Ford, GM enjoy April sales increase with help of fuel-efficient models, Chrysler up 37%

Ford CEO Alan Mulally - GM CEO Dan Akerson
Ford CEO Alan Mulally - GM CEO Dan Akerson

Update: Chrysler has just released its report for April 2011 and said retail were sales up 37%, compared with the same period a year ago. April marks the 13th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

Helped by strong retail sales of new fuel-efficient models, American automakers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Company posted an increase in April sales.

“Consumer demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow, with April sales increasing 16 percent versus a year ago and year-to-date sales up 16 percent – totaling 686,498 vehicles,” Ford said in a statement.

“With gasoline prices eclipsing $3.90 a gallon, consumers are placing an even higher priority on fuel efficiency in every size and kind of vehicle,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford’s plan to lead in fuel efficiency is saving our customers money at the pump and helping us to profitably grow our business.”

General Motors said that it sold 232,538 vehicles in April – a 27 percent increase when compared to the same period a year ago.

“Solid gains by GM’s lineup of fuel-efficient passenger cars and crossovers powered the gains, led by the best sales month for the Chevrolet Cruze and record sales for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact crossovers,” GM said.

“Recently, rising fuel prices have led many to re-think their vehicle choice,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Because of the investments we’ve made in fuel-efficiency and global product architectures, the company is well positioned to meet these needs.”

– By: Omar Rana