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SEPTEMBER 2011 Auto Sales Roundup: Truck/SUV numbers are up!

 
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Get all the numbers from all the manufacturers here!

August'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

MAY 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers

June 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers

July 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers

August 2011 - Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers


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GM’s U.S. Sales Up 20 Percent in September
Higher sales at all four brands deliver eighth monthly share increase of 2011

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today reported total sales of 207,145 vehicles in September, a 20-percent increase compared with September 2010.

Retail deliveries were up 19 percent compared with the same month a year ago and accounted for 74 percent of GM sales. Deliveries to fleet customers increased 22 percent.

“For GM, all of the factors that say this is a good time to buy a new vehicle outweigh the bad news that appears to be slowing down the broader economic recovery,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “We’re well positioned going forward because we have momentum and another wave of fuel-efficient passenger cars launching over the next several months at Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac.”

In September, year-over-year passenger car sales increased 12 percent, crossover sales increased 7 percent and truck sales, which include full-size pickups and SUVs, increased 34 percent.

   * Chevrolet : In September, its 12 th month since going on sale, Cruze deliveries were 18,097 units, bringing its first full year of sales to 212,019 vehicles. Silverado sales increased 36 percent, Tahoe was up 63 percent and Equinox was up 33 percent.
   * GMC : Sales have now increased for 24 consecutive months, year over year. Sierra sales were up 26 percent, Terrain sales were up 45 percent and Yukon was up 45 percent.
   * Cadillac : Combined sales of the Cadillac CTS sedan, coupe and wagon increased 24 percent compared with September 2010. In addition, the Cadillac SRX was up 22 percent. Cadillac reduced its fleet sales by 54 percent.
   * Buick : September was the brand’s 24th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, with the Regal continuing to build momentum with sales up 87 percent. Enclave, which began the transformation of Buick, increased its sales by 10 percent.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States was 558,157 units. GM’s full-size truck inventory was 208,650 full-size pickup trucks, which equates to an 88-days supply. GM is on track to meet its target of ending 2011 with a full-size pickup inventory of about 200,000 units.

GM continues to expect that the full-year U.S. vehicle sales will be in the low end of our 13.0 million – 13.5 million unit range, given seasonally strong sales and the fact that some of the company’s domestic and Japanese competitors have largely resolved their production issues.

Source: GM  

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Chrysler Group U.S. Retail Sales Soar 50 Percent in September

   * Chrysler Group total sales (retail and fleet) increase 27 percent in September; best September total sales since 2007
   * September marks the 18th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
   * Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram Truck brands each post sales increases in September versus same month a year ago
   * Best September for Jeep brand sales since 2007
   * Jeep brand posts 17th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains in September
   * New Jeep Compass posts 306 percent year-over-year sales gain; sets sixth-consecutive monthly sales record this year
   * Jeep Wrangler sets new sales record for month of September
   * Chrysler brand posts best sales month this year and best September sales since 2007
   * New Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan sales up 87 percent in September compared with sales of its predecessor a year ago
   * New Chrysler 300 full-size sedan sales improve 50 percent in September versus same month a year ago
   * Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan each post double-digit percentage sales increases
   * Ram pickup sales up 45 percent; best sales month of the year and best September sales since 2007
   * 2011 Ram Heavy Duty earns Motorist Choice Award from IntelliChoice and AutoPacific
   * Ram 1500 named Best $30,000 Pickup in PickupTruck.com’s Truck Shootout
   * FIAT brand teams up with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to produce 250 “Pink Ribbon” limited-edition Fiat 500 models

     

October 3, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 127,334, a 27 percent increase compared with sales in September 2010 (100,077 units), and the best September sales since 2007.

Chrysler Group’s 27 percent sales increase was driven by retail sales that were up 50 percent. Chrysler Group has beaten the average industry sales increase in eight of nine months this year.

Models that significantly contributed to the group’s 27 percent increase included the Chrysler 200 mid-size and Chrysler 300 full-size sedans, Jeep® Wrangler, Jeep Compass, Dodge Journey crossover, Ram pickup truck, and the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans.

“Irrespective of the economy, strong products equal strong sales and with our retail sales up a whopping 50 percent that is exactly what we have,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. “September was also our 18th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and we have now gained more retail market share than anyone else in the country. There is no double dip downturn going on around here.”

