The Labor Day weekend rush pushed several manufacturers to monthly and all-time records in August, setting up the industry to post a strong third quarter after slogging through weakening demand in the first half of the year.
Automotive News reported that Florida dealerships largely avoided major disruptions from Hurricane Dorian, which turned north as it neared landfall and instead brought wind and heavy rain to the Carolinas. Numerous stores in the area started September by shutting down amid mandatory evacuation orders in some coastal areas.
The Jeep brand had a sizzling August, setting a monthly retail sales record of 87,238 vehicles that topped its previous mark of 86,111 in May 2018. FCA US said the Gladiator and Grand Cherokee pulled the brand to a 6 percent improvement in retail sales from August 2018, according to an internal memo obtained by Automotive News. Total Jeep sales for August weren’t available due to FCA’s shift to quarterly reporting.
American Honda, Nissan Group, Toyota Motor North America, Hyundai-Kia and Mercedes-Benz USA each posted double-digit gains in August.
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