Summary Box: Auto sales stay strong in April

Summary Box: Toyota makes comeback as auto sales stay strong in April

Associated Press

APRIL SALES: Americans bought 1.18 million cars and trucks in April, up 2.3 percent from a year earlier. Sales were still strong, but growth slowed a bit from earlier in the year. Analysts said there's no sign that the auto sales recovery is faltering. Toyota made a comeback while General Motors and Ford stumbled.

WHAT THEY BOUGHT: There were bright spots and lows in just about every corner of the market. Fuel-efficient cars were still hot sellers. Sales of Toyota's Prius gas-electric hybrids more than doubled, and the Camry midsize car was up 21 percent. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors all sold more pickups during the month. Ford's F-Series sales rose 4.4 percent.

WHAT'S NEXT: Automakers and analysts are optimistic for the rest of the year as consumer confidence continues to rise. General Motors raised its full-year forecast for the whole U.S. market by 500,000 cars and trucks, to a range of 14 million to 14.5 million.

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