CHICAGO U.S. automakers
continued to post strong sales last month, with most producers
notching improved sales compared with a year earlier, although
the surge at some companies showed signs of leveling off.
September sales by the top seven
automakers totaled nearly 1.02 million vehicles, up 12.8
percent from 901,287 in the same month last year.
General Motors Co. saw its best
September sales results since 2008, even though truck sales
slid 46 percent as the Detroit-based automaker reduced fleet
sales. "Auto sales will continue to be a bright spot for the
U.S. economy, which is particularly good news for GM," Kurt
McNeil, vice president of the companys U.S. sales
operations, said in a statement.
Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn
Hills, Mich., posted its best September sales figures since
2007 and its 30th consecutive month of year-over-year sales
gains. "Going forward with our current product lineup,
record-low interest rates and a stable U.S. economy, we remain
optimistic about the health of the U.S. new vehicle sales
industry and our position in it," said Reid Bigland, president
and chief executive officer of the Dodge brand and head of the
companys U.S. sales operations.
Ford Motor Co. said it sold
24,628 small cars last month, its best showing in the sector
since 2002 and a 73-percent gain compared with September 2011.
"Fuel economy remains one of the most important features
customers want today, and Ford is answering the call," said Ken
Czubay, Fords vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and
Still, the Dearborn, Mich.-based
automaker saw overall vehicle sales slip 0.1 percent from a
Nissan North America Inc.,
Franklin, Tenn., also saw sales slide 1.1 percent in September
compared with the same month last year, but other Japanese "new
domestic" automakers posted the strongest percentage
gainsrebounding from supply chain disruptions caused by
the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan (
amm.com, Aug. 2). Toyota Motor Sales Inc.,
Torrance, Calif., recorded a year-over-year monthly sales surge
of 41.5 percent, while American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Torrance,
saw sales skyrocket 30.9 percent.