The U.S. auto industry is halfway to another record year -- just barely.
Sales finished the first half of 2016 up 1.4 percent from a year ago, another sign that the market is reaching a plateau after rebounding from the depths of recession with six consecutive years of hefty growth.
At this point, almost any year-over-year increase is good news. In June, Chevrolet posted a 0.1 percent gain, while Hyundai sales rose 0.01 percent, or nine vehicles.
"That might be the name of the game for the rest of the year," said Akshay Anand, an analyst with Kelley Blue Book. "Gone are the days of double-digit sales growth for everyone."
Surging demand for pickups and SUVs made up for falling car sales at most automakers in June. At Ford Motor Co., F-series pickups surged 29 percent, masking a 0.8 percent decline for the rest of its lineup.
Two exceptions were General Motors and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., both of which posted their fourth monthly declines of the year.
At GM, light trucks slid 1.7 percent, and cars were down 1.3 percent. GM said its sales would have been flat without a 5,690-unit reduction in rental-unit deliveries.
The Toyota brand's light-truck sales rose 0.1 percent amid tight pickup inventories. Including Lexus and Scion, Toyota Motor's total sales topped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by just 243 vehicles.
For FCA, gains of 17 percent for Jeep and 14 percent for Ram overshadowed a 40 percent nosedive for the company's car models.
Ford executives said showroom traffic was below average for much of June but strengthened in the final week. Consumers apparently weren't dissuaded by global stock-market volatility after the United Kingdom voted on June 23 to leave the European Union.
Overall, sales rose 2.4 percent in June. The industry's seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate came in at 16.68 million, down from 17.46 million in May and 17.01 million a year ago.
Automakers sold 17.47 million vehicles in 2015. At the current pace, sales would end the year at about 17.7 million. However, LMC Automotive last month reduced its retail sales forecast for the year by 100,000 units and warned that industry sales could finish the year as low as 17.4 million if the second half is weaker than expected.