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General Motors: GM (NYSE: GM) reports its sales were up 10 percent in August 2012, with 240,520 units moved by its four brands. At GMC, for example, cutting fleet sales 35 percent hasn't hurt overall numbers. It's up 4 percent overall, with its big Acadia crossover up 26 percent, and the compact Terrain up 16 percent. Chevrolet rose to 169,978 units, up 11.3 percent--the same gain as Cadillac, which sold 14,704 vehicles. Buick's sales of 18,000 units included record sales of the Verano, for a 12.4-percent increase.

Ford: Ford (NYSE: F) watched its sales grow by 13 percent as its most popular sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers and pickups all had double-digit gains. The F-Series truck lineup was up 19 percent, at 58,201 units; while the subcompact Fiesta was off 28.4 percent to 4,176 units, the Focus sedan and hatchback grew their sales by 35.3 percent to 19,073 units. Ford's Fusion sedan continues to be strong in its final model year, up 21 percent while a new version makes its way to production; the Escape crossover is already transitioning into a new body style, and its sales increased 36.8 percent. Among its big utility vehicles, Ford watched as sales of the Explorer were up 33 percent, and the Edge rose 23.3 percent; the Flex was down 6.7 percent.

Lincoln sales at 8,141 units were up 1.7 percent. The MKS sedan was off 32 percent, but the MKZ was up 42 percent and fleet sales are showing up in the numbers for the MKT, which was up 48 percent.

Toyota / Lexus / Scion:Toyota (NYSE: TM) says its August sales of 188,520 units in August 2012 represented an increase of 40.2 percent. The Toyota brand took the majority of those sales--164,283 units, up 42.0 percent--while Lexus sold 24,237 units, up 28.9 percent. Scion sales rose to 7,722 vehicles, up 111.6 percent from August 2011.

Chrysler: Chrysler says it sold 148,472 vehicles in August, up 14 percent from a year ago, for its best August since 2007. Brand by brand, Fiat sales rose 34 percent to 4,150 units; Chrysler was up 25 percent to 28,070 vehicles; Jeep rose 5 percent to 42,839 sales; Dodge's numbers were up 13 percent to 47,348 vehicles; and Ram sold 26,065 vehicles. Among individual vehicle lines, the new 2013 Dodge Dart posted sales of 3,045 units--but the Dodge Durango SUV was off 45 percent from a year ago.

Honda / Acura: American Honda reports sales of 131,321 vehicles in August, up 59.5 percent from a year ago. The Honda brand tallied 115,675 of those sales, up 57.9 percent, while Acura took the remaining 15,646 units, for an increase of 72.8 percent.

Nissan / Infiniti: Nissan North America says it sold 98,515 cars, trucks, and crossovers in August, up 7.6 percent from August 2011. The Nissan brand accounted for 87,360 of those units, with the new 2013 Altima taking 25,889 of those sales, up 12.5 percent. Infiniti was up 23.6 percent to 11,155 units; while the G sedan had its best August ever, the JX crossover is already the second best-selling vehicle in the luxury brand's lineup.


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