It's that time of the month again, folks. The automakers have released their results for February, and there are, predictably, both high and low notes worth talking about. The automaker with perhaps the most to crow about so far this year is Jeep, and much of its stellar performance in 2014 can be attributed to the brand-new (reborn) Cherokee, with the new 'ute contributing 11,705 sales last month for a grand total of 22,300 for the year.

Other highlights include Lincoln, which can boast that sales of its MKZ sedan were up by 222 percent over the same period a year ago. Buick, another entry-level luxury player, saw a nice sales increase, too. And finally, Nissan has a hit on its hands in the form of its redesigned Rogue crossover, though it's still early in that model's lifespan. The Rogue's 17,197 deliveries in February is impressive, and it's a 72.6-percent increase over last year.

While Jeep is quick to point out that its vehicles sell well even when the weather is frightful, not all automakers count themselves so lucky. Big names like Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda and Toyota were all down in February, alongside Volkswagen and Mini. Speaking of VW, nearly all of its nameplates were down by large percentages in February, lending credence to the idea that its US operations are a "disaster."

As always, all of the month's numbers are below, and you can view more from the past in our By the Numbers archive.



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      Rr778
      • 9 Months Ago
      Autoblog please check the formatting for the iPhone app Please quality control?
      Max Bullo
      • 9 Months Ago
      LEXUS ROCKS (AS USUAL) WHILE AUDI (OVERPRICED VW/SEAT/SKODA) SUX. ALTHOUGH THE TONS OF MONEY THEY SPEND TO PUT THEIR BORING CARS UNDER CELEBRITIES'S ASS. OBVIOUSLY, AMERICANS DOESN'T LIKE AUDI'S.
        rcavaretti
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        Cap lock button is broken
        Patrick
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        I'm sure some Americans like Audi but just don't have the money to own them.
        toby0674
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        My previous car was a '10 IS250. I cut the lease short 2 years and traded it because the car bored me to tears. Great service and ( the previous generation) was a great looking sedan, it was unexciting and was happy to trade it.
      MAX
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mighty Mopar only 4800 units behind TRDyota and 54000 units ahead of Honda! Ford on the verge of passing TRDyota in retails sales. None of this was supposed to happen according to the WSJ, TTAC and conventional wisdom. Read it and weep JapanInc fanbois.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 9 Months Ago
      To all you guys who said the cherokee would flop, i'm an engineer at Chrysler and laughing in your faces
        John
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        I didn't realize Chrysler engineers so greatly preferred Mazdas over their own vehicles. Makes sense, though.
        bizz1441
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Sounds like a typical Chrysler employee.
          Kumar
          • 9 Months Ago
          @bizz1441
          Nah, they would be blowing smoking in your face in between swigs of brew while on break. ;)
        carboy55
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Until they break. I'd be ashamed to admit I was Chrysler engineer. How are the Fiat guys doing teaching you about rugged reliability?
        404 not found
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        Senior engineer on the cup holder design team?
      Christopher
      • 9 Months Ago
      Best Selling car in America was the Nissan Altima at 30,849 Toyota Camry #2 28,998 Honda Accord #3 24,622 Ford Fusion #4 23,898
      Mercennarius
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nissan continues to put a bigger lead on Honda....good for them.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mercennarius
        Nissan is buying sales, and not sure how long they can do so. MASSIVE increases in fleet sales and huge incentives. Nissan might be back on the road to bankruptcy.
          JDM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          @ Zooom Wow you couldn't be more wrong! Nissan incentives remained the same and there has been no increase in fleet sales since they reduced pricing on their vehicles three months ago. The Frontier is up 111%, and the Juke up 84%. These are not fleet queens. Also Infiniti did really well. The Altima outsold the Camry. Nissan gained market share where Toyota lost ground. Nissan is going after the fleet market with their new vans and the leaf. There is a place for it, ask Ford. Their sales were down due to a decrease in Fleet. GM fleet sales were up 18% but still saw a decline in sales. Sorry your zoom zoom brand didn't do too well. Everything was down except the 6. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/03/03/gm-ford-chrysler-february-auto-sales/5951565/ Speaking of fleet queens, did you know the your own beloved Mazda fleet sales were up 84% in certain parts of the world? http://www.worldleasingnews.com/news/mazda-fleet-sales-soar-84-on-back-of-skyactiv-technology/ Also remember when 45% of mazda 6 sales were to fleets?
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          JDM, you are so wrong. In January, 20% of Nissan products were to Fleet. Only FIAT/Chrysler at 22%, GM at 24%, and Ford at 26% are higher. In January Nissan had a 25% increase in sales to Fleets. February numbers are sure to be similar or worse for the bottom line.
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          Love it, yomama and all his aliases can't deal with the TRUTH_TRUTH_TRUTH http://www.autonews.com/article/20140217/RETAIL01/302179984/fleet-sales-hit-the-skids-haul-down-jan-volume
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          [blocked]
      P
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mazda: Arguably the best mass-market cars made today, yet they continue to suck the big sales lemon. It's definitely not "restricted supply" (the lots are crammed with product) so WTF? Where are the commercials? Where is the feel-good story that the underdog is rising? Where are the sponsorships? Where are the SALES results?! I get the feeling Mazda is just like that brilliant underachieving kid that keeps getting into trouble and messing up his life.
        Christopher
        • 9 Months Ago
        @P
        Mazda has tons of ads. I for one just cannot understand it. Ive only seen one red Mazda 3 wagon on the road no sedans and a hand full of 6's. People are not responding for some reason. I don't understand it at all. The designs the fuel economy the interiors the technology are all top notch.
          Christopher
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Christopher
