U.S.A. car market rose 8% in May 2013. Strong demand on Ford top models.

In May, U.S. light passenger vehicles sales were 1.443.311 sales, up 8.2% and it was the 24rd year-on-year increase in a string. S.A.A.R. was at 15.3 million, up 0.1 million from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 6.417.178, up 7.2%.

Most automakers topped analysts’ expectations last month, with Nissan reporting its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models. Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota also reported increases. Only Volkswagen’s sales were down from last May.

Low interest rate policies have helped nurture sales by keeping loan rates low. A 48-month new-car loan now averages 2.92 percent, according to Bankrate.com and recovered demand in many sectors like home building and oil and gas are fueling the demand for vehicles.

Looking at the Top Brands performance:

Ford kept growing momentum selling 238.714 vehicles and pushing share up at 16.5%, 0.6 points of share better than in April. Cumulate sales this year were above 1 million, with a share climbed at 16.0%. Not only the F Series is the truck dominator, but also Focus, Fusion and Escape are on demand.

Chevrolet was the loser of the month, selling 179.510 units with a share dropped at 12.4%, down 1.0 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 821.674 with a share of 12.8%. Chevrolet kept its Top 4 models in the top 30 and Silverado in 2nd increased its market share.

Toyota was challenging the second place across all the month but ended in 3rd position just few units below Chevrolet, selling 179.137 units with a share of 12.4%, up 0.5 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 787.836 with a share of 12.3%. Corolla was back in the top ten, placing in 9th.

Honda kept the 4th position, selling 125.649 units with a share of 8.7%, down 0.4 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 545.447 with a share of 8.5%. The Accord kept the 4th place, second among cars.

Nissan recovered after the April shortfall and was 5th with 106.558 sales and 7.4% of share, up 1.2 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 477.466 with a share of 7.4%. The best-selling model, the Altima, recovered and surged in 5th from 14th.

Hyundai in 6th sold 68.358 units with a share of 4.7%, down 0.2 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 296.003 with a share of 4.6%. The Elantra was 12th.

Dodge was 7th with 56.407 sales and a share slipped at 3.9%, down 0.3 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 268.571 with a share of 4.2%. The top model was the Ram, flat in 5th position.

Kia kept the 8th place selling 52.327 units with a share of 3.6%, down 0.1 points from the previous month. Cumulated 2013 were 226.815 with a share of 3.5%. The best-selling model was the Optima in 23rd position.

Jeep kept the 9th position, selling 44.419 units with a share flat at 3.1%. Year-to-date sales were 184.796 with a share of 2.9%. The Grand Cherokee was 20th.

GMC was 10th selling 41.594 with a share of 2.9%, up 0.2 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 181.320 with a share of 2.8%. The top model was the Sierra, advanced in 19th place.

In the table below, the Top 25 Brands ranked for year-to-date positioning:

Rank YTD

Brand

May

YTD 2013

Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Apr 2013

May 2013

Ytd 2013

1

Ford

238.714

1.024.000

14,9%

15,3%

14,4%

15,0%

15,7%

15,9%

16,5%

16,0%

2

Chevrolet

179.510

821.674

12,9%

13,5%

12,6%

12,0%

12,7%

13,4%

12,4%

12,8%

3

Toyota

179.137

787.836

12,2%

12,6%

12,2%

11,7%

12,4%

11,9%

12,4%

12,3%

4

Honda

125.649

545.447

8,3%

8,9%

8,9%

8,8%

8,2%

9,1%

8,7%

8,5%

5

Nissan

106.558

477.466

8,5%

6,0%

7,1%

6,7%

7,9%

6,2%

7,4%

7,4%

6

Hyundai

68.358

296.003

4,7%

5,1%

5,0%

4,5%

4,5%

4,9%

4,7%

4,6%

7

Dodge

56.407

268.571

3,6%

3,6%

3,6%

3,7%

4,3%

4,2%

3,9%

4,2%

8

Kia

52.327

226.815

4,0%

4,0%

4,0%

3,4%

3,4%

3,7%

3,6%

3,5%

9

Jeep

44.419

184.796

3,3%

3,3%

3,4%

3,0%

2,7%

3,1%

3,1%

2,9%

10

GMC

41.594

181.320

2,6%

2,9%

2,9%

3,0%

2,8%

2,7%

2,9%

2,8%

11

Volkswagen

38.013

169.835

2,7%

3,0%

3,2%

3,2%

2,7%

2,6%

2,6%

2,6%

12

Subaru

39.892

165.362

2,3%

2,2%

2,2%

2,5%

2,5%

2,6%

2,8%

2,6%

13

Ram

32.649

144.127

2,0%

1,9%

2,1%

2,3%

2,2%

2,5%

2,3%

2,2%

14

Chrysler

29.070

136.590

2,3%

2,3%

2,0%

1,9%

2,2%

2,2%

2,0%

2,1%

15

Mercedes

26.541

125.052

1,9%

1,9%

1,9%

2,4%

2,0%

2,0%

1,8%

1,9%

16

Mazda

24.270

122.447

2,4%

1,6%

1,8%

1,9%

2,1%

1,5%

1,7%

1,9%

17

BMW

25.230

113.357

1,8%

1,7%

1,7%

2,6%

1,8%

1,8%

1,7%

1,8%

18

Lexus

22.229

97.060

1,4%

1,6%

1,7%

2,0%

1,5%

1,4%

1,5%

1,5%

19

Buick

17.982

82.759

1,1%

1,4%

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

20

Cadillac

13.808

69.750

0,9%

0,8%

1,1%

1,3%

1,2%

1,0%

1,0%

1,1%

21

Acura

14.364

63.216

0,9%

1,1%

1,2%

1,1%

0,9%

1,1%

1,0%

1,0%

22

Audi

13.228

60.571

0,8%

0,9%

1,0%

1,1%

0,9%

1,0%

0,9%

0,9%

23

Infiniti

7.899

43.119

0,8%

0,7%

0,9%

0,9%

0,7%

0,6%

0,5%

0,7%

24

Lincoln

7.305

30.819

0,6%

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,4%

0,6%

0,5%

0,5%

25

Scion

6.586

28.660

0,4%

0,5%

0,6%

0,5%

0,4%

0,4%

0,5%

0,4%

Looking at the top models ranking, the Ford F-Series in 1st sold 71.604 units with a share of 5.0%, up 0.4from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 299.477 with a share of 4.6%.

