US Auto Sales Off Big, But GM Holds Top Spot

21.4% drop keeps Toyota from No. 1; Honda manages gain
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 2:40 PM CDT
New General Motors Hummer SUVs sit on a dealer lot in Benton, Ark., Tuesday, June 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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(Newser) – Sales for General Motors, Ford and Toyota all fell by double-digit percentages in June compared to the same month last year, while Honda managed an 11% gain, the Detroit News reports—with GM holding off Toyota as top US seller. In general, consumers passed over big, fuel-guzzling vehicles and luxury sedans for smaller, fuel-efficient models.

  • Ford sales fell 28% from last June, to 174,091 units.
  • GM sales were down 18.5%, to 265,937 units.
  • Toyota fell 21.4% to 193,234 units.
  • Honda pulled off an 11.4% gain from last year, selling 142,539 units in June.