September auto sales of major auto companies in the U.S. market gained compared with a year ago, according to figures released Friday on U.S. automakers' websites.

Chrysler reported U.S. sales of 100,077, a 61% increase compared with sales in September 2009.

"We will continue to build sales momentum this fall as a slate of new product begins arriving in our dealerships, and consumers soon will be able to see more of our all-new and significantly refreshed vehicles in our dealerships," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram truck brand and lead executive for U.S. sales, in a statement on the company's website.

Ford (NYSE: F) posted a robust 46% increase for the month, with 160,873 vehicles sold, and is up 21% for the year. The company is on track to gain market share for the second year in a row -- a result it hasn't achieved since 1993.

"The key to our success in the U.S. market is the relentless cadence of new-vehicle, powertrain, and technology introductions," said Ken Czubay, Ford's vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and Service in a statement on Ford's website.

General Motors reported that its 173,155 total September sales represented a 10.5% jump from a year ago, while sales of its four core brands -- Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Buick -- rose 22.% on 172, 969 units sold. The automaker shed four brands as part of its bankruptcy restructuring but continues to sell off the last of its Hummer, Saturn, Pontiac, and Saab inventory.

Toyota (NYSE: TM) saw a 16.8% increase for the month, with 147,162 vehicles sold in U.S. market. The Toyota brand rose by 20.5%, with 130,214 units sold, and the luxury Lexus brand fell by 5.5%, with 16,948 sales.

Nissan (OTC BB: NSANY.PK) experienced a 34% jump in September sales, with 74,205 units sold. That breaks down to a 35.1% increase for the Nissan brand and a 25.6% boost for the luxury Infiniti line. For the year, the Japanese automaker is pacing up by 16.1%.


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