The Big Three automakers posted big monthly sales numbers for June with the largest monthly figures they’ve had in about five years. Those strong numbers are thanks in large part to sales of pick-up trucks which have matched or outpaced sales of other vehicles.
Chrysler reported an 8 percent increase over June of 2012 making it their best June since way back in 2007. It also marks the 39th consecutive month of year-to-year sales increases for the company.
Increases were seen across all of Chrysler’s brands but Ram Truck was at the head of the pack. It posted a huge 23 percent which was the largest of Chrysler’s brands.
Ford posted an even larger gain with a 13 percent year-to-year increase for the month of June making it their best June since 2006. Small cars were a standout with an overall gain of 39 percent giving the segment its best June in over 13 years.
Trucks were also a strong performer for Ford with the F-Series earning a 23rd consecutive monthly sales increase. As with Chrysler, the boon in truck sales is a response to the ongoing recovery in the housing market.
Not to be outdone, General Motors posted a 4 percent increase for June and an impressive best month ever since 2008. Although all four of GM’s brands posted sales increases, trucks were once again the star with an 8 percent increase.
It wasn’t just the Big Three that saw strong sale for the month of June. Nissan set a June record with a 12.9 percent increase although Infiniti went in the wrong direction with a 12 percent decrease. Hyundai also managed a gain with a 2 percent increase while Volkswagen took the same road as Infiniti with a 3.2 percent decrease.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.