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11-05-2004, 09:43 PM
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01-05-2005, 06:15 AM
some figures from AMS<p>BMW total 2004: +7% with 296,111 cars<br>BMW december: +18% with 29,292 cars<br>Mini 2004: 36, 032 cars ( almost same as last year )<p>Porsche 2004: +11% thanks to cayenne with 33,289 cars<br>Porsche December: -2% 2,837 cars<br>40% money made by Porsche is in the US<p>DC total 2004: +3% with 2,427, 634 cars<br>Mercedes: from 218,717 to 221,610 cars<br>DC december: +11% 225,887 cars<br>Mercedes December: +23% 26,607 cars<br>Chrysler december: +5% with 199, 280 cars<p>VW 2004: -15.4% 256,111 cars<br>VW December: +19.1% 21,469 cars<p>Audi 2004: -9.8% 77,917 cars<br>Audi December: -15.8% 7,650 cars<p>Mitsubishi 2004: -37% 161,609 cars<br>Mitsu december: -39% 11,151

01-05-2005, 06:21 AM
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne SUVs in the United States and Canada, today announced 2004 was the best sales year in its history. PCNA sold 33,289 cars in North America, an increase of 11 percent over 2003 and 10 percent above the previous record year, 1986 when the company sold 30,471 cars. Of the 33,289 cars sold in 2004, 19,134 were Porsche Cayenne's, 10,227 were Porsche 911s, 3,728 were Porsche Boxsters and 200 were Porsche Carrera GTs. For the month of December, PCNA sold 2,695 cars in the U.S. (detail below) and 142 cars in Canada. Though U.S. sales dipped by 4 percent for the month, Cayenne sales increased by 4 percent and 911 sales were up 13 percent, showing the positive impact of the new-generation sports car.<p>It's clear that value is a driver, even in the premium segment," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, PCNA President and CEO. "As we renew our products, we focus not only on traditional Porsche performance, but providing more value for our customers. Our sales results show customers are responding, and the story will get even better with the arrival of the new Boxster."<p><br>The second-generation Boxster goes on sale January 15.<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050105.011/2050105.011.Mini1M.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050105.011/2050105.011.Mini2M.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>GCF

01-05-2005, 06:21 AM
Highest Year On Record for Mercedes-Benz USA<br> Text courtesy MBUSA<br> edited 01-05-2005<p><br> <br>MBUSA Sales Achieves 11th Consecutive Year of Growth <br>December Sales of 26,607 Sets Highest Month Ever For MBUSA <br>Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported its highest sales month in the 40-year history of the company with 26,607 new vehicles sold in December, bringing the company to its all-time highest annual sales volume at 221,610 and marking its eleventh year of consecutive sales gains in the U.S. market. <p>Thanks to the commitment of our entire team at MBUSA and our dealer partners, we have not just broken our previous record, but we have gone beyond that to set a new record and set the stage for a phenomenal product offensive in 2005, said Paul Halata, president and CEO of MBUSA. <p>Halata attributed the sales growth to the companys diverse product offerings. In 2004, Mercedes-Benz introduced a variety of new models, from the all-new SLK roadster to the fuel-efficient E320 CDI diesel to four new high-performance AMG models and the 617-hp SLR McLaren supercar. <p>Running counter to a declining passenger car market, Mercedes-Benz passenger cars grew in market share and posted a 4.1 percent sales increase from 2003. Leading sales volume for the year, the C-Class model line posted an increase of five percent to 69,251. Sales for the model line were boosted by introductions of restyled vehicles and a new C55 AMG model. The E-Class model line continued to be one of the most popular and strongest performing of the Mercedes-Benz model lines with 58,954 units sold for the year, an increase of 5.9 percent over last year and setting the highest annual volume ever for the model line. <p>Combined sales of the brands coupes and convertibles continued to increase year-over-year. As a group, the all new SLK roadster, sporty CLK, and top-of-the-line CL coupes and SL roadsters increased 8.4 percent for the year, marking the best year ever for sales of Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles. <p>Posting its best sales month with 26,607 units sold in December, MBUSA marked its strongest year-end finish with a 23.1 percent increase in December sales, breaking last Decembers record for best sales month. The E-Class led in sales volume with 7,576 units sold for December, up 21.1 percent over December 2003. Significant gains were also achieved in the C-Class model line (66.6 percent), the CLK-Class (20.7 percent) and the S-Class (3.5 percent). The popularity of the all-new SLK roadster continued since its introduction in September, as its sales more than tripled (1,701 vs. 371) versus last December. <p>Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned program, MBUSA recorded its sixth consecutive year of sales growth with 55,208 pre-owned vehicles sold, a 4.1 percent increase over 2003. Our last major product offensive in 1997 propelled our sales growth by nearly 150 percent to where we are today, Halata added. This has positioned us well for our 2005 product offensive which will provide consistent, controlled momentum. Starting with the introduction of the highly stylized four-door coupe CLS this month, MBUSA is preparing to launch its largest product offensive, further expanding its product portfolio in the luxury market. Highlights will include introductions of new products in new segments -- from the all-new M-Class SUV to offerings in the highly anticipated sport touring segment. <p> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050105.010/2050105.010.Mini1M.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>GCF

01-05-2005, 06:23 AM
A8 Continues Stellar Growth <br>Audi of America, Inc. reported 2004 year-end sales of 77,917 compared to 2003 sales of 86,421, a difference of 9.8 percent. A highlight in 2004 was the continued sales success of the Audi A8. During 2004 Audi added two new A8 models, the A8 normal wheelbase with its 4.2 liter V8 and an A8 L W12 flagship with a W12 engine producing 450 horsepower. The A8 finished the year with sales of 5,943, a 45.3 percent increase over 2003 A8 sales of 4,090.<br>For the month of December, Audi sold 7,650 vehicles, representing a 15.8 percent decline relative to the December 2003 record sales of 9,084.<p>The Audi Certified Pre Owned business continued to climb in 2004 with December sales of 2,089, a 22.8 percent increase over December 2003 sales of 1,701. CPO sales for the year totaled 24,821, a 20.7 percent increase over 2003 CPO sales of 20,558. <br>GCF

01-05-2005, 06:23 AM
Volkswagen Reports 19.1% Increase for December Sales <br> Text courtesy VW of America<br> edited 01-05-2005<p><br> <br>Volkswagen of America, Inc. reported December 2004 sales of 21,469 vehicles, a 19.1% increase from last year's December sales of 18,030. Volkswagen recorded sales increases in five of its six model groups.<p>The Volkswagen brand sold 256,111 vehicles in the U.S. during 2004, compared to 302,686 for 2003. <br> <br>

01-05-2005, 06:24 AM
BMW Group Canada achieves all-time record sales in 2004<br> Text courtesy BMW of Canada<br> edited 01-05-2005<p><br> <br>Best December ever led by strong SAV sales<br>BMW Group Canada today announced its 14th consecutive year of increasing sales in Canada. BMW Group recorded combined BMW and MINI automobile sales of 19,398 units in 2004, representing an 8.6% increase over 2003 sales. During the month of December, 1,805 BMW and MINI vehicles were sold, an increase of 1.8% over December 2003, making last month the best December results in BMW Group Canada sales history. "2004 was an extraordinary year in many respects for BMW Group Canada," says Mr. Lindsay Duffield, President and CEO of BMW Group Canada. "Our strong success in the automotive market is due to our strong product offensive, the entire BMW organization and our exceptional customer driven Retailers. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to in 2005." <p>BMW Brand: Sales of BMW brand automobiles up 9.5% in 2004<br>The BMW brand recorded 16,598 units sold in 2004, an increase of 9.5% over 2003. The BMW 5 Series, voted "Best New Luxury Car" for 2004 by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), had a very strong year resulting in 2,002 units retailed in 2004. This represents an increase of 14.8% over 2003 sales. 2004 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) sales totaled 5,260, an increase of 56.9% or 1,908 units over 2003 SAV sales. <p><br>In the month of December, 1,645 BMWs were sold, an increase of 7.7% over December 2003 sales. The BMW X5 SAV saw 315 units retailed, representing a 28.6% increase over December 2003 sales. The BMW X3 SAV, named "Best New Sport Utility Vehicle" for 2005 by AJAC had its strongest monthly sales performance ever in December with 522 units retailed. <p><br>BMW Motorrad Canada also finished the year with record-breaking December sales. 186 BMW Motorcycles were retailed, an increase of 104.4% over December 2003 sales. In 2004, 1,136 BMW motorcycles were retailed in the Canadian market, the third successive year of over 1,000 retails for BMW Motorrad Canada. <p><br>MINI Brand: 2004 sales up 3.4% over 2003<br>2004 saw 2,800 MINIs sold in Canada, an increase of 3.4% over 2003. The record sales for the MINI brand continues the upward trend of the brand in Canada since its launch into the Canadian market in 2002. <p><br>In the month of December, 160 new owners took delivery of their MINIs, representing a difference of 34.7% compared to December 2003 sales of 245 MINIs. <br> GCF<br>

01-05-2005, 06:26 AM
BMW Group North America Shatters All Past Annual Sales Records<br> Text courtesy BMW of North America<br> edited 01-05-2005<p><br> <br>BMW brand records best month ever<br>The BMW Group (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported robust sales for 2004, breaking past annual sales records for both brands, to record a total of 296,111 vehicles, an increase of 7 percent over the 276,869 in 2003. The Group also reported record December sales of 29,292 vehicles, up 18 percent over the 24,915 vehicles sold in the same month in 2003, for an all-time monthly sales record. <br>BMW Brand Sales<br>BMW reported sales of 25,482 automobiles and Sports Activity Vehicles, up 22 percent compared to the 20,910 vehicles reported the same month last year, making it the best month ever in retail sales history. <p>Annual sales of BMW brand vehicles were up 8 percent, to 260,079 vehicles compared to 240,859 vehicles sold last year. <p><br>BMW Automobile Sales<br>BMWs monthly automobile sales were up 17 percent, to 18,762 versus 16,054 in December 2003. Year-to-date, sales were down 5 percent, to 190,250 automobiles compared to 200,144 sold in the same period in 2003. <p>BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales<br>Sales of BMWs Sports Activity Vehicles increased 38 percent in December, with sales of 6,720 vehicles compared to 4,856 vehicles sold in the final month of 2003. Year-to-date, sales of BMWs SAV models were up 72 percent, to 69,829 vehicles compared to 40,715 for 2003. <p>Certified Pre-owned <br>BMW also reported monthly sales of 6,083 Certified Pre-owned vehicles up 10 percent compared to 5,526 vehicles in December 2003. Annual BMW CPO sales were up 8 percent, to 71,112 vehicles compared to the 65,693 sold last calendar year. <p>MINI Brand<br>MINI USA reported its strongest year to date, with sales of 36,032, compared to the 36,010 sold in 2003. For the month of December, MINI sales were down 5 percent, to 3,810 automobiles versus 4,005 sold a year ago. <p> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050105.005/2050105.005.Mini1M.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050105.005/2050105.005.Mini2M.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050105.005/2050105.005.Mini3M.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>GCF

01-05-2005, 03:28 PM
<A HREF="http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyOSZmZ2Jl bDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NjYzNTUzMSZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRU V5eTI=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.northjersey.com/pag...5eTI=</A><p><B>Asians lead way as auto industry records a solid year </B><p>Wednesday, January 5, 2005 <p>By RICK POPELY<br>SPECIAL FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE <p>CHICAGO - Record December sales boosted the auto industry to its fifth best year, but the domestic Big Three's share of the U.S. market slid to an all-time low of 58.7 percent.<p>The Japanese Big Three of Toyota, Honda and Nissan posted record sales in 2004 to increase their combined share to 26.3 percent. Korean manufacturer Hyundai and its Kia affiliate also had record years.<p>Automakers sold a record 1.54 million vehicles in December, raising calendar year sales to 16.9 million, up 1.4 percent from 2003. The record is 17.4 million, set in 2000.<p>The Chrysler Group, the U.S. unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, was the only domestic-based manufacturer to increase sales and market share. Chrysler's sales rose 4 percent, to 2.2 million, and its share edged up 0.2 points, to 13 percent. <p>General Motors' sales fell 3 percent in December despite offering the industry's biggest incentives. GM's sales were down 1.3 percent for the year, to 4.65 million, and its share dropped to a low of 27.3 percent.<p>Ford's sales rose slightly in December, ending six straight months of decline with help from brisk sales of its new Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle and Mustang. Ford also sold 95,392 F-Series pickups in December and 939,511 for the year, both records. The F-Series has been the industry's best-selling vehicle 23 straight years.<p>For the year, Ford's sales were down 4.5 percent, to 3.3 million vehicles, including its European luxury brands.<p>Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. continued to chip away at the gap with No. 3 Chrysler. Including its Lexus and Scion brands, Toyota rose 10 percent, to sell more than 2 million in U.S. sales for the first time.<p>American Honda's sales rose |3 percent in 2004. Nissan's sales jumped 24 percent, the biggest gain among major manufacturers.<p>Ernst & Young analyst Peter Langlois says Asian manufacturers have continued to gain share by adding dealers and moving into domestic strongholds such as pickups and sport utility vehicles. But, he sees fewer growth opportunities because the Japanese and Koreans now compete in most segments.<p>"Of course, the domestic brands are going to lose share because they have competition in more segments. There are not as many new avenues [the Asians] can go down now," Langlois |said.<p>Nissan's explosive growth last year was largely in full-size truck sales, and Toyota expanded its youth-oriented Scion brand nationally, he said.<p>CSM Worldwide, a Detroit forecasting firm, predicted last week that Toyota will overtake DaimlerChrysler in the United States by 2009.<p>"We don't really care," said Jason Vines, Chrysler's vice president for communications. "Our goal is profitability, not market share."<p>Domestic brands accounted for 68.5 percent of the market in 1999 and 73 percent in 1994, when Toyota, Honda and Nissan held 17.6 percent. In 1994, Hyundai and Kia combined had less than a point of market share and now have 4 percent.<p>Ford sales analyst George Pipas said the automaker is prepared to make money with a smaller slice of market.<p>"In a mature market like the auto industry, you seldom see established players gaining market share," Pipas said. "If market share is the driver behind your decisions, you're going to make bad decisions in the long run."<p>GM refused to concede the share it lost last year. Without predicting it will gain in 2005, GM market analyst Paul Ballew said, "Our goal remains to grow the business."<p>Several new and redesigned models are due during the next two years. Ballew said they should halt the slide.<p>GM's share had stabilized around 28 percent since 1999, due mainly to strong sales of its full-size pickups and SUVs.<p>But those models are near the end of their life cycle and are losing punch in the marketplace. GM's new large trucks will start arriving in early 2006. In 2004, its truck sales rose less than 1 percent to 2.77 million.<p>GM will idle some plants that produce full-size trucks in the first quarter to manage inventory. The decline at GM came despite being the biggest spender on incentives in 2004, according to CNW Marketing Research.

01-11-2005, 05:32 AM
BMW Group Sales Increase Yet Again in 2004<br> Text courtesy BMW AG<br> edited 01-11-2005<p>English | Deutsch <br> <br>1,208,724 automobiles delivered in total <br>More than 1 million BMW vehicles sold for the first time <br>The BMW Group has achieved a clear growth in volume sales in 2004 with an increase of 9.4%. World-wide, 1,208,724 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars were delivered to customers (prev.yr.: 1,104,916). The BMW brand passed the million mark for the first time in the company's history, with 1,023,575 automobiles sold. This is an increase of 10.3% compared with the previous year (928,151). <p><br>Demand for the MINI is also still robust three and a half years after its market launch in July 2001. Sales rose from the already high level of last year (176,465) by 4.5% to 184,357 units. As far as the Rolls-Royce brand is concerned, 792 Phantoms were delivered to customers last year (previous year: 300). This is the highest level reached by the brand in 14 years. This makes the Rolls-Royce the clear market leader in the absolute luxury class. <p><br>Dr. Helmut Panke, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, is confident about prospects for the year 2005. Today, at the North American International Auto Show (NAJAS) in Detroit, he stated: "We will continue to increase sales of the BMW Group after the record year 2004." <p><br>The USA successfully defended its top position as the largest market for the BMW Group in 2004. In the period under review, almost 300,000 (296,111) cars were sold, which is 6.9% more than in 2003 (276.869). The BMW Group's home market of Germany, with 283,559 units (plus 10.8%/prev.yr.: 255,809) came a close second, followed by the UK, with 150,895 vehicles delivered (plus 9.0%/prev.yr.: 138,440), Italy with 77,243 (plus 15.3%/prev.yr.: 66,980) and Japan, with 51,796 units (plus 6.4%/prev.yr.: 48,678). <p><br>For the BMW brand, the new models in the BMW 1 Series, the BMW X3 and the BMW 6 Series met with an extraordinary positive reception in 2004. The company has entered three new market segments with these innovations in just nine months. Since its market launch in January 2004, 92,267 BMW X3 vehicles have already been sold. 21,043 of the new BMW 6 Series were delivered to customers up to the end of the year. Of these, 12,335 were coups and 8,708 convertibles. 39,247 of the BMW 1 Series, which has been available since September, were sold. Sales of the BMW 3 Series also developed successfully - in the last full production year, 449,670 vehicles were sold (prev. yr.: 528,358 / minus 14.9%). With the BMW 5 Series BMW Group achieved sales of 229,593 units, representing an increase of 23.8% over the previous year (185,481). <p><br>For the MINI brand, the completely positive reactions to the most important new launch, the MINI Convertible, were reflected in the sales figures. In the first half-year since the market launch in July of last year, 18,741 Convertibles were sold, which is already over 10% of total MINI sales even though it has been available for less than six months. <p><br>In the motorcycle segment, sales seen over the year, at 92,266 units, remained slightly below the high level of the previous year (92,962/ minus 0.7%).<p><br>After its product and market offensive of recent years, the BMW Group is ideally positioned to move into the future. Helmut Panke commented as follows: "Our product portfolio and our international presence are more comprehensive than ever before. We will resolutely continue to utilise further market potential available to us in the future too." <p>BMW Group sales in/up to and including December 2004 at a glance<br> <br><IMG SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/news/2050111.012/2050111.012.Mini1M.jpg" BORDER="0">

01-23-2005, 12:05 AM
2004: Another Record Year for Audi<p>Despite a number of launches in important model lines, Audi was able to set a new sales record in 2004, selling 779,441 vehicles to customers worldwide. This is equivalent to an increase of 1.2 percent. Audi consequently succeeded in increasing its sales for the eleventh year in succession.<p>According to Ralph Weyler, Member of the Board for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG: In recent months we have presented new models in key model lines. We are consequently able to offer our customers the youngest fleet in the premium segment. And for this reason we have our sights set on a new sales record again in 2005. To help it achieve its goal, Audi will also be exhausting market potential more intensively and opening up new markets. In early March, for example, it will be opening its first two dealerships in India.<p>Record figures were recorded in 21 of the 50 or so largest sales markets. The top growth regions include Eastern Europe (+19.3 percent), Africa (+17.2 percent) and the Middle East sales region (+58.5 percent). <p>Audi boosted sales in Western Europe by 2.1 percent to 559,428 cars. Of this total, 235,092 models were sold in Germany (-1.1 percent). One of the individual markets with the highest growth rate is Great Britain, where Audi sales have more than doubled in just seven years. This market expanded by 11.1 percent to 77,882 units in 2004 alone. Spain (+6.4 percent to 43,764 cars) and Belgium (+11.9 percent to 21,509 cars) also recorded above-average sales increases. <p>15,038 (+5.4 percent) new cars were sold in the Netherlands, 6,563 (+5.8 percent) in Denmark and 5,342 (+23.9 percent) in Norway. <p>The USA remains the biggest export market with sales of 77,917 (-9.8 percent) cars. China set a new sales record of 64,018 (+0.8 percent) units, while Japan increased its total to 13,751 (+4.7 percent) cars. <p>Of the models, the Audi A3 enjoyed the highest growth rate with sales totalling 179,963 (+18.8 percent) units, followed by the Audi A8 with 22,775 (+16.1 percent) and the Audi A6 with 189,049 (+6.9 percent) models sold. Despite the launch of the new saloon and Avant models last November, 310,458 of the Audi A4 (-5.6 percent) were sold.<p>souce: Audi AG

02-01-2005, 05:15 PM
<A HREF="http://myfilelocker.comcast.net/fdmeloan/BMW_Group_Sales.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://myfilelocker.comcast.ne...s.pdf</A> <p>BMW Group total sales up +22.5%! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bowdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>BMW .... +25.9% (Cars +18.9%, SUVs +52.8%)<br>MINI .... +5.8%<p><br>Btw, MB total sales down -20.2% <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>All MB models down from -13% to -47.3%, only sales of SLK and CLS (begining of sales) up. <p>Accordingly to January sales data, S and E-class sales have suffered from CLS introduction. So the ones who said CLS sales would cannibalize E and S-class sales were right. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0">

02-01-2005, 05:17 PM
<B>Asian Automakers Add U.S. Share on Nissan, Hyundai Sales Gains </B><p>Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Nissan Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. increased U.S. car and truck sales in January, helping Asian automakers raise their share of the U.S. market. Sales of Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. declined. <p>Sales rose 6.1 percent from a year earlier at Nissan, Japan's second-largest automaker, and 9.6 percent at Hyundai, South Korea's biggest. Sales for the 10 Japanese and Korean companies that compete in the U.S. fell 3.9 percent to 385,381, as Toyota's dropped 1.9 percent and Honda's declined 9.6 percent. <p>The Asia-based automakers' share rose 0.7 percentage point from a year earlier to 36.3 percent, according to Bloomberg data. The share increased as total U.S. sales fell more than the Asian companies', which hadn't had a sales decline since August. Demand for light trucks helped Nissan and Hyundai, said AutoTrends Consulting analyst Joe Phillippi. <p>``Nissan continues to do well, despite some stumbles,'' said Phillippi, based in Short Hills, New Jersey. ``The redesign of the Pathfinder (sport-utility vehicle), is doing quite well. Light trucks continue to be where it's at, for them and pretty much everybody else.'' <p>Total U.S. sales fell 5.3 percent to 1.07 million, according to Autodata Corp. That included declines of 6.5 percent for General Motors Corp., 12 percent for Ford Motor Co. and 1.2 percent for DaimlerChrysler AG. <p>Toyota, Honda <p>Toyota, Asia's largest automaker, sold 140,954 cars and trucks last month, down from 143,729, on lower sales of Camry sedans and luxury Lexus cars. Sales of Toyota and Scion vehicles totaled 122,706, a 1 percent drop, as Camry's total fell by 2,363 cars, the Toyota City, Japan-based company said. Lexus declined 8 percent to 18,248, on lower sales of sedans and coupes. <p>Adjusting for two fewer sales days last month compared with January 2004, monthly sales rose 6.2 percent, said Toyota's U.S. unit, based in Torrance, California. <p>Toyota's market share rose to 13.2 percent last month from 12.8 percent a year earlier, according to Bloomberg data. <p>Sales at Honda, Japan's third-largest automaker declined to 81,504 from 90,173. The Tokyo-based company sold 8,418 fewer Accord and Civic cars, its highest-selling models. The Acura luxury brand increased sales 4.1 percent to 13,664 vehicles. <p>The decline adjusted for sales days was 2.1 percent, said Honda's U.S. unit, based in Torrance, California. The company's market share declined 0.3 point to 7.7 percent. <p>Nissan, Hyundai <p>Nissan sold 76,584 Nissan-brand and Infiniti luxury cars in January, an increase from 72,164 a year earlier. Sales of the Pathfinder, revamped in late 2004, tripled to 6,359 from 2,150, said the company's North American unit, based in Gardena, California, said. <p>Adjusted for sales days, the total rise was 15 percent, Tokyo-based Nissan said. Poor weather, including floods in California, snow in the Midwest and Northeast and an ice storm in the Southeast last weekend, kept the company from a larger increase, said Jed Connelly, Nissan's U.S. senior vice president, in an e-mailed message. <p>``Weather probably cost us 3,000 to 5,000 units this month, but sales did start picking back up toward the end of the month, so we feel like we'll recapture the units we lost in February and March,'' he said. <p>Nissan's market share was 7.2 percent, rising from 6.4 percent in January 2004. <p>Hyundai sold 26,009 vehicles last month, an increase from 23,738 a year earlier, helped by the new Tucson SUV and higher sales of Sonata and Elantra cars. Sales of Tucson, added in November 2004, totaled 3,420, according to Hyundai's U.S. unit in Fountain Valley, California. <p>The sales gain raised the Seoul-based company's market share to 2.4 percent, from 2.1 percent. <p>``Hyundai should continue to perform well this year, given their increased U.S. capacity and better J.D. Power quality scores,'' said Sasha Kamper, who helps manage $65 billion, including Hyundai bonds, at Principal Global Investors in Des Moines, Iowa. <p>To contact the reporter on this story:<br>Alan Ohnsman in Los Angeles at aohnsman@bloomberg.net<p>To contact the editor responsible for this story:<br>Dave Versical at dversical@bloomberg.net<p>Last Updated: February 1, 2005 18:24 EST

