Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota Post Big Gains

If you want evidence that the economy is on the mend, look no further than the string of positive monthly sales reports coming from the auto industry this year. August continues the trend with the vast majority of brands and companies reporting improved sales numbers compared to the same month last year, Volkswagen (+62.54 percent), Honda (+57.88 percent) and Toyota (+47.5 percent) leading the way for major manufacturers.

Honda and Toyota's big gains are easy to explain. Just repeat the line we've been using all summer about these two Japanese giants enjoying the fruits of restored production capacity following last year's onslaught of natural disasters in their home region. Volkswagen's big jump, however, is harder to explain, and looks to be consolidated mostly in the Passat model line where sales jumped from just 314 last August (before the midsize sedan was redesigned) to 10,090 last month. Smaller sales gains from the Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Tiguan and Touareg also contributed.

Another individual model that jumped out at us while compiling the numbers is the Ford Escape. The all-new 2013 Escape is a big departure in both style and content compared to the last generation, which sold very well even into its waning months. We've been curious to know if consumers would embrace the new Escape's slicker shape and higher price. The answer is a resounding yes based on last month's sales of the new model, which totaled 28,188 units, a 36.8-percent improvement compared to last August and a number high enough to make the new Escape one of the industry's best selling models overall last month.

Check out how the entire auto industry did in the monthly sales chart below, and visit our By the Numbers section to see all past months.



*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 27 selling days in August 2012 versus 26 selling days in August 2011, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than 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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      Amel
      • 2 Years Ago
      The reason why BMW is loosing customers is how expensive the new 3 series is...they overpriced their best selling car by almost 5k in my opinion..Yes, it's better equipped, looks great and is of high quality, but my god, the price is just too high
        dzuan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Amel
        I think it's about $7,000+ too high. compared to what you get from other brands. When lexus and Infiniti come out with the IS and G Sedans next year, we will have to see where they price their vehicles, let's not hope entry level luxury becomes in-affordable.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Amel
        BMW's troubles are only just about to begin, The ATS will cannibalize sales from the 3-Series. Not unlike what happened to the 5 series once the 2008 CTS happened on the automotive scene. BMW is under attack from Audi, Infiniti, and soon Cadillac. My neighbor 2 doors down, just turned in (lease ended) her 3 series xi, now she's driving a G-37 coupe. That was her 2nd 3 Series. Her daughter also moved away from the 3 Series once her lease expired.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
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      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much longer can Suzuki and Mitsubishi realistically hang on with numbers that bad? Its gotta be brutal to be a dealer for one of those right now.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        10...9....8....
        Suzq044
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        .. not long, now that their best selling name-plates are gone, or going soon. At least with Mitsubishi - Lancer/Evo, Galant and Eclipse.. which were basically selling on their histories in the first place. (shrug).. jmo.
      UtCal
      • 2 Years Ago
      The high sales number for the Escape could be driven by discounts. According to TrueCar, the average sales price for a 2WD Escape SEL is $2295 under MSRP (in San Jose, CA). The reviews for the Escape have been good, so not sure why Ford is giving high discounts early on. One reason could be to get the title of best selling small SUV for 2012. Till last month, the CRV was ahead in the year-to-date sales.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @UtCal
        I'm curious, are there still old Escapes being sold? I would guess so, but I don't know. Seems like that could be skewing the numbers here, though I also don't know if the old model would be included in any of these numbers.
      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Estimated August Market Share General Motors: 18.71% Ford Mo Co: 15.34% Toyota Mo Co: 14.66% Chrysler Group: 11.55% American Honda: 10.22% Hyundai/Kia: 8.64% Nissan NA: 7.66% VW/Audi/Porsche: 4.32% Subaru: 2.20% Mercedes/Smart: 1.82% BMW Group: 1.75% Mazda:1.73% Jaguar LR NA: 0.37% Other 1.01% TOTAL 100.00%
      Rick Cavaretti
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good numbers. So the automobile sector has become the savior of manufacturing. I'll take it, no complaints.
      blas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just wondering. What's with the jump in Smart sales?
        Suzq044
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blas
        They've probably got some discounts going. Otherwise, having driven the "auto-manual" i have no clue why anybody would own one, based on that trans alone. The Dart gets better MPG, so that idea goes out the window. No clue.
        John S
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blas
        I'm guessing Car2Go fleet sales.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blas
        Higher gas prices usually. They see spikes in the summer months when gas prices rise, especially since this year has seen especially high prices for this late int he summer. They'll drop again as the gas prices calm down from the summer.
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        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        At the bottom? You mean GM is at the top for market share, with the #2 selling like 18% less cars.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Gringo Motors" isn't any funnier than "Government Motors". Don't give up your day job, assuming you're employed...
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          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          This guy is SeaUrine?! I completely forgot about that guy....
      Road Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      "If you want evidence that the economy is on the mend" More evidence that Autoblog has been bought out by ng HuffPo. These idiots have to do whatever to promote their extremist left-wing agenda. These people are the American equivalent of the Taliban. No, the economy is not on the mend. Far from it. Barack Shiek Ayatolla Hussein bin Obomber created the worst recession in American histroy (typical for a liberal, look at FDR). He is only making the problem worse. I would say Bachman 2012 but that isn't possible so ROMNEY 2012!
        delsolo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Road Menace
        Road Menace Although she doesn't deserve it, but you could at least spell the name of your hero correctly. Its Bachmann.
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        @Road Menace
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          SooooRight
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yomama is the typical lefty racist lunatic. Go take a cold shower with Keith olberfool.
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        @Road Menace
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          ZenDriver
          • 2 Years Ago
          And one for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMALLCSk8k0
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        ZenDriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Road Menace
        For you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMALLCSk8k0
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the the anti-American sheep have started buying the lies about reliability and value being spread by Japanese automakers again.
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        luis2e
        • 2 Years Ago
        You sir are very creative. Keep it up though.
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        GM lives and Bin Laden is dead! Get over it! Just sour grapes in an already bitter tea.
      RobbieAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      While this is good news, I don't think it's indicative of the rest of the economy; just a lot of pent up demand.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RobbieAG
        That's how economies get back on track. Pent-up demand makes people start buying things again. That spurs increased economic activity, and thus the economy expands.
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RobbieAG
        Sales due to pent up demand are still sales. All sales are demand related.
      guinnessfanatic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the BMW drop off a result of the 3 series switching over or are people finally catching on to the crap they're making these days?
        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guinnessfanatic
        If you look at the past few month's BMW is in the positive. It could be a small blip. Would not go as far as calling their cars crap.
        joe shmoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guinnessfanatic
        it's a result of supply shortage
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