September Sales Mixed for Automakers

LA Times

U.S. month­ly auto sales declined in Sep­tem­ber for the first time in more than three years, but some automak­ers did bet­ter than oth­ers in vehi­cle sales for the month.

Find out how the major automak­ers fared in the month of Sep­tem­ber.

U.S. month­ly auto sales declined in Sep­tem­ber for the first time in more than three years, in part because of a cal­en­dar quirk that land­ed Labor Day week­end sales in the August report.

Auto infor­ma­tion com­pa­ny esti­mat­ed that by the time all of the automak­ers report their results Tues­day, sales will have topped 1.1 mil­lion, about a 4% decline from Sep­tem­ber last year. Ford Motor Co. said the decline may be clos­er to 5%.

Gen­er­al Motors Co. said it sold 187,195 vehi­cles in the U.S. last month, an 11% decrease from the same month a year ear­li­er.

How­ev­er, Ford said its Sep­tem­ber sales totaled 185,146 vehi­cles, a 6% increase from a year ear­li­er.

Chrysler Group also bucked the trend, report­ing sales of 143,017 vehi­cles in Sep­tem­ber, a 1% increase com­pared with the same month a year ear­li­er and the automaker’s best Sep­tem­ber since 2007.

Toy­ota Motor Corp. report­ed Sep­tem­ber 2013 sales of 164,457 vehi­cles, a 4% decrease from its U.S. sales in the same month a year ear­li­er.

“Sep­tem­ber was a sol­id month for the auto indus­try despite two few­er sell­ing days,” said Bill Fay, Toy­ota Divi­sion group vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al man­ag­er. “Indus­try fun­da­men­tals are strong as inter­est rates stay low and con­sumers remain con­fi­dent.”

Nis­san Motor Co. said its sales fell almost 6% to 86,868 vehi­cles.

Sales of the Volkswagen’s VW brand fell 12.2% to 31,920 vehi­cles last month.

The cal­en­dar left the indus­try with one less week­end to sell cars, and “cer­tain­ly that had an impact on the num­bers,” said Mark McN­abb, chief oper­at­ing offi­cer for Volk­swa­gen of Amer­i­ca.




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