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.
If the economy were a poker table, Northwest Indiana would be all in for manufacturing.
Automakers sold about 15.6 million cars last year, the highest number since 2007, when 16.1 million units were sold.
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.
MERRILLVILLE | Consumers have started to feel confident enough to buy big-ticket items again, including cars and homes, but Northwest Indiana business leaders remain concerned about jobs.
If Congress and President Barack Obama were serious about wanting to stimulate the economy, the best thing they could do is end the uncertainty over taxes and spending. If you don't believe me, just listen to some local business leaders.
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