Auto sales in the U.S. finished strong in December, wrapping up 2013 with nearly 16 million in sales. That’s a 50 percent increase from 2009, when sales hit 10.4 million, a 25-year low, as the Great Recession took hold of the economy and the industry.
And it’s the best showing since 2007, when sales last hit 16 million-plus.
According to preliminary figures, the big winners in December, percentage-wise were Nissan (up 11 percent), Chrysler (up 6 percent) and Ford (up 2 percent)
Toyota was down 1.7 percent for the month but up 7 percent for the year. GM‘s December sales were down 6 percent, but were up 7 percent for the year.
Sales of the Toyota Corolla, made at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, dropped nearly 9 percent in December to 22,562, but for the year were up nearly 4 percent at 302,180.
Corolla sales last year was the first time since 2008 – when 351,007 were sold – that sales hit 300,000 o more. Peak year of sales in the U.S. for the Corolla was in 2006, with 387,388 sold.
Final results will be out later today.
Here are annual total auto sales in the U.S. since 2005.:
- 2005: 16.99 million
- 2006: 16.56 million
- 2007: 16.15 million
- 2008: 13.25 million
- 2009: 10.43 million
- 2010: 11.58 million
- 2011: 12.77 million
- 2012: 14.59 million