After a particularly bullish November, the holiday season saw automakers reporting relatively unimpressive sales numbers to finish off the year. In particular, industry giants General Motors and Toyota ended 2013 with a bit of a whimper. After being treated to volume rising by 13.70 percent in November, GM recorded a decline of 6.34 percent in December, earning a last-place finish. Toyota fell by 1.7 percent for the month after gaining more than 10 percent last time out, and was again outsold by Ford and GM.

Industry giants General Motors and Toyota ended 2013 with a bit of a whimper.

In general, volumes leveled off during December, hampered in some part, no doubt, by wintery weather almost everywhere in the country that threatened to keep dealerships nearly empty for days at a time. Volkswagen and Volvo repeated their chart-bottoming finishes from November, albeit with slightly less-pointed declines in year-over-year volume, and in reverse order: Volvo dropped 20.52 percent, and VW 22.70.

Chrysler Group, which lead the way for Detroit Three automakers in November with a 16.08-percent volume bump, saw a more modest jump of 5.67 percent this past month.

There were a few successes to be had, however. Jaguar Land Rover continued to top the list of companies with positive growth, scoring a rise of 17.44 percent, albeit on a comparatively tiny volume of 7,308 units sold. Subaru capped off an amazing year of growth as well, with a nice year-over-year jump of 9.60 percent in December. That number pales somewhat to the 30- and 40-percent gains Subie was seeing earlier in 2013, but it's still a nice little stocking stuffer.

Check out all of December's sales figures in the chart below, and look for our full 2013 By The Numbers wrap-up next week.




