October sales: Strong industry looks to post monthly record

October sales: Strong industry looks to post monthly record

October looks to have been a monster month for the U.S. auto industry.

Domestic determination

FCA was first out of the gate with results, posting increase in every brand. Even Fiat, which has struggled mightily this year, posted another year-over-year gain. It was a meager 1%, but it wasn’t negative. Also noteworthy in the FCA corner is Dodge. With the discontinued Avenger starting to clear off the books, the brand seems to have emerged from its spreadsheet slide. Only Durango, Dart and Viper slumped, and none in numbers that really hit Dodge’s volumes in a meaningful way.

GM had a similarly excellent October, with all of its subsidiary brands either up or flat (Buick). GMC, like Jeep, continues to sizzle on strong demand for trucks and SUVs.

Ford’s results were a bit more mixed. While the Blue Oval itself posted a stellar 14.3% increase, Lincoln, bucking recent progress, was off 4.5%.

Diesel Negated

Volkswagen managed to hold flat despite the Dieselgate fall-out by absolutely blowing out some of its ageing inventory. The Tiguan, Touareg, CC, Passat, Eos and GTI all had stellar months, with Golf, Golf SportWagen (vs. Jetta SportWagen a year ago) and Jetta all took hits. The real bright spot for Volkswagen was the e-Golf, new to the books, which put nearly 600 units in the positive column and for the second month in a row, saved Volkswagen from a negative result.

Audi, on the other hand, remained inconspicuously and unapologetically strong, posting its 58th consecutive monthly sales increase.



October year-over-year:

Acura

Alfa new, 65

Audi up 16.8%, 17,700

Bentley

BMW

Buick flat (-0.2%), 18,660

Cadillac up 13%, 15,391

Chevrolet up 17.6%, 183,464

Chrysler up 1%, 27.801

Dodge up 12%, 46,612

Fiat up 1%, 3,757

Ford up 14.3%, 205,453

GMC up 18%, 45,478

Honda

Hyundai

Infiniti

Jaguar

Jeep up 33%, 73,561

Kia

– *Lamborghini

Land Rover

Lexus

Lincoln down 4.5%, 8,485

Maserati

Mazda

– **Mercedes-Benz

MINI

Mitsubishi

Nissan

Porsche

Ram up 3%, 43,749

Scion

smart

Subaru

*Tesla

Toyota

Volkswagen flat, (0.24%), 30,387

Volvo


2015 year-to-date

Acura

Alfa new, 562

Audi up 13.0%, 165,103

Bentley

BMW

Buick down 1.6%, 186,387

Cadillac flat (-0.3%), 141,090

Chevrolet up 4.8%, 1,779,646

Chrysler up 10%, 276,601

Dodge down 12%, 428,959

Fiat down 9%, 35,576

Ford up 5.4%, 2,103,677

GMC up 12.5%, 455,717

Honda

Hyundai

Infiniti

Jaguar

Jeep up 24%, 706,471

Kia

*Lamborghini

Land Rover

Lexus

Lincoln up 7.5%, 82,449

Maserati

Mazda

– **Mercedes-Benz

MINI

Mitsubishi

Nissan

Porsche

Ram up 6%, 402,237

Subaru

Scion

smart

*Tesla

Toyota

Volkswagen down 2.19%, 294,602

Volvo

*Based on estimates from Automotive News.

** NOT including Sprinter

Note that last month’s highlights and lowlights listed below are merely a selection of some of the month’s bigger movers.

Highlights (sales up > 40%)

Lowlights (sales down > 30%)

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