Small Car Sales Helped By Rising Gas Prices

Originally published on May 4, 2011 9:21 am
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NPR's business news starts with a small car boom.


INSKEEP: I think it was paying $4.25 a gallon yesterday at the pump - something like that and that's apparently normal - gas prices topping $4 per gallon in many parts of the country. And so small cars sales have raced ahead. GM says its passenger car sales rose 49 percent - spurred on by sales of 25,000 Chevy Cruze cars. At Ford, the Focus helped propel that carmaker's sales. And, Chrysler also enjoyed big gains. The laggard here was Toyota. Toyota is April sales were nearly flat because production was still disrupted by the March earthquake. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.