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US auto sales hit fastest pace since January 2008

Published on Dec 4, 2012 7:53 AM
Robots weld part of a Chrysler SUV together at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan, in this Aug 7, 2012, photo. Ford and Chrysler posted solid gains on Dec 3, 2012, as an overall improving economic outlook and high demand for replacement vehicles following the devastating Hurricane Sandy boosted US auto sales in November. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO (AFP) - US auto sales posted their fastest clip since January 2008 amid an improving economic outlook and demand for replacement vehicles following the devastating Hurricane Sandy.

Total industry sales in November were up 15 per cent from a year earlier and came in at an adjusted, annualised rate of 15.5 million vehicles, according to Autodata.

Honda led the pack with a 39 per cent gain that drove its best ever November results. Rivals Chrysler, Ford and GM managed to post their best Novembers in years with more modest but still solid growth.

Still, some expressed concerns the auto industry's strong recovery from the financial crisis of late 2008 could be hampered by the looming 'fiscal cliff' with Washington at a political impasse over addressing the budget deficit.

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