General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. lost ground to their automotive rivals last month, according to U.S. auto sales figures released Wednesday.
Of the Detroit automakers, only Chrysler Group saw a year-over-year sales gain in July.
Overall, automakers are on an annual pace to sell about 14 million vehicles. Analysts said the industry is holding steady despite shaky consumer confidence, slow job growth and economic uncertainty resulting from the European debt crisis.
"The market is stuck in second gear. It is not bad, but it is not phenomenal," said Jesse Toprak, an analyst with auto pricing company TrueCar.com.
GM said it sold 201,237 vehicles in July, down 6.4% compared with a year ago.
The automaker is seeing sales of two popular Chevrolet passenger cars slump. Sales of the Cruze compact fell 39% while sales of the Malibu family sedan plunged 37%.