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Auto Sales By The Numbers

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On: Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:01PM | By: Karen Cook


Auto Sales By The Numbers

The winter has been hard on dealerships. Combine the harsh weather with an economy that is taking its time to recover and you get low car sales across the board. But the news is not all bad. Comparing the numbers to March of 2013, this year saw a boost in sales for some manufacturers.

Chevy saw sales of the Cruze jump 14% this March due in part to its fuel efficiency. Owners can expect 25 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. The diesel model is even stingier with fuel giving it 46 mpg on the highway. The Silverado sold well also with a 6.8% bump over last year.

Ford was happy with sales of the Fusion which rose 8.8%. Buyers were attracted to its roomy interior and fuel economy. They also came out on top in big truck sales with the F-Series selling 5.1% better this year. Over 70,000 units were moved in March.

Honda saw growth as well with the CR-V. The roomy interior, great fuel economy and an abundance of cargo space gave the SUV a 6.5% boost over last March.

Sales of Toyota’s Camry rose by 11.4% with its combination of safety, fuel economy, and lots of standard features.

The biggest gain surprised everyone coming from the Ram 1500-3500 which gained an impressive 25.7% and outsold the Silverado for the first time in recent memory.

Of course there were lots of losers too. Among them the Chevy Equinox which dropped 5%, the Ford Focus came down 3.8%, the Honda Accord lost 7%, and the Hyundai Elantra plummeted by 17.7%.

Even though the numbers aren’t as strong as auto makers hoped, the outlook for the year is still optimistic.




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