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Auto sales Up


DETROIT, MI  (WKZO) --  The big three automakers posted October figures. The best news came from Chrysler reported a 10-percent increase over the same period last year.  Sales for General Motors jumped nearly five percent over October 2011.  Ford Motor Company numbers were unchanged over a year ago although the Dearborn-based automaker posted strong numbers in small car sales.

Ford Motor Company is pleased with the sales of its small cars.  Ford VP Ken Czubay says small car sales are up 54-percent compared to this time last year.

Ford had its best October for small car sales in eleven years.  The Ford F-Series also had a strong month.  Sales of the pickup trucks were up eight-percent compared to last year and have been rising for 15 straight months.

The Analysts say that Hurricane Sandy definitely depressed auto-sales, preventing the delivery of 20 to 30-thousand cars.

Sandy may not have helped Detroit sell cars, but the automakers are helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Ford Motor Company announced a cash donation of 50-thousand dollars to the Red Cross.

  General Motors is giving the American Red Cross 50 Chevrolet Tahoe’s, cargo vans, and Traverse SUVs for their relief effort.  The automaker's OnStar division is also providing those vehicles with 300 minutes of hands free cellular service and turn-by-turn navigation.