By The Numbers

September 2014: Cooling Off As The Leaves Change Edition

Autumn is upon us – at least for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere (happy Spring, friends in the Southern!) – and that means the weather is cooling off, the leaves on the trees are changing into beautiful colors and the hot, hot sales months of summertime are slowing down. Well, for the most part, at least.

Trucks and SUVs led the charge in September, with Jeep posting the month's second-highest increase (its 47 percent was bested only by Maserati, which, while impressive, operates in much smaller volumes...), General Motors reporting a 42-percent light-truck increase and Ram tallying a solid 25-percent gain. Ford, for its part, claims to be diligently managing its F-Series pickup volumes in anticipation of its brand-new, completely redesigned 2015 F-150.

As far as record streakers go, Subaru deserves a solid tip of the hat, its 31-percent gain last month being the 34th straight month of sales increases. Volkswagen, on the other hand, has been headed downward for quite some time now, and its 19-percent drop in sales marks the 18th straight month of decline. In other news, it's nice to see Volvo in the green after several months in the red, and we again have to hand it to Mitsubishi, which, despite what we'd describe as a pretty woeful set of products to push, posted a 39-percent gain last month.

Feel free to peruse past sales recaps by checking out our By The Numbers category here.

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