The December sales numbers are in, most of them anyway, and what we're seeing is an end to the year that largely mirrors the months that came before.
Our usual players are at the top of the list in green, including Chrysler, which lead all brands last month with an 82.56-percent increase in monthly sales to end the year. Credit goes to the redesigned 200 sedan, which sold over 760% more units in December than the Sebring did the year before, and the redesigned 300, which itself enjoyed a 242% increase in sales.

Not far behind are other brands that have been performing well all year long, like Kia with a 42.52-percent gain in sales (the Soul eclipsed the 100,000 annual sales mark in December by selling 9,624 units), and Volkswagen with a 36.18-percent jump.

Last month we also witnessed the last few gasps of breath for Saab, which packed it in by selling just 270 units in December. Other brands that have been operating in the red band of our spectrum all year long finished much the same way. Toyota barely eeked out more sales than the year before with a slight 1.9-percent gain, while its luxury division Lexus, as well as Honda and Acura, were all behind their 2010 numbers.

UPDATE: All brands and companies are now included.

Brand/Company Vol% Dec. 2011 Dec. 2010 DSR*% Dec. 2011 Dec. 2010
Chrysler 82.56 23,974 13,132 82.56 888 486
Kia 42.52 43,390 30,444 42.52 1,607 1,128
Jeep 40.98 43,577 30,910 40.98 1,614 1,145
Volkswagen 36.18 32,502 23,867 36.18 1,204 884
Land Rover 28.36 4,743 3,695 28.36 176 137
Dodge 28.27 41,548 32,390 28.27 1,539 1,200
Mini 27.31 5,500 4,320 27.31 204 160
Subaru 26.25 33,701 26,694 26.25 1,248 989
Mercedes-Benz 26.23 27,100 21,469 26.23 1,004 795
Smart 22.81 700 570 22.81 26 21
Audi 20.00 12,655 10,546 20.00 469 391
Ford 15.59 201,737 174,523 15.59 7,472 6,464
BMW 14.69 26,700 23,280 14.69 989 862
Hyundai 13.31 50,765 44,802 13.31 1,880 1,659
Volvo 12.32 5,342 4,756 12.32 198 176
Nissan 10.72 89,937 81,228 10.72 3,331 3,008
Ram 9.58 26,595 24,270 9.58 985 899
Chevrolet 8.92 161,158 147,960 8.92 5,969 5,480
Lincoln 4.26 8,403 8,060 4.26 311 299
Mazda 4.07 22,353 21,479 4.07 828 796
Mitsubishi 3.24 5,032 4,874 3.24 186 181
Toyota 1.90 152,776 149,928 1.90 5,658 5,553
GMC -0.47 41,960 42,159 -0.47 1,554 1,561
Cadillac -2.75 16,259 16,718 -2.75 602 619
Suzuki -3.06 2,566 2,647 -3.06 95 98
Jaguar -3.64 1,137 1,180 -3.64 42 44
Lexus -8.00 25,355 27,560 -8.00 939 1,021
Infiniti -12.09 10,990 12,502 -12.09 407 463
Buick -12.41 14,974 17,095 -12.41 555 633
Acura -15.24 13,129 15,489 -15.24 486 574
Honda -19.30 92,101 114,127 -19.30 3,411 4,227
Porsche -28.55 1,834 2,567 -28.55 68 95
Saab -74.86 270 1,074 -74.86 10 40
Fiat NA 2,325 0 NA 86 0
COMPANIES
Chrysler Group 37.06 138,019 100,702 37.06 5,112 3,730
BMW Group 16.59 32,230 27,643 16.59 1,194 1,024
Jag Land Rover 20.62 5,880 4,875 20.62 218 181
Ford Mo Co 10.03 210,140 190,976 10.03 7,783 7,073
Nissan NA 7.68 100,927 93,730 7.68 3,738 3,471
General Motors 4.65 234,351 223,932 4.65 8,680 8,294
Toyota Mo Co 0.36 178,131 177,488 0.36 6,597 6,574
American Honda -18.81 105,230 129,616 -18.81 3,897 4,801
*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 27 selling days in December 2011 and 27 selling days in December 2010, so the change in monthly sales volume will be the same as the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos Chrysler.
      pmurray63
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Toyota barely eeked out more sales" Try "eked." Such a troublesome word for Autoblog.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the Dart, Cherokee and V6 Ram to push Mopar past evil TuRDyota
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Not going to happen anytime soon, if ever. I like Chrysler better than Toyota, but I am a realist. Be careful what you wish for, as I am not sure you would like the sacrifices Chrysler would have to make to catch Toyota, in terms of sales. Look at all of the flack VW has been catching since it made public its goal to be the world's largest auto company.
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        I agree with Luststang. Keep Chrysler the underdog that makes bold and innovative cars, not a global power that sacrifices everything for profit *cough* GM, Toyota, America *cough*.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Did a Toyota run over your puppy ?
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this chart wrong or should there not be a 2012 column for sales yet?
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a little sad that Infiniti is losing so much market share. Their cars are actually fun to drive when paired with manual transmissions, especially the G37, they have high quality interiors and are pretty spacious, and they have a unique JDM-chic design language that isn't a blatant ripoff of European cars. After BMW, they are probably the best premium brand out there.
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          gary
          • 3 Years Ago
          The re-fresh lat last year adding the wide-body to the "regular" WRX and bringing back an STI sedan really gave the line a little shot in the arm. WRX sales were up 66% for the year compared to 2010. And ~5500 non-WRX Impreza sales is incredible considering most Subaru dealers east of the Rockies started the month with zero on the ground and many didn't get any until the last 10 days of the month.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah. Subie is one of my favorite brands out there (former SVX owner here btw). They are one of the few mainstream brands that actually take car enthusiasts seriously. Their cars are some of the most fun to drive in their respective categories, and they don't cost too much either.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Accidentally hit the "Submit" button before I finished. Continued. I'm glad that Subie is doing so well, and I hope that with the introduction of the BRZ and Impreza CrossTrek, their sales only climb higher.
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      Bluemind
      • 3 Years Ago
      My statistics on the Fiat-Chrysler Group sales in United States: http://www.carsitaly.net/fiat-car-sales_unitedstates.htm 5.9 million sales for Fiat-Chrysler in 2014?
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota back on the green, but Honda has been severely affected by flooding of thailand..
      shinyafro
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the sales for brands like Aston Martin, McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Morgan, etc?
        blatinotop4u
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shinyafro
        There never reported. What rock do you live under? [rhetorical]
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shinyafro
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        Jason Alan Sipes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shinyafro
        I would say the numbers are too small and companies like McLaren and Ferrari are most likely very confidential when it comes to their customers and sales(for good reason).
        rcavaretti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shinyafro
        Too small.
        rmkensington
        • 3 Years Ago
        @shinyafro
        Probably about 1500 each
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Ram" is a brand?
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        @Actionable Mango
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        Oceanblue78
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        @Actionable Mango
        Yes one of the dumbest moves ever. Everyone still calls it a Dodge Ram.
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        That's so dumb I didn't believe you guys, but then I looked it up...
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