Sales figures for the US auto industry during July 2013 are in, and the big automakers should be pleased with the numbers they're seeing. American Honda led the pack with a 20.95-percent rise in sales last month, followed by Toyota Motor Company with a 17.28-percent gain and General Motors, which rose 16.32 percent. Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Group and Nissan North America were all up about 11 percent, as well.

The eye-catcher in last month's numbers is that Toyota and its brands (Lexus and Scion) outsold the Blue Oval fold for the first time since March 2010, but barely. Team Toyota posted sales of 193,394, just 321 units more than the 193,715 sales reported by Ford and Lincoln.

UPDATE: There is some discrepancy in the amount of total units sold by Ford Motor Company in July, which may mean it was not outsold by Toyota Motor Company. We're investigating and will update the above paragraph when we're certain we have correct numbers.

UPDATE 2: The mystery has been solved. We attempt to get all sales figures straight from the manufacturer, but often crosscheck and fill in holes using other sources, in this case Automotive News. Unbeknownst to us, however, AN subtracts sales of the F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks from Ford's overall numbers. The automaker sold 635 units of those trucks in July. Subtract them from Ford's overall sales, and you get the number reported by AN to be lower than Toyota Motor Company's overall sales. Add in my own carelessness, and you get the nonsensical, now-retracted paragraph above. We see no reason those commercial truck sales should be subtracted from Ford's total, so in our estimation, Ford actually sold 321 more units in July than Toyota.

Even more conspicuous is the poor sales performance by Infiniti last month. Nissan's luxury arm in the US saw sales fall 33.2 percent in July, far and away the biggest drop of any brand. In fact, no other brand even experienced a double-digit sales dip. Fortunately, Infiniti's fall was more than offset by a strong 16.79-percent rise in Nissan sales.

Check out the full sales figures in the chart below.


*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 25 selling days in July 2013 and 24 selling days in July 2012, so there is a difference between the change in monthly sales volume and 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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      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      SERIOUS AB. Here's a third grade math question to follow up on "just 321 units more than the 193,715 sales reported by Ford ": Toyota sells 193,394 and Ford sells 193,715. That means Ford sold 321 MORE than Toyota. Right? Please, just some attention to small math details. Its kind of insulting to the reader - like you really don't give a hoot.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        They "author" prob makes $10 bucks an hour working remotely and has to pay more attention to flipping the burgers than he does the side job of blogging...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        [blocked]
      tbox4815926
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Team Toyota posted sales of 193,394, just 321 units more than the 193,715 sales reported by Ford and Lincoln." Ford: 193,715 Toyota: 193,394 I believe the author has the two companies or numbers reversed...
      Mazdafreak
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's good to see Mazda starting to pick up some sales. While 24,000 units/month isn't close to being competitive with the major hitters, that is up over 5,000 units compared to last July. With the new Mazda3 due out in a few weeks, sales will hopefully rise as a result of the "gotta get it now" crowd. Of course, the increase in sales is partially due to dealers trying to get the outgoing '3's off their lots!
      owen brown
      • 1 Year Ago
      What am I missing with your Ford and Toyota numbers Autoblog,hmmmm???
      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad to see Mazda doing well the past few months! I think in regards to Infiniti, I never really feel that brand has ever moved the needle since introduction. They are also bland. I honestly can't name any of their models off the top of my head without searching and that's bad because I am a major car guy.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      That boost Honda got is all Accords.
        Roger
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        The Accord and the new Fusion are the only 2 new cars I see in large quantities on the roads around where I live.
      LynxFX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the F-Type is having a very positive effect on Jaguar.
      S C
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would AN drop F-650/F-750 from overall Ford sales? Does it have a Ford logo on it? Then it should be counted...simple....
      halshowbusiness
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only thing keeping Infinity from being a larger player in the sports sedan segment is styling. The cars are great drivers cars but they look several years behind their competitors in their design.
        Davidsky
        • 1 Year Ago
        @halshowbusiness
        Infiniti doesn't have a good or long reputation. "Enthusiasts" like them but "enthusiasts" don't buy enough cars to matter. The JX/QX60 is their best selling model now, should say something.
      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      After decades of Domestics I bought my first import, a 2013 Honda Accord EX Stick. It may not me the most exciting car on the block but it does everything perfectly with no issues. For the first time after a month of ownership of a new car I dont have a list of things for the dealership to fix.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        [blocked]
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        Why down rate him? At least he bought a stick. Props!
        carlotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        Good for you, Honda makes the best sticks out there.
      thomas.leopard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wanna here a joke? Lincoln.
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love, love, love seeing VW's decline. The arrogance of their idiot CEO to basically say they're gonna become number 1 by cheapening their cars was so hilariously short-sighted. Love how quickly it backfired.
        Kronos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BB79826
        Actually, their numbers have approximately doubled over the last two years since the "cheapened" Jetta and Passat were released. I'd attribute the recent minor decline to staleness in their model lineup. Imminent model changeovers (VII Golf/Sportwagen) and an across-the-line replacement of the 2.5 5-cyl with the new 1.8TFSI will help.
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