• Dec 2nd 2008 at 5:29PM
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GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota all down over 30%

While the Detroit 3 have their hands out in front of Congress, the entire U.S. auto industry turned in a report of dismal November sales today. Every major automaker saw its sales crash and crash hard last month, and the only brand to gain ground was MINI, which saw sales jump 43% on account of last year's numbers being artificially low because production of the then-new Coopers couldn't meet demand.

Credit, we suppose, should also be given to Lincoln and Subaru, each of which posted only a single-digit percentage loss of sales last month.

Clearly what's effecting the Detroit 3 automakers is effecting the entire industry, which sort of blows a hole in the argument that people aren't buying from GM, Ford and Chrysler right now because of their inferior product. Toyota and Honda were both down over 30% last month and Nissan fell 42.2%, which means that Americans just aren't buying as many cars in general as they were last year.

We're curious to find out how last month's sales numbers hinders or helps the cause of the Detroit 3 in Washington this week. We'll find out Thursday when all three CEOs testify again after Congress has reviewed their proposed plans.

Also check out our Top Ten Best-Selling Vehicles for November 2008. You might be surprised to see which vehicle is back at No. 1.

10: Nissan Altima - 10,828 sold
  • 10: Nissan Altima - 10,828 sold
  • For the month of November, Nissan checks in at the 10-spot in sales with its Altima midsize sedan. Engine options range from a base 175-horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder engine mated to a high-tech CVT automatic transmission or a standard six-speed manual transmission. An optional 3.5L V6 offers up a stout 270 horsepower, which is enough grunt to embarrass some sports cars. The Altima was last redesigned in 2007 and is available as both a coupe and sedan. Click here for more high-res shots of the Nissan Altima.
  • 9: Honda CR-V - 12,153 sold
  • Honda's first vehicle to show up on our top ten best-sellers list isn't a car at all, but it is the best-selling SUV in the U.S. The Honda CR-V boasts plenty of utility in a small package, with seating for five and a large cargo hold out back. All-wheel-drive adds security for those living in snowy climes, and a four-cylinder engine is rather miserly at the pump to boot. Click here for more high-res shots of the Honda CR-V.
  • 8: Chevy Impala - 12,851 sold
  • The Impala nameplate has been around in various forms since 1958, back when it was the most expensive sedan that Chevy offered. The current front-wheel-drive model doesn't quite live up to the reputation set by its muscular predecessors, but it still sells in relatively high numbers regardless. A large portion of those sales go to fleet customers, so the chances are good that you'll run across an Impala the next time you need to rent a car. It's a decent vehicle that can usually be picked up at cut-rate pricing, and there's definitely something to be said for that these days. Click here for more high-res shots of the latest Chevy Impala.
  • 7: Dodge Ram - 15,538 sold
  • Dodge shocked the pickup truck world way back in 1994 when it introduced the first major redesign of its Ram truck in a few decades. That model popularized the current "big rig" look that has remained popular ever since. The latest Ram for 2009 keeps the aggressive look of its forebears while adding a great deal more comfort, convenience and capability due to its coil-over rear suspension (the first such system in a full-sized truck) and powerful 5.7L HEMI V8 with 380 HP and 404 ft.-lb. of torque. Click here for more high-res shots of the 2009 Dodge Ram.
  • 6: Honda Accord - 17,430 sold
  • The Honda Accord comes in many shapes and sizes, including a sporty coupe and a practical sedan, each available with your choice of four-cylinder or six-cylinder engines. Offering more room than any of its closest competitors, along with Honda's well-earned reputation for advanced technology and stellar reliability, it's not surprising that the automaker manages to sell as many of its large sedans as it does. Click here for more high-res shots of the Honda Accord Coupe.
  • 5: Honda Civic - 17,690 sold
  • The Accord is definitely a huge seller for the Honda, but the Honda Civic manages to sneak past its big brother by just a few hundred units to snag the fifth spot. The Civic offers a sporty alternative to the standard compact car, and its futuristic styling inside and out has plenty of admirers. An attractive starting price of just over $15,000 makes for a compelling case and a fuel-saving hybrid model only serves to sweeten the deal.Click here for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Honda Civic.
  • 4: Toyota Corolla - 21,807 sold
  • With a bit over 20,000 sales for the month of November, the Toyota Corolla manages to snag fourth place. It's easy to understand why, as the Corolla is perennially one of the most reliable cars on the road. A complete refresh for the 2009 model year keeps Toyota's compact sedan in the running. What vehicles kept the Corolla just outside medal contention?Click here for more high-res shots of the 2009 Toyota Corolla.
  • 3: Toyota Camry - 24,224 sold
  • Toyota claims the number three spot with its super-popular Camry midsize sedan. This is the best-selling car in America, with a couple of pickup trucks being the only thing standing in its way of total sales domination. We've put the Camry through its paces a few times and can understand why its attractive as a ridiculously reliable way to get from point A to point B. So, what two trucks managed to snag the victory from the Toyota? Click here for more shots of the 2009 Toyota Camry.
  • 2: Chevy Silverado - 29,534 sold
  • Each year, Chevrolet's fullsize Silverado pickup truck manages to take home the silver trophy in total vehicle sales in the United States. It's an extremely profitable vehicle for the Bowtie division, so Chevrolet is happy to see its truck regain some sales strength after expensive gasoline wreaked havoc on its figures earlier in the year. To help keep up the momentum, GM has added a new XFE (Extra Fuel Economy) model along with an advanced hybrid drivetrain. Click here for more shots of the Chevrolet Silverado.
  • 1: Ford F-Series - 37,911 sold
  • After a series of down months this summer when gas prices took their meteoric rise over $4 a gallon, the Ford F-150 has marched back up the ladder to continue its run of sales domination. The Blue Oval has no plans to let the title of Best Selling Vehicle in the United States slip away after 23 straight years of holding the crown. To that end, the pickup got a full makeover for 2009 and a new fuel-saving SFE edition. Click here for more high-res shots of the 2009 Ford F-150.

