December 2013 Sales: Automakers Shatter Records

By | January 03, 2014
The end of the year usually brings strong sales figures, and while a good number of automakers saw negative sales numbers for the month, they still managed to break yearly sales records. Some automakers even managed to set new sales records, like Audi who had its best U.S. sales year to date. Looking at the month of December, Honda had its best December sales, while Volkswagen managed to have its second best December since 1972. Other automakers boasted strong months, including Mitsubishi that had its best December in seven years. We can't look at the month of December and not take a peek at overall sales records. Ford claimed its best year of sales since 2006, Kia had its second best full year of sales in the U.S., and Mazda managed to have its best year of retail-only sales since 1994. Even the luxury automakers outdid themselves. Mercedes-Benz achieved its highest year of sales in the U.S. with 312,534 units sold in 2013. BMW managed to break its U.S. all-time sales record, while both the BMW and Mini brands set new sales records. Take a look at the chart below to see how each automaker finished out 2013.
Brand/Company December 2012 December 2013 NUMERICAL CHANGE ADJUSTED DSR RATE BEST SELLING MODEL
Acura  16,034  15,751  -283  -1.8  MDX
Audi  14,841  17,013  2,172  14.6  Q5
BMW  37,399  37,389  -10  0.0  3 Series
Buick  16,473  15,379  -1,094  -6.6  Enclave
Cadillac  18,248  18,165  -83  -0.5  SRX
Chevrolet  167,091  153,493  -13,598  -8.1  Silverado
Chrysler  25,513  20,270  -5,243  -21.0  Town & Country
Dodge  52,391  47,689  -4,702  -9.0  Caravan
Fiat  3,707  3,745  38  1.0  500
Ford  206,838  210,074  3,236  1.6  F-Series
GMC  43,921  43,120  -801  -1.8  Sierra
Honda  116,740  119,504  2,764  2.4  Accord
Hyundai  59,435  63,005  3,570  6.0  Elantra
Infiniti  12,627  13,232  605  4.8  Q50
Jaguar  1,049  1,544  495  47.0  XF
Jeep  39,871  53,275  13,404  34.0  Grand Cherokee
Kia  39,178  33,631  -5,547  N/A  Optima
Land Rover  5,174  5,764  590  11.0  Range Rover Sport
Lexus  30,607  34,757  4,150  18.1  RX
Lincoln  7,384  7,984  600  8.1  MKZ
Mazda  27,251  22,964  -4,287  -15.7  Mazda3
Mercedes-Benz  28,145  33,007  4,862  17.3  E-Class
Mini  6,456  6,592  136  2.1  Cooper S
Mitsubishi  4,113  6,423  2,310  56.2  Outlander Sport
Nissan  86,883  96,526  9,863  11.4  Altima
Porsche 1,834 3,246 1,412 10.0 Cayenne
Ram  30,885  36,028  5,143  17.0  Pickup
Smart  996  855  -141  -14.2  ForTwo
Subaru  36,653  40,172  3,519  9.6  Forester
Toyota  163,536  156,086  -7,450  -0.7  Camry
Volkswagen  44,005  34,015  -9,990  -22.7  Jetta
Volvo  6,150  4,888  -1,262  -20.5  S60
 
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