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December 2010 Truck, SUV, and crossover sales numbers and more!

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Posted: 01/03/11 12:59 PM

December sales figures have trickled in and can be found below. For comparison, here is the link to the previous months numbers.

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General Motors 2010 Calendar Year Sales Up 21 Percent; December Sales Increase 16 Percent - Best Month of 2010

DETROIT, Jan. 4, 2011

   * GM’s four brands sell 118,435 more vehicles in 2010 than eight brands did in 2009
   * GM December retail sales up 27 percent, best month in 2010
   * Chevrolet sales improve 16 percent in 2010
   * Buick sales rose 52 percent in 2010 – the highest improvement of any major brand
   * GMC increased sales 29 percent for the year
   * Cadillac sales gain of 35 percent in 2010 is the highest for major luxury brands

General Motors dealers reported 223,932 total sales in December, a 16-percent increase from a year ago for the company’s four brands. The gain was driven by solid retail sales which were 27 percent higher than a strong December a year ago. For the calendar year, total sales for GM’s four brands increased 21 percent to 2,202,927, while retail sales rose 16 percent for the year. GM’s four brands sold 118,435 more vehicles this year than the company did with eight brands in 2009, and will gain total and retail market share for the year.

The December total sales result includes an anticipated reduction in fleet sales to rental companies. For the month, overall fleet sales represented 17 percent of GM’s total sales.  

According to Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. sales operations, the company’s annual sales performance shows the strong focus of the new company.

“Our sales this year reflect the impact of GM’s new business model,” Johnson said.  “The consistency of results that we achieved demonstrates the focus on our brands, dealers and customers, and how we compete aggressively for every sale, every day.”

In December GM’s industry-leading lineup of fuel-efficient crossovers continued to gain in popularity with consumers. Sales of GM crossovers rose 42 percent versus December 2009. For the year, GM crossover sales were 50 percent higher than in 2009. GM sold 567,458 crossovers in the United States in 2010, far more than any other automaker.

Since 2005, the crossovers’ proportion of the U.S. market has almost doubled to about 22 percent of the industry. In the same period, crossovers as a proportion of GM sales have increased more than threefold and now represent 26 percent of the company’s sales volume.

“The crossover market is a great example of how consumers can have their cake and eat it too,” Johnson said. “More and more, consumers are choosing to purchase fuel-efficient crossovers like the 32-mpg highway-rated Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain because they get everything they want – comfort, utility and quality.”

In December, sales of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain set records for each model (22,764 and 9,303 respectively) and led GM’s crossover gains – a result of improving availability. For the year, sales of these compact crossovers were up 74 percent and 331 percent respectively, enabling them to gain market share in the compact crossover segment where sales rose an estimated 27 percent year-to-date through December. In the mid-luxury crossover segment, the Cadillac SRX gained more share than any entry, with sales up 152 percent for the year.

GM’s full-size pickup truck sales improved 29 percent in December versus a year ago, when the company was clearing out a high proportion of past model-year trucks. During the month, 89 percent of GM’s full-sized pickup trucks sold were 2011 model year vehicles compared to 22 percent new model year trucks (2010) during the same month last year. In 2010, combined sales of the Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups increased to 520,444 units – up 17 percent compared to 2009.

Total sales of GM passenger cars declined 6 percent during December, driven by anticipated lower fleet sales. However, retail sales of GM passenger cars rose 14 percent for the month, led by improving demand for the all-new Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Regal and Cadillac CTS Coupe. For the year, sales of GM passenger cars improved 20 percent.  

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 511,000 units, which is about 25,000 lower compared to November and about 126,000 higher than December 2009.

2010 Year-to-Date Key Facts:

   * Calendar-year-to-date total sales for GM’s four brands are up 21 percent, with retail sales rising 16 percent.
   * GM’s four brands have sold 118,435 more vehicles in 2010 than were sold with eight brands in calendar year 2009
   * GM compact crossovers, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, increased sales by 110 percent
   * GM mid-size crossovers, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia sales rose 23 percent
   * GM’s mid-luxury crossover, Cadillac SRX, increased sales 152 percent
   * At 567,458 sold in 2010, GM sells the most stylish, fuel-efficient crossovers in the U.S. market, an increase of 50 percent for the year
   * GM’s full-size pickup truck sales of 520,444 were 17 percent higher in 2010, compared to 2009
   * GM’s four brands sold 804,511 passenger cars in 2010, a 20-percent increase over 2009.

