Demand for automobiles remains high, judging by the latest round of sales reports filtering in from automakers doing business in the United States. Even those heavily embroiled in recall controversies, most notably General Motors, witnessed year-over-year improvements in the month of May. GM, specifically, saw sales rise nearly 13 percent last month – notching its best month since August of 2008 in the process – led by strong demand for bread-and-butter core models from Chevrolet like the Cruze and Impala.

Ford, itself suffering from massive recall numbers, recorded its best May in a decade, garnering an improvement of about three percent over the previous year. Nissan's 18-percent sales gain also represents a record for the month of May, and the brand's Infiniti luxury division did even better with a 31-percent improvement. Numbers for Toyota, too, are impressive, with the brand managing to sell 17 percent more than it did a year ago; with Lexus matching it's parent's percentage gain, as well.

The final notably good notes worth noting regard streaks: Jeep has posted gains cresting 30 percent for seven consecutive months, and Subaru's best-ever May marks the 30th month in a row of year-over-year growth. Nicely done.

Of course, not all automakers are turning up roses in May. Mini sales continued their downward slide, dropping nearly four percent in May. But the biggest loser of the month may well be Volkswagen, which saw sales of its Golf, GTI, Jetta, Passat, Beetle, Touareg, CC and Eos all falling in May, leaving the Tiguan as its only volume model to post an increase, and just a meager 0.5-percent increase at that. Yowza. Here's hoping the newly on-sale Golf and GTI will help end the skid. As always, you can read past sales recaps by checking out our By The Numbers category here.



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      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like the ignition switch fiasco has hardly any effect on potential buyers.
      luigi.tony
      • 6 Months Ago
      Autoblog, Chrysler went bankrupt years ago. FIAT owns them now, not the other way around.
        Card13
        • 6 Months Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Actually, they're a merged company. Hence the name Fiat "+" Chrysler Automobiles (with the majority of the cash flow coming from the Chrysler side btw)
      Zoom
      • 6 Months Ago
      Those new Corollas are EVERYWHERE. See Toyota, what good design will do for you. See Autoblog commenters, how little fancy DI engines and 80-speed automatic transmissions mean to customers.
        Lamborandon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Zoom
        "toyota" and "good design" LOLOLOLOLOLOL
        Jesus!
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Zoom
        Are you joking? People have bought Corollas in droves whether it was a piece of junk(last gen) or a decent car. This new one is nothing special, and I ask myself what people were thinking when they bought it. The new one is just lipstick on a big ol' turd. Wonder how many are rentals...
      billfrombuckhead
      • 6 Months Ago
      29,000 Mopar minivans last month in the USA and another 6000 in Canada! Will Jeep pass Korean Government Motors Hyundai division before after the Renegade debuts? Jeep sold over 50,000 Wranglers, Grand Cherokees and Cherokees with almost no money on the hood. If Mopar built enough Durangos they could pass the whole stinkin Lincoln division and surely be more profitable.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like the economy is rebounding strongly.
      knightrider_6
      • 6 Months Ago
      See, I told you - unionization at Volkswagen's TN plant will hurt it's sales. Damn those socialist union thugs. /S
      knightrider_6
      • 6 Months Ago
      "But the biggest loser of the month may well be Volkswagen, which saw sales of its Golf, GTI, Jetta, Passat, Beetle, Touareg, CC and Eos all falling in May" Now that's the power of German engineering!
        whatever
        • 6 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Curious why you are being down-voted so hard. VW is obviously struggling, and the new GTI/Golf, nice as they are, won't turn that sales slide around on their own.
      Dryloch
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like the whole "Let's build boring cars with lower quality than the European versions!" strategy is not working out for VW. Good to see that Mazda is finally starting to gain some ground. They deserve it with the cars they have been making lately.
        JaredN
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Dryloch
        VW's biggest problem is stale product. The Gen VII Golf has been out in Europe for more than a year. Who wants to buy a Gen VI Golf when we've read a ton of articles about how much better the Gen VII is than then Gen VI?
          knightrider_6
          • 6 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          Given how clueless most VW owners are, they don't care about the design being stale. It's because the cars suck in quality and reliability.
        gtotten
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Dryloch
        I agree that VW's lineup in the US is awful compared the EU. By the time anything gets here its already on the next go round. That being said, I'm a VW shareholder and could care less. 6,000 units year on year lower for a company that sold 9.728 MM units worldwide last year (or ~ 800k per month). That's about .5% of overall sales, I highly doubt they even care. I'm guessing that they feel its not worth the money to design new cars for a market that has no interest in them anyway. They probably make more money on the Audi's they sell on 1/3 the volume anyway. Also, Mazda is making nice cars now. The Mazda3 is very attractive.
          nsxrules
          • 6 Months Ago
          @gtotten
          VW is desperately trying to succeed here. Their biggest problem is their horrendous quality.
      Jazzor
      • 6 Months Ago
      Where's mention of Mitsu in the main article? Oh no nevermind, it's not like it's up 58% and up in 3rd place overall in sales for the month... nevermind me AB, moving on!!! /S...
        lne937s
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jazzor
        They probably didn't mention them because the volume is so low. For comparison, the Nissan Sentra is up 75% and sold 21k last month, or 3 times as many as all of Mitsubishi combined... but that doesn't get a mention either.
      cpmanx
      • 6 Months Ago
      One statistic that explains why the Ford numbers are so far behind those of GM and Toyota: F-series down 4.3% for the month. Possibly buyers are waiting for the new aluminum version? And one hopeful statistic for Lincoln: in the first weekend that it went on sale, the MKC outsold the MKT for the entire month.
      Basil Exposition
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does everyone realize how huge the Jeep brand is? 7th best selling brand in the nation beaten only by the full-line marks and Honda and (barely) Hyundai.
        luigi.tony
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Jeep and RAM are the only parts of bankrupt Chrysler that FIAT wants.
        postpast
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Its pretty impressive. I bet there average transaction price is pretty high as well.
          Jesus!
          • 6 Months Ago
          @postpast
          They are. I got mine for less though because it had 500 miles on it.
      David
      • 6 Months Ago
      MINI sales will pick-up soon. The new F56 MINI is astoundingly good!
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