Last year wasn't quite the blockbuster year of sales growth that 2012 was, but there are plenty of automakers in our table with reason to be happy. Subaru, for instance, duplicated its 2012 performance by again recording annual sales growth of over 26 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, Mitsubishi followed up its 2012 performance of -28 percent sales decline with a much healthier 11-percent gain in 2013.

Among individual brands, other standout performers from last year include Jaguar, which led all brands with 41-percent growth, and Cadillac, which followed up a negative year in 2012 with a nearly 22-percent gain in 2013. Some brands, however, couldn't avoid the red, including Lincoln, whose rocky launch of the MKZ may have contributed to its results being slightly in the red, and Chrysler, down nearly 2 percent last year compared to stellar growth of nearly 40 percent the year before. Also surprising to see in the red is Kia, which couldn't maintain the sales growth it saw in 2012 and recorded a loss of over 4 percent last year.

Lastly, it's worth noting that companies as a whole (those reporting multiple brands) all reported positive sales growth in 2013. Among the major players, even with Lincoln dragging it down somewhat, Ford Motor Company performed best, with sales nearly 11-percent higher than the year before, followed by Nissan North America (9.35 percent), Chrysler Group (9 percent), Toyota Motor Company (7.37 percent), General Motors (7.33 percent) and American Honda (7.21 percent).

Lastly, here are some standout individual performers that give a better picture of last year's winners.


