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Toyota up big, Ford up a little while GM, Chrysler and Honda slip

Pardon the tardiness of this report, but most manufacturers decided to present their September sales figures in a misleading way by comparing the raw number of vehicles sold last month to those sold in September 2005. We prefer to compare the Daily Sales Rate, obtained by dividing the number of vehicles sold in a month by the number of selling days in that month. Since last month had 26 selling days and September of 2005 had 25, most automakers decided to mitigate their losses or pad their gains by taking advantage of that extra selling day in their comparisons. So it took us a little longer to go through and correct the data that was misleading, and indeed some positive performances fell into the red once corrected. Credit goes to General Motors, Toyota and a few others for not giving us more work to do and providing the Daily Sales Rate to begin with. So forget about the numbers you see plastered all over the internet and the news, these are the real numbers. So lets begin...

Toyota is officially on a tear. Its sales in the month of September rose 20.2% versus the same time last year. The Toyota division itself increased sales 21.3% last month to 197,250 units, firmly placing it ahead of Chevrolet for the month and not far behind the Ford brand.

Speaking of Ford, the Blue Oval has some good news finall thanks to a September that saw sales for the company rise a modest .66%. The Focus and Mustang had big gains and the Fusion triplets continue to sell well. What helped the most, however, was surprisingly strong performances from the Explorer, Expedition and F-Series, all of which were up last month. Aren't these things supposed to be losing popularity?

General Motors and the Chrysler Group both took modest dips last month of 6.8% and 7.5%, respectively. However, it was Honda falling off 7.76% that was the big surprise. Apparently, the new Civic's sheen is beginning to wear off and the Accord, as great a mid-size family sedan as it is, is beginning to look staid next to the new Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata.

Biggest Winner

Saab 48.8% at 3,069 (9/05: 1,983)
Commendable Month
Toyota 21.28% at 197,250 (9/05: 156,381)

Biggest Loser
Jaguar –47.8% at 1,158 (9/05: 2,135)
Scary Month
Dodge –20.8% at 79,784 (9/05: 96,890)

BRANDS
Acura –5.64% at 16,323 (9/05: 16,634)
Audi 2% at 8,004 (9/05: 7,854)
BMW –11.31% at 20,339 (9/05: 22,052)
Buick –11.1% at 19,463 (9/05: 21,050)
Cadillac 17.8% at 20,217 (9/05: 16,507)
Chevrolet –10.6% at 190,825 (9/05: 205,238)
Chrysler 0.0% at 47,211 (9/05: 45,546)
Dodge –20.8% at 79,784 (9/05: 96,890)
Ford 3.26% at 204,070 (9/05: 190,012)
GMC 1.1% at 39,141 (9/05: 37,233)
Honda –8.1% at 99,903 (9/05: 104,529)
HUMMER 11.6% at 6,739 (9/05: 5,806)
Hyundai –16% at 33,384 (9/05: 38,214)
Infiniti –9.8% at 10,378 (9/05: 11,062)
Isuzu 16.6% at 1,397 (9/05: 1,152)
Jaguar –47.8% at 1,158 (9/05: 2,135)
Jeep 21.62% at 41,893 (9/05: 33,120)
Land Rover 2.61% at 3,469 (9/05: 3,425)
Lexus 12.1% at 25,700 (9/05: 22,036)
Lincoln –26.91% at 7,362 (9/05: 9,686)
Mazda 2.19% at 20,261 (9/05: 19,918)
Mercedes 8.86% at 19,873 (9/05: 17,552)
Mercury –5.77% at 13,117 (9/05: 13,385)
MINI –5.84% at 2,964 (9/05: 3,027)
Mitsubishi 9.24% at 10,287 (9/05: 9,054)
Nissan –9.1% at 77,962 (9/05: 82,478)
Pontiac –13.6% at 37,376 (9/05: 41,597)
Porsche –.61% at 2,339 (9/05: 2,263)
Saab 48.8% at 3,069 (9/05: 1,983)
Saturn 4.4% at 20,153 (9/05: 18,569)
Subaru –3.67% at 16,128 (9/05: 16,100)
Suzuki 7.0% at 7,940 (9/05: 7,131)
Toyota 21.28% at 197,250 (9/05: 156,381)
Volkswagen –10.79% at 20,082 (9/05: 21,646)
Volvo –2.24% at 9,672 (9/05: 9,514)

TBA: Kia

COMPANIES
BMW Group –10.6% at 23,303 (9/05: 25,079)
Chrysler Group –7.49% at 168,888 (9/05: 175,556)
Ford Motor Co .66% at 238,848 (9/05: 228,157)
General Motors –6.8% at 338,380 (9/05: 349,202)
Honda America –7.76% at 116,226 (9/05: 121,163)
Nissan North America –9.2% at 88,340 (9/05: 93,540)
Toyota Motor Co. 20.2% at 222,950 (9/05: 178,417)

Editors note: All percentages are reported as the change in daily sales rate (DSR) since there were 26 selling days in September 2006 versus 25 selling days in September 2005.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hyundai's drop in sales are due to shortages of Accents and New Elantras.

