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Strong auto sales good news for area dealerships



T

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



N

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.



S

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

F

ord is reporting sales up by 17

%

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B

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



T

he news gets even better for trucks.

F

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



L

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

,

"

I

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.



D

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%.



P

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



T

he Cherokee begins production in Toledo on May 23rd.

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