The headline: A nearly 30% improvement in Mazda3's sales powered the company to a 4% gain over last February's tally. The hidden gem: The Mazda3, CX-7 and CX-9 were the rare bright spots, as the company's nine other models posted double-digit declines.
The headline: Mitsubishi sales dropped 1% from a year earlier as the company sold 4,019 cars. The hidden gem: Sales of its Galant model rose 42% from the same time last year, while Endeavor sales soared 162%.
The headline: With sales jumping 32.6% from last February and year-to-date sales climbing 36.9% from this time last year, practical models like the hard-to-pronounce Tiguan are paving the way. The hidden gem: Not really. The sporty GTI models sold 166% more than they did last February, while the gas-guzzling Routan SUV sales climbed 122.7%. -- Reported by Jason Notte in Boston.