DETROIT, Sept 3 (Reuters) – U.S. August auto sales were
unexpectedly strong, thanks in part to heavy discounting by the
manufacturers, with the industry selling at an annualized pace
not seen since early 2006.
General Motors Co narrowly missed expectations, but
held on to the top spot, while Toyota Motor Corp edged
Ford Motor Co for the second straight month.
DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. August auto sales were unexpectedly strong, led by Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which easily beat analysts’ estimates as the industry is seen reaching volumes not seen since before the recession.
Ford sales were up 0.4 percent, while Chrysler, a unit of Fiat SpA (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), showed a 20 percent gain, the automakers reported on Wednesday. Nissan was up 11.5 percent. Analysts looked for gains of 11.8 percent for Chrysler and 2.8 percent for Nissan, and a decline of 1.9 percent for Ford.
DETROIT (Reuters) – The U.S. auto industry will have to offer more discounts to maintain demand as prices for used cars decline.
With auto sales recovering from their recession-era slump, the industry’s supply of used cars has started to rise again, driving down prices.