All three domestic car companies posted double digit sales increases in October, putting a weak September performance in the rear view mirror.
General Motors lead the way with a nearly-16-percent sales jump led by growing sales of its Malibu midsize car, Impala full-size car, and Silverado and Sierra pickups.
Ford was helped by a 70-percent increase in Fusion sales, and an 80-percent jump for the Lincoln MKX mid-size luxury car. That pushed overall Ford sales up 14 percent.
Chrysler sales, meanwhile, were up 11 percent, the Auburn Hills automakers best October since 2007 and the 43rd straight month of year-over-year sales gains. The Ram brand lead the way, with sales up 22 percent. Sales of the Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV, delayed by about two months over quality concerns, totaled just 579.
October U.S. auto sales will likely rise by double-digit percentages when all the automakers report sales figures today, and the total number of sales from January through October could top 13 million for the first time since 2007.