02-01-2005, 05:40 PM
Audi US sales in January up +1.4%<p>A6 sales up +48,3%, A4 also 1.4% up, other models dip down ...<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...DATE" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...DATE</A>=<p>

02-02-2005, 09:16 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tine</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Btw, MB total sales down -20.2% <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/eek2.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>All MB models down from -13% to -47.3%, only sales of SLK and CLS (begining of sales) up. <p>Accordingly to January sales data, S and E-class sales have suffered from CLS introduction. So the ones who said CLS sales would cannibalize E and S-class sales were right. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>how is that possible? the CLS can't be responsible for a 20% drop, and apart from the m-class and g-class none of the cars in the M-B lineup are dated or behind the competition. is the public that blind? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0">

03-01-2005, 03:30 PM
BMW Group ... 21.496 ... +9,9% <br>BMW brand ... 18.356 ... +8,6%<br>MINI ... 3.140 ... +18,1%<p>MB ... 13.513 ... -16,5%<p>Source: <A HREF="http://myfilelocker.comcast.ne...s.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://myfilelocker.comcast.ne...s.pdf</A><p>That's second month in the row MB sales decreased sharply. <p>The most interesting duel: 5-series (3.794; +0,4%) vs. E-class (2.596; -34,5%). <p>What's only going to happen when 5-series hits with all the new engines, AWD, Touring and M5? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/scared.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tine at 4:29 AM 3/2/2005</i>

03-01-2005, 07:27 PM
<B>Winners: Hyundai (19%), Suzuki (17.6%), Toyota (+11%), Nissan (+10%)<br>Losers: GM (-12.7%)</B><p>(<I>Double Digit Gainers & Losers</I>)<p>Article:<p><B>GM, Ford cut output as sales fall<br>US car firms General Motors (GM) and Ford have been forced to cut production in the face of falling car sales. </B><p>US sales at GM sank 12.7% in February compared to a year ago while Ford sales dropped 3% as foreign rivals took a bigger share of the market. <p>Meanwhile, Asian carmakers fared well - Toyota sales jumped 11% while rival Nissan notched up a 10% increase. <p>Overall sales across the industry also fell to 1.25 million vehicles from 1.27 million a year earlier.<p>GM and Ford blamed high fuel prices for low sales of big trucks and gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles (SUVs) - the vehicles that provide the biggest profits. <p><B>'Slow start' </B><p>GM added that US truck sales fell 9% in February while car business tumbled 17%, however it did acknowledge that some new products - such as the Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Cobalt - had put in solid performances. <p>"The calendar year is starting off slower than expected, both for GM and the industry," said Mark LaNeve, GM's vice president for North American sales, service and marketing. <p>The slump in sales prompted the group to cut production in North America by 3% - it has already reduced output by around 9% in the face of growing stockpiles. <p>Meanwhile, Ford which posted its ninth consecutive drop in monthly US sales, said it was cutting first-quarter North American production by another 10,000 vehicles, or 1.2%. <p>Chrysler, the US unit of Germany's DaimlerChrysler, was the only Detroit based automaker to boast an increase in market share during the month - with sales rising 8%. <p><B>Foreign winners </B><p>But America's loss was its foreign rivals' gain as they continued to nibble away at the US market. <p>While Japan's top car maker Toyota and Nissan saw sales accelerate, even the smaller Suzuki Motor Corp snapped up a more business with sales improving 17.6% on a year ago. <p>In 2003, the firm launched an ambitious plan to triple US sales by 2007 as it seeks to become a bigger player in the Asian assault on the US market. <p>Korea's Hyundai was another big gainer, turning in a 19% surge in February sales. <p>Toyota put its rise in sales down to strong results for its redesigned Avalon sedan and a 120% surge in sales of its gas-electric Prius hybrid mid-size sedan as petrol-price conscious consumers looked to vehicles that were cheaper to run. <p>"As gas prices continue their upward march, fuel efficiency catches the public eye," Jim Press, vice president and chief operating officer of Toyota's US sales arm, said in a statement.<p>Story from BBC NEWS:<br><A HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/business/4310255.stm" TARGET="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr...5.stm</A><p>Published: 2005/03/02 00:49:59 GMT<p> BBC MMV<br>

03-02-2005, 01:26 AM
With the A3, revised A4 (and RS4), and A6 Avant all still to arrive by the Summer, things are looking good. The S8, S6, and new allroad are due reasonably soon, with the TT, Q7, and Q7 further out.<p>AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi of America, Inc.<br>reported February sales of 5,256, representing an increase of 15.8 percent<br>when compared to February 2004 sales of 4,538.<br> Strong sales of the Audi A6 and A4 models contributed to February 2005<br>being a strong month.<br> For the month of February, Audi Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales were<br>1,694, a small decrease from the previous year when sales were 1,825. <p><br>Details here: <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/03-01-2005/0003109804&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...DATE=</A>

04-02-2005, 07:11 AM
Nissan (+12.5%), Toyota (+12.3%), Hyundai (+7%), Honda (+6.8%)<p>Ford: -5%, GM: -1.3%, Chrysler: +3.6%<p>Article - <A HREF="http://www.newsday.com/business/ats-ap_business14apr01,0,3857770,print.story?coll=ny-business-leadheadlines" TARGET="_blank">http://www.newsday.com/busines...lines</A><p><B>GM, Ford Report Lower March U.S. Sales</B><br> <br>By DEE-ANN DURBIN<br>AP Auto Writer<p>April 1, 2005, 7:35 PM EST<p>DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. said Friday that new vehicle sales in March failed to match year-ago levels, despite hopes for a recovery after a tough winter. Meanwhile, in an oft-repeated pattern, some Asian brands reported record demand. <p>March's results created a conflicting message about the effect of rising gas prices on buying habits. Gas prices jumped to an average of $2.15 per gallon nationwide last week, according to federal figures. <p>Toyota Motor Corp. said its gas-electric Prius hybrid, which gets around 55 miles per gallon on the highway, had its best-ever sales of 10,236 vehicles. <p>"Spurred by escalating oil prices, the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles has definitely stepped up," said Jim Press, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. <p>But several automakers reported soaring demand for trucks. Nissan Motor Co. posted a 33.3 percent increase in truck sales in March, including a 42 percent jump in demand for its Titan full-size pickup, which gets around 19 mpg on the highway. <p>GM reported its best month for full-size pickups since 1978 and said its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups both had record months. Ford said sales of its F-Series pickups were up 1 percent from the year before. <p>"I know it's popular to write the obituary on large trucks because of gas prices," said GM's top global markets analyst Paul Ballew. "But it's very important for us to focus on the basic facts." <p>Industrywide, vehicle sales rose about 1 percent from last March. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate was 16.85 million units, up from 16.79 million a year ago, according to research firm Autodata Corp. The rate indicates what sales would be for the full year if they remained at the same pace for all 12 months. Full-year sales for 2004 were about 17 million. <p>Asian brands continued to grab U.S. market share, posting a combined 7 percent rise in sales last month. The traditional Big Three, meanwhile, saw sales fall 1 percent. <p>GM, the world's largest automaker, said March sales fell 1.3 percent and now are down 3.8 percent for the year. While GM was hoping for a stronger month, the numbers were far better than February, when GM announced a 12.7 percent decline and cut its production schedule. <p>GM truck sales were up 3.8 percent, but car sales fell 8 percent and are down 8 percent for the year despite new entries such as the Pontiac G6, the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Cobalt. <p>Ford, the nation's No. 2 automaker, reported a 5 percent decline in U.S. sales for the month. Sales of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury trucks and sport utility vehicles, which have been the company's bread and butter, fell 6.6 percent in March and are down 7.9 percent for the year. <p>Ford's car sales were down 1.75 percent for the month but are up 5.1 percent for the year, helped by the hot-selling Ford Mustang. Ford also said the Mercury Montego sedan achieved its best sales since it went on sale last fall. <p>George Pipas, Ford's top sales analyst, said traditional truck-based SUVs were in decline well before the rise in gas prices because small SUVs and crossovers are providing consumers with more options. Pipas said crossovers represented 15 percent of total SUV sales in 2000 and 41 percent in 2004. <p>Sales of Ford's largest SUVs -- the Excursion, Expedition and Explorer -- all fell by more than 25 percent in March, while demand for the smaller Escape rose 7 percent. Ford's overall sales of cars and trucks are down 3.8 percent for the year. GM also said sales of its traditional SUVs declined. <p>In a familiar pattern, Asian automakers and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group all reported gains in March thanks to fresh lineups. <p>Chrysler Group reported a 3.6 percent increase for the month, including record sales for the Chrysler brand and its popular flagship, the Chrysler 300 sedan. Chrysler's sales are up 7 percent for the year, although truck sales are up just 2.4 percent. <p>Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai Motor Co. all reported record sales in March. Toyota sales were up 12.3 percent for the month and 10.6 percent for the year, largely due to increased car sales. Toyota's new Avalon sedan went on sale in February. <p>Nissan sales were up 12.5 percent in March. South Korean automaker Hyundai said sales were up 7 percent, adding that its small Tucson SUV had its best month ever. <p>Honda Motor Co. reported a 6.8 percent increase in March, turning around a lackluster winter with a 19.4 percent increase in truck sales. Honda's sales for the year are flat. <p>All percentages are adjusted and based on the daily sales rate. There were 27 selling days last month and 26 in March 2004. <p>Automakers appeared to be limiting incentive spending. In a new report, Art Spinella, president of CNW Marketing Research in Bandon, Ore., said most automakers were sticking to a pledge to dial back incentives or at least avoid the double-digit growth so common in the past year. <p>Spinella said final March figures show GM, Ford and Chrysler lowered incentive spending 1 percent, 1.7 percent and 3.8 percent respectively in March versus February. Toyota's average outlay was down 3.1 percent, Spinella said, while Honda and Nissan had slight upticks. <p>Overall, industrywide spending fell 1 percent in March from February but was up 16 percent versus a year ago, he said. <p>Paul Taylor, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, said sales should continue to improve in April as frigid temperatures subside in the East and Midwest and make car shopping more appealing. <p>"Both heating fuel costs and gasoline costs have been a drag on consumers' disposable incomes, but heating costs will fade in April," Taylor said. "Gasoline prices appear headed upward a bit more, and that will change the mix of vehicle selling, as happened in March." <p>GM shares fell 1 cent to close at $29.38 on the New York Stock Exchange Friday. Also on the NYSE, Ford shares fell 15 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $11.18 and DaimlerChrysler shares shed 67 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $44.05.

04-02-2005, 07:18 AM
more:<p>1. Infiniti = +5.3%<br>2. Acura = +3.6%<br>3. Jaguar = +2.6%<br>4. Lexus = +1.9%<br>4. Mercedes = +1.9%<br>5. Cadillac = +0.1%<br><B>6. Lincoln = -8.8%<br>7. BMW = -11.0%<br>8. Audi = -12.9%<br>9. Volvo = -13.6%<br>10. Saab = -17.8%</B><p>Car: 721,109 vs. 696,000, down 0 percent<p><br>Truck: 855,042 vs. 811,650, up 1 percent<p><br>Big Three vehicle: 915,918 vs. 894,816, down 1 percent<p><br>Asian vehicle: 570,454 vs. 514,649, up 7 percent<p><br>European vehicle: 89,779 vs. 98,185, down 12 percent<p><br>Total vehicle: 1,576,151 vs. 1,507,650, up 1 percent<p><br>Year-to-date<p><br>Car: 1,782,844 vs. 1,778,378, up 2 percent<p><br>Truck: 2,109,354 vs. 2,132,005, up 0 percent<p><br>Big Three vehicle: 2,250,340 vs. 2,313,427, down 1 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 1,408,967 vs. 1,351,863, up 6 percent<p>European vehicle: 232,891 vs. 245,093, down 4 percent<p>Total vehicle: 3,892,198 vs. 3,910,383, up 1 percent<p>General Motors<p>Month<p>Car: 167,744 vs. 175,726, down 8 percent<p>Truck: 249,537 vs. 231,490, up 4 percent<p>Vehicle: 417,281 vs. 407,216, down 1 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 410,932 vs. 452,842, down 8 percent<p>Truck: 584,293 vs. 596,259, down 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 995,225 vs. 1,049,101, down 4 percent<p>Ford<p>Month<p>Car: 97,095 vs. 95,168, down 2 percent<p>Truck: 188,564 vs. 194,576, down 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 285,659 vs. 289,744, down 5 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 241,321 vs. 232,680, up 5 percent<p>Truck: 467,062 vs. 514,142, down 8 percent<p>Vehicle: 708,383 vs. 746,822, down 4 percent<p>DaimlerChrysler<p>Month<p>Car: 47,652 vs. 40,380, up 14 percent<p>Truck: 165,326 vs. 157,476, up 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 212,978 vs. 197,856, up 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 128,539 vs. 103,757, up 26 percent<p>Truck: 418,193 vs. 413,747, up 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 546,732 vs. 517,504, up 7 percent<p>Toyota<p>Month<p>Car: 116,619 vs. 90,054, up 25 percent<p>Truck: 86,604 vs. 84,156, down 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 203,223 vs. 174,210, up 12 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 284,338 vs. 238,928, up 21 percent<p>Truck: 222,898 vs. 225,794, up 0 percent<p>Vehicle: 507,236 vs. 464,722, up 11 percent<p>Honda<p>Month<p>Car: 72,784 vs. 70,884, down 1 percent<p>Truck: 55,764 vs. 44,965, up 19 percent<p>Vehicle: 128,548 vs. 115,849, up 7 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 172,975 vs. 189,681, down 8 percent<p>Truck: 135,207 vs. 122,120, up 12 percent<p>Vehicle: 308,182 vs. 311,801, up 0 percent<p>Nissan<p>Month<p>Car: 56,576 vs. 54,949, down 1 percent<p>Truck: 49,228 vs. 35,545, up 33 percent<p>Vehicle: 105,804 vs. 90,494, up 13 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 137,016 vs. 141,261, down 2 percent<p>Truck: 127,784 vs. 96,233, up 35 percent<p>Vehicle: 264,800 vs. 237,494, up 13 percent<p>Mazda<p>Month<p>Car: 19,415 vs. 18,304, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 6,738 vs. 7,017, down 8 percent<p>Vehicle: 26,153 vs. 25,321, down 1 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 46,665 vs. 46,192, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 17,354 vs. 18,155, down 3 percent<p>Vehicle: 64,019 vs. 64,347, up 1 percent<p>Mitsubishi<p>Month<p>Car: 10,530 vs. 14,819, down 32 percent<p>Truck: 4,246 vs. 5,579, down 27 percent<p>Vehicle: 14,776 vs. 20,398, down 30 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 24,535 vs. 39,203, down 37 percent<p>Truck: 9,987 vs. 17,658, down 43 percent<p>Vehicle: 34,522 vs. 56,861, down 38 percent<p>Isuzu<p>Month<p>Truck: 1,418 vs. 4,057, down 66 percent<p>Vehicle: 1,418 vs. 4,057, down 66 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 3,677 vs. 7,566, down 51 percent<p>Vehicle: 3,677 vs. 7,566, down 51 percent<p>Hyundai<p>Month<p>Car: 29,054 vs. 26,278, up 6 percent<p>Truck: 11,009 vs. 9,746, up 9 percent<p>Vehicle: 40,063 vs. 36,024, up 7 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 71,866 vs. 63,245, up 15 percent<p>Truck: 28,146 vs. 25,048, up 14 percent<p>Vehicle: 100,012 vs. 88,293, up 15 percent<p>Subaru<p>Month<p>Car: 10,835 vs. 11,268, down 7 percent<p>Truck: 6,466 vs. 6,338, down 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 17,301 vs. 17,606, down 5 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 27,650 vs. 27,742, up 1 percent<p>Truck: 16,515 vs. 16,392, up 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 44,165 vs. 44,134, up 1 percent<p>Suzuki<p>Month<p>Car: 4,762 vs. 4,396, up 4 percent<p>Truck: 2,684 vs. 2,525, up 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 7,446 vs. 6,921, up 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 10,492 vs. 10,166, up 5 percent<p>Truck: 8,532 vs. 7,095, up 22 percent<p>Vehicle: 19,024 vs. 17,261, up 12 percent<p>Kia<p>Month<p>Car: 14,974 vs. 12,461, up 16 percent<p>Truck: 10,748 vs. 11,308, down 8 percent<p>Vehicle: 25,722 vs. 23,769, up 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 37,571 vs. 32,827, up 16 percent<p>Truck: 25,759 vs. 26,557, down 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 63,330 vs. 59,384, up 8 percent<p>Volkswagen<p>Month<p>Car: 15,267 vs. 19,141, down 23 percent<p>Truck: 1,471 vs. 2,190, down 35 percent<p>Vehicle: 16,738 vs. 21,331, down 24 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 38,611 vs. 42,524, down 8 percent<p>Truck: 4,267 vs. 7,419, down 42 percent<p>Vehicle: 42,878 vs. 49,943, down 13 percent<p>BMW<p>Month<p>Car: 18,602 vs. 20,590, down 13 percent<p>Truck: 5,674 vs. 4,955, up 10 percent<p>Vehicle: 24,276 vs. 25,545, down 8 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 50,611 vs. 50,195, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 14,925 vs. 11,046, up 37 percent<p>Vehicle: 65,536 vs. 61,241, up 8 percent<p>Volvo<p>Month<p>Car: 8,458 vs. 9,824, down 17 percent<p>Truck: 3,156 vs. 3,101, down 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 11,614 vs. 12,925, down 13 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 23,425 vs. 25,023, down 5 percent<p>Truck: 8,727 vs. 8,344, up 6 percent<p>Vehicle: 32,152 vs. 33,367, down 2 percent<p>Mercedes-Benz<p>Month<p>Car: 15,767 vs. 15,367, down 1 percent<p>Truck: 2,395 vs. 2,449, down 6 percent<p>Vehicle: 18,162 vs. 17,816, down 2 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 39,285 vs. 42,908, down 7 percent<p>Truck: 4,491 vs. 6,251, down 27 percent<p>Vehicle: 43,776 vs. 49,159, down 10 percent<p>Saab<p>Month<p>Car: 3,161 vs. 3,702, down 18 percent<p>Vehicle: 3,161 vs. 3,702, down 18 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 7,344 vs. 8,050, down 8 percent<p>Vehicle: 7,344 vs. 8,050, down 8 percent<p>Jaguar<p>Month<p>Car: 3,545 vs. 4,005, down 15 percent<p>Vehicle: 3,545 vs. 4,005, down 15 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 8,707 vs. 11,240, down 22 percent<p>Vehicle: 8,707 vs. 11,240, down 22 percent<p>Audi<p>Month<p>Car: 6,502 vs. 7,469, down 16 percent<p>Vehicle: 6,502 vs. 7,469, down 16 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 16,835 vs. 17,012, up 0 percent<p>Vehicle: 16,835 vs. 17,012, up 0 percent<p>Land Rover<p>Month<p>Truck: 2,982 vs. 2,756, up 4 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,982 vs. 2,756, up 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 8,444 vs. 8,144, up 5 percent<p>Vehicle: 8,444 vs. 8,144, up 5 percent<p>Porsche<p>Month<p>Car: 1,767 vs. 1,215, up 40 percent<p>Truck: 1,032 vs. 1,421, down 30 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,799 vs. 2,636, up 2 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 4,126 vs. 2,902, up 44 percent<p>Truck: 3,093 vs. 4,035, down 22 percent<p>Vehicle: 7,219 vs. 6,937, up 5 percent<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Charger at 9:31 AM 4/2/2005</i>

04-06-2005, 05:47 AM
Successful world premieres of the new M-Class and the new Sports Tourer B-Class and R-Class <p>Mercedes-Benz to become the first automaker to include a particulate filter as standard equipment in all production series<p>smart sales increase by 40 percent through March 2005<p>Stuttgart, Apr 06, 2005 <br>In March 2005, the Mercedes Car Group increased worldwide sales by two percent to 117,500 units (March 2004: 115,400). During the first quarter as a whole, it delivered 261,700 Mercedes-Benz and smart passenger cars (first quarter of 2004: 274,000) to customers worldwide, 4.5 percent fewer than in the same period last year. The coming four new models from Mercedes-Benz and the attractive new generation of V6 and V8 engines will generate significant momentum for growth during the rest of this year.<br>In the first three months of 2005, Mercedes-Benz posted a nine-percent decrease in sales to 226,400 passenger cars, due primarily to three factors: Firstly, overall economic conditions are unfavorable in some key European markets; secondly, demand for the M-Class and S Class is declining in the run up to the coming model changeover for lifecycle-related reasons; and thirdly, through March it was not possible to completely compensate for delivery delays resulting from defective high-pressure diesel pumps. A total of 103,300 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars were sold in March 2005, a 2.5-percent drop from March 2004.<p>Record demand for new Mercedes-Benz models<p>Demand is especially strong for the new 2004 models. In the first quarter of 2005, 16,500 SLK roadsters were delivered to customers around the world, or 13 percent more than in the same period of the predecessor models best sales year. Sales of the A Class, which a few weeks ago became available as a right-hand drive version and with automatic transmission, totaled 46,500 units from January through March 2005. Since its market launch in September 2004, about 100,000 of the vehicles have been delivered to customers. Since the CLS-Class was launched in October 2004, 16,100 of the vehicles have been sold worldwide, including 9,400 units in the first quarter of 2005.<p>The successful first-quarter world premieres of the new M-Class and the B-Class and R-Class promise to spark additional sales momentum. The Sports Tourer Family combines the advantages of different vehicle categories into a new vehicle concept. The B-Class will be launched on the Western European market beginning in June. The R-Class will be launched in the fall in North America before becoming available in Europe from the beginning of 2006. The new S-Class, the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz brand, will make its world debut in the fall of 2005.<p>New V6 and V8 engine generation provides additional growth<p>Thanks to the comprehensive introduction of a new generation of drive systems, Mercedes-Benz can offer its customers an even more attractive range of engines in 2005. The brand is currently replacing all of its V6 and V8 gasoline and diesel engines with new drive systems that are not only more powerful, but also more efficient and cleaner. A key role in Mercedes diesel strategy is played by the new V6 diesel family, which will appear in almost every production series.<p>This summer, Mercedes-Benz will become the first manufacturer worldwide to equip all diesel vehicles with particulate filters as standard. Such filters are already being offered as an option, and they are ordered by around 80 percent of Mercedes customers in Germany. Since production of the filters commenced in 2004, Mercedes-Benz has equipped more than 130,000 vehicles with particulate filters.<p>smart sales increase by 44 percent in the first quarter<p>In March, customer deliveries of smart vehicles worldwide increased by 50 percent to 14,100 units, mainly as a result of the smart forfours launch in April 2004. During the first three months of 2005, smart sold 35,200 vehicles, representing an increase of 44 percent on the same period last year. Demand developed particularly favorably in the Western European markets outside of Germany, rising by 62 percent to 25,100 units. Despite a difficult economic situation and a major decline in the small-car segment, sales remained nearly stable in Germany through March. The smart fortwo, which is now in the seventh year of its lifecycle, performed particularly well in February, slightly increasing its market share to 27 percent, according to the registration statistics in Germany.<p>Overview of Mercedes Car Group Sales<p> March 2005 Change in % Jan. to March 2005 Change in % <br>Mercedes Car Group worldwide 117,500 + 1,8 261,700 - 4.5 <br>of which Mercedes-Benz 103,300 - 2.5 226,400 - 9.2 <br>Smart 14,100 + 49.7 35,200 + 44.0 <br> <br>Mercedes Car Group <br>of which Western Europe <br>(excl. Germany)<br>45,600 + 5.2 100,300 + 1.6 <br>Germany 33,800 - 5.5 70,500 - 12.9 <br>United States* 18,200 + 1.9 43,800 - 11.0 <br>Asia/Pacific 10,800 - 1.0 23,200 - 8.5 <br>

04-06-2005, 06:03 AM
Good <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>They need to keep working hard...especially since they are doing too well here in the US, which is a big market for them, and for most automakers...