The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Truck brands all posted sales increases in September. The Ram Truck brand’s 42 percent sales increase led the way with the largest percentage gain of all the brands. The Chrysler brand logged its best sales month since August 2008 and best September sales since 2007.

The Ram Truck brand had its best September since 2007. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 45 percent, its best sales month of the year and best September since 2007.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 54-day supply of inventory (277,278 units). U.S. industry sales figures for September are projected at an estimated 13.2 million SAAR.

September 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Chrysler Brand

In September, the Chrysler brand posted its best sales month since August 2008 and its best September sales since 2007. The brand’s 36 percent increase was driven by Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, and Chrysler Town & Country sales gains.

Sales of the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan were up 87 percent compared with sales of its predecessor the same month a year ago. Chrysler 300 full-size sedan sales increased 50 percent versus the same month in 2010, and sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 16 percent in September.

The Chrysler brand introduced in September the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestic luxury sedan. With the available state-of-the-art ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the new rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive 2012 Chrysler 300 models deliver added refinement and improved fuel economy (EPA estimated 19 City/ 31 Highway RWD; 18 City/27 Highway AWD) with the award-winning 292 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

Ram Truck Brand

Ram Truck brand sales increased 42 percent in September, the largest percentage increase of any Chrysler Group brand. Ram pickup truck sales were up 45 percent, the best sales month of this year and the best September sales since 2007. Both the Light Duty and Heavy Duty pickup trucks, along with the Chassis Cab, logged double-digit percentage sales gains in September.

IntelliChoice and AutoPacific in September announced their 6th annual Motorist Choice Awards, naming the 2011 Ram Heavy Duty in the Popular Active Lifestyle Category. The Motorist Choice Awards are an industry benchmark for measuring the combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time. Ram Heavy Duty has earned the Motorist Choice Award two years in a row.

Editors of PickupTrucks.com in September named the Ram 1500 Best $30,000 Pickup in their first ever value shootout. The Best $30,000 Pickup Truck Shootout pitted a Ram 1500 Quad Cab HEMI® against similarly-priced entries from Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota. Entries were judged on towing capacity, performance, handling, styling and fuel economy.

Jeep® Brand

The Jeep brand’s 24 percent increase in September was driven in part by the new Jeep Compass. Sales of the Compass, now offering Trail Rated® 4x4 capability, were up 306 percent, the largest year-over-year percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group model in September. September marked the Jeep brand’s 17th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and best September since 2007.

The Jeep Wrangler, the benchmark off-road vehicle, and the Jeep Liberty mid-size SUV each posted double-digit percentage sales increases. The Wrangler was the top-selling Jeep model in September, and was second only to the Ram pickup truck as the top-selling Chrysler Group model during the month. The Wrangler set a new sales record for the month of September.

Jeep Grand Cherokee sales are up 78 percent through September this year compared with the same nine-month period last year. The 2012 Grand Cherokee delivers with even more refinement and features that can be appreciated on the road and off. Since its introduction, the 2012 Grand Cherokee has captured more than 30 awards from an array of opinion-leading organizations making it the most awarded SUV ever.

Dodge Brand

The Dodge brand posted a 10 percent sales increase in September compared with the same month in 2010. The Dodge Grand Caravan, America’s best-selling minivan, and the Dodge Journey, America’s most versatile crossover, each posted double-digit percentage sales increases in September. Sales of the Dodge Challenger, the iconic Dodge muscle car, and the sporty five-seat Dodge Nitro SUV, also contributed with sales gains in September. It was the Dodge brand’s best September sales since 2008.

The Dodge brand introduced in September its new American Value Package (AVP) for the 2012 Grand Caravan and Journey. The Grand Caravan AVP starts at only $20,995 MSRP (excluding destination), making it the most affordable minivan in America. The Journey AVP starts at $18,995 MSRP, making it the most affordable mid-size crossover in America.

Also in September, the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit set new performance benchmarks in the police vehicle segment. The new Charger V-6 and V-8 models set new levels of performance – including the fastest lap time ever recorded (1:33.70) – at the Michigan State Police’s annual Police Vehicle Evaluation tests in September at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich. The fastest-ever lap time at Grattan Raceway highlights Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 as the police sedan with the best combination of acceleration, braking, handling and dynamics.

