Ever hear the expression that there aren't enough hours in the day? For General Motors and Ford, there weren't enough days in July. These two domestics sold fewer vehicles last month than the year before, but they also had two fewer days to work with, July having only 24 selling days to work with this year versus last year's 26. So you may hear some news reports decrying these two automakers for slipping sales, but in actuality, the average number of vehicles that each sold per day in July increased, and that's what really counts.
All that said, both GM and FoMoCo barely did well last month, and some of their brands were legitimately down, including GMC (-9.05 percent by volume), Buick (-14.71 percent) and Lincoln (-10.74 percent). Both the Ford brand and Chevrolet were down by volume (-3.5 and -6.75 percent, respectively), but managed to eke out increases for their daily average sales rate.

Crosstown rival Chrysler Group had no such trouble, posting a healthy 12.55-percent sales gain across its many brands. Not even a resurgent Chrysler, however, can catch up to Honda and Toyota, both of which are still enjoying conspicuously large sales compared to the production-strapped months of summer 2011. A good example of this year's Japanese about face is comparing the difference in sales between FoMoCo and ToMoCo last year and today. In July 2011, Ford sold 50,063 more vehicles than Toyota. Last month, that number shrunk to just 9,068 and Toyota's trajectory suggests it will catch the Blue Oval and pass it in short order.

Check out how the entire auto industry did in the monthly sales chart below, and visit our By the Numbers section to see all past months.



*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 24 selling days in July 2012 versus 26 selling days in July 2011, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company. Also, brands are combined and reported as companies only if their sales figures are released jointly.


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      Wolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      How in the hell did Smart sell so many ... cars?
        marcsf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wolf
        I'm guessing to car sharing programs.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wolf
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          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          I like how you judge how other people choose to live. I wonder if you also are a fierce Tea Party type.
        blas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wolf
        I'd like to know as well
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love that autoblog puts this out every month. Would it be possible to get another couple columns that show YTD2012 versus YTD2011 or even TTM2012 versus TTM2011? I think that would be much more meaningful than just seeing the monthly data alone. Anyone else feel similarly?
        Bret Frohwein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        try 'good car bad car' he puts something like that together monthly.
          John
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bret Frohwein
          Thanks. That's exactly the type of thing I was looking for as it's a metric that's far more meaningful. I also like that he puts a total as it's an interesting data point to ponder that the US automotive industry has sold 14.0% more vehicles through the first 7 months of 2012 than they had over the same period in 2011. That said, I still think autoblog should implement this in their 'by the numbers' segment.
      spa2nky1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow... 780 Fortwos sold last month?
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      While Americans are buying cars, Syrians are dying by the thousands.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        While you're sitting at your computer typing crap, the world keeps on spinning...
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        C'est la vie.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Yang Xi Gua
          [blocked]
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        @Yang Xi Gua
        [blocked]
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      How come Geely cars such such Emgrand and Gleagle still don't sell in the US yet?
        PDKid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Trying to sell a Chinese car in the US economy would be a marketing joke/nightmare. It's not an issue of racism or anything like that, but here in the US we're used to seeing "Made in China" on toys and trinkets, not on high-value products or items that we would consider "skillfully-built" goods.
          ishmaelcrowley
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
          All those iPhones and iPads are certainly not high-value products.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
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          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
          That's what Americans think of Korean vehicles of yesteryear. Yet you continue to buy chinese made products on a daily basis... Americans are hypocrites.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDKid
          It was a pretty long time ago now that "Made In Japan" meant cheap. Probably 40 years or more.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      The end result of all these millions and millions of cars is global warming drought causing people to starve as crops die.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Ah, the Deniers are out in force. Even my mom noticed eggs doubled in price, and we in the US can absorb that. People much poorer can't; then they become desperate; then they either rebel or migrate. Yang's right, we've seen nothing yet as a result of global warming.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once 2013 Accord and Crosstour and 2014 Ridgeline come, Honda sales will skyrocket. Ridgeline no longer has a competitor as Avalanche has been pulled.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
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        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Accord beat all other mid size sedans on fuel economy, hands down
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        @Yang Xi Gua
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      Tommy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that Ford and GM sales are down. I would have thought that crappy Chrysler would lose sales because all they make is junk!!!!
        Yang Xi Gua
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tommy
        GM sales are down because they lack new product.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tommy
        Uh, guess what? Things change! Yes, sometimes they do! Have you been in a new Chrysler product lately? Great quality interiors and generally well put together, much better to drive. The people and industry mags attest to that.
          John Cocktoastin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          the people in the service department at my local Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler dealership say otherwise. They are CONSTANTLY backlogged with work. Whenever I call they laugh about what junk they are forced to work on and how busy it keeps them.
        donnie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tommy
        hows that daewoo running?
        vinny
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tommy
        Tommy aka Eber do Carmo. Go away NA!
      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      GMC should be killed. At this point they're only a badge engineering marketplace. GMC should have been killed a long time ago, especially before Pontiac!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imtoomuch1
        [blocked]
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please don't feed Gua's post. He's an obvious troll who uses racist, nationalist, and just plain stupid comments to have people feed him. A troll makes these comments for attention. Downvotes and angry replies will only make him happier. If you ignore him, he will go away. BTW, he doesn't just troll this website. He is one of the Internets biggest trolls, and trolls several websites, especially Yahoo Answers. Here are a few examples of his trolling. http://www.flickr.com/photos/68508017@N04/
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura is up, take that.
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SKINNYwithNOfood
        lol your name should be STUPIDwithNObrain
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SKINNYwithNOfood
        they're still bland, and uninspiring... at least what the people here told me so.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see that Obama's policies are not working.
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