2015 Ford Mustang, Chrysler 200 Fly off Dealer Lots in November | Edmunds

2015 Ford Mustang, Chrysler 200 Fly off Dealer Lots in November

DETROIT — The 2015 Ford Mustang and Chrysler 200 were among the stellar performers in the November sales report, as many automakers tallied robust results.

"Our all-new Mustang is moving quickly off dealer lots," said John Felice, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service in a statement. "Mustang had its best November sales in eight years and is turning in just eight days on dealer lots, on average."

Ford sales totaled 187,000 in November, down 2 percent from a year ago. But the automaker said the decline was expected as the company manages its inventory levels as vehicle availability starts growing for the 2015 Mustang, F-150 and Transit vehicles.

Chrysler turned in one of the top November sales reports, gaining 20 percent.

"Sales of our all-new Chrysler 200 sedan were up a strong 155 percent in November, helping Chrysler Group to achieve its 56th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains," said Reid Bigland, Chrysler head of U.S. sales. "In total, we had 11 vehicles last month that set new sales records."

Those vehicles are the Dodge Dart, Ram ProMaster, Ram Cargo Van, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot, Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Fiat 500L and Ram pickup truck.

GM sales rose 6 percent compared to a year ago.

"The buzz around Black Friday helped drive strong showroom traffic but there was a lot more at work in the market," said Kurt McNail, GM's U.S. vice president of sales operations. "More people have jobs and job security, their wages are starting to increase, household wealth is growing and low pump prices look like they're here to stay through 2015."

GM's November highlights include a jump of 26 percent in Chevrolet Cruze sales, while the Chevrolet Spark was up 64 percent.

Toyota reported a November sales increase of 3 percent versus a year ago, with light trucks and SUVs setting November sales records.

"Auto industry sales during Thanksgiving weekend were even better than expected," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. "Consumer demand for light trucks continues unabated and Toyota dealers set new November sales records for light trucks and SUVs."

Honda reported a new November Honda and Acura vehicle sales record of 121,814 units, an increase of 4.6 percent compared to a year ago. The redesigned 2015 Honda CR-V led Honda division's record month.

Nissan sales slipped, but the Nissan Rogue set a November record at 15,067, an increase of 43.7 percent.

Audi crowed that it had achieved a major milestone over the Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing its previous full-year U.S. sales record of 158,061 vehicles set in 2013.

One of the major takeaways from the November sales report is that Black Friday is becoming a must-attend event at car dealerships.

"Clever advertising from a handful of automakers planted the seed in shoppers' minds that rather than standing in Black Friday lines at retail stores to save tens of dollars, they could instead pocket hundreds and even thousands by taking advantage of deals on cars. This message seems to have resonated, particularly for GM's Buick and GMC brands that offered 20 percent off sticker prices for all models," said Jeremy Acevedo, an Edmunds analyst.

Edmunds says: Automakers are finishing strong as the 2014 calendar year winds down.

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