2012 saw a 13% increase in automotive sales, compared to 2011, making it the third year in a year over growth over 10%. All-in-all, 14.49 million light vehicles were sold.
Most companies saw a great increase in sales, while a select few saw an upsetting decrease. Fiat saw its expected increase in sales, and Lamborghini saw a significant increase as well. Of the major car brands, Chrysler was the biggest winner, with a 39.13% increase in sales. Volkswagen saw a 35.06% increase in sales, and Toyota saw a 27.12% increase, rounding out the top three major brand winners.
While It is great that the US auto companies are having a fine recovery, the most important is the Japanese companies who experienced natural disasters that shattered their production. Toyota and Honda both saw a significant gain in sales and and both are said to have fully recovered from last year’s disasters and recalls.
Here is a quick breakdown of the top performers:
- Best-Selling Brand: Ford (2,168,015)
- Best-Selling Luxury Brand: Mercedes-Benz (295,063 *includes Sprinter)
- Best-Selling Vehicle: Ford F-Series (645,316)
- Best-Selling Car: Toyota Camry (404,886)
- Best-Selling CUV: Honda CR-V (281,652)
- Best-Selling Minivan: Dodge Caravan (141,468)
- Battle of the Pony Cars: Chevrolet Camaro (84,391, -4.4%) beat Ford Mustang (82,995, +17.8%)
- Top Five Midsize Sedans: Toyota Camry (404,886), Honda Accord (331,872), Nissan Altima (302,934), Ford Fusion (241,263), Hyundai Sonata (230,605)
- Top Five Minivans: Dodge Caravan (141,468), Honda Odyssey (125,980), Toyota Sienna (114,725), Chrysler Town & Country (111,744), Nissan Quest (18,275)
I wish I could say that all companies saw growth, but unfortunately, that is just not the case. Cadillac, Jaguar, Lincoln, Suzuki and Mitsubishi all saw a decrease in sales, with Mitsubishi having the largest percentage of decrease, a whopping -28.09%.
Below is a complete graph of the automotive industry sales in 2012.
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