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Porsche surpasses US annual sales record in 2017 with 55,420 deliveries

2017 was definitely a great year for Porsche as the automaker was able to break their sales record in the United States. Overall, they delivered a total of 55,420 vehicles, which stands for a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year.

Of course, you are probably wondering which model contributed the most to the total. And to answer your question, that would be the Macan. In fact, that nameplate alone sold 21,429 units, which is a huge improvement over 2016, which posted a total of 19,332 units delivered. Next in line is the Cayenne, which had 13,203 deliveries. The third most popular car would be the 911, which sold 6,731 units.

Just like the 911, 6,731 units of the Panamera premium sedan were sold as well. The Cayman and Boxster duo, on the other hand, reported 5,087 units in combined deliveries.

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McLaren sales doubled in 2016, CEO says growth plans are achievable and sustainable

The year 2016 was a successful year for McLaren in terms of sales, but it has been on a streak and has actually broken sales records every year for the past four years. Since 2012, the company has been celebrating one milestone after another. To be more precise, the company sold a total of 3,286 cars last year, that is about double the number of what they sold in 2015 - or a 70 percent increase. These result to a sales revenue of £649.8 million ($844 million), an increase of 44 percent.

This success may be the result of the Sport Series family that was first sold to the market in 2016. In fact, the Sports Series alone delivered a total of 2,031 units, which seem to make up most of their sales. Within that range, the 570GT and 570S were the top sellers. Besides that, the Super Series was also quite a success, selling 1,255 units in 2016.

Most sales have been accounted for by the North American market, with a total of 1,139 deliveries, it significantly increased by 106 percent over 2015. As for the European market, McLaren was able to move 996 units in total, again a huge increase of 153 percent. Lastly, they sold a total of 228 cars in the Chinese market. There is a 90 percent increase for McLaren in the Asia Pacific.

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Mercedes-AMG is on track to hit record 100,000-unit sales in 2017

Daimler has made a superb job of beefing up the Mercedes-Benz range in the present day, increasing the number of models in both the high and low spectrum of the German automaker's portfolio notably in the AMG category.

And the results have been impressive: Mercedes-AMG achieved a remarkable 99,235 AMG vehicles worldwide in 2016. This represents a 44.1 percent growth compared to the previous year. It appears that the German automaker isn’t backing down from its goal of a record sales growth. In fact, if its sales continue at its current rate, it is very likely that Mercedes-AMG will hit the 100,000-unit mark this year to set another sales record.

This can be attributed to the German automaker's move to release more affordable models including the A-Class in Europe and the CLA in the U.S., head of marketing Britta Seeger said. She further revealed in an interview with Autocar that they are offering the A 43 for the driver who isn’t yet ready to get behind the wheel of a 63 model.

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Toyota reached the 10-million-unit mark on hybrids

After Volkswagen snagged Toyota’s crown as the world’s best-selling automaker, there’s no stopping the Japanese manufacturer from dominating the hybrid arena. As of January 31st , Toyota’s increasing global unit sales has already reached the 10 million mark. That's right folks: Toyota managed to sell 10 million hybrid cars around the world!

The historic numbers began in December 1997 after Toyota launched the Prius, the world’s first hybrid mass produced passenger car. Now after twenty years and also on its 4th generation entry, the new Prius happens to be the first to be using the brand’s TNGA (or the Toyota New Global Architecture).

Needless to say, the new global vehicle platform has been very significant to Toyota’s latest achievement. Towards the end of April in 2016, the company has sold over 9 million hybrids before eventually reaching the 10 million milestone in less than a year.

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A look at the number of cars sold by Porsche AG globally in 2015 from the start of the year until November shows a huge figure of 209,894 cars, which is equivalent to a 24% increase as compared to that in 2014. This is the first time that Porsche has crossed the mark of 200,000 vehicles in a single year.

In 2014, this sports car maker had made a record of making 189,849 deliveries across the world. Thanking the employees for this huge success, Detlev von Platen, Board Member of Sales and Marketing division said that the company has reached this milestone way before the expected date in its strategy 2018.

