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Detroit Three strong in November US new car sales

November’s new car sales figures in the US have been released, with the Detroit Three showing continued signs of recovery, Hyundai on the march and Toyota still feeling the effects of diminished consumer confidence.
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With 10,445,490 sales for the year, the first 11 months of 2010 has already surpassed last year’s 12-month 10.43 million total.

Total November General Motors sales reached 168,670, pushing the brand to just below two million sales with one month to go.

Excluding the almost-defunct Hummer, Pontiac and Saturn brands, sales of GM’s four surviving brands (Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Chevrolet) increased 21 percent over November 2009.

Ford Motor Co. also enjoyed a strong month, with sales up 20 percent for the month. Importantly for the Blue Oval, that level of growth is consistent with the rest of 2010, where the company is 19 percent (or 280,000 vehicles) ahead of the 11-month figure from 2009.

Ford plans to keep the sales heading in the right direction too. Overnight it announced a first-quarter 2011 production increase of 11 percent (approximately 63,000 vehicles) for North America.

Despite a 23 percent dive from Chrysler and a 12 percent decline by Dodge, strong sales of Ram and Jeep (up 67 percent and 58 percent respectively) ensured Chrysler Group enjoyed a 17 percent surge – up from 63,560 sales in 2009 to 74,152 in 2010.

Other big-selling brands to record strong months included Nissan (up 27 percent), Honda (up 21 percent) and the bolter in the pack, Hyundai, whose sales skyrocketed 46 percent from 46,002 to 67,324 in November.

Toyota Motor Co was the only major manufacturer to slide compared with last year, with sales of Lexus, Scion and Toyota cumulatively down slightly more than three percent.

Its total 2010 sales are almost identical to 2009’s levels, in a market that has grown on average 11 percent.