U.S. Sales Grow 3% for Foreign Brands

An extra selling day, coupled with hefty retail incentives, boosted October deliveries of foreign brand cars and light trucks in the U.S. by 3% to 744,300 units.
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An extra selling day, coupled with hefty retail incentives, boosted October deliveries of import brands in the U.S. 3% to 744,300 cars and light trucks, according to company reports.

Results were mixed for both Asian and European marques. Among Asia-based producers, volume grew for Honda (+8% to 117,500 vehicles), Hyundai/Kia (+11% to 109,000) and Mazda (+5% to 19,500). Sales were flat at 55,500 units for Subaru.

But October sales fell for Toyota (-1% to 188,800 units) and Nissan/Infiniti (-6% to 103,600).

Europe’s three best-selling companies reported gains for the period. They were led by Volkswagen Group (+6% to 53,100 vehicles), where a 19% jump in Audi sales offset a 3% decline for VW brand vehicles. Sales also climbed for BMW Group (+7% to 28,500) and Daimler (+1% to 32,100). Volume was flat for Jaguar Land Rover at 10,400 units.

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