2019 A Big Year for Car Sales in America
Although all automotive manufacturers didn’t have record sales in 2019, several foreign and domestic car makers had exceptional US sales during the year of 2019.
General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that it delivered 2,887,046 vehicles in 2019 in the United States. The total included more than 1 million crossovers for the second year in a row, an increase of 12.7 percent compared to 2018, and more than 1 million full-size pickup trucks and SUVs.
“We’ve focused our resources on what our customers want – crossovers and trucks – and that has paid off,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “In addition to our industry leading crossover sales, our full-size truck franchise is unmatched. We’re pleased with our full-size pickup launch and we look forward to launching our segment-leading, all-new full-size SUVs in 2020.”
Audi reported December sales up 14 percent with YTD deliveries at 224,111 achieving an increase YoY
Porsche Posts Record U.S. Retail Sales in 2019
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and Cayman, Macan, Cayenne, Panamera and Taycan model lines, today announced December retail sales rose 15.8 percent from a year ago to 4,733 vehicles. For the full year, the total was 61,568 or a gain of 7.6 percent from 2018 – marking 10 consecutive years of annual growth. The record goes hand-in-hand with new highs in customer experience. For the first time, Porsche ranked no. 1 in two key J.D. Power Studies in the same year: the 2019 Customer Service Index and 2019 Sales Satisfaction Index.
A decade of consistent growth is a fitting way to kick off the 70th anniversary this year of Porsche’s beginnings in North America, which started in 1950 with the first three cars sold by New York dealer Max Hoffman.
“It’s now my honor, 70 years after those first steps, to be part of the Porsche team that delivered over 60,000 new cars in the U.S. last year,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA. “Porsche has evolved over time, from building one exciting roadster to offering a full range of models developed on the track for everyday use. All of our cars remain the sports car of their segments – and the same is true as we enter a new era with the first U.S. deliveries of the all-electric Taycan in December.”
December retail sales were led by the latest generation of the Cayenne, up 7.2 percent from a year ago, and the refreshed Macan, which gained 24.5 percent in the same period. The Panamera also enjoyed year-end demand, gaining 78.3 percent in December from the same month last year.
FCA US LLC closed the fourth quarter and 2019 with a handful of records as America’s love of capability, power and speed pushed Ram and Jeep® to new sales levels.
U.S. sales for the fourth quarter were 542,519 vehicles, down 2 percent, while sales for the year were down 1 percent at 2,203,663 vehicles. Retail sales were 419,273 vehicles for the quarter. Fleet accounted for 22.7 percent of total sales.
The Ram brand led the portfolio with record-setting sales of 190,655 for the quarter and 703,023 vehicles for the year – an 18 percent increase over 2018. It was the highest level of sales since Ram became a standalone brand in 2009.
Jeep Wrangler, which notched a variety of records throughout the year, reported its highest fourth quarter with sales of 52,012 vehicles. Grand Cherokee reported a full-year record with sales of 242,969 vehicles.
Dodge also bucked the trend in passenger cars by turning in one of its strongest years. The Charger notched sales of 25,829 vehicles for the quarter – the best fourth quarter for the nameplate since 2007 – and 96,935 vehicles for the year, the best since 2013. Dodge muscle cars Charger and Challenger combined sales in the second half were a record 84,216 vehicles.
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