US auto sales remain strong in April

May 03, 2012 | 12:58 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, auto sales, Robert Carter, Erich Merkle, Don Johnson corinna petry

DEARBORN, Mich. — After a blockbuster March in which auto sales jumped 21.8 percent from the previous month and 12.4 percent from a year earlier, April’s volume may seem a bit disappointing. But last month had fewer selling days, which observers said may have depressed results.

U.S. vehicle sales by the top seven brands totaled nearly 1.02 million last month, down 16.1 percent from 1.21 million in March but up 1.2 percent from just over 1 million in April last year, according to an AMM analysis. Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC was the breakout star in April, recording a 20.4-percent improvement from a year earlier.....

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