Auto News for Nov. 3 Update – October Auto Sales

Kia announced its best ever October sales of 50,044 vehicles, a 12 percent increase over a year earlier. It was led by Optima and the Soul.

Volkswagen sales were flat compared to a year earlier as virtually all major makers posted impressive sales increases. One analyst said that is about all VW can hope for given the diesel engine scandal. “We would like to again thank our customers for their patience and loyalty,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, VW of America. “Volkswagen is committed to making things right and actively working to restore trust.”

Subaru sold 14.8 percent more all-wheel drives than a year earlier. It was the best October ever for the Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and Outback.

While BMW saw its sales fall 3.8 percent it expects to turn things around with the X1 that is just now hitting the market. Mini saw sales fall 22.9 percent.

Mazda can brag about its best October sales in 21 years with a 35.4 percent increase. The CX-5 compact SUV was the brand’s top seller followed by the Mazda3.

Honda had its best October ever with overall sales up 8.6 percent and truck sales graining 18.5 percent helped by the redesigned Pilot. Acura’s top seller last month was the TLX.

For 58 straight months Audi has increased its monthly sales and October was no exception with sales rising 16.8 percent. Audi has sold 165,103 vehicles so far this year which exceeds what it sold for all of 2013. Like everyone else in the business SUV sales were up, in this case 31.1 percent.

Toyota, Scion and Lexus sales rose 6.9 percent for the brand’s strongest October in ten years. Officials said lower gas prices drove strong SUV sales with the RAV 4 and Highlander the hottest nameplates.

Lots of people went to dealer showrooms to look at the Hyundai Sonata, Elantra, and Santa Fe last month driving sales up 20 percent for the Korean car maker. It posted its best October ever with sales of 60,005 vehicles.

“This is the strongest October sales month” in Porsche Cars North American history, the company said. It sold 4,070 vehicles a gain of 11 percent over a year earlier. The Cayenne was the best seller followed by the Macan.

Clearly the good times continue for auto makers here in the U.S. In case you were wondering, the Honda CR-V was the best selling crossover while the Toyota Camry was again the most in demand car.

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