September 2011 U.S. Sales Highlights

   * Chrysler brand sales (23,559 units) increased 36 percent in September versus the same month a year ago (17,348 units)
   * Sales of the Chrysler 200 (8,709 units) were up 87 percent compared with sales of the model’s previous generation (4,651 units) in September a year ago
   * Chrysler 300 sales (4,445 units) increased 50 percent in September versus the same month in 2010 (2,961 units)
   * Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country were up 16 percent compared with September last year (9,001 units)
   * Jeep brand sales (35,565 units) increased 24 percent versus the same month last year (28,603 units)
   * Jeep Wrangler sales (11,388 units) were up 47 percent compared with September 2010 (7,765 units)
   * Jeep Liberty sales (5,363 units) increased 10 percent versus September last year (4,865 units)
   * Sales of the Jeep Compass (4,422 units) were up 306 percent compared with the same month a year ago (1,090 units)
   * Jeep Patriot (3,812 units) posted a 5 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Dodge brand sales (40,073 units) were up 10 percent in September versus the same month a year ago (36,272 units)
   * Dodge Challenger sales (3,328 units) increased 6 percent compared with the same month a year ago (3,138 units)
   * Dodge Journey sales (5,402 units) were up 29 percent versus September 2010 (4,198 units)
   * Dodge Grand Caravan sales (10,203 units) increased 27 percent compared with September 2010 (8,057 units)
   * Dodge Nitro sales (2,255 units) were up 11 percent versus September 2010 (2,032 units)
   * Ram Truck brand sales (25,364 units) increased 42 percent compared with the same month a year ago (17,854 units)
   * Ram pickup truck sales were up 45 percent in September versus the same month last year (16,887 units)
   * Chrysler Group truck sales (94,117 units) improved 33 percent compared with September 2010 (70,527 units)
   * Chrysler Group car sales (33,217 units) were up 12 percent versus September 2010 (29,550 units)


Source: http://www.media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=11581&mid=2  

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Record September Sales Help Kia Motors America Surpass All-Time Best U.S. Annual Sales Total in Less Than Nine Months
Year-to-Date Sales up 37.1 Percent for One of the Fastest Growing Car Brands in the U.S.

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced best-ever September sales of 35,609 units, a 18.4-percent increase over the same period last year and the company's 13th straight monthly sales record.  Kia's design-led transformation has delivered unprecedented growth and market share gains, and with year-to-date sales up 37.1 percent, KMA bested its previous record annual sales total in less than nine months.

September sales were once again led by the U.S.-built(1) Sorento CUV, and with production of the critically acclaimed 2012 Optima now underway at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) the popular midsize sedan also was a strong performer with 6,191 units sold.

"Kia has become one of the fastest growing car companies in the U.S., and surpassing our previous annual sales record in less than nine months is the result of our dramatic brand transformation and our diverse lineup of stylish, well-appointed vehicles that offer modern technologies and outstanding fuel economy," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG.  "Our growth and momentum will continue with the arrival of the all-new 2012 Rio 5-door in the next few weeks, which will join the Optima Hybrid as Kia's second vehicle to deliver up to 40 miles per gallon while also offering consumers class-leading(2) horsepower and world-class design."

Design-Led Transformation and Product Line

Kia Motors has undergone a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments at exactly the right time, contributing to the brand's continued gains in U.S. market share.  Kia is poised to continue its momentum and brand growth through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technology.  Kia's commitment to the U.S. market is represented by its U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – which is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and recently added the critically acclaimed Optima midsize sedan to its production line.  Kia's model year 2012 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid(3), Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

Source: Kia Motors America  

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Porsche Reports September Sales Increase Year-to-date sales up 28 percent


ATLANTA, Oct. 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 September 2011 sales of 2,170 vehicles, an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, when it sold 1,971 vehicles.

To date in 2011, the company has sold 22,664 cars. In the same nine-month period last year, Porsche sales were 17,690; thus, with September results Porsche U.S. sales increased 28 percent year-to-date.

For the month of September 2011, Porsche's Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 714, compared to 619 last year. The year-to-date total is 6,597, compared to 5,645 in the previous year -- a 15 percent increase.

