Honda, Toyota And Nissan Make Big Gains, Domestics Not Far Off



The summer sales season came to a close last month with all of the major auto companies we follow posting double-digit sales increases in August. Smaller companies with multiple brands like Jaguar-Land Rover, which was up a relatively impressive 40 percent, are at the top of the list, but companies that sell in much larger volumes were right behind.

Japanese automakers led the way with Honda/Acura climbing 26.7 percent, Toyota/Lexus up 22.8 percent and Nissan/Infiniti increasing 22.3 percent. US domestic automakers, however, had an August to celebrate as well, with General Motors gaining 14.7 percent, Ford and Lincoln up 12.2 percent and all of Chrysler (including Fiat) up 11.5 percent.

August was a month of records, as well, with Subaru, a perennial hot-selling brand on our table, beating its old all-time sales record in the US with 41,061 units sold last month – an increase of 45.1 percent versus last year. Hyundai, up 8.2 percent, set an all-time sales record for August, as did Honda and Kia. Maserati had its best month ever in the US, and Mazda had its best August in 10 years. Even Toyota reported achieving its best month of sales in more than five years.

Check all of last month's sales figures in the chart below.



*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 28 selling days in August 2013 and 27 selling days in August 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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      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      chart not showing up for anyone else?
        John Kelley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Camaroman101
        I can not see it either (on a Mac).
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Camaroman101
        Me too, on Chrome. I just checked IE and it works fine for that...I hate it when websites decide that Firefox/Chrome isn't good enough for them and don't support them with code on their website.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow.One of the few times when Mitsubishi is in the green.
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      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor VW...maybe the new Golf will spruce up sales. But maybe they should've focused on making the most German compact and mid-size cars instead of their cheapened cars.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zoom
        VW was going to go right to number one in sales, just ask them two years ago. THEN people actually started buying them and realizing how badly put together they really are.
          mchica
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          If you look outside the US market, they are getting closer to their goal of becoming #1
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who owned August: GM, Lexus, Camry, Honda, F-150 Who got owned in August: Ford Fusion (almost half of Camry's sales), VW (lost sales for the 5 straight month) and Cadillac ATS (outsold by Lexus IS twice in it's 2 months on market) BD
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        ATS is brand new, you should know they take some time to catch on. Half its future buyers likely don't even know it exists yet. The IS has been around for years.
          Black Dyanmite
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          If you are gonna cry with excuses, at least say it out loud before hitting "Submit"..... BD
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          The new IS is already on the market, and has been for over two months.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        on one hand you mention fords fleet numbers for the Fusion pumping up apparent ( well in your mind ) numbers...and then you come out stating Camry doubled them....WOW BD, just WOW.....
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        pretty sad BD, anyone gets some acclaim, their sales MUST BE FLEET, unless its Toyota of course....thats pretty pathetic man,
          Black Dyanmite
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Well, since you brought it up. Toyota sold 2% to fleet last month. Ford almost 25%. So who really deserves acclaim? Oh..... BD
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Technically, last month, Ford's fleet rate was 21%, car rental was 6%, commercial was 15%. Listen to the sales call on Ford's website, its all there, about 17 minutes in. Toyota wishes they could get more commercial sales. Besides, even if Ford does away totally with fleet sales, then where will these businesses buy cars/trucks from? Toyota? GM? Honda? Do you think they would just ignore all those potential sales? Here is the sales call: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/6fmrkn7f/lan/en
          mao893kim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Oh no, someone actually has data to back it up
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Who got owned? The new Corolla did in all of its new reviews. Same old boring toaster.
          mao893kim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          Reviews don't pay the bills or shareholders. Sales and profits do. Boring toaster is fine as long as it makes money.
          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          Who got owned AP? You, by mao893kim
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Over half the ATS buyers are new to the brand. I would like to see a comparison of new to Lexus IS buyers verses the Caddy. Nobody expects Cadillac to immediately outsell BMW and Lexus.. that is going to take some time but based on the sales lately they are moving forward quickly.
          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob
          Go to pressroom .toyota.com, they state nearly 50% of IS sales were conquest sales and they mention most of those were from BMW, Audi and Acura
        mikeybyte1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Who owns facts twisted to make Toyota look good? BD!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        Bias towards Toyota? Autoblog HATES Toyota.
          mchica
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          So does a lot of "Enthusiasts" yet they are #2 selling nameplate in the US. Take out the Rental sales at GM and they would be #1. Sad but true.
