OUT LIKE A LION: U.S. auto sales picked up steam halfway through March and ended strong. Sales were up 6 percent to 1.5 million new cars and trucks. The pace was the strongest since November.
WINNERS AND LOSERS: Chrysler and Subaru saw double-digit sales gains thanks to new vehicles. Nissan, Toyota, Ford and General Motors also saw increases. Sales for Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen fell.
WHAT'S NEXT: Inventories grew because of slow sales in January and February, so car makers could offer more deals in the coming months. TrueCar.com says average incentives rose $200 in March to $2,773 per vehicle.