Ford And Nissan Make Big Gains, Toyota Falls



Unlike the month of March, when automakers left and right were breaking monthly sales records despite having one fewer selling day, April 2013 was a month when some brands couldn't even beat their year-over-year sales numbers despite being spotted an extra selling day compared to April 2012.

The Honda Accord won this month's round of midsize sedan sales.

Some of the winners from March, though, kept on winning in April. Of the high-volume brands, Nissan posted the biggest YoY gain of 24.62 positive, while Ford, which deals in volumes more than twice the size of Nissan, moved its needle in a positive direction by an impressive 17.77 percent. Nissan can credit the popularity of its Altima (up 35.4 percent to 21,991) and Pathfinder (up 423.5 percent to 6,473) for the bump. Ford, meanwhile, was firing on all of its cylinders, with the Escape up 52 percent to 25,826 units sold and Fusion up 23.7 percent to 26,722.

Speaking of midsize sedans, the Honda Accord won this month's round, with April sales of 33,528 compared to the Toyota Camry at 31,710, the aforementioned Fusion at 26,722, and Nissan Altima at 21,991.

Lincoln also appears high up in our April table, thanks entirely to the MKZ, which is finally filling up dealer lots after having its initial production and quality woes sorted. Ford's luxury brand saw sales up 20.72 percent to 7,615 total on the back of the MKZ's 115.4-percent sales increase to 4,012 units.

Of the automakers reporting declining sales, we're most surprised to see both Toyota (-1.51 percent) and Chrysler (-12.68) among them. Toyota saw sales decline for three of its top-selling models (Corolla -6.1 percent, Camry -17.3 percent and Prius -24.1 percent), which couldn't be offset by the brand's new RAV4 posting a 17.1-percent increase to 18,541 units sold in April. Chrysler, meanwhile, only has three models, and while sales of the 200 and Town & Country were largely flat, the 300 saw sales fall 47 percent to 4,120 units.



