The U.S. auto industry appears to be roaring based on sales figures for the month of September 2011. This, despite every other economic indicator wafting between stagnant growth for the economy and an outright plunge into another recession. Don't tell the folks selling cars in these great United States, though, because people are buying despite the doom and gloom coming out of Wall Street.
Special note must be paid to Chrysler Group, whose brands not only all scored positive sales results on their own, but collectively gave the company the largest rise is sales volume last month versus the prior year. Enough units were even sold to push the Chrysler Group ahead of Toyota Motor Company in sales for September, making the top three sellers all domestics.

In fact, the only brands really hurting besides Saab (-61.93 percent) and an inexplicably bad showing by Mini (-18.12) were Toyota, Honda and their respective luxury brands. These two giants from Japan are still clawing their way back from the earthquake in Japan earlier this year and neither has their global production back up to full speed quite yet. That's in stark contrast to their cross-island competitor, Nissan North America, which hasn't been shy in letting U.S. customers know it's inventory is fully stocked, and which posted a healthy sales gain by volume of 25.28% last month in the U.S.

Check out the rest of last month's sales numbers in the table below.

Brand/Company Vol. % Sep-11 Sep-10 DSR %* Sep-11 Sep-10
Ram 42.06 25,364 17,854 42.06 1,015 714
Mazda 37.36 25,521 18,580 37.36 1,021 743
Chrysler 35.80 23,559 17,348 35.80 942 694
Volkswagen 35.57 27,036 19,943 35.57 1,081 798
Nissan 28.20 84,485 65,900 28.20 3,379 2,636
GMC 27.69 33,194 25,995 27.69 1,328 1,040
Jeep 24.34 35,565 28,603 24.34 1,423 1,144
Suzuki 23.46 2,026 1,641 23.46 81 66
Chevrolet 21.51 147,611 121,479 21.51 5,904 4,859
Volvo 21.44 5,042 4,152 21.44 202 166
BMW 19.32 21,750 18,228 19.32 870 729
Audi 19.31 9,725 8,151 19.31 389 326
Kia 18.42 35,609 30,071 18.42 1,424 1,203
Mitsubishi 16.97 5,803 4,961 16.97 232 198
Jaguar 14.89 1,111 967 14.89 44 39
Ford 14.36 168,181 147,057 14.36 6,727 5,882
Hyundai 11.80 52,051 46,556 11.80 2,082 1,862
Dodge 10.48 40,073 36,272 10.48 1,603 1,451
Porsche 10.10 2,170 1,971 10.10 87 79
Land Rover 10.08 2,740 2,489 10.08 110 100
Mercedes-Benz 9.00 21,649 19,862 9.00 866 794
Buick 5.62 13,599 12,875 5.62 544 515
Infiniti 2.10 8,479 8,305 2.10 339 332
Cadillac 0.96 12,741 12,620 0.96 510 505
Subaru -2.32 20,934 21,432 -2.32 837 857
Lincoln -6.55 7,018 7,510 -6.55 281 300
Acura -6.62 10,010 10,720 -6.62 400 429
Honda -8.22 79,522 86,641 -8.22 3,181 3,466
Lexus -11.52 14,995 16,948 -11.52 600 678
Mini -18.12 3,999 4,884 -18.12 160 195
Toyota -18.25 106,456 130,214 -18.25 4,258 5,209
Saab -61.93 429 1,127 -61.93 17 45
Fiat NA 2,773 0 NA 111 0
COMPANIES
Chrysler Group 27.24 127,334 100,077 27.24 5,093 4,003
Nissan North America 25.28 92,964 74,205 25.28 3,719 2,968
General Motors 19.76 207,145 172,969 19.76 8,286 6,919
Jaguar Land Rover 11.43 3,851 3,456 11.43 154 138
BMW Group 11.41 25,749 23,112 11.41 1,030 924
Ford Mo Co 8.91 175,199 160,873 8.91 7,008 6,435
American Honda -8.04 89,532 97,361 -8.04 3,581 3,894
Toyota Mo Co -17.47 121,451 147,162 -17.47 4,858 5,886
*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 25 selling days in September 2011 and September 2010, so the change in monthly sales volume is the same as the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company.


