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    Tough Start To Year For U.S. Automakers: Q1 Sales Results

    It was a rough way to start the year for automakers.  When all was said and done, U.S. sales fell roughly 16% from a year ago in the first quarter.

    Just as a reminder, the first quarter of 2021 was a time when America was coming out of the Covid pandemic and car sales were quite brisk, mainly due to dealerships opening back and a backlog of people wanting new vehicles.  It was late in March of 2021 when we discovered there was a shortage of microchips for cars.  However, this did not affect sales, there were plenty of new vehicles in stock.  What we didn’t know, was inventories of in-stock vehicles would dwindle to historic low levels.

    Here are your Q1 2022 sales results (including some of the startup electric automakers) and how they stacked up to the same time in 2021.  As usual, Mercedes-Benz can’t pull off the feat of reporting sales like every other automaker in the world.

    Q1 2022 sales results

     

    1. Toyota 450,227    15%
    2. Ford 410,026   17%
    3. Chevrolet 340,309
      20%
    4. Honda 238,182   23%
    5. Jeep 193,281   2%
    6. Nissan 189,835   29%
    7. Hyundai 159,676   4%
    8. Kia 151,194
    . 5%
    9. Ram Trucks 138,153 15%
    10.  Subaru 132,246 17%
    11. GMC 121,437 7.5%
    12. Mazda 82,268
      1%
    13. BMW 73,714
      3%
    14. Volkswagen 64,993   28%
    15. Lexus 64,365 13%
    16. Dodge 41,042   36%
    17. Audi 35,505   35%
    18. Chrysler 29,113   27%
    19. Acura 28,236 25%
    20. Cadillac 28,216   24%
    21. Mitsubishi 26,400   6%
    22. Volvo 22,757   16%
    23. Lincoln 19, 148   25%
    24. Buick 19,146   58%
    25. Land Rover 17,400   26%
    26. Porsche 13,043    25%
    27. Genesis 11,723 43%
    28. INFINITI 11,246   41%
    29. MINI 6,876   9%
    30. Alfa Romeo 3,291    29%
    31. Jaguar 2,815   33%
    32. Maserati

    2,100

    33%
    33.  Rivian   900      ---
    34. Bentley 739   12%
    35. Lamborghini 557   13%
    36. Rolls-Royce   390
    18%
    37. Fiat 340 58%
     38.      Polestar  260                   ---
    39.      McLaren 190         37%
    40.       Lucid 190 ---
    41.      Karma   90  ---

     

    Note:  Tesla does not report actual sales, they report production numbers which I don’t find useful because who knows how many were built, but not sold?  The number they report was 110,000 which would place them as #12 on the list.

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