U.S. sales of cars and light trucks rose 13% in March, sending the industry to the best pace since the first quarter of 2008, Bloomberg reported.
Deliveries rose to a 14.4 million seasonally adjusted annual rate from 13.1 million a year earlier, according to Autodata Corp., Bloomberg said.
Chrysler Group LLC’s sales climbed 34%, boosted by sales for Ram pickup trucks, which increased 23% to 26,960 units. General Motors saw its sales rise 12%, with sales of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups increasing 14% to a combined 50, 340.
Ford Motor Co., the No. 2 automaker by U.S. sales, said its deliveries rose 5%. Sales of its F-Series pickup trucks rose 9%, to 58,061, Bloomberg reported.
Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 15% gain and Nissan Motor Co.’s deliveries rose 13%. Honda Motor Co. fell behind Nissan to drop to No. 6 in U.S. sales through the first quarter, after its deliveries in March slipped 5%.