Strong demand for SUVs and pick-up trucks spurred the US auto market in October. Of the German manufacturers, however, only Volkswagen could make a major leap, as the published sales figures show.
The Wolfsburg were launched in the past month, a total of 29,000 new cars with the VW logo in the US clientele, which corresponds to a year-on-year increase of 4.6 percent. In the ten months to the end of October, sales increased by 5.4 percent.
This leaves VW on the US market, where the “diesel gate” scandal had temporarily cut sales, continues on recovery. The brand continues to benefit from the Atlas and Tiguan city utility vehicles, which are very popular in the US. “Our SUVs have pushed us all year round,” said VW manager Derrick Hatami. After all, the sports and off-road vehicle subsidiary Porsche achieved an increase in sales of 2.2 percent to 4,817 vehicles in October. Results of Audi did not exist at first.
For the other German manufacturers it was less round in the US. Daimler was only able to prevent a decline in sales thanks to a record sales of its vans. With a total of 31 814 cars, 0.9 percent more cars were put on the road in October than in the previous year. Of the main brand Mercedes-Benz, however, only 27,537 pieces were sold – a loss of 4.9 percent. By contrast, van sales jumped 71 percent to 4,182 vehicles.
High-class competitor BMW came on the US market in the past month, little progress. 23,262 vehicles were sold by the BMW brand – a mini-plus of 0.2 percent year-on-year. In the year to date, after all, there is an increase of 2.0 percent. But there is no question that the US market will be more difficult, said BMW US CEO Bernhard Kuhnt. The data for the sales of the secondary brand Mini were initially not available.
The big international auto companies gave a mixed picture in October. While Fiat Chrysler sales increased by a hefty 16 percent, the second largest US manufacturer Ford suffered a decline of about 4 percent. The US market leader General Motors publishes its figures only on a quarterly basis. The Japanese industry giant Toyota had to settle for a narrow increase of 1.4 percent, the rivals Nissan and Honda recorded losses of 10.6 and 4.1 percent, respectively.