This has been possible only because of the joint contribution of Porsche employees throughout the world. Porsche, with its full equipment, motivated staff, strong sales partners and futuristic product line, is destined for a successful future. In November alone, the company completed a total delivery of 18,110 cars and in this figure, the Cayenne was the biggest growth driving name.

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Mercedes-Benz sold a record 183,467 vehicles in March 2015, marking a 15.7% increase in sales. This is the highest monthly sales that Mercedes-Benz has ever recorded in a month. Since the start of 2015, sales have reached 429,602 vehicles, exceeding the record set in the previous year by 14.8%.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, said that in March, the brand had the “strongest sales month” as well as the “best first quarter” throughout its history. Källenius said that its success was due to its “product offensive.”

He also expressed optimism about the launch on March 28 of the CLA Shooting Brake. A new sales record was also set in Europe last March by the company. It sold 89,041 vehicles – a 16.3% increase in sales. Last month in Germany, 27,118 customers received their new Mercedes-Benz units.

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Sales are expected to skyrocket for the redesigned version of the Chevrolet Malibu, which is set to be unveiled at the upcoming New York auto show. For almost 2 decades, General Motors has been burdened with the Malibu’s poor sales attributed to its boring features. Now, GM is confident that it will be able to sell 250,000 new units each year in North America alone.

This projection is 25% higher than its sales last year. Sources claim that GM may even sell as many as 300,000 units annually. GM hasn’t given an official forecast yet; however, it told analysts last year that it had a target of 225,000 Malibus for 2016. The new Malibu will take in a profit of $1,500 higher than previous models.

These forecasts show that GM aims to gain a minimum of $450 million added profit for the new Malibu. This profit is equivalent to 41% of the latest quarterly net income of the carmaker. To entice buyers, GM will release ads that will boast of the Malibu’s styling, fuel economy, quality, and numerous features related to connectivity and safety.

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BMW is eyeing to post its fifth year of record annual deliveries, banking on 15 new models and recovering demand in Europe. BMW, however, is only expecting gains of lower single digit level as it tries to deal with cooling demand for luxury vehicles in China, according to Ian Robertson, BMW's board member responsible for sales.

He told reporters at the Detroit auto show that sales should surge in all of the carmaker’s major regions despite volatility in some markets. “We are confident that 2015 will see the momentum we’ve generated in the last years continue," Robertson said in a statement. Among the models that BMW will roll out this year are the 2-series convertible and the coupe-style X6 SUV.

Robertson remarked that BMW still expects some growth in China since the carmaker is moving into many cities where it had not have sales outlets, although the overall growth will be slower than in recent years. As for Europe, he remarked sales should continue to recover, especially in southern markets which started from “a fairly low level."

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Ford Motor Co. posted record sales of its Fusion sedan in the United States in March, when incentives for the model were hiked 32 percent to compete better against its rivals in the family-car market. According to Erich Merkle, Ford's sales analyst, Fusion sales in March 2014 topped the previous record of 30,284 sold in March 2013, making the second time the carmaker has sold over 30,000 Fusions in a month.

The Fusion is Ford’s primary challenger to reclaim the US car-sales crown from Toyota, which Camry model has been the king of car sales in the country for the last 12 years. In 2013, Fusion was behind the Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima in terms of sales among mid-size sedans. Merkle described the rivalry in the segment as “hand-to-hand combat.”

Ford increased incentives on the Fusion by $770 to an average $3,160 per model, which according to Merkle was still $80 below the average discount in the mid-sized car category. Despite the increased incentive, the Fusion still carries an average price of around $23,500 – higher than the Camry. He noted that Fusion's average price in March was lower from last year.

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Toyota Motor Corp. is still the biggest carmaker in world in 2013, selling 9.98 million units in the calendar year for a 2-percent surge over 2012. The Japanese carmaker is predicting that it would surpass the 10-million milestone this year, selling 10.32 million units in calendar year 2014 -- a modest 4-percent increase over the 2013 figure.

In 2013, close rivals General Motors and Volkswagen AG sold 9.71 million and 9.7 million units, respectively. The German carmaker’s figures were still not final as it has yet to publish detailed results in March 13.

