Auto sales see June boost

Published Jul 3, 2013 at 05:00AM

The nation’s automakers continued to make gains in June, reporting the strongest performance in six years as the improving economy supported a continued uptick in sales.

The Ford Motor Co. led the growth, reporting a 13 percent increase for its Ford and Lincoln brands. General Motors reported gains of 6 percent and the Chrysler Group of 8 percent.

Sales for the Nissan Motor Co. rose 13 percent, making the automaker’s best June sales month ever in the United States. The Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest carmaker, reported a sales gain of 9.8 percent. Volkswagen was the only major automaker to report a decline in June sales, of 3 percent.

Overall, June showed the best performance in at least six years for Ford and Chrysler and the best month for GM since September 2008.

— Staff and wire reports