The Chevrolet Cruze surged past rivals like the Camry and Corolla to become America's best-selling passenger car in June.
It was a good month – for some – but while domestic and Korean automakers saw sales rebound after May’s unexpected plunge, two of Japan’s biggest makers continued to face problems due to product shortages.
With gas prices sliding after their mid-spring peak, June saw a notable upturn in demand for pickups, though small cars maintained strong sales, as well, according to industry data released on Friday. But that was small consolation for Toyota and Honda, which are minor players in the pickup segment and who ran into serious shortages of small, fuel-efficient passenger cars like the all-new Honda Civic.
That gave General Motors the chance to sprint past its Asian rivals, the Detroit maker’s Chevrolet Cruze surging past both the Civic and Toyota Camry to become the best-selling passenger car in the U.S.
Overall, U.S. sales for June climbed by 7% year-over-year, to 1.05 million. That was short of the double-digit gain industry analysts had been forecasting but still an improvement over May, when the industry posted its first slide this year.