 88.3 percent increase over last year.  Sport utility vehicles Touareg and Tiguan experienced 46.9 percent and 47.1 percent sales increases, respectively.  Eos sales increased 17.7 percent over prior year, representing its best month since May 2009.  Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 21.3 percent of all June sales.

"The first-half of the year marked a period of unprecedented growth as more customers discovered the value, fuel economy, design and driving experience of the Volkswagen brand," said Browning. "As we head into the second half of the year, we expect this trend to continue, particularly in the fall when we add the all-new Passat and Beetle to our dealer showrooms."

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Chrysler Group LLC Reports June 2011 U.S. Sales Increased 30 Percent; Best June Sales Since 2007

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * Retail sales surge 46 percent in June compared with same month a year ago; best retail sales month of the year
   * June marks the 15th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
   * Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands all post year-over-year sales gains
   * New 2011 Chrysler 200 sales up 82 percent compared with sales of its predecessor a year ago; retail sales of the Chrysler 200 increase more than five fold
   * All Jeep brand models post at least double-digit sales gains in June led by the new 2011 Jeep Compass, whose sales were up 278 percent versus a year ago
   * All-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee posts 208 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Ram Truck brand posts a 34 percent increase versus a year ago, the brand’s 14th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
   * All-new 2011 Dodge Durango three-row SUV sales increase 34 percent compared with sales in the previous month of May 2011

   * 2012 Fiat 500 named Coolest New Car Under $18,000 by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com
   * Chrysler brand’s 2011 Super Bowl commercial “Born of Fire” takes home five awards at the Cannes Lions 58th International Festival of Creativity
   * 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan and the 2011 Dodge Challenger muscle car rank highest in minivan and mid-size sporty car segments in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study(SM)
   * 2011 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Durango make AAA’s Top Vehicle Picks for Road Trips


Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 120,394, a 30 percent increase compared with sales in June 2010 (92,482 units), and the best June sales since 2007.

All Jeep® and Ram Truck brand models contributed to the 30 percent June sales increase, including the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which posted a 208 percent sales increase, and the 2011 Ram pickup truck with a 35 percent sales gain.

Chrysler Group’s new fuel-efficient models also played a significant role in the June sales increase, including the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, the new 2011 Jeep Compass compact SUV, and the new 2012 Fiat 500 city car.

“Thanks to our alliance with Fiat, we now have 12 models that have EPA-rated highway fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon or higher, and four of those models get 30 mpg or more,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. “This business is all about product and consumers are rapidly discovering everything we now have. Each Chrysler Group brand is contributing to our success and driving our 46 percent retail sales growth.”

Eight of the 12 models are equipped with Chrysler Group’s newest engine, the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, recognized by the editors of Ward’s AutoWorld magazine as one of the “Ten Best” for 2011. With its exceptional fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced power, the new Pentastar V-6 is expected to account for more than one-third of the engines in the Chrysler Group product line-up by 2014 and will substantially contribute to achieving an overall corporate fuel efficiency improvement of 25 percent.

The Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in June. The Jeep brand’s 74 percent increase was the largest of the Chrysler Group brands. Both Chrysler Group’s car and truck sales posted sales gains in June compared with the same month a year ago.

First half 2011 Chrysler Group sales increased 21 percent versus the first half of 2010.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 68-day supply of inventory (314,065) units. U.S. industry sales figures for June are projected at an estimated 11.8 SAAR.

June 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Jeep® Brand

The Jeep brand continues to roll, posting a 74 percent sales increase in June, the brand’s best sales volume month since March 2008 and its 14th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. All five Jeep brand models posted a sales increase compared with the same month a year ago. The iconic Jeep Wrangler was the best-selling Jeep model in June with sales of 11,290 units, a 27 percent increase. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee posted a 208 percent sales increase in June versus the same month in 2010. The new Jeep Compass compact SUV, with a 278 percent sales increase, posted the largest year-over-year percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group model.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand posted a 34 percent sales increase in June, the brand’s 14th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Ram pickup truck sales were up 35 percent, compared with the same month in 2010. Both the Light Duty and Heavy Duty pickup trucks, along with the Chassis Cab, saw year-over-year sales gains.