      Overall, Hyundai recorded a 52% INCREASE IN SALES WORLD WIDE!! That is why there are shortages here in North America.

      http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?dist=newsfinder&siteid=google&guid=%7BCAA93E74-6472-447C-8297-5987A77C9864%7D&keyword=

      The information below has the break-down of Hyundai sales. It even says that the drop was due to shortages of Accent and New Elantra models. Remember, 52% increase in WORLDWIDE SALES. Makes sense?

      http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061003/latu115.html?.v=59
      • 8 Years Ago
      "However, it was Honda falling off 7.76% that was the big surprise. Apparently, the new Civic's sheen is beginning to wear off and the Accord, as great a mid-size family sedan as it is, is beginning to look staid next to the new Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata."

      All things being equal (other companies with Japanese engineering and blah blah. What company wraps themself in the American flag most on TV commercials. Yet, if GM and Ford dare use the flag after a hundred or more years of supplying vehicles and paying taxes (including real estate tax to probably every state in the union for most of those years)people yell, they should be selling with product merits not the flag.

      I think the Honda mark shows that if a company very much like Toyota is not doing nearly as well then it is about the flag waving and not the product. Point blank. That is the main difference between Honda and Toyota isn't it?

      Oh, no. That means Hyundai commercials will be on every other minute about their factory here. We're going to have a flag waving contest, aren't we? Either that or Demolition Man was right. Taco Bell will be the only restaurant (and Toyota the only car company). Won't our life be better for it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Hyundai's -16% is more of a scary month than Dodges -20%
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jaguar should have been shut-down by Ford a long time ago.

      mercury and lincoln should have been shut-down more than 6 years ago.

      Ford should focus on Ford, Volvo and Aston Martin Only.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I will be soooooo glad when Toyota finally becomes #1 so I don't have to hear everyone talk about it anymore!!! Yes, go ahead and put them in the hotseat so they can see what Ford and GM have had to go through the past decade, everyone scrutinizing your every little mistake....when you have that much production volume things are bound to get missed, so we have seen from Toyota's increase in recalls. But because it's Toyota they are all kind of swept under the rug for right now. Yes, let their arrogance get the best of them!!!
      As for the idiot that said the remark about the fleet Tauruses....9,000 more vehicles did NOT overinflate their numbers. Their total CAR sales would still have been UP!! I guess if this had been a Toyota Camry it would have been OK??
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Lithous, take your medication, and try and make more sense in the morning."

      That made me lol. His posts are hard to follow sometimes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mazda is up, right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ever wander if Toyota's playing with the numbers???????
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another mistake... shouldn't Audi have an upward arrow?
      And while on the subject of Honda, they are down because two of their bread winners are old and in need of updating. Pilot and Accord.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I simply can't wait to see Lithous's comments when (not if) General Messup goes bust, as in Chapter 7, doors closed, bye-bye. I'm guessing it will be around the next time the US economy goes into a recession and SUV and pickup truck sales evaporate for a few years instead of a few months. GMer's aren't smart enough to figure out that the gas isn't going to last forever.

      It'll be a repeat of 1980 only worse, as in "Will the last person out of Michigan please turn out the lights?" One personal benefit for me; fewer lunatic drivers on the roads coming up north to visit/ruin our summers in northern Michigan.

      But, life changes and goes on. If it didn't, we'd be sitting in caves eating raw meat (if we were lucky).
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I simply can't wait to see Lithous's comments when (not if) General Messup goes bust, as in Chapter 7, doors closed, bye-bye."

      That's pretty funny, even some of the most nastiest commenters about GM say they don't wish they would die. You on the other hand, it is all about you. MeMeMe is your anthem, forget the Star Spangled Banner.



      "I'm guessing it will be around the next time the US economy goes into a recession and SUV and pickup truck sales evaporate for a few years instead of a few months."

      When we go into a big recession would it be because of all the foreign crap we buy?



      "GMer's aren't smart enough to figure out that the gas isn't going to last forever."

      That's why they have been looking into hydrogen since the 1960's.



      "It'll be a repeat of 1980 only worse, as in "Will the last person out of Michigan please turn out the lights?" One personal benefit for me; fewer lunatic drivers on the roads coming up north to visit/ruin our summers in northern Michigan."

      I get it, you are clueless. If the last person leaves Michigan and you are in Northern Michigan (therefore you are in Michigan) then you won't be there either, right? Nice logic. You're probably from Sault Ste Marie Canada and tell everyone you're from SSM, MI.

      Go back to TheLiesAboutCars Robert is missing you, I'm sure.


      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      bye bye GM. In China the auto workers make $2/hour including benefits. In the US they make $60. Why would anyone manufacture anything in the USA. Its hopeless for GM.
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