Subaru, Hyundai and Kia Win Big

Subaru, Hyundai and Kia Win Big
Who were the winners and losers in the auto sales race last year? It’s easy to list the winners, because it’s such a short list.Only three brands posted sales gains in 2009 — Subaru led all automakers with a 15.4% gain while Hyundai increased sales 9.8% and Kia 8.3%.

Chrysler LLC sales plunged 36% in 2009 and General Motors Co. watched its sales drop 29.9%. Ford Motor Co.’s 2009 declined a more modest 14.7% but its December numbers jumped 23.9% more than December 08.

Neither Chrysler or GM sales posted increases in December, although their sales declines were a less painful 10.3% and 12.4% respectively.

Toyota’s December’s numbers increased 22.9% despite its 2009 overall sales dropping 20%.

Honda’s sales decreased 19.5% in 2009. Nissan posted similar declines at 19.1%. Both automakers improved sales in December — 15.6% for Honda and 9.7% for Nissan.