Source: Porsche Cars North America  

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Ford Motor Company's September Sales Post 9 Percent Increase, Paced by Strong Utility and Truck Sales

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


   * Ford’s September sales totaled 175,199, up 9 percent versus last year. Ford brand sales increased 14 percent, paced by Ford brand utilities (up 35 percent) – including Escape (up 41 percent) and Explorer (up 204 percent)
   * Ford truck sales register 15 percent increase; F-Series exceeded the 50,000 vehicle mark, posting its best sales month of the year with 54,410 pickups sold. Ford sold a record 15,505 EcoBoost engines in September; EcoBoost-equipped F-150 established a new monthly record


Driven by a 35 percent increase in Ford brand utilities and a 15 percent gain in Ford truck sales, Ford Motor Company's September sales totaled 175,199, up 9 percent versus last year.

"Ford continues to deliver strong sales results in a dynamic marketplace with a broad portfolio of fuel-efficient, high-quality products," said Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. Marketing Sales and Service. "This is further proof that Ford is offering the vehicles – with the fuel economy and technologies – that people truly want and value."  

Ford Brand Utilities: Up 35 Percent

Ford brand utilities had their best September sales month since 2004. Sales totaled 48,798 for the month, delivering year-to-date sales of 425,910 utilities. As the best-selling utility brand in America, Ford utility sales are up 30 percent through September.

Ford Escape, America's best-selling utility, set a September sales record with 20,225 vehicles sold, up 41 percent versus a year ago. Escape has set monthly sales records seven out of nine months this year. Year to date, Escape sales totaled 187,850, up 32 percent.

Explorer sales in September totaled 11,336, up 204 percent versus a year ago. Through September, Explorer sales totaled 96,957, representing a 126 percent increase versus 2010.

The 2012 Explorer has an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 28 mpg when equipped with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Explorer on the highway now beats Honda Pilot and Jeep Grand Cherokee by 5 mpg, Chevrolet Traverse by 4 mpg and Toyota Highlander by 3 mpg.

Monthly Edge sales of 11,680 vehicles ran close to September 2010's record sales of 12,815 vehicles.

"The utility segment continues to expand and has changed dramatically over the years," Czubay said. "Ford's continued success in this segment demonstrates our ability to constantly adapt to customers' changing needs, providing them the fuel economy they want and the functionality they need."

Ford Brand Cars: Fusion Has a Record September

Fusion sales totaled 19,510 vehicles last month, up 23 percent, making it a record September for Ford's midsize sedan. Fusion has set monthly sales records 11 of the last 12 months. Fiesta sales totaled 3,967, up 30 percent versus a year ago.

Ford brand cars totaled 530,230 through September, up 19 percent versus the same period a year ago – more than doubling the industry sales growth of passenger cars for the same period.

Ford Brand Trucks: Up 15 Percent

Ford total truck sales were 15 percent higher in September than a year ago, with 73,225 trucks sold, representing the best sales month of the year and Ford's best September for F-Series sales since 2007. Year to date, truck sales are up 9 percent, with total sales of 582,769.

F-Series sales surpassed the 50,000 mark in September, with 54,410 pickups sold. F-Series is the first industry nameplate to break through the 400,000 mark this year, with 416,388 pickups sold through September.

EcoBoost-equipped F-150s had their best-ever sales month, and V6 engines continue to outsell V8s among F-150s, with Ford's new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines representing 57 percent of F-150 retail sales in September.


Source: Ford Motor Company  

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Infiniti Reports September 2011 Sales
-Infiniti G Sedan has Best September, Infiniti QX Sales Up 46.7 Percent -

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 8,479 units for September, an increase of 2.1 percent versus 8,305 units a year earlier. Calendar year-to-date Infiniti sales of 72,181 are down 3.5 percent compared to the 74,797 units sold during the same period last year.  

Infiniti sales highlights for the month include:

   * Infiniti G Sedan sales of 3,940 marked an increase of 28.9 percent for the month, and the model's best September
   * With sales of 1,206 units, an increase of 46.7 percent, the Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV had its September since 2005, supporting a year-over-year increase of 15.1 percent


"September marks a return to the year-over-year sales growth Infiniti experienced during the first quarter of this year," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "With our retailers having full inventory, and the 2012 Infiniti FX arriving in showrooms this month, we expect our sales to continue on an upward trend through the end of the year."

