SCHERERVILLE | Two years ago, the Napleton Automotive Group first tossed around the idea of bringing the Italian-based Fiat to the region with the growing interest in the brand in the U.S.
Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.
Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.
Indiana is the “Crossroads of America.” We are the second ranking automobile manufacturer in the nation.
Auto dealers had been enjoying the highest sales since 2007 until the government shutdown paralyzed many consumers with uncertainty, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
The auto industry has been having a pretty good year, and has been been boosted by a surge in pickup truck sales, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group.
Drive-ins wouldn't be drive-ins if patrons didn't show up in a car. About the time Robert Lutz opened Lutz's Drive-in, two fun-to-drive small car brands were darting across the American landscape tagged with Fiat and Volkswagen nameplates.
When car sales went into a tailspin with the economy in Fall 2008, things were looking pretty grim. Sales plummeted to 13 million from 16-17 million for the previous several years. In last year's NWI Now auto section, we reported a dismal 10.4 million U.S. sales for 2009, though we could see…
CHICAGO | Patrons of the Chicago Auto Show are the first to get a close look at the next small car phenomenon to hit streets in our region with the debut of the 2012 Fiat 500.
Chrysler will have its coming-out party during the Chicago Auto Show.
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