*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 307 selling days in 2013 and 307 selling days in 2012, so there is no difference between the change in yearly 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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      Tourian
      • 11 Months Ago
      "At the other end of the spectrum, Mitsubishi followed up its 2012 performance of 28–percent sales growth with a much healthier 11-percent gain in 2013" I think you messed up your weekly dis of Mitsubishi with this statement. 28>11. Although I do acknowledge you put them in the group of automakers with "a reason to be happy."
      Jasonn
      • 11 Months Ago
      Congrats to Subaru! With the outback and the Legacy getting their redesign this year I wouldn't be surprised to see them above 500,000 cars next year!
      Andrew
      • 11 Months Ago
      LinCOLON in thr red shut it dowb for good my.god
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Sir Duke
      • 11 Months Ago
      Happy New Year Mr. Neff: I have a bone to pick with you. Your Quote "Lincoln, whose rocky launch of the MKZ may have contributed to its results being slightly in the red" Please don't start out the new year making excuses for Lincoln's dismal / pitiful numbers. Even if you increased the MKZ's numbers by 50% over the 32,361 actually sold, they couldn't get 50K of their best selling vehicle out the door. In 2013 Lincoln managed to sell just 43,154 cars, and 38,540 utility vehicles. This brand is in real trouble, and the MKC alone cannot save them.
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Sir Duke
        "This brand is in real trouble, and the MKC alone cannot save them." Either you're ignorant or just trolling. Obviously the plan is not to base Lincoln's entire future on one model. The MKZ is selling well now, in case you haven't noticed, and Lincoln has several new products in the wings which will launch on the heels of the MKC (new Navigator, new MKS, new MKT, new MKX).
          merlot066
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          The future of the MKT is uncertain and there are currently no plans of a full redesign, though you left out the rumors of a S550-platformed something though if those flesh out, won't be until the 2016 model year at the earliest.
        express2day
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Sir Duke
        If you increased MKZ numbers by 50% for the year, sales for the brand would've been up nearly 20%. Give the delayed introduction of the MKZ and the fact that Lincoln didn't add any new models yet, unlike Cadillac which added two, the numbers for Lincoln were about what to be expected. Considering the delays, the MKZ numbers were quite impressive for the year and actually a good sign for the brand's future!
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @express2day
          Be prepared to be down voted tremendously by the troll's multiple accounts. Take it as I do, a sign that you're correct (thus no retort) and it pisses them off.
          Tourian
          • 11 Months Ago
          @express2day
          Cadillac didn't add two, they replaced them. The STS and DTS were dropped and the XTS and ATS came in. The CTS is all new, but it was an existing model.
      Robbie
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think this illustrates why the new FiatChrysler will have trouble. The only place where their cars register is among minivans, which have been declining in popularity since the advent of crossovers. Both of their sales are down on the year, and the new company will be carried by Jeep. They should spin Jeep off into its own company and use the profit from that to overhaul their operations.
        lostboyz
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Robbie
        You don't have to be the biggest player to be successful. GM went bankrupt as the largest manufacturer.
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @lostboyz
          Robbie, I'm afraid you're writing off Chrysler too soon. They have the new 200 in the wings, the Dart is picking up sales, and Ram's full size trucks and new ProMaster are very competitive. I don't expect them to challenger the top sellers in their respective categories, but clearly they are capable of selling well enough to turn a profit for the company.
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @lostboyz
          "and the new 200 will be the same story" Really? You've driven the car, compared it to others, took into account the rapid increase the 200 experienced just by putting on new clothes and dropping the Sebring name, factored in market demand and rubbed your crystal ball to see how it will perform in the market? Wow! What other predictions do you have, oh Nostradamus of car sales?
          Robbie
          • 11 Months Ago
          @lostboyz
          You're right. In fact I think in many ways being the biggest is a hindrance. You do, however, have to make competitive products, no matter what size you are. That is where Chrysler is already faltering, in my opinion.
          macutty
          • 11 Months Ago
          @lostboyz
          Keep Jeep and Ram. Do away with Dodge and Chrysler all together. They can keep making the Challenger under SRT Really, the rest of the Chrysler/Dodge line up is shite and far from being competitive (and the new 200 will be the same story). If it wasn't for rental fleets Chrysler as a bran would have been gone long ago.
        MAX
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Robbie
        Dodge sales were up 13% and they outsold Jeep, Subaru and VW. Chrysler division gets a formidable new midsize.
        The Wasp
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Robbie
        If you spin a brand off, you don't get to use the profit from that brand any more. Jeep on its own could be tremendously profitable -- as long as they don't have to develop any new vehicles. The more CUVs Jeep has, the more benefit they get from the Chrysler-Fiat parts bin.
      knightrider_6
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nice job Volkswagen. Well done!
        gregmlr
        • 11 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        So much for world domination...In the States at least.
      Steven W. Diffy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Um...who sold the most little cars? You know, the ones that are reducing the fuel consumption in our country?
      mikeybyte1
      • 11 Months Ago
      The minivan numbers are interesting. If you add up the Chrysler twins they clock in at about 250k, far ahead of Honda. Isn't Fiat planning to have only one minivan going forward and making the other division just do a big crossover? Forgot which got which. But once that change happens, what will the minivan numbers be? Fiat also needs to focus on more fuel efficient vehicles for Chrysler and Dodge. The upcoming 200 should also help out. I think Lincoln was hit by the sloppy MKZ roll out since it's overall decline was only 0.56%. The MKC should help boost it in 2014. Overall it looks like a good year for most companies, if not every brand.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Tough to tell about the Chrysler twins. It depends on whether T&C buyers will consider a Grand Caravan instead.
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I think they should keep the minivan as a Dodge, personally, even though I'm far from Grand Caravan's biggest fan. Mostly because the concept of a FWD American minivan started with it, and it should continue with it as long as they have the chance and decide to compete in the market. Besides, it does outsell the T&C, if only by the slimmest of margins (although I bet the T&C makes more money overall).
          BB79826
          • 11 Months Ago
          @john96xlt
          It doesn't matter which one they kill. Fleet sales are such a RIDICULOUSLY high percentage of Caravan/T&C sales that they'll all just buy one instead of the other.
      SpikedLemon
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why don't you consider VW as a "company" including Audi, Lamborghini, etc..?
        usa1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Good question. However, I think VW has no problem with people thinking their brands are much more autonomous that other car companies' brands.
      Cheddar
      • 11 Months Ago
      Subaru. Killin' it. Have to admit, great products, good marketing and proper planning are being put to good use at that brand. Hat tip.
      ffelix422
      • 11 Months Ago
      The fact that Fiat sold 43K+ cars, (with just 1 offering) is impressive. Should make Alfa's reentry to USA easy.
        luigi.tony
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ffelix422
        FIAT has two offerings.
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 11 Months Ago
          @luigi.tony
          Someone voted you down -21 for stating the truth. Weird. Guess yomama's been here.
        Lastchance
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ffelix422
        Not really, Every year they seem to sell fewer cars than the year before, while Mini always increases their sales. I also would like to know how much they are losing on each car since the local dealership near me is practically giving the cars away. I live in a prime market, Boston metro, but I rarely ever see them on the road. Mini's are very popular around here so you would think they would sell well. I would like to see FIAT work out here since they do have some nice Euro offerings but they won't bring here, at least not under the FIAT name, since they would complete with Chrysler.
          axiomatik
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Lastchance
          Mini Increases sales by adding more and more niche models. It really isn't a sustainable way to grow sales. Fiat sold 43k vehicles with just 1.5 models the 500/Abarth, and the 500L which has been on sale for less than half a year. Mini sold 66k vehicles over at least 4 different models, depending on how you count the hardtop/convertible/coupe/roadster/clubman/paceman/countryman. Fiat is getting a lot more bang for the buck with their models, but I am sure they are selling for a lower average transaction price than Mini, which is why Fiat dealers are having trouble.
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