USA auto sales rocked again in October. 2015 projected at best all-time.

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USA auto sales rocked again in October projecting a potential record year fueled by pent-up demand, low gasoline, cheap petrol, affordable credit rate and high consumer’s confidence.Volkswagen increased sales despite scandal!

Economic Outlook

Some doubts have emerged about the current strength of the U.S. economy after a fairly strong performance in Q2. Recent data suggest that the economy closed out the third quarter on a weak note.

The ISM manufacturing index fell to the lowest level in over two years and retail sales increased at a meager rate in September. While unemployment is now at a multi-year low of 5.1%, cumulative payroll gains during Q3 were the weakest in over the three years. Consumer confidence increased in September, although consumers are wary about growth prospects for the months ahead.

Nonetheless, consumer spending—the motor of the economy—should continue to be fueled by low energy prices. In contrast, slower growth in emerging markets and a strong U.S. dollar are putting pressure on the external sector.

Market Outlook

As anticipated by us early this year, the US car market could break the all-time record volume this year beating the 17.3 million vehicles sold in the 2000.

The amazing October performance projects the year to date volume over the record fueled by pent-up demand, low gasoline, cheap petrol, affordable credit rate and high consumer’s confidence.

October sales at 1.450.053 units was up a robust 13.5% with full year volume still projected at 17.5 million, with only two remaining months. Indeed the first ten months sales had been 14.5 million, up5.8%

Competitive Arena

Several brands reported their best in a decade, starting from the leader, Ford, able to deliver 204.620 vehicles (+14.3%). Chevrolet sold 183.464 units (+17.6%) and was clearly ahead of the rival Toyota, third with 171.339 (+12.0%).

Behind, Honda with 115.572 (+9.3%),  Nissan with 104.904 (+11.5%) and a wonderful Jeep with 73.561 units, booming 33.3%.

Despite the scandal, Volkswagen reported sales flat from last year at 30.387 while Audi increased a robust 16.7% with 17.700 deliveries.

General Motors led the ranking by group with 18.1% of market share ahead of Ford with 14.6%, Toyota with 14.0% and FCA with 13.5%.

As far as the best-selling models, the Ford F-Series, now the third best-selling car in the World, rose 3.3% at 65.500 ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado with 51.647 sales (+10.0%) and the Ram Pick up with 40.931 (+2.8%).

Wishing to see the best-selling cars ranking updated in the 2015 with the top 100 models statistics, see here

