If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you're probably enjoying the good fortunes of springtime. With the rains of April come the beautiful greening of lawns and trees as they blossom, with the sun staying out longer and longer. All that goodwill must be bringing increased foot traffic into car dealerships, because the chart below is full of a heck of a lot of green, too.

As has been the case all year, Maserati is holding its Trident high in celebration – the Italian brand has posted an impressive 373-percent sales gain in April. Jeep, led by the strong-selling Cherokee, also continues rolling uphill in April, with an increase of 52 percent, though there's a newcomer sitting in second place: Smart. The beleaguered brand has lately been hanging out at the bottom of the sales charts, but its mighty 57-percent improvement over April of 2013 lands the little German brand in second place this month.

Mitsubishi, like the aforementioned Smart, is a surprising addition to the leaderboard, its 47-percent sales boom landing the Japanese company just below Jeep and into fourth spot. But perhaps the most impressive performances come from much larger players like Nissan, Toyota and the Chrysler Group, the last of which is riding its 49th consecutive month of sales increases. These three massive conglomerates all posted double-digit gains this month, with Nissan reporting its best-ever results for April. Subaru also deserves credit for managing to increase sales 16th months in a row.

General Motors, mired in recalls as it's been so far this year, still managed to increase sales by nearly seven percent over last April, due in part to rising demand for its redesigned fullsize pickup trucks and SUVs.

Lincoln didn't fare so well in April, with sales down almost 11 percent year-over-year after seeing big gains in the first three months of 2014. Ford's luxury division joins Mini, which has been in the doldrums all year, as has Volkswagen, which continues to see rather disastrous results in the US market.

As always, all of the month's sales figures can be seen below, and you're urged to compare them with past months in our By the Numbers archive.



