New car sales see a boost in the new year

January 29, 2013 12:00 AM

A recent survey from forecasted car sales for the month of January, and the news is positive for many automakers. The study shows that light vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to increase about 15.1 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

Most of the major global manufacturers, such as Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota and Volkswagen, are expected to see major increases over January sales in years past. While the numbers may be down from December 2012, the overall outlook is extremely positive and should provide a solid start for 2013. 

"January is off to a very good start and this momentum will carry forward through the rest of the year, with auto sales expected to reach 15.5 million units," said Jesse Toprak, a senior analyst for

If that expectation of 15.5 million vehicles holds true, it would mark the highest level since January of 2008, The Wall Street Journal reports. 

Not only are new car sales expected to rise, but sale of used vehicles and rentals may grow as well. Many of these automobiles have benefited from auto repair and vehicle maintenance, which have improved the driving experience of the cars and made them a worthwhile alternative to new models. 

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