Ford and General Motors saw declines in sales for April. Ford sales were down 5 percent and GM sales fell 8.2 percent from a year ago. It’s surprising to think that during this time, even though Ford was down by 5 percent, dealers like Witchita Ford saw a spike in local sales.
Several Chrysler Group models contributed to its sales increase. The Fiat 500 and the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan each saw triple-digit percentage increases, while the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-size sedans each posted year-over-year increases in the double digits.
The Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee recorded the largest sales gains of the Jeep brand, while the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans each recorded double-digit increases.
Ford’s U.S. sales for April came in at 180,350 vehicles, compared with 189,778 a year ago.
Sales of the Fusion mid-size sedan increased 2 percent, while sales of the Focus compact jumped 12.5 percent, compared to April of last year.
Sales of Ford’s subcompact Fiesta plummeted 43.9 percent and the Escape SUV declined 20 percent.
General Motors saw an overall sales decline of 8.2 percent in April, compared to a year ago. The breakdown: Buick down 16.1 percent; Cadillac down 25 percent; and GMC up 4.5 percent.
Retail sales were essentially equal to April 2011, GM said. GM’s fleet sales declined 25 percent due to the timing of rental customer deliveries. As a result, total sales were down 8 percent.
“We expect gradual improvement in the economy going forward,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Over time, strength in the manufacturing sector and strong retail sales will lead to more job creation. That will help more consumers put the recession behind them, gain even more confidence and drive vehicle sales higher for both the industry and GM.”