November of 2014 looks a heck of a lot like October of 2014, which bore a striking resemblance to September. Sales are up in general, which is why you see a whole bunch of green on the chart down below, and the usual suspects are up at the top. The proceedings are again led by Maserati, though, as we say every month, the Italian marque still plays in relatively small waters when compared to some of the much larger corporations we chart.
Maserati's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has a lot more to be happy about when looking back on the month that just was, as its Chrysler, Jeep and Ram divisions each scored nearly 30-percent sales increases over the same month in 2013. On a model level, the redesigned Chrysler 200 is soaring to heights never seen by the previous-generation model, as its 155-percent sales increase was enough to handily outperform the previous combined sales of the old 200 and Dodge Avenger combined. The Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee also set sales records last month.
The other big winner for the month was, as has been the case all year, Subaru, which posted its best November in history and notched its 36th consecutive month of sales increases. Subie let us know that combined sales of the WRX and WRX STI topped 20,000 units for the first time since 2003.
Although General Motors was up a models 6 percent overall, sales at Buick and GMC were very good, with Cadillac proving to be the anchor holding back the ship from bigger momentum. Honda and Acura combined to turn November into a celebratory month for the Japanese automaker, while Toyota saw a more modest gain overall. Ford and Nissan saw small decreases last month, though nothing too worrying.
Volkswagen deserves mention, too, for posting its second straight positive month after 18 consecutive dismal performances. And finally, please join us in welcoming Alfa Romeo back to the United States... finally.
Interested in getting down and dirty with the last several year's worth of sales data? Feel free to peruse past sales recaps by checking out our By The Numbers category here.