MI Dealers See Automaker Sales Gains for September Although Not A Huge Month for Most
DETROIT – MI dealers may have seen the final numbers and been happy about the outcome, although not all automakers saw a huge gain, most were higher than the same time last year. Of the Detroit Three, Chrysler saw the highest increase in units while General Motors and Ford also saw changes from last year.
General Motors still has the highest ownership in the industry. It may not have been the biggest month for increases that GM has seen in months, but with a 1.5 percent change from 2011 to 2012, this was the highest September since 2008. This month, General Motors sold 210,245 which is up from 207,145 from last September. According to General Motors, new products helped drive the 29 percent increase in passenger car sales. Also, the sale of mini, small and compact vehicles went up a combined 97 percent for September as consumers are continuing to show exactly what kind of cars they are looking for.
“Passenger cars have been the launch point for a broad and deep GM product offensive,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “Auto sales will continue to be a bright spot for the U.S. economy, which is particularly good news for GM as we walk into an even stronger cadence of new products in 2013 and 2014.”
The final number for Chrysler included an 11.5 percent increase in sales with a change from 127,334 to 142,041. The two top models for the month were the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Avenger with the Avenger up 89 percent over a year ago.
Of the Detroit Three, MI dealers may know that Ford did not actually gain for the month since the last September, but actually sold 406 vehicles less than the previous time period. With a 0.2 percent decrease, Ford was one of six automakers (Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Volvo, Suzuki) that decreased in September.
With a mixture of changes, September saw different months for each of the automakers, as MI dealers may know who had higher increased than others.
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