Chrysler reported a 30 percent increase, followed by VW at 28 percent and Nissan at 21 percent. Ford sales rose 13 percent and GM was up 11 percent.
The results show that pent-up demand is overpowering any fears about the economy, analysts say. Unemployment in May rose for the first time in 11 months, increasing slightly to 8.2 percent. The stock market had its worst month in two years, and consumer confidence was shaky.