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank Oct Rank 2015 Brand Sales Oct Sales 2015 Var Oct Var 2015 Share Oct Share 2015
1 1 Ford 204.620 2.096.138 14,3% 5,4% 14,1% 14,4%
2 2 Chevrolet 183.464 1.779.646 17,6% 4,8% 12,6% 12,3%
3 3 Toyota 171.339 1.752.094 12,0% 4,2% 11,8% 12,1%
4 4 Honda 115.572 1.172.119 9,3% 2,2% 7,9% 8,1%
5 5 Nissan 104.904 1.131.824 11,5% 5,5% 7,2% 7,8%
6 6 Jeep 73.561 706.471 33,3% 23,6% 5,1% 4,9%
7 7 Hyundai 60.005 638.195 19,8% 5,0% 4,1% 4,4%
8 9 Subaru 51.629 480.331 20,0% 14,8% 3,5% 3,3%
9 8 Kia 50.044 526.024 12,0% 7,4% 3,4% 3,6%
10 11 Dodge 46.612 428.959 12,3% -11,5% 3,2% 3,0%
11 10 GMC 45.478 455.717 18,0% 12,5% 3,1% 3,1%
12 12 Ram 43.749 401.237 2,9% 5,7% 3,0% 2,8%
13 13 Mercedes 31.751 301.915 3,3% 7,2% 2,2% 2,1%
14 14 Volkswagen 30.387 294.602 0,2% -2,2% 2,1% 2,0%
15 15 BMW 29.439 279.395 -3,8% 4,6% 2,0% 1,9%
16 16 Chrysler 27.801 276.601 0,9% 10,4% 1,9% 1,9%
17 17 Lexus 26.436 273.881 13,2% 12,2% 1,8% 1,9%
18 18 Mazda 25.451 267.158 34,0% 2,9% 1,7% 1,8%
19 19 Buick 18.660 186.387 -0,2% -1,6% 1,3% 1,3%
20 20 Audi 17.700 165.076 16,8% 13,0% 1,2% 1,1%
21 21 Acura 16.079 148.098 4,2% 9,6% 1,1% 1,0%
22 22 Cadillac 15.391 141.090 13,0% -0,3% 1,1% 1,0%
23 23 Infiniti 11.143 106.711 23,2% 13,6% 0,8% 0,7%
24 24 Lincoln 8.485 82.449 -4,5% 7,5% 0,6% 0,6%
25 25 Mitsubishi 7.426 80.683 19,8% 25,0% 0,5% 0,6%
26 27 Volvo 7.422 53.548 86,9% 12,0% 0,5% 0,4%
27 26 Land Rover 7.199 55.602 97,6% 32,2% 0,5% 0,4%
28 29 Scion 6.270 45.471 49,9% -9,6% 0,4% 0,3%
29 28 Mini 4.087 49.778 -22,9% 11,9% 0,3% 0,3%
30 30 Porsche 4.070 43.370 11,0% 11,1% 0,3% 0,3%
31 31 Fiat 3.757 35.576 0,9% -9,3% 0,3% 0,2%
32 32 Tesla 1.730 17.030 -21,4% -22,6% 0,1% 0,1%
33 34 Maserati 1.166 9.544 -3,1% -7,6% 0,1% 0,1%
34 33 Jaguar 988 12.204 -1,9% -4,9% 0,1% 0,1%
35 35 Smart 721 6.153 23,2% -27,3% 0,0% 0,0%
36 37 Ferrari 177 1.770 -1,7% 1,4% 0,0% 0,0%
37 36 Bentley 121 1.889 -57,1% -16,7% 0,0% 0,0%
38 38 Rolls-Royce 95 889 90,0% 28,1% 0,0% 0,0%
39 40 Alfa Romeo 65 562 0,0% 0,0%
40 39 Lamborghini 63 630 0,0% 0,0%
41 41 Lotus 10 223 -58,3% -7,1% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank Oct Rank 2015 Group Sales Oct Sales 2015 Var Oct Var 2015 Share Oct Share 2015
1 1 General Motors 262.993 2.562.840 15,9% 5,3% 18,1% 17,7%
2 2 Ford 213.105 2.178.587 13,4% 5,5% 14,6% 15,0%
3 3 Toyota 204.045 2.071.446 13,0% 4,9% 14,0% 14,3%
4 4 FCA 196.888 1.860.720 14,6% 7,1% 13,5% 12,8%
5 5 Honda 131.651 1.320.217 8,6% 3,0% 9,0% 9,1%
6 6 Renault-Nissan 116.047 1.238.535 12,5% 6,2% 8,0% 8,5%
7 7 Hyundai-Kia 110.049 1.164.219 16,1% 6,1% 7,6% 8,0%
8 8 Volkswagen 52.341 505.567 5,9% 3,5% 3,6% 3,5%
9 9 Fuji Heavy Industries 51.629 480.331 20,0% 14,8% 3,5% 3,3%
10 10 BMW 33.621 330.062 -6,5% 5,7% 2,3% 2,3%

