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Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm with No Comments »
December 1, 2010 3:09 pm

Following a nationwide trend, Ford reported today that its car sales in Washington and Oregon were up 41 percent last month compared with the same month in 2009. Ford truck sales were up 19 percent in that same period.

The company said its sales nationwide were 24 percent greater than in November 2009.

Ford’s sales figures weren’t the only ones showing good gains nationwide. General Motors, Chrysler and Honda all showed gains of more than 11 percent in November.

While increased sales were good news for the industry and local car dealers, the sales rate for all manufacturers is still far below its historic peaks. At the present rate, car dealers in the U.S. will sell some 12.26 million vehicles this year. That’s just enough to replace cars being retired due to old age or accidents.

In the South Sound, individual Ford dealers reported sharp sales increases in November. Puyallup’s Korum Ford reported a 38 percent sales jump. Riverside Ford in Sumner saw a 33 percent increase. Bowen Scarf Ford Lincoln Mercury in Kent said its had a 52 percent sales boost last month.

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