NOVEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES UPDATE: HYUNDAI, BIG 3 UP, TOYOTA DOWN

20% of online shoppers researching the Escape looked at the Chevy Equinox, according to Edmunds.com, while only 8.6 percent of those researching the Equinox also looked at the Escape. GM’s Equinox small SUV outsold Ford’s Escape but Ford said that may be because some Escape buyers have move up to the Ford edge. Chevy Camaro  led against the Ford Mustang. GM sold 4,164 Camaros in November, the total for the year 75,685,  Ford sold 4,093 Mustangs, for an 11-month tally of 68,264.

Ford’s sales increase was driven by the redesigned Edge, a 26 percent jump in F- series pickup deliveries and strong demand for small Focus and Fiesta. Ford’s Lincoln rose 19 percent on sales of MKZ , MKX and Town Car, which the automaker is discontinuing.

Since filing for bankruptcy last year, GM has closed Hummer, Pontiac and Saturn and sold Saab to focus on Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. Sales of those four remaining brands rose 21 percent. Leasing accounted for 11 percent of GM sales, up from nearly 8 percent.

Buick sales up 36 percent to 11,725 vehicles, led by Enclave SUV. GMC sales gained 30 percent to 27,590. Cadillac up 21 percent to 11,801.

Sales of the Cadillac SRX jumped 36 percent.

Chrysler’s gains were driven by the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee, sales of which more than tripled from last November to 10,984. Ram pickup sales rose 86 percent to 18,206 last month but car sales fell 9.1 percent to 13,112

U.S. sales of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles rose 27 percent from a year ago to 71,366.

Honda, fourth in U.S. sales, had a 21 percent increase in deliveries of Honda and Acura brand models last month, the company said in a statement. Sales rose to 89,617 units from 74,003 a year ago, Honda said. Deliveries were forecast to increase 24 percent, the average of four analysts’ estimates.

Hyundai Motor Co. increased U.S. sales 45 percent in November to 40,723, a record for the month. Growth was led by increased sales of Sonata and Genesis sedans and Tucson crossovers.

Among the top sellers in the U.S., only Toyota reported a decline in the month. U.S. vehicle sales fell 3.3 percent on an unadjusted basis.

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-01/gm-s-u-s-sales-in-november-climbed-11-boosted-by-equinox-terrain-suvs.html

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