Nissan, Ford, Chrysler Lead Gains, Subaru Sets All-Time Record



April showers sure do have May sales flowering this year. The numbers for last month are in, and generally speaking, the US market was strong with most automakers reporting higher sales than a year ago. Of those that were in the red, most were only down in the single-digit percent range, and Mitsubishi is a mainstay near the bottom these days thanks to a number of models that left production in the last year. The only surprising poor performance was Infiniti, which reported sales for May down 25.42 percent to 7,899 units sold.

All of the companies we follow reported sales gain in May, led by Nissan North America (+24.69 percent/114,457 sales), Ford Motor Company (+14.02 percent/246,585 sales) and Chrysler Group (+11.03 percent/166,596 sales). General Motors and Toyota Motors Sales also managed to maintain their green ratings with the US automaker posting an increase of 3.11 percent on sales of 252,894 units and Japan's juggernaut rising 2.45 percent on 207,952 units sold.

Of individual brands, Cadillac rose to the top with a 39.88-percent sales increase, all thanks to new sales from the ATS and XTS masking a 41-percent slide in CTS sales. Subaru, no stranger to the top of our table, reported a 34.21-percent sales increase, which set a new monthly record for the brand.

We noticed some interesting items at the model level as well, including the Volkswagen GTI selling 1,284 units, which comes surprisingly close to outselling the standard Golf at 1,593 sold. Speaking of VW, the Passat, Motor Trend's Car of the Year last year, was outsold by the Dodge Avenger: 10,691 to 10,267. The Ford F-Series was up 30.6 percent to 71,604 sold, which is more than twice what the Honda Accord sold (33,218). Scion FR-S sales of 1,937 are nearly triple those of the Subaru BRZ (679), and we're not sure why Honda has to be so cruel by continuing to report each month that the S2000 has sold zero units.




*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 26 selling days in May 2013 and 26 selling days in May 2012, 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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      jessesrq
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish AB could add other columns showing: corporate profit, profit per vehicle, sales price vs. MSRP, % leases vs. purchases, and/or % of fleet sales to this chart. Volume alone does note tell a complete story. For example, Nissan is climbing the sales chart, which surprises me considering their models are not the best in their respective classes. Is this a product of bigger discounts, fleet sales, and riskier lending, or do consumers really like Nissans better than the automotive press?
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      After lusting over it for the past year, I finally purchased a 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring with AWD in soul red mica on 5/28/13. I couldn't be more impressed with what Mazda has been able to achieve after Ford sold most of their shares in the company.
      oc9
      • 2 Years Ago
      The article lists numbers for a few individual model sales? Is there a link for all or more of them?
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not really surprising Infiniti sales dropped, changing the Nomenclature from every car to Q is going to hurt sales for the time being no one wants to buy a car that's going to be "discontinued" also their bread and butter G has been out for 7 years, they really need to start selling the Q50 and LE, and revise the FX, M, and EX these cars are getting outdated really fast
      • 2 Years Ago
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        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        If Laser says it, then it won't happen, he's still waiting for Romney to be sworn in. GM has far more strong new product in the pipeline than Ford.
      gop.hates.america
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ Laser " IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed. Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check." - Mitt Romney | November 18, 2008
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Not that a Mitt Romney has anything to do with relevant conversation, least of all on an automotive website... but Ford is up close to 15% to last year with a fantastic lineup of vehicles while GM scraped a ho-hum 3% increase with a hit or miss lineup with important vehicles like the Malibu and Silverado not doing nearly enough to impress reviewers or consumers.
          gop.hates.america
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          15% increase in Ford sales = more well paid jobs in America = #PROGRESS
        no1bondfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Mitt who? I remember the name...
      Antonio
      • 2 Years Ago
      edit. Chrysler is owned by FIAT, under companies it should be listed as FIAT group.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Antonio
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        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Antonio
        Fiat just owns Chrysler stock, it's still Chrysler Group LLC.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
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          Antonio
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          That's what I said Bill, FIAT just OWNS Chrysler.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Antonio
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      gop.hates.america
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey look! Government Motors on top of the list. #Progress
        WHO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Yomama, Get back to us when GM is paying taxes again. Get back to us when GM has paid back the BILLIONS they still owe the USA tax payers.
          gop.hates.america
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WHO
          Get back to me when king of clowns George Bush returns $10 Trillion he wasted on wars. Get back to me when he is hanged for war crimes.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WHO
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      carboy55
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to hear more CVT bashing, since Nissan offers them in nearly every model and they kicked butt last month. Keep up the carping folks! Show the American consumers what "experts" you are! LOL
        Papi L-Gee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        An oft-repeated adage, paraphrased here: "If sales equal quality, McDonald's is gourmet fare."
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 2 Years Ago
      haters can hate all they want but cadillac is in the #1 spot.
      le9193
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do love Autoblog's complete brush over Cadillac's achievements once again this month. Fastest growing car brand in the United States currently and highest growth since 1976. Whether you like the brand, or not...and all they mentioned was Subaru's new record...
        Luke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @le9193
        Did you read ALL the article? Cuz I sure saw me some Caddy in there: "Of individual brands, Cadillac rose to the top with a 39.88-percent sales increase, all thanks to new sales from the ATS and XTS masking a 41-percent slide in CTS sales. "
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprisingly the Camry is back at #1 with sales of 36,316 units easily outpacing the Accord\'s 33,218. I figured Autoblog would make a big deal about the Camry being #1 in sales since it made a big deal of the Accord outselling it.
        carlotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        The Accord outsold the the Camry in retail sales. Camry does big fleet sales.
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Correction, Camry sold 39,316.
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Never saw an Accord taxi at the airport, lot\'s and lot\'s of Camry\'s with their hoods up though.
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