VW suffers biggest decline as auto sales drop in August

In this April 6, 2016, photograph, a technician works on a door assembly for a Nissan Altima on the assembly line at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Miss. On Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, major automakers report sales figures for August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

August sales slump

Compared with a year ago, vehicle sales last month were down for most major car makers: - Subaru - up 15 percent - Hyundai - no change - Fiat Chrysler - up 3 percent - Honda - down 4 percent - General Motors - down 5 percent - Toyota - down 5 percent - Nissan - down 6.5 percent - Ford - down 8 percent - Volkswagen - down 9 percent Source: Autodata Corp.

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks fell in August, ending summer on a low note for the auto industry and making it less likely this year's auto sales will match the record set in 2015.

Overall industry sales dropped 4 percent to 1.5