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Chrysler outsells Honda, reclaims No. 4 spot

by Bill Cawthon on

As Allpar predicted back in August, Chrysler Group came back in September and recaptured the No. 4 position in the manufacturer rankings. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands outsold Honda and Acura by 37,454 vehicles. Chrysler, which has been in fourth place all year, now leads the second-largest Japanese automaker by 197,991 sales for the first nine months of 2013.

TOP AUTOMAKERS: SEPTEMBER 2013
Manufacturer Sep-13 Sep-12 Change CYTD 2013 CYTD 2012 Change
General Motors 187,195 210,245 -11.0% 2,117,459 1,967,715 7.6%
Ford Motor Co. 185,146 174,976 5.8% 1,893,426 1,689,814 12.0%
Toyota Motor Sales 164,457 171,910 -4.3% 1,698,179 1,571,424 8.1%
Chrysler Group 143,017 142,041 0.7% 1,357,003 1,250,670 8.5%
American Honda 105,563 117,211 -9.9% 1,159,012 1,066,458 8.7%
Hyundai/Kia 93,105 108,130 -13.9% 964,601 974,728 -1.0%
Nissan North America 86,868 91,907 -5.5% 941,116 866,484 8.6%


As an added bonus for Chrysler fans, the Grand Caravan and Town & Country owned the minivan niche in September, accounting for 52.9% of total minivans sales. While the Windsor duo individually trail the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna in calendar-year-to-date totals, Chrysler Group still commands 45.3% of the segment.

MINIVAN SALES SEPTEMBER 2013 & CYTD
Brand & Model Sep-13 Sep-12 Change CYTD 2013 CYTD 2012 Change
Dodge Grand Caravan 10,946 13,488 -18.8% 91,570 108,127 -15.3%
Chrysler Town & Country 10,632 10,207 4.2% 90,701 87,569 3.6%
Toyota Sienna 9,306 8,902 4.5% 94,331 87,187 8.2%
Honda Odyssey 7,714 11,365 -32.1% 98,511 97,824 0.7%
Nissan Quest 996 1,190 -16.3% 10,426 14,514 -28.2%
Kia Sedona 657 1,301 -49.5% 5,380 14,454 -62.8%
Mazda5 539 832 -35.2% 11,384 9,693 17.4%
Total 40,790 47,285 -13.7% 402,303 419,368 -4.1%


While the Ford F-series remained the best-selling full-size pickup, the Ram came within 3,937 sales of matching the new Chevrolet Silverado and more than doubled sales of the new Sierra. It was also one of the just two pickups to post improved sales in September.

FULL-SIZE PICKUP SALES: SEPTEMBER 2013 & CYTD
Brand & Model Sep-13 Sep-12 Change CYTD 2013 CYTD 2012 Change
Ford F-Series 60,456 55,077 9.8% 559,506 463,733 20.7%
Chevrolet Silverado 32,506 36,425 -10.8% 360,775 298,200 21.0%
Ram Pickup 28,145 25,973 8.4% 262,787 213,593 23.0%
GMC Sierra 13,438 13,636 -1.5% 135,670 112,181 20.9%
Toyota Tundra 9,071 9,338 -2.9% 81,821 74,972 9.1%
Nissan Titan 962 1,792 -46.3% 12,243 16,406 -25.4%
Total 144,578 142,241 1.6% 1,412,802 1,179,085 19.8%

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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