Ford, Chrysler report strong sales

Ford and Chrysler have reported strong sales in May as the US car industry continues to pick up pace.

Ford delivered nearly 246,600 vehicles in May, 14 per cent more than a year earlier, with growth strongest in its pickup truck and sport utility vehicle (SUV) lines.

Pickups were up 30.6 per cent from May 2012, for which Ford credits the surge in the construction industry, while Escape SUV sales gained 26.2 per cent.

For the first five months of this year, Ford sold 1,026,833 vehicles, 13.9 per cent more than in the same period a year ago.

Chrysler, controlled by Italian giant Fiat, said sales of nearly 166,600 cars and trucks in May were up 11.0 per cent from a year earlier, led by a 22 per cent gain in Ram pickups and a 21 per cent rise in Grand Cherokee sales.

Chrysler sales for the first five months were 751,646, up 9.1 per cent from a year earlier.