Ford, Toyota post slight Nov. gains; GM, Chrysler sales decline
The Detroit News
Ford Motor Co. posted virtually flat sales for November while Toyota
Motor Sales U.S.A and American Honda Motor Co. said their sales were the
best-ever for the month.
Chrysler LLC said its U.S. sales were off 2 percent in November while
General Motors Corp. reported that sales were down 11 percent to 263,654
Demand for GM's trucks slipped by more than 15 percent, although the
automaker said sales of its more fuel-efficient models such as the
Chevrolet Aveo and Pontiac G5 and the redesigned Malibu sedan were
encouraging. Like its rivals, GM is pulling out of sales to daily rental
fleets, moving 14,000 fewer units through that channel than in November
Chrysler said it sold 161,088 units. Gainers included the Sebring
convertible, the Town & Country minivan and the Dodge Charger while
consumers were more inclined to bypass large SUVs such as the Jeep
Ford said continued demand for crossovers and fuel-sippers, as well as
increased fleet sales, drove its U.S. sales in November to 182,951
units, up 0.4 percent from 182,259 a year ago.
The company said sales of its Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover
vehicles were strong, as were those of its smaller SUVs, the Ford Escape
and the Mercury Mariner. Hybrid versions of the Escape and Mariner sold
at record levels in November.
Sales of the 2008 Focus were up 18 percent compared to a year ago,
helped by the SYNC in-car entertainment and technology system.
Ford also continued its planned withdrawal from sales to daily rental
car fleets, which were down 6 percent compared to a year ago. However,
sales to government and commercial fleets were up 25 percent, helping to
offset a 3 percent decline in sales to individual retail customers.
Ford also said it plans to make 685,000 vehicles in North America in the
first quarter of 2008; that's down from 740,000 in the same period a
Toyota also reported a minute percentage increase but said its November
sales of 197,189 units, up 0.3 percent over last year, was a record for
Sales of passenger cars were up 6.2 percent, led by the Camry sedan.
Sales of the hybrid Camry were up 65 percent compared to a year ago, and
the hybrid Prius post a 109 percent increase in sales to 16,737 units.
Toyota's light trucks and its Lexus division posted sales declines.
Honda said its November sales were up 4.7 percent to 111,431 units,
compared to 106,446 a year ago.
The CR-V, Fit and redesigned Accord led Honda division sales; at Acura,
the MDX SUV was in demand.
Other automakers reporting November U.S. sales today include:
*Audi of America Inc., down 1.1 percent to 9,104 units
*Nissan North America Inc., up 6.1 percent to 80,683 units
*Subaru of America Inc., down 5.8 percent to 14,868 units
*Kia Motors America, up 8.9 percent to 24,177 units
*Volvo Cars of North America LLC, down 11 percent to 8,243 units