GET SMART!–FROM PHONES TO CARS, SMART IS ‘THE NEW BLACK’

After the greatest year in America’s automotive sales history, 2015 is now in the rear view mirror, and the industry is well on its way into the next sales year.

And, early auto sales numbers so far this year likely have many auto dealers saying–to paraphrase the late Jackie Gleason as he began each new broadcast—“away we go!”

U.S. automakers reported their strongest January sales numbers in the last decade during the first month of 2016. That feat was accomplished, despite inclement weather in much of the nation, and a rollercoaster ride on the U.S. stock market. Although some industry watchers expected auto sales in January to decline, at least three carmakers—General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler and Nissan—saw their sales increase during the month. Even those companies that saw a dip in sales, including Ford, Toyota and Honda, experienced smaller declines than had been expected.

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