Hurricane Sandy's Effect Will Be Delayed

All that's left of Hurricane Sandy, which slammed into the Eastern US this week, is some rain showers and gusts of wind, but the effect of this storm-of-the-century will be felt by those in its path for months to come. Likewise, Sandy made landfall at the tail end of October, which means its effect on new vehicle sales for the month was minimal. However, despite the fact you can't see Sandy's influence in the numbers below, we suspect that next month those Atlantic winds will be impossible to ignore.

Nevertheless, Sandy didn't do too much to shuffle the order of automakers at the top of our sales list. Of the major brands, Subaru, Volkswagen and Dodge were all up over 20 percent compared to October of last year, whereas Toyota Motor Company and Chrysler Group led the way for major automakers with increases of 15.81 and 10.19 percent, respectively. General Motors posted a respectable increase of 4.75 percent, while Ford barely managed to remain positive with sales growth of just 0.39 percent.

Indeed, sales of Ford vehicles were about even, but the Lincoln brand fell 15.4 percent, its whole lineup having been outsold for the month by the Chevrolet Sonic alone.

Also down was Nissan North America, some 3.23 percent. This despite a positive performance by Infiniti (up 27.62 percent) and the newly redesigned Altima selling well.




*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 26 selling days in October 2012 versus 26 selling days in October 2011, so there is no difference between the change in monthly sales volume and 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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      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeep sales are down. I think its finally time that they introduce a diesel option and a Wrangler-based truck into the North American market. That should keep sales climbing. Glad to see Fiat doing well...looks like the 500 is selling well.finally striking a cord with people.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Jesse Gurr
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wonder if any plug in sales will be taken away from those and go to C-Max Energi sales when it comes out. I see C-max and Prius commercials every day now. Its going to be a blood bath battle between those two.
      Jasonn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suzuki and Mitsubishi both will be dead in america before too long.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart seems to be on a upswing.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
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      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see Suzuki is up, but only slightly. But I don't think that will be enough to save the brand in the US.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope that with the introduction of the fusion everyone stops buying those ugly toyotas.
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan is the only surprise I'm seeing on the list, can anyone explain that? They just released a brand new Altima, the Sentra is still young and the Juke is a strong seller. Their SUV lineup is stale, but none of those were ever huge sellers for Nissan anyway.
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
        Altima had a sales increase of over 12%, but not as much as Accord's sales increase of over 25%.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai + its subsidiary Kia has topped 90,000 units. As usual, Toyota + its subsidiary Subaru is in 2nd place after GM.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
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          Merc1
          • 2 Years Ago
          They have no clue about how business works. Toyota doesn't own Subaru nor is Subaru beholden to Toyota. "Close enough", just dumb. M
          • 2 Years Ago
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
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      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can someone please ban Yang Xi Gua? Spaming the entire article is pointless.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Accord sales up by over 25% to over 28,000. Looks like the 2013 redesign hit the jackpot, contrary to the 2013 Ford Fusion redesign which is a botch.
        whatever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        The Accord was redesigned? Hmm...
        xxmixedxtapexx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Major flaw in your argument, go to a dealer and try to find a Fusion, I doubt you will. The supply isn't even close to there, keep an eye on it over the next few months, the Fusion will definitely sell more than it did this month, substantially more.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that the Fusion redesign crashed its sales, it doesn't look like anyone can unseat Camry as the best selling mid size sedan in the USA for the next 20 years.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Huh? What makes you think the new Fusion is not selling well? It's just barely reached the showrooms. I don't know if it will unseat Camry, but something tells me it will knock Accord off #2.
          Yang Xi Gua
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Yeah right. Accord outsold Fusion by more than 2 to 1 in October. I highly doubt that can happen.
          xxmixedxtapexx
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          I had to put my name down on my Titanium, anything else sold within 5 days after arriving at the dealership. Supply is way low because Ford doesn't want to end up with a launch like the Escape. So far so good on my end (knock on wood)
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh man, Ford Fusion sales down by 30% to under 13,000 and Malibu sales down to under 10,000. Camry once again on at nearly 30,000.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Bland sells
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        I told people the new Fusion styling is a major turnoff, people didn't believe me.
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          icemilkcoffee: I completely get your point (hating Ford with a passion). I am a current Lincoln owner. The general design of the car (LS) is great, car is a beast on the highway, long distance driver here. Their attention to detail SUCKS. Basic assembly of the car is shoddy at best. Don't get me started on the dealership. Recently had major service on the Linc., Ford called for a customer survey, I let them have it. The dealership have called me a couple of times since then, I wonder why?
          icemilkcoffee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          Even as a former Ford owner who hates Ford with a passion, I have to admit that the new Fusion is very well designed. It's a rip off of the Aston Martin- but at least they ripped off a great design.
          gtv4rudy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          hate Ford with a 'passion'? ...why?
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Dealers aren't fully stocked with Fusions yet. The Ford dealer by my house has 5 2012 models in stock, 31 2013 models on order, and only 3 in stock.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
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          Yang Xi Gua
          • 2 Years Ago
          2013 Fusion was on sale in the summer. By now it should be stocked. Heck, 2013 Accord is already fully stocked and it only went on sale at the start of October.
        drsjpesq
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Are you in drugs?
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