The experts thought auto sales would not be red hot last month, and for the Detroit three that was the case.
Yet Toyota, Audi, Subaru, Hyundai and Mercedes were able to post sales gains.
Ford experienced a 7.7 percent decline due to sagging fleet sales and slowing car sales. That latter category was down 20.7 percent. But trucks remain hot.
“We continue seeing strong customer demand, especially for vans and pickup trucks, including our all-new Super Duty,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.
GM saw sales sag 0.6 percent despite gains at Buick and Cadillac. Demand slowed for the GMC and Chevrolet brands. Officials were upbeat.
“We are achieving these results while maintaining disciplined incentive spending and commanding the industry’s best average transaction prices for any full-line manufacturer,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s vice president of U.S. sales operations.
Also checking in with a less than 1% percent setback was Fiat Chrysler. Jeep sales dropped 3% but Ram trucks were solid players with demand up 27%. Fiat sales were off 30 percent.
Toyota reported a September sales gain of 1.5 percent with Tacoma truck sales up 35.4 percent, Corolla up 17 percent and Highlander up 21.3 percent. Lexus sales rose 2 percent with strong gains for the NX and the LX.
Kia sales were off .9 percent, but are up 3.3 for the year.
BMW sales fell 4.6 percent while Mini sales were down nearly 9 percent in September.
Subaru can brag about 58 consecutive months of month-over-month growth with September sales up 3.5 percent led by the Outback and Crosstrek.
Combine Honda and Acura brands, and American Honda can report a 0.1 percent sales increase in September. The Honda CR-V set a September sales record.
Audi sales rose 1.6 percent to 17,617 vehicles, the brand’s best sales for the month in its U.S. history. The Q3, Q7 and A4 led the volume gains.
Mercedes-Benz reported best-ever September sales of 29,500 vehicles, increasing 1.7% from the 29,020 vehicles sold during the same month last year. Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in September included the C-Class, GLC and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines.
Hyundai Motor America posted its best September ever, with sales of 66,610, up four percent year-over-year. “Strong performances by our Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, in addition to the sub-compact Accent, lead the way to yet another record month,” said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America.