Ford sales up 18%; GM, Chrysler up 11%

Ford sales up 18%; GM, Chrysler up 11%
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Surging pickup sales sparked big sales gains for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co.Zoom
Surging pickup sales sparked big sales gains for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. )

Surging pickup sales sparked big sales gains for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co., the automakers said Wednesday, led by a rapidly improving housing sector.

Ford said sales rose 18 percent in April to 212,584 and sales of its popular F-Series pickups jumped 24 percent to more than 59,000, the nameplate’s best April sales month since 2006.

GM had an 11.4 percent sales boost to 237,646 vehicles, prompted by strong Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup sales. Silverado sales increased 28 percent to 39,395 and Sierra sales jumped 12.8 percent to 14,208.

Chrysler said its sales rose 11 percent in April to 156,698, led by strong sales from the automaker’s Ram pickup, which increased 49 percent to 31,409.

April marked the 37th straight month of year-over-year sales gains for Chrysler.

It was also the best April sales total for the Auburn Hills automaker since 2007.

Sales of the Dodge Durango jumped 65 percent to 5,386.

Dodge brand sales climbed 18 percent to 53,413. Both the Jeep and Fiat brands rose slightly, by 2 and 1 percent, respectively, to 39,426 and 3,899.

Chrysler brand sales fell 13 percent to 27,836; only the Town & Country minivan, up 4 percent to 11,224, experienced a sales boost.

Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand sales increased 20.7 percent, led by sales of its MKZ sedan — now in full stock after a four-month delay. Lincoln sold 4,012 MKZ cars, 115 percent more than the 1,863 it sold last April.

Other big gainers for Ford included the Escape compact SUV

. Escape sales jumped 52 percent to 25,826, its best April sales month since its launch 13 years ago. Sales of Ford’s Fusion midsize sedan rose 23.7 percent to 26,722, also the car’s best ever April sales month.

GM’s Cadillac brand had another strong month in April, with sales up 34 percent to 13,230. Buick sales climbed 11.1 percent to 17,157 and Chevrolet brand sales increased 10.9 percent to 172,460. GMC sales were up 6.7 percent to 34,799.

Nissan Motor Co. said sales rose 23 percent in April to 87,847.

Hyundai Motor Co., in a tweet, said sales jumped 2 percent to 63,315 in April, led by strong sales from its Elantra compact and Santa Fe midsize SUV.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. sales dropped 10 percent to 33,644, with sales of the automaker’s compact Jetta and midsize Passat falling 16.5 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, to 13,078 and 9,069. Sales of the subcompact Golf plummeted 32.7 percent to 2,607.

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