December was yet another cruel month for the Big Three (or Big Two plus one, if you're a stickler). DaimlerChrysler, arguably the best performer, offset large declines in its Chrysler and Dodge brands month to month with big upticks in Mercedes-Benz and Jeep. At GM, a 111% increase at Hummer and smaller increases at Saturn (13.1%) and Pontiac (1.2%) insulated it from declines at all of its other brands. Ford's companywide decline (led by Jaguar and Volvo) was held to 9.0% by a 25.8% increase at Land Rover. Of course percentages are just part of the story, but number geeks can click through for the tearjerker.
Chrysler Group: -4.9%
Other - Isuzu: -11.4%
Land Rover: +25.8
November Sales: Some Good News Inside a World of Bad [internal]