Despite a strong demand of SUVs and pickups over compact cars in general, some Mexico-made small models saw modest sales increases during October, like the Kia Forte and the Ford Fiesta. It’s worth noticing the case of the Nissan Sentra, with sales growing at a two-digit rate in the tenth month of the year.
It is also noticeable how some automakers have reduced output of compact cars at Mexican plants to increase capacity of more profitable models such as the all-new Jeep Compass, the Chevrolet Equinox and the all-new 2018 Tiguan.
The following report does not necessary reflects that each vehicle sold from certain model was built in Mexico. Automakers constantly mix domestic and overseas supplies from several countries to meet U.S. demand.
Audi of America reported an October sales increase of 9.6% to 19,425 deliveries, as the Q7, new Q5, and the new-to-the U.S. A5 Sportback, drove consumer demand. Audi has now sold 180,339 vehicles in the U.S. this year. From January through October, Audi sales have increased 6.1%. Deliveries of the Puebla-made Q5 SUV rose to 5,416 units, a skyrocketing 43.6% increase compared to October 2016. Year-to-date sales totaled 44,642 vehicles, up 14.6% from the same ten-month period of 2016.
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FCA reported October sales of 153,373 units, a 13% decrease compared to same month of 2016. Retail sales of 130,153 units were down 4% and represented 85% of total sales. Year-to-date sales totaled 1,732,511 through October, down 8%. The Jeep Compass deliveries totaled 11,207 units in its eighth month of sales. The Dodge Journey totaled sales of 4,719 units, down 60%. Year-to-date sales are at 80,375 vehicles, a 11% decrease. Sales of the Fiat 500 totaled 801 units and 11,236 vehicles in a year-to-date basis, down 37% and 13% respectively. The Compass, the Journey and the Fiat 500 all three are built in Toluca.
Sales of Ram pickups totaled 44,201 units in October and 419,102 trucks on a year-to-date basis, meaning increases of 1% and 3% respectively. Regular Cab and Crew Cab versions are built in Coahuila, while Michigan supplies Quad Cab and also Crew Cab.
Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales increased 6.2% last month, with 200,436 vehicles sold. Retail performance was up 3.5% versus a year ago, on sales of 148,105 vehicles, as fleet sales increased 14.6% to 52,331 vehicles sold. Sales of the Ford Fiesta totaled 3,418 units in October, up 1.1%. Year-to-date sales are at 39,557 vehicles, a 6.2% decrease.
The Fusion sales totaled 17,536 vehicles in October and year-to-date sales to 177,278 units, down 6.2% and 22.6% respectively. Sales of the Lincoln MKZ totaled 2,211 units in October, a 10.9% plunge. Year-to-date sales are also down 8.6% to 23,155 units.
General Motors reported 252,813 deliveries in the United States in October, down 2.2%. Year-to-date sales totaled 2,448,315 units, a 0.9% decrease. Last May, production of the all-new Chevrolet Equinox started in two Mexican facilities, GM delivered 25,272 of those in the U.S. market during October. Chevrolet Cruze sales totaled 11,129 units, including sedan and hatchback versions, meaning a 35% decrease. Silverado sales increased 6.8% to 53,157 units while GMC Sierra sales hiked 25.5% to 18,895 units. GM builds in Mexico crew cab versions of both trucks.
The Chevrolet Trax sales sank 30.2% to 6,054 crossovers. It’s been three months since the new GMC Terrain arrived to auto dealers, with 5,046 of those sold in October over the U.S. market.
Honda reported October sales of 127,353 Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S., an increase of 0.9% compared to same month of 2016. With strong sales of passenger cars, Honda Division reported an increase of 1.2% on sales of 114,655. Acura Division sales were down slightly at 1.3% on sales of 12,698 vehicles.
Total sales from January through October increased 0.3% to 1,358,956 units. The compact hatchback Honda Fit saw a 31.7% decline in October sales, totaling 3,172 units. From January through October the Fit totaled sales of 43,221 units, down 9.8%. October sales of the HR-V crossover also fell 4.4% to 6,304 units. Year-to-date sales totaled 80,338 units, up 23.9%.
Kia announced U.S. October sales of 44,397 vehicles, a 9.3% decrease compared to same month of 2016. Year-to-date sales totaled 502,327 units, down 7.1%. Its sister brand Hyundai reported U.S. October sales of 53,010 units including its Hyundai and Genesis brands, a 15% decline. Year-to-date sales are down 13.1% to 564,750 vehicles.
The Kia Rio saw its sales drop 9.2% to 1,657 units in October, while year-to-date sales are down 47.6% to 13,609 cars. Sales of the Forte family increased 15% in October to 9,219 vehicles, while year-to-date sales are up 15.6% to 101,311 cars. Last August, Kia officially started production of the Hyundai Accent in Nuevo Leon. Its sales totaled 5,485 units in October in the U.S. market.
Mazda reported total October U.S. sales of 20,811 vehicles, representing a decrease of 8.4% versus same month of last year. Year-to-date sales through October are down 2.4% with 241,108 vehicles sold. Sales of the Mazda3 totaled 4,534 units in October, down 34.7%, while year-to-date sales totaled 64,641 vehicles, 20.3% less compared to the same ten-month period of 2016. Both hatchback and saloon versions of the Mazda3 are now being supplied to the U.S. market from the assembly plant at Salamanca, Guanajuato.
Nissan announced total U.S. sales for October of 123,012 units including its premium brand Infiniti, an increase of 8.4% over the previous year. Year-to-date sales through October are 1.8% up to 1,319,253 vehicles. Nissan sold 9,556 units of its Versa compact car, including sedan and the hatchback version known as Versa Note, a 7.2% increase. Year-to-date sales of the Versa totaled 92,373 units, down 19.9%.
As for the Nissan Sentra 18,341 units were sold in October, a 29.5% hike. Year-to-date sales totaled 184,052 vehicles, up 0.2% compared to the firsts ten months of 2016.
Toyota reported U.S. October 2017 sales of 188,434 units including its Lexus brand, the figure represents a 1.1% increase compared to same month of 2016. For the first ten months of the year, Toyota reported sales of 2,019,913 units, up 0.6%.
The midsize pickup Tacoma, which is built both in San Antonio, Texas and Tijuana, Mexico, saw sales fall 0.4% to 15,804 units in October. On a year-to-date basis, Tacoma sales are now up 2.9% to 163,224 units. The Yaris iA, built by Mazda in Guanajuato, totaled 2,676 units sold in October, up 130.7%. Year-to-date sales are 28.7% up to 31,270 vehicles.
Volkswagen reported 27,732 units delivered in October, an 11.9% increase. With 280,188 units delivered year-to-date in 2017, the company posted an increase of 9.4%. Sales of the Golf family declined 8.6% to 4,697 vehicles. Year-to-date sales totaled 60,173 vehicles, up 30.1%. The Jetta saw a 14.2% increase to 9,217 vehicles, and a 2.4% increase to 100,212 units from January through October.
VW sold 796 Beetle cars in October, down 47.2%. Year-to-date sales totaled 13,265 units, up 4.7%. October marked the third full month of sales for the all-new 2018 Tiguan, which totaled 3,848 units last month and 10,032 vehicles so far. The previous version totaled 1,263 units in October, a 62% decrease, and 21,943 vehicles in a year-to-date basis, down 34.6%.