Rank Oct Rank 2015 Model Sales Oct Sales 2015 Var Oct Var 2015 Share Oct Share 2015
1 1 Ford F-Series 65.500 629.951 3,3% 1,5% 4,6% 4,4%
2 2 Chevrolet Silverado 51.647 492.551 10,0% 14,8% 3,6% 3,4%
3 3 Ram Pick up 40.931 371.574 2,8% 3,3% 2,8% 2,6%
4 4 Toyota Camry 34.781 361.111 4,9% -1,9% 2,4% 2,5%
5 6 Honda Accord 30.121 294.935 11,0% -11,0% 2,1% 2,1%
6 7 Honda CR-V 29.032 288.531 -0,8% 6,8% 2,0% 2,0%
7 11 Toyota RAV4 28.256 256.178 31,3% 14,6% 2,0% 1,8%
8 5 Toyota Corolla 27.951 306.693 12,0% 8,1% 1,9% 2,1%
9 9 Honda Civic 27.789 277.538 15,0% 0,0% 1,9% 1,9%
10 13 Nissan Rogue 24.939 238.146 69,8% 40,7% 1,7% 1,7%
11 23 Chevrolet Malibu 24.725 171.886 122,1% 7,6% 1,7% 1,2%
12 10 Ford Escape 24.719 257.731 -0,8% 1,0% 1,7% 1,8%
13 12 Ford Fusion 23.668 255.143 3,6% -3,1% 1,6% 1,8%
14 14 Chevrolet Equinox 22.086 236.128 25,5% 16,7% 1,5% 1,7%
15 8 Nissan Altima 20.948 283.372 -11,0% 1,0% 1,5% 2,0%
16 15 Ford Explorer 20.723 210.894 25,6% 20,4% 1,4% 1,5%
17 19 GMC Sierra 18.521 180.174 -0,2% 8,6% 1,3% 1,3%
18 20 Jeep Cherokee 17.673 178.785 12,5% 24,3% 1,2% 1,2%
19 18 Ford Focus 16.423 180.287 19,6% -5,1% 1,1% 1,3%
20 21 Hyundai Sonata 16.071 173.751 3,3% -3,7% 1,1% 1,2%
21 26 Jeep Grand Cherokee 16.050 157.899 7,0% 4,7% 1,1% 1,1%
22 16 Hyundai Elantra 15.868 209.830 24,4% 10,9% 1,1% 1,5%
23 22 Jeep Wrangler 15.751 173.264 15,3% 17,3% 1,1% 1,2%
24 17 Chevrolet Cruze 15.710 193.680 -35,3% -16,7% 1,1% 1,4%
25 27 Toyota Tacoma 15.233 148.905 17,1% 16,6% 1,1% 1,0%
26 29 Subaru Forester 15.172 144.740 17,0% 10,6% 1,1% 1,0%
27 24 Nissan Sentra 14.974 169.244 14,1% 9,7% 1,0% 1,2%
28 34 Subaru Outback 14.729 123.148 16,7% 12,1% 1,0% 0,9%
29 30 Kia Optima 14.381 132.684 21,5% -1,3% 1,0% 0,9%
30 33 Nissan Versa 13.855 123.687 24,9% 1,9% 1,0% 0,9%
31 31 Toyota Highlander 13.316 130.074 10,0% 10,6% 0,9% 0,9%
32 36 Honda Pilot 12.913 111.893 63,4% 26,9% 0,9% 0,8%
33 32 Kia Soul 12.246 124.929 14,6% -1,1% 0,9% 0,9%
34 59 Dodge Grand Caravan 12.094 76.313 21,1% -33,1% 0,8% 0,5%
35 25 Chrysler 200 11.905 158.978 2,0% 83,1% 0,8% 1,1%
36 45 Chevrolet Impala 11.805 97.271 11,3% -17,4% 0,8% 0,7%
37 62 Chrysler Town & Country 11.332 73.302 3,6% -38,5% 0,8% 0,5%
38 42 Hyundai Santa fe 11.060 99.460 25,4% 13,4% 0,8% 0,7%
39 57 Ford Econoline 11.024 79.270 134,0% -15,5% 0,8% 0,6%
40 54 BMW 3 Series 11.012 80.832 -19,2% -25,2% 0,8% 0,6%

To have all data between 2010 and 2015, see the U.S. Auto Book 2015 just published by our Team:

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