GM also continued to show strength, especially at retail, with a third-straight gain of total monthly sales -- increasing 3.4% compared with a year ago. GM's GMC Acadia, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Aveo, Cobalt and HHR all posted strong performances. Overall, truck sales were up 5.7% at GM, while car sales were off a slight 0.5%
Ford's sales were off 9.3%, making October its 12th straight month of sales declines. All of its declines all came on the car side, where sales were off 27%, largely as a result of a deliberate pullback from the discounted fleet market. For Chrysler, October sales were off 8.9%, the fifth month of a slide, even as the automaker increased sales to fleet customers. Truck sales plummeted 14.9%, and the Jeep brand was down 20.9%.