2014 Dodge Dart, Nissan Leaf Among Car Shoppers' Favorites in May


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Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Dodge Dart, Nissan Leaf and Ford Explorer are among the standouts in the May car sales report.
  • The Dart compact car posted its best sales month ever with a 16 percent gain, Chrysler said.
  • May was the best-ever month for the Leaf, with 3,117 sales, according to Nissan.

DETROIT — The 2014 Dodge Dart, Nissan Leaf and Ford Explorer are among the standouts in the May car sales report.

The Dart compact car posted its best sales month ever with a 16 percent gain, Chrysler said.

May was the best-ever month for the Leaf, with 3,117 sales, according to Nissan.

Ford Explorer sales in May topped the 20,000-vehicle mark for the first time since July 2005 with sales of 20,346 vehicles, a 21 percent increase from last year, Ford said.

The May sales report was noteworthy for its healthy consumer demand, as buyers flocked to showrooms following a brutal winter in much of the country. Shoppers also seemed undeterred by the ongoing recall crisis at General Motors. GM dealers delivered 284,694 vehicles in the U.S. in May, up 13 percent compared to a year ago.

The Chevrolet Cruze was up 41 percent, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray deliveries were up 268 percent and Chevrolet Spark sales doubled, the automaker said.

"The momentum we generated in April carried into May, with all four brands performing well in a growing economy and 17 vehicle lines posting double-digit retail sales increases or better," said Kurt McNeil, GM's U.S. vice president of sales operations, in a statement on Tuesday.

Combined Nissan and Infiniti sales in May were 135,934, an increase of 19 percent over last year.

"This marks a May record," Nissan North America said in a statement.

Chrysler Group reported robust consumer demand, with buyers snapping up Jeep SUVs, including the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and Ram pickups.

"Our dealers reported brisk May sales over five weekends and the Memorial Day holiday," said Reid Bigland, Chrysler's head of U.S. sales, in a statement.

Chrysler reported U.S. sales of 194,421 vehicles, a 17 percent increase compared with sales in May 2013.

Ford tallied U.S. sales of 254,084 vehicles, up 3 percent from a year ago.

The Ford Fusion set an all-time monthly sales record in May and Lincoln sales were up 21 percent for May.

Toyota's sales preview listed a sales increase of 17 percent to 243,236 vehicles.

"Industry sales in May soared as consumer confidence improved and demand for new vehicles continued to strengthen," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. "Toyota had its best month in six years led by strong Camry, Corolla and hybrid sales."

Edmunds says: Expect this impressive sales momentum to carry into June.

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