The Big Three automakers today posted single-digit sales increases for April, led by truck and utility vehicle sales.
FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler) reported a 6 percent increase in sales (189,027 units) for April when compared to April 2014 (178,652 units). The Chrysler brand saw the largest sale increase of any FCA US brand with a 26 percent sales increase.
“We launched the spring selling season with nine vehicle sales records and a 6 percent year-over-year increase that extends our sales streak to 61-consecutive months of sales gains,” says Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales for FCA US.
The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot, Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Dodge Journey, Ram pickup truck, and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best April sales ever.
General Motors Co. sales were up 6 percent (269,056 units) year over year, with fleet deliveries up 8 percent. GM’s truck sales were up 13 percent, and crossover sales were up 25 percent.
“Consumer and commercial customer demand for pickups and utility vehicles has been building since last fall,” says Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of sales operations.
Ford Motor Co. saw a sales increase of 5 percent (222,498 units) when compared to April 2014 (211,126 units). Ford brand SUVs set records with the sale of 62,730 vehicles, including record sales of the Edge and Escape.
“Customer demand for our new vehicles continues to be strong, with the F-Series, Mustang, Transit van lineup, and Edge driving retail gains in April,” says Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service.