Washington, D.C. – Sales of light-duty vehicles in the U.S. dropped by 33.7 per cent in May 2009, compared with May 2008, according to the Green Car Congress. There were 925,824 passenger cars and light trucks sold, the highest month of the year so far, which also raised the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) to 9.91 million units, also its highest level yet.

Sales of passenger cars dropped 38.6 per cent to 488,045 units, while light trucks fell 27.2 per cent to 437,779 units. Hybrid sales dropped 28.5 per cent to 25,693 but retained a 2.8 per cent share of the market, the best monthly results so far for 2009.

General Motors dropped 29 per cent, selling 190,881 vehicles, and gaining share for the second consecutive month. Its four core brands, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac were up 18 per cent collectively when compared with April 2009.

Ford took the number-two spot, down 24.3 per cent, with 155,954 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles sold, the highest monthly figure since July 2008. The month also resulted in Ford’s highest market share in three years.

Toyota dropped 40.7 per cent, with 152,583 units sold. Car sales were down 43 per cent, at 96,650 units, while light truck sales were down 36.8 per cent, to 55,933 units.

Honda reported 98,344 total sales, a decline of 41.5 per cent from May 2008. Total car sales dropped by 49.5 per cent, while truck sales fell 24.1 per cent. The all-new Insight sold 2,780 units; hybrids represented 4.9 per cent of Honda’s total sales for the month.

Chrysler reported 79,010 total sales, a decrease of 47 per cent. Car sales were down 57 per cent, while truck sales were down 43 per cent. During the month of May, Chrysler did not produce any vehicles for fleet sales. However, May was the best retail sales month of 2009 for Chrysler, and its retail market share was higher than in May 2008 or in April 2009.

Nissan sold 67,489 units, a decrease of 33.1 per cent. Car sales were down 39.8 per cent, while truck sales fell 17.2 per cent.



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