Sales of Ford and General Motors vehicles manufactured in Missouri went in opposite directions last month according to released figures from each company.
Ford’s F-150 saw sales drop 4.3 percent in May compared to the same month last year, although the Kansas City Business Journal reports the decline wasn’t enough to unseat it as the nation’s best-selling vehicle. Spokesman Erich Merkle said the lower sales numbers were intentional, as the assembly plants in Claycomo, Mo. and Dearborn, Mich. are preparing for a 13-week retooling shutdown in order to begin building the all-new 2015 model.
Meanwhile, year-over-year deliveries of General Motors’ Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, both built in Wentzville, Mo., were up 17.6 and 116.4 percent, respectively, in May. The surge comes in spite of the vans’ recent recall to upgrade the material covering passenger-side airbags. Year-to-date sales of the Express are down 1.1 percent compared to 2013, while the Savana’s year-to-date numbers are up 88.9 percent. The two vehicles assembled at GM’s Fairfax plant, the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse, were up 2.1 percent and down 2.6 percent year over year, respectively.