The updated Infiniti FX luxury performance crossover has a new front fascia, wheels and instrument cluster, and is also available in a Limited Edition model with an exclusive Iridium Blue exterior and special charcoal-colored 21-in. wheels.

Source: Infiniti  

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Nissan North America Sales Rise 25.3% in September


FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported September U.S. sales of 92,964 units versus 74,205 units a year earlier, an increase of 25.3 percent.  Nissan Division sales increased 28.2 percent for the month with 84,485 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles increased 2.1 percent from the prior year, to 8,479 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   * Nissan vehicles posted September sales of 84,485 units, an increase of 28.2 percent over the 65,900 units sold in September 2010.
   * Strong combined sales of Nissan cars – including the Altima, Sentra, Maxima, and Versa - were up 32.3 percent versus the prior year at 55,751 units, setting a September record for total car sales.
   * Versa saw a record September, with sales of 11,800 units increasing 68.1 percent over the prior year – helped by a strong start for the all-new Versa sedan, which had its first full month of sales in September.
   * Strong sales of the Nissan Altima continue, with 24,356 units marking a September increase of 21.7 percent over the prior year, while Maxima sales jumped 26.3 percent to 6,133 units.
   * The Rogue crossover vehicle continues to gain momentum, with sales of 10,740 units marking a 29.1 percent increase over last year – also a record September.
   * Sales of the 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF totaled 1,031 units in September, with total sales of 7,217 units of the innovative, zero-emissions vehicle since its December 2010 U.S. debut.


INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   * Infiniti sales totaled 8,479 units for September, an increase of 2.1 percent versus 8,305 a year earlier.
   * Infiniti G Sedan sales of 3,940 marked an increase of 28.9 percent for the month, and the model's best September.
   * With sales of 1,206 in September, an increase of 46.7 percent, the Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV has a year-over-year increase of 15.1 percent.
   * The updated 2012 Infiniti FX, with a new front fascia, wheels and instrument cluster, arrives in Infiniti showrooms this month, and is expected to support continued growth for the brand in October.


"Thanks to a strong and diverse lineup of cars and trucks, Nissan division sales marked the best September in 26 years," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "Nissan saw year-over-year growth across the board, from our cars – including the all-new Versa sedan – to our crossovers and trucks as well."

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. September 2011 had 25 selling days, while September 2010 also had 25 selling days.

Source: Nissan Americas  

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Volkswagen of America Sales Increase 35.6 Percent in September

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * September sales total 27,036 units, a 35.6 percent increase over prior year sales
   * Year-to-date increase of 22.2 percent
   * Chattanooga-built Passat launches with 3,176 units in first month of sales
   * First retail sales of 2012 Beetle with 722 units sold
   * 55.4 percent increase in Jetta Sedan sales vs. last year with 13,128 units
   * GTI sales up 43.4 percent and Golf up 19.4 percent
   * Touareg sales increase 104.4 percent vs. prior year
   * Tiguan sales up 22.8 percent
   * High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 22.7 percent of sales


Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VwoA) today reported 27,036 units sold in September 2011, a 35.6 percent increase over prior year sales.  Year-to-date sales are up 22.2 percent.

"We are continuing to see consumer interest in our German engineered vehicles grow as we launched the all-new Passat and Beetle in September," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc.  "As we enter the last quarter of the year, we anticipate Volkswagen to continue to outperform the overall industry as we expand our product portfolio and make German Engineering accessible to a larger audience."

The all-new, 2012 Volkswagen Passat went on sale September 12 with 3,176 units sold for the month.  The 2012 Beetle, also launched in September, sold 722 units during its first month of sales.  Volkswagen Jetta sales (including Sport Wagen) totaled 15,023 units, a 39.5 percent increase over last year.  GTI sales increased 43.4 percent while Golf sales rose 19.4 percent versus last year.  Sport utility vehicles Touareg and Tiguan experienced 104.4 percent and 22.8 percent sales increases, respectively.  Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 22.7 percent of all September sales and 41 percent year-to-date.

