Slight increase in car sales in June

Car sales rose slightly in June compared to the same period in 2013. There were 175,428 new cars sold last month, 2.2 percent more than in June 2013. However, significant variations in sales figures occur among different manufacturers.

Ford sold the most cars of all manufacturers last month with 30,846 models registered, 7.5 percent more than in June 2013. The Chrysler-Fiat group finished second with 26,763 sales, an increase of 2.7 percent. The many recalls announced by General Motors may have begun to affect the sales of the American manufacturer who finished third in the number of models sold, but also registered a 15.0 percent drop in sales last month.

Toyota dominated in sales among Japanese manufacturers with 17,208 registered vehicles which represents a slight increase of 0.9 percent. Honda for its part saw its sales increase by 9.8 percent, while Nissan had another interesting month with a 28.9 percent increase in the number of vehicles sold. Mazda and Subaru also sold more models in June 2014 compared to the same month in 2013, with increases of 14.2 percent and 8.0 percent respectively. Mitsubishi finished in the red with 1,775 models sold compared to 2,006 in June 2013.

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia both saw their sales decrease by 6.1 percent and 5.2 percent respectively.

Volkswagen had a good month with 6,226 models registered, an 11.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz beat BMW in terms of sales with 3,556 cars sold compared to 3,242. For BMW, this represents a decrease of 1.7 percent of the number of registered vehicles while Mercedes-Benz saw its sales increase by 6.2 percent. Audi experienced strong growth with 13.7 percent more models sold last month than in June 2013. Porsche almost doubled its sales by selling 576 models compared to 346 during the same period last year.

Lexus can also had a strong month with a sales increase of 18.3 percent while Infiniti sold 759 cars last month, 9.5 percent more than for the same period last year. Smart also sold more cars in June 2014, registering a 36.6 percent increase in sales.

British manufacturer Jaguar registered its first decline in sales in a long time with 163 models sold, 1.2 percent less than in June 2013. Land Rover, however, increased its sales by 36.0 percent with 518 models registered last month. MINI had another difficult month with 533 models registered, a decrease of 24.6 percent. Finally, Volvo has had a good month with 577 cars sold, 26.8 percent more than when compared to the same period in 2013.