Michigan car makers firing on all cylinders
It was a good spring for the Big Three, who all gained market share for the first three-month period in decades. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler accounted for 47% of the U.S. market.
Automakers are seeing a strong increase in Michigan made vehicles, especially crossovers and pick up trucks, the company said.
Overall sales rose 8.5% in April, making it the best April in six years.
Sales of Ford's F-series pick up truck increased 24% last month, pushing Ford's overall sales up 18%.
Chrysler's Ram pick up truck jumped 49% and the Chevy Silverado was up 28%.
This is all while passenger cars from Toyota and Volkswagen took slight dips against earlier strong numbers.
Experts say these sales increase, especially in pick up trucks, shows consumers are feeling better about making large purchases. They say this stems from positive jobs reports and economic growth.