Source: Volkswagen  

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Volkswagen of America Sales Increase 35.6 Percent in September

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

   * September sales total 27,036 units, a 35.6 percent increase over prior year sales
   * Year-to-date increase of 22.2 percent
   * Chattanooga-built Passat launches with 3,176 units in first month of sales
   * First retail sales of 2012 Beetle with 722 units sold
   * 55.4 percent increase in Jetta Sedan sales vs. last year with 13,128 units
   * GTI sales up 43.4 percent and Golf up 19.4 percent
   * Touareg sales increase 104.4 percent vs. prior year
   * Tiguan sales up 22.8 percent
   * High-mileage, clean diesel TDI models account for 22.7 percent of sales


Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VwoA) today reported 27,036 units sold in September 2011, a 35.6 percent increase over prior year sales.  Year-to-date sales are up 22.2 percent.

"We are continuing to see consumer interest in our German engineered vehicles grow as we launched the all-new Passat and Beetle in September," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc.  "As we enter the last quarter of the year, we anticipate Volkswagen to continue to outperform the overall industry as we expand our product portfolio and make German Engineering accessible to a larger audience."

The all-new, 2012 Volkswagen Passat went on sale September 12 with 3,176 units sold for the month.  The 2012 Beetle, also launched in September, sold 722 units during its first month of sales.  Volkswagen Jetta sales (including Sport Wagen) totaled 15,023 units, a 39.5 percent increase over last year.  GTI sales increased 43.4 percent while Golf sales rose 19.4 percent versus last year.  Sport utility vehicles Touareg and Tiguan experienced 104.4 percent and 22.8 percent sales increases, respectively.  Volkswagen's high-mileage, clean diesel TDI models accounted for 22.7 percent of all September sales and 41 percent year-to-date.

Source: Volkswagen  

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Toyota Reports September and Third Quarter 2011 Sales

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported September sales of 121,451 units. With 25 selling days in September 2010 and 2011, sales were down 17.5 percent over the year-ago month on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and unadjusted raw volume basis.

Toyota Division recorded September sales of 106,456 vehicles, a decrease of 18.2 percent from the year-ago month.  Lexus Division reported September sales of 14,995 units, a decrease of 11.5 percent from last year.

Through the third quarter, TMS reported sales of 1,194,524 vehicles, a decrease of 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2010 on a DSR and unadjusted raw volume basis.

"In September, production in both North America and Japan returned to normal levels for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.  Our plants are now working overtime and dealer deliveries will continue to increase through the remainder of 2011.  With the 2012 Camry launch off to a great start, the timing couldn't be better," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.  "It’s a tribute to the efficiency of our distribution system and our dealers that we were able to sell more than 121,000 vehicles in September despite 40 percent less availability than last year.  That said, the worst is behind us and we expect to exceed year-ago sales levels beginning in October with continued growth throughout the fourth quarter."

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded sales of 58,237 units, a decrease of 19.3 percent from last September.  The Camry and Camry Hybrid led passenger cars with combined monthly sales of 24,851 units.  Corolla recorded sales of 16,147 units, and the Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid reported sales of 9,325 units.  

Toyota Division light trucks posted sales of 48,219 units in September, down 17.0 percent from the same period last year.  The Sienna minivan led light trucks with sales of 8,975 units.  The RAV4 compact SUV posted sales of 7,649 units, and the 4Runner SUV reported sales of 3,596 units, flat compared to the year-ago month.  The Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 7,544 units, while the Tundra full-size pickup and the Tacoma mid-size pickup posted sales of 6,695 and 8,180 units, respectively.

Scion posted September sales of 3,838 units, up 7.7 percent over September 2010.  The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 1,752 units, an increase of 78.6 percent year-over-year.  The xB urban utility vehicle recorded sales of 1,415 units, and the xD reported sales of 671 units for the month.

Lexus Division

Lexus Division reported passenger car sales of 8,860 units, an increase of 8.9 percent over the year-ago month.  The ES 350 entry luxury sedan led passenger cars with sales of 3,627 units, while the IS lineup reported combined sales of 2,539 units, up 3.http://8 percent compared to September 2010. The all-new CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted 1,444 units in its seventh month of sales.

Lexus Division light trucks recorded sales of 6,135 units, down 30.4 percent from September 2010.  The RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicles led the segment with combined September sales of 5,003 units, and the GX 460 mid-sized luxury utility vehicle posted sales of 867 units.

