Chrysler Continues Climb, Japan Begins Rebound

There's some good news and some not-so-good news when dissecting sales figures for August of 2011. For one, Chrysler posted notable gains for all of its brands, especially Jeep, which managed to score an impressive 58-percent sales rise over the same period a year ago.

General Motors also impressed with its figures, with Cadillac's four-percent gain the only one of its brands not to post a double-digit rise.

Of the Japanese brands, only Nissan, with a 19-percent overall gain in sales, was able to adequately recover from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that have been plaguing all automakers for the past several months. That said, both Toyota and Honda managed to post smaller losses than what were recorded a month ago.

Further, the Toyota Camry (30,185 total sales) was again the best-selling automobile (behind the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, naturally) in August, as it was in July, after briefly giving up that mantle to the Chevy Cruze in June. Have a gander at the complete set of August sales results in our handy-dandy chart below.


Brand Vol. % Aug-11 Aug-10 DSR %* Aug-11 Aug-10
Mitsubishi 62.12 6,960 4,293 55.89 268 172
Jeep 57.99 40,613 25,706 51.91 1,562 1,028
GMC 40.35 36,471 25,986 34.95 1,403 1,039
Suzuki 31.64 2,409 1,830 26.58 93 73
Kia 26.87 41,188 32,465 21.99 1,584 1,299
Chrysler 25.42 22,497 17,937 20.60 865 717
Saab 25.17 363 290 20.36 14 12
Lincoln 24.55 8,006 6,428 19.76 308 257
Nissan 22.43 82,517 67,399 17.72 3,174 2,696
Dodge 18.25 41,817 35,364 13.70 1,608 1,415
Volvo 17.43 5,215 4,441 12.91 201 178
Ford 16.09 167,214 144,035 11.63 6,431 5,761
Chevrolet 15.78 152,779 131,952 11.33 5,876 5,278
Mazda 14.66 22,632 19,739 10.25 870 790
Buick 12.08 16,021 14,294 7.77 616 572
Audi 11.10 10,201 9,182 6.82 392 367
Volkswagen 10.40 25,232 22,855 6.15 970 914
Land Rover 10.34 2,807 2,544 6.09 108 102
Hyundai 9.15 58,505 53,603 4.95 2,250 2,144
Porsche 7.48 2,184 2,032 3.35 84 81
Ram 7.19 22,086 20,604 3.07 849 824
BMW 6.53 20,815 19,540 2.43 801 782
Mercedes-Benz 5.36 20,728 19,674 1.31 797 787
Cadillac 4.09 13,208 12,689 0.09 508 508
Infiniti -4.29 9,024 9,428 -7.97 347 377
Subaru -6.30 20,837 22,239 -9.91 801 890
Lexus -7.00 18,103 19,465 -10.57 696 779
Scion -9.05 3,649 4,012 -12.55 140 160
Smart -9.60 405 448 -13.08 16 18
Toyota -13.61 111,380 128,923 -16.93 4,284 5,157
Acura -21.50 9,054 11,534 -24.52 348 461
Honda -24.62 73,267 97,195 -27.52 2,818 3,888
Mini -29.74 3,109 4,425 -32.44 120 177
Jaguar -42.72 810 1,414 -44.92 31 57
Fiat NA 3,106 0 NA 119 0
COMPANIES
Chrysler Group 30.63 130,119 99,611 25.60 5,005 3,984
Nissan NA 19.15 91,541 76,827 14.57 3,521 3,073
GM 18.15 218,479 184,921 13.60 8,403 7,397
Ford Mo Co 11.39 175,220 157,303 7.11 6,739 6,292
BMW Group -0.17 23,924 23,965 -4.01 920 959
Jaguar/LR NA -8.62 3,617 3,958 -12.13 139 158
Toyota Mo Co -12.74 129,483 148,388 -16.10 4,980 5,936
American Honda -24.29 82,321 108,729 -27.20 3,166 4,349

*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 26 selling days in August 2011 versus 25 selling days in August 2010, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company. Also, brands are combined and reported as companies only if their sales figures are released jointly.

UPDATE: Duplicate Suzuki entry deleted, Ford Mo Co placement corrected.