November Sales Figures Show Continued Growth for SUVs and Some Sedan Surprises
Most auto manufacturers have released their November sales figures, always an interesting snapshot of the industry as a whole: Audi enjoyed its best November sales ever, while Subaru and Porsche showed continued growth in trucks and utility vehicles, while sedan sales, offically declared dead by some, actually had a few strong showings: BMW reported an overall volume increase to 31,213 units, up from 28,330 last November, but a larger percentage of that was due to light truck sales, which increased by 28.6% while their passenger car sales dipped by 3% compared to the same period last year. By contrast, Nissan's overall sales plummeted by 15.9 percent compared to last November,with nearly all models showing significant decreases, except for the all-new Altima sedan, which enjoyed a strong 37% surge, up from 12,077 in November 2018 to 16,551 units last month. Comeback Kid Mitsubishi continues to claw its way back from the abyss. Monthly sales for the brand hit just 8188, but November 2019 sales of the Mitsubishi Mirage, the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle sold in America, were up 24.9% year-over-year as it continues to defy the industry trend away from cars to CUVs. similarly, Genesis, with an all-sedan lineup, grew exponentially over the past year, with 19,011 sales year to date, more than half from the the new G70 sedan alone.