Brand Key Facts:

   * Chevrolet: Chevrolet delivered 147,960 total vehicles in December, a 9-percent increase versus last year. Retail sales for Chevrolet rose 21 percent for the month – the best retail sales month since August 2009. Retail sales were propelled by improving Cruze sales, and strong Silverado and Equinox retail sales, which were up 30 and 90 percent respectively. Equinox had its best sales month ever, aided by increased inventories. Year-to-date total Chevrolet sales increased 16 percent.
   * Buick: Buick, the fastest growing major automotive brand in the United States, reported 17,095 total sales, a 40-percent increase compared to a year ago. This includes a 48- percent rise in year-over-year retail sales – the fifteenth consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand. Total Buick sales increased 52 percent during the calendar year.
   * GMC : GMC reported total sales of 42,159, a 35-percent increase compared to the same month last year . This marks the fifteenth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Retail sales were 40 percent higher than last year, spurred by Sierra, Acadia and Terrain – up 40 percent, 46 percent and 73 percent, respectively.  For the year through December, GMC total sales improved 29 percent.
   * Cadillac: Cadillac, the fastest-growing luxury brand in the United States, reported total sales of 16,718 for December – 13 percent higher than last December, with retail sales increasing 28 percent. December was the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year total and retail sales gains. SRX retail sales were up 16 percent compared to a year ago and had its best month ever. CTS retail sales rose 70 percent, driven by strong demand for the all-new CTS Coupe. The Escalade family had its best retail month since December 2008, up 30 percent versus a year ago.  Total sales for Cadillac are up 35 percent for the year.
   * Fleet sales for GM’s four brands were 37,658 for the month, a 21 percent decline from the prior year, due to a 35 percent reduction in sales to rental fleets. Commercial fleet sales rose 8 percent during the month, the ninth straight month of gains.

Source: General Motors  

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ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Jan. 4, 2011) - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, (VCNA) reported U.S. sales of 4,756 units, a 15.6 percent decrease from December 2009. For the year, U.S. sales are down 12.2 percent with a total of 53,948 units sold.
In Canada, Volvo sales were down 28.3 percent in December with a total of 448 vehicles sold. Year-to-date sales are up 0.1 percent in Canada.
This year, the XC60 was the strongest seller in both countries, with the U.S. posting 12,030 units, a 29.9 percent increase from 2009, and Canada selling 1,540 units, a 27.2 percent increase year-over-year. The XC70 in the U.S. also saw an increase of 13.8 percent over 2009 with 6,626 units sold (versus 5,825). In Canada, the S80 and C30 finished the year with sales gains, the S80 posting a 44.4 percent increase, while the C30 saw a 55.2 percent increase.
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Posted: 01/04/11 12:41 PM

Highest Sales Month for the Year at 21,469 Brings Mercedes-Benz to an 18 Percent Increase for 2010

MONTVALE, N.J., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/
-- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported December sales of 21,469 vehicles, its highest monthly volume of the year, bringing the company's 2010 total to 225,007, an increase of 18% over 2009.

Ernst Lieb, president and CEO of MBUSA said:  "Despite the challenges of a slow recovery, we see good indicators in terms of our sales volume throughout the model range. This is certainly due in large part to the customer-directed efforts we've undertaken here at MBUSA over the past few years and the extraordinary commitment of our retail network to provide an unmatched ownership experience.  As virtually all third-party indicators show, customers are confident about the Mercedes-Benz brand and we think that will translate to even stronger momentum going forward."  

The 9th generation E-Class was the volume leader for both the month and year, with December sales of 5,638, bringing its annual volume to 60,922 – a 41.4 % increase over its volume in 2009.  The C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – followed with monthly sales of 4,924 and a yearly total of 58,785, a 12.1 % increase over last. Rounding out the top three volume lines was the popular M-Class SUV which posted monthly sales of 3,783 bringing its annual volume to 29,698, a 15.1 % increase over last year.