04-07-2005, 04:54 AM
Wrong section. We have threads for this already at the top of the page.

04-07-2005, 08:32 AM
<I><B>BMW GROUP INCREASES SALES IN FIRST QUARTER BY 8.2% </B><br>04/07/2005 <p>New highs on monthly and quarterly basis <br>Successful start for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan<br>Munich. The BMW Group increased its sales in the first quarter of 2005 by 8.2% to a new high of 292,207 automobiles (previous year: 269,974). The BMW brand deliveries to customers in the first three months rose by 7.8% to 239.387 vehicles (previous year: 222,087). MINI recorded an increase of 10.3% to 52,694 units (previous year: 47,774). Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered 126 Phantoms to customers (previous year: 139/-9.4%). <p>Germany and the USA were neck and neck in the first quarter, with 65,680 (previous year: 60,462/+8.6%) and 65,536 (previous year: 61,241/+7.0%) cars sold respectively. Examples of countries with well above average growth are Portugal with a rise of 43.9% to 1,973 units (previous year: 1,371), Russia at 44.4% (1,350/previous year: 935) and the African/Caribbean region with a rise of 22.6% (6,965/previous year: 5,680).<p>Dr. Michael Ganal, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Sales and Marketing, said: "All over the world, the BMW Group has developed far better in the first quarter than its relevant competitors. This means that we have further expanded our position in the premium segment. We achieved this improvement even though the BMW 3 Series is in the model changeover phase."<p>The BMW Group has also achieved a record volume on a monthly basis. March 2005 was the best-ever sales month for the BMW Group, with 127,093 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars sold. This is a rise of 7.9% over the same month last year (117,826).<p>The BMW brand increased sales in March by 7% to 104,909 vehicles (previous year: 98,037) - which is also a new high. The entire model range was responsible for this success. <p>Since the world launch of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan on March 5, 6,444 units have already been delivered. The BMW 3 Series is the world's best-selling premium automobile of its class. All the indications are that the new 3 Series Sedan will help to consolidate this position still further. The BMW Series is due to go on sale in the U.S. on May 7.<p>Record sales levels were also achieved for the MINI brand, both in the first quarter 2005 and monthly. In March, the 20,000 mark was passed for the first time in a single month, with 22,130 vehicles sold (previous year: 19,740/+12.1%). The convertible variant, with 5,389 units sold, accounts for about a quarter of the total sales volume. Comparing sales by country, the MINI home country - the United Kingdom - is still the undisputed leader, with 7,244 MINI cars sold in March, followed by the U.S. (4,127), Germany (2,755), Italy (2,004) and Japan (1,621).<p>Motorcycle segment increases by 10% in March<br>With 11,793 deliveries to customers, the motorcycles segment is 10% ahead in March (previous year: 10,720). For the period up to and including March, the growth rate is 18.8%, with 21,304 units sold (Q1 2004: 17,935). In the first quarter of 2005, the bestseller in the BMW motorcycle business remains the Enduro R 1200 GS with 6,772 units delivered. In terms of volume, this is followed by the sports bike K 1200 S with 2,230 vehicles sold, with the R 1200 RT tourer in third place (2,183).<p><br>BMW March 2005 worldwide sales / 1Q 2005 worldwide sales <br>BMW Group ... 127.093 (+7,9%) / 292.207 (+8,2%)<br>BMW ... 104.909 (+7,0%) / 239.387 (+7,8%)<br>MINI ... 22.130 (+12,1%) / 52.694 (+10,3%)<br>Rolls-Royce ... 54 (+10,0%) / 126 (-9,4%)</I><p>

04-07-2005, 08:39 AM
nice, once the new 3 series is up to speed, there is no stopping BMW <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

04-27-2005, 05:20 AM
The Phantom has dropped a fair bit...i guess the market for this type of car is going.<p>but good on BMW! The 3er must be a great car, and these sales are much deserved!

05-03-2005, 02:02 PM
<A HREF="http://myfilelocker.comcast.net/fdmeloan/BMW_Group_Sales.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://myfilelocker.comcast.ne...s.pdf</A><p>BMW: 21.072 (-10%) ... YTD 76.424 (+0%) *<p>* bad results mainly b/c of sharp drop in 3er sales which contributes 1/3 of all BMW brand sales in US; new E90 version is launched in May; FL 7er coming in late May / early June; 5er with new engines and AWD arrives these days<p>MINI: 4.310 (+31%) ... YTD 14.494 (+25,4%)<br>BMW Group: 25.382 (-5%) ... YTD 90.918 (+3,4%)<p>MB: 18.805 (+2,3%) ... YTD 62.581 (-7,3%)<p><br>Some interesting numbers for April 2005:<br>BMW 3-series: 6.994 (-31,8%) vs. MB C-class: 4.496 (-24,7%)<br>BMW 5-series: 4.571 (+3,7%) vs. MB E-class: 3.731 (-26,3)<br>BMW 7-series: 1.182 (-26,3) vs. MB S-class: 1.457 (+4,1%)<br>BMW Z4: 1.233 (-20%) vs. MB SLK: 972 (+108,6%) - incentives were offered on Z4<br>BMW 6-series: 988 (+30,7%) vs. MB CLS: 1.805 (/)<p>BMW X5: 2.932 (+15,9%) vs. MB M-class (new model): 3.248 (+60,2%)<p>BMW X3: 3.170 (+37,7%)<br>MB CL: 111 (-52,6%)<br>MB SL: 910 (-32,1%) <br>MB CLK: 1.932 (+9,3%)<p>

05-04-2005, 09:37 AM
A few more sales percentage figures for May 2005, from BlueOvalNews:<p>04 May 2005 Sales summary:<p>GM: -4.1%<br>Ford: 14.1%<br>Chrysler: +9.3%<br>Toyota: +26%<br>Honda: +18%<br>Nissan: +32%

05-04-2005, 09:39 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A few more sales percentage figures for May 2005, from BlueOvalNews:<p>04 May 2005 Sales summary:<p>GM: -4.1%<br>Ford: 14.1%<br>Chrysler: +9.3%<br>Toyota: +26%<br>Honda: +18%<br>Nissan: +32%</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I dont understand the Ford one. It just says 14.1, - +? Can someone explain this one to me?

05-09-2005, 05:24 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A few more sales percentage figures for May 2005, from BlueOvalNews:<p>04 May 2005 Sales summary:<p>GM: -4.1%<br>Ford: 14.1%<br>Chrysler: +9.3%<br>Toyota: +26%<br>Honda: +18%<br>Nissan: +32%</TD></TR></TABLE><p>We have May numbers already?? wow impressive <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>j/k...probably those are the April numbers, but are they YTD, I don't recall seeing such high percentages...<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 10:17 PM 5/9/2005</i>

05-10-2005, 08:34 AM
AP:<p><B>Total Industry</B><p>Month<p>Car: 719,805 vs. 649,588, up 7 percent<br>Truck: 783,693 vs. 773,366, down 2 percent<br>Big Three vehicle: 847,185 vs. 849,740, down 4 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 563,492 vs. 471,102, up 15 percent<p>European vehicle: 92,821 vs. 102,112, down 12 percent<p>Total vehicle: 1,503,498 vs. 1,422,954, up 2 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 2,511,376 vs. 2,436,310, up 3 percent<br>Truck: 2,884,316 vs. 2,897,027, down less than 1 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 3,097,525 vs. 3,163,167, down 2 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 1,972,455 vs. 1,822,965, up 8 percent<p>European vehicle: 325,712 vs. 347,205, down 6 percent<p>Total vehicle: 5,395,692 vs. 5,333,337, up 1 percent<p><B>General Motors</B><p>Month<p>Car: 167,444 vs. 149,422, up 8 percent<br><B>Truck: 209,917 vs. 244,241, down 17 percent</B><br>Vehicle: 377,361 vs. 393,663, down 8 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 578,376 vs. 602,264, down 4 percent<br>Truck: 794,210 vs. 840,500, down 6 percent<br>Vehicle: 1,372,586 vs. 1,442,764, down 5 percent<p>Ford<p>Month<p>Car: 88,036 vs. 86,865, down 2 percent<br>Truck: 175,242 vs. 180,201, down 6 percent<br>Vehicle: 263,278 vs. 267,066, down 5 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 329,357 vs. 319,545, up 3 percent<br>Truck: 642,304 vs. 694,343, down 7 percent<br>Vehicle: 971,661 vs. 1,013,888, down 4 percent<p>DaimlerChrysler<p>Month<p>Car: 44,248 vs. 45,712, down 7 percent<br>Truck: 162,298 vs. 143,299, up 9 percent<br>Vehicle: 206,546 vs. 189,011, up 5 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 172,787 vs. 149,469, up 16 percent<br>Truck: 580,491 vs. 557,046, up 4 percent<br>Vehicle: 753,278 vs. 706,515, up 7 percent<p>Toyota<p>Month<p>Car: 124,427 vs. 88,088, up 36 percent<br>Truck: 86,039 vs. 79,041, up 5 percent<br>Vehicle: 210,466 vs. 167,129, up 21 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 408,765 vs. 327,016, up 25 percent<br>Truck: 308,937 vs. 304,835, up 1 percent<br>Vehicle: 717,702 vs. 631,851, up 14 percent<p>Honda<p>Month<p>Car: 81,671 vs. 71,371, up 10 percent<br>Truck: 53,926 vs. 43,558, up 19 percent<br>Vehicle: 135,597 vs. 114,929, up 14 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 254,646 vs. 261,052, down 2 percent<br>Truck: 189,133 vs. 165,678, up 14 percent<br>Vehicle: 443,779 vs. 426,730, up 4 percent<p>Nissan<p>Month<p>Car: 51,153 vs. 37,933, up 30 percent<br>Truck: 40,468 vs. 31,537, up 24 percent<br>Vehicle: 91,621 vs. 69,470, up 27 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 188,169 vs. 179,194, up 5 percent<br>Truck: 168,252 vs. 127,770, up 32 percent<br>Vehicle: 356,421 vs. 306,964, up 16 percent<p>Mazda<p>Month<p>Car: 17,334 vs. 16,248, up 3 percent<br>Truck: 4,915 vs. 5,431, down 13 percent<br>Vehicle: 22,249 vs. 21,679, down 1 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 63,999 vs. 62,440, up 2 percent<br>Truck: 22,269 vs. 23,586, down 6 percent<br>Vehicle: 86,268 vs. 86,026, up less than 1 percent<p><B>Mitsubishi<p>Month<p>Car: 6,589 vs. 11,663, down 46 percent<br>Truck: 2,641 vs. 4,606, down 45 percent<br>Vehicle: 9,230 vs. 16,269, down 45 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 31,124 vs. 50,866, down 39 percent<br>Truck: 12,628 vs. 22,264, down 43 percent<br>Vehicle: 43,752 vs. 73,130, down 40 percent<p>Isuzu<p>Month<p>Truck: 1,412 vs. 2,497, down 46 percent<br>Vehicle: 1,412 vs. 2,497, down 46 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 5,086 vs. 10,063, down 49 percent<br>Vehicle: 5,086 vs. 10,063, down 49 percent</B><p>Hyundai<p>Month<p>Car: 29,634 vs. 25,921, up 10 percent<br>Truck: 11,324 vs. 9,124, up 20 percent<br>Vehicle: 40,958 vs. 35,045, up 13 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 101,500 vs. 89,166, up 14 percent<br>Truck: 39,470 vs. 34,172, up 16 percent<br>Vehicle: 140,970 vs. 123,338, up 14 percent<p>Subaru<p>Month<p>Car: 11,539 vs. 8,515, up 30 percent<br>Truck: 5,178 vs. 5,090, down 2 percent<br>Vehicle: 16,717 vs. 13,605, up 18 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 39,189 vs. 36,257, up 8 percent<br>Truck: 21,693 vs. 21,482, up 1 percent<br>Vehicle: 60,882 vs. 57,739, up 5 percent<p>Suzuki<p>Month<p>Car: 5,633 vs. 5,085, up 7 percent<br>Truck: 2,451 vs. 1,956, up 21 percent<br>Vehicle: 8,084 vs. 7,041, up 11 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 16,125 vs. 15,251, up 6 percent<br>Truck: 10,983 vs. 9,051, up 21 percent<br>Vehicle: 27,108 vs. 24,302, up 12 percent<p>Kia<p>Month<p>Car: 14,390 vs. 14,085, down 2 percent<br>Truck: 12,768 vs. 9,353, up 31 percent<br>Vehicle: 27,158 vs. 23,438, up 12 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 51,961 vs. 46,912, up 11 percent<br>Truck: 38,526 vs. 35,910, up 7 percent<br>Vehicle: 90,487 vs. 82,822, up 9 percent<p><B>Volkswagen<p>Month<p>Car: 17,048 vs. 23,476, down 30 percent<br>Truck: 1,410 vs. 2,191, down 38 percent<br>Vehicle: 18,458 vs. 25,667, down 31 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 55,659 vs. 66,000, down 16 percent<br>Truck: 5,677 vs. 9,610, down 41 percent<br>Vehicle: 61,336 vs. 75,610, down 19 percent</B><p><B>BMW</B><p>Month<p><B>Car: 19,280 vs. 21,877, down 15 percent</B><br>Truck: 6,102 vs. 4,832, up 22 percent<br>Vehicle: 25,382 vs. 26,709, down 8 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 69,891 vs. 72,072, down 3 percent<br>Truck: 21,027 vs. 15,878, up 32 percent<br>Vehicle: 90,918 vs. 87,950, up 3 percent<p>Volvo<p>Month<p>Car: 10,725 vs. 10,788, down 4 percent<br>Vehicle: 10,725 vs. 10,788, down 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 42,877 vs. 44,155, down 3 percent<br>Vehicle: 42,877 vs. 44,155, down 3 percent<p>Mercedes-Benz<p>Month<p>Car: 15,414 vs. 16,239, down 9 percent<br>Truck: 3,391 vs. 2,145, up 52 percent<br>Vehicle: 18,805 vs. 18,384, down 1 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 54,699 vs. 59,147, down 8 percent<br>Truck: 7,882 vs. 8,396, down 6 percent<br>Vehicle: 62,581 vs. 67,543, down 7 percent<p><B>Saab</B><p>Month<p><B>Car: 3,174 vs. 3,474, down 12 percent<br>Vehicle: 3,174 vs. 3,474, down 12 percent</B><p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 10,518 vs. 11,524, down 9 percent<br>Vehicle: 10,518 vs. 11,524, down 9 percent<p><B>Jaguar<p>Month<p>Car: 2,870 vs. 4,103, down 33 percent<br>Vehicle: 2,870 vs. 4,103, down 33 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 11,577 vs. 15,343, down 25 percent<br>Vehicle: 11,577 vs. 15,343, down 25 percent</B><p>Audi<p>Month<p>Car: 7,202 vs. 7,137, down 3 percent<br>Vehicle: 7,202 vs. 7,137, down 3 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 24,037 vs. 24,149, down less than 1 percent<br>Vehicle: 24,037 vs. 24,149, down less than 1 percent<p>Land Rover<p>Month<p>Truck: 3,140 vs. 2,526, up 20 percent<br>Vehicle: 3,140 vs. 2,526, up 20 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 11,584 vs. 10,670, up 9 percent<br>Vehicle: 11,584 vs. 10,670, up 9 percent<p><B>Porsche</B><p>Month<p>Car: 1,994 vs. 1,586, up 21 percent<br><B>Truck: 1,071 vs. 1,738, down 41 percent</B><br>Vehicle: 3,065 vs. 3,324, down 11 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 6,120 vs. 4,488, up 36 percent<br><B>Truck: 4,164 vs. 5,773, down 28 percent</B><br>Vehicle: 10,284 vs. 10,261, up less than 1 percent

05-10-2005, 10:42 AM
The BMW Group delivered 111,285 automobiles in April, bringing sales to 9.7% more than in the same month last year (101,417). Well above average growth in Western Europe in the month under review reflected the fact that the new BMW 3 Series saloon has been available since 5 March - here, the increase is 16.9% to 68,931 vehicles (prev.yr.: 58,959). The Chinese markets also increased clearly in April, with a growth rate of 19.4% to 2,500 automobiles sold (prev.yr.: 2,094). Sales in North America fell by 4.3% to 27,449 due to model cycle factors (prev.yr.: 28,678) - here, the volume model, the new BMW 3 Series saloon, has been available since 6 May. In the year up to and including April, the volume of vehicles sold by BMW Group increased by 8.6% to 403,521 (prev.yr.: 371,417). <p>Dr. Michael Ganal, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing: "Even now - in the initial phase of the market launch of the new BMW 3 Series saloon - it is becoming clear that this car is being very well received by the market. This supports our positive forecast: We will further consolidate our leadership position in the next few months."<p>Sales of the BMW brand increased in April by 9.1% to 92,984 automobiles (prev.yr.: 85,254). For the year up to and including April, the number of cars delivered increased by 8.2% to 332,398 in comparison with the first four months of the previous year (307,341). 17,686 of the new BMW 3 Series saloon had already been sold in the period up to and including April. The BMW 1 Series, with 48,216 cars delivered in the first four months of 2005, continued to develop very well in the premium compact class. The established model series are also reflecting the leadership position of the BMW Group: 75,017 BMW 5 Series vehicles were sold in the period up to and including April. This makes this model series the clear market leader worldwide in comparison with relevant competitors. The segment share held by the BMW 5 Series is now around 25%. This means that it has risen by 10 percentage points from around 15% in the last ten years. The BMW 7 Series is also still on track for success. In the period up to and including April, for example, it clearly defended its market leadership position in its home market of Germany. <p><br>In April, dealers delivered 18,245 MINI brand vehicles to customers <br>(prev.yr.: 16,096/+13.4%). Less than four years after its market launch in July 2001, MINI sales up to and including April 2005 have already passed the 600,000 mark (600,862). In the fifth year of the model cycle, demand and sales are still increasing. In the first four months of 2005, 11.1% more MINIs were delivered, or 70,941 vehicles (prev.yr.: 63,870). The leading country for MINI sales remains the United Kingdom, as the home of the MINI. Here, for the period ending April 2005, 16,050 MINIs were delivered (prev.yr.: 15,248/+5.3%). This means that one in three vehicles sold by the BMW Group in the UK is a MINI.<p>Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered 56 Phantoms in April (prev.yr.: 67/-16.4%). For the months up to the end of April, the figure is 182 (prev.yr.: 206/-11.7%).<p>In the motorcycles segment, the ongoing product offensive is continuing to drive sales up. Sales figures in April rose by 30.3% to 13,328 units (prev.yr.: 10,232). Never in its history the company has sold more vehicles in a month. For the period up to and including April, 22.9% more BMW motorcycles were sold, at 34,628 units, than in the same period last year (28,176).<p> <p>BMW Group sales in/up to and including April 2005 at a glance<br>in April 05 comp.w. prev.yr. up to/inc. Apr.05 comp.w. prev.yr.<br>BMW Group Automobiles 111,285 + 9.7% 403,521 + 8.6%<br>BMW 92,984 + 9.1% 332,398 + 8.2%<br>MINI 18,245 + 13.4% 70,941 + 11.1%<br>Rolls-Royce 56 - 16.4% 182 - 11.7%<br>BMW Motorcycles 13,328 + 30.3% 34,628 + 22.9%<br> <p>germancarfans

05-12-2005, 03:26 PM
May 11, 2005 -- Audi succeeded in setting another new record for vehicle sales in the first four months of 2005. This puts Audi on course for another record year. This year we will be able to reap the benefits of our work over the past months and years with our young and attractive cars. But we will continue to expand our model range in the future with highly emotional, sporty products, said the Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, today at the companys 116th Annual General Meeting in Neckarsulm. <br> <br>The latest example is the Audi Q7, a completely new kind of sporty SUV which we will be launching in early 2006. As Winterkorn confirmed to the companys shareholders: We have our sights firmly fixed on our goal of increasing annual sales to more than one million Audi vehicles in the medium term.<br>Record unit sales and revenue in the first four months<br>In the first four months of this year, the Audi brand sold more vehicles worldwide than ever before in company history: 269,750 vehicles and therefore 4.2 percent more than in the same period last year (2004: 258,953). The revenue generated by the Audi Group in the period under review rose to EUR 8.6 billion, approximately 5 percent more than in the same period last year (January to<br>April 2004: EUR 8.2 billion). This means that revenue once again rose more significantly than sales. This indicates among other things that our customers want more exclusive cars with a more extensive equipment specification, said Winterkorn.<br>The Audi A3 enjoyed the highest rate of growth in the first four months with sales of 72,204 models (2004: 57,598), an increase of more than 25 percent. It was followed by the Audi A6 with sales of 54,625 models, around eight percent more than in 2004 (50,672). 110,504 of the Audi A4 were sold (2004: 108,316).<br>Sales records in 25 markets worldwide, 18 of which in Europe<br>In the period January to April, Audi posted sales records in a total of 25 markets worldwide, 18 of which are in Europe. Particularly strong markets include Great Britain (32,058, up 9.1 percent), Spain (19,113, up 20.6 percent), France (14,515, up 23.2 percent) and Belgium (10,460, up 32.8 percent).<br>Audi further expanded its sales organisation last year and set up its own sales companies in the flourishing markets of Australia, South Korea and Dubai. Our strategy is to improve sales performance and customer orientation in all our markets, explained Winterkorn. The success of this strategy is already apparent in the first four months of this year. In this period, sales records were posted in all three markets which have their own sales company. 1,571 vehicles (up 46.4 percent) were sold in Australia, 680 in South Korea (up 300 percent). The sales company in Dubai sold 1,164 vehicles (up 87.4 percent).<br>In the first four months of this year, Audi increased its sales in Germany by 3.6 percent to 77,973 vehicles. This development in our domestic market, which defies the general trend, is clear evidence of the strength and appeal of our brand, said Winterkorn. Audi sold 128,776 vehicles in Western Europe excluding Germany, 14.7 percent more than in the same period last year. Sales in Europe totalled 213,705 units (up 10.8 percent).<br>Commitment to Germany as a production location<br>Audi is a healthy company which is committed to Germany as a production location, said Winterkorn. Last month, the company management and general works council at AUDI AG signed the plant agreement "The future of Audi  performance, success, participation". This rules out layoffs for economic reasons up to the year 2011, thus protecting the 45,000 or so employees at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants. This plant agreement enables us to ensure that Audi can continue to develop and build cars in Germany on very competitive terms, explained Winterkorn.<br>Revenue, profit, production and vehicle sales at an excellent level in 2004<br>Rupert Stadler, Member of the Board of AUDI AG for Finance and Organisation, presented details of the 2004 financial year to shareholders. The revenue generated by the Audi Group rose by 4.7 percent to EUR 24.5 billion. Profit before tax was up by 3.7 percent to EUR 1,142 million. Profit after tax improved by 7.4 percent to a record figure of EUR 871 million. Over the past few years we have been able to demonstrate that the Audi Group is capable of operating extremely successfully in the market over a longer period in spite of a difficult economic context, not least thanks to its systematic process and cost optimisation measures, Stadler emphasised. Despite unfavourable exchange rate factors and the difficult market situation, Audi demonstrated high earning power in the past financial year and consequently also initiated a positive turnaround again for profit before tax.<br>The Audi brand set a new sales record in 2004 for the eleventh year in succession: an increase of 1.2 percent to 779,441 vehicles worldwide. Best-ever figures were recorded in 21 of the 50 or so largest sales markets. <p><A HREF="http://www.autospectator.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1275" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autospectator.com/m...=1275</A>

05-16-2005, 12:26 AM
Too bad for Europe, only Landrover sales are up. It seems the asian invasion is affecting the europeans way more the american brands.

