Following September’s modest decline, October sales increased by approximately 11 percent with the largest seven automakers reporting.
Despite consumer hesitation amidst the federal government shutdown, which caused a slow start for some manufactures, sales rose steadily through Halloween to close out the month. Detroit’s Big Three led the way, with sales up 13.9 percent. Nissan, Toyota and Honda also posted near double-digit gains. At vehicle level, family sedans and pickup trucks helped carry the month, while high-mpg compact vehicle sales dropped given significantly lower year-over-year gas prices.