Is there anything else to discuss this month besides the fact that By the Numbers has a new graphic? Since sometime in 2006, I've dutifully collected this monthly sales data and published it in table form for your perusal, and I've always accompanied the data and my analysis of it with that funny little graphic of a green car going up (or down) a red hill. I've no idea where I found it, probably a Google image search, and have resisted changing it for so long partly on account of laziness, but also an obstinate will to maintain consistency. That will, good people, has been broken, and for the better I think, based on the lovely new graphic you see above these words.

On to the numbers, which for the most part were pleasantly high across the industry. American brands lead the way with Cadillac posting a 46.97-percent surge in sales and Dodge a 37.43-percent jump. Lexus and Buick were also up over 30 percent in January.

Of the big brands selling close to or over 100,000 units per month, Toyota took top honors with a rise in sales of 26.05 percent, though not far behind was Ford with a 23.35-percent lift. Chrysler appeared in the teens at 17.56 percent, while Honda (12.74 percent) and Chevrolet (10.85 percent) each reported healthy increases, as well.

Nissan, however, showed a mere 1.76-percent rise in the raw number of vehicles it sold last month. When converted to the change in the Daily Average Sales rate, that number falls to -2.31 percent. Other surprises at the bottom of the list include Hyundai (2.39/-1.71 percent), Kia (2.21/-1.88 percent) and BMW (0.66/-3.37 percent), while Jeep and Mazda both sold fewer models last month than the year before no matter which column you look at.

The rest of the numbers are below, and you can view more from the past in our By the Numbers archive.



