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1:47 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Chrysler leads monthly sales numbers for Big Three

General Motors says its U.S. sales rose about one and a half percent last month, as a big jump in car sales was offset by falling truck sales.

Ford says its U.S. sales were flat in September, like GM, Ford was weighed down by lower truck sales even as sales of its cars rose.

But Chrysler had the best September of the Detroit Three, with a 12 percent increase in sales.

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Chrysler reported its best September sales total in five years. The Auburn Hills automaker sold 142,041 vehicles last month; September also marked the 30th consecutive month that Chrysler has experienced year-over-year sales gains.

GM said its September sales rose 1.5 percent to 210,245 vehicles, marking its best September since 2008. Ford sales remained flat, falling about 0.1 percent, on a sales total of 174,976.

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc. and Hyundai Motor Co. had gains of 41.5 percent, 34.4 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

Cars led the way as drivers once again leaned toward fuel-efficient vehicles as gas prices remain high across the nation.