We'll publish our By the Numbers feature detailing sales results for every brand and automaker in the U.S. later today, but we just had to tell you the news: Ford Motor Company has just reported a 2.3% sales gain for July 2009 versus the same month last year. Why is that a big deal? For one, FoMoCo, General Motors and Chrysler LLC have been on a streak of monthly sales losses going all the way back to January 2008 when GM posted a 2.1% gain. The last time Chrysler reported positive numbers was D
Everyone expected July 2006 sales to suffer in comparison to last year's record numbers, pumped up by huge incentives, but it's safe to say that Ford and Chrysler Group's numbers were surprisingly bad, especially in the case of Chrysler, which reinstated Employee Pricing in July (since extending it through August). General Motors was the last to report its July results, and it came out clearly on top of the Big 3, with U.S. sales for the month down a relatively modest 19.5 percent year-over-year
Following on the heels of DaimlerChyrsler's report of a catastrophic July in the U.S. market, Ford Motor reported that its sales were equally bad, falling an identical 34 percent compared to the record-breaking July of 2005.