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April sales: FCA ekes out growth as others continue slide

Volvo, Subaru, Volkswagen and BMW have also bucked the trend with positive growth in April and for the first four months of the year overall.

As predicted, automotive sales in the US market have continued to slide in April after a rough first quarter.

Ford, Honda, Toyota and most other mainstream brands posted a negative slip for the month. Nissan was particularly hard hit with a 29-percent drop from the same period last year, representing a drop of more than 32,000 vehicles.

Among high-volume marques, Jeep was the big winner with a 20-percent jump -- buoying FCA's overall performance despite declines for Chrysler, Ram and Fiat.

A few other shining stars included Volvo (up 17 percent) and Land Rover (up 24 percent).

Experts expect the pain to continue for most automakers through the rest of the second half.

April, 2018

2018 YTD

  • Acura down 1.3%, 45,302
  • Alfa up 328.4%, 7,639
  • Audi up 7.5%, 69,156
  • Bentley down 9.4%, 652
  • BMW up 3.2%, 97,317
  • Buick *
  • Cadillac *
  • Chevrolet *
  • Chrysler down 6.2%, 60,422
  • Dodge down 9.0%, 157,965
  • Fiat down 44.5%, 5,418
  • Ford down 3.2%, 800,650
  • Genesis down 21.2%, 5,390

  • GMC *
  • Honda down 3.3%, 442,890
  • Hyundai down 11.4%, 199,550

  • Infiniti down 8.3%, 49,847
  • Jaguar down 31.1%, 10,068
  • Jeep up 20.6%, 310,746
  • Kia down 2.0%, 177,530
  • **Lamborghini up 2.3%, 360
  • Land Rover up 22.4%, 30,694
  • Lexus up 2.3%, 85,853
  • Lincoln down 15.8%, 30,980
  • **Maserati down 19.6%, 3,663
  • Mazda up 14.8%, 107,051
  • **Mercedes-Benz flat, 117,096

  • MINI up 3.9%, 14,264
  • Mitsubishi up 16.6%, 43,762
  • Nissan down 6.3%, 453,920
  • Porsche up 7.0%, 19,524
  • Ram down 12.9%, 156,728
  • smart down 71%, 414
  • Subaru up 3.2%, 202,873
  • *Tesla up 36.4%, 24,000
  • Toyota up 4.3%, 678,527
  • Volkswagen up 8.6%, 112,746
  • Volvo up 37.9%, 28,416
*GM no longer reports monthly sales figures

**Automotive News estimate