U.S. auto sales during the month November were up on the backs of companies like Chrysler, Volkswagen and Kia, all three of which reported major gains for their respective brands. The Chrysler Group in particular posted positive numbers for all four of its brands, including a spectacular 92.23-percent rise in sales for the Chrysler brand itself. Volkswagen and Kia didn't perform quite as well, but each managed gains of around 40 percent.
This time, Honda stands alone as the only major automaker to post a sales decline in November. The Japanese automaker's brands (Honda and Acura) together posted a drop of 6.35 percent. Toyota, which had been keeping Honda company they each struggled with restoring production after this year's series of natural disasters, had a relatively decent November with identical gains of 6.68 percent for both Toyota and Lexus.

Being the second-last month of the year, you may be interested to know how some close model-to-model sales races are shaping up. Here are some year-to-date sales races that will be decided in December, as well as always-interesting Camaro versus Mustang numbers.

Brand/Company Volume % November 2011 November 2010 DSR %* November 2011 November 2010
Smart 96.21 414 211 88.36 17 9
Chrysler 92.23 18,577 9,664 84.54 743 403
Mini 70.50 4,750 2,786 63.68 190 116
Jeep 49.76 36,246 24,202 43.77 1,450 1,008
Mercedes-Benz 47.17 26,796 18,208 41.28 1,072 759
Dodge 42.70 30,317 21,246 36.99 1,213 885
Volkswagen 40.73 28,412 20,189 35.10 1,136 841
Kia 39.12 37,007 26,601 33.55 1,480 1,108
Land Rover 30.73 3,820 2,922 25.50 153 122
Hyundai 21.82 49,610 40,723 16.95 1,984 1,697
Nissan 21.48 76,754 63,184 16.62 3,070 2,633
Mazda 20.44 18,432 15,304 15.62 737 638
Ford 20.23 160,560 133,544 15.42 6,422 5,564
Volvo 18.78 4,844 4,078 14.03 194 170
Chevrolet 9.63 128,907 117,588 5.24 5,156 4,900
Ram 7.22 20,414 19,040 2.93 817 793
BMW 7.09 21,521 20,097 2.80 861 837
GMC 6.81 29,470 27,590 2.54 1,179 1,150
Toyota 6.68 118,502 111,077 2.42 4,740 4,628
Lexus 6.68 19,458 18,240 2.41 778 760
Audi 3.58 9,700 9,365 -0.57 388 390
Infiniti 3.01 8,428 8,182 -1.11 337 341
Cadillac -5.56 11,145 11,801 -9.34 446 492
Honda -6.19 74,016 78,899 -9.94 2,961 3,287
Porsche -6.66 2,255 2,416 -10.40 90 101
Buick -7.21 10,880 11,725 -10.92 435 489
Acura -7.55 9,909 10,718 -11.25 396 447
Saab -10.33 356 397 -13.91 14 17
Mitsubishi -13.26 3,735 4,306 -16.73 149 179
Subaru -15.08 17,657 20,792 -18.47 706 866
Lincoln -17.56 6,305 7,648 -20.86 252 319
Jaguar -18.08 915 1,117 -21.36 37 47
Suzuki -21.87 1,822 2,332 -24.99 73 97
Fiat NA 1,618 NA NA 65 NA
COMPANIES
Chrysler Group 44.53 107,172 74,152 38.75 4,287 3,090
Nissan NA 19.36 85,182 71,366 14.58 3,407 2,974
Jag/Land Rover 17.23 4,735 4,039 12.54 189.4 168
BMW Group 14.81 26,271 22,883 10.21 1,051 953
Ford Mo Co 13.25 166,865 147,338 8.72 6,675 6,139
General Motors 6.91 180,402 168,739 2.64 7,216 7,031
Toyota Mo Co 6.68 137,960 129,317 2.42 5,518 5,388
American Honda -6.35 83,925 89,617 -10.10 3,357 3,734

*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 25 selling days in November 2011 and 24 selling days in November 2010, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company.


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