“Ford had its best July since 2006, and it may well have been bigger if it wasn’t weighed down by short inventories of the Ford Fusion. Edmunds.com numbers show the Fusion stays on dealership lots for the least amount of time of any midsize sedan – the regular Fusion averages only 29 days on the lot; the Fusion Hybrid is even less at 20 days. The Fusion’s production capacity upgrade this fall can’t come soon enough.
“Chrysler’s 11 percent sales increase was spot-on with Edmunds.com’s forecast. But the real story this month for Chrysler is how it is smartly reducing its dependence on sales of rental car fleets. While declines in fleet sales may hurt overall sales volume, retail sales are a healthier business for automakers and a plus for retail consumers who benefit from stronger resale values for their vehicles.