September 2013 car sales: Government shutdown, meet sales shutdown
Nearly all major automakers saw a fall in sales this September. Padgett examines these sales reports to see if the industry will shake off this early fall or head down a slower path to recovery.
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Hyundai: Hyundai sales of 55,102 units were off 8 percent on an unadjusted basis, up 1 percent adjusted for selling days. It was Hyundai's second-best September ever in the U.S. Azera sales were up 67 percent, but Sonata, Tucson, Veloster, and Santa Fe all were down.Skip to next paragraph
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Kia: Kia sales of 38,003 units were off a stark 21 percent, with sales falling across every model line.
Volkswagen: Volkswagen sold 31,920 units in September, down 12.2 percent. Sales are off 2.6 percent, year to date. VW Jetta sales continue to be strong, at 13,309 units for the month--but the crucial Passat sedan watched its sales fall to 7,900 units. Turbodiesel-powered vehicles accounted for 24.4 percent of all VW sales last month.
BMW / MINI: BMW reports it sold 28,874 BMW and MINI vehicles in September, up 8.3 percent from the same month in 2012. BMW-brand vehicles accounted for 23,568 units, up 8.3 percent; MINI's 5,306 sales were also up 8.3 percent.
Mercedes-Benz: MBUSA reported sales of 27,474 units last month, its best September ever. The Mercedes-Benz brand accounted for 24,697 of those sales; for the year, it's up 12.2 percent, at 215,056 units.
Mazda: Mazda sold 22,464 vehicles in September, down 6.9 percent from the same period a year ago; on the year, sales are up 5.3 percent to 220,490 vehicles sold.
Audi: Audi says its sales of 13,065 vehicles represented a 6.2-percent increase over the same period last year, and marks a 33rd month in a row of record sales. On the year, Audi is up 13.6 percent.
Jaguar / Land Rover: Jaguar Land Rover's reported U.S. sales in September of 4,700 units are up 1 percent; the Jaguar brand watched its sales rise 31 percent to 1,313 units, while Land Rover was down 7 percent to 3,387 units.
Volvo: Volvo sold 4,188 units in September, a 15.9-percent decrease versus September 2012.
Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi sold 4,001 units, down 16.7 percent from the same period a year ago.
Porsche: Porsche says it sold 3,093 vehicles in September, up 13 percent. Its year-to-date numbers of 31,549 cars are up 26 percent.
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