- The Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Tahoe and 2015 Chrysler 200 were strong performers as automakers reported June car sales on Tuesday.
- The Ford Fusion has the best June sales results since its launch in 2005, Ford said.
- Chrysler's 2015 200 "is off to a strong start as inventory continues to build at Chrysler dealerships," said the automaker.
The industry performed better than expected, despite the fact that there were two fewer selling days in June compared with a year ago.
"Car shoppers have been out in full force," said Jessica Caldwell, an Edmunds senior analyst. "Low interest rates and the proliferation of leasing — even in segments like compact sedans which are especially popular this time of year — have helped make the recent warmer months among the best in years, in terms of car sales."
The Ford Fusion had the best June sales results since its launch in 2005, Ford said.
Ford reported June sales of 222,064, a drop of 6 percent from a year ago.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 "is off to a strong start as inventory continues to build at Chrysler dealerships," said Chrysler.
Chrysler reported U.S. sales of 171,086, a 9 percent increase compared with sales in June 2013.
Sales of the Jeep brand increased 28 percent and Ram Truck brand increased 14 percent, leading Chrysler Group to its 51st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth.
GM, which has been in the midst of a recall crisis, said its dealers delivered 267,461 vehicles in the U.S. in June. Total sales were up 1 percent compared to a year ago.
"Today's sales report is much-needed positive news for GM, who just yesterday stunned most industry watchers with yet another massive recall," Caldwell said. "Throughout the recall crisis, car shoppers on Edmunds.com have not avoided GM vehicle pages as one might imagine, likely because the recalls have not affected new cars and because many car shoppers don't realize which brands GM owns."
GM said deliveries of the Chevrolet Tahoe were up 93 percent and Suburban sales were up 73 percent. Cadillac sales were up, with Escalade up 57 percent and SRX up 19 percent. Deliveries of the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic were up 19 percent and 36 percent, respectively.
Nissan Group total U.S. sales for June 2014 were 109,643 units, an increase of 5.3 percent over the prior year and a June record.
Nissan Versa subcompact sales increased 33.4 percent to 11,613 in June, also a record for the month.
Nissan Sentra sales also set a June record at 17,097, up 67.6 percent for the month.
Hyundai said it sold 67,407 vehicles in June, up 4 percent year-over-year. It was the best-ever month for the Hyundai Sonata with 23,672 vehicles sold.
Combined Toyota, Scion and Lexus volume increased 3 percent to 201,714 units last month.
"Sales in the first half of 2014 indicate a steadily recovering industry, and we expect this pace to increase as we move into the second part of the year," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. "In June, Camry and Corolla posted double-digit gains as passenger cars showed renewed strength industry-wide."
Edmunds says: This is a nice setup for the second half of the year, as car shoppers continue to flow into showrooms.