Auto sales continue to wind up as the year winds down, with November—despite some lingering issues as a result of Hurricane Sandy—seeing all three domestic automakers in the black. The Chrysler Group continued to be the big winner among the trio, notching its 32nd consecutive month of year-over-year advances with 122,565 deliveries that were up 22 percent over the same month in 2011. That was the highest November sales volume in five years for Chrysler.
Ford enjoyed some moderate success last month as well, with the Blue Oval lifting overall sales by 6.5 percent on 177,763 deliveries. Actually, the Ford division itself was up by 7.1 percent, but the company continues to be dragged down by its Lincoln luxury division, which endured a 9.1 percent sales decline in November.
Last month’s volume leader—both among the big three and in the industry as a whole—was General Motors. GM managed a 3.4 percent sales bump, thanks to 186,505 deliveries.
Now, not all automakers have reported sales at this point, but it’s unlikely that, when they do, GM or Ford will end up outperforming the industry. Which is the bad news; the good is that all three are reaping strong results on the car side of the business, meaning that all three are keeping up with changing customer tastes. The tale of the tape in the November car competition:
- Chrysler, +42 percent
- Ford, +15.2 percent (despite Lincoln)
- GM, +19 percent
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