SAAR, in case you're not aware, stands for Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, and what it basically refers to, in this case, is the total number of automobiles experts predict automakers will sell in the United States in the 2014 calendar year. The big news is that the SAAR has been adjusted upward again, reaching the 17-million-unit level for the first time since July of 2006.

Put more plainly, Americans are buying lots of cars these days, and that's why you're seeing quite a bit of green and just a little bit of red (well, it's sorta a pinkish mauve hue...) in our monthly chart below. As has been the case all year, the automaker with the highest percentage sales increase in June was Maserati, though with sales of less than a thousand total units, that's not exactly a fair comparison to some larger companies. Next in line, again echoing its performance in recent months, is Jeep, which is continuing to sell a lot of Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler models. Subaru's 41,367 sales equals its best-ever June, and continues that automaker's impressive sales streak.

As far as the big conglomerates go, Chrysler is leading the sales race, posting a nearly 10-percent gain over the same period a year ago and, in doing so, notching the 51st straight month of sales growth. Nissan and Toyota also did well, and how could we miss General Motors' one-percent sales increase in June, despite all the negative publicity we'd expect from massive recall after massive recall.

It wasn't all roses in June, though (actually, our red hue is a bit rosy, isn't it?). Ford and Honda notched matching 5.76-percent sales drops last month, and Volkswagen, once again, performed dismally in the US in June. If it weren't for the GTI and Jetta Sportwagen, in fact, every single VW model sold in the States would have been down, and most of them by double digits.

As ever, you can read past sales recaps by checking out our By The Numbers category here.



