Record Auto Sales Will Keep Execs Smiling All Weekend

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There are no doubt quite a few automotive execs with big grins on their faces right now. April sales numbers are in and they’re good, really good, for most automakers. Many of them set record auto sales last month thanks to new models, the demand for SUVs and cheaper car loans. The best part is that it’s not even summer yet, when sales are usually brisk. Automakers reportedly expect 2015 light-vehicle sales to top 17 million for the first time since early last decade.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers:

  • General Motors was up 5.9%, mostly due to demand for GM’s trucks and crossover SUVs.
  • GM’s Cadillac luxury brand posted a 13.2% gain, while Buick premium brand slipped 5.2%.
  • Ford SUVs had their best April ever, with sales of 62,730 vehicles. That includes record sales of the redesigned Edge mid-size SUV. It also says the average transaction price for an F-150 pickup in April was also a record $42,600.
  • FCA says it had its best sales month since 2007.
  • Mazda reported its best April ever,  it sold 24,123 vehicles, that’s up 7.5 percent versus last year.
  • Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set an April record, up 23.7 percent. Rogue sales were up 44.5 percent, setting an April record. Overall, Nissan sold 109,848 units in April, up 5.7 percent over the prior year.
  • Toyota’s RAV4 and Highlander SUVs posted April records. But sales of the Camry and Prius didn’t do so well.
  • Honda didn’t do as well as its competitors. Sales slipped 1.8% as Accord tumbled 20.1%.
  • Honda’s Acura luxury brand was saved from the minus column only by 4,100 sales of the redesigned TLX midsize sedan.
  • Lexus is off to its best start ever in 2015 and SUV sales were up nearly 24%.
  • Audi set its 52nd consecutive monthly U.S. sales record, with figures up 7.5% to 16,827 vehicles. The A3 achieved its best-ever monthly sales since its launch.
  • BMW also set an April record with sales up  6.9 percent. BMW 2 Series shot up 38.8 percent,  MINI a whopping 24.7 percent.
  • Infiniti’s Q80 had its best sales month ever, while sales of the updated 2015 Q70 luxury performance sedan and new Q70L long wheelbase model had sales of 763, an increase of 114.9 percent.
  • Hyundai reported its best April ever, selling 68,009 units, up only slightly from a year ago.
  • Subaru reported record April sales for the Forester, Outback and XV Crosstrek crossover SUVs, and for its Legacy midsize sedan.
  • Volkswagen is not one of the automaker’s celebrating however. U.S. sales were down 2.7 percent. The bright spot though is that Golf sales nearly tripled.
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