Automakers Fare Well In January


Detroit News - February 2, 2013

Big­ger was bet­ter for automak­ers as trucks, crossovers and SUVs drove sales to post-recession highs that could con­tinue through 2013.

Get the facts and fig­ures on Jan­u­ary automaker sales.

Ford Motor Co.‘s sales were up 21.7 per­cent to 165,863 cars and trucks, beat­ing ana­lyst expec­ta­tions. Chrysler Group LLC grew by 16.4 per­cent, on a vol­ume of 117,731 vehi­cles, and Gen­eral Motors Co.‘s sales climbed 15.9 per­cent, rep­re­sent­ing 194,699 vehi­cles sold.

The big gainer for the month, how­ever, was Toy­ota. Its Jan­u­ary sales of 157,725 rep­re­sented a 26.6 per­cent jump over the same month in 2012.

Sales of Ford’s F-Series trucks rose 21.7 per­cent to 46,841. Sales of Chevrolet’s Sil­ver­ado jumped 32.1 per­cent to 35,445, and GMC Sierra sales climbed 34.9 per­cent to 12,837.

Honda Motor Co.‘s U.S. sales rose 12.8 per­cent in Jan­u­ary to 93,626 vehicles.

Nis­san Motor Co. said sales increased 2 per­cent in Jan­u­ary, with 80,919 units.

Hyundai Motor America’s Jan­u­ary sales of 43,713 were a 2.4 per­cent gain, and an all-time record for the month. Kia Motors Amer­ica also reported a record Jan­u­ary, with sales of 36,302 vehi­cles, up 2.2 per­cent over the same period in 2012.