US sales: January 2016, brands

US car sales were down 0.4% to 1,148,087 cars and light trucks in January, the first year-on-year decline since August 2015 and only the third such month in the past two years. However, when viewed against the backdrop of a declining stock market and the storm of the snowstorm of the century on the East Coast, that the market fell by as little as it did actually seems like a great performance. The decline was partially due to one less weekend than last year, and as a result the Seasonally Adjusted Annual selling Rate was up from 16.71 million in January 2015 and from 17.32 million last December to 17.55 million, the highest January SAAR since 2006.

Please note: for those of you interested in US auto sales statistics, Bart & Kriss have been working very hard these last couple of months to add US brand- and model specific pages to the already existing European and Chinese car sales data pages. Use the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of this site to browse for car sales data of every brand and model sold in the US since 2003.

January records were set by Nissan (92.770 sales) and Hyundai (45.011 sales), while FCA posted its 70th straight gain with an increase of 6.9%, thanks to increases by Jeep, Dodge and RAM, as Chrysler and Fiat volumes were down.

Note: clicking on the model name opens the sales data page for that model; clicking year in the legend turns the display for that year on/off

Highlights include:

  • Buick showed an impressive 45.5% gain, allowing it to move past BMW and Chrysler as all of its models improved on last year.
  • Scion, which will be Toyota-going-to-kill-off-Scion/” target=”_blank”>phased out and the models integrated into the Toyota brand, sees a 38.2% increase thanks to the two new models iA and iM.
  • Dodge is up 19.1% despite plunging Dart sales as the brand moves past Subaru, Kia and GMC to rank 8th, up from 11th in January 2015.
  • Jeep continues its improvement although the growth rate naturally slows down, but is still in double digits. And it added the most volume of all brands at +7,509 sales.
  • Kia sold exactly 6 more cars than last January, but that’s enough to be a winner.

But there were also losers:

  • Besides Chrysler and Fiat, Smart also lost almost 20% of its already low volume.
  • Volkswagen continues its slowdown as there’s still no solution for its emissions cheating device and there’s still a stop-sale order on 2016 models
  • Even some luxury brands had a difficult month as Acura, Infiniti, Cadillac, Lexus and BMW all showed declines
  • Toyota was the biggest volume loser at -7,122 sales, a loss of 5%, but Ford and Chevrolet also lost volume.

Brand ranking January 2016

Brand Jan 2016 Jan 2015 change
1 Ford 165,301 170,822 3.2%
2 Chevrolet 137,803 142,882 3.6%
3 Toyota 135,251 142,373 5.0%
4 Nissan 97,220 94,449 2.9%
5 Honda 90,247 90,202 0.0%
6 Jeep 59,032 51,523 14.6%
7 Hyundai 45,011 44,505 1.1%
8 (3) Dodge 42,109 35,347 19.1%
9 (1) Subaru 41,101 40,812 0.7%
10 (1) Kia 38,305 38,299 0.0%
11 (1) GMC 36,933 35,671 3.5%
12 Ram 33,021 31,392 5.2%
13 Mercedes-Benz 26,563 26,124 1.7%
14 (2) Lexus 20,933 23,131 9.5%
15 (1) VW 20,079 23,504 14.6%
16 (1) Mazda 19,703 20,271 2.8%
17 (2) Buick 18,269 12,553 45.5%
18 (3) Chrysler 18,214 23,393 22.1%
19 (1) BMW 18,082 18,981 4.7%
20 (2) Audi 11,850 11,541 2.7%
21 Cadillac 10,740 11,680 8.0%
22 (2) Acura 10,250 11,982 14.5%
23 Infiniti 8,514 9,658 11.8%
24 Lincoln 7,177 6,619 8.4%
25 Mitsubishi 6,264 6,493 3.5%
26 Land Rover 5,655 5,281 7.1%
27 (2) Scion 5,009 3,690 35.7%
28 (1) Porsche 4,354 3,937 10.6%
29 (1) Volvo 4,244 3,794 11.9%
30 (1) Mini 3,238 3,228 0.3%
31 (1) Fiat 2,594 3,255 20.3%
32 Tesla 2,075 1,900 9.2%
33 Jaguar 1,352 1,266 6.8%
34 (1) Maserati 525 452 16.2%
35 (1) Smart 399 492 18.9%
36 Ferrari 180 177 1.7%
37 (2) Rolls-Royce 97 95 2.1%
38 Bentley 81 96 15.6%
39 (2) Alfa Romeo 67 97 30.9%
40 Lamborghini 65 63 3.2%