Automakers remain optimistic following improved sales in 2012

Jan 04, 2013 | 05:46 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Vehicle sales, General Motors, Kurt McNeil, Mark Ruess, Ford Motor, Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Toyota, Jim Lentz Honda

CHICAGO — Automakers ended 2012 on a high note, with the top seven companies selling nearly 1.14 million vehicles last month, a 7.2-percent increase from 1.06 million vehicles in December 2011 and 19 percent higher than November’s sales pace, according to an AMM analysis.

The automakers sold nearly 12.41 million passenger cars and light trucks last year, up 12.9 percent from just under 11 million vehicles in 2011, a year marked by production outages in Japan and supply chain disruptions following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.....

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