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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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Accord has sure fallen from its usual perch
      Subcompact Culture
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki down 22%, selling just over 1,800 cars. Yikes. Of that only 420 Kizashis, too—the only car they seem to advertise. Too bad.
      WillieWang
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like Black Friday.
      ChrisH
      • 3 Years Ago
      1,139 Volts in November, the fire scare didn't come out near the end of the month, so what gives? I was under the impression the freed dealers from not selling demo cars. I do know a few locals (Atlanta) are into extortionist pricing which is keeping me from even trying to test drive the car. (I would love to try it and see how it beats up my TDI)
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        @ChrisH
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        kylen20
        • 3 Years Ago
        i dare you to drive one of the new chrysler dodge or jeep products (new not refreshed) back to back with its top competitor and tell me the chrysler product isnt comparable or better
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kylen20
          How about the Jeep GC/Dodge Durango, the 300/Charger, Dodge Journey, the Caravan/TC, the Ram 1500 just off the top of my head.
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          @kylen20
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          futurecar5
          • 3 Years Ago
          intelligent response scumbag. keep your homophobia to your self and focus on the cars.
        mic414
        • 3 Years Ago
        So did you buy one yet?
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yay and woo-hoo, BlackDynamite aka Dr. Fill, Leftlanenews's bigggest troll, now lurks the AB forum! I'm Troll Killer.
        Famsert
        • 3 Years Ago
        COUNTER-SPOILER: The USDM Corolla uses a number of Japanese parts so indeed the tsunami and earthquake would've impacted production quite a bit.
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          @Famsert
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      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go Chrysler ! Imagine where they will be when some of the new and very much anticipated product hits the showrooms. Look out Ford, Chrysler is looking at moving up a notch or two.
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          Trevor
          • 3 Years Ago
          Hey Columbian Douche.......... I believe the dodge viper recently went to the nurburgring and beat crap out of the lexus LFA.......... So tell me how does a car that "handles like a complete boat" do that????????????????????????????????????????????????
          sirjaysmith
          • 3 Years Ago
          You're like one of those immature kids with their fingers in their ears and eyes shut going "lalalala I can't hear you" aren't you? Chrysler now spends more money per interior than most luxury brands do, if you ever bothered to leave the ghetto you are trolling from, you'd be surprised. Now go bury yourself troll.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm amazed anyone buys the Corolla. The last one I rented (2010 model) was numb and isolating. You could not tell what the road surface was like, but yet it jiggled constantly. And when you expected control, it was wallowy and numb. How did the designers tune that into their suspension?
        Andrew Nicolaou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BG
        If you want road feel and steering response buy a BMW. My friend has a Chevy Cruz and its a lot less refined than the Corolla especially the EU version. The Corolla is quiet, comfortable, well built,reliable and has heritage that's why its number one not only in the US but in Australia too. The numbers speak for themselves.
      maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did Smart start giving cars away? The dealership in my area closed awhile back. And good job to Chrysler for turning things around. Rental car fleets must be buying for 2012. Other than those anomalies, it appears like the usual suspects at the top and bottom. Honda needs to pull their head out of their arse and figure out that their rehashing of old designs and ugly cars don't sell. Flood excuses aside, they are essentially leaving the door open for Hyundai/Kia to become the 3rd largest Asian manufacturer in America.
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Quite impressive gains. Particularly Chrysler. This makes me happy.
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        @MyerShift
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      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      So long linckon it was nice ridings in yoyr town cart
      Derek Weldon
      • 3 Years Ago
      These "By the numbers" posts are a bit irritating for anyone who really cares about the rising and falling of certain brands in the market. It is sold as clean and dry sign of raising sales and falling sales over one year which is not enough time to paint an accurate picture. For example, Smart shows up high on the list since they sold almost nothing last year. The same can be said for all the companies to a lesser extent. These posts documented the auto crash and now we are seeing these great numbers which seems cool but it's easy to have increases in sales when most of the country sold nothing. I recommend a chart where you can see sales rise and fall over over a number of years. This would also help readers with the understanding of the scale of the manufacturer. Smart would no longer be on the top and the 96% increase would be less significant.
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        @Derek Weldon
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        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Derek Weldon
        Before I get chastised for my previous post, I will say there's nothing at all wrong with posting CY versus PY figures. The SMMT adopts the same system in the UK, as do other reporting trade agencies elsewhere. Indeed, the international business model for reporting any financial statement is to merely provide figures for CY and those for PY. Anything prior to that is ancient history in the business world. What's also important is interpretation. In looking at the above numbers, noonbe should assume that suddenly Smart is performing better than anyone else in the US. It isn't. Selling 17 cars in November won't even begin to cover the North American operation's fixed costs. It's showing an improvement, but not one which will put a smile on Mercedes' face. The Corvette sells in similarly low volume in the UK. I recall one month when just one car was sold; the following month, three were sold - a whopping 200% improvement. But it's hardly a sales success.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Derek Weldon
        I totally agree, your suggestion would be much more informative. AB, would you consider this?
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