U.S. monthly auto sales declined in September for the first time in more than three years, but some automakers did better than others in vehicle sales for the month.
Find out how the major automakers fared in the month of September.
U.S. monthly auto sales declined in September for the first time in more than three years, in part because of a calendar quirk that landed Labor Day weekend sales in the August report.
Auto information company TrueCar.com estimated that by the time all of the automakers report their results Tuesday, sales will have topped 1.1 million, about a 4% decline from September last year. Ford Motor Co. said the decline may be closer to 5%.
General Motors Co. said it sold 187,195 vehicles in the U.S. last month, an 11% decrease from the same month a year earlier.
However, Ford said its September sales totaled 185,146 vehicles, a 6% increase from a year earlier.
Chrysler Group also bucked the trend, reporting sales of 143,017 vehicles in September, a 1% increase compared with the same month a year earlier and the automaker’s best September since 2007.
Toyota Motor Corp. reported September 2013 sales of 164,457 vehicles, a 4% decrease from its U.S. sales in the same month a year earlier.
“September was a solid month for the auto industry despite two fewer selling days,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “Industry fundamentals are strong as interest rates stay low and consumers remain confident.”
Nissan Motor Co. said its sales fell almost 6% to 86,868 vehicles.
Sales of the Volkswagen’s VW brand fell 12.2% to 31,920 vehicles last month.
The calendar left the industry with one less weekend to sell cars, and “certainly that had an impact on the numbers,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer for Volkswagen of America.