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April sales: FCA ekes out growth as others continue slide

April sales: FCA ekes out growth as others continue slide

by Justin King

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


*GM no longer reports monthly sales figures
**Automotive News estimate