International auto sales slowed in June, a trend forecast by many analysts who see the industry reaching a plateau following a steady climb in recent years following the recession in 2008 and 2009. Despite the month’s smaller gains, international brands still finished the month in the lead, posting positive gains and maintaining their strong share of the U.S. market.
Auto sales dipped slightly in May, brought on by falling demand and a calendar quirk resulting in two fewer sales days than May 2015. Despite the downtick, international automakers reported a solid share of the U.S. market and remain on track for a successful year.
Following a sluggish start to 2016 sales year, April auto sales picked up speed, and international brands led the way. Unadjusted for business days, these brands accounted for 54.3 percent of all new vehicles sold in April.
Led by international brands, U.S. auto sales maintained a strong clip in March. Sales for all brands, unadjusted for business days, were up 3.2 percent over last March and 3.4 percent for the year-to-date.
Following a flat sales month in January, February auto sales in the U.S. regained momentum. Sales for all brands, unadjusted for business days, were up 6.9 percent over last February. In terms of brands, Honda was up 14.9 percent over February 2015, while Nissan (up 12.9 percent), Kia (up 13 percent), and Toyota (up 4.7 percent) all saw positive sales for the month.
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