U.S. auto sales wrapup: After all is said and done automakers see 2012 end with close to 14.5M...

|By:, SA News Editor

U.S. auto sales wrapup: After all is said and done automakers see 2012 end with close to 14.5M vehicles sold in the U.S., up 13% from 2011. A strong December for Ford, GM, and Chrysler capped off the year, while Japanese automakers improved sales dramatically from last year's earthquake-ravaged mark but fell short of the estimates of analysts. South Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai felt the sales sting from a flap over inflated fuel rating claims, while in the luxury market BMW edged out Audi and Mercedes. On tap: Can the industry sell 15M cars in 2013?