Sales at the high end continued strong for 2010 with the commanding G-Class up 38.8 % for the year and the flagship S-Class sedan up 21.5 %.  The company sold 48 of its top-of-the-line supercar - the SLS AMG – in December, bringing its annual total to 499.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,338 vehicles in December, up 24.3 % for the month, bringing the annual total to 80,698, up 12.3 % over 2009.

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Hyundai Motor America Reports December Sales and Sets a Full-Year Sales Record

- Record 2010 sales of 538,228 up 24 percent, shatters prior record
- December sales up 33 percent in total, 54 percent at retail
- Sonata retail volume grows 90,349 (113 percent) - greatest in the industry

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced December sales of 44,802 units, up 33 percent versus 2009.  For the full year, Hyundai reported 538,228 sales, up 103,164 units from last year for a 24 percent gain and an all-time Hyundai sales and market share record for the year.  

December retail sales were up 54 percent from last year due to improving product availability and a popular Hyundai Holiday marketing effort that helped increase traffic to 120 percent over last year. Full year retail sales were up 35 percent. Fleet sales mix for the month of December was 7 percent, with fleet mix for the year at 16 percent.

"December was the capstone to a good year for Hyundai, with our total sales results actually understating the more important gains we made at retail, where we added a full point of market share," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "While we grew total volume 24 percent, retail volume through our 800-strong dealer network climbed 35 percent, or 115,786 units, with 90,349 of that retail gain coming from the game-changing 2011 Sonata."

"That marks the biggest retail sales increase of any car in the entire industry, and it shows how well consumers have responded to our high-tech 4-cylinder lineup, dynamic new design, and the mid-size segment's first 5-star 2011 NHTSA crash test result," Krafcik added.  "Improving Sonata Turbo availability, and the lithium-polymer battery-powered Sonata Hybrid that arrives later this month, should help Sonata find a few more buyers in 2011."

Elantra, Sonata, and Tucson sales for December increased 127 percent, 52 percent, and 348 percent, respectively.  The all-new 2011 Elantra, which achieves 40 miles per gallon in every variant, not just low-volume, extra-charge "Eco" or "Special Fuel Economy" models, found 4,724 homes in its first full month of availability.  Hyundai has targeted leadership in sales of 40 mile-per-gallon vehicles in 2011, and closes the books in 2010 with 4,916 sales in this category.

Genesis continued its impressive growth with the 18th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.  For the year, Genesis sales increased 33 percent, to 29,122.  "The continued growth in Genesis sales shows how much the Hyundai brand has grown over the last two years," said John Krafcik.  "Genesis market share has now exceeded our most optimistic early projections, and has set the stage well for continued growth in premium segments."  Hyundai's all-new flagship Equus, with higher residual value than Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8, began hitting showrooms in December to high demand and limited availability, resulting in 196 sales. Hyundai targets Equus sales volume of 2,000 to 3,000 in 2011.  

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Kia Motors America Announces All-Time Best Full-Year Sales and Market Share
Record December Sales Contribute to 18.7 Percent Year-Over-Year Sales Increase; Kia Exceeds Annual Sales of 350,000 Vehicles for First Time in Company History

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/
-- Kia Motors America (KMA), which previously announced it had surpassed its best-ever full-year sales total in just 11 months, today reported all-time record sales in 2010 of 356,268 units, up 18.7-percent over 2009 and a 16.6-percent increase over the annual mark set in 2007.  Nine monthly sales records, including the company’s best-ever December sales of 30,444 units, led to KMA’s 16th consecutive year of increased market share in the U.S.

KMA’s sales were led throughout 2010 by the U.S.-built(1) 2011 Sorento, the brand’s best-selling vehicle each month and the first Kia nameplate to eclipse 100,000 units in the U.S. in one year.  Kia Motors’ design-led transformation has delivered a stable of new and recently introduced products – Soul, Forte, Forte Koup, Sorento, Sportage and the all-new Optima – that accounted for 86.3 percent of the December sales volume.

