US November auto sales beat expectations

US November auto sales exceeded estimates by experts throughout the industry, with Chrysler Group reporting a 16% increase in deliveries of cars and trucks, its best November in six years.

General Motors registered what it called “a very good month” with a 14% rise, while Ford achieved a more moderate but still healthy 7.1%. Toyota sales increased 5.9% (daily selling rate).

All three US carmakers beat analysts’ expectations. A Bloomberg survey had predicted increases of 14% for GM, Chrysler 11%, and Ford 5.6%.

Towards the end of the year dealers ramp up their promotions to get rid of old models and introduce new ones into their showrooms.

US November auto sales – Chrysler Group LLC

The Chrysler Group reported, for November 2013, US sales:

  • 16% increase, with 142,275 units sold in November 2013 compared to 122,565 in November 2012.
  • Year-on-year sales gains for 44 consecutive months.
  • 30% sales increase in Jeep brands.
  • More than 10,169 units of the all-new Jeep Cherokee sold.
  • Sales of the Dart compact car increased 44% year-over-year, a record.
  • Sales of Ram pickup were up by 22%.
  • FIAT brand sales fell in November (compared to November 2012), but the brand has recorded eight months of year-over-year gains in 2013.

Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Chrysler sales, said:

“Our all-new Jeep Cherokee is off to a terrific start with more than 10,169 units sold in its first full month on sale. Our launch emphasis on Jeep Cherokee quality is now being rewarded with brisk sales and helping Chrysler Group achieve our 44th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth.”

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Over 10,169 units of the all-new Jeep Cherokee were sold

US November auto sales – General Motors Co.

General Motors Co. reported, for November 2013, US sales:

  • 14% increase in sales compared to November 2012.
  • 19% rise in retail sales.
  • 3% fall in fleet sales.
  • Chevrolet (all vehicles) sales rose 13%, with retail deliveries up 20%.
  • Chevrolet cars increased 19% – Malibu +41%, Volt +26%, Impala +20%, and Camaro +14%.
  • The Chevrolet Volt, Equinox and Cruze had a record November.
  • Small business sales increased 38%.
  • Buick is on track for its best year since 2005.
  • Cadillac sales rose by 11%, after eighteen consecutive months of growth.

Kurt McNeil, vice president of General Motors US sales operations, said:

“November sales were strong at all four of our brands, and demand was robust for everything from cars to crossovers to the industry’s newest and best full-size pickups. The sheer number of award-winning new models we have helped us grow faster than the industry for the second month in a row.”

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Chevrolet sales increased 13%.

US November auto sales – Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company reported, for November 2013, US sales:

  • 7% overall increase in sales. 9% rise in retail sales (best November since 2004).
  • 190,449 vehicles produced.
  • Sales of passenger cars rose 6%, utilities by 3% and trucks by 17%.
  • 51% increase in Fusion sales.
  • 26% rise in Fiesta sales.
  • F-series sells more than 60,000 units for seven consecutive months.
  • 114% increase in all-new Lincoln MKS sales, and 17% rise in Lincoln sales.

John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, said:

“We continued to see sales increases across our full family of vehicles – particularly with our passenger cars and utilities in conquest coastal markets – helping us post our best November retail sales performance since 2004. Fusion and Fiesta were particular standouts, setting November records, and Ford trucks maintained their strong selling pace.”

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Ford Fusion sales increased by 51%.

US November auto sales – Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

Toyota USA reported, for November 2013, US sales:

Toyota USA reported 178,044 units sold in November 2013, an increase of 5.9% over November 2012 on a DSR (daily selling rate) basis. On a raw-volume basis, which is not adjusted for 26 selling days in November 2013 versus 25 in November 2012, sales grew by 10.1%.

Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, said:

“Industry sales in November picked up after Thanksgiving contributing to the best sales pace of the year. Showroom traffic surged over the holiday weekend for Toyota, indicating good momentum we expect to continue through the end of the year and into 2014.”