December auto sales numbers are in and the good news is, Birmingham residents are buying. Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai â€“ both manufactured locally â€“ seem to make the biggest splash last month, while Honda’s sales numbers were mixed.
According to the Birmingham Business Journal, sales of the Hyundai Elantra, a new addition to the Alabama lineup, increased 127 percent in December and was up 28 percent from 2009 to 2010. Last month more than 13,000 Elantra’s were sold. It was followed in popularity by the Sonata, which closed the year with a 63 percent increase in sales.
Alabama-manufactured Mercedes-Benz also reported a strong showing last month, with the R-Class coming in at a 50 percent increase in sales compared to December 2009. The M-Class sold 3,783 vehicles last month, up 13.2 percent compared to the same time in 2009, while the GL was up 7 percent.
Meanwhile, it was a mixed bag for Alabama-made models of Honda vehicles. The Odyssey and Pilot both showed and increase â€“ at 17.4 and 16.7 percent for the month respectively. But the Ridgeline dropped 17.4 percent for December sales. Still, the Honda line in full showed a 25.5 percent increase, a good sign overall.
What does it mean to you? Rising sales numbers are a good indicator of economic success. Sales effectiveness in December is in line with stronger retail numbers, also an economic indicator, which is music to our ears. The better the economy gets, the stronger our businesses can grow. Let us know your thoughts on the matter. Leave us a comment.