BY THE NUMBERS - November 2008
Brand Vol. % Change Total Sales 11/08 Total Sales 11/07 DSR % Change Daily Avg. 11/08 Daily Avg. 11/07
-38.9% 7,888 12,910 -38.9% 316 516
Audi -25.4% 6,788 9,104 -25.4% 272 364
BMW -36% 15,217 23,808 -36% 609 952
Buick -43.3% 7,516 13,245 -43.3% 301 530
Cadillac -48.3% 8,815 17,041 -48.3% 353 682
Chevrolet -36.9% 95,756 151,642 -36.9% 3,830 6,066
Chrysler -56% 20,017 45,510 -56% 801 1,820
Dodge -44.3% 44,941 80,670 -44.3% 1,794 3,227
Ford -30% 103,055 147,310 -30% 4,122 5,892
GMC -41.5% 20,214 34,549 -41.5% 809 1,382
Honda -30.6% 68,345 98,521 -30.6% 2,734 3,941
HUMMER -63.9% 1,454 4,029 -63.9% 58 161
Hyundai -39.7% 19,221 31,883 -39.7% 769 1,275
Infiniti -28% 7,631 10,604 -28% 305 424
Jeep -41.8% 20,302 34,908 -41.8% 812 1,396
Kia -37.2% 15,182 24,177 -37.2% 607 967
Lexus -34.7% 16,223 24,848 -34.7% 649 994
Lincoln -8.3% 8,019 8,744 -8.3% 321 350
Mazda -31.3% 14,134 20,580 -31.3% 565 823
Mercedes-Benz -38.2% 14,102 22,819 -38.2% 564 913
Mercury -41.4% 7,744 13,204 -41.4% 310 528
MINI 43% 4,545 3,177 43% 182 127
Mitsubishi -35.4% 5,096 7,893 -35.4% 204 316
Nissan -44.4% 38,974 70,079 -44.4% 1,559 2,803
Pontiac -53.4% 12,140 20,040 -53.4% 486 1,042
Porsche -48.2% 1,378 2,662 -48.2% 55 106
Saab -57.5% 852 2,003 -57.5% 34 80
Saturn -46.2% 8,130 15,105 -46.2% 325 604
Subaru -7.8% 13,706 14,868 -7.8% 548 595
Suzuki -46.3% 3,216 5,987 -46.3% 129 239
Toyota -33.8% 114,084 172,341 -33.8% 4,563 6,894
Volkswagen -19.2% 14,295 17,689 -19.2% 572 708
Volvo -46.5% 4,404 8,227 -46.5% 176 329
BMW Group -26.8%
Chrysler LLC -47% 85,260 161,088 -47% 3,410 6,444
FoMoCo -30.6% 123,222 177,485 -30.6% 4,929 7,099
General Motors -41.3% 154,877 263,654 -41.3% 6,195 10,546
Honda America -31.6%
Nissan NA -42.2% 46,605 80,683 -42.2% 1,864 3,227
Toyota Mo Co -33.9%
130,307 197,189 -33.9% 5,212 7,888
November 2008 had 25 selling days versus 25 selling days for November 2007

