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FCA sales gain between GM, Ford; above biggest imports

by David Zatz on

With Ford truck deliveries limited by a seat shortage (also reportedly affecting lower-end Rams), FCA US beat Ford’s US sales increase by 14.7% to 13.4%. Both — along with Toyota and Nissan — were easily beaten by a resurgent General Motors, firing on nearly all cylinders to post a gain of 15.9% over last October.

Ford brand sales were up by 14.3%, but Lincoln dragged down the total with a 4.5% drop. Year to date, Ford as a whole  is up 5.5%.

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General Motors is not doing as well year to date with a 5.3% sales increase, but for October, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC all posted double-digit increases, while Buick slipped by a mere 0.2% (39 cars). Highly profitable GMC led with an 18% sales gain, up to 45,478 sales; Chevrolet followed with a 17.6% increase, to 183,464 (around 20,000 behind Ford); and Cadillac gained 13% but still sold just 15,391 cars and trucks, albeit at likely high margins. One success story is the Colorado/Canyon pickups.

Toyota claimed a rise of 13%, to 204,045 sales; both its brands rose by 13%, with Toyota itself hitting 177,609 cars and trucks, and Lexus adding 26,436. The company credited light trucks, which accounted for around 102,000 sales — an increase of nearly 19%.


At FCA, every brand was up; Jeep was the leader (33%, to 73,561), followed by Dodge (12%, 46,612). However, the other brands did not rise substantially: Ram (2.9%, 43,749), Chrysler (0.9%, 27,801), and Fiat 0.9%, 3,757) had minor gains, and Alfa Romeo went from zero to 65 cars sold for the month. (Only one Alfa Romeo is currently available, from a small dealer base.)

Nissan posted a 12.5% gain to 116,047 cars; Nissan was up 11.5%, Infiniti 23.2%. Honda had record-breaking October sales of 131,651 cars, with 115,572 Hondas Up 9%) and Acura up 4% to 16,079. Honda’s sales were evenly split between trucks/crossovers/minivans and cars. The Civic ran to nearly 28,000 cars.

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