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        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        Total sales numbers are taken into account. Percentages can be misleading, e.g. if Bugatti sold 2 Veyrons, then the next month they sold 4, technically, they doubled in sales, but then you dig deeper, and realize that calling them the industry sales leader would be idiotic based on 4 sold.
        Henry
        • 1 Year Ago
        Really? % of what number? They made a statistical inference. It's all relative. There is a stack difference between 40.05% increase from sales of 4,756 (1,905) or 35.44% increase from sales of 22,553 (7,993) vs 26.74% increase from sales of 131,321 (35,111) , 22.82% increase from sales of 188,520 (40,017) or 22.31% increase from sales of 98,515 (21,983).
      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's even more impressive about Toyota is that their fleet percentage for the month was only 2% Www.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/august+2013+sales+conference+notes.htm
      makasay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Acura MDX sold nearly 7,000 units. See Acura what happens when you make an impressive car!
        chrismcfreely
        • 1 Year Ago
        @makasay
        Everything they\'ve made lately, except ZDX is impressive.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
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          Rob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
          ILX and RLX have sold far from expectations Taking a Civic and an Accord, polishing them up ,and trying to compete with luxury brands isn\'t working. Acura has chosen to cater to the SUV/CUV market as evidence by the 62% of sales being from the RDX and MDX. The TL are TSX are outdated and sales are declining rapidly. The ILX is new and sells even worse than the other two
      carlotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Market up 17%. Non Big 3 up close to 20%. The elephant in the room: GM, Ford and Chrysler all lost share. You'd never know that from the spin.
        Dave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carlotta
        This isn't really true. If you look at sales volumes from Aug 2012 vs Aug 2013 on a company wide basis market share didn't shift much. On the Companies list, only Toyota gained market share (up 1%). BWM, Chrysler, General Motors, and Nissan all stayed flat. American Honda, Ford, and Jaguar lost 1%.
        mikeybyte1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carlotta
        How do you figure that? Percentage gains are year over year. And they are only percentages not total vehicles sold. So if Mazda is up 26% and Chevy is only up 10% do you think Mazda has gained market share? Mazda sold 28k cars and Chevy 188k cars. Go learn to do basic math before jumping to conclusions. You need to look at the big picture.
          Julius
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          Since they publish the actual vehicles sold, a little calculation will show who did what. Simply put, year-over-year, GM lost less than a half-percent in market share (to 18.4%), Ford dropped a bit over a half percent (to 14.7%), and Chrysler/Fiat dropped about half a percent (to 11.1%). On the other hand, Toyota gained three-quarters (to 15.4%), Nissan was up a quarter percent (to 8.0%), and Honda gained the most at over three-quarters of a percent (to 13.7%). Of the smaller players, Subaru surprisingly gained a half-percent (to 2.7%), BMW gained a quarter percent (to 2.0%), while MB/Jaguar-LR/Mitsu/Mazda/Volvo were basically flat.
          Julius
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          Oh, forgot to mention - VW Group (VW/Audi/Porsche/Lamborghini) lost a half percent as well (down to 3.8%).
          answerinmachine3
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          Actually, that is exactly that losing market share means. Obviously Mazda only picked up a small percentage of market share since they are not a huge player yet (although its getting bigger).
          mao893kim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          Yes, I think Mazda has gained market share. LOL
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      FYI, these numbers are somewhat inflated with 5 saturdays falling into August, which is highly unusual. (Saturdays are the biggest sales days of the week in the car business) Labor Day weekend's Saturday is usually in September..... BD
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Missed you on the Corolla reviews over at MT and CD! Could it be that they raped it?
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        wendavid99
        • 1 Year Ago
        congratulations on your new purchase. I have been driving my 13 accord exl for 9 months.
        HustlinFlip
        • 1 Year Ago
        I love my '13 Accord Sport!
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @HustlinFlip
          Only a mother/father could..that rear end is horrendous.
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          @HustlinFlip
          [blocked]
        Brent Malesich
        • 1 Year Ago
        LX 4 cyl with a CVT.... better than Ambien to put you right to sleep
        Yeah yeah
        • 1 Year Ago
        So you pay $8715 and at the end of 35 months have no equity in the car at all the show for it? That doesn't sound like a very good deal. If you paid a little more for a longer time, at the end of the loan you'd own a car that is still worth ten grand or so. Leasing is like buying your TV from Rent-a-Center.
      Gilly
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Lincoln! You're postive!! Slow and steady, baby!!!!
        express2day
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gilly
        Yes! The MKZ, Lincoln's only all-new model, is doing very well. It had another record sales month and its best August ever. The already profitable Lincoln is on an even better track right now with the new MKZ and several other new models still to come.
          gary
          • 1 Year Ago
          @express2day
          They better hurry up with the new product because damn few Lincoln dealers are making a profit on the brand currently.
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