TMS Hybrids

TMS posted September sales of 12,123 hybrid vehicles, a decrease of 18.5 percent compared to the same period last year.  Toyota Division posted sales of 9,772 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 2,351 hybrids for the month, an increase of 27.1 percent over September 2010.

Source: Toyota  

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Posted: 10/03/11
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Audi Reports Best-Ever September U.S. Sales, Marking Ninth Straight Record-Setting Month of 2011
-- September marks ninth record-breaking month of year with sales of 9,725, a 19.3% gain over the previous September record of 8,151 set in 2010
-- Demand for the all-new 2012 Audi A6 increased 42.8%, Audi Q7 YTD sales enjoy 30.8% uptick
-- Audi A3 TDI and Audi Q7 TDI accounted for 51% and 46.5% of sales mix; respectively

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 3, 2011  /PRNewswire/ -- Audi of America today reported record September U.S. sales of 9,725 vehicles, topping the previous record of 8,151 vehicles sold in 2010. September 2011 marked the ninth consecutive month of record-setting sales for the brand in the U.S. market.

Audi U.S. year-to-date sales date grew 15.5% to 84,981. The luxury car brand has recorded record sales in 13 out of the past 14 months.

The favorable Audi performance in September was led by significant consumer demand for the all-new 2012 A6 with a 42.8% increase on 1,124 vehicles sold when compared to August 2010 sales. Demand for the Audi A7, introduced this spring and recently named the Esquire Magazine Car of the Year for 2011, remained strong with 693 vehicles sold in the month. The all-new A6 and A7 feature Audi's industry-leading navigation and safety technology, including MMI® Navigation plus with Google Earth™, Audi connect™  featuring available wireless Internet access and Audi night vision assistant with thermal imaging.

With sales of the new Audi A8 flagship sedan included, demand for the most luxurious Audi cars equaled 23% of the overall Audi sales mix in September.

Year-to-date sales of the popular Audi Q7 full-size luxury sport-utility vehicle increased 30.8% to 540 vehicles sold, when compared to 2010. The Audi Q7 TDI clean diesel model accounted for 46.5% of the sales mix in the lineup. Demand remained strong for the Audi A3, with an increase of 9.9% YTD sales compared to 2010. As consumers continued to show preferences for efficiency, the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel model accounted for 51% of the total A3 sales mix for the month.

The reintroduction of the Audi TT RS sports car helped spur total Audi TT sales to an increase of 153% from a year earlier with 210 vehicles sold in September. Audi TT YTD sales increased 27.1% to 1,662 vehicles sold.

Audi Certified Pre-Owned sales of 2,871 vehicles mark the best September on record and the seventh-consecutive record month. Year-to-date sales of 28,389 put Audi on track to deliver one of the best CPO years on record.

For the record-setting month of September 2011, Audi recorded YTD sales increases of over 25% with four of its models: the Audi A8, the Audi Q7, the Audi R8 and the Audi TT.  In addition, the Audi southern regions experienced strong gains, with YTD sales jumping 20% to 20,966 vehicles sold. The Texas and Atlanta markets were especially strong in September.

"Our strong third quarter sales figures clearly reinforce that Audi is a luxury market leader," said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen. "All indications continue to point toward 2011 winding up as the best year Audi has ever enjoyed in the U.S. market with even more sales growth ahead."

Audi sales highlights – September 2011

   * New company record set in September with 9,725 vehicles sold, topping the previous record of 8,151 vehicles sold in September 2010.
   * Audi sales in the U.S. grew 15.5% to 84,981 luxury vehicles sold from January 2011 through September 2011.
   * Four models within Audi lineup post YTD gains exceeding 25%.


Audi A6, A7 and A8 August sales and news notes

   * Strong initial sales for the all-new 2012 A6 with 1,124 vehicles sold, an increase of 42.8% over August 2011.
   * 2012 Audi A7 sustains momentum with 693 vehicles sold.
   * Audi A8 sales increase 395.2% YOY to 411 vehicles sold; A8 YTD sales up 541.9% to 4,179 vehicles sold.


