There was little doubt that the government shutdown, which occupied 16 days of an already-short month, put downward pressure on US auto sales during the month of September. If you weren't one of the 800,000 federal employees who were furloughed without pay during the crisis, you may have been one of many people who decided to put off large purchases like a car or truck until the US government got its act together and turned the lights back on. It seems those people and then some came back in October with an eye toward buying a vehicle, though, as a majority of brands are reporting increased sales for last month, especially those in the business of selling trucks, SUVs and crossovers.

US automakers in particular made the biggest gains, with General Motors sales rising nearly 16 percent, Ford Motor Company up 14 percent and Chrysler Group up 11 percent. Not only that, every single individual American brand reported increased sales (not counting Fiat). Surprisingly, Lincoln led the way among American brands with an increase of 38 percent on 7,131 units sold. Chevrolet, however, was the leader among volume brands, with a year-over-year increase of 14.7 percent compared to Ford's 13.2 percent. Among import brands, Subaru continued its aggressive growth trend with October sales up 32 percent over last year on 34,483 units sold, and Mercedes-Benz reported a large gain of 25 percent on sales of 32,107 units.

Among the few brands to report lower sales in October were Kia and Volkswagen. The Korean brand, which we're not used to seeing in the red, reported sales down over 6 percent, while VW posted a much deeper 18-percent drop in sales.

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 27 selling days in September 2013 and 26 selling days in October 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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      JamesC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru has overtaken VW, thats pretty crazy.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to see Lincoln improve.
      thomas.leopard
      • 1 Year Ago
      It honestly pisses me off that Volvo isn't getting more sales. Part of me wants to blame it on them; They literally don't advertise, at all.
        Devin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thomas.leopard
        They advertise a fair amount on Bravo and AMC. I remember seeing commercials during Breaking Bad and I believe they are still playing during the Walking Dead. It's the same one or two commercials though. However they're only advertising the S60 and XC60. I get that the XC90 is old but you'd think they'd at least include it in some commercials. Same with the S80 and XC70 which aren't as old but barely sell. I don't remember seeing the C30 and C70 advertised in the years before their cancellation either.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maserati has roared ahead of Smart! More seriously, note that the Mercedes brand outsold VW. Both brands are moving toward the cheaper end of the market, but in very different ways.
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      The major problem with VW is that american's want SUV's and Trucks. The Touareg is way overpriced because of the 25% tariff on SUV's, and they don't have any trucks. They should have made an american specific truck platform, maybe teamed up with dodge again like they did for their minivan, and just slapped their V6 or V10 TDI in it. Both were EPA approved already.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neez
        Two things: 1) The Routan hasn't sold well at all (58k in 4 years or so), which is why it's on its way out. 2) It is now INSANELY hard for an import to break in to the US truck market. Full-size (see what Tundra and Titan have done, despite expectations) or compact (an almost dead segment).
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Neez
        No, Neez, the major problem with VW has nothing to do with SUVs/trucks, as those are markets that even Toyota and Honda haven't relied on. It's that Americans want compact/mid-sized cars, and VW MASSIVELY messed up the Jetta/Passat redesigns. That's all.
      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless the MB CLA is hot only in the short term, they are likely to stay at the top of the Lux-brand heap. I don't think the A3 will really compete with the CLA - Audi doesn't carry the same cachet as Mercedes, and the A3 looks old already, and it's not even out. The CLA is going to be a home run for MB for years to come.
      Temple
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn, what happened to VW? Honest question. When most are seeing double digit jumps, VW is seeing a double-digit drop.
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Temple
        they are the new bland mobile.. both Jetta and Passat
        djrroar1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Temple
        VW is trying to sell cars in a heavy CUV/SUV/Truck market. It's like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Wrong product. Period
          SethG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @djrroar1
          Their two CUVS are good but way overpriced. The price points make them appropriate for people who generally don't want a VW. Also, they are trying to be mass market without any 3-row vehicles. American families need 3-rows. Look at the other mainstream manufacturers and how many 3-row vehicles they sell. Toyota has the Sienna, Highlander, Sequoia and Land Cruiser. Honda has the Odyssey and Pilot. Ford has the Explorer, Flex and Expedition. Even Dodge has three with the Durango, Caravan and Journey. Mazda has only one with the CX-9 and Subaru has none right now but that could change. VW has none. But they don't want to be Mazda or Subaru. They want to be the biggest in the world. They better get some better priced, more useful CUVs if they want to be a bigger player in the US.
        BLS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Temple
        Notice the decreases are all brands (Kia excepted) that rely on styling and don't have the "it" product right now.
          ChrisH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BLS
          Kia is doing very well with the Soul
          Healthy Chap
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BLS
          Kia does heavily rely on styling. Their product lineup is pretty par otherwise.
      linuxaddict7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Caddy needs an CUV below and above SRX to breach 20k mark.
      Sheldon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Huge jump in Jag sales, curious if that's due to the F-Type. Man that's a sexy car.
      Oblio
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is incorrect to include the Scion brand in your Toyota total. Scion sold 4,940 units in Oct 2013.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, where are all the Lincoln haters now ;)
        Neez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        I'm right here.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Dude, the ENTIRE division sold 7,131. Call me when they hit 10K.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Dude, they jumped that much with one modern car. Imagine when they actually have competitive vehicles in ALL segments.
          Eta Carinae
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          @jesus right.....people don't understand that......38% increase just for the MKZ.......imagine when the MKC comes out. ...and you know americans love their cross overs....we will likely see 50% or more jumps in the next coming months....lincoln is reviving itself slowly BUT surely like cadillac back in 2008 With the second gen. CTS......it takes time to change a market and look were cadillac is now...
      billfrombuckhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      USA! USA! USA! JapanInc, not so much.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
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