May Auto Sales Update


Were consumers put off by all the recalls at General Motors? Well, their sales rose 13 percent last month thanks to strong demand for the new GMC Yukon and the Buick Encore, the premium subcompact crossover.

May sales rose 3 percent over at Ford with the Fusion and Escape posting their best ever monthly sales records. And the Explorer posted its best monthly sales performance in nearly a decade.

Thanks to strong demand for the new Corolla, Toyota posted a 17 per cent year over year sales gain. And we still love luxury. Lexus sold 21 percent more vehicles.

Over at Honda, sales increased 9 percent with customers taking home lots of Accords, Civics and CR-V’s. Officials are optimistic the good times will continue with the redesigned Fit hitting dealer showrooms next week.

Elsewhere, sales rose nearly 19 percent at Nissan thanks to the Altima and Sentra. Hyundai racked up a 3.7 percent increase while brother Kia was up nearly 15 percent.

In fact, the only major brand to post a decline was Volkswagen where sales were down 15.4 percent. It is hopeful that upcoming new models and some additional diesel engine offerings will change those figures. The new Golf TSI and Clean Diesel will go on sale in August and the new GTI model went on sale late last month.

Sales rose 13 percent for BMW ahead of a new M3 and M4 that will go on sale this month and a new X4 and 4 Series Gran Coupe hitting the market in July.

And if you think that was good, Mazda reported its best May sales in 18 years, up 22.5 percent over a year ago. The Mazda3 posted its highest sales totals in four years and the 6 its best record in eight years.

Subaru can brag about 30 consecutive months of year over year sales growth thanks to demand for the Forester, Outback and WRX/STI in May. Overall sales rose 11 percent at Suby.



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