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Continued: Auto sales surge to best rate since pre-recession

  • Article by: JACLYN TROP , New York Times
  • Last update: December 4, 2013 - 9:52 AM

Scott Lambert, executive vice president of the 400-member Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, said its members saw total vehicle sales rise 21 percent through September of this year. Sales are still rising, but probably at a slower pace, Lambert said. “I think we are back to a new healthy normal.”

Lambert said sales are also being driven by “pent up demand” from the Great Recession when drivers put off big-ticket purchases such as cars and trucks. Separately, “the auto industry here rises up and down with the housing market. With the housing market improving, we are selling cars.”

Doug Sprinthall, vehicle operations director at the nine-dealership Walser Automotive Group, said truck sales were strong in November at his shop. “Typically, we see that rise during the last two weeks of December. Not November,” he said. “The trucks have come roaring back. They were just terrible a year or so ago.”

 

Staff writer Dee DePass contributed to this report.

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