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post #1 of 274 (permalink) Old 09-24-2011, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Chevrolet sold four Cobalts in the United States in August 2011. That, however, isn't much of a story. Chevrolet Cruze sales reached 21,807, far exceeding the totals put up by any other compact car competing for sales in America last month. That's a story, just as it was last month and the month before and as far back as May.

Honda Civic sales tumbled 47% in August. The Toyota Corolla (with Matrix) was down 19%. U.S. Focus sales slid 9% as Ford struggles to keep up with demand for the handsome hatch and sedan. Even sales of the Hyundai Elantra fell slightly, from 15,181 in August 2010 to 15,054 in August 2011.

Over and above the Cobalt's August 2010 performance Cruze sales jumped 287%. The also-popular Volkswagen Jetta was up 36%.

Smaller small cars don't sell in volumes so large, although the Mazda 2 was up 196%, Ford Fiesta sales improved at a 76% rate, Hyundai Accent sales jumped 38%, Nissan Versa sales were up 15%. 280 of GM's subcompact sales came from the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Honda Fit sales fell hard, down 38%. The Toyota Yaris was off 62%. A new Yaris is coming soon and might help.
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The smart sucked some wind in August as compared with the other small cars (not as small as our smart), but obviously, those other cars had more marketing backup on August. Let's see what Septembers numbers look like after this TV commercial and new marketing strategy.

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And wait for when the 2012 are rolled off to dealerships...
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The Honda Civic, isn't really a small car anymore. It's as big as our old 98 Accord. Small is getting bigger

I really don't think the new smart commercials, are going to sell cars.
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Looks like the 500 is kicking it pretty good!
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Some of the Sales are down because the cars are not available for sale at all dealerships . The YARIS and XD hasn't been on my local dealers lots in 2 months and the Fit also was in short supply in my area due to Japan , there was a 4-6 week wait to get 1 or 2 on the lots. Can't sell what you don't have . Once on the lot they were snapped up as fast as they arrived .
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If J-Lo would be pushing smart instead of FIAT it would be another story. The money isn't there I suspect and besides she would slip off the smart's little hood.

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And wait for when the 2012 are rolled off to dealerships...
the 2012, with its new look and all the updates they've done, will KILL the competition.
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Wow, look at the Fiat 500. Impressive.
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One looks at the Fiat 500 and smart ForTwo sales combined and it's obvious that the market prefers larger vehicles... the Corolla alone sells five times more!
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