Oct. auto sales: Nissan up 13.3%, Honda rises 5.8% – USA TODAY
Chrysler Group continued its string of big monthly sales increases, reporting an October jump of 21.7% over the year-ago month, largely powered by Jeep Cherokee and Ram pickup.
The group, part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said every model in the Jeep, Ram and Chrysler brands reported better sales than a year ago.
Fiat brand was up overall, as improvement for the 500 minicar outweighed a slide by the larger 500L.
Dodge, though, was off 8.4%, awaiting a boost from the redesigned Charger big sedan, which goes on sale this month.
Ram full-size pickup was the standout, continuing its status as the company’s best-seller and reporting a 33.5% jump in sales. Ram also was bolstered by new cargo vans.
Jeep brand, as has been typical, zoomed — up 51.7%.
Much of the strength came from the Cherokee, a compact SUV that replaced the Liberty. It was just being rolled out a year ago, so nearly all its 15,715 sales were a bonus for the brand, and didn’t seem to come at the expense of other models, as all were up.
Honda sales rose 5.8% in October, to 121,172, on the strength of the redesigned CR-V SUV, Fit small car and Acura TLX sedan, new to the lineup.
CR-V and Fit posted their best October numbers ever. TLX recently added the all-wheel drive option, boosting its sales as winter weather approaches in much of the U.S.
Accord mid-size sedan, the automaker’s best-selling U.S. model, was up 7.8%
Other core models did poorly, though, including bigger models that should have benefitted from lower gas prices.
Odyssey minivan fell 7.8%. Pilot three-row crossover SUV dropped 14.1%. Civic compact sedan fell 11.6%.
At Acura, the MDX three-row crossover SUV, recently redesigned, fell 5.1%. The smaller RDX crossover was down 4.7%.
Nissan reported October sales jumped 13.3% over the total a year ago, driven by a 14.9% gain to 94,072 by the Nissan brand.
Infiniti luxury brand sales were down 1.2% to 9,045.
“High consumer confidence and low gas prices helped Nissan set our 13th consecutive monthly sales record in October. We expect that these factors will continue to boost auto sales for the last two months of 2014.” said Fred Diaz, Nissan sales chief.
All of the Nissan brand’s core models posted increase, with the volume leader Altima sedan up 8.1% to 23,544. The biggest percentage gainer was the redone Sentra, up 56.3% to 13,129.
The outgoing Murano sold 4,271, up 37.7%, as it winds down to make way for the redesign that begins production this week in Mississippi and will be shown at the L.A. Auto Show later this month.
Infiniti volume was led by the new Q50 sedan, up 16% to 2,964, and the Q 70 three-row SUV, up 5% to 2,285.
All automakers report October sales today and this post will be updated as they come in.