Auto Sales Climb in 2013

Strong vehicle sales growth in 2013 is good news for the automotive glass industry. The 21 automakers selling vehicles in the U.S. moved 15.6 million units in 2013, according to sales tracker Autodata, up 9.2 percent from 2012.

Several automakers even set full-year sales records, including Hyundai, Subaru, Nissan, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover and Porsche, according to a report.

 “Detroit was resurgent,” writes James Healey. “General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler Group, combined, accounted for 45.2 percent of all new-vehicle sales in 2013, up from 44.5 percent in 2012.”

General Motors Co. sold 2.8 million vehicles in 2013. Retail sales increased 11 percent, over 2012, according to a GM statement.

“December started a little slow but sales were stronger later in the month, especially in the week between Christmas and New Year’s,” says Kurt McNeil, vice president of GM’s U.S. sales operations.

Meanwhile, Ford reports that it had is best sales year since 2006. The company’s 2013 U.S. sales totaled almost 2.5 million vehicles.

“December was a strong close to an even better year for Ford Motor Co.,” says John Felice, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service. “We saw strong growth across the entire Ford lineup and made significant gains in the import-dominated coastal markets.”

Full-year Chrysler Group sales were up 9 percent in 2013, compared to 2012, according to a company statement.

“Chrysler Group ended the year with a 6-percent sales gain in December and our 45th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains,” says Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales for Chrysler.

“Any of those sales numbers is enough to keep a big auto plant running on two shifts, perhaps with some overtime,” writes Healey in the report.

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