News Summary: US auto sales up 6 percent in March


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. says average incentives rose $200 in March to $2,773 per vehicle.

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