“Kia has experienced unprecedented growth in the U.S., including a 48-percent market share increase since 2008 to our current position of more than 3-percent, and our rapid expansion is a direct result of our commitment to delivering vehicles with world-class design that embody our core principles of quality, safety, technology and value,” said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).  “Kia has invested heavily in the U.S., including our first North American manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, and with our first turbocharged and hybrid vehicles set to arrive in showrooms early this year we expect to continue our momentum and growth.”

2011 Kia Motors America Product Line

Kia's model year 2011 vehicle line includes the Sorento CUV and Sportage CUV, the all-new Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.

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Chrysler Group LLC Reports December 2010 U.S. Sales Increased 16 Percent

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 4, 2011

   * Chrysler Group sales in 2010 reach 1.1 million units in the U.S.
   * Chrysler Group sales for the year up 17 percent compared with 2009
   * December marks the ninth-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases
   * Chrysler Group launched 16 all-new or significantly-refreshed vehicles during 2010, representing 75 percent of its nameplates
   * Jeep® Grand Cherokee sales up 211 percent over December 2009
   * Ram pickup sales up 93 percent compared with December 2009
   * All-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango nominated as finalists for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year award
   * Five Chrysler Group vehicles awarded 2011 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
   * Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands all posted sales increases in 2010 compared with 2009

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 100,702, a 16 percent increase compared with sales in December 2009 (86,523 units).

Chrysler Group sales of 1,085,211 units in 2010 increased 17 percent compared with 2009 sales.

“Chrysler Group 2010 sales of 1.1 million units are consistent with our sales objective that we presented in our Nov. 4, 2009 five-year business plan,” said Fred Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer – Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales. “We are extremely proud of the sales strides we made during this transition year. Chrysler Group launched 16 all-new or significantly-improved models last year, most of them during the fourth quarter. We can now share our excitement with our customers as our new 2011 models arrive in dealerships in greater volumes over the coming months.”

Chrysler Group finished the year by topping the 100,000-unit sales mark for the third time in 2010. Adding to the strong sales finish, the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and all-new 2011 Dodge Durango were named finalists for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year award. The winners will be announced Jan. 10 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Also in December, five Chrysler Group vehicles — the new Dodge Avenger, Dodge Journey, Chrysler 200, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Patriot — were named Top Safety Picks for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 63-day supply of inventory (235,454 units). U.S. industry sales figures for December are projected at an estimated 12.9 SAAR.

December 2010 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Jeep® Brand

The Jeep brand posted a 49 percent sales increase compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the brand’s volume leader, increased 211 percent in December versus a year ago. The iconic Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Patriot, the affordable compact sport utility, both posted double-digit percentage sales increases in December compared with the same month in 2009.

For the year, Jeep brand sales were up 26 percent versus sales in 2009. The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, showered with accolades during the year, was named in December a finalist for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year award. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango was also named a finalist for this prestigious award. The winners will be announced at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The awards are unique in the United States because, instead of being given by a single media outlet, they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and websites.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand posted an 87 percent sales increase in December. The Light Duty Ram, Heavy Duty Ram and Ram Cab Chassis all posted significant sales increases in December, compared with the same month in 2009. The Dakota pickup truck also fared well in December, posting a 67 percent increase.

The Ram Truck brand posted a 9 percent sales increase in 2010, compared with sales in 2009. The brand concluded the year with two significant awards. AUTOMOBILE Magazine named the Ram 1500 to its annual list of All-Stars. It marked the second consecutive year that the Ram 1500 was named to the list. The magazine praised the Ram Truck for both its ruggedness and refinement. Also, Off-Road Adventures magazine named Ram Truck as Manufacturer of the Year. In its December 2010 issue, Off-Road Adventures credits Ram Truck’s commitment to advanced design and proven powertrains for the honor. The magazine went on to praise Ram Heavy Duty’s 5.7-liter HEMI and 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel powertrains.

