- The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, Jeep Compass and Nissan Altima are some of the standouts as automakers report April sales.
- Despite its recall crisis, General Motors reported "steady" retail demand in April and said total sales were up 7 percent compared with a year ago.
- Ford said retail sales slipped 1 percent.
Despite its recall crisis, General Motors reported "steady" retail demand in April and said total sales were up 7 percent compared with a year ago. GM delivered 254,076 vehicles in the U.S. in April.
"Truck sales and transaction prices were especially strong," said Kurt McNeil, GM's U.S. vice president of sales operations, in a statement. "As we expected, the economy continues to strengthen."
Chevrolet Silverado sales were up 9 percent and GMC Sierra sales were up 21 percent.
Sales of GM's large SUVs, which include the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, were up 22 percent.
Ford said retail sales slipped 1 percent. Lincoln sales were off 11 percent with 6,803 vehicles sold in April.
However, Ford's John Felice said F-Series and Explorer sales "showed considerable strength in April, posting their best results in almost a decade." Felice is Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service.
F-Series sales totaled 63,387 vehicles last month, the truck's best April since 2006.
Chrysler posted U.S. sales of 178,652 units, a 14 percent increase compared with sales in April 2013 and the group's best April sales since 2007.
"Strong consumer demand for our Jeep sport-utility vehicles and Ram pickup trucks continued in April," said Reid Bigland, Chrysler head of U.S. sales. "The spring selling season is heating up as our Jeep brand had its best monthly sales ever."
The Jeep Compass recorded its best sales month ever.
Nissan announced total U.S. sales for April of 103,934 units, an increase of 18.3 percent over the prior year.
In a sales preview, Toyota noted: "Truck sales continue to soar."
"Tundra is a highlight with double-digit gains," it said.
Edmunds says: The spring thaw sends car shoppers into showrooms and leaves most automakers with a glowing report.