US Auto Sales: German premium brands post strong sales results in October image

The auto industry enjoyed again a spectacular month in October, reporting sales gains nearly across the board.

Compared to the local automakers, Germans market share is increasing. Chrysler was the only local automaker who posted a double-digit increase. Both Ford and General Motors are under 5 percent.

Chrysler Group LLC saw the biggest sales gain, up 27 percent year-over-year on the strength of its new and refreshed vehicles.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 13.5% in October for a total of 21,873 compared to 19,272 vehicles sold in October, 2010.

BMW, world’s largest premium automaker said that year to date sales are up 12.9 percent (199,552 units) compared to 176,736 sold in the first ten months of 2010.
The Munich based automaker was helped by the redesigned X3 SAV who has reported an increase of 2244.4 percent – from 99 units in October 2010 to 2,321 vehicles this October.
The X6 was the only light truck (SAV) from BMW’s lineup who recorded an decrease in sales.

Demand for the automaker’s 5 Series cars rose 2.4 percent to 5,044, while overall SUV sales jumped 79.4 percent to 6,793.

For the next month’s BMW expects a decrease in sales for the actual generation 3 Series. But from February, the overhauled 3-Series should help BMW to maintain its sales lead.
The best-seller is projected to help boost the brand’s deliveries by 9.3 percent to 1.47 million next year, according to IHS Automotive.

Audi, VW Group’s luxury brand is gaining terrain. The premium automaker said on Tuesday that it experienced record October sales of 10,225 vehicles in the U.S., up from 8,128 in the same month a year ago.

Year to date sales increased 16.5% to 95,206. The maker of the A8 luxury sedan said that year-to-date sales for 2011 already rank as the second-best year in the U.S.

“Sales continue to reinforce that Audi holds a desirable position within the high-end sector of the premium car market,” said Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen in the sales report.

The luxurious A8 model recorded an increase of 991.4 percent to 382 vehicles ( October 2010 – 35 vehicles).

Audi has already refreshed its best-seller – the A4 to compete with BMW’s new 3 Series. The 2012 Audi A4 isn’t a new, ground-up A4, rather it’s a comprehensive re-work of the current A4 with significant styling updates – inside and out – and a plethora of new engines. [more about the new 2013 Audi A4]

Mercedes announced the highest October – 24,449 vehicles, up 28.2 percent over October 2010 (19,076).

As expected the highest volume performers for the month were the C-Class and E-Class model lines.

In addition, the German automaker said that it sold 4,091 M-Class SUVs last month, a 45 percent improvement from October 2010. GL-Class full-sized SUV sales rose to 2,128 units – up 13 percent from a year ago.

However, sales of the R-Class crossover, also made at the company’s Vance plant, dropped to 140, down 46 percent from the year-ago period.

At the high end, the company sold 13 of its supercar — the SLS AMG — bringing its year-to-date sales to 467.