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      • 6 Years Ago
      effecting != affecting

      You guys could really use some editors. What do they teach you guys in American schools about English?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a great time to make a deal. Especially with those posting a near negative 50%.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Subaru sale number are inflated unfairly I believe. Given that they have been offering up to 8,000 off the STi, they have sold hundreds if not thousands of their remaining STi because of this coupled with the 0% financing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And also, by your reasoning, Toyota, GM, Ford, Chrysler numbers are all inflated because of $8,000 off their cars and "saved by zero", idiot!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's just stupid! What cars do you see more on the road, Outbacks or STi's? Especially the 08 STi. They maybe sold a couple of hundred in November, compared to thousands of Outbacks and Foresters.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good to see the great Panther cars keeping Ford alive another month.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you mean Mercury since the Grandma was it's biggest seller.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that one of the reasons that the Mini is doing so well is the unavoidable fact that the normally aspirated version of the vehicle (not the Cooper S) gets better gas mileage than the Prius, and mileage pretty close to the Smart car. The only problem I've seen with the things (as a wrecker driver), is that they break down quite a bit more than other vehicles. Being made by BMW, of course, this shouldn't surprise anybody. It's interesting that the Smart cars hold up very well in accidents. A combination, I think, of the really massive, wrap-a-round bumper located under the body, and the low mass of the vehicle; it tends to just be knocked aside in collisions, rather than hanging around to accept more serious damage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's dismal, and it's going to stay this way. Our economy is shot and auto sales that were inflated by cheap money (easy mortgages) are going to be hard hit. Plus, consumer confidence declines hit cars hard because they're long term assets. It's not something that is paid for in full immediately for most people, and many are not sure what the future holds.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that you in your avatar? Are you single? **crosses fingers, please don't be a dude**

        • 6 Years Ago
        Why does the reply system hate me so much? That was for jamie. and it was a joke. Hi, first day on the interwebs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        this reply so-called-system hates everyone (and vice versa)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've been thinking the same thing. Is the picture misleading, with whom are we dealing with?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, everyone is down but I maintain my stance that the domestics aren't healthy companies and do not deserve a taxpayer loan that they are unlikely to pay back. Healthy companies are able to weather this storm and I believe we'll see the Europeans, Japanese, and Koreans do just that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did you miss the fact that these foreign automakers have already received loans from their government?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Liqor, yes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well with your line of thinking maybe the Gov't should have not given the banks the $700 billion dollars

        Citigroup alone was promised something in the order ot $380 billion for bad loans - maybe the gov't should have let them die first. they don't deserve our tax money either

        the $25billion the auto industry is requesting is peanuts in front of the financial market
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford has had better Ideas and maybe just maybe the greedy CEO's might just begin to realize you can't sel your product because nobody in the country makes the kind of money you and your clown friends make so that means you have to sell your product to the people that can afford it the peons. So build something we can afford to buy and run. Listen to some good advice buy the yugo plant build Model T frames put a plastic body on them a 5 speed stick shift a rear wheel drive 2 buckets and a small rear bench seat good heater leave a place for the people to put thier own sound system in and use a 2 or 3 cylinder engine, just stop complaining and do it and lets start selling cars and give a good discount to your employees so they can buy 1 of the cars they build for you to sell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Plus, I get comfort knowing that I can squash cars like the Civic (or whatever Japanese/Korean tin can) you probably drive."

      An H3 would just as easily squash a Chevy Aveo or a Ford Focus and would have trouble squashing a Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada or Kia Borrego.

      Yes, Hummers may be impractical for most everyday users, but this is America (the last time I checked anyway) and we love excess.

      Of course you are free to buy whatever you want, but EXCESS is what got America into the greatest economic mess since the Great Depression (and I'm saying this as a fiscal conservative).

      • 6 Years Ago
      it's not that bad, big 3 need to be sold and there is always a buyer for the right price, their workforce should not work for 50 not 20 but 12-15 usd / h ( no benefits since u get it from o'mama) like they do in toyota. their ceo should only be paid max 400,000usd per year.

      THey should only keep as many factories as they really need and MAXIMIZE MAXIMIZE PROFIT taken from each car while keeping the prices the same
      thats all, then the small biz that they would have will flourish as they need to make same profit as japanese do while providing better quality, better cars, better warranty , its they only way out for the long term
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just a question, are these US (only) numbers?

      I'm in Canada and am wondering how bad/good it is up here.
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