Both Toyota and Lexus reported their best June ever. Toyota Division's redesigned Avalon is off to a roaring start, almost tripling from June 2004.
Mercedes-Benz was up 4.3 percent in June, thanks to a big increase -- 58.9 percent -- for one vehicle, the redesigned M-class SUV, which debuted in spring.
Only the M class and SLK roadster were up in June and for the first six months. Mercedes-Benz's total also benefited from 1,199 units of the new CLS four-door coupe, which was not available last year.
Sales of the redesigned Jetta sedan buoyed Volkswagen sales but couldn't save the brand from a 16.0 percent June sales decline.
The new Jetta went on sale this spring, and sales for the month were up 7.7 percent. But the Passat, which is being replaced in September, was down 48.4 percent for the month. The New Beetle, scheduled for a facelift this fall, was down 12.3 percent.
Sales of Mazda's volume-leading Mazda3 returned to earth after a stunning May. That month, 12,086 Mazda3 units were sold in the United States. In June, tight supply drove Mazda3 sales down to just under 8,000 units.
Earlier in the month, Mazda announced it would add 2,000 additional units to the Ujina No. 2 plant's monthly production. For the first six months of 2005, Mazda3 sales are up 23.4 percent.
Mazda's June sales fell 18.2 percent from June 2004, to 22,063.
Thanks to strong sales by its Acura Division and a double-digit increase in overall truck sales, American Honda posted a strong June - 126,416 units - up 8.9 percent.
The company said it was the first time that Honda Division sold more than 100,000 units in June. But its bread-and-butter cars, the Accord and Civic, continued to perform poorly. Accord sales dropped 3.2 percent, and the Civic was down 3.5 percent.
Honda trucks, meanwhile, did well. The new Ridgeline pickup posted sales of 3,585, while the Odyssey was up 12.4 percent to 15,997.
Mark Rechtin, Kathy Jackson, Diana T. Kurylko, Amy Wilson and Greg Migliore contributed to this report
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