Toyota managed to defend its sales crown that it lost to GM in 2011, when the earthquake-tsunami disaster in Japan affected production and inventory for much of the year. GM had the best-selling global crown for almost 80 years before Toyota overthrew the US carmaker in 2008.

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Volkswagen posted record global sales of over 9.7 million vehicles in 2013, thanks to strong demand for Audi and Porsche vehicles. Strong sales in China allowed Volkswagen to more than offset weaker figures in the United States at its namesake VW brand, VW said in a statement. VW sales last year, excluding the MAN and Scania heavy truck brands, climbed 4.8 percent to 9.5 million vehicles.

The VW nameplate logged a 3.4-percent increase in sales in 2013 to 5.93 million cars and SUVs. Audi, meanwhile, saw its deliveries surge 8.3 percent to 1.58 million units.

Porsche had its sales in 2013 grow by 15 percent to 162,145 vehicles. VW’s Spanish brand Seat jumped almost 11 percent to 355,000, boosted by its new Leon compact car. Seat also logged a 20-percent sales jump to 76,600 units in Germany and 17-percent gain to 45,700 units in the United Kingdom.

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Subaru of America has broken its annual sales record for the fifth straight year, posting a 26-percent jump in sales in 2013 to 424,683 vehicles. Whereas other brands struggled to post a gain in December 2013, Subaru surged 10 percent to 40,172 units, logging its best December in its history, the company said.

According to Subaru, over 60 percent of its customers in 2013 were new to the brand. "2013 represents our fifth consecutive year of record-breaking sales. With more new product to come, our retailers can look forward to even higher sales in 2014," Tom Doll, Subaru of America's president, said in a statement.

Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales, remarked that 2013 was the second year that every Subaru region and independent distributor set a new sales record. He noted that the sales in the Sunbelt surged 45 percent in 2013. Boosting Subaru’s sale growth in 2013 was the redesigned Forester, which logged a 62-percent increase in sales in the year to 123,592 units.

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Mercedes-Benz has surpassed record figures both in production and sales in 2013. The German luxury carmaker is poised to sell over 1.4 million passenger cars and build over 1.49 million vehicles this year. The besting of sales and production records show that Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy is already getting tangible results.

“In 2013, we have taken a decisive step forward in our strategy for growth. Our model initiative is well under way,” remarked Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales.

Källenius added that the new ‘Best Customer Experience’ sales and marketing initiative has enabled them to align themselves better to the needs of customers while they are optimizing their internal sales structures. “That means we are well positioned to make 2014 a record year as well.”

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Lexus will post a global sales record of over 520,000 vehicles for 2013, according to Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International. He said that Lexus would "finish on the north side of 520,000," surpassing a record set in 2007 of 518,300 units. Templin also expects Lexus’ volume to rapidly expand in the next few years as demand in the United States rebounds and the global brands add product.

He remarked during an unveiling of a prototype of RC sporty coupe in Tokyo that the US will account for the biggest growth in volume in the next few years, as the market is still growing back." Templin expects Lexus’ sales in the US to jump to around 270,000 units this year, compared to a peak of 329,177 in 2007.

He remarked that the there is no reason for them to think that the 2007 figure can’t be surpassed as the market recovers to the levels Lexus had that year, adding that Lexus’ growth should be beyond that. The luxury carmaker posted a 12-percent rise in sales in the first 10 months of October, to 213,479 units.

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Audi has set a new global sales record in September 2013 after posting a 10-percent year-on-year surge in deliveries to 150,300 vehicles. The German carmaker particularly posted strong sales growth in China with 28.2 percent and in the United States at 6.2 percent.

The German carmaker likewise posted positive deliveries in its home market Europe, where it grew by around 3 percent.  The carmaker also posted a 7.6-percent increase in global sales in the first nine months of 2013 to around 1,180,750 cars. Audi has also delivered about 150,400 units of the entire A3 family in the January to September period.

The German carmaker recently launched the latest member of the A3 family – the A3 sedan – in Europe. Audi will roll out the A3 Sedan in China next spring.

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Ford Motor Co. managed to surpass its full-year hybrid sales record set in 2010 in just the first five months of 2013. Ford expects to post around 37,000 hybrid vehicle sales in January-May 2013, which is effectively higher that the 35,496 unit full-year record in 2010. Year-on-year comparison gives Ford over a 375-percent increase over the first five months of 2012.

