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      Strong auto sales good news for area dealerships



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      he big three U.S. automakers are reporting strong sales for the month of April.



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      ews of strong auto sales has a lot of people smiling at local dealerships who say April was one of their busiest months in a long time.



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      ales for the big three auto makers was higher than last year.

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      ord is reporting sales up by 17

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      oth General Motors and Chrysler say sales are up by 11%.



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      he news gets even better for trucks.

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      ord's F-series rose by 24%. Chrysler's Ram saw sales go up by 49%.



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      ocal auto dealers point to a series of positive trends in the economy for sales spike

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      think there's a pent up demand that's been out there because there were tough times," explains Dave Doster, sales manager at Yark Automotive Group.



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      oster says last month was especially good for their smaller trucks and SUV's. Chrysler reports sales for the Jeep Grand Cherokee was up by 27%. The Dodge Durango was up 65%.



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      eople at Yark believe strong April sales will carry into the summer with the debut of the new Jeep Cherokee.



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      he Cherokee begins production in Toledo on May 23rd.

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