There is no shortage of reports indicating that the automotive industry saw strong sales in June. Both Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book reported that sales were above 1.3 million, capping off a strong first six months. However, some automakers fared better than others in June.
A recent report from Toyota showed that the automaker sold 195,235 units in June, up 14 percent on a year-over-year comparison. Of the sales, 173,880 were from the Toyota Division, up 14.4 percent on a year-over-year comparison. In addition, the automaker noted that sales in the first six months of 2013 were 6 percent higher than last year's robust pace during the same period of time.
"The auto industry led the economic recovery through the first half of 2013, kicking off a strong summer selling season, which we expect will carry into the second half of the year," said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "Sales in June were solid, and demand didn't skip a beat. Customers are already showing an interest in the all-new Corolla, our hybrid lineup had its best-ever June and Camry topped 35,000 units."
The automaker's Lexus division sold 21,355 units, accounting for a 10.8 percent increase on a year-over-year comparison. However, Toyota was not the only carmaker with strong June sales.
Porsche has record June
A separate report from Porsche indicated that the automaker had its strongest June sales month in history, after it sold 3,700 vehicles.
"This first half of the year has been impressive on a number of fronts," said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. "Along with experiencing record-setting deliveries, we were also recently recognized as the top brand in the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, with our 911 and Boxster models ranking highest in their individual segments. In the context of an improving economy, we're encouraged to continue this momentum with a persistent cadence of new model launches this year."
The automaker noted that the Cayenne saw the largest growth last month, with sales jumping 77 percent on a year-over-year comparison. In addition, sales of the 911 were up 10 percent, as this is the 50th year the model has been available.