General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC topped analysts’ estimates for March car sales as an end to two months of blizzards brought buyers back to showrooms.
Derek Friesen thought he would be following in his father’s footsteps when he became the third generation of his family to work at H.J. Heinz Co.’s tomato processing plant in his hometown of Leamington, Ontario.
Winter’s wrath fell hard on car dealer David Kelleher last month, forcing him to close his Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep store near Philadelphia for five days due to heavy snow and ice. There was an upside, though: Booming sales of all-wheel drive models.
General Motors Co. joined Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. in beating analysts’ estimates for February U.S. sales while Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. did worse than projected.
Chrysler Group LLC’s new head of U.S. sales will try to duplicate the gains he made for the automaker in Canada, where it’s almost tied for the No. 2 seller of vehicles and has already exceeded market-share targets set for 2014.