In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 photo, new 2013 Ford Fusions are seen at an automobile dealer in Zelienople, Pa. Sales from the major automakers are expected to show that confident U.S. buyers snapped up new cars and trucks at a strong pace in June. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
U.S. buyers snapped up new cars and trucks in June at a pace not seen since before the recession.
Continuing demand for big pickups helped boost sales for Detroit's automakers. Ford said Tuesday that its sales rose 14 percent, while Chrysler's gained 8 percent and General Motors' rose 6.5 percent.
Japanese automakers reported solid gains as well. Nissan's sales jumped 13 percent, while Toyota's were up 10 percent. But Volkswagen's sales dropped 3 percent, the third straight monthly decline for the German car company. ...