US auto sales pick up in April
02 May 2015, Nirapad News: US car and truck sales picked up strength in April in a sign that the auto market remains firm after the winter economic downturn. GM sales rose 5.9 per cent from a year ago to 269,056 vehicles; Ford sales rose 5.4 per cent to 222,498 vehicles, and sales by FCA US, the US unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, gained 5.8 per cent at 189,027 units. For GM, truck sales were up 13 per cent from April 2014, and crossovers 25 per cent.
Ford said it was continuing to expand capacity to meet demand for its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. F-150 retail sales gained 8 per cent, it said, but overall sales of the F line of trucks fell 0.9 per cent. SUVs, crossovers and utility trucks grew by 14.5 per cent from a year ago. At FCA, total car sales rose 29 per cent in the month, led by the popular Jeep and Chrysler brands, while Dodge brands sank 16 per cent and the Ram truck divisions saw sales growth slow to 4 per cent.
For the first four months of the year, GM sales were up 5.9 per cent over 2014. Ford 2.9 per cent and FCA 3.4 per cent. “The auto industry continues to be on track to have its best sales year since 2006,” said McNeil.