Dodge Brand

Sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan, the brand’s volume leader, increased 67 percent in December, compared with the same month in 2009. Sales of the Dodge Nitro mid-size sport utility were up 104 percent in December, while sales of the Dodge Challenger muscle car were up 31 percent. The first sales of the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango – a finalist for 2011 North American Truck of the Year award – began in late December. In 2010, Dodge brand sales increased 17 percent, compared with sales in 2009.

Chrysler Brand

Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, the brand’s volume leader, were up 16 percent in December compared with the same month in 2009. Chrysler brand sales increased 12 percent during 2010, versus 2009 sales.

The Chrysler brand, fresh off the introduction of its new Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show, finished the year on another high note, launching its all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series in December. With its iconic rear-wheel drive proportions, elegantly sculptured bodyside, world-class craftsmanship and refinement, the 2011 Chrysler 300 series proudly delivers the distinction, innovation and premium large sedan features at a legendary value, while setting a new course for the American brand. The Chrysler 300 series will be officially unveiled publicly this month.

December U.S. Sales Highlights

   * Jeep brand sales (30,910 units) increased 49 percent versus the same month last year (20,810 units)
   * Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (12,753 units) improved 211 percent compared with December last year (4,097 units)
   * Jeep Wrangler sales (8,227 units) increased 21 percent versus December 2009 (6,798 units)
   * Jeep Patriot (4,467 units) posted a 62 percent year-over-year sales increase
   * Jeep Liberty sales (5,009 units) increased 9 percent compared with December last year (4,609 units)
   * Ram Truck brand sales (24,270 units) increased 87 percent versus the same month last year (12,978 units)
   * Ram pickup truck sales (23,241 units) improved 93 percent compared with December 2009 (12,014 units)
   * Ram Heavy Duty Truck sales were up 149 percent in December versus the same month last year
   * Dodge Dakota sales (1,029 units) were up 67 percent compared with the same month a year ago (618 units)
   * Dodge Grand Caravan sales (14,266 units) increased 67 percent versus December 2009 (8,563 units)
   * Dodge Challenger sales (3,330 units) were up 31 percent compared with the same month a year ago (2,536 units)
   * Dodge Nitro sales (2,462 units) increased 104 percent versus December 2009 (1,208 units)
   * Chrysler Town & Country sales (9,780 units) were up 16 percent compared with the same month a year ago (8,465 units)

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC  

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Ford's 2010 Sales Up 19 Percent - Largest Increase of Any Full-Line Automaker; Foundation Set for Growth in 2011

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 4, 2011

   * Ford's full-year sales totaled 1.935 million, up 19 percent versus a year ago – the largest increase of any full-line automaker
   * Ford's December retail sales were up 17 percent versus a year ago; total sales of 190,976 were up  7 percent
   * Ford's market share up for the second year in a row; first back-to-back increase since 1993
   * Ford foundation set for continued growth in 2011 with its balanced line of high-quality, fuel-efficient products

Ford provides 2011 global economic and industry sales outlook  

Ford's full-year sales totaled 1.935 million, up 19 percent versus a year ago, marking the largest increase of any full-line manufacturer.

Ford's December retail sales were the highest for any month since August 2009, up 17 percent versus a year ago. Total sales (including fleet deliveries) were 190,976, up 7 percent versus a year ago. The total sales result included a 40 percent reduction in deliveries to daily rental customers.

Ford's U.S. market share was higher for the second year in a row marking the first back-to-back increase in market share since 1993. Ford's U.S. market share in 2010 is estimated at 16.4 percent, up 1.1 points from 2009 and 2.2 points from 2008.

"With our balanced line of high-quality, fuel-efficient products, we have a solid foundation to deliver more sales and improved results in 2011," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "Consideration for Ford is increasing beyond our traditional areas of strength – signaling that the seeds of growth already have taken hold."

