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Old 09-01-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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August was another solid month of sales growth for many popular carmakers, but Toyota and Honda once again remained the exception.

General Motors (up 18%), Ford (up 11.2%), Nissan (up 19.2%) and Hyundai (up 9.1%) all recorded strong growth. Chrysler grew by 31%, which the automaker says is well above the industry average. Stable truck sales buoyed GM, Ford and Chrysler: The Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado are firmly the top-selling vehicles of the year thus far, and Ram sales have grown nearly 25% compared with 2010.

The Chevrolet Cruze was the third-best-selling car of the month, and it was the best-selling compact car. Its also GMs best-selling car, beating the Chevy Malibu and Impala year-to-date.

Toyota and Honda were a different, yet familiar, story. Both companies saw double-digit declines compared with a year ago. Toyota was down 12.7% while Honda fell a whopping 24.6%.

Despite the slump, the Toyota Camry remained the top-selling car in August, with more than 30,000 of the family sedans reaching customers. The Honda Accord returned to the top 10 best-selling list, finishing in ninth place. The once-venerable nameplate was absent from the list in July.

Nissan says it was able to gain sales from competitors that are having inventory trouble presumably the automaker is talking about its Japanese competition and expects to continue gaining more share of the car market in the future. The Nissan Altima was the second best-selling sedan for the month.

Despite their August sales numbers, Toyota and Honda remain optimistic that sales will pick up in September. Both automakers noted that car production is back at 100% after the tsunami in Japan slowed down production. That return to normalcy occurred toward the end of August, so well have to wait and see how September turns out to get an indication of a second wind at either carmaker.

The big variances in sales performance were enough for Chrysler to catapult ahead of Toyota to become the third-largest U.S. car retailer for August Toyota is traditionally a second- or third-rung player. Nissan surpassed Honda to become the fifth-largest player. Hyundai is still far away from matching the sales figures of the above six heavyweights, for now.

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Not surprising; mostly bland, mainstream vehicles. Just my opinion of course. Sonata is probably the most interesting with the new 2.0T motor.
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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The big variances in sales performance were enough for Chrysler to catapult ahead of Toyota to become the third-largest U.S. car retailer for August – Toyota is traditionally a second- or third-rung player. Nissan surpassed Honda to become the fifth-largest player. Hyundai is still far away from matching the sales figures of the above six heavyweights, for now.
This is what peaked my interest. Honda on a sales slide, Hyundai on a tear but not quite there. Sadly, the pickups are so prevalent and most are used as work trucks/commercial yet still go into these numbers.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:28 PM   #4
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This is what peaked my interest. Honda on a sales slide, Hyundai on a tear but not quite there. Sadly, the pickups are so prevalent and most are used as work trucks/commercial yet still go into these numbers.
Surprising how when you stop make all your exciting vehicles in favour of mainstream, boring but quality cars...then start to remove the quality part...how that happens...
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This is what peaked my interest. Honda on a sales slide, Hyundai on a tear but not quite there. Sadly, the pickups are so prevalent and most are used as work trucks/commercial yet still go into these numbers.
Piqued.

Skewing the numbers is not only the work truck distortion but also that the domestics have a lot more fleet sales than the imports.
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I wonder how much the Altima coupe contributes to sales. That's quite a spike over last year. But if some Americans are deadset on a Japanese big 3 vehicle, and toyota and honda are having inventory issues, then it makes sense. The Nissan commercials are even bragging about vehicle availability.

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the domestics have a lot more fleet sales than the imports.
That's not as true as it used to be. When GM cancelled their cop cars, and Ford and GM both geared more for consumer than fleet, a lot of this changed. When the rental fleets and giant company fleets reloaded, they went for stuff other than the traditional. I'd have to look for numbers to be sure though.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:39 AM   #7
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That's not as true as it used to be. When GM cancelled their cop cars, and Ford and GM both geared more for consumer than fleet, a lot of this changed. When the rental fleets and giant company fleets reloaded, they went for stuff other than the traditional. I'd have to look for numbers to be sure though.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:59 AM   #8
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I stand corrected. Or sit, as the case may be...And looking back a decade, the percentage is still the same, hovering around 25%...So it's just as true as it's always been.

I'd bet though, given the huge advantage in retail sales, and the two pickups DOMINATING, and the fact that most small businesses get put in the retail category(i think), the skewed answer might be in retail more than fleet.
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Which cars are they selling to fleets? Are fleets buying pickups? Cruzes/focus? What? IF the fleet sales are vehicles not in the top 10 then it is somewhat irrelevant to this post.
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Probably a few giant fleet customers are buying pickups. Uhaul, Nation-wide chains of landscapers, and so on. But I agree with the point of your post.
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Not surprising; mostly bland, mainstream vehicles. Just my opinion of course. Sonata is probably the most interesting with the new 2.0T motor.
Niche cars do not do well for the manufactures because they are niche so whats new? Most people just want reliable work horses. Adding turbo for most people means pretty much nothing because the general public cares about bang for the buck and reliability more than anything else.

When you are 40 years old with 3 kids, the last thing you wanna think about is if your tires are sticky enough for stop light drag racing or if your BOV sounds cool enough to your other car bros...
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Niche cars do not do well for the manufactures because they are niche so whats new? Most people just want reliable work horses. Adding turbo for most people means pretty much nothing because the general public cares about bang for the buck and reliability more than anything else.

When you are 40 years old with 3 kids, the last thing you wanna think about is if your tires are sticky enough for stop light drag racing or if your BOV sounds cool enough to your other car bros...
Yeah I get it, I guess that's not automatically where my brain went when I read the title.

And I will never have 3 kids; I'm actually unsure if I'm having any
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It blows my mind that their were 100K brand new full size pickups sold in one month.
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It blows my mind that their were 100K brand new full size pickups sold in one month.
why is that?

back in 2006 the Fseries sold approximately 1 million units.
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honda can f off with their turrible transmissions
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damn minivan...



I agree, honda can DIAF.
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So those who argue that domestics are taking over the industry need to dial back their expectations a bit for the moment: between the supply issues and the fleet picture, its too early to determine what exactly is going on in the industry.
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