GM, Ford, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Nissan report increase in June 2011 sales, Toyota and Honda down

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The Detroit three automakers reported June sales gains that were in line with expectations, as demand for fuel efficient cars remains strong. However, the two largest Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda, continue to struggle.

General Motors dealers in the United States reported 215,358 total sales in June, an 11-percent gain compared to June 2010.

“With continued strong consumer demand for GM’s fuel-efficient vehicles, June was another solid month for us,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “The month caps a successful first half of 2011 for us in the U.S. market – our sales are up and we’ve gained share profitably.”

Ford’s June sales totaled 194,114, up 14 percent versus a year ago.

“Strong demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient cars and crossovers continues, and we now are seeing truck buyers return to the market with significant appetite for our fuel-efficient V6 engines,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.

Chrysler Group LLC reported U.S. sales of 120,394, a 30 percent increase compared with sales in June 2010 (92,482 units), and the best June sales since 2007.

“Thanks to our alliance with Fiat, we now have 12 models that have EPA-rated highway fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon or higher, and four of those models get 30 mpg or more,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. “This business is all about product and consumers are rapidly discovering everything we now have. Each Chrysler Group brand is contributing to our success and driving our 46 percent retail sales growth.”

Toyota’s U.S. division sales in June were down 21% from last year, while Honda reported a 24% drop. Nissan, on the other hand reported June U.S. sales of 71,941 units versus 64,570 units a in June 2010, an increase of 11.4 percent

Korean automaker Hyundai Motor America announced sales of 59,209 vehicles in June, a 16 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago. Sister brand Kia sold 45,044 vehicles in June, a 41.2-percent increase. The brand also reported the best quarterly sales performance in company history – 140,330 units.

Volkswagen of America sold 28,444 units in June 2011, a 35.1 percent increase.

– By: Omar Rana