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Industry Posts 18.19 Million SAAR in November, Autodata Reports

December 08, 2015

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — November new-vehicle sales increased 1.3% from a year ago to 1.32 million units, according to Autodata Corp. Year to date through November, industry sales have increased 5.4% to 15.8 million units.

The Industry SAAR for November was 18.19 million units, an 1.06 million-unit increase from last November's 17.13 million-unit SAAR, the firm reported. The following is a breakdown of sales by manufacturer.

BMW: BMW brand sales increased 3.2% from the same time last year to 32,003 units. The Mini brand, however, posted a 11.3% sales decrease from a year ago, with sales totaling 4,444 units. On a year-to-date basis, however, Mini brand sales have increase 8.1% from the year-ago period.

As a group, year-over-year sales have grown 1.2% and year-to-date sales have grown 4.9%. BMW’s best-selling X3 posted a 124.5% sales increase from a year ago, with the automaker selling 4,987 units in November.

Chrysler: Fiat Chrysler sales were up 3% from last year, with sales totaling 170,839 units in November. The automaker's Jeep brand posted a 20% increase in new-unit sales, while the Ram pickup truck lead the way in November with 36,407 units sold. Chrysler's Town & Country  minivan also posted a 20% sales increase, propelling the minivan to 9,689 units sold for the month of November.

Ford: Ford posted a slight 0.4% sales increase in November from a year ago, with sales totaling 187,784 units in November. Leading the way was the automaker's F-Series trucks, with sales increasing 10.4% from a year ago to 65,192 units sold.

The brands all-new Edge also performed well, with sales increasing 6.4% over last year. But the big winners were the automaker's Transit and Transit Connect commercial vans, which realized sales increases of 97.6% and 93.8%, respectively.

General Motors: The domestic automaker reported a 4.4% sales increase from a year ago, with sales totaling 229,296 units in November. Chevrolet posted a 12.6% sales increase from a year ago, the industry’s largest sales increase in November.

Leading the way was the Silverado-C/K Pickup and Equinox sport utility vehicle. The Silverado posted a 5.1% sales increase from a year ago, with sales totaling 45,001 units. Sales of the Equinox increased 5.9% from a year ago to 19,634 units sold.

Honda: American Honda sold 115,441 units in November, a 5.2% decrease from a year ago. The Honda Division sold 103,197 units — a 4.8% increase from a year ago — while Acura sales decline 10.4% to 12,244 units sold.

The Japanese automaker's best-selling vehicles were the Honda Civic and Acura RDX. Unit sales for Civic increased 8.6% from a year ago to 25,050 units sold, while sales of the RDX increased 7.4% to 3,691 units sold in November.

Hyundai: Hyundai reported its best November ever, with sales increasing by 11.8% from a year ago to 60,007 units sold. Leading the way were small cars and CUVs.

The Elantra lead the way with a 25.9% sales increase from a year ago, with sales totaling 17,634 units. Sales of the Santa Fe increased 55% from a year ago to 9,156 units sold in November.

Mazda: Mazda reported its best November sales in 21 years, selling 22,732 vehicles— representing a 7% increase from the same time last year. Leading the way was the CX-5, which realized its best November ever. Sales of the CUV totaled 8,756 units, a 21.3% increase from a year ago.

The MX-5 Miata also posted its best November sales performance since 2006, with sales increasing 226.8% from a year ago.

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz USA reported an 11.7% sales decrease from a year ago, with sales totaling 33,475 units. Officials attributed the decline to a runout of popular model lines and limited availability of its SUVs.

The C-Class led the way with 7,239 units sold, followed by the GLE-Class with 4,883 units sold in November. Mercedes-Benz van deliveries were also up, increasing 9.4% from a year ago 2,770 units sold.

Mitsubishi: The automaker sold 6,772 units in November, a 3.6% increase from a year ago. The increase marked the 21st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases for the brand.

The Outlander and Outlander Sport models were the brand's top sellers, with 1,717 and 2,955 units sold in November, respectively — representing respective growths of 69.3% and 10.3%

Nissan: Nissan posted record November sales with 107,083 units sold, a 3.8% increase from the year-ago period. Nissan’s crossovers, trucks and SUVs also set a November sales record, with sales increasing by 15% from a year ago.

The Nissan Rogue crossover set a November record with its 22,565 units sold, a  49.8% increase from a year ago. Murano sales jumped 45.2% from a year ago to 5,574 units sold in November. The Versa subcompact also set a November record, with sales increasign 5% from a year ago to 9,783 units sold in November.

Toyota: Toyota Motor Sales USA reported sales of 189,517 units in November, a 12.4% increase from a year ago. On a raw volume basis, sales were up 3.4%.

The Toyota Division posted November sales of 160,177 units, a 2.8% increase from a year ago on a volume basis. Leading the way was the Camry, with sales increasing 7.3% from a year ago to 30,945. Lexus reported November sales of 29,340 units, a 16.1% increase from a year ago, while the all-new Scion iA and iM posted combined sales of 2,876 units.

Additionally, Toyota’s light truck division posted its best November ever, with sales growing by 5.5% from the year-ago period.

Volkswagen: November sales for Volkswagen totaled 23,882 units, a 24.72% drop from a year ago. The company attributed the decline to the emmissions scandal and its decision to halt sales of its diesel models.

The lone brightspot for the German automaker was its Tiguan, with sales of the compact SUV increasing 87.7% from a year ago to 3,907 units sold in November.

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