Chrysler, Ford and General Motors posted increased November sales by 14 percent, 6.5 percent and 3.4 percent respectively.
New car sales in the United States are expected to rise 12 percent compared to November 2011 due to rising consumer confidence and more generous holiday incentives.
For the 32nd consecutive month, Chrysler exceeded its year earlier sales, with four out of Chrysler’s five core brands reporting sales increases. Fiat sales rose 123 percent, Dodge 32 percent, Ram 23 percent and Chrysler 1 percent. Only the Jeep brand reported a sales decline of 3 percent.
Ford reported a sales increase of 6.5 percent, thanks to an 18 percent jump in sales of its F-Series pickup truck to 56,299 units. Ford also sold 4,848 units of its C-Max hybrid compact MPV in its first full month on the market.
“We saw sharp increases in demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient small cars, our best-ever month for electrified vehicles and growing demand for our fuel-efficient and capable F-Series pickups,” said Ken Czubay, Ford’s vice president for U.S. marketing, sales and service.
General Motors’ 3.4 percent increase was driven by Buick’s 22 percent rise and Cadillac’s 30 percent increase. Cadillac benefitted from strong sales of the new ATS and XTS. As for GM’s fullsize pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, sales declined as redesigned versions of both trucks are due next year.