*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 25 selling days in January 2013 and 24 selling days in January 2012, so there is a 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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      AdamS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we add VW Group to the companies portion?
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOOOOOO I love the green car!!! It is quirky and always makes me chuckle. The new graphic is trying too hard. Stick with the classics!
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        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        My lord you are an amazing un-fact filled windbag. I flat out don\'t know how to react to your lack of knowledge. Typing a novella does not make you an expert. So many things wrong, where to begin... DB strikes again.
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow, such insightful analysis of the data, I am sure the automotive media will be abuzz with these unknown and unnoticed facts.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        Toyota collapsed, they recalled all their cars
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        BDO - you just posted model-specific sales. How on earth does that make you the "only person who understands" the industry? "Escape outsold CR-V" isn't analysis, nor does it show any level of understanding beyond knowing number is bigger than another!
        carfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        neskt time I aks you about cars Mr. blackdynamo
        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        Some good info there Blackdynamite.
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        dohc73
        • 1 Year Ago
        Amen brotha
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nissan is trying so hard to be different that they forgot what it was they did well. They were never style leaders (and still aren't). They were sportier, faster, and less stodgy than Toyotas with great engines and bulletproof transmissions. I suppose that they have lost some of their to Honda and Mazda, so they are trying to make their cars "different". I understand that they are the Japanese Renault, but they don't have Renault's quality of design. The Rogue simply cannot hold a candle to the Koleos.
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        The Cube is all right, in my opinion. It's so odd (ugly), it's quite all right. And it is certainly practical. It's ugly in a way like the old AMC Pacer, but the Pacer was a mechanical piece of junk, unlike the Cube.
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yup. I said about 6 months ago that Nissan's "new" lineup was gonna put it straight in the crapper. NOBODY is going to want that Sentra, and they shot themselves in the foot by changing the Altima (a mammoth seller for them) at all. The previous model was better. Get a clue, Nissan.
          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          What's wrong with Altima? All of reviews seem fine
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        As a Nissan fan and owner I’m sad at the general state and atmosphere at Nissan right now, I wish they would go back to more of a lean and sporty look. Nissan really had some great ad campaigns and cars in the early 2000’s that captured the essence of the brand, I’m not sure what happened. This is what Nissan use to be about, those were the days: 1999 Maxima commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMn33goi1Qg Altima SE-R commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCEM0DtIBQo Maxima sunset commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJNhLbRWPK0 Maxima reaper commerical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxDd2jplitI Nissan Frontier toug guys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2OBV-y7JUA
          gray fox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          Nissan sold their soul chasing numbers with Toyota and Honda. I just hope Mazda never takes that view and can stay content as a mid-tier manufacturer.
        Relyat08
        • 1 Year Ago
        Sadly I agree. I have loved Nissan ever since I owned a 2005 Altima SL, but since then their style has gone out the window. They all look ridiculous. The only 2 Nissans that I would still buy are the GT-R and the 370z. Nothing else in their line up is good enough looking to make me even want to test drive it.
      Xi Gua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Auto sales are booming while the economy shrinks and unemployment goes up. There is only 1 culprit: the mandated 10% ethanol mix is wrecking people's cars left and right and forcing people to buy new cars.
        ndec08
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        The GDP drop was due to temporary defense spending cuts. Most economists say last quarter's GDP was an aberration and we will resume steady growth in 2013. You're also forgetting that the average age of vehicles on the road continues to increase and is now at about 11 years. Auto sales are booming because cars on the road are simply too old and need replacing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
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      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      The (By far) most important and impressive numbers were not in this lengthy table/. They are the following: 1. Sales in Jan 2013 were about 100,000 higher than Jan 2012, and, much more importantly, 100% of the increase, practically, went to the DOMESTIC Carmakers, the imports were totally FLAT from last Jan!
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        @alistair.dillingham
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          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          Alistair, you say 100K more units were sold last month and that "practically all of it when to domestics", yet when you add all the import brands gains and subtact the losses you come up with almost 60K unit gain for the imports it's 57,510, the domestics 72,518. So yes the domestics did very well (Kudos to them) but they didn't get "practically all the gains" they got 55.77% of the gains.
          caddy-v
          • 1 Year Ago
          Ashes to ashes, electronics to dust, buy a Toyota and deal with the rust.
          alistair.dillingham
          • 1 Year Ago
          Learn to READ, FOOL. You understood NOTHING. My point was based on the 100% correct HARD FACTS.
          MAX
          • 1 Year Ago
          More and more it looks like Chrysler is taking over FIAT. BTW, GM outsold TRDyota last month. BTW, I saw over 200 Camry rental cars go through Manheim Atlanta last week, so I bet TRDyota has a of lot rental reups last month.
          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          Max, you mention fleet sales, yet Toyota was once again (as they have been for over a year) the #1 brand in retail sales last month. All car companies do fleet sales, but the Big 3 far outpace the imports when it comes to fleet sales.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          BDO, you have Toyota on the brain. You can only think about Toyota. He wasn't talking about Toyota. He was talking about ALL imports. Foreign carmakers other than Toyota exist (Praise be to the Maker for that!). Try to read and comprehend the actual words. Stop interpreting them into what you want them to say.
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        stp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alistair.dillingham
        Um... did you actually read the import numbers?
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      Xi Gua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even Volvo is outselling Lincoln. Just wait till Volvo's who lineup gets redesigned next year with all new platforms and engines and transmissions.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        See, you said the same thing about the Fusion three months ago and how did that do in January? The release of the MKZ was purpously delayed three months from the Fusion. The three dealerships in my area have 14 in stock out of the 44 that are Dealer Ordered.
          Xi Gua
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          it still ranked after Accord
        Xi Gua
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        whole*
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        Bun Believable that the chinese are now employing bloggers to spam US forums just like the Koreans do.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
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      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Goodbye Lincoln. Don't forget to turn out the lights.
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      Mauricio Porrua Mend
      Lincoln is dying :(
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mauricio Porrua Mend
        Lincoln is Dead, Look, Buick is 3 times its size.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
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        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mauricio Porrua Mend
        The new Lincoln MKZ based on the Fusion is an ugly frigging nightmare. And has 1.5 inches LESS rear leg room than the Ford Fusion which has next to NO rear leg room. Just who in the hell does Lincoln expect to buy their crap? Legless geriatrics?
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