Sales of full-sized pickups sparked June U.S. auto sales.
The segment jumped 26 percent from a year earlier, almost double the 14 percent gain for all light vehicles in June.
The Ford F-series pickup, buoyed by having both carryover and redesigned models of the Super Duty version, had a sales increase of 30 percent, to 46,502 units.
General Motors’ sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and twin GMC Sierra climbed a combined 26 percent to 42,435 units.
Other segment entries also gained: Chrysler’s Ram pickup was up 10 percent, to 15,864 units; the Toyota Tundra gained 49 percent, to 7,717; and the Nissan Titan rose 24 percent, to 1,604.
Chevrolet widened its lead over Toyota as the No. 2 brand. In June, Chevrolet sales jumped 33 percent to 141,025 units, while Toyota gained 8 percent to 119,527.
Over six months, Chevrolet leads Toyota 781,006 to 718,105. A year earlier, Toyota led Chevrolet by 60,685 sales and was fewer than 4,000 units behind No. 1 Ford. The Ford Mustang outsold the Chevrolet Camaro in June, but still trails the GM pony car for the first six months this year.
In June, it was Mustang by a 8,974-7,540 margin. In the first half, Chevrolet sold 46,378 Camaros, and Ford sold 40,035 Mustangs.
The Camaro outsold the Mustang each of the last seven months of 2009. But the Mustang finished slightly ahead for the year, 66,623 to 61,648, even though that was a 27 percent decline from 2008.
June’s seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 11.1 million was higher than any month in the first half of 2009, a period when all SAARs were below 10 million.
But last month’s 11.1 million selling rate is lower than four months in the second half of 2009 -- July, August, October and December -- so year-over-year monthly increases for the rest of 2010 will be tougher unless the sales rate picks up significantly.