In last month’s J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study(SM) (IQS), five Chrysler Group vehicles ranked third or better in their segments for initial quality, including the Dakota pickup truck in the mid-size pickup segment.

The Ram Truck brand launched its new national advertising campaign in June with the tagline – “Guts. Glory. Ram.” – focusing on the proven capability and superiority of the entire product line. The new advertising campaign encompasses broadcast, print, digital and customer relationship initiatives. The new tagline pays homage to the history of the Ram Truck brand and represents the hard work and dedication placed in the design, engineering and production of each and every Ram truck.

Dodge Brand

The Dodge brand, which offers six vehicles that deliver 25 mpg on the highway while retaining Dodge innovation and style, posted a 17 percent sales increase in June, compared with the same month in 2010. The all-new Dodge Durango three-row SUV had its best sales month since appearing in dealership showrooms in late 2010. Durango sales (5,827 units) increased 34 percent versus the previous month of May 2011. The Dodge Grand Caravan, the brand’s volume leader in June with 10,822 units sold, posted a 25 percent sales increase, while sales of the Dodge Challenger muscle car were up 10 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Dodge Journey crossover were up 17 percent in June.

In June, the Challenger ranked highest in the midsize sporty car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study(SM). Two other Dodge brand vehicles were highlighted by J.D. Power and Associates for ranking among the top three vehicles of their competitive class: Durango in the mid-size crossover/SUV category (tie) and Grand Caravan in the minivan category.

Chrysler Brand

Sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, star of the Chrysler brand’s 2011 Super Bowl commercial “Born of Fire,” increased 82 percent in June compared with sales a year ago by the model’s previous generation. The Chrysler brand’s Super Bowl commercial was honored in June with five awards at the Cannes Lions 58th International Festival of Creativity held in Cannes, France. Cannes Lions is the world’s leading celebration of creativity in communications where over 24,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged.

In June, the Chrysler Town & Country ranked highest in initial quality in the minivan segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study(SM). IQS measures new vehicle quality at 90 days of ownership. Sales of the Town & Country were up 3 percent compared with the previous month of May 2011. For 2011, every Chrysler brand vehicle is new or significantly refreshed.

June 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights

   * Jeep brand sales (36,114 units) increased 74 percent compared with the same month last year (20,731 units)
   * Sales of the new 2011 Jeep Compass (4,763 units) were up 278 percent versus June 2010 (1,259 units)
   * Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (8,969 units) improved 208 percent compared with June last year (2,912 units)
   * Jeep Wrangler sales (11,290 units) increased 27 percent versus June 2010 (8,923 units)
   * Jeep Liberty sales (5,252 units) increased 36 percent compared with June last year (3,865 units)
   * Jeep Patriot (5,840 units) posted an 77 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Ram Truck brand sales (22,547 units) increased 34 percent compared with the same month last year (16,862 units)
   * Ram pickup truck sales (21,362 units) improved 35 percent versus June 2010 (15,864 units)
   * Dodge brand sales (43,401 units) were up 17 percent in June compared with June a year ago (36,996 units)
   * Dodge Durango sales (5,827 units) increased 34 percent versus the previous month of May 2011
   * Dodge Challenger sales (3,384 units) were up 10 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago (3,086 units)
   * Dodge Grand Caravan sales (10,822 units) increased 25 percent versus June 2010 (8,658 units)
   * Dodge Nitro sales (1,994 units) increased 25 percent compared with June 2010 (1,591 units)
   * Sales of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 (7,219 units) were up 82 percent versus sales of the model’s previous generation (3,978 units) in June a year ago
   * Fiat 500 sales (1,803 units) were up 3 percent compared with sales during the previous month of May 2011
   * Chrysler Group truck sales (88,735 units) improved 42 percent versus June 2010 (62,417 units)
   * Chrysler Group car sales (31,659 units) improved 5 percent versus June 2010 (30,065 units)

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Ford June Sales Up 14 Percent; Cars, Utilities Lead the Way; Fuel-Efficient New Trucks Also Regain Momentum

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

   * Ford’s June sales totaled 194,114, up 14 percent versus a year ago
   * Cars up 17 percent, utilities up 15 percent, trucks up 9 percent
   * Ford’s new Fiesta and Focus combined for 26,920 sales, up 66 percent
   * Explorer total sales up 56 percent, retail sales up 259 percent
   * F-Series June sales total 49,618, up 7 percent; F-150 V6s outsell V8s two months in a row
   * Ford brand sales up 20 percent; Lincoln sales up 17 percent


Ford’s June sales totaled 194,114, up 14 percent versus a year ago. Cars and utilities posted the largest gains, while trucks also posted increases, rebounding from May.

