Ford Motor Company, helped by strong fleet sales and large decline at beleaguered Toyota, has moved solidly into the Number Two spot for U.S. sales results.
At least part of the credit doesn’t reside with Ford marketing. On January 26, Toyota Motor Sales suspended sales of the eight Toyota models involved in the accelerator pedal recall, negatively affecting Toyota’s January sales. The eight models represented more than 60% of Toyota’s inventory at the time.
Whether this is a temporary reversal or part of a longer term changing of the automotive guard remains to be seen.
General Motors remains solidly in first place in the U.S., and American Honda – in fourth place – is in a very close race with number five Nissan.
Overall, January vehicle sales rose 6% when compared with what was a dismal month in January 2009.
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