Audi A3 and Audi Q7 September sales and news notes

   * Audi A3 posted strong sales gain with an increase of 9.9 % YTD to 5,023 vehicles sold in September.
   * Audi Q7 sales in September up 30.8% YTD, compared to 2010.
   * TDI clean diesel technology represented 51% of total A3 sales for August and 46.5% of total Q7 sales for August.


Audi TT September sales and news notes

   * Audi TT sales increased 153% from the same period last year to 210 vehicles sold in September 2011; YTD sales experience 27.1% increase with 1,662 vehicles sold in 2011 through September.


Audi Certified Pre-Owned sales and news notes

   * Audi CPO sales up 26% versus 2010.
   * YTD sales up 35% with 28,389 vehicles sold.


Source: AUDI  

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Posted: 10/03/11
11:36 AM

American Honda Reports September Sales
Honda trucks post 7.0 percent increase

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda Motor *** Inc., posted September sales of 89,532 vehicles, a decrease of 8.0 percent, the company announced today. American Honda year-to-date sales reached 859,797, down 6.2 percent versus last year, based on the daily selling rate*.

Honda Division posted September sales of 79,522, a drop of 8.2 percent versus September 2010. Honda trucks posted sales of 41,375, an increase of 7.0 percent due to strong sales of the CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey. The CR-V was the top-selling model for September, with sales of 19,604, up 9.5 percent. The Pilot posted a sales increase of 27.9 percent on sales of 10,306. The Accord recorded sales of 18,639, down 13.8 percent and the Civic, which is nearing full production, posted monthly sales of 13,724, down 26.4 percent.

“Our U.S. manufacturing facilities are finally up to full production and the results are starting to show with increased CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey sales,” said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales. "Truckloads of new vehicles began arriving the last week of September and shoppers can now feel more confident that they will find what they want at their local Honda dealer."

Acura Division recorded September sales of 10,010, a decrease of 6.6 percent versus September 2010, and year-to-date sales of 89,146, down 7.9 percent. The TSX was the top-selling Acura model for the month with record September sales of 3,112 up 37.9 percent.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 25 days for September 2011 and 25 days for September 2010. Year-to-date DSR is calculated with 229 days for 2011 and 228 days for 2010. All percentages reflect DSR.

Source: Honda  

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Posted: 10/03/11
11:37 AM

Acura Announces September 2011 Sales Results


TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Acura posted September sales of 10,010, a decrease of 6.6 percent compared to September 2010, based on the daily selling rate*. Year-to-date sales totaled 89,146 units, down 7.9 percent versus last year.

“Despite challenges, Acura had a strong month,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “As inventory levels and vehicle logistics return to normal, we are confident sales will continue to improve for the remainder of the year.”  

Total car sales were up 13 percent with TSX as the top selling Acura model posting 3,112 units, an increase of 37.9 percent compared to last year. The TL reported 2,507 sales for the month, down 0.3 percent.  MDX sales totaled 2,925 units, down 28.3 percent, and were limited by weather-related shipping delays.

Source: Acura  

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Posted: 10/03/11
11:38 AM

Mercedes-Benz Reports Highest September on Record With Sales of 23,897
Sales Up 15.6% for the Month and 10.3% for the Year


MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported September sales of 23,897 vehicles, a 15.6% improvement over September 2010 (20,666) and the company's highest September volume on record.  On a year-to-date basis, the 182,314 vehicles sold represent a 10.3% increase over the 165,355 vehicles sold during the same period last year.  

The highest volume performers for the month were the C-Class and E-Class model lines.  The all-new 2012 sporty C-Class – and gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – led the pack with sales of 6,865, up 32.1% from September 2010.  The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 5,122 and the full-sized SUV, the GL-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 2,541.  Additionally, sales of the newly launched 2012 CLS-Class posted a 399.3% increase for the month and sales of the new SLK roadster were up 50.8% over September 2010.  

At the high end, the company sold 25 of its supercar -- the SLS AMG -- bringing its year-to-date sales to 454.

Sales of Sprinter Vans also increased by 121.3% for September with sales of 1,779 – bringing a year-to-date total of 12,452 (up 121.3 %).

Sales of the smart fortwo totaled 469 vehicles for the month (compared to the 422 vehicles sold in September 2010).

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 5,707 vehicles in September 2011, a decrease of -8.6%.  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 57,359 vehicles, a decrease of -5.9% over the comparable period last year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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