“Strong demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient cars and crossovers continues, and we now are seeing truck buyers return to the market with significant appetite for our fuel-efficient V6 engines,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.

Cars

Ford’s two all-new small cars combined for 26,920 sales in June, up 66 percent versus a year ago. Fiesta sales were 5,535, and Focus sales were 21,385, up 41 percent versus a year ago. The Fiesta and Focus are the fastest-turning models in Ford dealer showrooms.

“The Fiesta and Focus are driving Ford’s retail share gains in markets beyond our traditional geographic areas of strength,” said Czubay. “In California, Ford’s retail share is the highest since 2006. We also have seen gains in the East and Southeast.”

In June, Ford brand retail sales were up 36 percent in California.

The Fiesta and Focus recently were named to Kelley Blue Book’s 2011 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.

The Ford Fusion midsize car now has posted six straight monthly sales records. In June, Fusion sales totaled 20,808, up 13 percent versus a year ago. In the first six months of 2011, Fusion sales were 131,686, up 18 percent from the first-half record set last year.

Lincoln sales were up 17 percent compared with a year ago, paced by higher sales for the Lincoln MKZ (up 31 percent) and Lincoln MKS (up 18 percent) sedans, as well as the Lincoln MKX crossover (up 36 percent).

Utilities

Explorer sales totaled 10,422, up 56 percent versus a year ago. Retail sales for the new Explorer were up 259 percent. In the first six months of 2011, Explorer sales totaled 65,823, surpassing last year’s full-year sales total of 60,687. Explorer has class-leading highway fuel economy of 25 mpg.

Escape sales totaled 22,274, up 43 percent. Year-to-date, Escape sales totaled 122,607, up 24 percent from the first-half record set last year. Edge sales totaled 9,663, up 18 percent. Ford is the top-selling brand of utilities in the U.S., with first-half sales totaling 280,875, up 25 percent versus a year ago.

Trucks

Ford truck sales increased across the lineup in June, with F-Series (up 7 percent), Ranger (up 18 percent), Transit Connect (up 40 percent) and Econoline (up 4 percent). Transit Connect sales were 2,992 – the second highest sales month ever.

Ford’s F-Series truck remained the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. with June sales of 49,618. In the first six months of 2011, F-Series sales totaled 264,079 (up 10 percent). Sales of the F-150 with new V6 engines continued to outsell V8s in June – and V6 engines accounted for 56 percent of F-150 retail sales. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine accounted for 41 percent of F-150 sales, and the 3.7-liter V6 accounted for 15 percent.

Sales Summary

In June, total sales were 194,114, up 14 percent versus a year ago. Retail sales were up 13 percent and fleet sales were up 14 percent.

Year-to-date, total sales are 1.07 million, up 12 percent. Retail sales were up 14 percent and fleet sales were up 9 percent.

“From Fiesta to F-Series, our new vehicles are resonating with customers.  All of us at Ford remain absolutely committed to a full lineup of cars, utilities and trucks with the highest quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value,” said Czubay.


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Subaru of America Sales up 5% Y-T-D, June 2011
- Best June ever for Legacy and Outback. -

CHERRY HiLL, N.J., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced June 2011 sales of 19,794.  The company registered its best June sales for Legacy and Outback as both models continued their 3-year growth in sales. Overall year-to-date sales were up 4.83% continuing positive Subaru sales results in recent times.


"We still have record demand for our products in dealerships; however, we are working through a low inventory period after the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc.  "Our dealers managed to be incredibly efficient with the inventory available and the situation is improving all the time.  We expect 2011 will still be the second best year ever for Subaru in the U.S."

