International Nameplate Auto Sales Up in March

The spring selling season was in full swing in March, with Americans driving up auto sales at dealerships across the U.S. International brands were led last month by Acura (up 15.7 percent from last March), Mitsubishi (up 21.7 percent), and Volkswagen (up 17.8 percent). In contrast, Hyundai’s sales slipped 10.9 percent, due in part to the lack of SUVs and crossovers in its lineup. Throughout the industry, light trucks continued to drive sales demand last month, rising 16.3 percent as a segment, while cars lagged, slipping 9.2 percent.

International Nameplate Auto Sales Held Steady in February

Despite a slowing U.S. auto market, international brands maintained a strong presence in February. International brands were led last month by Audi (up 12.4 percent from last February), Mazda (up 12.7 percent), and Toyota (up 4.4 percent). Toyota had its best February ever for light truck sales, while Subaru, up 3.8 percent, hit its 75th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Throughout the industry, light trucks continued to drive sales demand last month, rising 3.8 percent as a segment, while cars lagged, slipping 12.6 percent.

International Nameplate Autos Drive Industry Gains in January

International brands led the American auto industry in January. Some of the brands driving the charge included BMW (up 5 percent from last January), Nissan (up 12.1 percent), and Toyota (up 17 percent). Toyota had its best month ever for light truck sales and saw the redesigned Camry’s sales climb 21.3 percent to be the most popular sedan in America. Throughout the industry, light trucks continued to drive sales demand last month, rising 8 percent as a segment, while cars lagged, slipping 10.8 percent.

International Nameplate Auto Sales Up in November

Despite a slowing U.S. auto market in November that appears on pace to log the first decline since the great recession, international auto brands continued to lead among U.S. car shoppers. International brands were led last month by Honda (up 8.2 percent from last November, a brand record for the month), Mercedes-Benz (up 3.6 percent), and Mitsubishi (up 24.8 percent). Most sales improvements were driven by light truck purchases, which rose 6.6 percent as a segment from last November, while cars continued to lag, down 8.2 percent from a year ago.

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