Jeep soars as US car sales beat expectations

US consumers bought more cars than expected last month, according to figures released this week by automakers.

Amid an overall year-on-year sales rise of eight percent, demand for US-brand vehicles soared, with the Detroit three all posting double-digit increases.

Fiat-owned brands, including Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, saw the most spectacular jumps, with Chrysler gaining 25 percent, Jeep up 58 percent and Maserati up 40 percent.

It was the best sales month for Jeep since 2007, Chrysler said, with the new Jeep Compass setting its fifth consecutive monthly sales record this year.

General Motors, which owns Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac, was 18 percent more popular with buyers, maintaining its title as the most popular automaker in the US.

Ford held second place with an 11 percent rise in sales, but Toyota dropped below Chrysler to take fourth place, with a 13 percent drop in sales as it continues to battle the after-effects of March's earthquake in Japan.

Honda also posted a fall of 24 percent, although Nissan - less affected by the quake - posted a 19 percent gain in sales.

The most popular automakers in the US - August 2011

1. General Motors
2. Ford
3. Fiat/Chrysler
4. Toyota
5. Hyundai
6. Nissan
7. Honda

Data from automakers / Automotive News

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