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June car sales show industry's continuing recovery

June car sales show industry's continuing recovery

POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 11:14pm

Car sales kept on rolling in June, providing further evidence of the recovery in U.S. auto demand.

Major automakers reported June sales totals that solidly increased versus a year prior and came in near or above analysts' expectations. General Motors led the way nearly 265,000 vehicles sold, up 6% versus last year and the best month since September 2008.

"America's families are better off than they were at the beginning of the year and they believe -- with good justification -- that the economic expansion is going to continue," Mustafa Mohatarem, GM's chief economist, said in a statement.

Ford's June sales were roughly 236,000, up 13.4% from a year prior, while Chrysler's sales hit nearly 157,000, up 8%.

Toyota sales jumped 14% to more than 195,000. Volkswagen was the laggard of the bunch, with its June sales declining 3.2% versus last year to roughly 37,000.

Overall, industry tracker TrueCar predicts U.S. vehicle sales totaled 1.38 million, up 7.8% from June 2012. TrueCar predicts that total June sales translated to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15.7 million, up from 15.3 million in May and 14.4 million in June 2012.

"[T]he recent surge in consumer demand is real and not going anywhere," TrueCar senior analyst Jesse Toprak said in a statement.

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