The industry's pool of unsold cars and trucks fell in line with typical spring levels last month.
As of April 1, there were 3,591,100 vehicles in inventory, representing a 68-day supply. Although that is an increase of 98,800 vehicles from March 1, it represents a reduction in the days' supply, which stood at 73 on March 1.
Truck inventories totaled 1,805,700 units on April 1, or a 73-day supply. A month earlier, the industry had a 79-day supply.
Car inventories represented a 64-day supply, with 1,785,300 available units, compared with a 68-day supply on March 1.
Chrysler Corp.'s truck inventory rose to a 77-day supply, from 72 days a month earlier. The April days'-supply figures were up for almost every Chrysler car and truck model.
The uptick left Chrysler with a total 73-day inventory, compared with 66 days on March 1.
General Motors trimmed its stock of vehicles to a 74-day supply on April 1 from 93 days on March 1. Its domestic car inventory declined by about 15,000 units during the month, decreasing from a 90-day supply to a 69-day supply.
Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A.'s inventory of pickup trucks was up by nearly 22,000 units on April 1 to 73,400 units. That pushed the days' supply to 204 from 154 on March 1.
Among the tightest supplies in the industry are Mercedes-Benz ML320 sport-utilities. The available stock of 1,400 units on April 1 computed to a nine-day supply.
Mercedes-Benz of North America Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.'s Lexus Division both entered the month operating on a 10-day supply of vehicles.