February 3, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

Alabama-made Auto Sales Rise 9.4 Percent in January

February 02, 2012
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Alabama's auto industry started 2012 on a positive note, as com­bined U.S. sales of the eight mod­els built in the state rose 9.4 per­cent in January, according to reports issued Wednesday.

The most significant jumps were seen for the Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, as January sales rose 61 percent from a year ago, and the Honda Ridgeline pickup, with sales that increased 45.6 percent.

Both Hyundai sedans -- the So­nata and the Elantra -- continued to make solid showings. Sales of
the Elantra grew 13 percent while sales of the Sonata improved 9 percent.

Total U.S. light vehicle sales in January rose 11.4 percent from January 2011, according to Auto­data Corp.

The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate for the month reached 14.2 million, a level that beat ex­pectations and the highest since August 2009, when the federal Cash for Clunkers incentives pro­gram was in effect.

Automakers that reported over­all sales increases included Chrys­ler, 44 percent; Volkswagen, 40 percent; Kia, 28 percent; Toyota,
7.5 percent; and Ford, 7 percent. General Motors reported a 6 per­cent sales decline.

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