Detroit Automakers See Better September

Detroit’s automakers are reporting strong sales gains for the month of September. As WDET’s Jerome Vaughn reports, stronger sales came despite consumer concerns about the economy. SOQ

Chrysler sales jumped 27 percent last month - the automaker’s best September since 2007.

GM vehicle sales rose 20 percent. Don Johnson is GM’s vice president of U-S sales operations. He says some consumers just can’t wait any longer to buy a vehicle.

“There continues to be a lot of pent-up demand. The vehicle fleet is almost 11 years, on average, higher than it’s ever been. So, there are a lot of people out there who simply need to buy a vehicle.”

Ford sales rose nine percent last month.

Both Toyota and Honda continue to show the effects of production interruptions caused by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March.

Honda sales fell eight percent last month. Toyota sales dropped nearly 18 percent.