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Automotive sales UP in 2013 despite slow December highest numbers in six years

2013 turned in a win for the car business as automotive sales were UP in 2013 despite a slow December, 2013 showed the highest numbers in six years.

US Auto sales on the rise in 2013
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Jack Frost slowed things down in December, but overall, automakers posted the best numbers in 6 years. According to, that brings U.S. car sales up 7.6% selling 15.6 million units.

December turned out to be challenging for most with some gains in certain segments, while others struggled hard.

Jessica Caldwell who's a senior analyst at said, "Many parts of the country experienced bad weather which led to a weaker close than anticipated."


  • Nissan said its sales in the month rose 10.5%.
  • Chrysler's sales rose 6%, falling short of analysts' estimates of a gain of 8.4%.
  • Hyundai was up 6%.
  • GM's December sales fell by more than 6% as sales of its top-selling model, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, dropped by 16%.
  • Toyota sales fell 1.7%.
  • Ford sales were up only 1.8%.
  • Volkswagen, which has had a tough 2013, posted a 23% sales drop.
  • Honda's sales rose 1.9%, below the 4.1% jump that was expected.

Auto sales in America have been in a steady recovery after the economic downturn in 2009 when only 10.4 million vehicles were sold. Since, sales have risen by over a million units a year.

Some analysts are expecting the growth to slow down to as little as 400,000 this year and total sales are projected to reach 16 million.

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