Nissan's June sales for its electric car Leaf slightly dipped in June, but Nissan is still up 5.5 percent since June 2013. Tesla Motors didn't report monthly sales for the Tesla Motors Model S electric car, but it is estimated that Tesla Motors sold about 1,200 cars.
Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell electric car faces a safety regulation that would prevent people from driving the car even after a small fender-bender. Toyota is seeking exemption for the fuel-cell vehicle.
Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan report US strong auto sales for June, while Ford and Volkswagen saw US auto sales dip for June. General Motors' auto sales were up 1 percent, despite all of the recalls.
Toyota will sell its fuel cell vehicles in 2015 in Japan, US, and Europe, limited to areas with established hydrogen infrastructure. In Japan, Toyota's car will sell for 7,000,000 yen, or about $69,000.
Japan and automaker Toyota are looking to kick-start the fuel-cell vehicle industry with plans to produce hydrogen-powered cars that experts believe can lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
Mazda, Honda, and Nissan have recalled an estimated 2.8 million vehicles due to problematic airbags made by Takata Corp. Takata, Honda and Nissan all say the recall is particular to southern US states and territories known for high humidity.
General Motors, Toyota, and other automakers boast stellar sales since the recession. Car prices are going up, and auto loan terms are getting longer at the same time.
Auto sales soared in May thanks to a strong Memorial Day weekend sales. GM reported its best monthly sales since 2008 despite an ongoing recall crisis, while auto sales for Chrysler shot up 17 percent.
Japan's government announced plans to change guidelines for fuel-cell vehicles to promote sales. Toyota and Honda have been concentrating on developing fuel-cell vehicles.