December Sales Highlights

   * Ford's December retail sales increased 17 percent versus a year ago. Among brands, Ford retail sales were up 20 percent and Lincoln was up 3 percent. Mercury retail sales were down 29 percent, consistent with the company's plan to discontinue the brand by the end of 2010.
   * Car retail sales increased 26 percent paced by record monthly sales for the all-new Ford Fiesta subcompact (5,212) and higher retail sales for the Ford Focus and Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Fusion total sales of 22,629 were a record for the month of December.
   * Retail sales for utilities were up 17 percent paced by higher retail sales for the Ford Escape, and the all-new Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. Ford Explorer retail sales were more than double a year ago buoyed by the introduction of the all-new 2011 Explorer.
   * Truck retail sales were up 11 percent as F-Series recorded its highest sales month (54,888) since December 2007. Demand for the Transit Connect, Ford's new purpose-built commercial van, continued to grow as December total sales increased 41 percent.

Full-Year Sales Highlights

   * In 2010, Ford benefited from its full family of cars, utilities and trucks. For the year, cars were up 17 percent, utilities were up 13 percent and trucks were up 27 percent.
   * Among cars, the Fusion midsize sedan set a record with sales of 219,219, up 21 percent versus a year ago. This is the first time a Ford car has eclipsed 200,000 sales since 2004.  Sales for the Taurus, Ford's full-size sedan, were up 51 percent. Sales for the Focus, Ford's popular small sedan, were up 7 percent. Fiesta debuted last summer and posted 2010 sales of 23,273.

   * Utilities were paced by record sales for Escape, Ford's small utility. Escape sales totaled 191,026, up 10 percent versus a year ago. Sales for the Edge, Ford's midsize crossover, were 118,637, up 34 percent.
   * Sales for Ford's F-Series truck were 528,349, up 28 percent. The F-Series was the best-selling truck in America for the 34th year in a row and the best-selling vehicle, car or truck, for the 29th year in a row. In the commercial van segment, sales for the Ford Econoline totaled 108,258, up 26 percent and Transit Connect added sales of 27,405.

New Products

   * Ford begins 2011 with several new high-volume products hitting the U.S. market. In December, the first all-new Ford Explorers were delivered to customers. In addition, the first 2011 model F-150s, with all-new powertrains, were delivered. In the first quarter, Ford expects to begin shipments and deliveries of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus.
   * In addition, Ford will benefit from a full year of the new F-Series Super Duty, all-new Edge and MKX crossovers and the Fiesta.

2011 Global Economic and Industry Sales Outlook

Ford expects the global economy to expand 3 to 4 percent in 2011 and global sales to be in the range of 75 to 85 million – a record sales level. In 2010, global auto sales are estimated at 72 million, which was 11 percent higher than the 65 million sales recorded in 2009.

In the U.S., Ford expects the economy to expand 3 to 4 percent in 2011 and industry sales to be in the range of 12.5 to 13.5 million.

In Europe, the outlook is mixed with some markets undergoing budget cuts and restructuring of banks. Other European markets, such as the U.K., Germany and France, are growing. Overall, Ford expects industry sales in the Euro 19 markets to be in the range of 14.5 to 15.5 million, compared with 15.3 million in 2010.

"The global economy is reaching a dynamic phase," said Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Ford's chief economist. "Several indicators in key markets around the world suggest the potential for industry sales to continue to grow."

Source: Ford  

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Volkswagen of America Closes 2010 With Best Overall Year Sales Since 2003
23,867 Volkswagen Vehicles Sold in December; Best December Sales Month Since 2005

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today reported that December 2010 marked a 17 percent increase over prior year sales for the entire line of vehicles. In addition, 2010 achieved a 20 percent increase over 2009 total year sales. Increased sales numbers resulted in best annual sales since 2003 and best December sales since 2005.  

With the growing popularity of Volkswagen's SUV models, the Tiguan achieved its best month ever, selling 2,551 vehicles, a 42 percent increase from the same month last year. Bolstered by the all-new model, the Volkswagen Touareg ended the year positively with a 68 percent increase compared to 2009. Other top selling vehicles included the Jetta with a 34 percent increase, Golf with a 72 percent increase and Routan with a 50 percent increase compared to December 2009.  The all-new Jetta, Touareg and Tiguan along with the Jetta SportWagen, Golf and GTI are the 6 Volkswagen models that earned the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK award for 2011, the highest rating possible from the non-profit safety research organization.

