Demand for US vehicles continued to grow in April, end-of-month sales figures from automakers have revealed.

Car sales jumped 20 percent year-on-year in April, according to figures calculated by Automotive News, led by the "big three" manufacturers. In total, nearly one million cars were sold (982,302) in April 2010, up from 819,692 in April 2009.

Combined, the brands owned by Detroit giant General Motors posted a 33 percent sales rise, meaning that GM tops the tables in terms of sales, with 183,091 vehicles sold.

GM said that the rise has been driven by its launch products, with sales of the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX up nearly 300 percent year-on-year compared to the products they replaced.

Ford's April sales were up by a quarter, with 162,996 vehicles sold. The automaker said that the Ford Fusion, Escape, Flex and Transit Connect all set sales records in April 2010, with the Ford Fusion in particular posting its 13th straight monthly sales increase.

The Chrysler Group reported a sales increase of 25 percent, the best year-over-year percentage sales improvement for the company in almost five years.

Despite further safety scares, Japanese manufacturer Toyota posted another sales increase for both its Toyota and Lexus brands, a combined increase of 24.4 percent. The Toyota Corolla was its bestselling model, followed by the Camry and the hybrid Prius model.

Nissan posted an increase of 33.8 percent, the seventh month of growth.

The best-selling car brands in the US - April 2010

1. General Motors
2. Ford
3. Toyota
4. Honda (American)
5. Chrysler
6. Hyundai

Data from Monthly US Sales Report by Automotive News/Manufacturers

Website: http://www.autonews.com/

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