Kelley Blue Book expects 1.35 million units will be sold in December, with Honda continuing its record sales gains.
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“At 15.2 million SAAR, new-car sales will come in below the 15.5 million units pace set in November, when replacement demand from buyers in the Northeast region drove sales beyond seasonal expectations,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book.
After a strong November and December, the final sales tally for 2012 should approach 14.5 million units overall. This tally would amount to a more than 13 percent year-over-year increase and the third consecutive year of double-digit auto sales gains. While incremental sales growth will continue in 2013, Kelley Blue Book does not expect to see a fourth consecutive year of double-digit sales gains.
Similar to the past several months, Kelley Blue Book expects Honda and Volkswagen to continue to lead industry sales gains on a year-over-year basis. [Get sales volume and market share figures here]