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June sales: Chrysler up 35%, others normalize

Chrysler posted a 35 percent sales gain after a rough June of 2009, while most other automakers saw sales leveling off.

Most volume automakers saw meager sales gains last month as buyers generally remain tepid about the economy. Chrysler saw the biggest increase among major automakers after a dismal June of 2009.

The best news in downtown Detroit is coming from GM's Buick division, where sales are up 53 percent thanks to hot demand for the LaCrosse. Yet Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac all had reasons to celebrate. GM's overall sales don't look as pretty since this time last year it was aggressively marketing the now-dead Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer brands, as well as the now-sold Saab brand.

Outside of the hot-selling SRX, Cadillac hasn't shown much strength until this month. Sales of its CTS and Escalade ESV were strong.

But it was hardly bad news in Dearborn except at the Lincoln division. Despite Ford's announcement that it will cancel Mercury and focus on Lincoln, sales at the midlevel brand were way up, while sales were down at the luxury division.

Toyota, meanwhile, had the two best-selling non-truck offerings, but posted comparatively soft overall growth.

Subaru, Hyundai and Kia continue to post strong results. Subaru broke monthly records for its Outback, Forester and Legacy models. Mazda, which has languished compared to other automakers, caught its stride back in June.

So far, we've seen strength from some small automakers. Jaguar posted a healthy increase thanks to its redesigned XJ sedan. Audi saw its highest sales figures for the first half of a year ever.


We'll continue to update this space as more sales figures become available today.

June's Standouts
Audi A5 - up 121 percent to '  1,404
Buick LaCrosse - up 173 percent to 5,376
Cadillac SRX - up 462 percent to 3,804
Ford Taurus - up 191 percent to 6,607
Ford Flex - down 30 percent to 3,350
Mazda Mazda6 - up 84 percent to 3,388
Mercury Grand Marquis - up 68 percent to 2,759
Toyota 4Runner - up 232 percent to 3,426

June's Numbers
Acura - up 31 percent to 10,839
Audi - up 14 percent to '  8,601
BMW - up 15 percent to 19,182
Buick - up 53 percent to 13,133
Cadillac - up 39 percent to 11,788
Chevrolet - up 33 percent to 141,381
Chrysler - up 30 percent to 17,893
Dodge - up 67 percent to 36,996
Ford - up 16 percent to 155,332
GMC - up 45 percent to 28,526
Honda - up 4 percent to 95,788
Hummer - down 72 percent to 303
Hyundai - up 35 percent to 51,205
Infiniti - up 32 percent to 8,304
Jaguar - up 73 percent to 1,618
Jeep - up 25 percent to 20,731
Kia -
Land Rover - up 44 percent to 2,790
Lexus - up 2.7 percent to 17,332
Lincoln - down 12 percent to 6,318
Maserati - up 61 percent to 180
Mazda - up 33 percent to 18,238
Mercedes-Benz - up 25 percent to 18,997
Mercury - up 26 percent to 9,250
MINI - up 1 percent to 4,149
Mitsubishi - down 4 percent to 4,198
Nissan - up 8 percent to 56,266
Pontiac - down 99 percent to 112
Porsche - up 137 percent to 2,141
Ram - up 7 percent to 16,862
Saab - down 72 percent to 266
Saturn - down 98 percent to 137
Subaru - up 35 percent to 23,667
Suzuki - down 5 percent to 2,035
Toyota (Includes Scion) - up 7 percent to 123,272
Volkswagen - up 11 percent to 21,051
Volvo - down 29 percent to 4,995


BMW Group - up 12 percent to 23,357
Chrysler - up 35 percent to 92,482
Daimler - up 20 percent to 19,585
Ford Motor Company (Includes Volvo) - up 13 percent to 175,895
General Motors - up 11 percent to 195,380
American Honda - up 6 percent to 106,627
Hyundai Group - up 28 percent to 83,111
Jaguar Land Rover - up 44 percent to 4,408
Nissan North America - up 11 percent to 64,570
Toyota USA - up 7 percent to 140,604

2010 YTD Numbers
Acura - up 20 percent to 61,117
Audi - up 28 percent to '  48,440
BMW - up 8 percent to 100,632
Buick - up 48 percent to 70,032
Cadillac - up 33 percent to 64,785
Chevrolet - up 31 percent to 782,442
Chrysler - up 21 percent to 108,126
Dodge - up 27 percent to 200,467
Ford - up 30 percent to 860,053
GMC - up 29 percent to 152,317
Honda - up 12 percent to 532,792
Hummer - down 53 percent to 2,929
Hyundai - up 25 percent to 255,782
Infiniti - up 23 percent to 47,300
Jaguar -
Jeep - up 5 percent to 126,771
Kia -
Land Rover - 14,964
Lexus - up 20 percent to 107,430
Lincoln - up 8 percent to 43,762
Maserati - up 54 percent to 912
Mazda - up 16 percent to 115,719
Mercury - up 14 percent to 50,930
Mercedes-Benz - up 26 percent to 106,967
MINI - flat at 20,953
Mitsubishi - flat at 26,490
Nissan - up 27 percent to 393,032
Pontiac - down 99 percent to 927
Porsche - up 14 percent to 10,984
Ram - down 12 percent to 91,855
Saab -
Saturn - down 85 percent to 6,480
Subaru - up 40 percent to 104,359
Suzuki - down 49 percent to 11,549
Toyota (Includes Scion) - up 9 percent to 739,112
Volkswagen - up 30 percent to 126,012
Volvo - down 5 percent to 28,206

BMW Group - up 6 percent to 121,741
Chrysler - up 12 percent to 527,219
Daimler - up 18 percent to 110,382
Ford Motor Company (Includes Volvo) - up 27 percent to 982,951
General Motors - up 13 percent to 1,080,521
American Honda - up 13 percent to 593,909
Hyundai Group - up 21 percent to 425,851
Jaguar Land Rover - up 14 percent to 20,815
Nissan North America - up 27 percent to 440,332
Toyota USA - up 11 percent to 846,542


Leftlane's bottom line
Overall sales were up about 14 percent for the industry in June as it tries to normalize itself after a particularly tumultuous 2009. We're seeing the same standouts as before - namely, Subaru, Kia and Hyundai - but also lots of strength from Ford as it, presumably, picks up disgruntled would-be GM, Chrysler and Toyota buyers.

Interestingly, Ford continues to see fairly strong numbers from its Mercury brand. After GM announced plans to kill Pontiac and Saturn, sales of the two lame duck brands tanked. Certainly many Mercury sales are to fleet buyers - think Avis and Hertz - but so are many Lincoln sales. It will take some time to see if Ford's slimming down plans are effective.