US automotive sales start year with 14% rise year on year

05 February 2013 23:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sales of passenger cars and light trucks rose sharply in January, continuing last year's trend, data showed on Tuesday.

For the month, 1,043,103 units were sold in the US, up from 913,287 units in January 2012, the data revealed. That is an increase of 14% year on year. Sales in 2012 ended on an increase of 13%.

General Motors (GM) led the six largest auto sellers with 194,699 units sold, followed by Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and Nissan.

Each of the big six showed higher sales over January 2012, with Toyota’s sales showing the largest gain year on year, at 27%.

Toyota, in 2012, overtook General Motors as the auto maker that sold the most vehicles on a global level.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) estimates that each automobile contains an average of $3,297 (€2,440) worth of chemicals, such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), nylon, polycarbonate (PC) and others.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Wesley Busch
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