The auto industry had its best sales month in August since 2007 — with 16.1 million new cars and trucks sold, a 16 percent jump over last August — which means the auto industry is proving to be a big driver of the nation's economic recovery, according to Patch's friends at Aol Autos.
- Subaru was up 45 percent
- BMW gained 35 percent
- Audi, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover and Lexus all posted sales increases of 20 percent or more;
- Honda rose 27 percent
- Toyota rose 23 percent
- Nissan rose 22 percent
American carmakers are feeling the boost, too. GM was up 15 percent, and Ford and Chrysler gained 12 percent each. There's reportedly a shortage of the much-in-demand Ford Fusion, otherwise Ford's sales would've been higher.
Did you buy a new car this year? If so, what do you think of your new ride so far?