06-01-2005, 04:59 PM
<A HREF="http://cbsnewyork.com/finance/finance_story_152185749.html" TARGET="_blank">http://cbsnewyork.com/finance/....html</A><p>US & Europeans continue to sag; while Asians continued to rise, led by Toyota, Nissan & Hyundai<p><br>From The Car Connection: <A HREF="http://www.thecarconnection.com/Industry/Industry_News/Sales_Detroit_Down_Tokyo_Seoul_Up.S175.A8695.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thecarconnection.co....html</A><p><B>Sales: Detroit Down; Tokyo, Seoul Up<br>The march from Asia continues.</B><br>by Joseph Szczesny (2005-06-01) <p>The pace of new car sales slowed perceptibly during May despite strong showings by Toyota and Nissan, which continued to gain market share at the expense of General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. <p><B>GM confirmed plans for a broad new incentive program as its sales dropped 5 percent, while Ford Motor Co. sales dropped 11 percent. Chrysler Group said its sales increased 6 percent when adjusted for the daily sales rate.</B> <p>Both GM and Ford officials acknowledged that the continuing decline in the sales of traditional SUVs has contributed to the drop in market share. "You see some fairly large declines among the sport-utility vehicles," said George Pipas, Ford sales analyst. <p>"The pendulum of consumer preference is swinging in favor of smaller SUVs, crossovers, hybrids, and passenger cars," said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president and chief operating officer. <p><B>Nissan, which showed strength across the board, posted a 15.5-percent sales increase, while Toyota, the largest Japanese manufacturer, reported a 7.8-percent increase in sales despite soft SUV numbers.</B> Toyota has now sold more than 200,000 units in each of the last three months and its total will push past the one-million-unit mark by the middle of June. <p><B>Honda, however, reported its sales dropped 7.6 percent</B>, in part because it was reluctant to use sales incentives as freely as its chief Japanese rivals. <p>The overall pace of sales slowed perceptibly in May to a 16.6 million-unit pace, off substantially from the torrid 17.7-million-unit pace that had prevailed in April. On a year-to-year basis, sales were down one percent. <p><B>Porsche, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki, and BMW all posted sales increases, while Mercedes-Benz and Audi sales were flat and Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and Isuzu reported falling sales. </B><p>Meanwhile, executives from GM and Ford insisted there were some bright spots in the disappointing numbers. "We are pleased with the increasing market acceptance of our new cars and trucks," said Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America. <p>Steve Lyons, Ford group vice president, North America marketing, sales and service, pointed to the immense popularity of the Ford Mustang, which is now one of the fastest-selling cars in the U.S. "The F-Series truck and Ford Five Hundred sedan also had pretty good report cards, but Mustang was the valedictorian in May's graduating class," he said. George Pipas, Ford sales analyst, said Ford has only 10-to-15 day supply of Mustangs available. In fact, there are fewer Mustangs on dealer lots now than when the Mustang sales kicked off last fall. <p>Gary Dilts, Chrysler vice president of sales, also said the new Dodge Charger has gotten off to a very strong start in May as the dealers sold nearly 1800 of them, even though they arrived in showrooms late in the month. <p>As for incentives, Pipas noted the slowdown in the sales pace last month has set the stage for manufacturers to use higher incentives this summer. For the first time in its history, GM said it was offering its employee discount to everyone who takes delivery of a new 2005 GM car or truck from June 1 through July 5, 2005. Paul Ballew, GM's general director of sales market analysis, said the new incentives program will be accompanied by a broad advertising campaign that emphasizes GM's strengths such the fact it is the fuel-economy leader in several categories. <p>"Our challenge in the marketplace is breaking through with consumers. Our products are better than they are perceived," said Ballew. -<I>Joseph Szczesny</I><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 9:58 PM 6/1/2005</i>

06-02-2005, 05:13 AM
that first one isn't really accurate, as many european brands show increases.

06-02-2005, 06:35 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">that first one isn't really accurate, as many european brands show increases.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Numbers don't lie...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AP</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Total Industry<p><B>Month</B><p>Car: 692,806 vs. 745,350, up 1 percent<p>Truck: 806,373 vs. 884,400, down 1 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 863,905 vs. 956,455, down 2 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 544,290 vs. 567,265, up 4 percent<p><B>European vehicle: 90,984 vs. 106,030, down 7 percent</B><p>Total vehicle: 1,499,179 vs. 1,629,750, down 0 percent<p><B>Year-to-date</B><p>Car: 3,189,425 vs. 3,170,092, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 3,702,447 vs. 3,793,000, down 1 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 3,961,430 vs. 4,119,622, down 2 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 2,513,746 vs. 2,390,230, up 7 percent<p><B>European vehicle: 416,696 vs. 453,240, down 7 percent</B><p>Total vehicle: 6,891,872 vs. 6,963,092, up 1 percent<p><I>Percentages are based on the daily sales rate; there were 24 sales days last month and 26 sales days in May 2004, and 126 sales days for the first five months of 2005 and 128 days for the same period a year ago.</I><p></TD></TR></TABLE>

06-02-2005, 10:08 AM
Yeah, but in that second article it says many european brands have an increase or stay even. So what's the deal <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

06-02-2005, 12:03 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, but in that second article it says many european brands have an increase or stay even. So what's the deal <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>The Car Connection</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Porsche, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki, and BMW all posted sales increases, while Mercedes-Benz and Audi sales were flat and Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and Isuzu reported falling sales.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I am only seeing two brands: Porsche & BMW, posted higher numbers for the month of May, did I miss something that you saw? Please fill me in if I have. Thanks!

06-03-2005, 01:32 AM
So the only one having a decrease is VW, just seems a bit harsh to say European brands are down just by VW.

06-03-2005, 07:05 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So the only one having a decrease is VW, just seems a bit harsh to say European brands are down just by VW. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agreed...but if you are strictly going by sales and sales alone, European brands, in agreegate, fell 7% for the month, and 7% YTD, posted earlier. Granted, VW had a lot to do with but most european brands served niche markets anyway.

06-03-2005, 09:07 AM
True, most haven't really made it "big " time on the US market.<br>I wonder why the US is so fond of Asian brands, while Europe ( with some exceptions from toyota and some models on their own ) doesn't show that much interest.

06-03-2005, 09:28 AM
From my experience, as I've owned both german (european) and asian brands, I think a lot has to do with price. Generally speaking, and in most cases, asian cars are less expensive than those of european competitors, yet without sacrficed quality.

06-07-2005, 10:02 AM
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW sold over half a million cars in the first five months of this year after group sales rose 7.5 percent to 113,626 in May, the world's largest luxury carmaker said on Tuesday.<br>Sales of its core BMW brand rose 6.4 percent to 96,061 units last month, while Mini sales rose 14.2 percent to 17,511 cars. BMW also delivered 54 Rolls-Royce Phantoms, down 15.6 percent versus May 2004.<p>For the first five months, group car sales increased 8.4 percent to 517,184 units, led by solid demand for new BMW models such as the X3 mid-size offroader and the 1-Series hatchback.<p>Powered by its biggest-ever model offensive, BMW's sales have overtaken those of archrival Mercedes Car Group.<p>The recent launch of its revamped 3-Series saloon means the BMW brand may finally overtake Mercedes-Benz as the world's best-selling luxury marque this year.<p>Since its launch at the beginning of March, BMW has sold 40,834 of the key mid-sized saloon.<p>BMW shares were 1 percent higher at 36.75 euros by 0825 GMT, outperforming a 0.5 percent gain for the DJ Stoxx European autos sector.<p>Sales at DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes Car Group fell 5.8 percent in May to 96,400 units, hurt by a weak showing in Germany and model changeovers at its Mercedes-Benz brand.<p>The German-American carmaker said on Monday that sales of Mercedes-Benz cars retreated 6.6 percent to 83,600 vehicles, while deliveries of Smart minicars dipped 0.4 percent to 12,800.<p>The division's sales fell a cumulative 3.4 percent in the first five months to 462,900 vehicles.<p>Rival Audi, the premium brand owned by Volkswagen, is enjoying far more success than the venerable Mercedes-Brand marque and is increasingly posing a bigger threat to BMW.<p>Audi increased global car sales in May by some 14 percent to over 72,000 units thanks in particular to strong demand for its revamped A6 Avant estate and booming sales in its core German market.<p>Deliveries through May gained 6 percent to a record 342,000 cars and it stuck to its goal of reaching an all-time high in unit sales despite a comparative lack of new models, BMW's Ingolstadt-based competitor said earlier this month.<p>germancarfans

06-11-2005, 10:59 PM
Oh dear...poor Volkswagen <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> Sales are down 25% <br> <A HREF="http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9596" TARGET="_blank">http://media.vw.com/article_di...=9596</A>

06-15-2005, 05:18 AM
European Car Sales Fall a 5th Straight Month on Italy (Update2)<br>June 15 (Bloomberg) -- European car sales fell for the fifth consecutive month in May, led by Fiat SpA, Renault SA and DaimlerChrysler AG, after a truckers' strike halted deliveries in Italy, the region's third-largest market.<p>Sales declined 1.7 percent to 1.29 million vehicles from 1.31 million vehicles in May 2004, the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers Association said in an e-mailed statement today. Sales in the first five months of 2005 fell 2.4 percent from a year earlier to 6.64 million cars.<p>``The Italian market is certainly weak, but not to that extent,'' said Patrick Juchemich, a car industry analyst at Sal Oppenheim in Frankfurt. ``In the Western European sphere, there is at least a stabilization of volumes.'' The Italian truck drivers strike stopped deliveries to dealers for a month, causing sales to drop 28 percent.<p>Europe's car market may shrink for a third year in four with unemployment near a five-year high and a ``sharp'' increase in oil prices, the association said in March. The European Commission scaled back its 2005 economic-growth forecast in April for the dozen countries sharing the euro to 1.6 percent from 2 percent as consumer spending has slowed.<p>Rising crude oil prices, which climbed to a record $58.28 on the New York Mercantile Exchange April 4, are squeezing profit margins at manufacturers including Volkswagen AG and PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe's two biggest automakers. The euro's strength is also damping growth, European Union Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said June 10. The euro rose 11 percent against the dollar in the second half of last year.<p>Fiat Sales<p>Fiat's group sales plunged 27 percent in May to 70,956 vehicles, reducing the Turin, Italy-based carmaker's market share by 1.9 percentage points to 5.5 percent.<p>The Italian truckers strike last month blocked the delivery of about 160,000 cars, a quarter of them built by Fiat, Italy's largest manufacturer. Fiat shut down the Melfi, Italy, plant and laid off 5,000 workers after running out of space to store vehicles. Italy's economy shrank 0.5 percent in the first quarter, marking the country's second recession in two years.<p>Sales by Stuttgart, Germany-based DaimlerChrysler fell 10 percent to 72,990 cars, led by a 13 percent decline at the Mercedes-Benz brand, the world's second-biggest maker of luxury cars. DaimlerChrysler's market share last month fell 0.5 percentage points to 5.7 percent.<p>Mercedes-Benz is introducing new vehicles this year to close the sales gap with BMW, which in the first quarter overtook the brand as the world's largest luxury carmaker for the first time in more than a decade.<p>Bayerische Motoren Werke AG group sales increased 23 percent to 68,542 vehicles. The BMW brand increased its market share 0.9 percentage points to 4.5 percent compared with a 0.5 percentage point decline at Mercedes-Benz to 4.2 percent.<p>Discounts on Offer<p>Fiat, Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen are among carmakers offering rebates and discounts to attract customers. Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen said on June 8 that buyers in Germany who trade in one of its models that's at least four years old can receive a rebate of as much as 13 percent off the 15,325-euro ($18,600) base price of a new Golf car.<p>Volkswagen sales increased 3.7 percent to 255,991 vehicles, led by a 17 percent surge at luxury-car division Audi. Volkswagen increased its market share 1 percentage point in May to 19.8 percent. Audi increased its market share 0.7 percentage points to 4.4 percent, passing Mercedes-Benz for the month.<p>The association's figures include eight of the 10 countries that joined the European Union in May 2004, the 15 nations in the EU before then, plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. Last month's sales excluding the new EU countries fell 1.3 percent to 1.22 million units.<p>The Europewide sales decline was tempered by an increase of 6.2 percent in Germany, Europe's biggest car market, and growth of 8.4 percent in France, its fourth-biggest, according to association figures. The Spanish market, Europe's fifth largest, climbed 7.1 percent. Car sales in the U.K., the region's second- largest market, fell 3.4 percent, after Longbridge, England-based MG Rover Group Ltd. collapsed.<p>Renault sales fell 8.4 percent to 125,117 units in May. The market share for France's second-largest carmaker declined 0.7 percentage points to 9.7 percent.<p>Sales by Hiroshima, Japan-based Mazda, one-third owned by Ford, declined 12 percent to 18,502 vehicles. European sales at Ford increased 3.3 percent to 142,134 units.<p>Peugeot sales were unchanged in May at 181,690 units. The company's European market share rose 0.3 percentage point to 14.1 percent.<p>European sales at General Motors Corp., the world's biggest automaker, fell 1.9 percent to 141,940 vehicles, led by a 12 percent plunge at the Saab division. GM's market share held steady at 11 percent.<p>Toyota Motor Corp., the world's second-largest carmaker, increased European sales 1.4 percent to 66,955 units. The Toyota City, Japan-based company's market share rose 0.2 percentage points to 5.2 percent.<p>bloomberg<br>GCF

07-01-2005, 12:38 PM
MONTVALE, N.J., July 1 -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported its highest June on record with sales of 18,242 new vehicles, an increase of 4.3 percent from last June. This brings the year-to-date sales total to 98,634 vehicles.<p>The month showed some significant growth, including the SLK-Class model line at 896 units, which is up 176.5 percent over June 2004. Strong performance was also evident in the recently launched all-new 2006 M-Class which recorded 3,516 units - a 58.9 percent increase over June 2004. In combination with the new M-Class, MBUSA's launch of the 2006 R-Class this fall will double the company's penetration in the fast-growing luxury light truck market.<p>Separately, the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicle program reported June sales of 3,793 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 23,056.<p>In 2004, MBUSA achieved its eleventh consecutive year of sales growth by setting the highest sales volume in its history with 221,610 new vehicle sales. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., MBUSA is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found on the Internet at <A HREF="http://www.mbusa.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mbusa.com</A>/.<p><A HREF="http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/07/01/136380.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.theautochannel.com/....html</A><br>the autochannel

07-01-2005, 12:42 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 1 -- Audi of America, Inc. reported June sales of 7,209, representing a 3.8% increase when compared to June 2004 sales of 6,947. For the first six months, Audi sales are 37,701, almost on par with last year's results. Year to date the Audi A6 and A8 are strong performers, both significantly over last year's sales.<p>On a separate note, Audi of Canada has reported its best June sales in Audi Canada's history with 766 units sold last month. Here the new Audi A4 has seen the biggest increase with a 31.2% increase over May.<p>AUDI AG will release its figures shortly, announcing worldwide records in sales and deliveries.<p> <A HREF="http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/07/01/136382.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.theautochannel.com/....html</A>

07-01-2005, 12:43 PM
- Chrysler Group Reports Sales of 220,032 Vehicles, a Five Percent Increase Unadjusted (One Percent Increase Adjusted) for June 2005<p>- Mercedes-Benz USA Reports Sales of 18,242 Vehicles, a Four Percent Increase Unadjusted for June 2005 <p>NEW YORK, July 1 -- DaimlerChrysler AG , the third largest U.S. auto maker, today reported total group sales of 238,274 passenger vehicles in the U.S. for June 2005, a five percent increase compared to June 2004. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.<p>Chrysler Group, which consists of the Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge brands, posted sales of 220,032 vehicles in the U.S., an increase of five percent. Adjusted for one more selling day in June 2005 compared to June 2004, sales rose one percent.<p>After launching a record nine new models in 2004, the Chrysler Group is launching several new models in 2005, including the all-new 2006 Jeep Commander. In June, the company started shipping to dealers the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger, which has received enthusiastic feedback from the media and great anticipation among consumers.<p>Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) posted sales of 18,242, a four percent increase compared to the same month last year and the best June sales in its history. In June, the all-new 2006 M-Class, built in Vance, Alabama, continued its strong momentum in the market. Later this year, the R-Class, which represents a new segment Mercedes calls the Sports Tourer segment, will be available at dealerships. These models will further expand MBUSA's position as offering the widest product portfolio in the luxury vehicle market and the company expects yet another record year.<p>Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA and Chrysler Group will be announced later today in separate press releases issued by the groups. June 2005 had 26 selling days while June 2004 had 25 selling days.<p> <A HREF="http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/07/01/136381.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.theautochannel.com/....html</A>

07-01-2005, 12:44 PM
ATLANTA, July 1 -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne SUVs in the United States and Canada, today announced June retail sales in the United States totaled 2,551 cars, a decline of nine percent compared to June of last year. Year-to-date sales reached a total of 16,126 units, up three percent from the same period 2004.<p>"We recorded mixed results in June," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, PCNA President and CEO. "While demand for all our sports cars remains high, our supply of 911 is hampered by extremely low inventory throughout the country. Order books are full while our warehouses are empty."<p>In addition, dealers sold 557 Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, compared to 378 for the same period last year.<p><A HREF="http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/07/01/136384.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.theautochannel.com/....html</A>

07-01-2005, 12:45 PM
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 1 -- The BMW Group (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported year-to-date sales of 144,843 vehicles, a slight increase (0.8 percent) compared to the 143,646 vehicles sold in the first half of 2004. The BMW Group also reported June sales of 26,999 vehicles, a decrease of 3.3 percent from the 27,909 vehicles sold in the same month of 2004.<p>BMW Brand Reports Sales<p>BMW of North America, LLC reported a 6.5 percent decrease in June sales of automobiles and Sports Activity Vehicles, to 23,392 vehicles compared to the 25,013 reported in the same month last year. Demand for the all-new 2006 3 Series, which went on sale May 6th, is robust but inventory remains low as the company builds production capacity of its highest-volume model.<p>Year-to-date, sales of BMW brand vehicles were down slightly (2.4 percent) from last year, for sales of 122,864 vehicles compared to 125,834 vehicles sold in first six months of 2004.<p>"This year is one of transition for the BMW brand in the U.S., with 60 percent of its products affected. In the past few months, we've introduced all-new 2006 3 Series sedans, just voted "America's Best New Sedan" by readers of AutoWeek. The planned changeover has gone extremely well, and we're delighted with the strong customer demand for the new 3 Series, and the accolades from the automotive press," explained Tom Purves, chairman and CEO of BMW in the U.S.<p>"Later this year," he continued, "BMW will introduce more 3 Series variants - a new sports wagon and all-wheel-drive models."<p>The launch of the new 3 Series sedans is the highest-volume introduction, but other important new models have been introduced this past spring - the 2006 5 Series sports wagons and all-wheel-drive models. The new 2006 7 Series also went on sale this past spring, with new engines and fresh design updates.<p>The new product introductions will continue this fall, with the new 2006 M5 and the 2006 550i sedan, powered by a new V-8 engine.<p>"We are on track to end the year with another record sales performance," Purves said.<p>BMW Automobile Sales<p>BMW's June automobile sales were 17,456 cars, a 1 percent dip versus 17,710 cars sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, sales were down 7 percent, to 90,597 automobiles compared to 97,606 in the same period a year ago.<p>BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales<p>SAV sales were down 19 percent in June for 5,936 vehicles, compared to 7,303 vehicles sold in the same month of 2004. Year-to-date, sales of BMW's two SAV models are up 14 percent, to 32,267 vehicles compared to 28,228 in the same period of 2004.<p>Certified Pre-owned<p>BMW also reported its strongest June ever for sales of Certified Pre-owned BMWs. Monthly sales of Certified Pre-owned vehicles were 6,483, up 6 percent over the 6,110 vehicles sold in the same month last year. Year-to-date, BMW CPO sales were up almost 2 percent, for 36,412 vehicles over 35,855 in the same period a year ago.<p> MINI Brand<br> MINI Automobiles<br>Strong demand for MINI brand automobiles continued in June. MINI USA reported that June 2005 sales increased 25 percent, with 3,607 cars compared to 2,896 sold a year ago. Sales of MINI automobiles in the first six months of 2005 are up 23 percent with sales of 21,979 cars over the 17,812 cars reported in 2004.<p> <A HREF="http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/07/01/136391.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.theautochannel.com/....html</A>

