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September sales see post-Clunkeritis boost [Sales figures]

Late last week, automakers reported their September sales figures, up nearly across the board after last year's Clunkeritis.

For the most part, September's sales were about what we would have expected given last September's relatively weak sales thanks to Clunkeritis - but that's not to say that there

Sales of mainstream brands were weak last September thanks to reduced demand and dealership volumes caused by the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program. Funding for the program was over by last September and sales entered a brief slump for many brands. In addition, dealerships reported nearly depleted inventories for a number of more efficient models like the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Jeep Compass.

Some of the more surprising gainers included Acura (up 48 percent), Saab (up 133 percent) and Jeep (up 66 percent). Acura saw huge demand for its two crossovers, the RDX and MDX, Saab's 9-3 leasing programs are paying off and Jeep nearly doubled Grand Cherokee sales.


September's Numbers
Acura - Up 48 percent to 10,720
Audi - Up 13 percent to 8,151
BMW - Up 21 percent to 18,228
Buick - Up 36 percent to 12,875
Cadillac - Up 11 percent to 12,620
Chevrolet - Up 19 percent to 121,406
Chrysler - Up 92 percent to 17,348
Dodge - Up 71 percent to 36,272
Ford - Up 49 percent to 146,559
GMC - Up 45 percent to 25,944
Honda - Up 24 percent to 86,641
Hummer - Down 62 percent to 163
Hyundai - Up 48 percent to 46,556
Infiniti - Up 26 percent to 8,305
Jaguar - Up 10 percent to 967
Jeep - Up 66 percent to 28,603
Kia - Up 39 percent to 30,071
Land Rover - Up 12 percent to 2,489
Lexus - Down 6 percent to 16,948
Lincoln - Up 26 percent to 7,510
Maserati - Up 5 percent to 136
Mazda - Up 31 percent to 18,580
Mercedes-Benz - Up 22 percent to 20,675
Mercury - Up 16 percent to 6,306
Mitsubishi - Up 5 percent to 4,961
MINI - Up 18 percent to 4,884
Nissan - Up 35 percent to 65,900
Pontiac - Down 100 percent to 8
Porsche - Up 25 percent to 1,971
Ram - Up 22 percent to 17,854
Saab - Up 133 percent to 1,127
Saturn - Down 100 percent to 15
Smart - Down 48 percent to 422
Subaru - Up 47 percent to 21,432
Suzuki - Down 12 percent to 1,641
Toyota (Includes Scion) - Up 20 percent to 126,652
Volkswagen - Up 15 percent to 19,943
Volvo - Down 12 percent to 4,152


BMW Group - Up 21 percent to 28,223
Chrysler - Up 61 percent to 100,077
Daimler - Up 18 percent to 21,100
Ford Motor Company - Up 40 percent to 160,375
General Motors - Up 11 percent to 173,031
American Honda - Up 26 percent to 97,361
Hyundai Group - Up 44 percent to 76,627
Jaguar Land Rover - Up 11 percent to 3,456
Nissan North America - Up 34 percent to 74,205
Toyota USA - Up 17 percent to 147,162

2010 YTD Numbers
Acura - Up 26 percent to 96,388
Audi - Up 24 percent to 73,590
BMW - Up 9 percent to 157,464
Buick - Up 58 percent to 114,000
Cadillac - Up 44 percent to 105,013
Chevrolet - Up 19 percent to 1,174,179
Chrysler - Up 18 percent to 158,103
Dodge - Up 25 percent to 303,019
Ford - Up 23 percent to 1,302,272
GMC - Up 31 percent to 230,502
Honda - Up 1 percent to 816,048
Hummer - Down 57 percent to 3,507
Hyundai - Up 20 percent to 410,047
Infiniti - Up 25 percent to 74,797
Jaguar - Up 12 percent to 9,748
Jeep - Up 14 percent to 207,546
Kia - Up 12 percent to 268,024
Land Rover - Up 21 percent to 22,289
Lexus - Up 9 percent to 162,438
Lincoln - Up 7 percent to 63,286
Maserati - Up 43 percent to 1,355
Mazda - Up 9 percent to 174,770
Mercedes-Benz - Up 22 percent to 165,427
Mercury - Up 3 percent to 71,179
Mitsubishi - Down 3 percent to 41,392
MINI - Down 1 percent to 34,588
Nissan - Up 15 percent to 598,904
Pontiac - Down 99 percent to 962
Porsche - Up 24 percent to 17,688
Ram - Down 4 percent to 151,552
Saab - Down 53 percent to 3,233
Saturn - Down 89 percent to 6,568
Smart - Down 62 percent to 4,779
Subaru - Up 22 percent to 193,614
Suzuki - Down 49 percent to 16,972
Toyota (Includes Scion) - Up 1 percent to 1,148,878
Volkswagen - Up 21 percent to 192,690
Volvo - Down 12 percent to 41,118


BMW Group - Up 7 percent to 192,286
Chrysler - Up 15 percent to 820,220
Daimler - Up 15 percent to 170,233
Ford Motor Company - Up 19 percent to 1,469,262
General Motors - Up 6 percent to 1,635,339
American Honda - Up 3 percent to 912,436
Hyundai Group - Up 17 percent to 678,071
Jaguar Land Rover - Up 18 percent to 32,037
Nissan North America - Up 16 percent to 673,701
Toyota USA - Up 1 percent to 1,311,316


Leftlane's bottom line
As the economy continues to warm up, sales of both luxury and high-volume brands continue to rise. We're still not seeing much growth out of Japanese former stalwarts like Honda and Toyota - at least compared to their domestic and Korean counterparts - but few players were truly weak last month.

Perhaps most impressive is the continued momentum seen primarily at Hyundai, Ford and General Motors, all of which have seen their market shares increase. The biggest gains are at Ford, which has 15.1 percent of the market so far this year (compared to 13.5 percent last year), but Hyundai (4.8 versus 4.4), Chevrolet (13.6 versus 12.6) and GMC (2.7 versus 2.3) all have reason to celebrate, too.