US: September also a great month for the Asian automakers image
With even scandal-laden Volkswagen posting a gain in September, it was clear that all other brands would see glorious sales when compared to the figures tallied last year.
Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia all posted double-digit increases and they were followed by their respective luxury divisions – Infiniti jumped 30.4 percent, Lexus soared 15.8 percent and only Acura was rather modest at a growth pace of 6.3 percent compared to September 2014.
Toyota deliveries, combined with its premium division Lexus, were up more than 16 percent year over year at 194,399 – allowing it to hold the No.3 place in the US market ahead of FCA US, the third largest US carmaker. Honda, the third biggest Japanese automaker is the fifth largest automaker on the US market, with a record September and a surge of 13 percent to 133,750 units, driven by its light utes, such as the Pilot SUV. Nissan, setting itself a September record was up 18.3 percent to 121,782 autos, thanks in part to a spectacular 45 percent jump of the Rogue SUV and the top selling passenger car, the Altima, rising 12 percent. Its luxury arm Infiniti also spectacularly jumped more than 30 percent thanks to a huge rise of 76 percent for the QX60 SUV. The best performance by a Japanese carmaker came from Subaru – which raged on with a thundering 27.8 percent delivery jump to 53,070 vehicles last month.
The South Korean automakers were not sitting idle at all, with Hyundai managing an honorable seventh place overall thanks to an 18.3 percent rise to 64,015 units, followed by its smaller brethren Kia with total sales of 49,820 autos but an even higher gain of 22.6 percent.