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.
The locally made Ford Explorer set a new sales record last year, as Ford retained its title as the best-selling vehicle brand in North America.
HOBART | City officials have agreed to buy a $412,255 new pumper firetruck for the Hobart Fire Department from a St. John company.
MERRILLVILLE | The driver of a pickup truck was injured early Wednesday morning when his vehicle entered oncoming traffic and was hit broadside, police said.
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.
PORTER | A pickup truck stolen from a home in Porter is part of a larger ongoing investigation involving a Benton Harbor, Mich., man, another stolen car, a police pursuit and an abandoned bicycle.
A semi hauling vehicles caught fire on Interstate 94 near Michigan City on Monday morning, damaging four new trucks.
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