Last year was a Leap Year, and February 2012 indeed offered automakers an extra day of selling cars compared to the 24 trips around the sun we took last month. Nevertheless, the US auto industry took full advantage of the days they were given and posted a solid month of sales in February 2013.

Among major automakers, Ford Motor Company (+9.33 percent) and General Motors (+7.17 percent) were the leaders, while Toyota Motor Company (+4.34) and Chrysler Group (+4.11 thanks to a +30.33-percent performance by Dodge) managed to stay positive. Nissan North America, however, fared less well, reporting a drop in year-over-year sales of -6.65 percent.

Among brands, we see many luxury marques near the top, including Bentley (+42.86 percent), Porsche (+30.53 percent), Audi (+27.77 percent), Mercedes-Benz (+23.05 percent), Cadillac (+20.34 percent) and Land Rover (+19.97 percent). If taken as a sign of a recovering economy, then the wealthier among us appear to be leading the way.

You might not be surprised to see Lincoln at the very bottom of the sales pile.

Perhaps more notable are the brands that didn't do so well in February. Kia (-7.84 percent) has rarely been seen in the red, and even trumpeted a new sales record for January last month. The rare dip is unusual for the Korean automaker, having increased sales four years in a row and experiencing only one month of declining sales last year in December. Likewise, Jeep (-16.48 percent) and Nissan (-7.18 percent) manage to avoid the crimson club most months, but not last month.

You might not be surprised to see Lincoln at the very bottom of the sales performance pile, having reported a large decline of -29.35 percent. Don't blame the new MKZ just yet, as production has still not yet ramped up to the levels of its predecessor. Lincoln sold 945 new MKZs in February, down 62.0 percent from the year prior, but up 47.9 percent month-over-month.

UPDATE: Honda inadvertently published incorrect numbers earlier in the day. Those numbers have now been updated reflecting the accurate sales data for Honda, Acura and Honda America.

UPDATE 2: Numbers corrected for Volkswagen, Infiniti and Acura.



*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 24 selling days in February 2013 and 25 selling days in February 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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      ellis_harmon
      • 1 Year Ago
      24 trips around the sun?...Last month? What? That\'s 24 years! Are you on drugs?
      dpspc9
      • 1 Year Ago
      As an Evo X owner, dayum Mitsubishi! WTH is selling?
      Robu Dahbi
      • 1 Year Ago
      We only go around the sun once per year.
      W196R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes is doing so well. I and their line up is some what aged (sure the C and the GLK had facelifts). Impressive! Now let's wait and see how the new CLA sells. Mercedes may sell the most cars amongst the luxury brands again.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did Jeep do so bad? Is it because the Liberty is no longer made?
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Yes, that and the 2014 Grand Cherokee is just now hitting lots with very few 2013 models sitting there. Also, the 2014 Patriot and Compass are about to drop as well, so there's not many 2013 models of those on lots either.
      ManMachine
      • 1 Year Ago
      The numbers posted here (as of 2:55pm Pacific) are Jan.'s numbers.
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      I predicted (and I don't think it was a bold prediction) that Nissan was going to have BIG problems with their new Altima and Sentra because of how hideous they are. Looks like I was right. There's not even a new model sales surge for Nissan. They're gonna be in baaaad shape in 3 years when those models grow even more stale. Let that be a lesson to them. The previous Altima got ragged on here for being stale, but it did a LOT of things right and had classic styling. The new Altima, not so much.
      Leland
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jaguar Land Rover ftw!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        There you go, running off at the mouth, regardless of the facts. Lets take a closer look at the Volt numbers: The Volt Year to Date: 2013 = 2,766 2012 = 1,626 ------------------------ Diff: +1,140 units That represents a 70.01% increase.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
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        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        The inevitable down votes of your closed-minded and ignorant comments amuses me. What's almost more amusing is the fact you actually fool yourself into believing you know more about the industry than anyone else on here, but when someone calls you out and makes you look even more foolish than an original post, you pull out one of the 6 note carded responses you've got stacked on the desk next to the KY and Toyota model catalog.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        I know there is tons of cash on Camry and corolla hood. There is tons of cash on hood of most toyotas. Toyota is what GM was around 2003. Cash and fire sales to move metal. Things over at Lexus are a disaster.
          Titansfan1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          You are absolutely right fleet sales galore. Almost every hideous Camry I see has a bar code in the window. The Nissan Altima too
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
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          Smilez1105
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          Again DB, typing a novella does not an intelligent person make. But I know everyone here was waiting to see how you spin Toyota/Lexus into a hero\'s story and bag on the American\'s. Kudos DB, kudos.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
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          @mbukukanyau
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      itguy08
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad to see Honda down. Their cars are nothing special at all.
        Patrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itguy08
        96,623 would like to have a little chat with you.
          Mudotaku
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Patrick
          96,623 probably would not. Chances are they don't like cars and just bought a Honda for the same reasons they bought a Kenmore fridge, a LG microwave, or a Whirlpool washing machine. For those 96,623 a car is an appliance.
          itguy08
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Patrick
          Tons of people shop Wal Mart too. Doesn't make them the best. Hondas are nothing special - not that reliable, not that good looking, not that technologically advanced. So there is really no reason to buy one. Yet people are brainwashed into thinking they are great.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      No mention of Mitsubishi, even when every time it seems they are on the bottom and this time they had a good month in the top 4 of growth? But still not mention? Really? How about another unnecessary Mustang build-thread while ignoring a huge boom in Mitsubishi sales that hasn't been seen in awhile. With all this talk of them "dying" you'd think you could mention something here. Stay classy though Autoblog.
        Smilez1105
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Because an increase from 4,700 to 6,000 isn\'t exactly earth shattering or taking away much market share. Good for them and all, but they still only sold 3% of what Ford sold. And I don\'t believe this will turn things around for them in the U.S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
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          Randy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          Especially when it is the entire brand.
          Tourian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          So supposedly unbiased journalists only talk about a brand when they're down. They are up near the top of the chart and auto log couldn't even throw them a bone by just listing their name among brands who had double digit increases. It isn't right no matter how you spin it.
          Tourian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Smilez1105
          Their chart is setup to reward manufacturers whi have high percentage gains so blame them. No one said Mitsu was the best. It\'s always specious snarky comments like that clog up dissuasions like this. I don\'t do strawmen.
      • 1 Year Ago
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