The Silverado was 2nd, selling 43.283 units with a share of 3.0%, down 0.1 points from the previous month, followed by Toyota Camry in 3rd, up 1 spot, with 39.216 units and 2.7% of share.

Honda Accord was 4th selling 33.218 units with a share of 2.3%, down 0.3 points from the previous month, followed by the Nissan Altima, advanced in 5th from 14th with 31.4940 sales and a share of 2.2%, up 0.5 points, and by Dodge Ram in 6th with 31.672 sales and a share of 2.2%.

Honda Civic was 7th, up 1 spot from April, with 30.268 units and a share of 2.1%, followed by Ford Fusion in 8th with 29.553 sales and a share of 2.0%.

The Escape was stable in 9th with 29.123 sales ahead of Corolla.

In the table below, the Top 30 models ranked by last month position:

Rank May

Rank Apr

Rank 2012

Model

May

YTD 2013

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Apr 2013

May 2013

YTD 2013

1

1

1

Ford F-Series

71.604

     299.477

4,5%

5,1%

4,5%

4,6%

5,0%

4,6%

2

2

2

Chevrolet Silverado

43.283

     199.327

2,9%

3,3%

3,1%

3,1%

3,0%

3,1%

3

4

3

Toyota Camry

39.216

     171.756

2,8%

2,5%

2,7%

2,5%

2,7%

2,6%

4

3

4

Honda Accord

33.218

     155.183

2,6%

2,3%

2,3%

2,6%

2,3%

2,4%

5

14

6

Nissan Altima

31.940

     140.883

2,1%

1,9%

2,3%

1,7%

2,2%

2,2%

6

5

7

Dodge RAM

31.672

     140.675

2,1%

2,2%

2,0%

2,4%

2,2%

2,2%

7

8

5

Honda Civic

30.268

     128.980

2,0%

2,3%

1,9%

2,1%

2,1%

2,0%

8

6

12

Ford Fusion

29.553

     136.833

1,6%

1,3%

2,1%

2,1%

2,0%

2,1%

9

9

10

Ford Escape

29.123

     127.932

2,0%

1,7%

1,9%

2,0%

2,0%

2,0%

10

11

8

Toyota Corolla

27.997

     132.514

2,0%

1,9%

2,1%

1,9%

1,9%

2,0%

11

7

9

Honda CR-V

27.298

     119.191

1,8%

1,9%

1,7%

2,1%

1,9%

1,8%

12

12

11

Ford Focus

27.186

     111.641

1,5%

1,6%

1,6%

1,8%

1,9%

1,7%

13

10

18

Hyundai Elantra

25.090

     104.081

1,5%

1,4%

1,4%

1,9%

1,7%

1,6%

14

13

13

Chevrolet Cruze

23.055

     100.818

1,8%

1,6%

1,5%

1,7%

1,6%

1,5%

15

16

16

Chevrolet Equinox

22.918

     102.752

1,5%

1,4%

1,6%

1,6%

1,6%

1,6%

16

18

20

Toyota RAV4

20.780

       80.734

1,2%

0,9%

1,1%

1,4%

1,4%

1,2%

17

19

15

Hyundai Sonata

20.194

       83.556

1,6%

1,5%

1,2%

1,3%

1,4%

1,3%

18

15

17

Chevrolet Malibu

18.999

       89.912

1,0%

0,8%

1,3%

1,7%

1,3%

1,4%

19

20

21

Ford Explorer

18.009

       84.646

1,1%

1,3%

1,4%

1,2%

1,2%

1,3%

20

28

26

Nissan Rogue

17.337

       63.537

1,0%

1,1%

0,9%

0,9%

1,2%

1,0%

21

24

28

Jeep Wrangler

16.227

       61.518

1,0%

0,6%

0,8%

1,0%

1,1%

0,9%

22

23

23

GMC Sierra

16.061

       71.065

1,1%

1,3%

1,1%

1,1%

1,1%

1,1%

23

21

25

Jeep Grand Cherokee

16.034

       64.170

1,0%

1,2%

0,9%

1,2%

1,1%

1,0%

24

17

14

Toyota Prius

16.008

       91.621

1,6%

1,5%

1,5%

1,5%

1,1%

1,4%

25

25

19

Volkswagen Jetta

15.910

       66.283

1,2%

1,2%

1,0%

1,0%

1,1%

1,0%

26

22

24

Kia Optima

15.368

       68.859

1,1%

1,2%

1,0%

1,1%

1,1%

1,1%

27

26

27

Toyota Tacoma

14.727

       67.165

1,0%

1,1%

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

28

29

34

Honda Odyssey

14.200

       52.265

0,3%

0,5%

0,7%

0,9%

1,0%

0,8%

29

36

35

Ford Edge

13.501

       55.392

0,3%

0,5%

0,8%

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

30

27

30

Chrysler 200

13.278

       62.655

0,9%

0,4%

1,0%

1,0%

0,9%

1,0%

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