Memorial Day Movers: 10 Cars and Trucks That Owned the Month of May

  • Like on Facebook
  • Share on Google+
  • Share on LinkedIn

In addition to May having the all-stops-pulled Memorial Day sales at dealers across the country, May 2014 had another unusual feature: five weekends (four and a half, technically, but an extra Saturday that fell on May 31) that helped auto sales in the U.S. leap 11 percent over May 2013, as Toyota (NYSE:TM) put in 17 percent gains and General Motors (NYSE:GM) put up 12.6 percent. But it was Nissan (NSANY.PK) that led the pack, tacking on a tidy 18.8 percent surge.

The average car in early May sold for $32,217, down by about $209 versus the year-ago May, Cars.com reports, citing data from CNW Research. This is largely due to the liberal application of incentives. “Dealers and automakers combined for $6,100 in total incentives per car in May (including traditional incentives plus things like no-charge options, higher trade-in values and discount financing) — up nearly $600 versus year-ago levels,” the site said.

It was a strong month for virtually everyone (though Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) continued to struggle), even despite GM’s many recall efforts during the period. Here are the 10 cars that outperformed the rest.

More Articles About:

To contact the reporter on this story: staff.writers@wallstcheatsheet.com To contact the editor responsible for this story: editors@wallstcheatsheet.com

Yahoo Finance, Harvard Business Review, Market Watch, The Wall St. Journal, Financial Times, CNN Money, Fox Business