U.S. light-vehicle sales continued on an upward trend in September as many carmakers reported healthy gains for the month. A total of 1.2 million cars and trucks rolled off dealership lots, putting overall sales up 9.3 percent compared to September of last year. The numbers have been released by WardsAuto.com. Their data center provides the most trusted numbers for new car sales.
Most major automakers reported gains for the month, with the exception of the Ford Motor Company. Ford, the second largest U.S. automaker, reported its overall sales fell 2.9 percent to 175,777 vehicles. Meanwhile Fiat Chrysler extended its streak of year-over-years sales gains to 54-consecutive months in September. The auto manufacturer said its U.S. sales increased 18.6 percent to 168,168 cars and trucks, the group’s best September sales since 2005. General Motors, the nation’s largest automaker, reported its sales climbed 19.4 percent to 223,437 from 187,195 a year ago.
The big Japanese automakers posted gains for September 2014 as well. Toyota, the largest Japanese car manufacturer, said it sold 167,279 cars and trucks last month, a 1.7 percent increase from the same month in 2013. Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, noted auto sales remained strong in September and rounded out an excellent third quarter, the best for the industry since 2006. Meanwhile, Honda’s overall sales jumped 12 percent from September 2013 results.
So far a total of 12.3 million cars and trucks have been sold here in the U.S. during 2014, a 5.4 percent improvement over last year at this time.
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