Four automakers are jumping for joy after reporting sales numbers from November. Toyota, Honda, Suzuki and Nissan all posted gains during the month, as pent-up demand drove sales.
Toyota's sales reached 161,695 units in November, up 17.2 percent compared to November 2011. Representatives do admit, however, that the numbers are slightly juiced, even though secretly they're still dancing a jig.
"Replacement of vehicles damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is partially responsible for strong sales," said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager. "However, pent up demand, record low finance rates and exciting new products are also driving demand. Approximately 40 percent of the vehicles we sell this year will be all-new or significantly updated models."
Honda officials were skipping down the street arm in arm after the automaker posted its highest sales of all time, selling 116,580 units, up 38.9 percent from November 2011. The Honda brand was up 41 percent from November 2011 and its Acura increased 23.6 percent over the same period of time.
Even Suzuki leaders were singing Katrina and the Waves'- Walking on Sunshine, after reporting sales of 2,224 units in November, up 22 percent when compared to November 2011. The strong sales were primarily due to the availability of 0 percent financing for up to 72 months for customers who qualified.
"American Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased with our strong monthly vehicle sales for November, and we look forward to working with our valued dealers across the country to ensure that remaining U.S. inventory is sold in the coming months," said Freddie Reiss, chief restructuring officer for ASMC, probably in a high pitch singing voice. "Now is a great time for customers to consider Suzuki's attractive financing options and the full commitment to vehicle warranties, parts and continued service in place across our complete range of vehicles."
Nissan also joined the ridiculous sales party after reporting it sold 96,197 total units in November, up 12.9 percent from November 2011. The Nissan brand broke its November sales record, with sales driven by the 20,305 Nissan Altimas sold throughout the month. Arriving fashionably late, Nissan's Infiniti brand posted sales of 6,275 crossovers, a two-fold increase in the amount of crossovers sold in November 2011.