Auto News for May 1 (update)

If an automaker is not cranking out a small crossover vehicle or two these days it is missing from a very hot market. Analysts said they continued to be hot sellers last month, boosting GM sales up 5.9 percent with demand strong for the Chevy Equinox and the Buick Encore. Sales rose eight percent for Chevy’s large pickup, the Silverado.

The pattern continued at Toyota where demand was robust for the Highlander SUV and the smaller RAV4. Overall, Toyota sales rose 1.8 percent.

Nissan did better with a 5.7 percent gain last month while Hyundai checked in with its best April ever with a 2.9 percent sales gain.

Volkswagen continues on the down side with sales off about three percent last month, the opposite of what the German automaker is experiencing in other markets.

Overall sales at Honda fell 1.8 percent versus a strong April 2014 total. Yet its luxury branch, Acura, posted a 5.3 percent sales gain last month. Sales of the Honda crossover, the CR-V, were up 3.4 percent in keeping with the trend mentioned above.

Sales fell slightly at Kia, while BMW rose 6.9 percent with demand up 12 percent for the BMW X5.

Subaru kept the good times coming with an 18 percent sales gain in April with the Forester, Legacy, Outback and XV Crosstrek racking up their best April ever.

Mazda set a 20-year record selling 24,123 vehicles last month with year over year sales up 7.5 percent. The CX-5 crossover set a record for its best April ever.

Audi reported that April sales increased 7.5 percent to 16,827, a total that stands as the brand’s 52nd straight month of record U.S. sales. The A3, recently reviewed here and favorably so, had its best ever monthly sales and demand for SUV’s was also strong with the Q5 up 14 percent.



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