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      Revis Goodworth
      • 5 Months Ago
      Total Recall Motors' buyers are just about the dumbest living and breathing things in the world - how is you are so stupid as to buy something that is GUARANTEED to be RECALLED in the first year you own it? How can you risk your life in a car made by the same people who placed profit over your life?
        Jack Holliday
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        i agree GM should never have bought those ignition switches from the japs just to save a little $. Should have bought the quality USA madeswitch.
      yo
      • 5 Months Ago
      RIP lincoln. You are officially over
      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      June Fleet sales. Ford still dominating at 34% of sales going to fleet 76,100 units to fleet GM at 28% Hyundai/KIA now higher that FCA at 21% and climbing FIAT/Chrysler at 20% Toyota with a massive 61% increase up to 16% And Honda holding stead at nothing. 2600 total units sold, which is mostly the Natural Gas Civic, Fit EVs for a total 2% of sales. Nissan holding at 14%
      yonomo200
      • 5 Months Ago
      Too bad about Honda and Acura. Buick is eating Acura's lunch. lol!
      yonomo200
      • 5 Months Ago
      HAHAHAHA Look at Honda and Crapura! LOL!!!!!
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yonomo200
        Haha aaronmaryinch I know you're angry but hammering me down isn't going to change the facts. Honda's sales are in the DUMPS! Hyundai is eating Honda's lunch and there's nothing you can do about it. Better choices out there. Better, cheaper. You can't change it with your 75 angryinch logins. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @yonomo200
          It has the RLX...and few people seem to be buying it.
          yonomo200
          • 5 Months Ago
          @yonomo200
          Excuses excuses. Now hurry up aaaronmatthewshawnmarymotor. Hurry and hit me with your 75 angryinch logins. Time is a wastin'!
          Jack Holliday
          • 5 Months Ago
          @yonomo200
          who would want to be seen in a honda **** ... i mean fit?
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Damn. Wasn't expecting the Honda sales drop. Guess people are waking up to the fact that better cars are out there now.
        BB79826
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Like what, the Sentra? Sales have very little to do with car quality. Honda is still doing very well given how few models they sell.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          I was referring mainly to the Focus, Mazda 3, etc. You, know, stuff that ISN'T from Toyota or Honda. >Sentra Bwahahaha. The Sentra hasn't been competitive in the compact class in 3 product cycles.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          'Sales have very little to do with car quality' This is very true, sadly.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          Also, the drop in Ford sales is likely due to the F-150 and a couple other models. It and the Edge get new variants later this year, and I wouldn't be surprised if people are holding out for them (particularly the truck, which figures to be one of the most significant vehicles ever if its done right). That said, the Focus is getting a refresh, but its not coming out until early 2015 (according to Ford themselves).
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          The Civic finished 4th in a recent Car & Driver comparo. I wouldn't call that competitive.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2014-honda-civic-ex-l-vs-2014-kia-forte-ex-2014-mazda-3-i-touring-2014-toyota-corolla-s-2014-volkswagen-jetta-se-comparison-test
          Famsert
          • 5 Months Ago
          @BB79826
          Uh right... Ford which had an even larger drop than Honda? That Ford? Good grief. The refreshed Civic is still very competitive and the Accord is top of class.
      TurboFroggy
      • 5 Months Ago
      Interesting: The Nissan Leaf along sold more cars last month than all the cars sold by each of the following manufactures: Jeep Kia Dodge GMC Subaru Ram BMW Volkswagen Mercedes-Benz Mazda Chrysler Lexus Buick Audi Cadillac Acura Infiniti Lincoln Mitsubishi Volvo Mini Fiat Porsche Land Rover Jaguar Maserati Smart Bentley Rolls-Royce Lamborghini
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        And...? Just proves that effective advertising works even if the basic concept isn't ready for primetime.
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        Uhhhh, yeah... right...
        nitrostreet
        • 5 Months Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        are you looking at the daily sales rate?
          TurboFroggy
          • 5 Months Ago
          @nitrostreet
          All the above sold less than 2,347 cars in June. There is less than 2 weeks of inventory in stock of Leafs, they are selling all they can make.
          TurboFroggy
          • 5 Months Ago
          @nitrostreet
          Um no, Nissan sold 2,347 Leafs in June 2014, 3,117 in May 2014.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 5 Months Ago
          @nitrostreet
          "All the above sold less than 2,347 cars in June." That's wrong. Case in point, Lincoln. MKZ: 2,990 Pretty sure that is more than 2,347. Wait, let me check my math...Ok, checked out. I don't know how you calculated your values, please show your work, thanks.
        owen brown
        • 5 Months Ago
        @TurboFroggy
        Are you on medication? I'm very puzzled by your math.
      owen brown
      • 5 Months Ago
      I guess those BS lying ads Ford been running aren't working after all.
        Walt
        • 5 Months Ago
        @owen brown
        Or people are waiting for the 800 pound gorilla to enter the market - the all new 2015 Ford F-150.
        cpmanx
        • 5 Months Ago
        @owen brown
        From Wards: "Much of Ford's year-over-year decline this month is attributable to slowing F-Series sales. The company has pulled back incentives on the large pickup in order to manage inventory in anticipation of extended production downtime later this year associated with the company's changeover to the next generation F-Series."
          cpmanx
          • 5 Months Ago
          @cpmanx
          Oh sorry, I thought you were interested in information. Never mind.
      knightrider_6
      • 5 Months Ago
      -22%? Ouch! I almost feel sorry for CrapWagen. Almost.
      x19x19
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nice to see Mazda getting the interest they deserve. Biggest disappoint would be Cadillac. Flat sales with 2 relatively new highly rated models. They are killing them self with their accelerated upscale pricing. VW continues on its hopeless trajectory. Hire some stylists please.
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @x19x19
        Really? Jaguar, Crapura and Infiniti are down from 6 - 22 percent, and Cadillac is the biggest disappoint even though they're in the green? lol LOL@Crapura! -18.59!
      yonomo200
      • 5 Months Ago
      Keep hammering those votes, aaronmatthewliemotorangrymary. You're just proving what a liar and a FAKE you are. You can't save Honda from their sales failure. Lol
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yonomo200
        Don't even have the b***s to show yourself. You just keep using your 75+ angryinch logins to hammer the votes. The scores prove beyond a shadow of a doubt what a lying, cheating TROLL you are. Come on! Let's see that - 40!
          • 5 Months Ago
          @yonomo200
          [blocked]
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great showing by Chrysler.
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