Import Auto Sales up in America

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Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of design Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, introduces the Q Inspiration concept vehicle during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Import Auto Sales up in America

It’s great to see growth in any market in America, but when all the import competitors within a given market are experiencing growth, that is a serious positive.


Up 4.7% in January and after setting records in 2017, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and Cayman, Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan model lines, today announced January 2018 retail sales of 4,816 vehicles.

The Porsche 911 and the Panamera sports sedan drove growth in January. Sales of the 911 model line were up 4.7 percent versus the same month last year. The Panamera showed strong demand with 610 vehicles sold.

Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales in the U.S. were at 1,600 vehicles, up 23.4 percent year-over-year.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)



The BMW Group is up 3.5% with BMW sales up 5% and Mini sales up 5.6%.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 5 percent in January 2018 for a total of 19,016 compared to 18,109 vehicles sold in January 2017.

Most notably, the new BMW 5 Series showed strong growth for the seventh straight month, with 2,456 vehicles sold – nearly 10 percent of which were the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid electric variant. The all-new BMW X3, which came to market in November, also performed well with 2,954 vehicles sold.

“Our newest products continue to be very well received by consumers, which has helped us carry the momentum that we created in 2017 into 2018 and given us a great start to the New Year,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “We have many new products to launch in 2018, starting with the first-ever, and much anticipated BMW X2 which will begin appearing on showroom floors later this month for its sales debut in early March.”

Following a press conference, media members begin to photograph the BMW X2 at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)



Nissan has also reported a strong 2018 start.

Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for January 2018 of 123,538 units, an increase of 10% over the previous year. This marks a January record.

Nissan highlights:

  • Nissan Division sales also set a January record at 112,903 units, an increase of 12%.
  • Combined sales of Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set a January record, up 18%.
  • Nissan Rogue sales set a January record with 36,184 sales, up 26%.
  • Frontier truck sales rose to 5,901 units, up 53%.
  • Sales of the TITAN pickup in January totaled 4,051, up 46%.
  • Murano crossover sales increased 56% to 6,792 units.
  • Armada SUV sales rose 18% to 2,246 units.



  • Sales totaled 24,744 units, an increase of 5.2 percent compared to January 2017
  • Sales of the Chattanooga-built Atlas totaled 4,303 units
  • Sales of the all-new 2018 Tiguan totaled 6,336 units
  • As the company expands its model lineup to include more family-friendly SUVs, SUV sales attributed to 52 percent of the vehicles delivered.


Herndon, VA — (February 1, 2018) Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported sales of 24,744 units delivered in January 2018. This marks an increase of 5.2 percent over January 2017.

As Volkswagen shifts its lineup to offer more family-friendly SUVs, the results are reflected in January’s sales as SUVs accounted for more than 52 percent of total volume for the Volkswagen brand. The all-new 2018 Tiguan had its best month to date with 6,336 units sold.


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