US May car sales finally revealed and surprisingly Ford Motor edged its archival and perennial first-place automaker General Motors sales when it came to sales last month. Although likely a temporary blip, Ford outsold crosstown rival GM by about 3,000 new cars and trucks in May, making it temporarily the largest automaker in the U.S. market. It was the first time Ford outsold GM since March 2016. Before that, it hadn’t happened since March 2011.
Ford’s sales rose 2.4% for the month compared to the same month last year, GM was down 1.4% and the third of Detroit’s Big 3, Fiat Chrysler, was down 0.9%. Overall, all automakers selling new vehicles in the U.S. saw a 0.5% drop for the month. Toyota sales were off 0.5% but Honda and Nissan posted slight gains among Japan’s Big 3.