*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 25 selling days in December 2013 and 26 selling days in December 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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      Cheddar
      • 1 Year Ago
      How does Mazda's marketing and ad agency people keep their jobs? Those are the best cars in the business yet the sales are tanking. The "restrained supply" excuse worked a year ago but not now. With a booming stock market and industry sales flying it's a real mystery how terrible marketing like theirs can be justified.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      King Camry The People's Champion for the 12th year in a row. BD
        Max Bullo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Agree, just left alone all these jealous hater's...they're heating their heart and I laugh a lot...aahahahaha
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      who cares GM still sold WAY more than FORD and whats' that? LinCOLON down again? patetic
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        didn't go far in the spelling Bee did we Andrew....
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Wow, the trolls certainly don't like you. I'd take it as a compliment if I were you. :D
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Looks like lincoln is up
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        WAY more? I think you're exaggerating a bit there, especially since they ended in the red and Ford ended in the green.... Could have something to do with the fact that the Mustang has outsold the Camaro for 3 months straight. Of course, the Camaro has been in such a free-fall in sales lately, it's only a matter of time before the Mustang is 5,000,000 units ahead. If Ford ever gets Lincoln competitive, they'll likely take the sales crown.
        Jason Alan Sipes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Ford Mo Company: 218,058 GM: 230,157 That's a difference of 12,099 units(5.5%~), how exactly is that way more? Let's not mention that every single GM company is down in sales and they have four versus two Ford owns.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        What's "patetic" is your ability to read a table.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        [blocked]
      Max Bullo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus rocks, Caddy sux.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is BD going to spin Toyota's decline in sales?
        Max Bullo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        1.7%- in comparisone of a huge growth during the whole year is not a decline, but you're a troll for sure.By the way Lexus has a growth of +14% and sold 35,000 cars, what about american luxury? STFU
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        BD, That Guy, and Aaron among other unspecified trolls are going to come and downvote you in the night because they're running out of BS to spew. They must have sleepovers when sales numbers are released.
      Max Bullo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota breaks into the euro top ten, Auris in top 20, while VW is dying in U.S: Enjoy.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bullo
        [blocked]
      Max Bullo
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW -22,70%: DAS AUTO
        Carlos Cruz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bullo
        We got it, you hate VW and love Toyota... Either way when you tally up the year both will be in the top 3 sharing the stage with GM.
          Max Bullo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carlos Cruz
          And just because they sell the larger part of their production in China...and we all know it, chinese hates everything made in Japan. By the way: VW has: Audi,Seat,Skoda plus several luxury brands...Toyota can count only on its nameplate and Daihatsu plus two brands,made by itself by the way (not obtained by other carmakers): Lexus and Scion. And they still sell and grow up more than VW making more profits and gain than any other carmaker.
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      in first.....SOMEONE ( usually Aaron-mt in full blown ignorance ) will account any sucess of Domestics to be based solely on fleet....must be the ONLY reason they are doing well.....pfffffffffffffft!
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's funny, all the CVT hate from the purists didn't seem to hurt Nissan a bit.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        How can you come to that conclusion? Maybe if they had a proper transmission, their sales would've been even higher, especially among those who actually give a crap about their driving experience.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Silly you, contributing sales to transmission offerings and nothing else.
          carboy55
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Silly me, I guess taking market share from companies that don't offer CVTs isn't scientific enough for haters.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Well Nissan sold more than it did last month and more than last year, so they must be doing something right.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        Doesnt Nissan cater to bad credit customers like Chrysler? That said, people take what they can get.
          itguy08
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Even the bad credit folks are smart enough to stay away from Chrysler!
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          @Jesus Chrysler doesn't cater to "bad credit" customers. You're thinking of "off" brands like Hyundai / KIA and Mitsubishi.
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Hey Angelo, guess which automaker didn't make the list for brand with most sub-prime buyers? I'll give you a hint, it's the only Japanese automaker in your "off" brand list. And spare me the "well, they don't sell as many cars" because the rating takes the percentage of cars sold. So if 80% of the buyers were sub-prime and they only sold 10 cars in a year, they still would have made the list... But they didn't.
      Like a Boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am so happy for Lincoln and hopefully this is just the beginning of the rain . Lincoln actually managed a 3 month increase in sales only with one all new car the ( MKZ) I think they will double the sales with the (MKC) and hopefully with the debut of the 2015 navigator it will regain its place in the full size luxury suv market . Also, it has been confirmed that there will a RWD coupe or flagship sedan riding on the new s550 platform built for the 2015 ford mustang . Last but not least the 2015 (MKS) will be fully redesigned and will ride on an updated longer fusion platform , so it looks like Lincoln is on the way to a full but slow recovery .
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Like a Boss
        Dude: Forget the percentages in this case, Lincoln's numbers are so small, that 20 cars in either direction represents a full percentage point. In reality, Lincoln managed to sell exactly 600 more cars than they did last year. This is with new and upgraded models on the market. This brand is all but dead.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          "This is with new and upgraded models on the market. " They have *ONE* new model on the market, the MKZ, and it's doing very well. If you're ignorant about a subject, perhaps you should refrain from commenting, unless you want to look like an idiot.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          The refreshed MKS and MKT are worse than the old ones, especially on the styling front (plastic grilles on a $60k car, clearly still old Lincoln). The MKX was introduced 7 years ago and was refreshed 3 years ago. The Navigator has been unchanged for 7 full years now, including its carryover engine and transmission from 10 years ago. The only sign to look at for Lincoln is the MKZ. After early supply issues, the MKZ has had huge gains (some months over double year ago sales). The MKZ is bringing in younger and more wealthy customers than Lincoln typically sees, and the MKZ is up 4300 units for the year. The new MKC has just as much positive buzz, and the Navigator, MKX, and MKS are all due for full redesigns by early next year with the MKC being released in the summer and at least one of the others being released by the end of the year. And there are the constantly stronger rumors of the Lincoln engineering department getting its hands on the new Mustang platform, and maybe we could see a Aviator on a shortened version of the new F150 platform (though that last one is strictly my own dream).
          cpmanx
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          What happens to Lincoln will depend heavily on how much Ford really cares about the brand. The MKZ is off to a decent start, and I expect the MKC will do even better. As you say, with such a low starting point it will not be that hard to double numbers, which would bring it in line with the second-tier luxury brands like Acura and Infiniti. That would be a good start toward revival. Spy shots of the new MKS look promising. If the MKX adopts the overall approach of the MKC, it should do well, too. But the real test will be whether Ford commits to ongoing product launches over the next decade--not just the next 18 months--and provides unique engines and technology to make Lincoln credible as a luxury brand, separate from high-end Fords.
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          @Sir Duke
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          @Sir Duke
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      Lastchance
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not good news for Fiat. They should just stop selling their cars here and spend the money on modernize Chryslers lineup.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lastchance
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          Lastchance
          • 1 Year Ago
          Actually they are losing money on the few Fiat cars they do sell. Plus they are not selling any where near the number of cars needed to be profitable. Now they are planning on introducing more models in the near future. The whole idea to reintroduce Fiat into the US is a bad business decision especially when they need to spend the money on fixing Chrysler.
          lasertekk
          • 1 Year Ago
          Where do you people come up with this crap? They're right on their desired sales numbers, and the 500 makes money.
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lastchance Fiat *dealers* are complaining about losing money. That doesn't mean that Fiat is losing money on the sales of the 500. The 500 is too much of a niche vehicle to support a dealer franchise, but there are only moderate differences between the US-spec 500 and the Euro 500, meaning it is easy for Fiat to make money off of it in the US. For the dealers to be profitable, they need a few more models, and more expensive options.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lastchance
        The usual Autoblog doom-mongering teens are out in force as usual.
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      I predict Mazda will be at or near the top for 2014 with their new offerings.
        Essende
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trent
        I also disagree. Mazda makes pretty cars that are nimble but at the end of the day most people look for functionality and because of the way Mazda styles their vehicles, a lot of room/function is cut compared to the competition. For example, the rear head room of the latest Mazda 6.
        carboy55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trent
        Agreed, they are doing a lot of things right. They just need marketing budget, I suspect.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carboy55
          Really? Well, dealers just carry what they want and don't have to cater to a single automaker. A dealership near me is selling Mazda and Kia on the same lot. So to each his own.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carboy55
          And a better dealer network. In rural areas, Mazda is typically the "back room" of a Ford dealership.
        over9000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trent
        I disagree because the general public will not like the styling and ride quality
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