By Andrew Ganz
Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013 @ 2:07 pm
 
It's hard to believe that we're already one quarter of the way through 2013 - but we are! With only a handful of exceptions, automakers selling cars in the United States have mostly had a pretty darn good year so far.
SUVs and crossovers were the biggest movers last month for most automakers.

On account of their Pathfinders and Foresters, Nissan and Subaru had their best sales months ever last month. On the other hand, Kia and Hyundai slid quite a bit after starting last year so strongly.

Notably, Toyota says it had the highest retail volume in the industry, even though overall sales for its brands (Toyota and Scion are lumped together in its sales reporting) weren't the highest in the industry.

Overall, industry sales were up about 3 percent overall, which brings the seasonally-adjusted annualized sales rate - the figure at which sales would settle if they continued at this rate - at 15.4 million new cars, according to Bloomberg's research.

That marks the fifth consecutive month where SAAR has topped 15 million and it's more than 1 million cars higher than last March's SAAR. Clearly, the new car market is recovering well.


March's Numbers
  • Acura up 26% to 14,100
  • Audi up 14% to 13,253
  • BMW up 13% to 27,078
  • Buick up 36% to 18,007
  • Cadillac up 50% to 15,751
  • Chevrolet up 1% to 173,859
  • Chrysler down 2% to 33,905
  • Dodge up 15% to 59,885
  • Ford up 7% to 229,335
  • Fiat up 3% to 3,807
  • GMC up 12% to 38,333
  • Honda up 5% to 121,938
  • Hyundai down 2% to 68,306
  • Infiniti up 9% to 11,103
  • Jaguar up 7% to 1,408
  • Jeep down 13% to 39,469
  • Kia down 15% to 49,125
  • Land Rover up 3% to 4,314
  • Lexus up 15% to 23,190
  • Lincoln down 23% to 6,825
  • Maserati down 15% to 218
  • Mazda down 1% to 32,028
  • MINI up 5% to 6,071
  • Mitsubishi down 26% to 5,286
  • Nissan up <1% to 126,623
  • Porsche up 42% to 3,487
  • Ram up 24% to 34,540
  • Subaru up 13% to 36,701
  • Toyota up 1% to 205,342
  • Volkswagen up 3% to 37,704
  • Volvo down 20% to 5,365

2013 Year-to-Date Numbers
  • Acura up 14% to 34,953
  • Audi up 16% to 34,186
  • BMW up 5% to 64,902
  • Buick up 28% to 47,620
  • Cadillac up 38% to 42,712
  • Chevrolet up 5% to 469,704
  • Chrysler up <1% to 79,684
  • Dodge up 26% to 158,751
  • Fiat up 9% to 9,612
  • Ford up 12% to 582,584
  • GMC up 14% to 104,927
  • Honda up 5% to 302,698
  • Hyundai up 1% to 164,330
  • Infiniti up 4% to 27,376
  • Jaguar up 8% to 3,585
  • Jeep down 12% to 100,951
  • Kia down 8% to 126,932
  • Land Rover up 17% to 12,419
  • Lexus up 16% to 56,740
  • Lincoln down 24% to 15,899
  • Maserati down 9% to 549
  • Mazda down 5% to 78,283
  • Mitsubishi down 5% to 15,996
  • MINI down 1% to 14,055
  • Nissan down 2% to 290,905
  • Porsche up 35% to 9,650
  • Ram up 14% to 79,354
  • Subaru up 15% to 92,527
  • Toyota up 9% to 529,444
  • Volkswagen up 4% to 98,178
  • Volvo down 8% to 15,107

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

Highlights (sales up > 50%)
  • BMW X6 up 65%
  • Chevrolet Traverse up 55%
  • GMC Acadia up 77%
  • GMC Yukon XL up 65%
  • Lexus ES up 116%
  • MINI Roadster up 115%
  • Nissan Leaf up 286%
  • Nissan Pathfinder up 177%
  • Toyota Avalon up 110%
  • Volkswagen Beetle up 107%

Lowlights (sales down > 30%)
  • Acura TSX down 54%
  • Audi A3 down 81%
  • BMW 1-Series down 44%
  • Buick Regal down 39%
  • Honda Insight down 54%
  • Lexus CT 200h down 52%
  • Lincoln MKS down 45%
  • Nissan Quest down 48%
  • Scion iQ down 70%
  • Toyota Yaris down 33%
  • Volkswagen Routan down 93%
  • Volvo C70 down 55%