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      Auto sales surge in June


      New figures released Tuesday show Americans are buying new cars and trucks at a pace that has not been seen since before the recession.


      Ford says its June sales rose 14%.


      Chrysler's sales increased 8%.


      General Motors saw a gain of 6.5%.


      The Toledo built Jeep Wrangler had a huge June as well, posting a 12% compared to last June.


      Analysts say they don't see much that could slow the sales momentum of the first six months of the year.



      Factors that helped spur sales -- including low interest rates, wider credit availability and rising home construction -- are likely to remain in place. And demand hasn't been dampened so far by hiccups in the stock market, or by higher taxes and fluctuating gas prices.

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