By The Numbers

June 2015: Cheap Gas Moves More Metal Edition

They say that records are made to be broken, and that's certainly the case so far in 2015. If auto sales continue at their current and projected levels, more than 17 million new cars will be sold in 2015. And if that does indeed happen, it will be just the third time new-car sales in the United States will have hit that lofty peak. The big numbers have been and continue to be led by SUVs and pickup trucks, thanks in part to the relatively low price of fuel in America.

For the month of June, the best performance as a whole probably comes from Nissan, which, when combined with its Infiniti luxury division, posted a 13.3-percent sales increase in June of 2015 versus the same period in 2014. Fiat Chrysler Automotive also scored major wins with its Chrysler and Jeep brands each posting gains of more than 25 percent to boost the automaker's all-in sales by 10.5 percent.

The biggest surprise of June is Acura, which managed a chart-topping 38.5-percent rise in sales, followed by Mitsubishi, which has managed to post excellent gains pretty much all year. We're also happy to report that Volkswagen had its second solid sales month in a row, which is noteworthy more because of how bad the German brand's sales had been up until last month more than the actual 5.5-percent gain in June. Subaru deserves credit, too, for posting its 43rd consecutive monthly sales increase.

A few more noteworthy data points:
  • The seasonally adjusted annual rate for 2015 sits at 17.1 million, according to Wards Auto. That figure is slightly lower than anticipated, but still extremely strong.
  • BMW barely slipped past Mercedes for the overall luxury brand sales lead in the United States so far in 2015. Last month, the rivals were separated by less than 500 total sales. Lexus still isn't far behind.
  • There were 24 sales days in June of 2015, one fewer than there were in the same month a year ago.
As always, you're encouraged to peruse our past By The Numbers posts for all the sales data from previous months and years.

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