Top automakers on Tuesday reported higher-than-expected U.S. new car sales in May, with consumer demand continuing to gather strength as temperatures rise across the country.
General Motors, Ford and Chrysler beat analysts' expectations, as did Toyota and Nissan. GM and Chrysler said May sales were the best for that month in seven years, and Nissan set a sales record for the month.
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"Industry sales in May soared as consumer confidence improved and demand for new vehicles continued to strengthen,'' said Bill Fay, group vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA and general manager, Toyota division.