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U.S. automakers report subdued sales in February
Last Updated: 2018-03-02 15:43 | Xinhua
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All three big U.S. automakers on Thursday reported decreased sales in February.

General Motors' sales were down 6.9 percent in total and 10 percent on a retail basis compared to an exceptionally strong February 2017.

Among a total of 220,905 car, crossover and truck deliveries in the United States, Cadillac saw a 14-percent sales increase versus a year ago, driven by the XT5, ATS and the Escalade, said the automaker.

"Consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2000, the economy is strong, our newest products are selling very well and we have successfully managed the transition to the 2018 model year far better than most of our competitors," maintained Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. sales operations.

Ford Motor Company's U.S. sales for February totaled 194,132 vehicles, also saw a 6.9-percent decline as GM did.

Its Lincoln brand suffered a 23.4-percent decrease when compared to the same month last year, which was the biggest fall of sales by brand.

Meanwhile, Ford F-Series marked the best February sales performance in 18 years on total sales of 68,243 trucks.

The Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported sales of 165,903 vehicles in February in the U.S. market, recording only one-percent drop compared with sales in the same month last year.

FCA said its overall sales were bolstered by the Jeep brand, which posted a 12-percent total sales increase. The Jeep brand also reported the best ever February retail sales of 61,122 vehicles.

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