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Our friends over at the Kicking Tires blog decided to take a gander at how well a few of the new 2008 models did their first month on the market, and it turns out really, really well. Though automakers don't break down what percentage of a particular car's monthly sales were of the 2007 or 2008 model, Kicking Tires compared the September sales numbers to the prior month when the redesigned '08s weren't available. The 2008 Cadillac CTS, for instance, sold 3,887 units in August and a whopping 6,416 units in September. That's a 65% increase in units sold month over month and a 73.5% increase in the average number of units sold per day versus the prior year. Clearly the car's positive reviews are reaching the eyes and ears of prospective buyers, which is a good thing for Cadillac overall. Besides the Escalade, which sells in smaller numbers, the CTS was the only Cadillac that increased its sales last month.

Kicking Tires also took a look at the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and 2008 Honda Accord, both of which debuted redesigned models in the marketplace last month. The same thing happened. The Merc's sales shot up 42.8% compared to last September and the Accord, which has also enjoyed positive reviews, was up 37.3% versus last year. Curiously, however, the Honda Accord sold even better two months ago when only 2007 models were available. In August of 2007, the average number of only 2007 Honda Accords sold per day was up 37.3% versus just 31.2% in September 2007 when the 2008 models were added. Either way, sales were still up compared to last year, so Honda should be pleased. Not every automaker can say that about its bread-and-butter midsize sedan.

[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      You also have to take into account that dealers usually give out really good deals for the previous gen car when the new one is out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      2007 Accords selling better two months earlier than the 2008's. Jeez, I wonder if it didn't have anything to do with their "Mr. Opportunity knocking" campaign running for the last two months?

      Hondas with incentives on their hoods would definitely attract more buyers. Especially if they had a choice between this year's model and next.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They've earned it. I've been enjoying getting to watch the GM turnaround quite a bit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Never said they had, i was implying that they're in the process of a turn around. And i believe they are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What is it GM hour on Autoblog? GM has not turned any corner as of yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I really need to see one in real life. I hope the front end isn't quite as softened-up as it looks in the pic above. The 07 CTS still has me digging all of its crisp lines and sharp angles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      a cookie to anyone who can spot all the guerilla marketing :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that was a great post.
      Very intresting.
      And surprising.
      I can't believe that power seats and leather are options in the CTS. Even worse "leatherette" is standard? I prefer cloth to leather. And most people prefer either fabric or leather. Does anyboy actually still want "leatherette"? I mean since the 1970's that is?

      I have new respect for the MKZ.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Also gross is MB Tex Vinyl.
        I'm glad Volvo did away with Vinyl seats back in the 240 days but also not too happy that you can't get cloth in most near luxury or luxury cars now.
        In the winter it can be too hard, cold, and crack easily.
        In the summer you can stick to it. Or crank your A/C and put up your windows enough to not enjoy the summer weather.

        Also, what's with most convertibles being only available with leather seats? That seems like a terrible idea.

        The only way I'd want leather is if I had air conditioned and heated leather seats.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, that was supposed to be a response to

        AZMike.
        • 7 Years Ago
        MoonRover, I beg to differ. Straight from "Build your Cadillac":

        "Ebony Seats With Ebony Interior Accents Leatherette Seating Surfaces"

        Having said that, the CTS is no longer a screaming deal. Now, you get what you pay for. No more awful interior materials, updated styling, and more power. Hopefully the engine is as refined as its German competitors.

        I'm really looking forward to the CTS coupe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There are no leatherette seats in the CTS. I don't know where you got that jewel of information but it is dead ass wrong..........
        • 7 Years Ago
        Leatherette is also a standard feature on other luxury and near luxury cars like Audi.

        My brother-in law's A-4 had it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new CTS is a nice direction for Caddy. The car has great proportions, and looks the business. A big move up from the Catera days for sure...

      Sociologically speaking though, it's kind of amazing Caddy's are really popular with the "bling" crowd and the "bingo" crowd. So rare a Make can cross those lines...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw a CTS the other day in a silverish green color, wow just wow, homerun definantly. 2 engines, available AWD, and a V on the way?? Sign me up....in about 10 years haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new CTS looks much better, but as far as sheet metal, isn't this a "face-lift?"
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is a complete redesign, new chassis, sheet metal, transmission, interior, etc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jared, Thanks for the info.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just the more reasons why Ford is headed no where fast. Ford has nothing in the pipeline yet blame the economy, housing slump, the union, unfair trade balance, healthcare, price of steel, and everything under the sun.

      Good Job GM!!! Keep it up!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw the 2008 CTS on the road last week, and it was quite a disappointment.

      The car looks alright in pictures, but in real life, the poor design and lack of style really shows.

      In all honesty, I think that the Lexus ES350 is nicer, and that's a really bland car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you sure you were looking at a 2008 CTS? This thing looks wayyy better on the road than in pictures. So much more unique than BMW or Merc
        • 7 Years Ago
        IK must be that guy Toyoda hired to monitor car blogs.
        Or maybe he needs new glasses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I drove up along side an '08 CTS and my mouth started watering uncontrollably (sorry for the visual). I'm not a sedan buyer, but if I was, this would be my car hands down.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I still haven't seen one.
        I just hope I won't be disappointed like I was the first time I saw a Buick Enclave. That thing looked like a boat! At least the Saturn and GMC looked good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The first CTS I saw on the road had a little enterprise rental car "E" sticker on it.

      Nice car though. Although I hope it ages well, unlike every other american car in the past 10 years. The old CTS was so hot when it first came out, looking at it now, sheesh, it aint Christy Brinkley.
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