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Major automakers post mixed U.S. June sales figures

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General Motors, Ford Motor, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted declines in U.S. new vehicle sales for June.

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Major Japanese automakers reported stronger figures as demand for pickup trucks and crossovers offset a decline in sedan sales.

The U.S. auto industry is bracing for a downturn after hitting a record 17.55 million new vehicles sold in 2016.

Analysts had predicted that overall, U.S. vehicle sales would fall in June for the fourth consecutive month.

GM said its sales fell about 5 percent versus June 2016, but that the industry would see stronger sales in the second half of 2017 versus the first half.

Ford said its sales for June were hit by lower fleet sales to rental agencies, businesses and government entities, which fell 13.9 percent, while sales to consumers were flat.

FCA said June sales decreased 7 percent versus the same month a year earlier.

Toyota Motor Corp said sales rose 2.1 percent versus June 2016 and said it saw strong gains in the RAV4, a light SUV, sales of which increased 24.7 percent. Sales of another SUV, the 4Runner, rose 16.6 percent.

But sales at Toyota's Lexus luxury car brand fell 5.4 percent on the year.

Nissan Motor said its U.S. sales increased 2 percent. But while truck, SUV and crossover sales jumped 19.5 percent, sedan sales dropped 12.1 percent.

Honda Motor said sales for June were up 0.8 percent.

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