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Fiat Chrysler sales down 4%, GM off 2.9%, Ford up 6.7%

Greg Gardner and Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press on

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GM said in a release that sales to commercial and government fleets rose 7 percent, driven by a 30 percent increase in full-size pickup sales and a 35 percent increase for the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle. But total fleet sales were down 13 percent after a 24 percent reduction in daily rental deliveries.

The sales picture was mixed for several other automakers.

Toyota reported a sales drop of 3 percent for the month, to 191,617 units, compared to the November 2016.

The Toyota was down 2.4 percent, and the luxury Lexus brand was down 6.7 percent, according to the Japanese automaker.

Jack Hollis, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, however, noted that light trucks "continue to shine" for Toyota, the RAV4 SUV remains a hit and the Camry, which was updated this year, had its best-ever November.

Nissan delayed its release of U.S. sales figures for the month until Monday because of a mechanical failure that caused a systems outage.

 

Even though automakers are clearing inventories of 2017 models as production of model year 2018 vehicles increases, consumers are gravitating toward more expensive, fully equipped vehicles.

The average new vehicle sold for a record $35,870 in November, 1.6 percent higher than a year earlier and up 0.2 percent from the average price in October.

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