June 2012 Car Sales: Fireworks Or Sparklers This July 4th? Page 2

July 3, 2012
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General Motors: GM (NYSE: GM) says it sold 248,750 vehicles in the U.S. in June, for an increase of 16 percent on the year. It was GM's best month since September of 2008.

Among the brands, Chevrolet was up 14.8 percent to 180,098 units, including 1,760 Volts; GMC rose to 37,677 vehicle sales, up 14.9 percent. In advance of 2013 ATS, on sale later this summer Cadillac sold 12,124 vehicles, up 11.6 percent. And Buick sales rose to 18,851 units, an increase of 26.8 percent.

GM sold 12 percent more passenger cars in June than a year ago, while crossover sales rose 30 percent. GM says during 2012 and 2013, it will replace or redesign 70 percent of its nameplates.

Ford: Ford (NYSE: F) says it sold 207,759 vehicles in June, up 7 percent from a year ago. Ford division sales were up 7.2 percent to 200,215 units, while Lincoln sales rose 2.5 percent to 7,544 units.

Among its nameplates, the Ford Escape had its best month ever, with sales on a 28-percent rise; like Escape, the Fusion is selling at record levels in its final model year, at 136,849 units so far this year.

Toyota / Lexus / Scion: Toyota said it sold 177,795 vehicles in June, a 54.3-percent increase on an adjusted basis, or 60.3 percent, unadjusted. Toyota-brand vehicles were 157,773 of the total, up 51.7 percent on an adjusted basis; Lexus sold 10,247 vehicles, up 99.7 percent. Scion was up 134.1 percent, to 8,400 units.

Chrysler:  Chrysler LLC sold 144,811 vehicles in June, up 20 percent over the same period last year--its best June results in five years.

The Chrysler brand accounted for 26,863 units, for a 63-percent increase. Jeep sales rose 23 percent to 44,519 vehicles; Dodge was up 2 percent to 44,315 units; Ram rose 11 percent to 25,110 trucks sold; and Fiat moved 4,004 units in June, a 122-percent increase over last year's lax numbers.

Among its nameplates, Chrysler had some standouts. The Jeep Grand Cherokee posted its best June since 2005, with sales up 39 percent. The Chrysler 300 saw a 179-percent jump in sales in June. However, the well-received Dodge Durango was off 43 percent, and is off 9 percent on the year.

Chrysler says it has a 67-day supply of vehicles on hand, while a 60-day supply is considered normal. It pegs the SAAR for June at 14.4 million units.

Honda / Acura: Honda says it sold 124,808 vehicles in June, up 48.8 percent from June of 2011, or 43.3 percent adjusted. Honda-brand vehicles accounted for 109,438 sales, up 45.6 percent, while Acura sales rose 76.5 percent, to 15,370 units.

Nissan / Infiniti: Nissan sold 92,237 vehicles in June, up 28.2 percent on the year. The Nissan brand accounted for 81,801 units of the total, up 24.6 percent; Infiniti sold 10,436 vehicles, up 66.1 percent on the year.

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