Volkswagen's impressive line-up of TDI Clean Diesels fared well again in December with Golf selling 56 percent of its models as TDI and the all-new Touareg selling 35 percent as TDI. Overall, 22 percent of Volkswagen models were sold with TDI Clean Diesel engines.

"The Volkswagen team is proud to end 2010 on a positive note, receiving the great IIHS news and achieving record sales numbers not only for specific models but for the best total year sales since 2003," said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "As we saw last month, our minivan and SUVs continue to be popular among U.S. consumers as does the all-new Jetta with its long-list of standard features and attractive price. As we move into the 2011, we look forward to continuing this positive sales trend with the introduction of some of the best Volkswagen models ever, including the New Midsize Sedan to be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the all-new 2012 Beetle."

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Outlander, Lancer, Outlander Sport Fuel Mitsubishi Gains in December

CYPRESS, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported December sales of 4,874 units, an increase of almost 12 percent compared to December 2009.  Mitsubishi sales for the year (Calendar Year 2010) were up more than 4 percent.

"We were delighted to see increases in almost every aspect of our retail business in December," said MMNA President & CEO Shin Kurihara.  "Customers are returning to Mitsubishi showrooms in large numbers, and the sales results indicate that they like what they see."

2010 was Mitsubishi's first annual sales increase compared to the prior twelve months since 2007, and the monthly increase represented the largest percentage increase for December sales since 2001.

Sales of the all-new Outlander Sport continued to grow dramatically, increasing more than 41 percent from November.

Other December sales highlights include:

   * Outlander sales were up more than 13 percent for the month and up more than 21 percent for the year.
   * Lancer sales were up more than 16 percent for the month and represented the highest December total since 2007.  
   * Lancer Evolution sales were up more than 95 percent for the month and represented the largest single month of sales for the vehicle since April 2009.
   * Eclipse Spyder, Endeavor, and Lancer Sportback also showed sales increases compared with December 2009.

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 coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of more than 400 dealers.  For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit

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Nissan North America Sales Rise 27.7% in December; 18% for Year
Nissan sales rise 26.3% over last year; enjoys best-ever December
Infiniti up 37.3%; Infiniti M leads gains at 115.5%, G Sedan Line up 58%

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported record December U.S. sales of 93,730 units versus 73,404 units a year earlier, an increase of 27.7 percent.  Nissan Division sales were up 26.3 percent for the month, also a December best. Sales of Infiniti vehicles rose 37.3 percent over the prior year.  

For 2010, NNA full-year sales finished up 18 percent, at 908,570 units.  Nissan Division sales finished at 805,159, an increase of 16.9 percent versus 2009. Infiniti sales finished at 103,411, gaining 27.5 percent.  


   * Nissan vehicles posted sales of 81,228 units in December compared with 64,296 units sold in December the previous year, an increase of 26.3 percent.
   * Nissan Rogue and Versa set new December records.  Rogue totaled 10,363 deliveries, up 58.2 percent; and Versa at 10,201, an increase of 49.8 percent.
   * Altima deliveries totaled 23,016, a 23.5 percent increase over December 2009.  
   * The 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF marked its first deliveries in December.

"We finished the year strong, thanks to high demand for bread-and-butter models like Altima, Versa, Sentra and Rogue," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan division.  "We're continuing Nissan's growth, with double-digit gains in 2010 for the majority of our lineup, which is only strengthened by the addition of great new vehicles like Nissan LEAF and Juke."


   * Infiniti sales for December were 12,502 units, up 37.3 percent from the 9,108 units sold in the same month a year earlier.
   * The all-new Infiniti M Line finished the year strong, with deliveries up 115.5 percent over December 2009.
   * Sales of the Infiniti G Sedan Line rose 58.0 percent, due in part to initial sales of the new G25 sports sedan.
   * The all-new QX luxury SUV enjoyed its best December since 2004, with 1,610 units sold, an 41.7 percent increase over the prior year.

"Infiniti had another great sales month, with consumers continuing to respond to Inspired Performance, led by the Infiniti M Line, G Line and QX," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. "We're proud to have used this strong lineup of vehicles to grow Infiniti sales back over annual 100,000 units."

