U.S. deliveries of foreign-brand passenger vehicles rose 6% to 788,300 units in November, according to carmaker sales reports tallied by Automotive News.
The traditional domestic carmakers now report only quarterly results. But analysts estimate that the total U.S. car market last month was flat or up slightly, thanks to an extra selling day and record-high sales incentives.
Demand for import brands through the first 11 months of 2019 slipped by 20,000 units to 8.55 million, mainly because of an 8% drop to 1.24 million vehicles for Nissan, according to AN’s tally.
Nissan’s sales in November fell 16% to 92,900 vehicles. The company’s slump is due to an aging product lineup and the company’s deliberate pullback from low-profit fleet sales.
All major import marques posted year-on-year gains last month. Mass-market manufacturers were led by Toyota (+9% to 207,900 units), Honda (+11% to 134,000) and Hyundai/Kia (+10% to 113,300). Sales also rose for Mazda (+18% to 24,400 vehicles). Subaru sales were flat at 56,900 units.
Most European luxury brands reported large increases in volume last month. Heading the pack were Mercedes-Benz (+10% to 37,300 units), BMW (+10% to 31,200) and Audi (+21% to 20,600).
Volvo sales jumped 18% to 9,600 units. Land Rover deliveries climbed 11% to 9,500 units, but demand for Jaguar vehicles fell 8% to 3,000 units.
Delegates to the United Auto Workers union’s annual convention in Detroit have overwhelmingly approved a 31% raise for their salaried international leaders.
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