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January U.S. auto sales up 13.7%, Nissan overtakes Honda

The market research firm Autodata Corp. released the January U.S. auto sales results on the 3rd of February. The total sales increased 13.7% year-on-year to 1,151,123 units, making it the 11th consecutive month of year-on-year growth.

The sales of the American Big Three were strong. The sales of GM, the largest U.S. automaker, increased 18.3% year-on-year to 202,786 units, their fifth consecutive month of sales increase. The sales for Chevrolet’s flagship midsize sedan Malibu increased 0.6% to 11,878 units, the second consecutive month of sales increase. The sales for the Silverado, their mainstay large pickup truck, increased 24.8% year-on-year to 36,106 units, enjoying its 10th consecutive month of sales increase.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Company overtook Toyota and notched 2nd place with a 15.6% year-on-year increase to 177,441 units, their second consecutive month of year-on-year growth. The sales for their flagship midsize sedan Fusion decreased 4.9% to 19,694 units, the third consecutive month of sales decrease. However, their flagship SUV Escape enjoyed a fourth consecutive month of sales increase, up 3.1% to 20,054 units. The F-Series, the best-selling large pickup truck, also enjoyed an increase as it went up 16.9% to 54,370 units, exceeding the record on the same period last year for the first time in six months.

Lastly, FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group) continues to be in fourth place. They reported an increase of 14% year-on-year to 145,007 units, continuing a 58th consecutive month of year-on-year growth. The sales for the large pickup truck Ram continue to be strong, up 14% to 28,618 units. The sales of the new 200 sedan increased 30% to 14,157 units, lifting Chrysler Brand’s sales.

However, the Japanese Big Three are also enjoying growth. Toyota notched 3rd place with a 15.6% year-on-year increase to 169,194 units, their 11th consecutive month of year-on-year sales gains. The sales for the best-selling passenger car Camry increased 14.7% to 26,763 units; it is now enjoying its second consecutive month of sales increase. In addition, the sales for the new Corolla increased 20.2% to 27,357 units, their fourth consecutive month of sales gains. The sales for the RAV4 continue to be strong, up 17.4% year-on-year to 19,824 units.

Nissan moved up to 5th place and overtook Honda. Nissan’s January sales increased 15.1% year-on-year to 104,107 units, their second consecutive month of year-on-year sales gains. The sales for the mainstay Altima (Teana in Japan) increased 17.3% year-on-year to 26,408 units, its second consecutive month of year-on-year sales increase. The sales for the Sentra continue to have a significant increase, up 57.7% to 14,395 units. The sales for the all-new flagship SUV Rogue, which was remodeled in December 2013, increased 13.1% to 15,649 units; it is now enjoying its sixth consecutive month of year-on-year sales gains.

With Nissan taking the 5th place, Honda moved down to 6th place. Honda’s January sales increased 11.5% year-on-year to 102,184 units, as they continue to enjoy their sixth consecutive month of year-on-year sales increase. Among their flagship cars, the sales for the Accord increased for the first time in three months, having gone up up 2% year-on-year to 21,011 units.The sales for the CR-V increased 27.3% year-on-year to 23,211 units, continuing its four-month streak of sales gains. The sales for the Fit also continue to increase, having gone up 85.8% year-on-year to 5,802 units.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)