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by Tim Beissmann

New vehicle sales data released overnight revealed a slowing US market as the major brands posted some of their smallest increases for the year.

Ford Motor Co, which is 27 percent ahead year-to-date, had its smallest monthly increase since November. It gained 13 percent, while General Motors added 11 percent – its second-smallest gain so far this year.

Chrysler Group bucked the trend, increasing its June sales by 35 percent (from 68,297 to 92,482), while Hyundai (up 28 percent) and Mazda (up 33 percent) also enjoyed similar boosts in June.

Porsche was the best performing brand for the month, up a remarkable 137 percent from 902 units to 2141.

Total US light-vehicle sales reached 983,821, 14 percent above the 860,004 of 2009. Sales for the first half of the year finished at 5,615,000 (up 17 percent over 2009), with the latest projections estimating a total 2010 market of 11.1 million vehicles.

GM again led the way at the top of the sales charts, followed by Ford and Toyota. Honda, Chrysler, Hyundai and Nissan made up the rest of the brands to post more than 50,000 sales for the month.

The Ford F Series maintained its dominance as the highest selling light vehicle, recording 46,502 June sales. It sold 50 percent more than the second-placed vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado, which managed 30,994. After the first six months of 2010 the F Series is 73,563 sales clear of the Silverado.

The Toyota Camry was the top-selling car of the month, its 28,435 units holding out the Honda Accord by just 1643. The Camry’s strong month narrowed the Accord’s lead at the top of the car charts to 6731 for the year.




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