"Customer demand hasn't let up and our dealers did a terrific job selling cars as soon as they arrived at their stores," said Bill Cyphers, senior vice president, sales, Subaru of America, Inc.  "We continue to outperform our initial expectations for this period thanks to more production arriving than we first anticipated and better efficiency in getting our cars to dealers and out to customers."  

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Nissan North America Reports Sales Up 11.4% in June


FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported June U.S. sales of 71,941 units versus 64,570 units a year earlier, an increase of 11.4 percent.  Nissan Division sales increased 16.7 percent for the month at 65,659 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 24.3 percent from the prior year, to 6,282 units.

For 2011, NNA sales have increased 14.7 percent to 504,973 units.  Nissan Division deliveries are up 16.5 percent, while Infiniti sales are flat in the first half of the calendar year, against the same period in 2010.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan vehicles posted June sales of 65,659 units, an increase of 16.7 percent over the 56,266 units sold in June 2010.
   * Sales of the Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle reached a new high, with 1,708 units delivered in June, for a total of 3,875 deliveries in 2011.
   * Nissan Rogue set a new June record, at 7,493 units.
   * Nissan Sentra sales increased 30.5 percent over a year ago, with 8,077 deliveries.
   * Deliveries of the Nissan Frontier increased 51.7 percent over June 2010.


"Nissan saw substantial growth for both our car and truck lineups over a year ago," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.  "Deliveries of the Nissan LEAF topped 1,700 units, our best ever month, as we focus on fulfilling the demand of an enthusiastic and growing group of consumers eager to make the switch to a 100-percent electric car."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti today reported sales of 6,282 units in June, down 24.3 percent versus 8,304 units a year earlier, due to limited supply. Full production has resumed in Japan and more than 10,000 new Infiniti units are expected to arrive at Infiniti retailers in July.
   * Sales of the new Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV increased 27.5 percent in June to 839 units, while its year-to-date sales of 5,633 are up 27.0 percent
   * Infiniti G Sedan sales of 2,641 for the month supported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase for that model.



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Kia Motors America Announces Record June Sales and Best-Ever Quarter in Company History
Soul Posts Second-Consecutive Record Month; Annual Sales up 44.1 Percent


IRVINE, Calif., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America's (KMA) unprecedented sales growth continues as the brand reports the best quarterly sales performance in company history – 140,330 units – on the strength of all-time record June sales.  The June total of 45,044 vehicles represents a 41.2-percent increase from the same period a year earlier.  KMA's year-to-date sales are up 44.1 percent over 2010 thanks to solid sales performances by the U.S.-built(1) Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle and the Optima midsize sedan.  The results mark the sixth-consecutive quarterly sales record for Kia in the U.S. Kia's funky Soul remains tremendously popular and posted its best-ever sales of 11,314 units in June.

"Kia has experienced extraordinary momentum and by achieving our sixth straight quarterly sales record it is clear that our fresh lineup continues to attract new consumers to our showrooms as a result of Kia's aggressive product-led transformation," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).  "Soul's best-ever monthly sales result and the launch of Kia's first hybrid in June further validates Kia's strategy of bringing the most innovative, functional, and fuel-efficient products to market.  These products are designed to meet and exceed the expectations of today's consumers at a tremendous value, and with exciting new products like the significantly enhanced 2012 Soul coming this summer and two all-new Rios this fall, we are well positioned to continue our growth into the future."

2011 Kia Motors America Product Line

Kia's model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, 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.

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Porsche Reports Sales Increase
Sales up 42 percent year to date

ATLANTA, July 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 June sales of 2,546 units compared to the same period last year when it sold 2,141, an increase of 19 percent.

So far in 2011, the company's sales are 15,542 units. In the same six-month period last year, Porsche sales were 10,983, which represents a 42 percent increase.

For the month, Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 796, compared to 573 last year. The year-to-date total was 4,358, compared to 3,754 last year.

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Toyota Reports June and First-Half Sales

TORRANCE, Calif., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported June 2011 sales results of 110,937 units, a decrease of 24.1 percent compared to the same period last year, on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in June 2011 compared to 25 selling days in June 2010, TMS sales were down 21.1 percent from the year-ago month.

