US car sales slow from May

An excellent month for Porsche has led US auto sales to another year-on-year gain, although an overall fall in sales since May has prompted fears that the recovery could be slowing down.

The German luxury marque more than doubled its sales in the US year-on-year, from 902 in June 2009 to 2,141 in June 2010, a rise of some 137 percent.

Overall, 14 percent more cars were sold in the US in June 2010 than the same period last year, when the industry was reeling from the bankruptcies of Detroit giants General Motors and Chrysler.

General Motors was the most popular automaker in the US last  month, with sales up 11 percent at 194,716 units.

Ford took second place, selling 175,690 units, a 13 percent boost that the automaker said was thanks to strong sales of its new F-Series Super Duty and Mustang models.

All seven of the largest names in the US - GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Hyundai and Nissan - posted positive figures, with Chrysler and Hyundai soaring ahead to show gains of 35 percent and 28 percent respectively.

Despite the positive figures, analysts fear that the slowdown compared to last month could herald more problems for the US' battered auto industry.

Over 1.1 million vehicles were shifted in May 2010, considerably more than the 983,738 sold in June.

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

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

Data from Monthly US Sales Report by Automotive News/Manufacturers
Website: http://www.autonews.com/

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