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    By The Numbers: March 2013: Records Are Made To Be Broken Edition
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    They say records are made to be broken, and the auto industry broke more than a few last month. Sales for the month of March added up to a number of all-time best months for automakers, like Nissan (+0.39 percent to 126,623) and Subaru (+13.32 percent to 36,701). General Motors reports it had its ...

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    By The Numbers: February 2013: No Leap Day Edition [UPDATE]
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    Last year was a Leap Year, and February 2012 indeed offered automakers an extra day of selling cars compared to the 24 trips around the sun we took last month. Nevertheless, the US auto industry took full advantage of the days they were given and posted a solid month of sales in February ...

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    By The Numbers: January 2013: We've Got A New Graphic Edition!
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    Is there anything else to discuss this month besides the fact that By the Numbers has a new graphic? Since sometime in 2006, I've dutifully collected this monthly sales data and published it in table form for your perusal, and I've always accompanied the data and my analysis of it with that funny ...

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    By The Numbers: 2012 - Don't Call It A Comeback Edition
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    Best Year Since 2007, F-Series And Camry Remain Top-Sellers Most automakers probably wish the party that was 2012 would keep right on going into 2013, because the past year was was very good for the auto industry in terms of sales. With December sales now reported, the final seasonally adjusted ...

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    By The Numbers: December 2012 - New Year's Rockin' Eve Edition
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    Volkswagen, BMW, Honda End Year On High Notes Let's get right to it since you're probably still nursing a hangover from New Year's Eve and what you really want to know are not sales results for the month of December, but sales results for the whole of 2012. Patience; that post is coming next, but ...

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    By The Numbers: November 2012: Storm Surge Edition
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    Pent-Up Demand Lifts Many Automakers Practically nothing good came of Superstorm Sandy, which made landfall in late October. Along with destroying infrastructure and throwing into turmoil the lives of countless people who never thought their home would go toe-to-toe with a hurricane, Sandy also ...

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    By The Numbers: October 2012: Brewing Storm Edition
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    Hurricane Sandy's Effect Will Be Delayed All that's left of Hurricane Sandy, which slammed into the Eastern US this week, is some rain showers and gusts of wind, but the effect of this storm-of-the-century will be felt by those in its path for months to come. Likewise, Sandy made landfall at the ...

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    By The Numbers: September 2012: A Return To Normalcy Edition
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    Toyota, VW, Honda Up Big Again, But Not As Much As has been the case for a few months now, the same three brands led the month with the largest sales increases among major automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen and Honda. They have swapped positions on the podium each time, but each is a medalist again ...

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    By The Numbers: August 2012: Big Jumps Edition
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    Volkswagen, Honda and Toyota Post Big Gains If you want evidence that the economy is on the mend, look no further than the string of positive monthly sales reports coming from the auto industry this year. August continues the trend with the vast majority of brands and companies reporting improved ...

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    By The Numbers: July 2012 - Not Enough Time Edition
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    Ever hear the expression that there aren't enough hours in the day? For General Motors and Ford, there weren't enough days in July. These two domestics sold fewer vehicles last month than the year before, but they also had two fewer days to work with, July having only 24 selling days to work with ...

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    By The Numbers: June 2012: Big Green Country Edition
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    We can't remember a time when, out of all the brands that sell cars in the U.S., only two reported negative sales for the month. Only Jaguar and Mitsubishi reported selling fewer vehicles last month than the year before. Of course, many brands just barely squeaked out a positive number, and six ...

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    By The Numbers: May 2012: Too Good To Be True Edition
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    Toyota and Honda Outperform Against Backdrop of Earthquake-Related Shortages Without context, one might think that sales for the U.S. automotive industry in May were off-the-charts good. Look at brands like Toyota and Honda, sales of which were up an astonishing 88.9 and 46.0 percent, ...

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    By The Numbers: April 2012: Not How It Appears Edition
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    Industry Had Three Fewer Days To Sell The sales figures you see below aren't quite what they seem. If you look at just the left column where the battle between green and red cells is almost at a draw, you might think that April 2012 was a step backwards in terms of sales momentum for the auto ...

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    By The Numbers: March 2011 - Fool on a Hill Edition
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    Chrysler Keeps Winning, Hyundai and Kia Set Records Another chapter has been written in the comeback story of Chrysler, which reported a 69.7-percent sales increase in March compared to a year earlier. We're starting to wonder, though, what will happen if gas prices continue rising. If consumers ...

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    By The Numbers: February 2012: Leap Year Edition
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    Chrysler Wins Again, Small Car Battle Brewing and Mustang Beats Camaro Automakers love Leap Year. And why wouldn't they? Who doesn't love an extra day for selling? Actually, it turns out the extra day that Leap Year provides didn't make that much of a difference, as there were 25 selling days in ...

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    By The Numbers: January 2012 - Hangover Edition
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    Camry and Civic lead comeback of Toyota, Honda When 2011 ticked over to become 2012, something changed with the dynamic that had been in place nearly all of last year. We had become so used to the domestics seeing increased sales month after month while Toyota and Honda struggled to keep their ...

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    By The Numbers: 2011: Onward and Upward Edition [UPDATE]
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    Which were the best-performing brands and automakers in 2011? We'll tell you, and the answers may be surprising. The top two best-performing brands surprised us. Jeep led the pack with a 44.04-percent sales increase for the year, followed by Mitsubishi, whose sales jumped 40.07 percent. Behind ...

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    By The Numbers: December 2011: Same As It Ever Was Edition [UPDATE]
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    The December sales numbers are in, most of them anyway, and what we're seeing is an end to the year that largely mirrors the months that came before. Our usual players are at the top of the list in green, including Chrysler, which lead all brands last month with an 82.56-percent increase in ...

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    By The Numbers: November 2011: Black Friday Edition
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    U.S. auto sales during the month November were up on the backs of companies like Chrysler, Volkswagen and Kia, all three of which reported major gains for their respective brands. The Chrysler Group in particular posted positive numbers for all four of its brands, including a spectacular ...

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    By The Numbers: October 2011: Pillowcases of Candy Edition [UPDATE]
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    Some automakers returned from trick or treating last night with pillowcases full of great sales numbers, and others wish they had stopped at a few more houses. The biggest winner continues to be the Chrysler Group, which for the month of October 2011 posted a sales gain of 27 percent versus the ...

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