Ford's June Sales Rise 13% as Pickup Truck Sales Jump 24%
DETROIT (TheStreet) -- Once again in June, automakers are reporting strong sales led by double-digit increases in pickup truck sales, a sign of the reviving economy and the strength of the home construction market.
"In June, we continued to see strong demand across the entire lineup," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, in a prepared statement. "We're particularly encouraged by strong retail share gains, especially in coastal markets."
Ford said truck sales rose 20%, while car sales rose 12% and utility sales rose 8%. Small-car sales rose 39%. Escape sales rose just 1% but the June total of 28,694 units marked Escape's best month ever.
Seven Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in June. Sales of the Dodge Durango full-size SUV rose 39%, to 4,590, tops among Chrysler vehicles.
"Last month Chrysler Group set seven individual vehicle line sales records and achieved our 39th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth," said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, in a prepared statement. "The fundamentals for continued industry gains in new vehicle sales remain intact."
Jeep Grand Cherokee had its best June in eight years, with sales up 33% to 16,626, but overall Jeep sales were flat at 44,609. Chrysler brand sales rose 1% to 27,249. Sales of the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan rose 14% to 12,360, but sales of the larger Chrysler 300 fell 39% to 4,280. Sales of the new Dodge Dart compact totaled 6,437.
Volkswagen said its U.S. June sales rose 3.2% to 36,957.
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