Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan, announced it has once again set an all-time U.S. sales record, with 42,323 cars sold in 2013 (plus 21 percent over 2012). The previous record year for Porsche in the U.S. was 2012 when 35,043 cars were sold. In December 2013, Porsche dealers sold 3,246 cars, an increase of 10 percent over last December.
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The flagship 911 completed a strong anniversary year in 2013, with 10,442 units sold and the introduction of six new model variants including the limited-edition “50th Anniversary” model. In December, the top-of-the-line 911 models (GT3, Turbo, Turbo Cabriolet) arrived at U.S. dealers, with those models accounting for four percent of December 911 sales.
Sales of the mid-engine Boxster and Cayman models were equally strong, with a combined total of 7,953 units, representing a 137 percent increase year-over-year. The newly-launched Cayman and Cayman S models were popular as well, with 3,383 units sold.
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported the highest annual sales volumes in its history with 312,534 units sold for the Mercedes-Benz brand in 2013, representing a 14.0% increase from the 274,134 vehicles sold in 2012. Sprinter Vans achieved an annual sales total of 21,816, gaining 4.2%. Adding 9,264 units from smart, MBUSA’s year-end total hit a record 343,614, increasing 12.6% from the 305,072 vehicles sold the previous year.
Impressive increases were made in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger car and light truck categories, climbing 16.0% and 10.4%, respectively, from 2012. Annual retail volumes for the Mercedes-Benz brand were led by the C-, E- and M-Class model lines. The sporty C-Class took the top spot for the year at 88,251 units, rising 8.0% from 2012, followed by the E-Class with annual sales of 69,803, up 7.1%. The brand’s top-selling SUV, the M-Class, rounded out the top three at 41,326, up 8.5% over the previous year.
Strong gains also were seen at the high end. The flagship S-Class, which reset the luxury benchmark with an all-new generation for model year 2014, posted an annual increase of 12.8% to 13,303 units. Total sales for the SL-Class roadster rose 43.0% at 7,007.
A best-ever December for the Mercedes-Benz brand yielded sales of 33,007, increasing 17.3% from the 28,145 vehicles sold in December 2012. The E-Class model line was the top volume performer for the month, jumping 25% to 8,727. Sprinter Vans, which launched a redesigned 2014 lineup in September, saw continued growth at 2,828 for the month, up 26.8%. Adding volumes of 855 at smart, MBUSA December sales reached a landmark 36,690 units, increasing 17.0% from the 31,372 vehicles sold during the same month last year.
Sales of Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel models totaled 1,575 in December and finished the year at 14,943. The company’s high-performance AMG models delivered strong December sales of 1,109, bringing the year-end total to 6,906, a 3.7% increase from 2012.
Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) recorded sales of 9,726 vehicles in December, an increase of 40.0% compared to the 6,949 units sold in December 2012. For the year, MBCPO sold 99,075 vehicles, climbing 23.3% from the 80,380 vehicles sold in 2012.
The Cayenne line carried equal weight in the automaker’s 2013 sales success, with 18,507 sold in all of 2013 (plus 16 percent over last year). With sales of 5,386, the Cayenne Diesel had a 29 percent share of overall Cayenne sales. With the arrival of the Macan compact SUV, its fifth model line, in the spring of 2014 Porsche will be entering into the fastest-growing vehicle market with the sportiest cross-over in that segment.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) reported total sales of 195,360 vehicles in 2013, an increase of 1.7% versus 2012. It was the best year ever for Lexus, with sales of 15,949 luxury vehicles, up 5.6%.
Led by the Canadian-made RAV4, it was also a record year for TCI truck sales, up 8.6% at 92,781. The RAV4 has had 11 consecutive monthly sales records, bringing the compact SUV’s 2013 total to 33,156, surpassing the previous annual record of 25,942 set in 2012.
Lexus sales highlights for December 2013 (vs. 2012)
- Sales: 1,189 (up 2.1%) :: New annual record of 15,949 (up 5.6%)
- Luxury car sales: 528 :: 7,513 for the year (up 2.4%)
- ES sales: 134 :: 2,365 for the year (up 7.2%)
- IS sales: 244 (up 61.6%) :: new December record :: 2,327 for the year (up 43.6%)
- LS sales: 15 :: 202 for the year (up 39.3%)
- Luxury SUV sales: 661 (up 9.8%) :: 8,436 for the year (up 8.6%)
- GX sales: 60 (up 25.0%) :: 351 for the year
- LX sales: 29 (up 107.1%) :: 296 for the year (up 14.3%)
- RX sales: 508 (up 6.3%) :: 7,165 for the year (up 12.2%)
Maserati North America closed an unbridled year of success in 2013, driven by dynamic new entries into top segments, closing December with a 210% increase over the same month last year. Each of the last six months of 2013 brought year over year growth, with the final three months all delivering significant triple digit percent gains.
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For the year, Maserati hit an all time sales benchmark of 4981 units, resulting in an unprecedented 72% increase in sales over 2012.
Jaguar Land Rover North America reported December 2013 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 1,544 units, 47 percent up from 1,049 units in December 2012; Land Rover sales reached 5,764 units, up 11 percent from 5,174 units in December 2012. Jaguar Land Rover North America December U.S. sales for both brands hit 7,308 units, a 17 percent increase from 6,223 units in December 2012.
- Jaguar Land Rover North America sales increase 20 percent for 2013 with 66,962 units sold
- Land Rover sets new U.S. full year sales record for the brand of 50,010 units with increase of 15 percent for 2013
- All new aluminum Range Rover increases 56 percent for 2013
- Jaguar finishes 2013 as one of the fastest growing automotive brands in the United States with 41 percent growth versus 2012 reaching 16,952 units
- All-wheel drive and new powertrains helps Jaguar XF achieve a 43 percent gain for 2013
- Autobytel names Jaguar F-TYPE and Land Rover Range Rover its Car and Truck of the Year for 2014.
- Jaguar Land Rover North America increases 17 percent in December, for its best retail sales month since 2006
- Jaguar continues industry-leading growth with 47 percent growth in December, driven by 53 percent increase in XF sales
- Land Rover brand increases 11 percent with Range Rover Evoque having its highest retails sales month ever
Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 13,232 units, an increase of 4.8 percent versus 12,627 units a year earlier. This was the best December in the luxury automaker’s history.
The all-new Infiniti Q50 luxury sports sedan saw deliveries of 4,568 units in December. Overall sales of Infiniti sports sedans, which include the Infiniti G37, rose more than 13.4 percent for the month.
The Infiniti QX60 7-passenger luxury crossover also had its best December ever with sales of 3,744 units, an increase of 38.3 percent.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14, Infiniti will debut the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept, a high-performance sports sedan featuring aerodynamic design inspiration from the technical collaboration between Infiniti and four-time Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing.