Ford outsells GM in March 2011, Toyota only major automaker to slip


FoMoCo outsold its rival General Motors in the United States during the month of March for the second time since 1998. Industry sales were up a nice 17 percent despite speed bumps over gas prices and the massive March 11 earthquake in Japan.

Aided by a 21 percent jump in truck sales, Ford said it sold a total of 212,295 units last month, 5,674 more than GM. Ford’s overall gain of 16 percent was its biggest in 2011. Nonetheless, GM outperformed the overall U.S. market in January and February and is still ahead of Ford in year-to-date sales by more than 97,000 units.

The last time Ford sold GM was in February 2010 by small margin of just 471 units.

Chrysler said its March sales were up 31 percent to the highest level in three years. That was helped by Dodge sales jumping 50 percent.

Toyota was the only major automaker in March that lost ground with a 6 percent decline in sales.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News