07-01-2005, 02:05 PM
complete sales<p> <p> <p><br>GM sales jump 46.9 percent in June<br>Automaker's truck sales soar 75 percent; Chrysler to offer employee pricing in July<p>By Dale Jewett<br>Automotive News / July 01, 2005<p> <br> <br>DETROIT -- Giving everyone the employee discount had the effect of running General Motors' sales engine on high-octane racing fuel. <p>GM posted a huge 46.9 percent U.S. sales gain in June compared with June 2004. Dealerships moved 550,829 units during the month -- nearly twice as many sales as rival Ford Motor Co. It was GM's best sales month since September 1986. <p>GM's U.S. market share for June was 32.8 percent, up 6.9 percentage points from June 2004. For the year to date, GM gained 0.1 percentage points of share to reach 27.1 percent. <p>The program was so successful that the Chrysler group said Friday that it would launch a similar promotion starting on July 6. The GM promotion is scheduled to end on July 5, but may be extended. <p>GM pulled the entire industry along in its wake. Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler posted sales gains in June, as did Nissan, Toyota and Honda. <p>June sales totaled 1.67 million units, up 15.9 percent from June 2004. The month's sales translated into a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 18.13 million units. That was up from a rate of 15.90 million units in May. <p>Many of those GM buyers rolled out in new pickups and SUVs. GM's truck sales for the month rose 75.8 percent from a year ago. Car sales rose 8.5 percent, a gain that was limited by a large drop in fleet sales. <p>The month's performance also was a testament to the power of a well-crafted, simple marketing message. While consumers flocked to take advantage of insider prices, GM said its spending on rebates for the month was flat to slightly up compared with June. <p>Most buyers in July also opted to buy the vehicle instead of leasing, GM said. <p>With the strong June, GM's sales for 2005 are now up 2.1 percent compared with the first six months of 2004. Its sales totaled 2.32 million for the period. <p>GM's sales include the Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac, Saturn, GMC, Hummer and Saab brands. <p>DaimlerChrysler sales rose 5.1 percent in June to 238,282 units. For the year to date, sales are up 3.8 percent to 1.28 million units. The sales data includes the Chrysler group and Mercedes-Benz. <p>Hyundai Group sales, covering the Hyundai and Kia brands, rose 1.7 percent in June to 70,146 units. After six months, group sales are up 7.8 percent to 367,523 units. <p>Nissan, Toyota remain strong <p>Nissan North America continued its growth in June, as combined sales of the Nissan and Infiniti brands jumped 18.8 percent to 92,781 units. <p>The Nissan division got a boost from the redesigned Pathfinder SUV, which nearly tripled its sales from June 2004. The Infiniti luxury channel got a bump from strong sales of the redesigned M sedan. <p>Through the first six months of this year, Nissan North America sales are up 14.8 percent to 542,723 units. <p>GM's big month didn't diminish sales at rival Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. Toyota's U.S. sales arm posted a 14.4 percent gain in June with 194,875 units. After six months, Toyota's sales stand at 1.11 million units, up 10.9 percent compared with the same period in 2004. <p>The Toyota Division got a boost from the redesigned Avalon sedan, while luxury division Lexus was propelled by the redesigned GS sedan. <p>Ford posts slight gain <p>Ford Motor Co. eked out a 0.3 percent sales gain in June, as the automaker got a boost from car sales. <p>Ford said its car sales rose 8.5 percent for the month, compared with June 2004, to slightly more than 100,000 units. Truck sales for the month fell 3.0 percent to about 189,000 units. <p>Through the first half of this year, Ford's sales are down 4.6 percent to 1.60 million units. Ford's sales numbers include the Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo brands. <p>Mazda, in which Ford owns a controlling stake, saw its sales fall 18.2 percent in June to 22,063 units. Mazda's high-volume Mazda3 and Mazda6 lines both posted declines for the month. For the year to date, Mazda sales are down 3.9 percent to 134,988 units. <p>BMW, VW see declines <p>BMW group sales fell 3.3 percent in June to 27,034 units, due in part to the changeover to a new generation of the BMW 3-series sedan. <p>After six months, BMW group sales are up 0.8 percent to 145,053. The group includes the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. <p>An uptick in Volkswagen Jetta sales and the contribution of the recently introduced Audi A3 hatchback were not enough to counteract sales drops of the VW New Beetle and Passat in June. <p>Total VW sales -- covering the VW, Audi and Bentley brands -- fell 11.0 percent in June to 26,620 units, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Through the first six months of this year, VW sales are down 17.3 percent to 136,236 units. <p>Among other automakers reporting: <p>The bleeding at Mitsubishi slowed to a trickle in June. The automaker sold 10,621 units during the month, down only 13.7 percent from June 2004. Mitsubishi's monthly sales drops have been in the 25 to 30 percent range over the past several months. <p>For the year to date, Mitsubishi sales are down 35.4 percent to 65,753 units. <p><br>Isuzu sales dropped 49.6 percent from a year ago in June to 1,289 units. After six months, Isuzu sales are down 47.9 percent to 7,599 units. <p><br>Porsche sales fell 9.1 percent in June to 2,551 units. Through the first half of this year, sales are up 2.7 percent to 16,126 units. <p><br>Suzuki sales totaled 7,449 units in June, down 0.5 percent from a year ago. After six months, sales totaled 42,014 units, up 5.5 percent. <p>You may e-mail Dale Jewett at djewett@crain.com <p> <br> June June Pct. 6 mos. 6 mos. Pct. <br> 2005 2004 chng. 2005 2004 chng. <br>BMW* 27,034 27,943 3.3% 145,053 143,850 0.8% <br>DaimlerChrysler** 238,282 226,746 5.1% 1,286,591 1,239,124 3.8% <br>Ford Motor Co.*** 288,353 286,340 0.7% 1,609,022 1,686,817 4.6% <br>General Motors**** 550,829 374,970 46.9% 2,320,621 2,271,926 2.1% <br>American Honda 126,416 116,101 8.9% 692,364 686,024 0.9% <br>Hyundai Group 70,146 68,972 1.7% 367,523 340,912 7.8% <br>Isuzu 1,289 2,557 49.6% 7,599 14,575 47.9% <br>Mazda 22,063 26,962 18.2% 134,988 140,536 3.9% <br>Mitsubishi 10,621 12,301 13.7% 65,753 101,802 35.4% <br>Nissan 92,781 78,108 18.8% 542,723 472,784 14.8% <br>Porsche 2,551 2,807 9.1% 16,126 15,709 2.7% <br>Subaru 17,946 16,217 10.7% 93,303 88,227 5.8% <br>Suzuki 7,449 7,485 0.5% 42,014 39,807 5.5% <br>Toyota 194,875 170,366 14.4% 1,114,070 1,004,637 10.9% <br>VW 26,620 29,926 11.0% 136,236 164,790 17.3% <br>Other (estimate) 386 215 79.5% 1,917 1,311 46.2% <br>TOTAL 1,677,641 1,448,016 15.9% 8,575,903 8,412,831 1.9% <br>Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere. <br>Source: Automotive News Data Center<br>Note: Other includes estimates for Ferrari, Lamborghini and Lotus<br>*Includes Mini and Rolls-Royce<br>**Includes Mercedes-Benz<br>***Includes Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo<br>****Includes Saab<br>Includes Honda Division and Acura<br>Includes Hyundai and Kia<br>Includes Nissan Division and Infiniti<br>Includes Toyota Division and Lexus<br>Includes VW, Audi and Bentley <br> <p>

08-02-2005, 12:55 PM
<A HREF="http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=a5SBwg6kfDqw&refer=home" TARGET="_blank">http://quote.bloomberg.com/app...=home</A><p>GM, Ford, Chrysler U.S. Auto Sales Rise on Discounts (Update6) <p>Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG, bolstered by employee discounts for all customers, led what may have been a record month of U.S. auto sales in July. Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. also had gains. <p>GM, the world's largest automaker, said U.S. sales of cars and trucks rose 15 percent to 530,027 in July, while Ford posted a gain of 29 percent to 366,548 vehicles. DaimlerChrysler's sales of Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz vehicles increased 25 percent to 260,937. <p>The three automakers said they'll continue to offer employee prices to customers through August. The promotions, started by GM in June following a $1.1 billion first-quarter loss, lifted demand for other carmakers' vehicles by encouraging consumers to visit all dealerships. <p>A ``rising tide of bargains lifted the market industrywide,'' Jim Press, president of Toyota's U.S. sales unit, said in an e-mailed statement. <p>Toyota, which along with Nissan and Honda didn't offer the discounts, reported that sales rose 8.1 percent to a record 216,417 vehicles. Nissan said it sold 107,300 vehicles, a record for the month and 15 percent more than the 93,297 it reported in July 2004. <p>Honda reported sales of 143,217 vehicles, 10.3 percent more than the 129,872 it sold a year ago. Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker, sold a record 44,431 vehicles, 10.7 percent more than a year ago. <p>Record Levels <p>Ford sales analyst George Pipas said July industry sales might have exceeded the record set in October 2001, when GM offered no-interest financing to boost demand after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. <p>GM said its third-quarter production forecasts were unchanged from the 9 percent cut it had already announced for the quarter. The automaker's U.S. sales in June rose 47 percent because of the employee-pricing promotion, which the Detroit- based company extended through the Sept. 5 U.S. Labor Day holiday today. Ford and Chrysler in July followed GM with their own employee-pricing offers. <p>Going into July, Ford had a streak of 28 consecutive months of falling market share. The company announced yesterday it was extending its employee-pricing program until Sept. 6. <p>Record Trucks <p>The automaker today said it sold 126,905 F-Series pickup trucks in the U.S. during July, the most for a vehicle in any month since its Model T in the 1920s. F-Series sales were 58 percent higher than July 2004. The previous F-Series record was 102,424 in October 2001. <p>Ford also recorded a 37 percent gain for its Focus small car and a 28 percent increase on its Mustang sports car. Sales of the Explorer SUV rose 3.8 percent and the Expedition large SUV gained 3.6 percent. <p>Sales of F-Series, Explorer and Expedition, all profitable models, had fallen in the first half of 2005. Those sales declines contributed to a 38 percent decrease in first-quarter profit and a 19 percent slide in the second quarter. <p>Ford had ``the best July we've ever had,'' Pipas said on a conference call. Sales to individual customers at dealerships rose 39 percent in July, he said. <p>GM and Ford are trying to reverse market-share losses that left their traditional U.S. brands with a combined 43.3 percent of the market in May, about the same as GM had itself in 1983. In June, the employee discounts helped them gain share while Toyota and some other Asian automakers that didn't give employee discounts to customers lost ground. <p>Market Share <p>``You're going to get market share gains for the Detroit three,'' Argus Research analyst Kevin Tynan in New York said in an interview before the release of sales. ``But you're not going to get people jumping brands.'' <p>Sales of DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler vehicles rose 27 percent to 240,146, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company said in a statement. Sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles rose 9.7 percent to 20,791. Chrysler said today it is extending its discount promotion. <p>`Ran Out' <p>Carl Sewell, a Dallas dealer with 17 franchises, said in an interview before the sales were released that his GM-brand sales gains tapered off as he ran short of inventory. <p>``Our Cadillac sales were up about 30 percent, though not as much as in June, and I completely ran out of trucks,'' Sewell said. ``It was strictly a matter of supply. We've got nothing left to sell.'' <p>Some automakers, including GM and Toyota, adjusted their reported changes in sales to reflect one less ``selling'' day last month compared with July 2004. The adjustments try to account for the number of days when some dealerships close, such as Sunday or holidays, compared with the year ago month. <p>On that basis there were 26 selling days last month and 27 a year earlier. Percentages used in this story are unadjusted. <br> <br>To contact the reporter on this story:<br>Bill Koenig in Southfield, Michigan, at wkoenig@bloomberg.net<br>Last Updated: August 2, 2005 15:19 EDT <br>

08-02-2005, 01:33 PM
<B>BMW</B><br>BMW Group: 26.840 (+11,4%) ... YTD 171.683 (+2,4%)<br>BMW: 23.178 (+7,9%) ... YTD 146.042 (-0,9%)<br>Mini: 3.662 (+40,5%) ... YTD 25.641 (+25,6%)<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-02-2005/0004080573&EDATE" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE</A><p><br><B>PORSCHE</B><br>Porsche: 2.804 (+3,6%) ... YTD 18.930 (+2,8%)<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/08-02-2005/0004080550&EDATE" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE</A><p><br><B>MERCEDES - BENZ</B><br>MB: 20.791 (+9,6%) ... YTD 119.425 (-2,2%)<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/08-02-2005/0004080672&EDATE=TUE+Aug+02+2005,+02:50+PM" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...50+PM</A><p><br><B>VOLKSWAGEN</B><br>VW: 21.553 (-15,7%) ... YTD 118.257 (-22,2%)<p><A HREF="http://today.reuters.com/investing/FinanceArticle.aspx?type=marketsNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20050802:MTFH44 490_2005-08-02_17-51-03_FAB008231:1" TARGET="_blank">http://today.reuters.com/inves...231:1</A><p><br><B>AUDI</B><br>Audi: 7.190 (+2,4%) or (+6,3% *) ... YTD 44.891 (-0,2%) or (+0,9% *)<p><A HREF="http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticleSearch.aspx?storyID=240341+02-Aug-2005+RTRS&srch=audi" TARGET="_blank">http://today.reuters.com/news/...=audi</A><p>* Percent change based on the daily sales rate (26 vs 27 in July, 178 vs 180 YTD)<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tine at 11:43 PM 8/2/2005</i>

08-02-2005, 06:10 PM
Words might be a bit harder...numbers should be a little clearer, a little for me <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050802/auto_sales_table.html?.v=2" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050802...?.v=2</A><p>Source: AP<p>Total Industry<p>Month<p>Car: 716,730 vs. 684,958, up 9 percent<p>Truck: 1,090,715 vs. 870,842, up 30 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 1,104,324 vs. 906,575, up 26 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 598,542 vs. 548,625, up 13 percent<p>European vehicle: 104,579 vs. 100,600, up 8 percent<p>Total vehicle: 1,807,445 vs. 1,555,800, up 21 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 4,617,379 vs. 4,527,574, up 3 percent<p>Truck: 5,761,728 vs. 5,438,750, up 7 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 6,099,701 vs. 5,872,502, up 5 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 3,658,877 vs. 3,437,930, up 8 percent<p>European vehicle: 620,529 vs. 655,892, down 4 percent<p>Total vehicle: 10,379,107 vs. 9,966,324, up 5 percent<p>General Motors<p>Month<p>Car: 162,903 vs. 177,351, down 5 percent<p>Truck: 354,846 vs. 274,154, up 34 percent<p>Vehicle: 517,749 vs. 451,505, up 19 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 1,061,046 vs. 1,103,459, down 3 percent<p>Truck: 1,756,356 vs. 1,600,542, up 11 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,817,402 vs. 2,704,001, up 5 percent<p>Ford<p>Month<p>Car: 87,048 vs. 71,322, up 27 percent<p>Truck: 259,381 vs. 194,129, up 39 percent<p>Vehicle: 346,429 vs. 265,451, up 36 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 599,070 vs. 567,274, up 7 percent<p>Truck: 1,255,198 vs. 1,275,710, down 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 1,854,268 vs. 1,842,984, up 2 percent<p>DaimlerChrysler<p>Month<p>Car: 38,272 vs. 38,362, up 4 percent<p>Truck: 201,874 vs. 151,257, up 39 percent<p>Vehicle: 240,146 vs. 189,619, up 32 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 316,797 vs. 290,137, up 10 percent<p>Truck: 1,111,234 vs. 1,035,380, up 9 percent<p>Vehicle: 1,428,031 vs. 1,325,517, up 9 percent<p>Toyota<p>Month<p>Car: 122,058 vs. 108,959, up 16 percent<p>Truck: 94,359 vs. 91,247, up 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 216,417 vs. 200,206, up 12 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 756,669 vs. 640,552, up 19 percent<p>Truck: 573,818 vs. 564,291, up 3 percent<p>Vehicle: 1,330,487 vs. 1,204,843, up 12 percent<p>Honda<p>Month<p>Car: 79,659 vs. 79,175, up 4 percent<p>Truck: 63,558 vs. 50,697, up 30 percent<p>Vehicle: 143,217 vs. 129,872, up 15 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 476,685 vs. 506,867, down 5 percent<p>Truck: 358,896 vs. 309,029, up 17 percent<p>Vehicle: 835,581 vs. 815,896, up 4 percent<p>Nissan<p>Month<p>Car: 55,793 vs. 50,347, up 15 percent<p>Truck: 51,507 vs. 42,950, up 25 percent<p>Vehicle: 107,300 vs. 93,297, up 19 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 346,538 vs. 320,413, up 9 percent<p>Truck: 303,483 vs. 245,669, up 25 percent<p>Vehicle: 650,021 vs. 566,082, up 16 percent<p>Mazda<p>Month<p>Car: 19,081 vs. 15,728, up 26 percent<p><B>Truck: 5,739 vs. 7,759, down 23 percent</B><p>Vehicle: 24,820 vs. 23,487, up 10 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 120,447 vs. 116,398, up 5 percent<p><B>Truck: 39,361 vs. 47,625, down 16 percent</B><p>Vehicle: 159,808 vs. 164,023, down 1 percent<p>Mitsubishi<p>Month<p>Car: 6,893 vs. 7,297, down 2 percent<p>Truck: 3,483 vs. 3,895, down 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 10,376 vs. 11,192, down 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p><B>Car: 53,478 vs. 77,536, down 30 percent</B><p><B>Truck: 22,651 vs. 35,458, down 35 percent</B><p><B>Vehicle: 76,129 vs. 112,994, down 32 percent</B><p>Isuzu<p>Month<p><B>Truck: 845 vs. 2,749, down 68 percent</B><p><B>Vehicle: 845 vs. 2,749, down 68 percent</B><p>Year-to-date<p><B>Truck: 8,444 vs. 17,324, down 51 percent</B><p><B>Vehicle: 8,444 vs. 17,324, down 51 percent</B><p>Hyundai<p>Month<p>Car: 30,588 vs. 28,651, up 11 percent<p>Truck: 13,843 vs. 11,474, up 25 percent<p>Vehicle: 44,431 vs. 40,125, up 15 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 186,979 vs. 179,203, up 6 percent<p>Truck: 81,889 vs. 65,933, up 26 percent<p>Vehicle: 268,868 vs. 245,136, up 11 percent<p>Subaru<p>Month<p>Car: 12,623 vs. 11,521, up 14 percent<p>Truck: 5,336 vs. 6,075, down 9 percent<p>Vehicle: 17,959 vs. 17,596, up 6 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 75,565 vs. 67,816, up 13 percent<p>Truck: 35,697 vs. 38,007, down 5 percent<p>Vehicle: 111,262 vs. 105,823, up 6 percent<p>Suzuki<p>Month<p>Car: 5,856 vs. 3,929, up 55 percent<p><B>Truck: 1,269 vs. 2,535, down 48 percent</B><p>Vehicle: 7,125 vs. 6,464, up 14 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 34,445 vs. 29,754, up 17 percent<p><B>Truck: 14,694 vs. 16,517, down 10 percent</B><p>Vehicle: 49,139 vs. 46,271, up 7 percent<p>Kia<p>Month<p>Car: 13,539 vs. 11,575, up 21 percent<p>Truck: 12,513 vs. 12,062, up 8 percent<p>Vehicle: 26,052 vs. 23,637, up 14 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 90,255 vs. 89,375, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 78,883 vs. 70,163, up 14 percent<p>Vehicle: 169,138 vs. 159,538, up 7 percent<p>Volkswagen<p>Month<p><B>Car: 19,736 vs. 22,795, down 10 percent<p>Truck: 1,817 vs. 2,765, down 32 percent<p>Vehicle: 21,553 vs. 25,560, down 12 percent</B><p>Year-to-date<p><B>Car: 107,745 vs. 136,031, down 20 percent<p>Truck: 10,512 vs. 15,903, down 33 percent<p>Vehicle: 118,257 vs. 151,934, down 21 percent</B><p>BMW<p>Month<p>Car: 20,217 vs. 16,581, up 27 percent<p>Truck: 6,623 vs. 7,505, down 8 percent<p>Vehicle: 26,840 vs. 24,086, up 16 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 132,793 vs. 131,999, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 38,890 vs. 35,733, up 10 percent<p>Vehicle: 171,683 vs. 167,732, up 4 percent<p>Volvo<p>Month<p>Car: 8,320 vs. 9,157, down 6 percent<p>Truck: 3,179 vs. 3,098, up 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 11,499 vs. 12,255, down 3 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 55,996 vs. 59,642, down 5 percent<p>Truck: 21,444 vs. 21,577, up 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 77,440 vs. 81,219, down 4 percent<p>Mercedes-Benz<p>Month<p>Car: 17,173 vs. 16,372, up 9 percent<p>Truck: 3,618 vs. 2,590, up 45 percent<p>Vehicle: 20,791 vs. 18,962, up 14 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 100,881 vs. 106,762, down 4 percent<p>Truck: 18,544 vs. 15,368, up 22 percent<p>Vehicle: 119,425 vs. 122,130, down 1 percent<p>Saab<p>Month<p>Car: 5,784 vs. 3,458, up 74 percent<p>Vehicle: 6,469 vs. 3,458, up 94 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 26,389 vs. 22,888, up 17 percent<p>Vehicle: 27,437 vs. 22,888, up 21 percent<p>Jaguar<p>Month<p><B>Car: 2,353 vs. 4,045, down 40 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,353 vs. 4,045, down 40 percent</B><p>Year-to-date<p><B>Car: 19,515 vs. 28,051, down 30 percent<p>Vehicle: 19,515 vs. 28,051, down 30 percent</B><p>Audi<p>Month<p>Car: 7,190 vs. 7,021, up 6 percent<p>Vehicle: 7,190 vs. 7,021, up 6 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 44,891 vs. 44,991, up 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 44,891 vs. 44,991, up 1 percent<p>Land Rover<p>Month<p>Truck: 5,080 vs. 2,508, up 110 percent<p>Vehicle: 5,080 vs. 2,508, up 110 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 22,951 vs. 18,533, up 25 percent<p>Vehicle: 22,951 vs. 18,533, up 25 percent<p>Porsche<p>Month<p>Car: 1,644 vs. 1,312, up 30 percent<p><B>Truck: 1,160 vs. 1,393, down 14 percent</B><p>Vehicle: 2,804 vs. 2,705, up 8 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 11,195 vs. 8,426, up 34 percent<p><B>Truck: 7,735 vs. 9,988, down 22 percent</B><p>Vehicle: 18,930 vs. 18,414, up 4 percent<p>-------------------------------<p><A HREF="http://www.aiada.org/article.asp?id=45775" TARGET="_blank">http://www.aiada.org/article.asp?id=45775</A><p><IMG SRC="http://www.aiada.org/images/news_photos/July_Sales_AIADA.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: AIADA<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 2:15 PM 8/4/2005</i>

09-01-2005, 11:59 AM
<b>US market - August 2005</b><p>BMW Group ... 28.879 (+17,9%) ... YTD 200.562 (+4,3%)<br>MINI ... 3.342 (+43,2%) ... YTD 28.983 (+27,4%) <br>BMW brand ... 25.537 (+15,2%) YTD ... 171.579 (+1,2%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098561&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+02:28+PM" TARGET="_blank">BMW PR</A><p>MB ... 19.267 (+7,1%) ... YTD 140.114 (-1%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098571&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+02:34+PM" TARGET="_blank">Mercedes-Benz PR</A><p>Porsche ... 2.735 (+6,75%) ... YTD 21.664 (+3,3%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098467&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+12:44+PM" TARGET="_blank">Porsche PR</A><p>AUDI ... 6.911 (+6,8%) ... YTD 51.802 (+0,7%) ... <i>Details: </i> <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098502&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+01:15+PM" TARGET="_blank">AUDI PR</A><p>VW ... 23.083 (+1,6%) ... YTD 141.340 (-19,1%) <p>LEXUS ... 28.125 (+6,5) ... YTD 196.693 (+4,8%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098513&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+01:25+PM" TARGET="_blank">Toyota PR</A><p><br>Executive sedans August 2005 US sales numbers:<p>MB E-class ... 5.011 ... YTD 30.951 <br>BMW 5-series ... 4.359 ... YTD 32.124 <br>Lexus GS ... 3.335 ... YTD 22.023<br>Infiniti M ... 2.623 ... YTD ???<br>Acura RL ... 1.721 ... YTD 11.894 <br>AUDI A6 ... 1.509 ... YTD 11.660<p>Just for comparison:<br>MB ML vs BMW X5: 3.455 vs 4.507 <br>MB SLK vs Z4: 776 vs 1.109<p><i>Modified by Tine at 11:50 AM 9/2/2005</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tine at 11:06 AM 9/3/2005</i>

