I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

USA SALES SEPT - Honda/Acura produces a monthly record for sales, with The Honda Fit up 296% alone.

  • Honda and Acura brand trucks have best-ever September sales
  • Honda Division posts new overall September sales mark
  • Honda CR-V breezes past previous September best with new record for the month
  • Honda passenger car sales remain strong as Civic lineup continues to grow
  • Acura's refreshed 2017 MDX enjoys robust 14.3 percent increase while RDX gets a new September record
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported robust September sales of 133,655 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 0.1 percent decrease from September 2015. American Honda trucks set a new September record, gaining 8.5 percent on sales of 69,069 units. 
The Honda Division also set a new September mark, gaining 1.5 percent on total sales of 120,842 units, with Honda trucks additionally setting a new September record, rising 8.6 percent on sales of 60,220 vehicles. 
Acura trucks shared the record bounty as well, with an increase of 8.4 percent on sales of 8,849 units for a new September milestone.


Honda cars continued to dominate the retail market in September while Honda trucks set new sales records. The red-hot CR-V reached new heights and the new Ridgeline added still more strength for the Honda brand.

  • Honda Division sales reach new September milestone, gaining 1.5 percent on total sales of 120,842 cars and trucks.
  • Honda trucks set a new September record with an 8.6 percent gain on sales of 60,220 units.
  • CR-V set a new September mark—rising 6.5 percent on sales of 31,884 vehicles.
  • Civic held steady with 28,184 units sold, while Fit was way up over the same month a year ago, leaping 296 percent on sales of 5,068 cars.
  • Accord remained strong, boasting sales of 27,204 units for the month despite a challenging mid-size sedan market.
  • HR-V had a particularly strong September, jumping 48.7 percent on sales of 6,853 units.
"The return of a new Civic Hatchback to the Honda brand adds a fresh dimension to an already robust car lineup for 2017," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "The expanding 10th generation Civic roster brings new energy to the car side of our business even as our trucks continue with steady gains."

Truck sales led the way for the Acura brand with a new September record, and sales of the RDX reached a best-ever September as well. The refreshed MDX also performed strongly, with sales gaining 14.3 percent for the month as its new design continues to gain favor with buyers. TLX continues to strengthen its position and share in the challenging mid-size luxury sedan segment.

  • RDX notched its best September ever, gaining 1.8 percent on sales of 3,919.
  • With the MDX gaining significant market strength, Acura trucks sales increased 8.4 percent overall in September, with 8,849 units sold and a new record for the month.
"The success of the refreshed MDX, the first model to showcase the new Acura styling direction, is further validation of Acura's Precision Crafted Performance brand direction," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "Step-by-step we are amping up performance as a signature for the brand and a clear point of difference over the competition."

USA SALES SEPT - Volkswagen's sales are still heading backwards, faster than the Golf GTi goes forward.

  • September sales totaled 24,112  units
  • Best ever September for Tiguan, with  2,988 units, a 0.5 percent increase over September 2015
Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported sales of 24,112 units delivered in September 2016. In late September, both #PinkBeetle and the all-new Golf Alltrack, based on the SportWagen began to reach showrooms.
Total sales are still dropping, the continued bad press over the diesel scandal has hit Volkswagen very hard, and still around one year on, the buyers are still keeping away from the German giants dealerships. 

No matter how many lawsuits have been filed and settled, how many compensation schemes have been offered, at the end of the day, if the buyer has decided not to go into that dealership, it's going to take a lot of effort, money and time to get those people back into the showrooms.
However, VW is not sitting on their laurels, they are continuing to upgrade, renew and replace the cars, there has been a number of significant launches, with the new Tiguan, Passat and updated Golf range, these have not been enough to stem the tide of retreating sales.
September 2016 Sales
September 16September 15Yr/Yr% changeSeptember 16  YTDSeptember 15 YTDYr/Yr% change
Golf 1,082 1,193-9.3% 9,549 16,193-41.0%
GTI 1,837 1,8250.7% 17,187 16,8172.2%
Golf R 204 462-55.8% 3,103 2,70114.9%
e-Golf 529 34354.2% 2,782 2,5558.9%
Golf SportWagen 933 1,428-34.7% 8,477 11,501-26.3%
Total Golf Family 4,585 5,251-12.7% 41,098 49,767-17.4%
Jetta Sedan 8,299 7,7467.1% 89,743 94,793-5.3%
Jetta SportWagen      
(now Golf SportWagen)
n/a   27n/a   5 2,672-99.8%
Total Jetta 8,299 7,7736.8% 89,748 97,465-7.9%
Beetle Coupe 988 89011.0% 6,839 10,736-36.3%
Beetle Convertible 353 649-45.6% 4,322 8,330-48.1%
Total Beetle 1,341 1,539-12.9% 11,161 19,066-41.5%
Eos* n/a   356n/a   387 2,156-82.1%
Passat 6,335 7,228-12.4% 53,086 63,736-16.7%
CC 234 384-39.1% 2,355 4,490-47.6%
Tiguan 2,988 2,9720.5% 30,225 22,22136.0%
Touareg 330 638-48.3% 3,208 5,314-39.6%
TOTAL 24,112 26,141-7.76% 231,268 264,215-12.47%
*Eos production ended in July 2015