          @Bizz1441 Are you serious? or an out of touch luxury consumer? Have you been inside a civic or corolla or even a sentra? Try it and then go into a Mazda 3. Your statement is complete BS.
          P
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Christopher
          I'm just not seeing those ads. I saw a 6 one awhile back but it was difficult to even understand. The 3 has been out nearly a year and I've not seen one car or ad for it. The Mazda dealer in my town is packed with cars but no traffic. I don't understand what they're thinking.
        Jasonn
        • 9 Months Ago
        @P
        For someone who drives for fun and enjoys driving to work every day, Mazda makes the perfect car. But they only make up like 20% of the market.
          P
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jasonn
          No, they make up less than 2% of the market. Yes, really, 1.8% and declining.
          plarson79
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jasonn
          You mean they target 20% of the market.
        Master Austin
        • 9 Months Ago
        @P
        I do support an underdog such as this, I won't go into an opinion battle but I would say from a few people I have spoken to that went car shopping, and I sent them to Mazda because they just didnt want a vehicle they could see another of at each and every traffic light, they all came back and told me their perspective Mazda dealerships just wasnt giving them much of a good deal on what they wanted to purchase, and were hard to work with. And unlike Nissan (who caters to high-risk/bad credit buyers), they have a very limited financing arm and limited dealership, so that could contribute to it.
        carboy55
        • 9 Months Ago
        @P
        "Arguably" being the operative word here.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks like the Nissan defenders are in denial. In January, 20% of Nissan products were to Fleet. Only FIAT/Chrysler at 22%, GM at 24%, and Ford at 26% are higher.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 9 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Only Hyundai had a higher increase to fleet than Nissan. Hyundai fleets rose 27%, Nissan fleet rose 25% in January. All other major brands were down, most by double digits.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        [blocked]
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 9 Months Ago
          LOL, not sure what your rambling is about, face it, Nissan is totally ramping up fleet sales. Sorry you can't deal with the TRUTH_TRUTH_TRUTH
      Christopher
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nissan's numbers are crazy. The Altima continues to sell well despite its critics people seem to prefer it to almost any midsize sedan month after month. The Rouge is performing far better than expected. What notable is how far ahead of Honda Nissan is not only for February but year to date. Even the leaf was up. On the Infiniti side I wish they would just discontinue the G37 sedan already its eating into the Q50 sales those extra 900 sales would have easily been Q50 buyers had the G not been a option. Keep up the good work guys.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        Auto news had an article showing the massive ramp up of Nissan fleet sales and incentives. Nissan is quickly becoming a fleet queen to rival ford.
          JDM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          Mazda 6 is a fleet queen. Overseas fleet sales are up 84% at Mazduh!!
          carboy55
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          How many cars did Mazda sell last month? Talk all you want about fleet or high risk credit buyers, Nissan, Toyota and Honda are putting Mazda out of business and fast. Maybe they should hire Carlos Ghosn.
          toby0674
          • 9 Months Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          Zoom zoom - I love Mazda, and we have a '13 bright blue CX-5 sitting next to our '12 Buick Regal Turbo in the driveway, but really...if you have the time to sit here and troll post every Nissan comment, you really need either a life or a job. You may also want to set your NAV to avoid all Nissan dealerships as well; we don't need you curled in the fetal position on the side of the road muttering about Altimas...
        Master Austin
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        And are you aware that Nissan (with a few other brands) cater to high risk/low credit buyers right ? I can always tell by my friends and aquaintances (the ones that cannot afford much) always come out with a Nissan when everyone else tells them no or it'll cost you too much. And its a shame because they do make a few good products.
          montoym
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Master Austin
          He speaks the truth, Nissan does have higher than average percentages of their buyers with subprime credit. Also, 2 of their vehicles were on last year's list of vehicles most purchased by those with poor credit. Also notable that Kia and Nissan were the only foreign makes on the lists. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/04/28/these-cars-are-big-with-subprime-buyers.aspx Another link, same list: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/a-snapshot-of-what-sub-prime-buyers-are-driving/
          JDM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Master Austin
          Wrong! Financing is through hundreds of lenders. Nissan may lenders who are willing to lend to those with credit problems but Nissan Finance will not take a risk on a questionable credit score. Good for the lenders who take the risk. People need cars to get to work.
        lne937s
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Christopher
        Nissan Altima came in as top selling car last month. http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2014/03/top-10-best-selling-cars-february-2014.html
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 9 Months Ago
      It appears the Nissan Altima is the new rental car queen. Remember back in the 90s when the Taurus and Malibu were almost exclusively sold to rental agencies. Looks like Nissan is now filling that void.
        Neez
        • 9 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        can't argue with 38mpg highway. It's a road trip queen, as long as the back seat passengers aren't too tall.
      rcavaretti
      • 9 Months Ago
      AB quote: Speaking of VW, nearly all of its nameplates were down by large percentages in February, lending credence to the idea that its US operations are a "disaster." No kidding. What's going on.
        P
        • 9 Months Ago
        @rcavaretti
        They're tanking. Quality issues, outdated volume products made for a post-depression world that didn't happen (Jetta/Passat) or overpriced CUVs that aren't competitive with new offerings (Tiguan).
      Slideways
      • 9 Months Ago
      For one of the largest automakers in the world, I actually never knew VW sales were THAT bad in the US.
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