by Bill McBride on 5/03/2010 11:09:00 AM
Monday, May 03, 2010
From MarketWatch: GM April U.S. sales up 6.4% to 183,997 vehicles and from GM: Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac Sales Increase 20 Percent in April
Note: GM discontinued several brands, so total vehicle sales were up 6.4%.
Update: From MarketWatch: Ford U.S. April sales jump 24.7% to 167,542 units
Update2: from MarketWatch: Chrysler U.S. April sales increase 25%
Update3: from MarketWatch: Toyota U.S. April sales up 24.4% to 157,439 units
This is based on a very easy comparison: in April 2009 U.S. light vehicle sales fell 36% to 9.2 million (SAAR) from 14.4 million (SAAR) in April 2008. The sharp decline last year was due to the financial crisis, the recession, and reports of the then impending bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler (Chrysler filed for bankruptcy at the end of April, 2009, GM filed for bankruptcy on June 1, 2009).
I'll add reports from the other major auto companies as updates to this post.
NOTE: Once all the reports are released, I'll post a graph of the estimated total April sales (SAAR: seasonally adjusted annual rate) - usually around 4 PM ET. Most estimates are for a slight decrease from the 11.75 million SAAR in March.