CHICAGO The top-selling
automakers in the United States sold 1.11 million vehicles in
April, up 9.5 percent from the same month last year but down 11
percent from sales of more than 1.25 million vehicles in March,
the strongest month so far in 2013.
Year-to-date sales of more than
4.28 million vehicles by the top seven automakers were 7.2
percent ahead of the first four months of last year, an
AMM analysis shows.
Aprils seasonally adjusted
annual sales rate, including medium- and heavy-duty trucks, was
estimated in the mid-15-million-vehicle range, according to
Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst for Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford
"When we dig down at (vehicle)
segments, small cars increased slightly to an estimated 22.7
percent of the overall industry compared with just over 22.4
percent in March," he said. But full-size
pickupssupported by replacement demand, the economic
recovery and housingcontinue to outpace the rest of the
industry by a substantial margin, Merkle said. "To date, this
segment is up 20 percent and is growing at a rate almost three
times higher than the overall industry."
F-Series pickup sales grew 24
percent in April, Kenneth M. Czubay, Fords vice president
of U.S. marketing, sales and service, said. "This was our best
F-Series April sales month since 2006. April now represents our
21st consecutive month of year-over-year gains in the
Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.
group vice president and general manager Bill Fay said that the
industry had "another solid truck month."
Toyota saw truck sales rise 10.1
percent in April compared with a year earlier, and year-to-date
sales were 14.7 percent ahead of the first four months of
Aprils retail results
indicate there is "still plenty of pent-up demand and customers
taking advantage of widely available financing options," said
Fay, who expects the auto industry will continue to outperform
the general economy in the months ahead.
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based
Chrysler Group LLC posted its best April sales since 2007.
Sales of Ram trucks jumped 49 percent compared with April 2012,
while Dodge Durango sales soared 65 percent in the same