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      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      "an inexplicably bad showing by Mini (-18.12)" Unless you consider the New Beetle and Fiat 500. It pretty clearly shows a limited (but still growing) market for small premium vehicles.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      When you look at the ass kicking Ford is getting in the pickup truck market from RAM and GM, you understand why all of a sudden Ford wants to use political spin. Ford made a short term mistake downsizing their engines, maybe in the long term it will work. Customers are clearly choosing 5.7L MDS engines from RAM and GM. Toyota didn't do so hot either
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lincoln is a lead weight for ford. IMO Redesign or rid, and form a modern lux brand. Maybe some livery, maybe some speed...Leider we can only hope. schade
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to know who the buyers of all these cars are. The economy is going down fast, yet these numbers say car sales are increasing....
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @clquake
        2011 Unemployment rate has been consistently better than the 2010 Unemployment rate. The economy isn't going down, it's just growing too slowly. 9% Unemployment means that 91% have jobs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @clquake
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      lasertekk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wish there was a way to tabulate and compare By the Numbers for different months.
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know the more you use this 20k miles hyperbole the more it makes you sound like an idiot.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        last time i checked, these reports reflect retail sales and not fleet. hence the title saying what recession edition. apparently consumers are like the improvements of US brands.
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        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chrysler has killer advertizing right now, and a whole slew of seriously competitive new products. It doesn't suprize me one bit to see that they are having a little bit of success.
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          @Jonathan Arena
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        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just walked by the Hertz and Enterprises around the corner from me. The cars sitting on their lots were almost all Japanese. But then who else would want a Toyota with a 4 speed automatic or a Honda with a dashboard made of laminated cardboard?
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      it is so refreshing to see toyota and honda waaaay down...BRAVO for the AMERICANS!!!!
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        @carfan
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          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          Well, without the I-Talians, Chrysler would have gone the way of the Dodo bird, Pontiac, Sabre tooth tiger, Mercury, Wooly Mammoth and the inland sea that once covered the North American plains. I'm just glad that they are still alive and kicking. They can always rid themselves of the I-Talians later, or turn around and buy them out. Then you'd be able to get your Furrari with a HEMI.
          kontroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          to SNP...I know what you mean, but FIAT is a good company and they are serious about collaborating with Chrysler on improved design, technology and market share. The Germans in contrast extracted everthing they could from Chrysler, destroyed it and walked away. Besides whom would you rather have partner up with Chrysler, Geely, Cherry or any other asian manufacturer???
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Focus is mediocre? It has one of the best interiors in its class It has some of the best reliability reports. It has one of the best safety scores. It has some of the olwest TCO's It has some of the best driving dynamics. It has some of the best fuel economy. That enough for you, Matt?
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        Rexxer
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        ha.. ha..
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh look, the local elementary school just got out.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        The best EPA rated 200 gets 31 mpg, the best rated competitor I've found is the Sonata getting 35 mpg but all others getting 33 or 34. A 2-3 mpg difference isn't what I'd call the difference between standard and "awful."
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      Dinger72
      • 3 Years Ago
      So are we still blaming the disaster in Japan on Honda and Toyota's bad numbers... Because every time I look their dealerships are packed. I'm not a fan boy or anything, but why can't anyone see that the big three may actually have some good products now a days. And personally, I always thought Nissans were much better than Toyotas and I am glad that the Altima is getting close to the Camry. Sales talk people, and they are saying that GM, Ford and Chrysler have finally come back as real automakers. I am glad to see Chrysler in the number 3 spot for the second month in a row! WOOT Chrysler!
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        @Dinger72
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          Dinger72
          • 3 Years Ago
          But why would they... The sales are up and Chrysler has some good products coming up! I would concur with you if it was the same Chrysler in 2007-2008, but I can't see that happening anytime soon.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dinger72
        As multiple analysts have said, yes it is the reason. I have no idea why the fanboys on here keep trying to deny that when there's so much proof of a production limit on Honda and Toyota...
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        @Dinger72
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will someone PLEASE ban this "phillip the fat and" / GUA moron? It is clear that he is just trolling with his posts and that he is under 10. And he frequently posts rascist and Chines nationalist, and aniti-American rants
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          tump
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          Technically, the 1st Amendment [freedom of speech] only applies to government, not private property [this website], so there is no freedom of speech on websites you do not own.
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