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Truck sales strong for America's big 3 automakers in May

 2013 '13 Ram 2500 Crew Cab seen at Quebec Auto Show
2013 '13 Ram 2500 Crew Cab seen at Quebec Auto Show
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Despite an endless list of recalls this year, American automakers Ford, GM and Chrysler all experienced strong sales in May posting substantially more gains than expected, even with a 4.3% dip posted for Ford’s F-series pickup line. Still Ford officials don’t be overly concerned that General Motors reported a combined increase of 8.3% for its new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, while its sales were down, stating that they still sold 68,000 F-series trucks last month. Ford is in the process of retooling for production of its all-new aluminum-bodied F-150 due to go into production later this year.

In the meantime Fiat Chrysler saw a 17% increase for its Ram pickups thanks in part to the introduction of its light-duty diesel engine, which have appealed to commercial companies looking to save money in purchasing new vehicles for their fleets, and are not considered to be as “brand loyal” as individual truck-buyers who aren’t as likely to switch one make for another.