The Toyota Division posted June total sales of 100,164 units, a decrease of 21.9 percent on a DSR basis from June 2010.  On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were down 18.7 percent from the year-ago month.  The Lexus Division reported total sales of 10,773 units, down 40.2 percent from June 2010 on a DSR basis.  Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were down 37.8 percent compared to the same period last year.

For the first half of the year, TMS reported sales of 812,788 units. With 152 selling days in the first half of 2011, compared to 151 selling days during the first half of 2010, sales were down 4.6 percent on a DSR basis from the same period last year. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for one extra selling day in 2011, sales were down 3.9 percent during the first half of the year.

“We can't say enough about the remarkable efforts our team members and suppliers have made here in the U.S. and in Japan to restore production," said Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "June marked a significant turning point for Toyota as sales moved up over last month.  Toyota dealers now have a good supply of cars and trucks, and that selection is growing everyday.  Returning production and new marketing programs will put us in a great position to take advantage of the summer selling season and with an influx of new products slated this year, we're extremely optimistic about the second half of 2011."

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined sales of 51,616 units, down 29.4 percent from June 2010.  Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 21,375 units, and Corolla reported combined June sales of 18,872 units.  The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted June sales of 4,340 units.

Toyota Division light trucks recorded June sales of 48,548 units, a decrease of 11.9 percent compared to last year.  Light truck sales were led by the Sienna minivan and RAV4 compact SUV, with monthly sales of 9,267 and 9,105, respectively.  Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 7,332 units, the Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 8,131 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 6,615 units.

Scion posted June sales of 3,456 units, a decrease of 14.8 percent over June 2010. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,053 units, an increase of 73.6 percent year-over-year.  The xD reported sales of 575 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle posted June sales of 828 units.

Lexus Division

Lexus reported passenger car sales of 4,942 units, down 41.7 percent from June 2010.  The ES 350 entry luxury sedan led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 2,158 units, while the IS lineup reported combined sales of 1,631 units.  The all-new CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted 240 units in its fourth month of sales.

Lexus light trucks recorded sales of 5,831 units, down 38.9 percent over June 2010.  Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined June sales of 5,141 units.  The GX 460 mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 558 units.

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted June sales of 5,703 hybrid vehicles, a decrease of 62.5 percent compared to the same period last year.  Toyota Division posted June sales of 4,863 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 840 hybrids for the month.

Source: Toyota  

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Mazda Reports June Sales
- Best-Ever June for Mazda CX-9 Crossover SUV -


IRVINE, Calif., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported June sales of 19,307 vehicles, up 5.9 percent versus June of 2010.  Sales through the first half of the year are up 5.8 percent versus last year with 122,379 vehicles sold.

Key June sales notes:

   * Mazda CX-9 recorded its best-ever June with sales of 2,429 vehicles, up 14.8 percent versus last year.  Year-to-date sales for the CX-9 are up 16.4 percent.
   * The Mazda CX-7 celebrated its best June since 2007 with 2,631 sales, up 24.9 percent versus last year.  Year-to-date sales for the CX-7 are up 21.0 percent.  
   * The Mazda5 multi-activity vehicle reported its best June since 2006 with 1,659 vehicles sold, up 56.7 percent versus last June.  Mazda5's year-to-date sales are up 26.7 percent.


Rounding out the North American market, Mazda Canada, Inc. (MCI) sold 7,010 vehicles, down 2.9 percent versus last June.  MCI's year-to-date sales of 34,816 vehicles are down 14.8 percent versus last year.  Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported its best-ever June with sales of 2,197 vehicles, accounting for an 18.2 percent increase versus last June.  MMdM's year-to-date sales are up 18.6 percent with 13,099 vehicles sold.  

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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Mitsubishi Sales Keep Growing - Up More Than 97% in June

CYPRESS, Calif., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported June 2011 sales of 8,299 units, nearly doubling June 2010 sales with an increase of 97.7 percent.  

The increase continues a sales surge that, for the first six months of 2011, makes Mitsubishi the fastest growing automaker in the United States.

"We are pleased that Mitsubishi's message of styling, fuel efficiency and value are resonating with customers," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa.  "We feel that we are just at the beginning of an extended period of growth in the U.S. market."

This marks the first month of more than 8,000 Mitsubishi sales in nearly three years (since August 2008).  It was the highest June sales total since 2007 and the tenth consecutive month that the company has achieved a year-over-year sales increase.  Year-to date sales are up 66.5 percent.