Ford is now the No. 2 carmaker in the United States in terms of hybrid vehicle sales, next to Toyota. The carmaker now holds a 15.5-percent market share through April 2013 from just 3 percent in 2012. 

Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a good attractor of new customers to the Ford brand, with conquest sales of 63 percent and 67 percent respectively. Ford’s new hybrid lineup continues to entice new customer from Toyota and Honda. Most of Ford’s conquest sales come from Toyota.

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BMW is still expecting to post another sales record in 2013, to be boosted by launch of 11 new models. The German carmaker expects the new models, including the 3-series GT, and the surging demand in China and the United States to offset the effects of the current debt crisis on the European vehicle market. BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer remarked at the company’s annual shareholders meeting that they are preparing for the carmaker’s next phase of growth and are making the group more competitive for the future.

BMW is making fresh investment on new vehicles and technologies as fellow German carmakers seek to gain the lead in the luxury sales race. However, additional spending may mean lower earnings growth, even as sales increase. Reithofer remarked that anyone “who wishes to shape the mobility of tomorrow” must make the necessary investments today. BMW still expects its pretax profit for 2013 to match 2012's figure of EUR7.82 billion ($10.2 billion).

Earnings before interest and taxes for the auto division are expected to be between 8 percent and 10 percent of sales in 2013, compared with 10.9 percent in 2012. BMW still leads the luxury sales race through the first four months of the 2013, boosted by higher demand for the X1 compact sport-utility vehicle and the 3-series sedan and wagon.

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Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG posted 22% higher sales in the 2012 financial year with 143,096 vehicles sold, achieving record levels in sales, turnover and earnings. Turnover rose by 27% to 13.9 billion euros. Meanwhile, the operating result increased by 19% to 2.44 billion euros. In addition, its number of employees is at its highest, with a total of 17,502 at the end of the year.

Porsche also raised its number of trainees. So instead of 100 workers, a total of 125 young trainees started last September at Porsche. Its net liquidity in the automotive business (equivalent to gross liquidity minus financial liabilities excluding financial services) improved from a negative 2.58 billion euros as of December 31, 2011 to a negative 1.87 billion euros as of December 31, 2012.

This brings Porsche AG a step nearer to its medium-term target of a complete reduction in net indebtedness while funding its growth from operating cash flow. For the 2012 financial year, the 911 was the model series that achieved the highest growth rate. Customers had liked the new generation model so much that sales climbed by 49%, to 26,203 vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz is expecting to sell a record number of vehicles in the United States in 2013, as the German luxury carmaker prepares for weaker demand in China. Mercedes will be fielding a rejuvenated model range led by its S-Class flagship sedan as well as the new CLA compact four-door coupe.

The models will be rolled out in September 2013 and are expected to boost the carmaker’s sales in the US to an all time high in 2013, Stephen Cannon, president of Mercedes-Benz USA, told Reuters. Cannon said in an interview with Reuters that Mercedes is on a roll in the US, noting that the issues in Europe and in China have no spillover in the country.

United States surpassed Germany as the brand’s single biggest market in 2012. Mercedes’ situation in China recently got worse, as its sales in the country dropped almost 19 percent in December 2012, leaving annual volumes stagnant. Cannon, however, expects the overall passenger car market in the US to continually improve in 2013 to 15-15.5 million from 14.5 million in 2012.

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Daimler AG said that sales of Mercedes-Benz reached a record in 2012 with December volumes hitting an all-time high. The increase in the demand in the U.S. had offset a slower Chinese market. Mercedes sales in December 2012 increased by 0.7% at 125,234 vehicles. For 2012, Mercedes sold 1.32 million units, about 4.7% higher than the previous year.

U.S. volumes in December had increased by 9.5%, while they declined by 18.6% in China, a major growth market for premium brands. In comparison, the sales of bigger rivals Audi and BMW have been increasing in China at double-digit rates.

In a recent interview by German publication Boersen-Zeitung, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said that by 2020, he wants the automaker to return to the No. 1 spot in the premium car market ahead of Audi and BMW.

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