GM, Chrysler see gains

DETROIT (AP) — GM's continuing recalls haven't kept the company from posting a sales increase in June. GM saw an increase of one percent over last June, even though the company's total safety recalls for the year had reached 29 million by the end of the month.

Sales of GM's best-selling vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, were flat, but Buick and GMC brand sales were up.

Chrysler's sales jumped 9 percent in June on strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and other models. It was the company's strongest June since 2007.

Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan also saw increases. Sales at Honda were flat, while sales at Ford and Volkswagen were down.

Many dealers were helped by five sunny weekends during the month.

Buyers are taking advantage of good lease offers and low interest rates. The average rate for a 60-month new car loan is below 3.2 percent.

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147-v-31-(David Melendy, AP correspondent)--Top U.S. automakers are reporting sales gains last month -- including General Motors, even as its string of recalls grew. AP correspondent David Melendy reports. (1 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO NY114: In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 photo, new 2013 Ford Fusions are seen at an automobile dealer in Zelienople, Pa. U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June 2014 but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford. Ford's U.S. sales chief John Felice said sales picked up at the end of June as automakers started promoting Independence Day sales. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (8 May 2013)

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APPHOTO NY110: In this Friday, March 14, 2014 photo, assembly line workers build a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. Chrysler's U.S. auto sales jumped 9 percent in June on strong sales of the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and other models, the company reported, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (14 Mar 2014)

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