Detroit Three Gain, VW Loses: October Auto Sales

Detroit Three Gain, VW Loses: October Auto Sales

Most automakers are celebrating a successful October, save for Volkswagen, one of the few who posted a loss last month.

General Motors, Chrysler and Ford combined for an increase of 14 percent, spurred by big demand for pickup trucks and sedans.

General Motors alone posted a 16 percent improvement year-over-year, with a 16 percent jump for GMC, a 15 percent hike for Chevrolet and a 10 percent increase for Cadillac. Despite the overall rise, sales of the Chevy Volt dropped by 32 percent year-over-year.

Ford posted its best October sales since 2004, rising 14 percent year-over-year. The Fusion, Fiesta and F-150 were all strong sellers in October, with the pickup truck topping 60,000 units sold. Sales at Ford’s luxury division, Lincoln, rose 38 percent for the month of October, but are still down 3 percent compared to last year.

Chrysler posted a 6 percent increase while sales at Ram jumped by 22 percent. Even Jeep posted a seven percent increase year-over-year, reporting that 579 Cherokees have now been sold. The launch of the Cherokee was delayed after the brand had issues with its automatic transmission.

On the other end of the spectrum, Volkswagen sales dropped by 18 percent in America, a stat that is attributable to the cancellation of the Routan minivan and the phasing out of the current generation Golf in favor of the new model according to the brand. Though Volkswagen didn’t fair so well, its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche both posted 11 percent gains year-over-year.

Toyota posted a 9 percent gain, though the brand likely lost some market share because of it. The Camry, Prius, Yaris and four Scion models all posted sales losses, though Avalon sales more than tripled, and RAV4 sales rose by 61 percent.

Subaru set a new yearly record in October, moving 347,890 units year to date. The brand is currently on track to sell more than 400,000 vehicles in 2013.

Nissan had a good month as well, riding on a wave of crossover and SUV sales. Nissan posted a 14 percent gain overall year-over-year, while Infiniti posted a 5 percent gain.

Hyundai had a good month too, with Santa Fe sales up 36 percent, the Sonata up 18 percent and the Equus up 14 percent.