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. December 2010 had 27 selling days versus 28 in December 2009.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing.  Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at  

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Subaru of America, Inc. Reports 2010 All-Time Sales Record
- Sales up 22% year-over-year and 50% in two years -
- All Model Lines Show Increase in December -

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Jan 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/
-- Subaru of America, Inc. today reported its full-year results for 2010 with record total sales of 263,820, a 22% increase over 2009, itself a record sales year.

The company broke its 2009 record as early as November 3 and has showed no signs of slowing down since that announcement. In fact, December sales of 26,694 marked the best December in the company's history by a wide margin, exceeding the previous record set in 2009 by 16%.  Marking the company's consistent growth, December 2010 is also the 10th consecutive month that Subaru has retailed more than 20,000 vehicles.

Subaru's strong showing is a result of healthy demand for its new range of products including the Legacy, Outback and Forester models which have all shown record growth in 2010 by delivering a unique combination of all-wheel drive, value and fun-to-drive confidence.  New models in 2011 are predicted to increase Subaru's sales in the U.S. still further.

"We are well poised for future growth and records," said Timothy M. Colbeck, senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. "Our products, dealer network and brand are at their best ever and as the industry recovers we are in great position to capitalize even further."

Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc said; "As we close a record setting 2010 with an exclamation point, we need to be mindful to thank our retailers, distributors, our manufacturer, and of course, all of our employees for making these results possible.  2010 was a strong year for our brand, yet Subaru still has a lot of upside potential and we are looking forward to another record-setting year in 2011."

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Mazda Finishes 2010 on a High Note
- December sales up 17.7 percent; Year-to-date sales up 10.5 percent

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported December 2010 sales of 21,479, up 17.7 percent versus December 2009 while year-to-date 2010 sales came in at 229,566, up 10.5 percent versus 2009.  There were 27 selling days in December 2010 compared to 28 in December 2009, and 308 selling days in 2010 compared to 310 in 2009.

"Coming into this year, we were hopeful that the economy and industry would begin to show signs of recovery following a tumultuous 2009, so we're extremely pleased to close out 2010 on a positive note," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO.  "Gains in consumer confidence and the fact that we've remained true to our brand were all factors in building sales momentum this year that we believe will lead to an even brighter 2011 for Mazda."

Sales of Mazda's CX-7 and CX-9 crossover SUVs were strong all year and December was no exception.  In fact, CX-7 reported its best December since 2007 with sales of 3,413 vehicles, up 32.4 percent while CX-9 celebrated its best month ever with 3,292 vehicles, up 24.8 percent.  Combined crossover SUV sales for 2010 were up 38.3 percent versus last year with a total of 57,696 vehicles and were a near 50-50 split between CX-7 (28,788) and CX-9 (28,908).

While sales of Mazda's crossover SUVs were hot, sales of the volume-selling Mazda3 remained even hotter.  Mazda3 reported its best December since 2007 with sales of 9,023 vehicles, up 13.1 percent versus last year.  This also boosts Mazda3's year-to-date sales to 106,353, up 10.2 percent versus 2009.

The Mazda6 sport sedan zoomed to a strong finish as it also recorded its best December since 2007 with 3,415 vehicles sold, up 31.5 percent.  On the year, sales of Mazda6 rose 2.3 percent with a total of 35,662 vehicles sold.

Rounding out the North American market, Mazda Canada, Inc. (MCI) reported its best December ever with sales of 5,218 vehicles, up 22.0 percent, the largest increase of any carmaker in Canada.  Overall sales for 2010 rose by 7.0 percent with 78,662 vehicles sold and Mazda's market share increased from 5.0 to 5.1 percent.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) celebrated its best sales month ever in December with a total of 3,336 vehicles, up 7.0 percent.  2010 also marks MMdM's best calendar year ever with 25,116 vehicles sold, up 33.0 percent versus 2009.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the United States in 2010, 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.

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American Suzuki December 2010 Sales Up 12 Percent Over November
- Suzuki celebrates third consecutive month of year-over-year sales increase
- Kizashi sales up 19 percent over previous month
- Fourth quarter sales up 36 percent over same period last year

BREA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011

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