Hyundai up 46%, Nissan up 30% and all GM core brands positive

It's pretty easy to stage a comeback when a prior year's monthly sales are so dismal, but that still doesn't dull the sheen off what happened last month for auto sales in the U.S.

Not surprisingly, Hyundai continues its winning ways with the largest increase in sales by volume at 45.91 percent. Newcomers to the I Know How To Sell Cars In A Down Market list include Nissan, up 19.94 percent, and Mercedes-Benz, up 19.11 percent. Subaru and Kia again perform flawlessly, posting gains of 23.95 and 18.27 percent, respectively.

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that all four core brands of General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC) posted positive sales numbers last month, and in the case of Buick rose 14.78 percent. Ford also continued to stay positive, but just barely posting 2.02 percent gain for the brand against a 0.04 decrease for the motor company. You can blame that on Lincoln and Mercury, both of which were down.

As the U.S. auto industry continues to claw its way out of this recession, the Chrysler Group is seemingly being left behind. Of the multi-brand companies we follow, the Pentastar performed the worst (-25.45 percent). The next worst performer, BMW Group, was down only 7.54 percent. With sales down only 8.09 percent, the Dodge brand was the company's best performer.

*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 23 selling days in November 2009 and 25 selling days in November 2008, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than the change in the average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company.

Brand Volume% Nov-13 Nov-12 DSR*% DSR Nov-09 DSR Nov-08
Hyundai 45.91 28,045 19,221 58.60 1,219 769
Nissan 29.94 50,644 38,974 41.24 2,202 1,559
Subaru 23.95 16,988 13,706 34.72 739 548
Mercedes-Benz 19.11 16,797 14,102 29.47 730 564
Kia 18.27 17,955 15,182 28.55 781 607
Porsche 18.00 1,626 1,378 28.26 71 55
Buick 14.78 8,627 7,516 24.76 375 301
Lexus 14.04 18,500 16,223 23.95 804 649
Volkswagen 13.68 16,250 14,295 23.56 707 572
Acura 11.17 8,769 7,888 20.84 381 316
Cadillac 10.28 9,721 8,815 19.87 423 353
GMC 5.38 21,301 20,214 14.54 926 809
Volvo 5.15 4,631 4,404 14.30 201 176
Chevrolet 4.46 100,023 95,756 13.54 4,349 3,830
BMW 3.23 15,708 15,217 12.20 683 609
Ford 2.02 105,133 103,055 10.89 4,571 4,122
Toyota 0.98 115,200 114,084 9.76 5,009 4,563
Mazda 0.86 14,255 14,134 9.63 620 565
Audi 0.32 6,810 6,788 9.05 296 272
Honda -4.55 65,234 68,345 3.75 2,836 2,734
Dodge -8.09 24,268 26,404 -0.10 1,055 1,056
Mercury -9.68 6,994 7,744 -1.83 304 310
Lincoln -20.08 6,409 8,019 -13.13 279 321
Jeep -24.45 15,339 20,302 -17.88 667 812
Infiniti -26.04 5,644 7,631 -19.61 245 305
Chrysler -37.33 12,544 20,017 -31.88 545 801
Pontiac -38.83 7,426 12,140 -33.51 323 486
Mitsubishi -42.60 2,925 5,096 -37.61 127 204
Mini -43.59 2,564 4,545 -38.68 111 182
Suzuki -52.11 1,540 3,216 -47.95 67 129
Saturn -54.03 3,737 8,130 -50.04 162 325
Saab -56.46 371 852 -52.67 16 34
Smart -70.44 661 2,236 -67.87 29 89
Hummer -84.80 221 1,454 -83.48 10 58
COMPANIES
Nissan NA 20.78 56,288 46,605 31.28 2,447 1,864
Toyota Mo Co 2.60 133,700 130,307 11.53 5,813 5,212
Ford Mo Co -0.04 123,167 123,222 8.65 5,355 4,929
General Motors -2.23 151,427 154,877 6.27 6,584 6,195
American Honda -2.93 74,003 76,233 5.52 3,218 3,049
BMW Group -7.54 18,272 19,762 0.50 794 790
Chrysler Group -25.45 63,560 85,260 -18.97 2,763 3,410