Sales in 2011 have been sparked by the introduction of the Outlander Sport small CUV, with its fuel-efficient powertrain.  Outlander Sport and its larger "sibling", the Outlander, were recently featured in the acclaimed "World's Most Dangerous Road" advertising campaign, highlighting the world's most advanced All Wheel Control system.  In July, Mitsubishi's "Own Every Road" summer sales event will expand on that theme.

"Adding to the excitement for our company and our dealers is the fact that we're also only a few months away from the American sales launch of our all-new, all-electric Mitsubishi 'i',"  Yokozawa added.  "We'll begin digital advertising for the 'i' this month."

Other sales highlights include:

   * Sales of Mitsubishi cars were up 41 percent in June and are up 43 percent year-to-date.
   * Sales of Mitsubishi SUVs and CUVs were up 260 percent in June and are up 119 percent year-to-date.
   * Sales of products assembled at MMNA's U.S. facility in Normal, Illinois, were up 243 percent in June and are up 116 percent year to date.


Source: Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc.  

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Mercedes-Benz Reports Best June on Record With Sales of 22,563
Sales Up 18.8% for the Month and 10.4% for the First Half of the Year

MONTVALE, N.J., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported June sales of 22,563 vehicles, an 18.8% improvement over June 2010, and the company's highest June volume and first half of the year on record.  On a year-to-date basis, the 118,021 vehicles sold represent a 10.4% 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 5,798, up 19.1% over June 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 4,620.  MBUSA's stylish SUV, the M-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 3,071, up 44.6% over last June.  Additionally, sales of the all-new 2012 CLS-Class four-dour coupe were up 645.5% and the full-sized GL-Class SUV posted a 75.9% increase over June 2010.

Sales of Mercedes-Benz diesel models were up 128.4% for the month (1,231 versus 539) and up 188.3 % for the year (5,953 versus 2,727).

At the high end, sales of the commanding G-Class were up 89.1% for the month and the company sold 18 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 348.

Sales of Sprinter Vans also increased by 162.5% for the month, with sales of 1,911 – bringing a year-to-date total of 7,095 (up 102.1 %).      

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,413 vehicles in June 2011, a decrease of 0.2%.  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 39,863 vehicles, a decrease of 3.6 % over the comparable period last year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Acura Announces June 2011 Sales Results

TORRANCE, Calif., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Acura posted June sales of 8,708, a decrease of 22.8 percent compared to June 2010, based on the daily selling rate*. Year-to-date sales totaled 60,680 units, down 1.4 percent. Although production limitations caused by the March 11 earthquake in Japan continued to improve, reduced vehicle supplies adversely affected June sales results.

The MDX continued as Acura's sales leader with 3,374 units sold. Light truck sales tallied 4,545 units and car sales posted 4,163 units for June, down 20 and 25.5 percent respectively. TL reported 2,296 sales for the month and TSX 1,808 units.

Source: Acura  

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American Honda Reports June Sales

TORRANCE, Calif., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted June sales of 83,892 vehicles, a decrease of 24.3 percent, based on the daily selling rate*, the company announced today. American Honda year-to-date sales reached 607,442, an increase of 1.6 percent versus last year, based on the daily selling rate*. Although production limitations caused by the March 11 earthquake in Japan continued to improve, reduced vehicle supplies adversely affected June sales results.

Honda Division posted June sales of 75,184, a decrease of 24.5 percent versus June 2010. The Civic was the top-selling Honda model for June with sales of 17,485, a decrease of 36.5 percent compared to last year. The Accord posted sales of 17,107, a decrease of 38.6 percent. Sales of the sub-compact Fit increased 20.0 percent to 4,912, demonstrating continued strong demand for versatile, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Acura Division recorded June sales of 8,708, a decrease of 22.8 percent versus June 2010, and year-to-date sales of 60,680, a decrease of 1.4 percent. The MDX was the top-selling Acura model for the month with sales of 3,374, down 15.7 percent.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days for June 2011 and 25 days for June 2010. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 152 days for 2011, versus 151 days for 2010. All percentages reflect DSR.

Source: Honda  

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