By The Numbers

May 2014: May The Sales Be With You Edition

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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