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July 2013 Sales Day: Many Set Records, Infiniti Waits, and Lincoln Can't Catch a Break

By Jacob Brown | August 01, 2013
July for the auto industry was like the summer blockbuster Hollywood hasn't yet been able to muster. Records fell. And they fell some more. Car companies saw redemption, with the Honda Civic breaking a 13-year-old compact car record, overtaking the perennially best-selling Accord in the Honda lineup for sales supremacy. Audi saw numbers grow, so did Mini, GM, Mazda, and plenty more. Despite lukewarm media reactions, the Chevrolet Silverado saw its sales numbers skyrocket, and Mitsubishi, Jaguar, and Land Rover all saw their fractions grow more substantive. July was a very good month for most everyone. Except Infiniti and Lincoln. Infiniti has pulled back supplies on its 2013 vehicles as its entire lineup undergoes a name change. Its best-selling Infiniti G is being replaced by the Infiniti Q50, which is going on sale this month. Initial demand has been strong, pent up. But without the product, it's suffered the greatest declines. August, September, and October should be better brand indicators. Lincoln, however, is in serious trouble. The luxury brand has struggled to find an identity with many products simply being luxed-up Fords. Then, Ford's supplies from the Mexican factory where the MKZ is made were limited as quality issues scaled back production. Now, however, Lincoln is fully online. The MKZ was going gangbusters on the segment, but demand has waned. The brand is down, and until the MKC enters to compete against the likes of the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, we have a feeling Lincoln is going to be reeling.
Automaker July 2013 July 2012 Change Adjusted DSR Best-Selling Model
Acura  15,150  12,825  2,325  13.4%  MDX
Audi  13,064  11,707  1,357  11.6%  Q5
BMW  24,043  21,297  2,746  12.9%  3 Series
Buick  16,393  14,391  2,002  13.9%  Enclave
Cadillac  15,652  13,417  2,235  16.7%  SRX
Chevrolet  162,670  138,942  23,728  17.1%  Silverado
Chrysler  19,978  20,792  -814  -3.9%  200
Dodge  41,968  35,630  6,338  17.8%  Caravan
Fiat  3,783  3,710  73  2.0%  500
Ford  186,796  166,991  19,805  11.9%  F-Series
GMC  39,356  34,487  4,869  14.1%  Sierra
Honda  126,289  104,119  22,170  16.9%  Civic
Hyundai  66,005  62,021  3,984  6.4%  Sonata
Infiniti  7,762  11,619  -3,857  -33.2%  JX35/QX60
Jaguar  1,613  1,011  602  59.5%  XF
Jeep  42,277  41,559  718  1.7%  Grand Cherokee
Kia  49,004  48,074  930  1.9%  Optima
Land Rover  4,050  3,320  730  22.0%  Range Rover Evoque
Lexus  23,031  18,235  4,796  21.2%  ES
Lincoln  6,919  6,975  -58  -0.8  MKZ
Mazda  24,977  19,300  5,677  29.4%  Mazda3
Mercedes-Benz  23,648  21,514  2,134  9.1%  C-Class
Mini  5,950  5,855  95  1.6%  Cooper Hardtop
Mitsubishi  5,230  4,194  1,036  24.7%  Outlander Sport
Nissan  101,279  86,722  14,557  16.8%  Altima
Porsche  3,820  2,803  1,017  36.3%  Cayenne
Ram  32,078  24,398  7,680  31.5%  Pickup
Smart  860  780  80  10.3%  Fortwo
Subaru  35,994  25,183  10,811  42.9%  Outback
Toyota  170,363  146,663  23,700  11.5%  Camry
Volkswagen  35,779  37,014  -1,235  -3.3%  Jetta
Volvo  5,909  5,717  192  3.4%  S60
 
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