By George Polgar
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Falling gas prices and consumer confidence in an improving economy are fueling robust growth in the US auto sector, with an overall 6.1 % increase in October sales.READ MORE: First Responders, Family, Friends Attend Viewing For Fallen Firefighter Lt. Sean Williamson In South Philadelphia
General Motors sales were flat for the month. Significantly, its Chevrolet Silverado pick-up saw a 10% increase while full-sized GM SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Denali are returning healthy profits as the company continues to struggle with many sedans and small cars impacted by the ignition switch recall.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Woman Dies During Crash In Philadelphia's Mayfair Section
Ford saw a 1.8% decline as the impending launch of the highly acclaimed all-aluminum F-150 pick-up undercut overall brand sales. At the same time, Ford’s struggling Lincoln luxury line got a sales boost being attributed to comedian Jim Carrey’s Saturday Night Live spoof of the Lincoln MKC TV spot featuring a brooding Matthew McConaughey.
Chrysler posted a 21.7% increase as its Jeep and Ram pick-up lines continue a sales rampage.MORE NEWS: GUIDE: Where To Watch Fourth Of July Fireworks In Philadelphia Region
Honda was up 5.8% on sales of its highly acclaimed CRV small SUV with a new updated suspension and steering technology, and the super-hot new Honda FIT sub-compact.