It appears that August was another strong month for the auto industry. Nearly all automakers are reporting double-digit sales gains. General Motors Co. says its U.S. sales rose nearly 15 percent in August. Ford and Chrysler reported 12 percent increases, while Toyota was up 23 percent.
General Motors dealers delivered 275,847 vehicles in the United States in August, up 15 percent compared to a year ago. Retail sales increased 22 percent while fleet sales were down 8 percent.
Total and retail deliveries increased by double-digits at all GM brands.
In total, Cadillac was up 38 percent, Buick was up 37 percent, GMC was up 14 percent and Chevrolet was up 10 percent.
Deliveries to retail customers were up 38 percent at Cadillac, 22 percent at Chevrolet, 16 percent at GMC and 24 percent at Buick. Buick’s retail sales were up for the 16 th month in row, and it was the brand’s best August since 2003. Cadillac’s retail sales were the brand’s best August since 1989.
“The second half of 2013 is off to a very solid start for GM and our model-year change over and new product launches are going smoothly,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. sales operations. “We have a lot of momentum and we feel good about the direction of the U.S. economy as we prepare to launch even more new products, including all-new heavy duty pickups and large SUVs for Chevrolet and GMC, a completely redesigned Cadillac CTS and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.”
GM’s sales last month were the highest of 2013 and the best since September 2008, when the global financial crisis began to accelerate. Two years later, on Sept. 8, 2010, Chevrolet launched the Cruze in North America, marking the beginning of an aggressive rollout of new products that will see nearly 30 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC nameplates either all new or redesigned by early 2014.
Since then, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2013 Cadillac ATS won the North American Car of the Year award, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala was named the top sedan in the country by a leading consumer publication, GM topped the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study and the company has returned to competitive levels of leasing. GM and its dealers have also embarked on a multibillion-dollar program to renovate sales and service facilities in all 50 states.
August Sales Highlights (vs. 2012)
- Crossover sales were up 34 percent. The GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX had their best-ever August sales and the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Encore had their best months ever.
- Full-size pickup sales were up 15 percent. Large SUV sales were up 29 percent.
- Passenger car deliveries were up 8 percent. Retail deliveries were up 27 percent, driven by a 93 percent increase for the Chevrolet Malibu and a 76 percent increase for the Chevrolet Impala. The Impala has increased its retail share of the large car segment by about 3 percentage points, according to J.D. Power PIN data.
- The Chevrolet Volt had its best month ever, as did the Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Sonic, Cadillac XTS and Buick Verano.
August 2013 Sales
|Month||Total Sales||YOY Change||Retail Sales|
|CYTD||Total Sales||YOY Change||Retail Sales|
|Fleet Segment||Month||YOY Change||CYTD|
|Fleet Share of Total GM Sales||19.9%||(4.9) points||24.7%||(2.6) points|
|Inventory||Units at |
|Days Supply (selling day adjusted)||Units at Previous |
Days Supply (selling day adjusted)
|Industry Sales||Month (est.)||CYTD (est.)|
|Light Vehicle SAAR||16.3 million range||15.6 million range|
Ford reported a 12.2 percent increase in sales in the United States in August - the best month the automaker has seen since August 2006.
Car sales were up 15 percent, utilities up 16 percent and truck sales up 30 percent.
The Ford Fusion had its best-ever August sales with 24,653 vehicles sold. Strongest growth for Fusion continues to be in the western region of the country, with retail sales up 63 percent.
"Producing more Fusions at Flat Rock Assembly with its 1,400 new workers is a welcome opportunity, as Fusion showed great strength in August," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. "Small cars and hybrids continue to outpace the market in the coastal regions of the U.S., with Ford brand retail small car sales growing at more than three times the rate of the U.S. small car industry."
Ford's overall small car sales – including Fiesta, Focus and C-MAX hybrids – were up 30 percent, with combined sales of 30,148 vehicles. C-MAX hybrids contributed 44 percent of Ford's small car growth in August. Fiesta sales increased 61 percent, for the best August Fiesta sales ever.
F-Series sales of 71,115 vehicles were up 22 percent, for the 25th consecutive monthly increase – and the second time this year sales have topped 70,000 vehicles. The last time F-Series had sales of more than 70,000 vehicles in two separate months in a calendar year was 2006.
Lincoln MKZ sales were up 10 percent to 3,652 vehicles, for a best-ever August sales month. MKZ has now reported record sales for four of the last five months.
Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 12 percent last month as strong truck sales pushed the company to its best August in six years.
The automaker sold nearly 166,000 cars and trucks last month. Sales of its best-selling Ram pickup rose 31 percent.