Sales data released by car manufacturers shows January winners and losers.
The 2016 car sales race is on again in earnest with U.S. car sales data for January coming to hand.
Overall, car sales fell 0.4% in the month with 17.55 million deliveries and it was the giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and its car brands, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge and also the resurgent Swedish auto brand, Volvo, that had the most reason to celebrate.
Infiniti, the sport/luxury brand owned by Nissan, had a forgettable start to 2016 in the U.S.
In a month of car sales severely impacted by intense weather events across the U.S., FCA has reported sales of 155,037 units, a 7% increase compared with sales in January 2015 and the group’s best January sales in nine years.
Dodge sales jumped up by 19%. While Volvo has reported U.S. sales of 4,244 units, an 11.9% increase on the same month last year. The Volvo XC90 being the sales star with 2,375 deliveries.
Other January 2016 U.S. Car Sales Highlights included;
- Hyundai sold 45,011 vehicles, 1% more than January 2015.
- Toyota sales slipped 4.7% (compared to January 2015 total) with 161,283 deliveries.
- Kia recorded best-ever January sales of 38,305 vehicles.
- Honda (including Acura) reported January sales of 100,497 vehicles, a decrease of 1.7%.
- Total January 2016 sales for Mitsubishi were 6,264, down 3.5%.
- Nissan managed 105,734 sales, an increase of 2%.
- Subaru reported 41,101 sales, an increase of 1%.
- Audi sales jumped up 2.7% with 11,850 deliveries.
- Mercedes-Benz found an additional 1.3% more customers with 24,619 deliveries.
- Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 4.7% for a total of 18,082.
- Infiniti reported sales of 8,514 vehicles, a decrease of 11.8%.
- Porsche sales climbed 10.6% with 4,354 sales in the U.S. in January.
Commenting on the encouraging FCA results, FCA Head of U.S. Sales, Reid Bigland, says it was the perfect start to the new year, despite the bad weather.
“Mother Nature was no match for our Jeep brand last month as we recorded our best January Jeep sales ever,”
“Overall, FCA US achieved its best January sales in nine years and our 70th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.”