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      Robert M
      • 7 Months Ago
      It looks like GM is still attracting customers despite the recalls, so Mary must be doing something right. Plus it looks like the public is starting to warm up to the Suburban/Tahoe family, which could be driving up interest in the Chevrolet vehicles. I also noticed over at Cars.com and Autotrader that the dealers are reducing the MSRPs on the SUVs, which might be a factor in its sales.
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      How long can Nissan keep pumping such high incentives to buy sales, and keep fleet dumping. Looks like they are headed towards bankruptcy AGAIN. After Renault bailed them out years ago, who will save them this time?
        chanonissan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        for those of you who does not know, churchmotor is a honda fanboy, that have many accounts here, and goes by several names such as zoom- zoom-zoom, mary.keane ETC
        Don Dada
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        You idiot. Smdh
        Cruising
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Companies that are headed towards bankruptcy don't spend money putting GT-R motors in luxury sedans. Nor do they spend time getting a diesel truck to market, nor do they tease sports cars or have side projects like self cleaning paint, autonomous vehicle programs etc...
          Daniel Meade
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          Even for that matter Companies that are headed towards bankruptcy don't spend money putting a GT-R motor in a freaking JUKE...lol
          Sanchez
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cruising
          True, companies heading toward bankruptcy spend resources on Volts, Avenger Sedans and Pontiac G8s. Oh, and Fiskers.
        mazeroni
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        I am skimming around the internet looking at Nissan's quarterly results and it appears they are profitable in both China and North American. Those numbers are offset somewhat by Europe's weak market. But yes, their average incentives are nearly 2500 compared to Toyota/Honda at 1500. But it does not appear the Nissan brand is anywhere close to bankruptcy.
        Daniel Meade
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Haters will always hate!
        Jazzor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        They're heading to bankruptcy because chruchmotor says so... lmao
        carboy55
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Give it up, azzclown.
        Mercennarius
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Nissan's financials are actually very strong...well above the industry average. They have been on the upswing for years...no sign of potential bankruptcy. Sounds like you just like making stuff up?
          churchmotor
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Mercennarius
          Quote: "Nissan today has become Japan’s least profitable carmaker."
        Daniel Meade
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Haters will always hate!
          Rob
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Daniel Meade
          You should be more sorry about using ignorant terms like "hater'
          Daniel Meade
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Daniel Meade
          sorry for all the repeats ....
      James
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ford sales are in the dumps. Toyota is kicking Ford's can. I guess it is not cool anymore to look like a low class undereducated union worker by driving around in a Ford. Unfortunately, when you get a rental, it is frequently a Fusion. So embarrassing being seen in one of those.
        The_Zachalope
        • 8 Months Ago
        @James
        Just by using the word "undereducated" in your post, you have defined irony.
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      LOL, the truth about Nissan pumping up incentives and dumping a high percentage of vehicles to fleets pissed off the Nissan fanboy.
        churchmotor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Wow, a negative 10 in just a few minutes. The TRUTH is killing them.
          churchmotor
          • 8 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          Oh well, more truth for them. A quote from BusinessWeek. "Nissan today has become Japan’s least profitable carmaker." http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-13/of-japans-carmakers-nissan-goes-from-profit-leader-to-laggard
          lne937s
          • 8 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          Churchmotor I think you need a bit of context regarding what that article was talking about. Nissan, much more than other Japanese brands, has made a concerted effort to localize operations to the markets where they sell cars. When the Yen was high, than meant Nissan was more profitable than other Japanese companies. Now that the Yen is lower, it is not as much in their favor. But, long term, having localized operations is better for stable growth. In addition, Nissan gets a larger share of its sales from China than other Japanese companies. With the anti-Japan backlash over territorial disputes, that hit Nissan harder. But if you think having a strong presence in China is a bad thing long-term, then you need to catch up on global economics. Nissan has also spent significantly to build a presence in developing markets, which currently are not growing as well as they had been in previous years... but long term, it should work in their favor. Nissan has overall shown better financial performance over time than its competitors, and I would expect that to continue long term. Carlos Ghosn likes making money.
          chanonissan
          • 8 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          think churchmotor need to read the 2013 Nissan financial report, so I will provide it for him. http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/DOCUMENT/PDF/AR/2013/AR2013_E_All.pdf
          chanonissan
          • 8 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          @Ine937s, one thing you forget to add that nissan is reaching out to new markets like brazil, india and russia ETC that Honda and toyota have been present, and they are now building their own kei cars in japan with partner mitsubishi
      Chris Burns
      • 8 Months Ago
      Go lil Cherokee go!!!. lol. I just love watching this thing prove all the haters wrong every single month
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Even in Mexico, Nissan is basically a FLEET Queen company.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        [blocked]
          churchmotor
          • 7 Months Ago
          LOL at yonomo6105, yonomo200, tiberius1701, carguy1701, nightflight. You only gave me a -21. Just the other day you gave me a -34 withing minutes of my post.
      JamesC
      • 8 Months Ago
      Still blows my mind that Subaru is outselling VW
        ferps
        • 8 Months Ago
        @JamesC
        Mercedes could pass VW in US sales this year. They thought Americans wanted cheap crap. They were wrong.
        bullitt2605
        • 8 Months Ago
        @JamesC
        That's what happens when you make mediocre cars with spotty reliability.
      Max Bramante
      • 8 Months Ago
      Some people say that Lexus's spindle grille design is plain ugly, others that it looks like a beard trimmer or the slimey mouth of the Predator in the Alien movie...I think they're just jealous because it's different and different is exactly what Lexus needed to make itself remarked in the luxury market so the designers took the company's best-looking car at the time, the exotic LFA and tried to come up with something new out of it's lines that could be applied to the whole range. Just take a closer look at an LFA's front end and you will see the spindle vaguely contoured by the lines of its hood and the lower grille. That along with those squinting headlamps were some of the most important lines that made it instantly recognizable by anyone. I think no one made a fuss when BMW decided to have two rounded grilles instead a full one and call it "kidney grille"...How can two kidneys be more correct than a spindle, a symbol that takes you right at LFA's roots?
        Hello, Brian
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Max Bramante
        Let's face it. Most people buy Lexuses because they see them as a luxury car that is cheaper to maintain then the Germans. I know a few people with them and none really care about how it looks (several have said that they don't like the new front end, but...), so long as they get a worry-free step up from their old Toyotas.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lincoln.... it's not working
        express2day
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        How do you figure? The one and only truly new Lincoln model, the MKZ, had the best month in the model's history last month and it is outselling Cadillac's ATS, CTS, and XTS this year by pretty decent margins. The new MKC isn't even out yet and should add nicely to Lincoln's sales plus there are many more new models to come. I'd say things are working pretty well so far.
          Tourian
          • 8 Months Ago
          @express2day
          I see that you are comparing a Fusion based FWD near luxury car to more expensive RWD (and 1 larger, more upmarket FWD) Cadillac offerings.
          express2day
          • 8 Months Ago
          @express2day
          @Tourian I am comparing against each of Cadillac's car models including the cheaper ATS. The more expensive MKZ is outselling the cheaper ATS by over 22% so far this year.
        Jesus!
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        You could think that but remember everything is old and outdated except the MKZ. I am sure sales have probably fallen from other models. It wont happen overnight, and I am not a huge fan of where Lincoln is going, but to judge so quickly is foolish.
        The_Zachalope
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        So, Lincoln's first drop in sales in 6 months, and it's a failure. But Mini's 7-month double-digit drop in sales is no problem?
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      I love how my TRUTH pissed off yonomo and all his aliases.
      Rob
      • 8 Months Ago
      "With RDX posting two solid years of continuous growth and MDX sustaining its hot sales pace, our Acura SUVs continue to set the standard in the luxury light truck segment," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "In a few short months, we will unleash the all-new 2015 Acura TLX to reestablish Acura's reputation for thrilling luxury performance sedans and establish the Acura brand as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury segment." You better pray the TLX does well when 67% of your USA sales are CUV models Mr.Accavitti..ILX and RLX sales are already tanking..you need a home run baby
      aztec2011
      • 8 Months Ago
      Cadillac is behind Audi, Acura now and is sixth among luxury brands, aren't ATS, CTS great cars that should sell like hot cakes ??
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