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March sales: FCA and Audi grow, Ford and GM slip

March was a tough month for many automakers, but some companies seemed unaffected with double-digit growth.

March proved a tough month for many automakers, but some companies seemed unaffected and maintained double-digit growth.

Audi and Jeep were among the big winners, with respective sales gains of 20 percent and 23 percent. Chrysler brand sales rose by 15 percent, while Hyundai posted a 12-percent increase for the month. Among the lower-volume automakers, Mini sales jumped by 60 percent for the month and Land Rover experienced a 45-percent surge.

Volkswagen and Dodge were among the worst performers, with sales down by 18 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Single-digit falloffs were reported by Acura, Cadillac, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Lincoln and Mazda.

Despite the trouble in March, most automakers have still maintained positive growth for the first three months of the year. Analysts at Kelly Blue Book expect the industry to grow by 2.5 percent for the year.

March year-over-year:

- Acura down 6%, 14,670- Alfa new, 73- Audi up 20%, 17,102- Bentley down 21%, 220- BMW up 7%, 34,310- Buick up 1%, 20,526- Cadillac down 7%, 13,756- Chevrolet down 3%, 173,886- Chrysler up 15%, 30,038- Dodge down 24%, 46,049- Fiat down 5%, 4,494- Ford down 3%, 227,234- GMC up 1%, 41,707- Honda down 5%, 111,623- Hyundai up 12%, 75,019- Infiniti flat, 12,525- Jaguar down 9%, 1,660- Jeep up 23%, 71,584- Kia up 7%, 58,771- *Lamborghini up 3%, 63- Land Rover up 54%, 6,778- Lexus up 9%, 31,054- Lincoln down 3%, 8,695- Maserati up 3%, 996- Mazda down 8%, 32,123- **Mercedes-Benz up 9%, 29,921- MINI up 60%, 5,829- Mitsubishi up 9%, 9,764- Nissan down 3%, 132,560- Porsche up 13%, 4,291- Ram up 1%, 45,023- Scion down 25%, 4,424- smart down 25%, 583- Subaru up 10%, 49,111- *Tesla down 20%, 1,200- Toyota up 4.4%, 194,905- Volkswagen down 18%, 30,025- Volvo flat, 5,916

2015 year-to-date:

- Acura up 5%, 39,644- Alfa new, 217- Audi up 14%, 40,098- Bentley down 21%, 512- BMW up 8%, 78,492- Buick down 5%, 50,497- Cadillac down 6%, 37,175- Chevrolet up 5%, 476,556- Chrysler up 13%, 81,933- Dodge down 15%, 46,094- Fiat down 3%, 11,038- Ford up 2%, 573,185- GMC up 15%, 119,811- Honda up 2%, 294,299- Hyundai up 8%, 172,029- Infiniti up 8%, 33,842- Jaguar down 8%, 4,336- Jeep up 23%, 178,749- Kia up 6%, 141,100- *Lamborghini up 3%, 189- Land Rover up 30%, 16,976- Lexus up 19%, 77,180- Lincoln down 1%, 21,478- Maserati down 19%, 1,929- Mazda flat, 78,044- **Mercedes-Benz up 8%, 78,156- MINI up 48%, 12,777- Mitsubishi up 20%, 23,790- Nissan up 3%, 333,786- Porsche up 13%, 11,430- Ram up 9%, 110,406- Scion down 17%, 11,978- smart down 31%, 1,533- Subaru up 17%, 131,281- *Tesla down 20%, 3,600- Toyota up 11%, 575,620- Volkswagen down 9%, 79,239- Volvo flat, 13,722

*Based on estimates from Automotive News.** NOT including Sprinter

Highlights (sales up > 40%)Volvo XC60, up 45% to 2,464Volvo XC70, up 47% to 563Infiniti Q70, up 68% to 1,083VW Golf family, up 133% to 4,643Audi A3, up 927% to 3,081Hyundai Genesis, up 41% to 3,064Subaru Legacy, up 90% to 6,148Mitsubishi Mirage, up 66% to 2,488Cadillac Escalade, up 125% to 1,673Cadillac Escalade ESV, up 114% to 1,085Honda Fit, up 58% to 6,640Lincoln Navigator, up 47% to 1,097Nissan GT-R, up 47% to 175Nissan Rogue, up 41% to 27,418Chrysler 200, up 155% to 19,190Jeep Patriot, up 41% to 11,849Dodge Dart, up 56% to 9,572

Lowlights (sales down > 30%)Infiniti Q60, down 38% to 368VW CC, down 55% to 513Audi A4, down 32% to 2,266Subaru BRZ, down 42% to 495Cadillac ATS, down 32% to 2,039Cadillac CTS, down 49% to 1,500Chevy Camaro, down 31% to 5,956Chevy Spark, down 36% to 3,260Chevy Volt, down 57% to 639Honda Insight, down 47% to 209Acura RLX/RL, down 48% to 194Ford Taurus, down 43% to 3,224Lincoln MKX, down 43% to 1,475Nissan Cube, down 58% to 176Nissan Maxima, down 54% to 2,760Nissan Juke, down 59% to 2,838Chrysler Town & Country, down 59% to 5,489Dodge Caravan, down 58% to 5,960

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