Fusion helps Ford push past Toyota in sales

The Associated PressMay 2, 2009 

Detroit's Big Three is becoming Ford and the other two.

While its rivals stay afloat with billions in government aid, Ford grabbed a bigger slice of the American car market in April with record sales of its fuel-efficient Fusion. The results pushed it past Toyota to retake its post as the nation's No. 2 car seller.

Even though Ford's monthly sales tumbled 32 percent from a year earlier, it captured 16 percent of the total market. Most of those gains came at the expense of General Motors and Chrysler.

Overall U.S. auto sales reported Friday fell 34 percent from a year earlier. Automakers sold about 820,000 light vehicles in April, about 38,000 fewer than in March but still a big improvement over January's 27-year low.

Chrysler, which filed for a government-engineered bankruptcy Thursday, reported the sharpest decline among major automakers, falling 48 percent.

GM, the largest American automaker, posted its smallest decline in four months at 34 percent.

Japanese automaker Honda posted a more modest 25 percent drop in sales. Nissan, reported a 38 percent drop in its sales. Subaru broke a streak of sales increases, reporting a 6.7 percent decline in volume for April, hurt by a drop in sales of its Outback wagon and Impreza sedan.

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