March 2013 Monthly Sales: Everybody Gets a Trophy (Almost)

March seems to be the month of breaking records, with most brands back in the positive for monthly sales. GM announced its best March sales in five years, up 6 percent from the same month last year. By brand, Cadillac is up almost 50 percent, Buick is up 37 percent, GMC is up 12 percent, and Chevrolet comes in with virtually the same numbers as March 2012. Perhaps the best March 2013 sales goes to Volkswagen, whose sales this month were the best the company has seen since 1973. BMW, Subaru, and Nissan all announce their best March sales numbers ever, with Nissan also boasting its highest volume month to date, thanks to the all-new Pathfinder that has set a record, with sales up 177.1 percent. By vehicle, the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 have their best months ever, with increases of 96.1 and 123.8 percent, respectively, from March 2012. The Toyota Avalon has sales that are up 109 percent, and Lexus also has a high increase of 116.4 percent for its ES. Toyota has been named the number one retail nameplate for the month of March, with the Toyota Motor Group being the number one retail manufacturer. See the chart below for a complete list of March 2013 monthly sales. *Daily Sales Rate takes into account the varying sales days between years, providing a more consistent measurement of than a straight percentage.
Brand/Company March 2013 March2012 Increase/Decrease Daily Sales Rate* Increase/Decrease Best-Selling Model
Acura 14,100 11,166 2,934 31.0% MDX
Audi 13,253 11,585 1,668 14.4% A4/Allroad
BMW 27,078 23,940 3,138 13.1% 3 Series
Buick 18,007 13,105 4,902 37.4% Enclave
Cadillac 15,751 10,537 5,214 49.5% SRX
Chevrolet 173,859 173,073 786 0.5% Silverado
Chrysler 33,905 34,726 -821 -2% 200
Dodge 59,885 52,076 7,809 15% Avenger
Fiat 3,807 3,712 95 3% 500
Ford 229,335 214,615 14,720 6.9% F-Series
GMC 38,333 34,337 3,996 11.6% Sierra
Honda 121,938 115,883 6,105 9.2% Accord
Hyundai 68,306 68,728 -1,422 -2% Elantra
Infiniti 11,103 10,185 918 9.0% G Sedan
Jeep 39,469 45,124 -5,655 -13% Wrangler
Kia 49,125 57,505 -8,380 N/A Optima
Lexus 23,190 20,140 3,050 15.1% RX
Lincoln 6,825 8,803 -1,978 -22.5% MKZ
Mazda 32,028 32,376 -348 -1.1% Mazda3
Mercedes-Benz 24,646 23,134 1,512 6.5% C-Class
Mini 6,071 5,866 205 3.5% Cooper Hardtop
Mitsubishi N/A N/A N/A N/A Outlander Sport
Nissan 126,623 126,132 491 0.4% Versa
Porsche 3,487 2,460 1,027 41% Cayenne
Ram 34,540 27,743 6,797 24% Pickup
Smart 929 999 -70 -7.0% ForTwo
Subaru 36,701 32,387 4,314 13.30% Outback
Toyota 182,152 183,142 -990 -0.5% Camry
Volkswagen 37,704 36,588 1,116 3.1% Jetta
Volvo 5,365 6,693 -1,328 -19.8% S60
  • 2013 Nissan Versa
 
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