Pickups drive May rise in auto sales

Jun 04, 2013 | 04:50 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  auto sales, General Motors, Kurt McNeil, Ford Motors, Ken Czubay, Toyota, Chrysler, Hyundai Kia


CHICAGO — The top-selling automakers in the United States sold nearly 1.25 million vehicles in May, a 7.8-percent improvement from a year earlier and a robust 12.3 percent higher than April’s total, an AMM analysis shows.

Industrywide, the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 15.3 million vehicles was better than April’s rate of 14.9 million and in line with first-quarter trends, IHS Automotive senior analyst Christopher Hopson said in an e-mail.

Trucks and luxury models had a good run last month, automakers said, although some of the month-on-month gain could be attributed to May’s extra selling day.....





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