January 6, 2013

Auto Briefs

Strong sales expected this year; sign up online for service reminders



Polk anticipates rise in vehicle sales in '13
Auto-industry research firm Polk expects new-vehicle registrations to rise 6.6 percent this year over last, totaling 15.3 million car sales. It credits the anticipated rise to the 43 new-vehicle introductions for 2013, up nearly 50 percent over last year. The large-pickup segment, which has declined over the past five years, will likely grow. Several trucks are launching in 2013 and into the 2014 model year, with GM, Toyota and Ford planning to showcase redesigned vehicles in this segment during the next 18-24 months.
The luxury segment also will be one to watch in 2013, according to Polk, due to an expected rise in its compact-sedan segment, which currently accounts for 2.9 percent of the overall industry. In addition, if gas prices continue to decline, Polk analysts predict that the small-luxury-crossover segment will continue to swell.
NWautos staff


Online service helps drivers care for cars
If taking care of your vehicle is a New Year's resolution, an online service from the nonprofit Car Care Council can help. Users can sign up for a free customized service schedule and an email reminder service. For details, visit carcare.org.
NWautos staff


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