New car sales sputtered in July as Fiat Chrysler, Audi and Nissan and Honda all posted small gains, but General Motors, Ford and Toyota all saw their sales decline from year-ago-levels as sales remained stable but flat as buyers continued to snap up truck and utility vehicles of all kinds.
General Motors sales fell 1.9%. So far this year, GM sales are down 4% and GM executives have blamed the drop on a shift in strategy, which has seen GM reduce sales to rental fleet customers.
“Our retail-focused plan is working and as availability of our new cars, trucks and crossovers continues to grow, we expect to keep our retail sales momentum going and our strong margins intact,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations, noting GM’s daily rental deliveries are down 38% from a year ago. (more…)