Severe winter takes shine off Jan. auto sales

Feb 04, 2014 | 02:34 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  U.S. automotive sales, weather, General Motors, Chrysler Group, Nissan Motor, Ford Motor, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Reid Bigland Bill Fay

CHICAGO — The severe weather that has hammered much of the United States this winter chilled auto sales in January.

The top seven automakers sold 862,795 light vehicles in January, a 3.2-percent drop from the same month last year, with Detroit-based General Motors Co. (GM) taking the biggest hit and Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC and Japan’s Nissan Motor Corp. bucking the trend.

"The bad weather only seemed to affect our competitors’ stores, as we had a great January," Reid Bigland, head of Chrysler’s U.S. sales, said in a statement.....

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