January sales: FCA, Volvo, JLR up despite tough conditions

January sales: FCA, Volvo, JLR up despite tough conditions

January proved to be a difficult month for many automakers, stalling growth that had been sustained in 2015.

Winter is a notoriously difficult season for auto sales as many potential buyers stay home rather than battling nasty weather in many states. January was no exception as the so-called Winter Storm Jonas affected nearly a third of the US population in the fourth week of the month.

Several automakers managed to post gains despite the poor weather. Jeep sales were up by 15 percent and Dodge surged by 19 percent, putting FCA ahead by 7 percent for the month. Buick skyrocketed by an impressive 46 percent, though the gains were washed away by a drop in Cadillac and Chevrolet sales. Both Jaguar and Land Rover rose by around seven percent, while Volvo posted a 12-percent increase.

Unsurprisingly, Volkswagen brand sales were down by 15 percent as the company continues to deal with the TDI emissions scandal. The fiasco drove group sales down by seven percent, despite strong performance from Audi and Porsche.



January year-over-year, 2016
total:

Acura down 15%, 10,250

Alfa down 31%, 67

Audi up 3%, 11,850

Bentley down 16%, 81

BMW down 5%, 18,082

Buick up 46%, 18,269

Cadillac down 8%, 10,740

Chevrolet down 4%, 137,803

Chrysler down 22%, 18,214

Dodge up 19%, 42,109

Fiat down 20%, 2,594

Ford down 3%, 165,301

GMC up 4%, 36,933

Honda flat, 90,247

Hyundai up 1%, 45,011

Infiniti down 12%, 8,514

Jaguar up 7%, 1,352

Jeep up 15%, 59,032

Kia flat, 38,305

– *Lamborghini up 3%, 65

Land Rover up 7%, 5,655

Lexus down 10%, 20,933

Lincoln up 8%, 7,177

Maserati up 16%, 525

Mazda down 3%, 19,703

– **Mercedes-Benz up 2%, 26,563

MINI flat, 3,238

Mitsubishi down 4%, 6,264

Nissan up 3%, 97,220

Porsche up 11% to 4,354

Ram up 5%, 33,021

Scion up 38%, 5,009

smart down 19%, 399

Subaru up 1%, 41,101

*Tesla up 9%, 2,075

Toyota down 5%, 135,251

Volkswagen down 15%, 20,079

Volvo up 12%, 4,244


*Based on estimates from Automotive News.

** NOT including Sprinter

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