August capped a solid summer for the auto industry showing the strength of the overall market. Not only have automakers sold more light vehicles in the first eight months this year (10.6 million) than in all of 2009 (10.4 million), but last month’s 1.5 million sales topped the unit volume of every August since — get this — 2003.
Among major players, the only automakers without a double-digit August sales increase were Volkswagen Group of America, up 4 percent, and Hyundai-Kia America, 6 percent higher. Both comparisons were to strong year-ago volume.
Winners and Losers
% change in sales among major brands from August 2012
|Winners||Aug.||Winners||8 mos.||Losers||Aug.||Losers||8 mos.|
|2||BMW division||46%||2||Jaguar||30%||2||Volkswagen division||-2%||2||Lincoln||-6%|
Top selling cars
Top selling light trucks