DETROIT (September 3, 2014) Most automakers are reporting stronger-than-expected U.S. sales for August, and Chrysler and Nissan led the way with double-digit increases.
Toyota reported that sales were up 6 percent.
Chrysler's sales leaped 20 percent as the Jeep brand led the automaker to its best August in a dozen years.
Nissan reported nearly a 12 percent increase.
Ford and General Motors exceeded analysts' expectations, although Ford sales rose just 0.4 percent, and GM posted a 1.2 percent decrease.
GM's sales appear to be holding up despite safety recalls involving 29 million vehicles for a variety of problems.
Volkswagen continues to struggle.
Sales are off almost 13 percent from a year ago.
Trucks and crossover SUVs led most automakers, continuing a trend away from cars.
Crossover SUVs generally are built on car underpinnings, so they're more efficient and maneuverable than the older truck-based SUVs.
Many get more than 30 miles per gallon on the highway.