The encouraging April figures come on the heels of the best quarter for auto sales in the United States since the first three months of 2008, before gas prices spiked and the financial crisis hit its peak.
U.S. auto sales rose 2.3 percent in April, helped by strong gains at Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Chrysler Group LLC.
Chrysler sales climbed 20 percent to 141,165 light vehicles and Toyota Motor Corp.’s deliveries rose 12 percent to 178,044, according to company statements.
However, Ford deliveries fell 5.1 percent, to 179,658 cars and light trucks, and GM sales dropped 8.2 percent, to 213,387. The automakers beat analysts’ estimates calling for a 5.7 percent decline for Ford and a 9 percent decrease at GM.
Still, based on higher than expected first-quarter industry sales and expectations that the U.S. economy will continue to grow, GM increased its full-year light vehicle sales forecast to 14.0 million to 14.5 million autos from 13.5 million–14.0 million.
Here are the top 10 vehicles by sales volume – April 2012
|Top 10 models, April ’12|
|Vehicles||April ’12 volume||% change from April 2011|
|1 Ford F-Series||47,453||4.4%|
|2 Toyota Camry||36,820||20.9%|
|3 Honda Accord||35,385||25.6%|
|4 Chevrolet Silverado||30,749||4.8%|
|5 Toyota Prius *||25,168||101.7%|
|6 Toyota Corolla/Matrix||24,804||2.4%|
|8 Honda CR-V||23,627||9.0%|
|9 Chevrolet Malibu||21,906||-11.3%|
|10 Ford Fusion||21,610||2.0%|