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Time To Tally the Numbers

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On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:42PM | By: Karen Cook

Time To Tally the Numbers

With the year coming to an end it’s time for car manufacturers to tally up their numbers. The government shutdown did not affect sales by much. Consumers didn’t pay much attention when all was said and done. So who came out on top? Most makers had at least something to smile about.

Toyota lost some sales with the Camry and the Prius which dropped 2.9% and 5.1% respectively, but the redesigned Corolla sold well giving them a 4.8% boost over last year. Its Tundra pick-up rose 11.4% along with the RAV-4 which was up by 13.2%.

Honda sales dropped a little with the CR-V, a .6% decrease and the Civic was down by 2.4% but the Accord gave them a much needed increase of 20.4%.

The Ford Focus wasn’t such a hit this year and gained only 2.6% but the Fusion definitely garnered 17.8% more sales over last year, along with the Escape (23.3% gain) and the F-Series (22% gain). The Explorer had the highest upswing with an impressive increase of 30%.

Chevrolet sales rose 24.7% with the Silverado and had strong numbers with its Cruze (up 17.4%). The Malibu didn’t attract much interest (loss of 21.4%) but the Equinox gained 14%.

Dodge saw sales of the Ram rise by 22.5% which was its only strong vehicle in terms of sales and Nissan had a modest gain of 6.8% with its Altima. Hyundai lost 12.3% with the Sonata but made up for it with a 29.1% increase with the Elantra.

Thanks to consumer optimism—despite the government shutdown and an economy still in recovery—and to falling gas prices, it appears that auto manufacturers will carry on and auto drivers will continue to buy.

(Numbers based on sales from January to June 2013.)


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