U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent last month while Honda, Toyota, and General Motors all saw gains of 16 percent or more in July. GM led the way with 234,071 vehicles sold, while Toyota with 193,394 units sold was able to best Ford by a small margin of 314 vehicles. Subaru saw the biggest leap in sales compared to July 2012, jumping 43 percent from 25,183 vehicles sold to 35,994.
Detroit’s big three continued to benefit from increased demand for large pickup trucks as the market for housing, construction and energy continues to expand. GM’s full-sized pickups increased 44 percent while its car deliveries jumped 24 percent. As for Ford, its F-Series pickup saw a 23 percent increase in sales while its small cars rose 32 percent. Chrysler was the weakest of the American three, posting 140,102 in July 2013 sales, an 11 percent increase over last year. RAM pickup deliveries did, however, climb 31 percent.
And for those hoping diesel is here to stay, Volkswagen saw nearly 30 percent of its vehicles sold last month equipped with TDI engines.
As for segments, the large luxury car and compact sporty car segments rose 33 percent compared to last year while the compact pickup market dropped 19 percent and the mid-sized luxury car segment dropped 13 percent. In total, over 1.3-million vehicles were sold in America last month, a 14-percent increase over July 2012.
[Source: Automotive News]