The German car-maker set another production record in 2017. So much for Dieselgate…
The Volkswagen brand (not to be confused with the Volkswagen Group) built over six million cars in 2017 to set a new production record, with demand ballooning in many global markets.
Its best-selling models during the year were the evergreen Golf, the Jetta, the Santana, the Passat, and the Polo. Not sold in sold in North America, the Polo and the Santana are both are immensely popular in other world markets.
In the Chinese market, the Santana posted stellar sales, while demand for the Tiguan and brand new T-Roc (not available in North America) grew.
Volkswagen also posted better-than-expected results in America, seeing sales increase by 5.2 percent to 339,676 units. While a definite positive for the company, that level of performance still lags far behind the likes of Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and other rivals. Executives are betting on an SUV offensive to keep the momentum going.
To build so many cars in just 12 months, Volkswagen operates a network of 50 plants scattered across 14 countries that build more than 60 different nameplates.
Impressive results from an automaker that many analysts still consider marred by the dieselgate scandal.
McLaren Sold A Record Number Of Cars In 2017
McLaren Automotive had its best year ever in 2017, setting a new sales record.
Largely thanks to the addition of the more affordable Sport Series family of vehicles into its lineup, the supercar maker was able to deliver a total of 3,340 cars in 2017, up from 3,286 in 2016.
Sports Series cars like the 540C and 570S accounted for 2,119 deliveries in 2017 — up from 2,031 in 2016 — while the remaining 1,221 units consisted of McLaren’s Super Series offerings, namely the 650S and its insanely fast 720S replacement.
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive, stated:
“Demand has been strong for McLaren Automotive across our product families in 2017, with interest particularly robust in our biggest market, North America. The majority of sales came from the Sports Series family, our brand entry point that is achieving significant interest and attracting new customers. With a strong order bank stretching well into this summer, it is expected that close to half of 2018 sales will derive from the Super Series.”
Divvying up the record sales by geography, a total of 1,234 units (up from 1,139 in 2016) came from North America, McLaren’s largest market. That’s right, the British marque’s most lucrative audience is not China, not DUbai, and not even it home country of England — It’s America!
Buick Sets Sales Record in 2013, Delivered Over 1 Million Cars Globally
Buick sold 1,032,056 vehicles in 2013, beating its previous record of 1,003,345 deliveries set way back in 1984.
Global sales jumped 15.4 percent over 2012’s results, with China and North America accounting for most of that increase. The TriShield brand sold 809,918 cars in China in 2013, up 15.7 percent, and 205,509 vehicles in the United States, up 13.9 percent.
Canada added 14,310 units to the total (+9.5%), while Mexico joined the party with 2,319 cars (+106.6%).
Product wise, the Excelle GT (China-only) and Verano compact sedans together delivered a 16.3 percent gain globally, while sales of the Excelle XT hatchback were up 17.5 percent. The Encore small crossover ended 2013 with 97,311 sales globally, while sales of the eight-passenger Enclave grew by 6.5 percent in North America. The large crossover recorded its best year of performance in the United States in 2013.
In the U.S., 42 percent of Buick buyers were new to the brand and to General Motors.
Auto Sales Data: 2013 Year End, Brand Ranking
While sales cooled down — figuratively and literally speaking — in the final month of the year because of some rather bad weather, 2013 was a very strong year for the U.S. automotive industry. Sure, some automakers found themselves in the red, but overall, everyone had a good year.
The domestics led the way with the Ford Brand once again laying claim to the top selling brand title. The other volume brands — Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC and Jeep — also performed well, with the only sour spot being Chrysler, which saw its sales drop by 1.80 percent.
On the luxury front, GM stole the show. Cadillac, thanks in large part to the ATS, led the pack with a 22 percent gain, beating arch rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Buick also had a strong year with sales jumping by nearly 14 percent. On Ford’s end, Lincoln continues to struggle to find a footing in the ultra-competitive segment — sales dropped by a tiny 0.60 percent, but dropped nonetheless.
It was a mix bag with the Asians. Toyota remained the largest foreign brand and the second largest overall in the country, followed by Honda and then Nissan. The Japanese big three saw their sales increase by 6.74 percent, 7.40 percent and 10.80 percent, respectively, enough to maintain the same market share they held in 2012.
Mazda, on the back of new introductions like the all-new Mazda6 and Mazda3, as well as the well-received CX-5 crossover, saw its sales jump by 2.50 percent, a rate we deem disappointing considering how strong its lineup is. But it could have been worse — 2013 marked the end of Suzuki in the U.S., and all signs point to Mitsubishi as the next to go.
The once seemingly unstoppable Koreans hit a brick wall in 2013, with sales of Hyundai vehicles going up by a measly 2.5 percent and those of Kia (-4 percent) going the opposite direction of what we are accustomed to seeing. Both saw their market share drop for the first time in years.
As for Asian luxury, Lexus led the way with a 12.20 percent growth, followed by Acura (5.90 percent). Despite having the new Q50 in its lineup, Infiniti nevertheless found 2.90 percent fewer buyers.
Finally, for those Europeans. While the global behemoth that is the Volkswagen brand saw its sales decline by almost 7 percent, cousin brands Audi and Porsche had a strong 13.50 and 20.80 percent jump, respectively. But as good as Audi performed, it was outsold by rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW, which saw their ongoing battle for luxury supremacy end with the former finally taking the crown after years of being in the shadow of the latter. The biggest growth, however, came from Jaguar, which saw its sales rise by a whopping 41 percent.
Fiat still had too weak of a lineup to make a dent in the market, while Volvo remained stuck in limbo. Smart was pretty much irrelevant as a brand.
GM was the largest automotive group in the country, followed by Ford Motor Co. and then by Toyota Motor Co. Make the jump for our comprehensive sales chart.
|AUTOMAKER||2013||2012||% CHANGE||2013 Mkt. Share||2012 Mkt. Share|
|Ford Motor Company||2,485,236||2,243,009||10.80%||15.90%||15.50%|
|Toyota Motor Corporation||2,236,042||2,082,504||7.40%||14.40%||14.40%|
|Honda Motor Company||1,525,312||1,422,785||7.20%||9.80%||9.80%|
|Nissan Motor Company||1,248,420||1,141,656||9.40%||8.00%||7.90%|