Analysts expect total July auto sales to hit an annual rate of 16.7 million cars, well above the 15.9 million sales rate of a year ago. Strong hiring by employers over the last six months, coupled with low interest rates and pent-up demand from buyers driving cars that are, on average, much older have helped lift sales.
Cars that scream America
GM has posted strong sales for the year, up 4%, despite the fact that it's recalled a record 28.8 million cars. The company has admitted its employees were wrong to wait a decade before recalling 2.6 million cars with a faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths.
But about two-thirds of the cars that GM has recalled are older models it no longer makes. And the automaker has generally won high marks from critics and car owners for the quality of its current models.