GM, Chrysler, Toyota boost US sales

General Motors, Chrysler and Toyota have scored US sales gains in April, extending the rebound from bad winter weather, while Ford sales unexpectedly slipped.

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GM, the largest US car maker, said total sales rose 7.0 per cent in April from a year ago, to 254,076 vehicles.

Chrysler Group, the US unit of Italy’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, clocked in a 14 per cent jump year-over-year with 178,652 vehicles sold, its best April performance since 2007.

For General Motor Company and Chrysler, sales gains were higher than estimates of 4.7 per cent and 12.30 per cent, respectively, from analysts at Edmunds广西桑拿,, a car-shopping website.

Ford Motor Company, the number-two US car maker, reported sales fell 1.0 per cent from a year ago, to 141,950 vehicles. Edmunds广西桑拿, analysts had forecast a 4.6 per cent increase.

Ford’s disappointing sales numbers came the same day the company announced its Chief Executive Alan Mulally will step down on July 1 and named Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields to replace him.

Japanese rival Toyota, the world’s top car maker, said US sales increased 9.0 per cent to 199,660 vehicles.

“Sales momentum from March rolled into April pushing the industry to its best back-to-back monthly sales pace since Autumn of 2007,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager.

Fellow Japanese car maker Nissan said US sales shot up 18.5 per cent to an April record of 94,764 vehicles.

Overall, US car sales in April are expected to have extended their spring rebound after unusually harsh winter weather in January and February hammered sales.

Edmunds广西桑拿, predicted a 9.1 per cent rise in US auto sales in April following the 5.7 per cent gain in March.

Kurt McNeil, GM’s US vice president of sales operations, was upbeat about demand.

“The economy continues to strengthen,” he said in a statement.

“Retail demand was steady in April, and truck sales and transaction prices were especially strong.”