Reading and listening to U.S. media, you might get the impression that the auto import story is all about the Japanese: Toyota this, Honda that, Nissan something else.
So it may surprise you to learn that the European brands outgained Japanese brands in the first six months of this year, on a percentage basis.
Sales of European cars and trucks were up 8.3 percent in the United States, while Japanese vehicles gained 5.2 percent.
On sheer volume, of course, the Japanese gain was greater. Japan sells five times as many vehicles as Europe in this country.
In the first half, U.S. sales of European brand vehicles totaled 564,507, compared with 521,430 last year.