U.S. auto sales post November gains

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GM's November US sales rise 3 percent

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors says its November U.S. sales rose just 3 percent from a year earlier.

The nation's largest automaker says it sold more than 186,000 cars and trucks, led by the Buick and Cadillac brands.

Cadillac sales rose 30 percent from a year earlier, while Buick sales were up 22 percent. But sales from GM's top-selling Chevrolet brand were flat and GMC sales fell 1 percent.

Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck -- GM's biggest seller -- fell 10.4 percent. Cadillac SRX crossover SUV sales rose 13 percent.

GM's car sales rose 19 percent in November, while trucks were down 11 percent.

Ford's US sales up 6.5 percent in November 

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford says U.S. sales rose 6.5 percent in November thanks to strong demand for its F-Series pickups and the company's new C-Max hybrid.

Ford's results are mirroring the rest of the industry. The sales pace has quickened thanks to rising consumer confidence and continuing low interest rates.

The company says its F-Series sales rose 18 percent compared with November of 2011. It was Ford's strongest November for truck sales since 2005.

Small cars also did well. Sales of the Ford Focus increased 56 percent, while sales of the new C-Max were up 52 percent over October.

Ford says it's increasing first-quarter production by 11 percent from a year earlier, a sign of its confidence in the ongoing recovery in sales.

Chrysler sales up 14 percent in November 

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 14 percent last month -- its best November since 2007.

The company's results show that Americans continue to buy new cars and trucks at a brisk pace. Chrysler predicts an annual sales rate of 15.3 million for the industry in November, making it the strongest month of the year. Auto sales ran at an annual rate of about 14.3 million through October.

Chrysler says its sales were led by the Dodge brand with sales up 32 percent over November of last year. Dodge Journey crossover SUV sales rose 77 percent.

Chrysler was the first automaker to report sales Monday. The company says it sold 123,000 vehicles.

AP

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