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Is the auto recovery taking a breather?
April car sales came in weaker than expected, but pickup truck sales were robust, turning Detroit makers into the month's stars.
Ford posted improved first-quarter earnings and record North American profits on strong sales of redesigned models, most notably the Ford Fusion and Ford Escape, as well as stalwarts Ford F-150 and Ford Explorer.
The Acura RLX, Buick Encore and Fiat 500 win for outstanding performances during the NCAA basketball tournament.
Young adults bought more new cars in 2012, showing buying strength for the first time since the Great Recession started. Improving economic fundamentals led these buyers to the market and should keep them coming - challenging the commonly held view that this generation is not as interested in cars as its predecessors were.
Stair-Steps offer manufacturers short-term gain, but longer term pain.
Edmunds.com now forecasts new car sales of 15.5 million for 2013. Car shoppers continue to buy despite domestic and foreign fiscal crises. Rising asset values have made shoppers feel wealthier, while looser credit and a better job market have facilitated car buying.
US Auto Industry Sales: 13 Month Comparison
Market Share by Manufacturer is the percentage of industry sales for the months indicated for each manufacturer displayed.
The Edmunds.com NHTSA Complaints Activity Report by Category examines the frequency, trends and composition of complaint submissions at the category level that Edmunds.com defined for the month indicated.