October sales: the post-summer slump continues

October sales: the post-summer slump continues

Sales appear to be down pretty much across the board for October. While there were fewer selling days this year compared to last, this isn’t the industry’s first down month in 2016. At some point, we have to call a trend a trend. Don’t expect a lot of highlights in the bottom section this month.

**Note: Ford will not be reporting October sales today. Due to a fire at the company’s headquarters on Monday, dealer data was not consolidated for official reporting. Ford’s numbers will reportedly be released later in the week.**

Honda, FCA, GM, Mazda and Volkswagen all had numbers up bright and early. Well, “bright” may not be a word we should be using to describe anything today. Nobody in that group reported the happiest of news.

On the home front, GM reported a nearly 2-percent decline for October, putting its brands behind a total of 3.6 percent for the year. Buick was the company’s only bright spot, boasting a 7.4-percent increase for the month. FCA took a hit everywhere but at Ram, which posted an 11.5-percent increase.

Honda experienced a small dip, with core brand sales off 2 percent and Acura sales down by 20.

Mazda and Volkswagen fared worse, reporting 10.8-percent and 18.5-percent drops, respectively. Good news for Mazda came in the form of CX-9 and CX-3 sales–both up–and Volkswagen could hang its hat on sales of the Golf SportWagen thanks to the introduction of the Alltrack.

Nissan wasn’t immune either. Overall, it was down 2.2 percent for the month, with the volume division dropping 2.6 percent and Infiniti holding just better than flat with a 0.6-percent increase.

October year-over-year:

Acura down 20%, 12,869

Alfa down 60.3%, 23

Audi

Bentley

BMW

Buick up 7.4%, 20,046

Cadillac down 9.4%, 13,948

Chevrolet down 0.8%, 181,964

Chrysler down 44.7%, 14,181

Dodge down 16.4%, 41,514

Fiat down 24.3%, 2,622

Ford

Genesis

GMC

Honda down 2%, 113,292

Hyundai

Infiniti up 0.6%, 11,208

Jaguar

Jeep down 6.6%, 68,826

Kia

– *Lamborghini

Land Rover

Lexus

Lincoln

Maserati

Mazda down 10.8%, 22,711

– **Mercedes-Benz

MINI

Mitsubishi

Nissan down 2.5%, 102,312

Porsche

Ram up 11.5%, 49,443

Scion

smart

Subaru

*Tesla

Toyota

Volkswagen down 18.5%, 24,779

Volvo

2016 year-to-date

Acura down 10.5%, 132,596

Alfa down 22.5%, 434

Audi

Bentley

BMW

Buick up 1.8%, 189,813

Cadillac down 5.6%, 133,234

Chevrolet down 3.7%, 1,713,876

Chrysler down 24.6%, 200,678

Dodge down 0.4%, 436,454

Fiat down 19.6%, 27,721

Ford

Genesis

GMC

Honda up 4.3%, 1,221,945

Hyundai

Infiniti up 1.2%, 107,983

Jaguar

Jeep up 9.7%, 775,932

Kia

*Lamborghini

Land Rover

Lexus

Lincoln

Maserati

Mazda down 6.8%, 246,978

– **Mercedes-Benz

MINI

Mitsubishi

Nissan up 5%, 1,188,561

Porsche

Ram up 11.2%, 449,743

Subaru

Scion

smart

*Tesla

Toyota

Volkswagen down 13.1%, 256,047

Volvo

*Based on estimates from Automotive News.

** NOT including Sprinter

Note that last month’s highlights and lowlights listed below are merely a selection of some of the month’s bigger movers.

Highlights (sales up > 40%)

Nissan Murano, up 100% to 10,701

Lowlights (sales down > 30%)

Nissan Quest, down 79.8% to 152

Mazda MX-5, down 53.5% to 505

Nissan Juke, down 52.4% to 858

Acura TLX, down 49.4% to 2,714

Volkswagen GTI, down 30.4% to 1,754