US sales: June 2017, brands

Total US sales fell by another 2.9% in June, making it six out of six months so far in 2017 that the market has declined relative to 2016. 

Highlights:

  • The decline in overall sales was driven mainly by a fall in sales among the Detroit three, as well as a continuing decline for HyundaiKia
  • After a good performance in May, when only four brands lost volume compared to 2016, June saw a worse performance, with six brands losing volume
  • The best performance in the top-10 came from Subaru, which came within a thousand cars of outselling the worst performer in the top-10, Hyundai, which would have been only the second month in over a decade that the Japanese brand had gotten the better of its Korean rival
  • Other brands that should be happy are Ram, which continued its steady growth this year, Nissan, whose modest 1.2% growth allowed it to continue opening a gap to its closes pursuer, Honda, and Toyota, which registered the highest growth so far in 2017, at 3.8%
  • Those with less to be happy about include Ford, which after a brief return to growth in May slumped back into the red in June, as well as Jeep and Kia, two brands whose misery in 2017 continues, though the Korean brand can have some schadenfreude satisfaction at outselling its Hyundai sister for only the second month ever
  • Immediately outside of the top-10 Dodge failed to build on the positive growth from May, seeing its sales fall by 13.7% (worst in 2017 so far), while GMC recorded a third consecutive month of sales decline, after what looked like a very promising start to 2017
  • From among the remaining mainstream brands Buick and VW stood out for their growth rates of 15% or more, making June the eight consecutive month of sales growth for the German firm, while Mazda and Chrysler stood out for their sales decline of over 15%, a fact that’s particularly sad to car enthusiasts in the case of the Japanese firm

  • Among luxury brands Mercedes-Benz and BMW managed to eek out some growth in June, after a generally bad start to the year for them, a feat that Lexus was unable to replicate as it lost sales yet again, making September 2016 the only month in the past year when the brand saw it sales rise
  • Other luxury brands that did well in June included Audi, which recorded its 78th consecutive month of growth, Acura, which saw its sales rebound by 23.7% following a bad start to the year, as well as Infiniti and Lincoln, both of which have been recording regular sales growth in 2017
  • From among the remaining luxury brands Land Rover will be happy with a modest sales growth of 1.0%, Jaguar will probably be much less happy about its sales growth rate of 7.4%, the first time in over a year that the brand’s growth rate has dipped into the single digits, while Volvo will probably be counting days until its new XC60 arrives in the showrooms, as sales have fallen for the Swedish carmaker yet again (this time by 15.0%)
  • Towards the back, Fiat will be happy to see its sales fall by a mere 3.7% in June, while its Alfa Romeo brand recorded a new record by selling over 1,000 cars in a month for the first time in the brand’s modern history in the US

Brand ranking

Monthly YTD
# Model June’17 June’16 Δ # 2017 2016 Δ
a1 Ford 217,891 230,287 -5.4% a1 1,238,060 1,291,873 -4.2%
a2 (1) Toyota 177,973 171,496 3.8% a2 1,021,231 1,037,809 -1.6%
a3 (1) Chevrolet 169,838 181,387 -6.4% a3 968,878 1,006,890 -3.8%
a4 Nissan 131,057 129,495 1.2% a4 740,545 733,136 1.0%
a5 Honda 125,755 127,363 -1.3% a5 718,015 713,361 0.7%
a6 Jeep 73,153 81,765 -10.5% a6 406,291 465,243 -12.7%
a7 (1) Kia 56,143 62,572 -10.3% a9 (1) 295,736 328,327 -9.9%
a8 (1) Hyundai 52,894 67,511 -21.7% a7 336,441 374,060 -10.1%
a9 (1) Subaru 52,057 46,598 11.7% a8 (1) 304,810 279,458 9.1%
b10 (1) Ram 48,645 45,689 6.5% b10 (1) 279,595 259,958 7.6%
b11 (2) Dodge 42,550 49,314 -13.7% b12 (2) 260,980 272,171 -4.1%
b12 GMC 41,434 42,985 -3.6% b11 (1) 263,175 254,587 3.4%
b13 Mercedes-Benz 32,102 31,558 1.7% b13 177,760 178,539 -0.4%
b14 BMW 28,962 28,855 0.4% b15 (1) 149,086 153,436 -2.8%
b15 (2) VW 27,377 23,809 15.0% b14 (2) 161,238 149,014 8.2%
b16 Lexus 24,395 25,779 -5.4% b17 (2) 133,760 151,564 -11.7%
b17 (2) Mazda 22,342 26,188 -14.7% b16 (1) 141,624 145,354 -2.6%
b18 Chrysler 19,741 23,288 -15.2% b20 (2) 102,095 129,902 -21.4%
b19 Audi 19,416 18,445 5.3% b19 (1) 102,971 96,934 6.2%
b20 Buick 19,299 16,575 16.4% b18 (1) 110,316 104,207 5.9%
b21 (1) Acura 14,038 11,352 23.7% b22 (1) 73,871 78,994 -6.5%
b22 (1) Cadillac 12,580 14,263 -11.8% b23 (1) 72,073 73,231 -1.6%
b23 Infiniti 12,271 11,058 11.0% b21 (2) 79,143 64,978 21.8%
b24 Lincoln 9,275 8,809 5.3% b24 56,337 53,297 5.7%
b25 (1) Mitsubishi 7,625 8,023 -5.0% b25 54,576 51,934 5.1%
b26 (1) Volvo 7,303 8,588 -15.0% b27 (1) 34,105 36,654 -7.0%
b27 Land Rover 5,760 5,705 1.0% b26 (1) 35,839 36,648 -2.2%
b28 (1) Porsche 4,516 4,482 0.8% b28 27,568 26,708 3.2%
b29 (1) Mini 4,410 4,914 -10.3% b30 (1) 22,205 25,144 -11.7%
b30 Tesla* 4,400 3,400 29.4% b29 (1) 26,400 20,400 29.4%
b31 Jaguar 2,946 2,743 7.4% b31 (1) 20,665 10,991 88.0%
b32 Fiat 2,242 2,329 -3.7% b32 (1) 14,682 16,712 -12.1%
b33new Genesis 1,613 0 new b33new 9,919 0 new
b34 (6) Alfa Romeo 1,017 36 2725.0% b35 (5) 3,719 297 1152.2%
b35 (1) Maserati 960 941 2.0% b34 6,778 5,202 30.3%
b36 (1) Smart 226 407 -44.5% b36 (1) 1,983 2,593 -23.5%
b37 (1) Bentley 218 144 51.4% b37 1,148 628 82.8%
b38 (1) Rolls-Royce 110 107 2.8% b38 (2) 660 642 2.8%
b39 Lamborghini 88 87 1.1% b39 (1) 528 519 1.7%
b40 (2) McLaren 85 104 -18.3% b40 (1) 386 416 -7.2%
b41 (8) Scion 8 982 -99.2% b41 (8) 174 8,429 -97.9%

*estimates

About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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