Camry and Civic lead comeback of Toyota, Honda

When 2011 ticked over to become 2012, something changed with the dynamic that had been in place nearly all of last year. We had become so used to the domestics seeing increased sales month after month while Toyota and Honda struggled to keep their heads above water while fixing disaster-related production issues. No more.

January saw both Toyota and Honda report strong positive sales figures (up 9.00 and 9.25 percent, respectively). That's good enough to out-trend Ford (up 8.29 percent) and General Motors (down 6.11 percent), the latter of which saw its new year kick off with a decline after finishing 2011 with 11 out of 12 monthly sales gains. Conversely, Honda kicked off its new year right after posting eight straight months of sales declines to end 2011.

The Chrysler Group was King of the Hill in January, posting a 44.26-percent increase in sales.

Both Toyota and Honda should especially be pleased with how their traditional top sellers performed. The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry entered the market without skipping a beat and posted a 55.9-percent increase on 28,295 units sold. Likewise, the Honda Civic, which received a harshly criticized redesign in 2011, bounced back in January with a 49.5-percent increase on sales of 21,883 units. It replaces the aging Accord at the top of Honda's sales heap, which remained flat in January with just 13,659 units sold.

What about Chrysler? Shockingly, the Chrysler Group was King of the Hill in January, posting a 44.26-percent increase in sales compared to 2011, led by an indomitable Chrysler brand that reported an 81.39-percent increase in sales on the back of strong performances by its 200 and 300 sedans. Ram (41.86 percent), Jeep (37.40 percent) and Dodge (29.37 percent) all reported strong sales, as well.

Additional mentions should be made for Mazda (up 68.19 percent) and Volkswagen (up 47.87 percent). Mazda enjoyed a 532.6-percent in Mazda2 sales to 3,032 units, as well as a 118-percent increase in Mazda6 sales to 4,929 units. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Passat went from selling just 108 units last year to moving 6,318 last month.

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

Brand/Company Vol. % Jan 2012 Jan 2011 DSR* % Jan 2012 Jan 2011
Chrysler 81.39 17,604 9,705 81.39 734 404
Mazda 68.19 23,996 14,267 68.19 1,000 594
Volkswagen 47.87 27,209 18,401 47.87 1,134 767
Bentley 43.90 118 82 43.90 5 3
Ram 41.86 18,470 13,020 41.86 770 543
Land Rover 41.13 3,205 2,271 41.13 134 95
Smart 38.55 496 358 38.55 21 15
Jeep 37.40 31,710 23,079 37.40 1,321 962
Dodge 29.37 31,454 24,314 29.37 1,311 1,013
Kia 27.81 35,517 27,789 27.81 1,480 1,158
Mercedes-Benz 22.91 21,230 17,273 22.91 885 720
Mini 21.19 3,334 2,751 21.19 139 115
Subaru 20.94 22,807 18,858 20.94 950 786
Audi 19.74 9,354 7,812 19.74 390 326
Hyundai 14.73 42,694 37,214 14.73 1,779 1,551
Nissan 12.53 72,517 64,442 12.53 3,022 2,685
Honda 9.25 74,628 68,308 9.25 3,110 2,846
Toyota 9.00 112,266 102,996 9.00 4,678 4,292
Ford 8.29 131,589 121,511 8.29 5,483 5,063
Porsche 6.25 2,550 2,400 6.25 106 100
Jaguar 5.35 985 935 5.35 41 39
Acura 5.28 8,381 7,961 5.28 349 332
Volvo 4.33 4,461 4,276 4.33 186 178
BMW 3.14 16,405 15,905 3.14 684 663
Chevrolet -1.22 123,864 125,389 -1.22 5,161 5,225
Lexus -4.56 12,274 12,860 -4.56 511 536
Lincoln -7.86 5,121 5,558 -7.86 213 232
Infiniti -8.22 6,796 7,405 -8.22 283 309
GMC -9.73 24,966 27,658 -9.73 1,040 1,152
Mitsubishi -17.55 4,711 5,714 -17.55 196 238
Buick -23.07 10,208 13,269 -23.07 425 553
Cadillac -29.06 8,924 12,580 -29.06 372 524
Suzuki -41.26 1,505 2,562 -41.26 63 107
Fiat NA 1,911 0 NA 80 0
Saab NA NA 658 NA NA 27
COMPANIES
Chrysler Group 44.26 101,149 70,118 44.26 4,215 2,922
Jaguar Land Rover 30.69 4,190 3,206 30.69 175 134
Nissan NA 10.39 79,313 71,847 10.39 3,305 2,994
American Honda 8.84 83,009 76,269 8.84 3,459 3,178
Toyota Mo Co 7.50 124,540 115,856 7.50 5,189 4,827
Ford Mo Co 7.38 136,710 127,317 7.38 5,696 5,305
BMW Group 5.81 19,739 18,656 5.81 822 777
General Motors -6.11 167,962 178,896 -6.11 6,998 7,454
*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 24 selling days in January 2012 versus 24 selling days in January 2011, so the change in monthly sales volume will be the same as 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.