09-01-2005, 05:24 PM
Complete recap of all nameplates' August sales:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>August 2005 U.S. auto sales</B><br>9/1/2005, 6:36 p.m. ET<br><I>The Associated Press</I> <p><br>(AP)  August 2005 car and light truck sales in the United States by the major automakers. Industry totals include 22 automakers.<p>The table compares sales in August 2005 with sales in August 2004 and year-to-date totals for the two years. Light trucks include pickups, vans, minivans and sport utility vehicles.<p>Results for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG do not include U.S. sales of their European brands: Saab, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz.<p>Percentages are based on the daily sales rate; there were 26 sales days last month and 25 sales days in August 2004, and 204 sales days for the first eight months of 2005 and 205 days for the same period a year ago.<p>Total Industry<p>Month<p>Car: 703,623 vs. 639,087, up 6 percent<p>Truck: 779,655 vs. 790,403, down 5 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 803,406 vs. 829,575, down 7 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 578,277 vs. 503,745, up 10 percent<p>European vehicle: 101,595 vs. 96,170, up 2 percent<p>Total vehicle: 1,483,278 vs. 1,429,490, up 0 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 5,324,041 vs. 5,166,663, up 4 percent<p>Truck: 6,538,335 vs. 6,228,730, up 5 percent<p>Big Three vehicle: 6,903,099 vs. 6,702,077, up 4 percent<p>Asian vehicle: 4,237,154 vs. 3,941,253, up 8 percent<p>European vehicle: 722,123 vs. 752,063, down 4 percent<p>Total vehicle: 11,862,376 vs. 11,395,393, up 5 percent<p>General Motors<p>Month<p>Car: 148,174 vs. 167,709, down 15 percent<p>Truck: 198,906 vs. 232,377, down 18 percent<p>Vehicle: 347,080 vs. 400,086, down 17 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 1,209,220 vs. 1,271,168, down 4 percent<p>Truck: 1,955,262 vs. 1,832,919, up 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 3,164,482 vs. 3,104,087, up 2 percent<p>Ford<p>Month<p>Car: 80,878 vs. 62,040, up 25 percent<p>Truck: 188,363 vs. 189,415, down 4 percent<p>Vehicle: 269,241 vs. 251,455, up 3 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 679,940 vs. 629,314, up 9 percent<p>Truck: 1,443,561 vs. 1,465,125, down 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,123,501 vs. 2,094,439, up 2 percent<p>DaimlerChrysler<p>Month<p>Car: 41,100 vs. 37,154, up 6 percent<p>Truck: 145,985 vs. 140,880, up 0 percent<p>Vehicle: 187,085 vs. 178,034, up 1 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 357,897 vs. 327,291, up 10 percent<p>Truck: 1,257,219 vs. 1,176,260, up 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 1,615,116 vs. 1,503,551, up 8 percent<p>Toyota<p>Month<p>Car: 120,198 vs. 97,632, up 18 percent<p>Truck: 85,164 vs. 82,762, down 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 205,362 vs. 180,394, up 9 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 876,867 vs. 738,184, up 19 percent<p>Truck: 658,982 vs. 647,053, up 2 percent<p>Vehicle: 1,535,849 vs. 1,385,237, up 11 percent<p>Honda<p>Month<p>Car: 95,722 vs. 77,747, up 18 percent<p>Truck: 60,451 vs. 48,878, up 19 percent<p>Vehicle: 156,173 vs. 126,625, up 19 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 572,407 vs. 584,614, down 2 percent<p>Truck: 419,347 vs. 357,907, up 18 percent<p>Vehicle: 991,754 vs. 942,521, up 6 percent<p>Nissan<p>Month<p>Car: 50,825 vs. 43,739, up 12 percent<p>Truck: 41,540 vs. 36,575, up 9 percent<p>Vehicle: 92,365 vs. 80,314, up 11 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 397,363 vs. 364,152, up 10 percent<p>Truck: 345,023 vs. 282,244, up 23 percent<p>Vehicle: 742,386 vs. 646,396, up 15 percent<p>Mazda<p>Month<p>Car: 17,789 vs. 14,835, up 15 percent<p>Truck: 4,346 vs. 6,381, down 35 percent<p>Vehicle: 22,135 vs. 21,216, up 0 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 138,236 vs. 131,233, up 6 percent<p>Truck: 43,707 vs. 54,006, down 19 percent<p>Vehicle: 181,943 vs. 185,239, down 1 percent<p>Mitsubishi<p>Month<p>Car: 8,160 vs. 6,802, up 15 percent<p>Truck: 2,785 vs. 3,919, down 32 percent<p>Vehicle: 10,945 vs. 10,721, down 2 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 61,638 vs. 84,338, down 27 percent<p>Truck: 25,436 vs. 39,377, down 35 percent<p>Vehicle: 87,074 vs. 123,715, down 29 percent<p>Isuzu<p>Month<p>Truck: 722 vs. 2,749, down 75 percent<p>Vehicle: 722 vs. 2,749, down 75 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 9,166 vs. 19,651, down 53 percent<p>Vehicle: 9,166 vs. 19,651, down 53 percent<p>Hyundai<p>Month<p>Car: 30,216 vs. 28,058, up 4 percent<p>Truck: 11,897 vs. 10,455, up 9 percent<p>Vehicle: 42,113 vs. 38,513, up 5 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 217,195 vs. 207,261, up 5 percent<p>Truck: 93,786 vs. 76,388, up 23 percent<p>Vehicle: 310,981 vs. 283,649, up 10 percent<p>Subaru<p>Month<p>Car: 12,517 vs. 10,303, up 17 percent<p>Truck: 4,909 vs. 5,762, down 18 percent<p>Vehicle: 17,426 vs. 16,065, up 4 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 88,082 vs. 78,119, up 13 percent<p>Truck: 40,606 vs. 43,769, down 7 percent<p>Vehicle: 128,688 vs. 121,888, up 6 percent<p>Suzuki<p>Month<p>Car: 5,895 vs. 3,467, up 63 percent<p>Truck: 1,321 vs. 2,549, down 50 percent<p>Vehicle: 7,216 vs. 6,016, up 15 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 40,340 vs. 33,221, up 22 percent<p>Truck: 16,015 vs. 19,066, down 16 percent<p>Vehicle: 56,355 vs. 52,287, up 8 percent<p>Kia<p>Month<p>Car: 12,310 vs. 11,611, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 11,510 vs. 9,521, up 16 percent<p>Vehicle: 23,820 vs. 21,132, up 8 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 104,565 vs. 100,987, up 4 percent<p>Truck: 88,393 vs. 79,683, up 11 percent<p>Vehicle: 192,958 vs. 180,670, up 7 percent<p>Volkswagen<p>Month<p>Car: 21,601 vs. 20,310, up 2 percent<p>Truck: 1,482 vs. 2,414, down 41 percent<p>Vehicle: 23,083 vs. 22,724, down 2 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 129,346 vs. 156,341, down 17 percent<p>Truck: 11,994 vs. 18,317, down 34 percent<p>Vehicle: 141,340 vs. 174,658, down 19 percent<p>BMW<p>Month<p>Car: 20,596 vs. 17,639, up 12 percent<p>Truck: 8,283 vs. 6,862, up 16 percent<p>Vehicle: 28,879 vs. 24,501, up 13 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 153,389 vs. 149,638, up 3 percent<p>Truck: 47,173 vs. 42,595, up 11 percent<p>Vehicle: 200,562 vs. 192,233, up 5 percent<p>Volvo<p>Month<p>Car: 8,038 vs. 10,048, down 23 percent<p>Truck: 2,768 vs. 2,550, up 4 percent<p>Vehicle: 10,806 vs. 12,598, down 18 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 64,034 vs. 69,690, down 8 percent<p>Truck: 24,212 vs. 24,127, up 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 88,246 vs. 93,817, down 5 percent<p>Mercedes-Benz<p>Month<p>Car: 15,669 vs. 15,617, down 4 percent<p>Truck: 3,598 vs. 2,367, up 46 percent<p>Vehicle: 19,267 vs. 17,984, up 3 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 116,550 vs. 122,379, down 4 percent<p>Truck: 22,142 vs. 17,735, up 25 percent<p>Vehicle: 138,692 vs. 140,114, down 1 percent<p>Saab<p>Month<p>Car: 2,726 vs. 2,925, down 10 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,726 vs. 2,925, down 10 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 30,163 vs. 25,813, up 17 percent<p>Vehicle: 30,163 vs. 25,813, up 17 percent<p>Jaguar<p>Month<p>Car: 2,634 vs. 3,848, down 34 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,634 vs. 3,848, down 34 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 22,149 vs. 31,899, down 30 percent<p>Vehicle: 22,149 vs. 31,899, down 30 percent<p>Audi<p>Month<p>Car: 6,911 vs. 6,473, up 3 percent<p>Vehicle: 6,911 vs. 6,473, up 3 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 51,802 vs. 51,464, up 1 percent<p>Vehicle: 51,802 vs. 51,464, up 1 percent<p>Land Rover<p>Month<p>Truck: 4,554 vs. 2,555, up 71 percent<p>Vehicle: 4,554 vs. 2,555,, up 71 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Truck: 27,505 vs. 21,088, up 31 percent<p>Vehicle: 27,505 vs. 21,088, up 31 percent<p>Porsche<p>Month<p>Car: 1,664 vs. 1,130, up 42 percent<p>Truck: 1,071 vs. 1,432, down 28 percent<p>Vehicle: 2,735 vs. 2,562, up 3 percent<p>Year-to-date<p>Car: 12,858 vs. 9,557, up 35 percent<p>Truck: 8,806 vs. 11,420, down 23 percent<p>Vehicle: 21,664 vs. 20,977, up 4 percent<br></TD></TR></TABLE>

09-02-2005, 05:36 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Tine</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><b>US market - August 2005</b><p>BMW Group ... 28.879 (+17,9%) ... YTD 200.562 (+4,3%)<br>MINI ... 3.342 (+43,2%) ... YTD 28.983 (+27,4%) <br>BMW brand ... 25.537 (+15,2%) YTD ... 171.579 (+1,2%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098561&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+02:28+PM" TARGET="_blank">BMW PR</A><p>MB ... 19.267 (+7,1%) ... YTD 140.114 (-1%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098571&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+02:34+PM" TARGET="_blank">Mercedes-Benz PR</A><p>Porsche ... 2.735 (+6,75%) ... YTD 21.664 (+3,3%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098467&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+12:44+PM" TARGET="_blank">Porsche PR</A><p>AUDI ... 6.911 (+6,8%) ... YTD 51.802 (+0,7%) ... <i>Details: </i> <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098502&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+01:15+PM" TARGET="_blank">AUDI PR</A><p>VW ... 23.083 (+1,6%) ... YTD 141.340 (-19,1%) <p>LEXUS ... 28.125 (+6,5) ... YTD 196.693 (+4,8%) ... <i>Details: </i><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/09-01-2005/0004098513&EDATE=THU+Sep+01+2005,+01:25+PM" TARGET="_blank">Toyota PR</A><p><br>Executive sedans August 2005 US sales numbers:<p>MB E-class ... 5.011 ... YTD 30.951 <br>BMW 5-series ... 4.359 ... YTD 32.124 <br>Lexus GS ... 3.335 ... YTD 22.023<br>Infiniti M ... 2.623 ... YTD ???<br>Acura TL ... 1.721 ... YTD 11.894 <br>AUDI A6 ... 1.509 ... YTD 11.660<p>Just for comparison:<br>MB ML vs BMW X5: 3.455 vs 4.507 <br>MB SLK vs Z4: 776 vs 1.109<p><i>Modified by Tine at 11:50 AM 9/2/2005</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Sorry man, but there is a big mistake in ur figures:<br>The Acura TL is the best sold car in the exec sedan segment with 7026 units in aug 05.... YTD 52,302 <br>The figures mentioned here are for Acura RL!

09-03-2005, 02:09 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>uneek</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><br>Sorry man, but there is a big mistake in ur figures:<br>The Acura TL is the best sold car in the exec sedan segment with 7026 units in aug 05.... YTD 52,302 <br>The figures mentioned here are for Acura RL!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, it's a typo - there should be written "RL" instead of "TL".

imhotep evil
09-07-2005, 01:11 PM
Just these questions:<br>Is this for USA sales only ?!<br>No global, european or anythig else ?!<br>

09-07-2005, 01:16 PM
Only US Sales.<p>Sales of other countries are probably out there, but a complete data of all automakers are hard to find. If you have them, please do contribute <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks!

imhotep evil
09-07-2005, 01:32 PM
Well, I "come" from the <A HREF="http://www.germancarforum.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarforum.com</A> and previously the germancarfans.com forum and we had/have a "tradition" to post Tine, yannis and sometimes even myself (premium) german car sales in Germany, Europe and globaly. Some sales numbers are on <A HREF="http://www.kba.de" TARGET="_blank">http://www.kba.de</A> for Germany, <A HREF="http://www.acea.be" TARGET="_blank">http://www.acea.be</A> for Europe. They are also usually posted on Reuters.com

09-07-2005, 01:34 PM
Great. You are more than welcomed to post all relevant numbers.<p>I generally only post automakers sales figure overall - all automakers.

09-07-2005, 01:36 PM
Glad to see you here, imhotep_evil... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

09-07-2005, 04:28 PM
All US, German and Global sales data for German cars can be found here:<p><A HREF="http://germancaraddicts.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=563&start=0" TARGET="_blank">http://germancaraddicts.com/ph...art=0</A><p>Enjoy the numbers. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

09-23-2005, 10:53 PM
IMHO, the Japs generally build higher quality, lighter weight, better performing, but often uglier, lower status cars for a lot less money than the Europeans. BMWs are still fantastic cars, but it's not 1970 anymore in America. The Japanese brands are much more appealing in most cases than any other. Honda makes some of the best piston engines in the world. Mazda perfected the Rotary after the Germans and Americans gave up. Subaru has cornered the market on AWD rally cars, along with Mitsubishi and they equal or better their German counterparts in performance and reliability for about half the money. Mazda has redefined the simple roadster and outlived all competitors with an incredibly reliable sports car. Lexus is the Zenith of Luxury cars now as MB quality falls. Again, IMHO.

09-25-2005, 06:03 AM
I sat in the new Lexus IS at IAA, and IMHO: the leather is cheap, the plastics too thin and the wood too fake. Even the French had better interiors. Especially the C9, was surprised by that one. Still ugly though.

10-01-2005, 09:35 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Sales slow for Detroit's Big Three</B><br>Analysts say auto sales likely fell in September as Japanese rivals boost their U.S. market share.<br>September 30, 2005: 2:33 PM EDT <p><B>DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. sales of cars and trucks from Detroit's traditional Big Three U.S. automakers likely dropped in September as big employee pricing discount programs lost their allure with consumers and gas prices soared in the aftermath of hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, analysts said.</B> <p>While U.S. automakers General Motors Corp. (Research) and Ford Motor Co. (Research) are expected to report slumping sales Monday, their Japanese rivals, including Toyota Motor Corp. (Research), will post gains, analysts said.<p>Japanese automakers have been relentlessly increasing their share of the U.S. market, stealing sales from Ford and GM, which have been struggling with issues ranging from excess inventory to a shift in consumer taste away from larger sport utility vehicles.<p>"Payback is the best term to describe the slump in September sales," Burnham Securities analyst David Healy said.<p>"September's sales weakness may have been made a bit worse in unit terms by the direct and indirect effects of the two Gulf hurricanes," he said in a note, referring to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.<p>Exceptionally strong sales in any one month can weigh on near-term future demand for mass-market brands like Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford, commonly referred to as the "pull-ahead" or "payback" effect, analysts said.<p>GM, which since June 1 has been selling 2005 model-year vehicles at the same prices it offers to employees, could see sales decline as much as 28 percent in September, Merrill Lynch analyst John Casesa said, adding the automaker is giving back nearly all of the market share gains of June and July.<p>In the first two months of the summer that GM offered employee pricing rebates, sales at the world's largest automaker rose 41 percent and 20 percent, respectively. However, sales retrenched nearly 17 percent in August.<p>Analysts are forecasting that industry sales on a seasonally adjusted annual basis will dip below 16 million vehicles in September for the first time in 14 months. They expect the sales rate to be in range of 15 million to 16 million units, well below the 17.4 million rate last year and 16.8 million sold in August.<p>"While a deceleration is widely anticipated by investors, we believe the magnitude may come as a surprise," Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache said in a research note.<p>Sales at Ford, the No. 2 U.S. automaker, are expected to fall as much as 30 percent, while analysts' forecasts for sales of DaimlerChrysler AG's (Research) Chrysler division range from unchanged to a slight decrease.<p>Both Ford and Chrysler have also been offering employee pricing discounts since July.<p>"Ford's incentive program, launched one month after GM's, has also gone kaput, but its hot-selling new cars -- Mustang, Fusion -- are providing an offset to weakening SUV and pickup truck sales," Casesa said.<p><B>Japanese automakers to gain again</B><p>Sales of large gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles have declined significantly this month as U.S. gasoline prices soared well over $3 a gallon in many parts of the country, analysts said.<p>"Now that the impact of the employee price discount programs has faded, and gas prices have escalated dramatically in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, we are seeing a strengthening of the trends that existed back in the spring," said Tom Libby, senior director of industry analysis at the Power Information Network, part of industry tracking firm J.D. Power and Associates.<p>"Customers are moving to smaller vehicles -- both smaller SUVs and smaller cars -- and this is playing to the strengths of the offshore-based manufacturers and hurting the domestics, which have relied, to a greater extent, on the larger vehicles," he said.<p>Japanese automakers Toyota, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (Research) and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (Research), which have been grabbing market share from the two leading U.S. automakers, are collectively expected to see a 9.6 percent increase in sales from a year ago, Casesa said.<p>Toyota's September sales will post a double-digit percentage gain, U.S. chief Jim Press said at the Reuters Autos Summit in Detroit last week. Nissan sales also should show a double-digit increase, in the range of 10 to 15 percent, Jed Connelly, Nissan's top U.S. sales executive for North America, said at the summit.<p>Toyota gained 2 points of retail share, while Honda's U.S. share rose 2.7 points during the first two weeks of September, according to J.D. Power.<p>Toyota continues to see strong demand across a broad range of car segments, including the large Avalon sedan, the Prius fuel-efficient hybrid car and the youth oriented Scion-brand vehicles.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source: CNN

10-02-2005, 05:03 PM
Below is a graph of Russian car market sales thru. the first six month of '05, represented by orange bars; comparison data are made with the same time period in '04, shown in gray bars. Some very interesting numbers...<p><IMG SRC="http://autoreview.ru/new_site/year2005/n16/stat/800/02.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: autoreview.ru

10-03-2005, 09:40 AM
<A HREF="http://media.audiusa.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9659" TARGET="_blank"><b>AUDI OF AMERICA REPORTS BEST SEPTEMBER IN HISTORY- UP 34.6%</b></A><p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-03-2005/0004158388&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank"><b>BMW Group Reports September, Year-To-Date Sales Increases</b></A> (BMW, Mini)<p><A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051003/nym178.html?.v=19" TARGET="_blank"><b>DaimlerChrysler AG Reports 4 Percent Increase in U.S. Sales for Passenger Vehicles for September 2005</b></A> (MB, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge)<p><A HREF="http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=21608&make_id=trust" TARGET="_blank"><b>Ford Sales Fall Nearly 20 Pct</b></A> (Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover)<p><A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=19171" TARGET="_blank"><b>GM US Sales Fall 24 Pct In September</b></A> (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Isuzu, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn)<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-03-2005/0004158380&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank"><b>Honda Reports Record September Sales</b></A> (Honda, Acura)<p><A HREF="http://www.hyundainews.com/hyundainews/salesrel73.htm" TARGET="_blank"><b>Hyundai Reports New Sales Record for September With Nine Percent Increase Over 2004</b></A><p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-03-2005/0004158452&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank"><b>Kia Motors America Sets September Sales Record</b></A><p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-03-2005/0004158456&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank"><b>Mazda Sales Up 5.4 Percent in September</b></A><p><A HREF="http://media.mitsubishicars.com/detail?mid=MIT2005100355037&mime=ASC" TARGET="_blank"><b>Mitsubishi Motors Reports September U.S. Sales</b></A><p><A HREF="http://www.nissannews.com/corporate/news/current/20051003093018.shtml" TARGET="_blank"><b>Nissan North America Announces Best September Sales</b></A> (Nissan, Infiniti)<p><A HREF="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8D0N3N80.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db" TARGET="_blank"><b>Porsche September sales drop 9 percent</b></A> (Porsche)<p><A HREF="http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPR30/DotNet/Newsroom/ViewAttachment.aspx?SiteName=Subaru&Entity=PRAsset&AttachmentType=F&EntityID=98748&AttachmentID=a23152f6-9d2e-41d9-9082-ad0408ce2b7c" TARGET="_blank"><b>SUBARU REPORTS SEPTEMBER SALES</b></A> (word file)<p><A HREF="http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20051003006068&newsLang=en" TARGET="_blank"><b>American Suzuki Automotive Reports Record-Setting Month as Sales Jump 41 Percent in September </b></A><p><A HREF="http://pressroom.toyota.com/photo_library/display_release.html?id=20051003" TARGET="_blank"><b>Toyota Announces Best-Ever Third Quarter And September Sales</b></A> (Toyota, Lexus)<p><A HREF="http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9714" TARGET="_blank"><b>VOLKSWAGEN OFFICIALLY REPORTS SEPTEMBER SALES INCREASE OF 3.7%</b></A><p><A HREF="http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9712" TARGET="_blank"><b>VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC. TO REPORT SEPTEMBER 2005 SALES TOMORROW</b></A> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> Same for Audi<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 8:57 AM 10/5/2005</i>

