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December Sales Jumped 10 Percent, Says NADA Economist

The Detroit 3 auto manufacturers held a key inventory advantage over their competitors, which led to higher U.S. new-car and light-truck sales in December, according to Paul Taylor, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).


Industry Likely Ended 2011 at 12.8 Million Units

Autodata Corp. estimated that U.S. auto sales reached 12.8 million units last year, marking the best year for auto sales since 2008 if the stat holds. Big winners were General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, with GM reclaiming the top spot in world vehicle sales two years after it emerged from its U.S.-backed bankruptcy.

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