Honda, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia and the VW brand were helped by demand for new and redesigned light trucks, while cars drove Toyota to a small gain. Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi posted lower sales.
- TOYOTA/LEXUS: Corolla helps Toyota brand eke out slight gain
- HONDA/ACURA: A record July for light trucks
- NISSAN/INFINITI: A big drag from weaker car volume
- SUBARU: Hot crossovers extend streak to 92 months
- HYUNDAI/KIA: Crossover momentum continues
- VW: Brand rises on crossovers, Audi gains on cars
- LUXURY: Lexus wins July, BMW still leads YTD
- CANADA: July sales down an estimated 1.7% as skid hits 17 months
Horatio Nelson Jackson, a physician, and Sewall Crocker, a bicycle racer, arrive in New York on July 26, 1903, completing the first continental crossing by car. The journey took 64 days and was prompted by a bet to determine whether a car could successfully navigate the U.S., coast to coast.
The Crosley Car Owners Club, formed in early 1952 and considered one of the first U.S. support groups for owners and enthusiasts of American-built automobiles, holds its first national gathering in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on July 18, 1954, just two years after the maker of small cars went out of business.
A natural huckster and fierce competitor with Italian roots and a penchant for cigars, vinyl car roofs and Greek-temple grilles, Iacocca defined the role of the imperial American executive -- first as president of Ford, then as CEO and chairman at Chrysler -- for much of the last quarter of the 20th century.
June U.S. sales at Hyundai and Fiat Chrysler rose, while Ford, Honda, Nissan, GM and Toyota fell as the industry recorded its sixth straight monthly decline. Still, the SAAR topped 17 million again.