The U.S. auto industry hasn't experienced a worse year of sales in recent memory, so it's fitting that 2008 should close with December sales data that's no better than the previous disappointing months.

The only green you'll see below is next to MINI, which beat out December 2007 sales by only four vehicles. Every other automaker and its brands sold fewer cars this past month than the year prior.

Santa apparently wasn't putting Accords and Camrys under anyone's tree, as Toyota and Honda sales fell sharply, off 36.7% and 34.7%, respectively. General Motors (-31.4%) and Ford Motor Company (-32.4%) fared about the same, but the Chrysler Group took an unprecedented hit on the chin for a full-line automaker. It's December 2008 sales were down a full 53% versus last year. Chrysler brand sales alone were down an incredible 59.8% compared to 12/07. This means that HUMMER, for the first time in a long time, was not this month's Biggest Loser, managing to unload enough H3s to see sales fall by "only" 59.3%.

Props are also awarded to Audi (-9.3%), Lincoln (-10%), Subaru (-7.7%) and Volkswagen (-14.4%) who finished the year strong... well, as strong as could be expected.

Stay tuned for later today when we publish the annual By the Numbers - 2008: Phew! Glad That's Over Edition.

BY THE NUMBERS - December 2008
Brand Vol. % Change Total Sales 12/08 Total Sales 12/07 DSR % Change Daily Avg. 12/08 Daily Avg. 12/07
Acura
-39.3% 10,680 17,582 -39.3% 411 676
Audi -9.3% 7,712 8,504 -9.3% 297 327
BMW -40.2% 18,060 30,199 -40.2% 695 1,162
Buick -38.1% 8,909 14,400 -38.1% 343 554
Cadillac -38.3% 13,235 21,436 -38.3% 509 824
Chevrolet -25.8% 137,691 185,626 -25.8% 5,296 7,139
Chrysler -59.8% 19,453 48,384 -59.8% 748 1,861
Dodge -51.9% 47,269 98,235 -51.9% 1,818 3,778
Ford -33% 116,188 173,648 -33% 4,469 6,679
GMC -34.5% 29,783 45,503 -34.5% 1,146 1,750
Honda -34% 75,405 114,210 -34% 2,900 4,393
HUMMER -59.3% 2,170 5,333 -59.3% 83 205
Hyundai NA
Infiniti -34.6% 8,273 12,655 -34.6% 318 487
Jeep -48.5% 23,091 44,804 -48.5% 888 1,723
Kia -39.2% 14,644 24,068 -39.2% 563 926
Lexus -32.4% 23,362 34,555 -32.4% 899 1,329
Lincoln -10% 9,053 10,065 -10% 348 387
Mazda -27.9% 17,965 24,933 -27.9% 691 959
Mercedes-Benz -32.1% 18,507 27,269 -32.1% 711 1,049
Mercury -29.8% 8,873 12,631 -29.8% 341 486
MINI 0.1% 3,566 3,562 0.1% 137 137
Mitsubishi -22.6% 4,570 5,904 -22.6% 176 227
Nissan -30% 53,829 76,900 -30% 2,070 2,958
Pontiac -45.5% 16,466 30,211 -45.5% 633 1,162
Porsche -25.5% 2,154 2,891 -25.5% 82 111
Saab -57% 1,179 2,748 -57% 45 106
Saturn -30.9% 12,570 18,196 -30.9% 483 700
Subaru -7.7% 17,287 18,739 -7.7% 664 721
Suzuki NA
Toyota -37.5% 118,587 189,844 -37.5% 4,561 7,302
Volkswagen -14.4% 17,577 20,543 -14.4% 676 790
Volvo -47% 4,953 9,341 -47% 191 359
COMPANIES
BMW Group -35.9%
21,626
33,761
-35.9%
832
1,299
Chrysler LLC -53% 89,813 191,423 -53% 3,454 7,362
FoMoCo -32.4% 139,067 205,685 -32.4% 5,349 7,911
General Motors -31.4% 221,983 323,453 -31.4% 8,538 12,441
Honda America -34.7%
86,085
131,792
-34.7%
3,311
5,069
Nissan NA -30.1% 62,102 89,555 -30.1% 2,389 3,444
Toyota Mo Co -36.7%
141,949 224,399 -36.7% 5,460 8,631

December 2008 had 26 selling days versus 26 selling days for December 2007.