August 6, 1986 |
U.S. car sales rallied slightly in late July to give automakers a modest 2.4 percent increase for the month over last year, while imports increased their share of the market with a 13.1 percent increase in sales. During the July 21-31 period, U.S. sales were 281,567, a 4.4 percent increase from the 242,781 in the same period last year. For the month, importers sold 299,842 for July, a 13.1 percent increase from the 265,055 sold in July 1985. Imports took 31.6 percent of the market in July, including 23.1 percent for the Japanese, 6.4 percent for the Europeans and 2 percent for Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea.