Auto sales in the US market up 1.4% during November
Boosted by Black Friday deals and strong consumer confidence, U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks rose 1.4% in November to nearly 1.4 million, according to Autodata Corp.
It is only the second month this year that light-vehicle sales rose year over year. Light truck volume jumped 7.4% while car deliveries remained weak, falling 8.8%.
Out of the Detroit Big 3, Ford was the only automaker to post an increase in sales, of 6.7% to 210,771 units due to strong demand for trucks and SUVs. Ford sold 72,769 F-Series pickups, marking that vehicle’s best November since 2001.
General Motors sales fell 3% to 245,387 units. Cadillac sales dropped 13%, but GMC, Chevrolet and Buick saw smaller declines. GM’s best-seller, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was up 3%.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles saw its sales fall 4% to 154,919 vehicles. Chrysler brand sales jumped 14% on strong sales of the Pacifica minivan. But sales fell for the company’s Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Fiat brands.
Out of the Japan Big 3, Toyota was the only automaker whose sales fell with a 3% drop to 191,617 units. Increased truck and SUV sales were offset by strong declines in car sales.
Honda sales rose 8% to 133,156 vehicles. Sales of the CR-V SUV jumped 25%. Acura sales were up 10%.
At Nissan Motor Co., sales jumped 18%, a 19% increase at the Nissan brand and 7.5% gain at Infiniti, with combined light truck deliveries rising 29% at both brands.
The Nissan brand posted record November sales of 122,959, driven by record November demand for two crossovers — the Rogue and Murano. Combined car sales at Nissan and Infiniti rose 5.2%.