10-17-2005, 06:15 AM
As many have predicted...additionally, this is going to be a bad October for many automakers across the board...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Ford, GM sales screech to a halt as value pricing strategy replaces employee pricing</B><p>JAMIE LAREAU | Automotive News <br>Posted Date: 10/17/05<p>DETROIT -- Two weeks into a move to value pricing by Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, vehicle sales have collapsed and panic is settling in among dealers.<p>"We're all very, very worried," says Bob Fusco, president of Roslyn Buick-Pontiac-GMC in Roslyn, N.Y. "It's about as serious as it can be."<p>Fusco, chairman of the 650-store Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, says, "I've been in business 24 years, and I don't believe I've ever seen it this slow."<p>In the Chicago area, an internal GM sales report shows that in the first 12 days of October, Chevrolet dealers had reported sales of 576 new vehicles, including other GM brands in the same store, just 12 percent of the company's goal for the month. Many Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealers had reported no October sales at all.<p>One dealer feeling the pain after the Big 3 summer employee-pricing extravaganza is retired Ford Motor CFO Allan Gilmour, principal owner of Gilmour Ford-Chrysler in St. Johnsbury, Vt.<p>Speaking Thursday, Oct. 13, about October sales, Gilmour said, "There are no sales. We have done reasonably well in used, but there are literally no sales."<p>By Friday, the store, which normally would sell about 50 new vehicles in October, had sold "six or seven" this month, a dealership manager said.<p>Value pricing emphasizes lower sticker prices rather than big incentives. At GM and Ford, it faces a rough start in the wake of the employee discount sales binge. Customers are waiting for the next big pricing program.<p>The Chrysler group has been trying to use a value-pricing strategy for several years.<p>The Power Information Network says U.S. retail new-car sales dropped 33 percent in the first nine days of October compared with a modestly weak October a year ago.<p>While most major automakers were down a bit, GM sales plunged 57 percent and Ford Motor sales fell 45 percent, according to Power Information Network data.<p>Ford, Chrysler add spiffs<p>As traffic slowed, Ford and the Chrysler group added some incentives. GM appeared to be holding out.<p>Steven Landry, Dodge vice president of marketing, tells Automotive News that Dodge is returning to traditional cash incentives and discount lease rates. For example, the 2006 Dodge Durango carries a $3,500 rebate or financing as low as 2.9 percent.<p>At Ford Motor, Steve Lyons, group vice president for North America marketing, sales and service, told Automotive News he is "not as alarmed as others might be."<p>Last week, Ford Motor announced 0 percent financing on several of its 2005 large pickups and SUVs. Lyons said truck sales are slow, but Ford's car sales are meeting projections.<p>Ford is unlikely to launch major incentives this month, Lyons said<p>"I don't think that's really the answer here," he said. "If the industry's slow, putting more money out there isn't going to do anything."<p>Robert Lutz, GM vice chairman, last week called the slow sales a "momentary adjustment."<p>He said at a press luncheon: "A lot of our problem is that we're out of 2005 vehicles and selling predominantly 2006s, which are not incentivized as highly as 2005s. Our competitors, a lot of them, are still selling 2005s."<p>Lutz would not speculate if GM will add incentives on 2006 vehicles, some of which have traditional cash incentives and low financing. For example, the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt has $1,000 customer cash or 2.9-to-5.9 percent financing.<p>Sales reports in Chicago's GM field office confirmed the slow sales pace. In addition to the Chevrolet dealers' report of 576 new-vehicle sales, data compiled Oct. 12 revealed that no October sales had been reported by 12 Buick dealers, 13 GMC dealers and five Pontiac dealers. But some dealers contacted by Automotive News said they do not necessarily report a sale immediately. Two dealers said that they had some unreported sales.<p>Industry officials blame the slump on Hurricane Katrina, rising fuel prices, foul weather and flooding in the Northeast and declining consumer confidence. Whatever the reason, dealers say they're taking a serious hit in revenues.<p>"It is the worst I've seen in 30 years," said Dennis Doerge, general manager of Loren Buick-Pontiac in Glenview, Ill. "It is just awful. It is horrendous."<p>Doerge says consumers are "scared to death to buy. They need a reason to come in, and General Motors is not doing a thing right now."<p>The dealership sold two Pontiacs and no Buicks Oct. 1-9, according to the GM sales report. Normally, by mid-month, Loren would have sold about 15 new units of each brand.<p>GM "beat to death the employee purchasing program," Doerge said. "It just went on too long, and it was such a letdown. Everybody is waiting for the next deal, which we don't see coming. We are really nervous."<p>Gordon Stewart, president of Stewart Management Group in Harper Woods, Mich., has several GM stores in Michigan and Florida. Stewart, who also owns a Toyota shop, says business there is good.<p>He questions whether GM can avoid a high-profile national incentive program: "The word is that they're supposed to let the value pricing ride for 90 days, but the question is, do they have that kind of staying power?"<p>Amy Wilson, Rick Kranz, Mary Connelly and Greg Migliore contributed to this report</TD></TR></TABLE>

10-17-2005, 07:57 AM
I wonder if we will begin to see nationalistic ads as the ones Iaccoca used to pitch Chrysler sales...<p>

10-17-2005, 08:45 AM

10-17-2005, 09:10 AM
JAMIE LAREAU | Automotive News

10-17-2005, 11:12 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KebabGud</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">source?</TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="https://www.autonews.com/buyArchives.cms?articleId=54953" TARGET="_blank">https://www.autonews.com/buyAr...54953</A><p><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=103379" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=103379</A>

10-17-2005, 02:18 PM
Does anyone still think GM isn't sweating bullets about the new SUV's and pickups being introduced into this market? If the 90 day "holdout" period for value pricing is observed by GM, will there be so much <I>more</I> damage done to sales that it will damage their rollout? <p>The September sales numbers were so ominous for large SUV's, it's hard to believe that the figures will continue to be that bad. If sales continue at such a depressed level, you have to wonder what means GM will use to stimulate interest in the new products. There is quite a bit riding on them by GM's own admission, so I would expect they will throw the "kitchen sink" at those products when intro time comes along.

10-18-2005, 04:19 AM
That just makes me want to cry. For both GM and Ford. <p>Just a bit offtopic, has the Fusion been released? It should boost sales shouldnt it?

10-18-2005, 05:55 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That just makes me want to cry. For both GM and Ford. <p>Just a bit offtopic, has the Fusion been released? It should boost sales shouldnt it?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes it has. I've already seen a few on the road.

11-01-2005, 03:08 PM
BMW (up 0.1%) - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051101/nytu221.html?.v=11" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05....v=11</A><p>Nissan (down 14.2%) / Infiniti (down 7.3%): <A HREF="http://www.nissannews.com/corporate/news/current/20051101093704.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.nissannews.com/corp...shtml</A><p><B>Total Ford (down 25.6%)</B> - <A HREF="http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=21886&make_id=trust" TARGET="_blank">http://media.ford.com/article_...trust</A><p>Hyundai (down 11%) - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051101/latu145.html?.v=11" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05....v=11</A><p>Kia (down 10%) - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051101/latu163.html?.v=2" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05...?.v=2</A><p>Subaru (up 1%) - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051101/phtu088.html?.v=1" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05...?.v=1</A><p>Mitsubishi (up 1%) - <A HREF="http://media.mitsubishicars.com/detail?mid=MIT2005110143356&mime=ASC" TARGET="_blank">http://media.mitsubishicars.co...e=ASC</A><p><B>GM Total (down 23%)</B> - <A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=20121" TARGET="_blank">http://media.gm.com/servlet/Ga...20121</A><p>Audi (up 9.4%) - <A HREF="http://media.audiusa.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9678" TARGET="_blank">http://media.audiusa.com/artic...=9678</A><p><B>VW (down 21.4%)</B> - <A HREF="http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9744" TARGET="_blank">http://media.vw.com/article_di...=9744</A><p>Honda/Acura (up 4.2%) - <A HREF="http://www.hondanews.com/CatID1001?mid=2005110154825&mime=asc" TARGET="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/CatID...e=asc</A><p>Toyota/Lexus/Scion (up 5.2%) - <A HREF="http://pressroom.toyota.com/Releases/View?id=TYT2005110154667" TARGET="_blank">http://pressroom.toyota.com/Re...54667</A><p>Chrysler Group (up 0.6%) - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051101/detu036.html?.v=15" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05....v=15</A><p>MB (up 0.1%) - <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/11-01-2005/0004205677&EDATE=TUE+Nov+01+2005,+02:01+PM" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...01+PM</A><p>Mazda (down 8%) - <A HREF="http://media.ford.com/mazda/article_display.cfm?article_id=21941" TARGET="_blank">http://media.ford.com/mazda/ar...21941</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 8:09 PM 11/1/2005</i>

11-01-2005, 06:05 PM
MB is not 4% up, but only 0,1%! <p>Here is MB press release:<br><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/11-01-2005/0004205677&EDATE=TUE+Nov+01+2005,+02:01+PM" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...01+PM</A>

11-01-2005, 06:08 PM
Thanks for that...I couldn't find the link for the MB release, just the Chrsyler group, for some weird reason.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Fixed...

11-03-2005, 06:21 PM
Observations:<p>What has happened to Saab: 15 9-2X sold in Oct. '05; 72 9-7X; and only 202 9-5 to consumers - any fleet sales within? (j/k) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I thought the A3 would do much better than the acutal sales reflection of 631 in Oct. - such a nice car!!<p>Chrysler Sebring with 9,579, a 47% increase over last Oct. very surprising stat - my only conclusion would be fleet sales but I could be wrong<p>Mazda5 with only 92 cars sold in Oct but that must have been the recall. According to this <A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=103499" TARGET="_blank">article</A>, I guess they are coming back, glad to hear!!

11-03-2005, 07:21 PM
It is interesting to see the big three offers the most incentives; while it is good to hear the average incentives were reduced during October of this year vs. the same time period. I am a firm believer of quality and good cars can sell themselves - evident by the article which, among others, Hyundai stood out, with a huge decrease of almost 50% of its incentives spending.<p><A HREF="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051103/ap_on_bi_ge/autos_incentives_glance" TARGET="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200...lance</A><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Automakers' Incentives at a Glance</B><p>By The Associated Press <br>Thu Nov 3, 4:11 PM ET<p>Automakers dropped their spending on incentives in October to an average of $2,204 per vehicle, down from $2,781 last October, according to Merrill Lynch. This is the average amount some major manufacturers spent on incentives in October 2005 and the year before. <p>Manufacturer October 2005 October 2004 Percent change <br>Chrysler Group $3,075 $3,539 -13.1 percent <br>General Motors Corp. $3,062 $4,051 -24.4 percent <br>Ford Motor Co. $2,820 $3,425 -17.6 percent <br>Industry Average $2,204 $2,781 -20.7 percent <br>Nissan Motor Co. $2,040 $2,194 -7.0 percent <br>Volkswagen AG $1,916 $2,306 -16.9 percent <br>Hyundai Motor Co. $1,312 $2,397 -45.2 percent <br>Toyota Motor Corp. $723 $624 15.8 percent <br>Honda Motor Co. $618 $698 -11.4 percent</TD></TR></TABLE>

11-09-2005, 09:26 PM
BMW Overtakes Mercedes in Global Sales - <A HREF="http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=107914" TARGET="_blank">http://www.edmunds.com/insidel...07914</A>

11-14-2005, 10:17 AM
Damn fleet sales..what would we have done without you guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>DETROIT FEELS THE HEAT: Big 3 fleet sales hid Oct. retail collapse</B><p>By Mary Connelly<br>Automotive News / November 14, 2005<p>DETROIT -- This may be hard to believe, but the Big 3's October sales collapse was even worse than it looked.<p>Retail sales -- normally the most profitable automotive sales category -- fell far more than the weak total sales figure that the automakers announced. Fleet sales to businesses, governments and daily car rental companies kept the Big 3 afloat.<p>"No one is happy with the retail numbers inside these (October) industry numbers," said Chrysler group sales boss Gary Dilts in a conference call. "It is severe. A double-digit (decline) on retail is something we have not had much of."<p>Overall, sales of the Big 3's domestic brands declined a cumulative 20.7 percent. But retail volume at General Motors, Ford Motor and the Chrysler group collapsed. GM's retail sales fell about 30 percent last month, while Ford Motor reported a 34 percent drop. Chrysler said only that retail sales fell by "a double-digit decline."<p>Steering clear of showrooms<p>Retail customers simply steered clear of Big 3 showrooms in October. "The traffic is off all the way around," says Glenn Hartzheim, owner of Hartzheim Dodge in San Jose, Calif.<p>Fleet sales include vehicles sold to businesses, government agencies and daily car rental companies. Automakers often lose money on sales to daily rental fleets, but other fleet sales can be profitable.<p>For each of the Big 3, fleet sales accounted for an unusually big chunk of total sales.<p>GM's fleet sales generated 33.5 percent of its total October volume, up from 25.8 percent for the period a year earlier. Ford Motor's fleets also accounted for 33 percent of October sales, up from 24 percent a year earlier.<p>The Associated Press reports that Chrysler's fleets shot up to 40 percent of its October sales. Chrysler doesn't report precise figures for monthly fleet unit sales. Dilts acknowledged that commercial sales -- excluding sales to daily rental fleets -- rose 119 percent in October. He did not indicate whether Chrysler increased sales to rental fleets.<p>Chrysler also notes that fleet sales for the third quarter totaled 17.2 percent of its U.S. sales, up from 13.8 percent in the third quarter of 2004.<p>For the industry as a whole, fleet sales represented more than 25 percent of the light-vehicle market in October, says Bob Schnorbus, chief economist for J.D. Power and Associates. In the first nine months of the year, fleets accounted for about 22 percent of industry sales, he says.<p>The Big 3 sell an estimated three out of every four fleet vehicles, Schnorbus says.<p>Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.'s monthly fleet percentage typically remains in the single digits, the company says.<p>"Our fleet runs between 6 and 7 percent," says Xavier Dominicis, company spokesman. "October was typical."<p>The Big 3 traditionally have sold a higher percentage of vehicles to the fleets than the imports. And Chrysler's Dilts defends the practice, noting that commercial fleet sales are "good business."<p>Chrysler did well selling minivans, Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s to commercial fleets last month, he says.<p>Poor residual values<p>But heavy fleet sales can hurt a vehicle's residual values. That's why Ford has tried to limit fleet sales of its new Five Hundred sedan.<p>General Motors also has tried to limit fleet sales. "We have increased our commercial fleet sales -- which are profitable sales and good sales for us to increase -- and we've decreased our daily rental," says GM spokeswoman Deborah Silverman.<p>Schnorbus says the "strength on the fleet side is partly due to some legitimate strength in the commercial side of the market. But I wouldn't rule out the possibility that they're pushing fleet to smooth out their production and soften any weakness on the retail side."<p>Art Spinella, president of CNW Marketing Research Inc. in Bandon, Ore., says autumn is a strong season for commercial fleet sales. And Spinella says heavy fleet sales are actually a sign of the economy's strength.<p>"The fact that fleets are back in the business is good, primarily because they have some confidence that the economy is back," Spinella says.<p>"In 2001 and 2002, fleets -- whether business or governmental -- were all pretty much out of the market," he says. "In bad times, they will hold on to vehicles for a long time trying to squeeze out every mile."<p>Jamie LaReau and Greg Migliore contributed to this report<p>You may e-mail Mary Connelly at mconnelly@crain.com</TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://www.autonews.com/news.cms?newsId=13810" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autonews.com/news.cms?newsId=13810</A>

11-20-2005, 07:02 PM
<A HREF="http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/18/news/fortune500/toyota_vs_ford.reut/index.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/1...x.htm</A><p>Thru. first 13 days of Nov 05:<p>Top 5 retail market share (US):<p>GM - 18.8%<br>Toyota - 17.9%<br>Ford - 15.3%<br>DCX - 13.6%<br>Honda - 12.2%<p>As Toyota and others closes in, those national discount programs from the big three might just be the solution to save some face...

12-01-2005, 03:16 PM
<B>November US numbers (YOY)</B>:<p><B>Audi</B>: up 15% - <A HREF="http://media.audiusa.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9689" TARGET="_blank">http://media.audiusa.com/artic...=9689</A><p><B>BMW Group</B> (BMW, Mini): up 11.4% - <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-01-2005/0004226402&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>Daimlerchrysler</B> (MB, Chrsyler, Jeep. Dodge): down 2.7% - <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-01-2005/0004226124&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>Ford Motor</B> (Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover): down 14.8% - <A HREF="http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=22034&make_id=trust" TARGET="_blank">http://media.ford.com/article_...trust</A><p><B>GM</B> (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Isuzu, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn): down 11% - <A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=21146" TARGET="_blank">http://media.gm.com/servlet/Ga...21146</A><p><B>Honda</B> (Honda, Acura): up 6.4% - <A HREF="http://www.hondanews.com/CatID1001?mid=2005120148639&mime=asc" TARGET="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/CatID...e=asc</A><p><B>Hyundai</B>: up 12.5% - <A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-01-2005/0004226327&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>Kia</B>: down 17.2% - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051201/lath102.html?.v=26" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05....v=26</A><p><B>Mazda</B>: up 1% - <A HREF="http://media.ford.com/mazda/article_display.cfm?article_id=22117&make_id=227" TARGET="_blank">http://media.ford.com/mazda/ar...d=227</A><p><B>Mitsubishi</B>: up 7.2% - <A HREF="http://media.mitsubishicars.com/detail?mid=MIT2005120149843&mime=ASC" TARGET="_blank">http://media.mitsubishicars.co...e=ASC</A><p><B>Nissan</B> (Nissan, Infiniti): down 7.8% - <A HREF="http://www.nissannews.com/corporate/news/current/20051201093125.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.nissannews.com/corp...shtml</A><p><B>Porsche</B>: up 10% - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051201/clth063.html?.v=29" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05....v=29</A><p><B>Subaru</B>: up 5% - <A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051201/phth035.html?.v=32" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/05....v=32</A><p><B>Suzuki</B>: up 14% - <A HREF="http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20051201005783&newsLang=en" TARGET="_blank">http://home.businesswire.com/p...ng=en</A><p><B>Toyota</B> (Toyota, Lexus, Scion): up 5.6% - <A HREF="http://pressroom.toyota.com/Releases/View?id=TYT2005120168110" TARGET="_blank">http://pressroom.toyota.com/Re...68110</A><p><B>VW</B>: up 4.8% - <A HREF="http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9775" TARGET="_blank">http://media.vw.com/article_di...=9775</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 8:52 AM 12/2/2005</i>

12-01-2005, 03:41 PM
Knicks, there is a mistake in your report.<p>BMW Group sales are up 11.4% in November 2005 (but +4% YTD).<br>BMW brand sales are up 14.2% in Nov 05 (+2.2% YTD)

12-01-2005, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the correction <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Fixed. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

12-01-2005, 06:57 PM
Wow... Lexus IS sales were at 4,477 units... 663.5% increase from last year... 2,899 IS250s and 1,548 IS350s (and leftover IS300s)...

imhotep evil
12-08-2005, 04:00 AM
<br>Worldwide sales<p>Audi: 69,700 (-2%) ... YTD 767,000 (+8.8%)<p>Mercedes Car Group: 105,200 (+1.6%) ... YTD 1,094,500 (+1.2%)<br>Mercedes-Benz: 93,500 (+2.8%) ... YTD 961,600 (+0.7%)<br>Smart: 11,700 (-6.7%) ... YTD 132,900 (+5.5%)<p>BMW Group: 114.044 (+9,5%) ... YTD 1.211.177 (+10,8%)<br>BMW: 98.788 (+10,4%) ... YTD 1.020.156 (+10,9%)<br>MINI: 15.171 (+3,7%) ... YTD 190.401 (+10,3%)<br>Rolls-Royce: 85 (+6,3%) ... YTD 620 (-2,5%)<p>

12-09-2005, 02:41 PM
<B>JD Power: 2005 Customer Retention Study:</B><p>Lexus: 63%<br>Toyota: 62.2%<br>Honda: 59.9%<br>Chevrolet: 57.3%<br>Hyundai: 56.3%<br>Ford: 54%<br>Cadillac: 53%<br>Mercedes-Benz: 52.6%<br>Subaru: 51.4%<br>BMW: 50%<br>Industry Average: 49.6%<p>Read the rest, as well as the criteria, guidlines, the whole yards from its (JD Power) press release, in pdf:<p><A HREF="http://www.jdpa.com/pdf/2005249.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.jdpa.com/pdf/2005249.pdf</A>

12-15-2005, 04:33 AM
I was making some research in order to check out the evolution of Mercedes after the lunch of some new models and also the new Bms, anyway, since I did it I might as well share it with you guys. German market only (the most important for both brands)<p>Data from September 2005<p><B>Mercedes BMW</B><br>A-Klass 7.027 1-Series 5.517 <br>B-Klass 4.703<br>C-Klass 8.823 3-Series 8.046 -I was very well surprised here, new 3 not in front???? fine for me<br>E-Klass 5.425 5-Series 4.332<br>M-Klass 2.114 X5 1.664 - I think its quite obvious here that the ML is stealing some figures to the X5<br> X3 2.060<br>SLK 975 Z4 210 - Wasnt expecting such a big deference here<br>S-Klass 915 7-Series 524 - The master is back<br>CLS 497 6-Series 170 - hehehe, was expecting the 6 to do better than this<br>SL 129<br>G-Klass 91 <p>For October 2005<p>A-Klass 7.798 1-Series 5.130 <br>B-Klass 4.512<br>C-Klass 9.406 3-Series 8.443 -C-Klass still in front???? Now this looks nice <br>E-Klass 5.615 5-Series 4.621<br>M-Klass 2.720 X5 654 -Did I mention that its an obvious situation?<br> X3 1.946<br>SLK 899 Z4 176 -even the SL sold more than the Z4!!!!....and 6<br>S-Klass 1.070 7-Series 489 - The master is back.with a vengeance<br>CLS 710 6-Series 209 <br>SL 214<br>G-Klass 87 <p><br>

12-17-2005, 05:58 PM
November 2005 German Market <p> Mercedes-Benz BMW <br>Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse 6.787 BMW 1er 4.645<br>Mercedes-Benz B-Klasse 4.778<br>Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse 7.608 BMW 3er 8.828<br>Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse 5.011 BMW 5er 4.531<br>Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse 1.643 BMW X5 1.079<br> BMW X3 2.230<br>Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse 888 BMW 7er 512<br>Mercedes-Benz CLS 579 BMW 6er 169<br>Mercedes-Benz SLK 731 BMW Z4 160<br>Mercedes-Benz SL 111<br>Mercedes-Benz G-Klasse 85<br>Mercedes-Benz R-Klasse 61<br>

12-18-2005, 03:17 AM
excuse me, the German market is important. No doubt about that. But the most important???? No, those days are over. The most important market for both brands is the US market. You can see it by their line-up, where new cars are launched, build, ...<p>

12-18-2005, 08:04 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">excuse me, the German market is important. No doubt about that. But the most important???? No, those days are over. The most important market for both brands is the US market. You can see it by their line-up, where new cars are launched, build, ...<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You are right about the model range and consequentely the smaller the german market is being interesting for these brands but that is working in the future am I right? at least for MB, they sell around 30.000 cars month in germany in the U.S around 20.000 for BMW the diference is not so big but they still sell around 20.000 cars month in Germany so it is still the most important, but I agree with you that in the future that will change<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

12-19-2005, 09:46 AM
no, i don't mean future. I mean now. NOW, the US market is the most important. After the world market naturally.

12-19-2005, 01:27 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">no, i don't mean future. I mean now. NOW, the US market is the most important. After the world market naturally. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Can you please make more clear what you mean by now?<br>I agree that the products of both brands beeing developed now are having in mind the U.S. market (example: X5, X3, 6-Series, future crossover, CLS, ML, GL, R, and others to come) but just look at the numbers, the german market is still the one, to change yes, but it is still too soon.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

12-19-2005, 05:27 PM
it's not because they sell more cars there that it is the most important market. To me, the defenition of the most important market is the one that gets the most attention of the brand and that influences new models the most. That clearly is the US market.