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      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Estimated January 2012 Market Share - GM and Ford both took a hit. General Motors: 18.39% Ford Mo Co: 14.97% Toyota Mo Co: 13.64% Chrysler Group: 11.08% American Honda: 9.09% Nissan NA: 8.68% Hyundai/Kia: 8.56% Audi/VW/Porsche: 4.28% Subaru: 2.50% BMW Group: 2.16% Jaguar Land Rover: 0.46% Other: 6.19% TOTAL: 100.00%
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        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Other Bob
        Ford and GM both have numerous large volume new introductions on the way. Expect the Fusion and Escape to be sensational hits.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to see Mazda doing well. I think sales should continue to do well this year with the upcoming CX-5 and Skyactiv engine making it into the Mazda3 so it can join the 39/40MPG highway crowd. I also think the Mazda6 is being dumped into the fleets. It just hasn't resonated well with the public or critics. Mazda needs a less bloated and more dynamic 6 to carve a niche for itself. As the Mazda3 has shown, if you build a sporty and dynamic car, people will buy it. Maybe not in Honda or Toyota volumes, but Mazda will never be Toyota or Honda.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        My neighbor has a 6. I really like the proportions, but the detailing of the design just leaves me cold. I've never liked the looks of the new 6 as much as the previous.
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      jinushaun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always happy to see a minus in the Lexus column.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chrysler is just started to get rolling. The Pentastar Ram with the ZF 8 speed is on the way for perhaps another 100,000 plus units a year. Great times for the Chrysler community. "Want to piss off the 1% and help the 99%, buy a UAW built car!"
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        "Want to drive the Detroit 3 back into near extinction, support the UAW!"
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          "Want to drive the Detroit 3 back into near extinction, support the UAW!" Dumb as a box of rocks these teabaggers. "Want to piss off the 1% and help the 99%, buy a UAW built car!"
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        @MAX
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        Frank
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        This is myth. there is not 1% or 99%. It's a marketing slogan. Conservatives buy American by and large. The Pelosi's and Reids (the true "1%") like the foreign stuff especially the hybrids. I like American iron and support home based manufacturing. And I identify with the Tea Party. Don't be lied too. There is the 31% though. The top 1% of income earners pay 31% of the income tax. The bottom 47% pay nothing.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          "47% pay nothing." Nothing, except sales tax, an average across the nation of almost $10% sales tax. Fees, the poor still have to pay fees. The worst part of selling a car is collecting sales tax. Just imagine if we had a 30% flat tax like the Republican want. The average used vehicle is $12,000 and then add $3600 sales tax.
          Frank
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Dr, to be int he top 1% you have earn 200+ thousand or more. We are not talking millionaires here. If the bottom 47% pay nothing in income taxes then they must have earned *something*. I don't call 10, 20, 30, 40 thousand "nothing", like you do (maybe you're a rich guy I'm not). America is a classless society. If you are so hung up on "class", why don't you move to Europe? They have plenty of classes their for you to get worked up about.
          Frank
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Sales taxes are a function of state not federal. If you live in a state that has 10% sales tax I feel sorry for you. Most states are not that high. I live in a state that does not have an income tax and its sales taxes are less than 10%. "Just imagine if we had a 30% flat tax like the Republican want." If you are talking about the Fair Tax, then it's 17-21%, not 30. And the Fair Tax takes the place of the income tax and the payroll tax. In other words if you make a $1000 per week your paycheck would be $1000 minus any state income tax. Not all Republicans support the Fair Tax. Some support a flat tax but 30% is not the number I'm hearing, it's much lower. And some support a simpler two tiered system.
          DrEvil
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          The top 1% of income earners pay 31% of the income tax. The bottom 47% pay nothing. This is such a dishonest / stupid argument. The people that pay nothing do so because they EARN nothing. Go look at what percentage of America's income that 1% EARN. Every other argument is based in lies and distortions.
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Max, you can't reason with a Faux'er.
          XJ Yamaha
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Where are these statistics coming from?
        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        The 99% of UAW workers are controlled by an elite 1% (Bob King and friends).
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tinted up
          I'm scared to think which hole you use to go the bathroom, because you're really confused. Silly Faux'er
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      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess this year will belong to Lexus, as it rolls out it's numerous new models (GS, IS, ES and even LS I remember hearing about). Much as you all won't like them, they'll still propel Lexus back to near the top of the lux-category.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Don't count on it.
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MJC
          The reviews I've read, including right here on AB counter your argument.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MJC
          The GS has always been a bit player in the midsize luxury market. I don't see anything in the new GS that will change that.
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      sirjaysmith
      • 2 Years Ago
      way to go Chrysler! Hot on the heels of Toyota and Ford now, go get em!
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        DrEvil
        • 2 Years Ago
        Same goes for Cadillac, The Escalade is hovering around its normal numbers 1600+, CTS -3,019, SRX - 4,166. DTS - 89 STS - 26 All that will change when the ATS and XTS goes on sale.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          The ATS and XTS should provide a nice bump in Cadillac's numbers this year.
        jhott66
        • 2 Years Ago
        Ford outselling Chevy is the most interesting observation. Thanks for poining it out.
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      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      When the new Dodge Dart rolls out, that should also give a little bounce for Chrysler too.
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        @whofan
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          Jesus!
          • 2 Years Ago
          Actually the enterprise I am currently renting from(my 12 focus was t-boned), has a wide variety of imports and domestics.
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