DETROIT — Domestic new car sales rose 6.4% in mid-November despite declining sales by industry leader General Motors, the eight U.S. auto manufacturers reported Tuesday.
The domestic auto makers said they sold 196,159 cars in the Nov. 11-20 period, up from 184,327 in the comparable 1985 period.
Ford and Chrysler posted healthy gains of 17.1% and 18.4%, respectively, while GM's sales were off 4.2%.
Industry analysts said Ford and Chrysler sales were boosted by the introduction of new lines. They cited sales of Ford's Taurus and Sable models as well as Chrysler's Shadow and Sundance models.
Tom O'Grady, an analyst with Intergrated Automotive Resources, said that the "adverse publicity about GM and favorable publicity about Ford and Chrysler" apparently is affecting sales. In addition to posting disappointing sales, GM has suffered operating losses and recently announced a wave of plant closings.