12-20-2005, 06:35 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">it's not because they sell more cars there that it is the most important market. To me, the defenition of the most important market is the one that gets the most attention of the brand and that influences new models the most. That clearly is the US market.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I totaly agree with you, when I said most important, I was meaning salles wise. We agree with each other Rick, thats something new as far as I can remenber <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

12-20-2005, 10:30 AM
true, enjoy it while it lasts <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

12-21-2005, 06:37 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">true, enjoy it while it lasts <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Can't barelly wait to argue with you again and trash you around <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Anyway Rick, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/moon_1_D.gif" BORDER="0"> Merry Christmas <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/moon_1_D.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

12-21-2005, 07:27 AM
There is nothing to argue about. BMW brand, mini and Rolls Royce and the BMW group will end the year as number one in their market. December shows untill now only 1 brand with a sales rise in te US, that's BMW. So indeed, a very merry christmas <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/moon_1_D.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

12-28-2005, 05:46 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RikfromBelgium</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">There is nothing to argue about. BMW brand, mini and Rolls Royce and the BMW group will end the year as number one in their market. December shows untill now only 1 brand with a sales rise in te US, that's BMW. So indeed, a very merry christmas <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/moon_1_D.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Funny but I remember BMW doing this every year in Dec. then drop in the early part of the first quarter on the next year. This also is one of the best times to get a great deal on BMW group lease. They probably clean up inventory in Dec.

12-28-2005, 06:05 AM
and I'm sure they're the only company that does that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sheep.gif" BORDER="0">

01-04-2006, 10:24 AM
Look for modifications to the sales report in 2006 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><B><U>December and 2005 Auto Sales Recap (US):</U></B><p><B>Audi of America</B><p>December: 15.6%<br>2005: 6.6%<p><A HREF="http://media.audiusa.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9697" TARGET="_blank">http://media.audiusa.com/artic...=9697</A><p><B>BMW Group</B>:<p>December: +4%<br>2005: +4%<p><A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060104/nyw138.html?.v=35" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/06....v=35</A><p><B>DaimlerChrysler</B> (Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge):<p>December: -2%<br>2005: +4%<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-04-2006/0004242409&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>General Motors</B> (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Isuzu, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn)<p>December: -10.3%<br>2005: -4.0%<p><A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=2&docid=21738" TARGET="_blank">http://media.gm.com/servlet/Ga...21738</A><p><B>Ford Motor Company</B> (Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover):<p>December: -9.0%<br>2005: -4.9%<p><A HREF="http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=22189&make_id=trust" TARGET="_blank">http://media.ford.com/article_...trust</A><p><B>American Honda</B> (Honda, Acura):<p>December: -3.3%<br>2005: 5.2%<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-04-2006/0004242621&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>Hyundai Motor America</B>:<p>December: +16%<br>2005: +8.7%<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-04-2006/0004242629&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>Kia Motors America</B>:<br>December: -1%<br>2005: +2.1%<p><A HREF="http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060104/law118.html?.v=20" TARGET="_blank">http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/06....v=20</A><p><B>Mazda Motor</B>:<p>December: -8%<br>2005: -2%<p><A HREF="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8EU24L00.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db" TARGET="_blank">http://www.businessweek.com/ap...an=db</A><p><B>Mitsubishi Motors</B><p>December: (Did not provide YOY numbers)<br>2005: (Did not provide YOY numbers)<p><A HREF="http://media.mitsubishicars.com/detail?mid=MIT2005120149843&mime=ASC" TARGET="_blank">http://media.mitsubishicars.co...e=ASC</A><p><B>Nissan Motor America</B> (Nissan, Infiniti):<p>December: -1.1%<br>2005: 9.6%<p><A HREF="http://www.nissannews.com/corporate/news/current/20060104101737.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.nissannews.com/corp...shtml</A><p><B>Porsche Cars North America</B><p>December: 6%<br>2005: 2%<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-04-2006/0004242527&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>Subaru of America</B><p>December: 3%<br>2005: 5%<p><A HREF="http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-04-2006/0004242462&EDATE=" TARGET="_blank">http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-...EDATE=</A><p><B>American Suzuki Motor</B>:<p>December: +28%<br>2005: +11%<p><A HREF="http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20060104005855&newsLang=en" TARGET="_blank">http://home.businesswire.com/p...ng=en</A><p><B>Toyota Motor</B> (Toyota, Lexus, Scion):<p>December: +8.2%<br>2005: +10.1%<p><A HREF="http://pressroom.toyota.com/Releases/View?id=TYT2006010484765" TARGET="_blank">http://pressroom.toyota.com/Re...84765</A><p><B>VW of America</B>:<p>December: 20.9%<br>2005: -12.5%<p><A HREF="http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9812" TARGET="_blank">http://media.vw.com/article_di...=9812</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by knicks125 at 3:41 PM 1/4/2006</i>

01-05-2006, 01:48 AM
May not be that interesting to some people, but I thought, meh what the heck!!<p>Figure's have just been released for the 2005 year in Australia.<p>Top 10 Manufacture's for 2005: Australia<p>1. Toyota - 202,817<br>2. Holden - 174,464<br>3. Ford - 129,140<br>4. Mazda - 66,250<br>5. Mitsubishi - 61,907<br>6. Nissan - 56,032<br>7. Hyundai - 48,010<br>8. Honda - 47,001<br>9. Subaru - 36,044<br>10. Kia - 25,293<p>And because I'm a bit of a fan of VW and Audi, here are some figure's from them.<p>12. Volkswagen - 15,782 (up 46.7% over 2004)<p>19. Audi - ?? (up 29.9% over 2004)

01-05-2006, 08:09 AM
Dec. Sales Round Out Slow Year in Detroit<br>Chevrolet is top-selling brand in U.S. for year, toppling Ford.<p>Cars outsold trucks, sport-utility vehicles, and minivans in 2005 for the first time since 1981, exacerbating the loss of market share by truck-dependent General Motors and Ford, the final sales figures for the year showed.<p>With their market share under pressure, GM and Ford scrapped over the claim to the best-selling nameplate all year long, with the title going to GM's Chevrolet Division, which nosed out the Ford Division.<p>"We're thrilled that consumers voted with their pocketbook and made Chevrolet the number-one U.S. brand in 2005," said Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "But we're not going to spend time celebrating this accomplishment," he said.<p>The Chrysler Group, however, was the only member of the old Big Three to post a gain in sales in 2005, finishing the full year with a five-percent sales increase.<p>Toyota, Honda celebrate<p>Meanwhile, Toyota and Honda finished the year on a high note, posting sales increases for both December and for the full year. Toyota, which is chasing GM to become the world's top-selling automaker, reported its sales increased by ten percent for the full year, fulfilling an ambitious prediction made in January 2005. The Toyota Camry was the best-selling car for the fourth consecutive year.<p>Honda reported a 14-percent sales increase for December and a 5.2-percent increase for the full year.<p>"We are enjoying strong, consistent car sales and good growth in our light-truck segments," said kazzoo Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. "We expect this trend to continue in 2006 as we enter new segments and introduce new versions of some of our popular models," he said.<p>Nissan reported a one-percent sales decline in December but finished the year with a nine-percent sales increase, contributing to the market-share gain by Japanese automakers. Suzuki, Subaru, and Hyundai also finished the full year with record sales and closed out 2005 with increased sales in December. <p>Even Mitsubishi, which lost ground over the past three years, reported an increase in sales during December. Kia reported that its sales dropped last month, but its overall sales for the full year increased.<p>Jim Press, Toyota Motor Sales chief operating officer, said the results for December and for the full year underscore the industry's fundamental health and bode well for the coming year. Overall industry-wide sales of light-duty vehicles increased approximately one percent to 17.1 million units in 2005, according to industry sales reports.<p>Market share drops in Detroit<p>GM's overall sales were down ten percent in December and down four percent for the full year, leaving the company's market share hovering between 25 and 26 percent.<p>Paul Ballew, GM general director of market analysis, said he expected sales of new vehicles in 2006 to match last year's total. Incentives, which declined slightly in 2005, also should remain level this year, he said. But he acknowledged that GM sales in 2005 failed to meet the company's expectations.<p>Ford also reported a ten-percent drop in sales during December. Overall, Ford's sales were down five percent for the full year thanks to a sharp decline in sales of mid-size and full-size sport utility vehicles.<p>The Chrysler Group also reported its sales dropped five percent last month. Chrysler, though, finished the year with a five-percent sales increase overall that led to a half-point increase in market share, DaimlerChrysler reported.<p>"Half a point of market share is tough to get and easy to lose," noted Gary Dilts, Chrysler vice president of sales. Dilts added the group's drop in sales during December was in line with the industry-wide sales totals, which declined about four percent, according to most estimates.<p>Mercedes-Benz, DaimlerChrysler's other major automotive group, posted a 17-percent sales increase in December and finished the year with a 1.3-percent increase for the full year. Porsche, Audi, and BMW also finished the year with sales increases.<p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.thecarconnection.com/Auto_News/Auto_News_Stories/Dec_Sales_Round_Out_Slow_Year_in_Detroit.S175.A981 5.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.thecarconnection.co....html</A>

01-05-2006, 08:19 AM
December US 2005<p><B>BMW</B> 26.464 +4%<br><B>Mercedes-Benz</B> 31.192 +17%<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by velsatis at 3:22 PM 1/6/2006</i>

01-06-2006, 05:57 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>velsatis</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">December 2005<p><B>BMW</B> 26.464 +4%<br><B>Mercedes-Benz</B> 31.192 +17%</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What this from? US? World? Mars? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

01-06-2006, 06:23 AM
Sorry forgot to mention its US <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/sheep.gif" BORDER="0">

01-06-2006, 06:58 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>velsatis</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">December US 2005<p><B>BMW</B> 26.464 +4%<br><B>Mercedes-Benz</B> 31.192 +17%<p><br><i>Modified by velsatis at 3:22 PM 1/6/2006</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, 4% is annual increase...<p>Monthly for BMW brand:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Monthly sales of BMW automobiles were up 9.3 percent, to 20,510 cars compared to 18,762 sold in December 2004</TD></TR></TABLE>

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01-08-2006, 12:29 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cozz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Mars? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>very soon

03-08-2006, 08:43 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">FRANKFURT -- <B>Strong sales of its new 3-series cars helped BMW boost group vehicle deliveries by 13.8 percent in February to 94,751 units</B>, the world's biggest premium carmaker said on Tuesday.<p>Deliveries at its core BMW brand <B>rose 18.5 percent to 82,507 units</B>, while those of its <B>Mini brand fell 10.0 percent to 12,214 cars amid bottlenecks caused by a temporary production halt at its plant in Oxford, England, for expansion work</B>.<p><B>Sales of the revamped BMW 3 series surged 53.5 percent in the first two months of the year to 69,232 units, including 46,903 of the 3-Series saloon </B>that was rolled out in early March 2005.<p>Sales of the <B>wagon version -- launched last September -- gained 69.1 percent to 15,622 cars</B>.<p>Powered by the revamped 3-series sedan, its most popular model by far, the Munich-based company has been breaking one sales record after another and has overtaken archrival DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes Car Group.<p>"In 2005 we were the world's most successful supplier of premium automobiles and in the first two months of 2006 we have further increased our lead over our competitors. This is a good basis from which to defend our leadership position this year," sales and marketing head Michael Ganal said in a statement.<p>CEO Helmut Panke said in January that the group aims to post another record in deliveries this year, although BMW expects to build up to 10 percent fewer Minis due to retooling at the Oxford plant.<p>In 2005, <B>BMW group vehicle sales increased 9.9 percent to nearly 1.33 million units</B>.<p>Mercedes Car Group reported on Monday, March 6, that unit sales swelled 16 percent in February to 83,800 vehicles as turnover at its core Mercedes-Benz brand jumped 23.1 percent, offsetting a drop of nearly 26 percent at its Smart small car unit.<p>Volkswagen's premium Audi brand continues to generate strong growth, helped by solid demand in Asia and hot models such as the A6 Avant estate.<p>Audi's February sales rose 15.9 percent to 63,500 vehicles even before this month's launch of the Audi Q7 SUV.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://www.autonews.com" TARGET="_blank">AutomotiveNews</A><br> <br>

03-29-2006, 02:28 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">On Monday GM sales analyst Paul Ballew announced that the <B>Generals market share would slip a percentage point in the first quarter to 24 percent compared to a year earlier</B>. Mark LaNeve, the companys VP of North American sales (a.k.a. Captain Obvious), also called the sales outlook for 2006 "very challenging". <p>But GM has had some recent successes it plans to capitalize on in the coming year, including strong demand for the companys redesigned lineup of GMT900 full-size SUVs. The <B>Tahoe is on track to sell 120,000 units </B>this year, which is ahead of last years sales rate that predicted only 100,000 Tahoes to be sold by years end. <p>The company has also put down the incentive stick with which it beat consumers over the head with last year in favor of a new pricing strategy that has resulted in lower and less complicated base prices. The new strategy should lead to higher transaction prices for each sale compared with the incentive laden sales of yesteryear. </TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://www.autonews.com" TARGET="_blank">AutomotiveNews</A><br> <br>

05-08-2006, 06:29 AM
Quick, which Ford present car is its best selling model? Is it the Mustang? Is it the Focus? Close - read on (NYT article):<p><A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/07/automobiles/07TAURUS.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05....html</A><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Still Bullish on the Old Taurus</B><p>The current Taurus goes only to fleets, yet is Ford's best-selling car.<p>By JERRY GARRETT<br>Published: May 7, 2006<br>FORD has been trying to bury the Taurus, but like the Undead in a zombie movie the car keeps keeps rising from the grave.<p>The euthanasia process has been made more difficult by the fact that the Taurus, which was expected to be comatose by now, is still showing up for work. Is it possible that this old warhorse remains Ford's best-selling passenger car?<p>"I guess it is," said George Pipas, a company spokesman, when asked if the Taurus's estimated 71,000 sales in the first four months of 2006 meant that it was still the most popular Ford car. (The F-150 pickup is the company's top seller over all.)<p>What's more, the Taurus has been available only to fleet customers, including rental agencies, since Jan. 1. "Taurus has been particularly popular with our business travelers," said Richard Broome, vice president for corporate affairs at Hertz. "It's been a reliable workhorse for us."<p>Taurus sales totaled 180,000 last year, but only 15 percent went to retail customers. With a sticker price of $21,830 nicely equipped ($22,980 with leather seats), most appear to have been sold.<p>"They don't stay on our lots very long either," said Mr. Broome of Hertz, whose company sells used models after they are retired from the rental fleet. Hertz Car Sales now offers 2006 models in the $14,000 to $15,000 range and 2005's for $11,000 to $13,000. Since Hertz had bought the cars at a sizable fleet discount, Mr. Broome said they held their value well.<p>Ford announced last year that it was discontinuing the Taurus (and its near-twin, the Mercury Sable) and pulling the plug on the life-support machine: the cars would get no more styling changes, no more advertising or promotional support, no more sales incentives, no more retail customers. But while the Sable died last year, the Taurus soldiers on as a favorite of corporate fleets.<p>Through the end of April, the car was still being produced at a rate of more than 18,000 a month at an Atlanta-area plant that is on a list of factories to be closed. "We will be on that pace, more or less, at least through the second quarter and into the third quarter," Mr. Pipas said. "After that, it is T.B.D."<p>This withering away seems an inglorious end for a midsize sedan that was the nation's best-selling car in 1992-96 (the last American-brand model to earn that distinction). The Taurus has now been Ford's sales leader longer than the celebrated Model T.<p>Through April, total production of the Taurus, which made its debut in 1985 as an '86 model, neared 7.5 million cars, with the Sable adding another 2.1 million. As of April 3, all new Tauruses are called 2007 models. (There are no plans for an '08.)<p>These cars will eventually move from corporate fleets to used car lots. Keep an eye out  in a small way, these cars will be historic even if they are never collectible.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG SRC="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/05/07/automobiles/07taurus600.jpg" BORDER="0">

11-19-2006, 07:17 PM
That's why the next time I rent a car I'll make sure I get a different car. or go to another rental service if they have nothing else in that category.

04-04-2007, 09:01 PM
For the First Time Audi Sells More than 100,000 Vehicles per Month<p><A HREF="http://www.fourtitude.com/news/publish/Audi_News/article_3028.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.fourtitude.com/news...shtml</A> <p>Maybe a Million for 2007?

04-26-2007, 01:11 PM
A slight bright spot in Ford's rather dull outlook; streamlining the business will help now, but Ford's real problem (as detailed in the article) of selling cars and trucks--i.e. having desirable products--has yet to be remedied. <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AP</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><B>Ford 1Q Loss Narrows, Revenue Up </B><br> <p><B>DEARBORN, Mich. (AP)  At $282 million, Ford Motor Co.'s first-quarter loss was much improved over the $1.4 billion in red ink it posted during the same quarter last year.</B><p>Company officials touted the results as a sign that its restructuring plans were taking hold, but Ford still is struggling to make money on its core business  selling cars and trucks in North America.<p>The first-quarter loss, announced Thursday, was Ford's seventh consecutive negative quarter, but the automaker said the smaller deficit reflected its efforts aimed at cutting costs and rolling out new products to compete with Asian automakers.<p><B>Ford's revenue rose 5 percent, its loss excluding special items was smaller than Wall Street expected and its shares rose about 4 percent </B>in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.<p>CEO Alan Mulally said in a conference call with reporters and industry analysts that Ford was making progress.<p>"Although these first-quarter results are encouraging, we still have a long way to go to turn around this business," he said. "The basics of our business are improving," he said.<p><B>Ford's new vehicle sales in the United States fell more than 13 percent for the quarter and its market share dropped from 17.2 percent in the first quarter of 2006 to 15.1 percent.</B><p>The Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles were performing well, but sales fell in the company's flagship F-Series pickup truck line and its Explorer sport utility vehicle. Both had been huge profit centers for the company in the past.<p>The overall loss of 15 cents per share for the January-March period compared with 76 cents per share in the same period a year ago.<p><B>Revenue rose to $43 billion from $40.8 billion a year ago.</B><br>Several industry analysts reacted to Ford's improvement with caution, saying that the company still faces significant challenges for the remainder of the year.<p>"Nothing there has really changed our feelings that 2007 will be a year of tremendous cash losses," said Gregg Lemos-Stein, a credit analyst for Standard & Poor's in New York.<p>Although Ford's cash flow improved in the first quarter, it is still on track to burn up $17 billion through 2009 to cover losses and restructuring costs, Chief Financial Officer Don LeClair said.<p>"I think the quarter represented a high point" for the year, said David Healy, an analyst with Burnham Securities.<p><B>Although the new crossovers and heavy-duty pickup trucks are off to a good start, Healy attributed Ford's sales decline to its plan to reduce low-profit sales to rental car companies and to sluggish sales of its older models.</B><p>Without special items, primarily restructuring costs, Ford said it would have lost $171 million, or 9 cents per share, in the latest quarter compared with an operating profit of $223 million, or 12 cents per share, a year ago.<p>The loss excluding special items was far less than the loss of 60 cents per share consensus forecast by 16 analysts polled by Thomson Financial. The estimate typically excludes special items.<p>Despite the overall improvement, Ford said its core business in North America lost $614 million on automotive operations before taxes for the quarter, wider than the $442 million it lost in the first quarter of last year. North American automotive revenue dropped from $19.8 billion in the first quarter of last year to $18.2 billion.<p>Ford also posted a pretax loss in its Asia Pacific and Africa operations, but it made a pretax profit in Europe and South America, and in its financial services sector.<p><B>The Premier Automotive Group, which includes Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Aston Martin, reported a record pretax profit of $402 million for the quarter due largely to Volvo and Land Rover. </B>Ford earned $22 million from its stake in Mazda, the company said.<p>"We continue to take the necessary steps to implement our turnaround plan and remain committed to our goal of achieving profitability no later than 2009," Mulally said.<p>Ford is trying to fend off Toyota Motor Corp. to keep the title of the nation's No. 2 automaker. The Dearborn-based company lost $12.7 billion last year and is in the midst of slashing thousands of jobs, closing plants and rolling out new products in an effort to return to profitability.<p>Ford said Thursday that it shed 18,000 hourly and salaried workers in the first quarter, mainly through early retirement and buyout offers. The separation programs cost the company $874 million for the quarter in North America.<p>"We achieved these hourly and salary reductions with minimum disruption to the business and continuing quality improvement," Mulally said in the call.<p>Mulally said that with normal attrition, the company is on track to meet its goals of reducing its North American blue-collar work force by 25,000 to 30,000 by the end of 2008 and 10,000 white-collar workers, most by the end of the first quarter this year.<p>Mulally also said the company has completed negotiations with the United Auto Workers union on work rule and other changes at nearly all of its plants, making them more productive.<p>Ford shares rose 29 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $8.17, in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange. They have traded in a 52-week range of $6.06 to $9.48.<p></TD></TR></TABLE>

08-14-2007, 04:27 PM
Ford announced in a statement today that the company has seen a strong sales increase in China during the first 7 months of the year. Ford's China retail sales have increased 29% over the first 7 months of 2007, beating the 23.73% growth average for the overall market. Sales of Ford, Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles totaled 94,064 units through the first 7 months.<p>China, the second biggest car market, trailing only the U.S., is proving to be a key market for domestic automakers' financial turnaround. Chinas automobile sales are expected to hit 8.3 million this year, a 17% increase over last year, but is only about half of the 17 million sales expected in the United States. However, according to Automotive News, China is narrowing the gap by 20% annually. At this pace, China should overtake the U.S. as the largest car market in 2015.<p>source: <A HREF="http://www.leftlanenews.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.leftlanenews.com</A><br>

10-12-2007, 05:58 AM
<A HREF="http://www.blueovalnews.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=598" TARGET="_blank">http://www.blueovalnews.com/in...d=598</A><p>Ford's sales i China up by 30%!

10-13-2007, 11:24 PM
Japanese Car Sales<p>1.Toyota Corolla 11,938<br>2.Honda Fit/Jazz 10,745<br>3.Toyota Vitz/Yaris 9,741<br>4.Nissan Serena 8,035<br>5.Toyota Voxy 7,861<br>6.Toyota Noah 7,688<br>7.Mazda new Demio/2 7,661<br>8.Nissan Tiida 6,630<br>9.Toyota Estima 6,501<br>10.Toyota Passo 6,156<br>11.Nissan Note 5,858<br>12.Suzuki Swift 5,694<br>13.Nissan new X-trail 5,631<br>14.Honda StepWGN 5,525<br>15.Nissan Cube 5,482<br>16.Toyota Prius 5,482<br>17.Honda Stream 5,392<br>18.Nissan March 5,392<br>19.Toyota Alphard 5,000<br>20.Toyota Premio 4,960<br>21.Toyota Ractis 4,704<br>22.Toyota Wish 4,650<br>23.Subaru Legacy 4,467<br>24.Toyota Crown 4,114<br>25.Toyota Porte 3,679<br>26.Subaru Impreza 3,426<br>27.Toyota Vanguard 3,361<br>28.Toyota bB 3,213<br>29.Toyota Harrier 3,213<br>30.Toyota Sienta 3,184<p><br><A HREF="http://www.autoincar.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoincar.com</A>

05-06-2008, 08:10 AM
A8 Continues Stellar Growth Audi of America, Inc. reported 2004 year-end sales of 77,917 compared to 2003 sales of 86,421, a difference of 9.8 percent. A highlight in 2004 was the continued sales success of the Audi A8. During 2004 Audi added two new A8 models, the A8 normal wheelbase with its 4.2 liter V8 and an A8 L W12 flagship with a W12 engine producing 450 horsepower. The A8 finished the year with sales of 5,943, a 45.3 percent increase over 2003 A8 sales of 4,090.For the month of December, Audi sold 7,650 vehicles, representing a 15.8 percent decline relative to the December 2003 record sales of 9,084.The Audi Certified Pre Owned business continued to climb in 2004 with December sales of 2,089, a 22.8 percent increase over December 2003 sales of 1,701. CPO sales for the year totaled 24,821, a 20.7 percent increase over 2003 CPO sales of 20,558. GCF