U.S. auto sales were a bright spot in a sea of bad economic news in August. Most companies reported increases from the same month a year ago.
Consumer sentiment in August fell to its lowest level since November 2007, stock markets dove, and fears of a double-dip recession increased.
Those conditions usually flatten U.S. vehicle sales.
Yet car sales rode the storm, with sales at Chrysler up 30%, GM, up 18% and Ford, up 11%.