GM Sees Increase in November Sales
All four GM brands; Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC, have seen an increase in sales year to date compared with the same period a year ago. This month GM saw a 7% increase in their total sales, including a 15 percent increase in retail sales. “We are seeing a broad spectrum of customers return to the market,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Truck sales showed a very solid increase, as we expected, but the momentum building behind our most fuel-efficient vehicles was even stronger.” The Chevrolet Cruze was GM’s number one seller for November with an increase in sales of 64%. The Chevrolet Silverado trucks saw a 34% increase.
November Retail Sales up 20 percent for Ford
This month’s increase in retail sales was Ford’s largest year-over-year increase in nine months. Ford brand retail sales continue to be up across all categories of vehicles, cars, trucks, and SUVs. Double-digit gains were posted by Fiesta, Fusion, Escape, Explorer, F-Series, Econoline and Ranger. “With gasoline prices continuing to track higher than last year, consumers continue to value fuel economy,” said Ken Czubay, Ford Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Most Ford products deliver best-in-class fuel economy and provide customers an opportunity to choose what best works for them – EcoBoost technology or electrified vehicles.”
Toyota Has Increase for First Time in Seven Months
For the first time since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan Toyota sales were up in the month of November. Toyota Division passenger cars saw an increase of 14.7 percent over November 2010. The Camry and Camry Hybrid were the best-selling sedans in the country with monthly sales of 23,400 units, an increase of 8.5% over last November. “Our sales performance this month is a testament to the strength of our new products,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Nissan Reports Strong Sales for November
Nissan sales of November 2011 reached 85,182 units, an increase of 19.4 percent over November last year and a record for Nissan. Nissan Division also set a new November record, increasing 21.5 percent for the month. The 2012 Nissan Versa set a new November record with 9,291 deliveries, an increase of 38.2 percent over the prior year. The Rogue also had a record-setting November with a 27.2 percent increase over last year. “Strong gains across our lineup extended Nissan’s record-breaking October into our best-ever November,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan sales. “We expect to finish 2011 on a high note with vehicles like Altima, Versa, Sentra and Rogue leading Nissan to a strong close in December and into an even better 2012.”
This month’s strong sales across the industry are best ever since the “cash for clunkers” incentives sales in August 2009. “Consumers are becoming more comfortable buying again,” said Jesse Toprak, analyst of TrueCar.com “If they have a car that needs to be replaced, they’re finally deciding it’s time to replace it.”