*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 25 selling days in April 2013 and 24 selling days in April 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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      Dump
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some people are going to hate me on this.... The new Honda Accord - in the Sport version - is a really good-looking car. It maintains the (smaller) mid-size vehicle dimensions and has a lot of exterior features that conveys a mature, modern appeal. My only gripe: As the Accord looks great. It now looks like it should be an Acura.
      robbversion1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just realized, why isnt Ferrari on the list? The do have Lamborghini.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it's because I live in Los Angeles, but it blows my mind that Jaguar only sells around 1,000 cars per month in the US.
        express2day
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Jaguar is only selling about 1/5 the number of cars they were 10 years ago.
          ferps
          • 1 Year Ago
          @express2day
          That's strange, considering that their product portfolio today is much more competitive than 10 years ago.
          express2day
          • 1 Year Ago
          @express2day
          @ferps 10 years ago the Jaguar X-Type compact sedan accounted for about half of their sales. Jag is planning a new entry level sedan which should help with sales.
      Murphy Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised there's no VW commentary in this update - This is the first month I can remember seeing a YoY drop and no mention of why?
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        @Murphy Lee
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          Carlos Cruz
          • 1 Year Ago
          VW wanted to take over the overall world market, not the US. 2012 Sales #1 Toyota-9.75M #2 GM-9.29M #3 VW-9.09M VW's goal of #1 by 2018 accounts for 10M+ vehicles a year, with the US market making up 10% of that. Either way VW has been selling more cars than ever, this is the first time the company crosses the 9M vehicle mark.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Weird that Auto Blog doesn't give the number for the market as a whole: Vehicle sales up 9% over last April. Then you can see who is gaining share.
      zach
      • 1 Year Ago
      On that note, will GM ever pay us back?
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zach
        They have been, and will complete the deal in the next couple years. Did you miss the fact that the economy didn\'t tank even worse as the additional upside to the deal?
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zach
        Patriots drive Japanese vehicles don't they zach?
          carlotta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          But do they drive Mexican Fords and GM Koreans?
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          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          Perhaps it is you who is the idiot. You certainly sound to be one. It is usually the case that the one who uses the word the most, is the person to whom it refers.
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          \"...JIHADIST MORON ********* Big 3 fanatic...\" Where the hell did the JIHADIST MORON thing come from?!
          TsarBomba
          • 1 Year Ago
          You're trying too hard, dude.
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          I see you have been working on your tantrum skills...IMPRESSIVE.....
        mkivtrd
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hate to rain on your parade but retail sales were up, they cut back on fleet: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-29/toyota-sees-slower-u-s-sales-in-april-on-fleet-cutback.html
      zach
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for Honda, and with nearly nothing in fleet sales I live in the midwest and the new Accord is everywhere, and none look to be rentals.
        Max Bramante
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zach
        did you ask for it to every Accord driver?
        carlotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zach
        Honda really doesn't have to do fleet sales, like Ford and GM.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zach
        Honda traditionally has an infinitesimal fleet percentage here in the States, usually no more than 5% (and I think I'm overstating that number). As far as the Accord goes, the faster that the new ones can replace the last gen, the better.
        Spies1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zach
        I see zach got hit by the downvoting maching known as yomama6500 , yomama6xxx or yonomo100 , yonomo200 Always spot yomama
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Cadillac is now bigger than Audi, That is great!!
        express2day
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Now? That's been the case for many months. April is actually the closest in sales the two have been this year.
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        @mbukukanyau
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          Typesbad
          • 1 Year Ago
          Well, aren't we the cute little Deutschophile. Placing BMW and M-B as luxury brand rulers is accurate enough, though not exactly news to anyone. But Audi and Porsche? No offence to the products, since we are using sales and market share as the metric in this discussion, aren't you kind of overlooking that Lexus, Cadillac, and even Acura and Buick outsell Audi? And Porsche sales? You want to take another look, while keeping in they long ago lost the excuse of being just a sports car maker. You can easily argue that these brands "rule" for other reasons, but stating the claim right after chiding the US brands for their lack of market share makes you look rather foolish. Not to mention the all-caps.
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 1 Year Ago
          And Apple used to have 90% of the tablet market, Mercedes used to be number 1 in quality, and before Bush the US had a surplus in cash. With time things change.
          mylexicon
          • 1 Year Ago
          German cars rule initial quality. Own a German luxury car for longer than 4-5 years and you'll see why Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti are still in business.
        TsarBomba
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        I literally had to double-check the numbers when you said this, but it's correct. Holy smokes.
        Schobz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        More for your money. Clearly the formula that's dominating the market. Audis are still closer to MB if you think about true overpriced luxury.
          Jai302
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Schobz
          Audis are still way cheaper than Benz and BMW.. One thing that I like them for. Cadillac is even better though when it comes to price
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          tump
          • 1 Year Ago
          We just downvote everything you say because you're a dipshit.
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      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has anybody seen one of them Chevy Malibus on the road anywhere? I think I saw one, but it might have been a Camry.
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I had this same reaction until very recently, when I\'ve begun to see more of them. Still, they are relatively scarce compared to all the other competing cars.
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I was almost run over by one while on my bike two weeks ago. But it hadn\'t gotten that close, I might not have identified it...
        Mr White
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Terry, I think I saw one but it was face down in a ditch...where all Chevy Malibus should be!!!
        Jack Holliday
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        hey tarry grisselbee ive seen many new Malibu's and believe me you won't mistake it for that butt ugly Canry or equally ugly hinda acord. the Malibu is a great looking car..all toyota's are butt ugly,, the RV 4 is awful but the Crv hinda is close.. as is the hinda fit, the skion series , jeez they are all ugly as sin
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          @Jack Holliday
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          bullitt2605
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jack Holliday
          I am going to have to agree here I never much liked the Malibu but it does look better in person and certainly better then the Camry or Accord. Great looking well that\'s subjective but I will say there has never been an accord or camry that I have said hey that\'s a nice looking car.
        mazeroni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I occasionally drive by the Chevy dealership around here. They are all there in a big long line waiting to be given away for free.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        There seem to be a lot in Florida.
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          @ Terry Grisby - YOU are clearly a troll and here is what we think of you: Obvious troll is obvious
          Terry Actill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          Lots of dementia down in Florida.
        zach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Very few, and I am in St.Louis, I see about 10 Camry\'s for every Malbu.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I see them all the time in Charlotte and they look nothing like a Camry. sorry buddy, you might need to have your eyes checked.
        Mazdafreak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Yeah, I see about one a day here in NC. They don't seem to be selling as well as the last generation model, though.
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        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        yonomo200, I got bad news for you, Toyota is #1 in retail sales, so YES GM and Ford being ahead of Toyota IS due to fleet sales. Facts are facts.
          Titansfan1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          No because gm has special fleet vehicles now the impala limited and the captiva. Corperations want to own something that it takes less to maintain.
        zach
        • 1 Year Ago
        LOL At least Nissan sisn\'t steal from me to build mediocre cars.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        there numbers are better, they arent kicking the crap out of them,,,but for all those poo pooing fleet, understand fleet sales before you throw rocks, certain fleet is good, some fleet ( rentals ) can be bad, and in fords case thast the type of fleet they have cut back on, the other types of fleet are exceedingly profitable...and Fleet companies have CHOICES, they dont just defeat to one manufacturer, the Super Duty trucks are the #1 choice for instance for Municipalities and Govt purchasing agents...FOR A REASON. Wheels Inc, GE Capitol, ARI, Enterprize all service HUGE Fleet companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Yum industries, Siemens etc....and each of those companies have SEVERAL choices for their companie cars...the fact they choose one over the other is based on several items, NOT just \"the deal\" ( thats more rental cars ) gas mileage, service issues and costs are ALL weighed....so its actually a COMPLIMENT if they buy certain brands more than others....so those who hold \"fleet sales\" with disdain need to educate themselves......
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          Quest
          • 1 Year Ago
          Too Funny! You do know the the difference between Total and Retail sales right? Well, direct from the horses mouth - GM's press release for April 2013 Sales: http://www.gm.com/content/gmcom/home/company/investors/sales-production.content_pages_news_us_en_2013_may_gmsales.~content~gmcom~home~company~investors~sales-production.html
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