U.S. sales of Alabama-made vehicles grew 6% in 2012, a strong year for an industry that saw demand return to a level not seen in five years.
Combined sales of the cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans built by Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai in Alabama totaled 753,151 last year, compared to 708,805 in 2011, reported AL.com.
For December alone, sales rose 10% to 69,256.
The biggest winners for the year, volume-wise, were the Hyundai Sonata sedan and the Hyundai Elantra compact, which both broke the 200,000 mark.
As for sales growth, the Honda Ridgeline pickup led the pack in 2012, with a 44% improvement from 2011. It was followed by the Honda Odyssey minivan, with 18% growth.
Total U.S. light vehicle sales climbed to nearly 14.5 million, the highest annual total since 2007 and a 13.4% improvement over 2011, according to Autodata Corp.
“We see all the fundamentals still being in place,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Edmunds.com. “People need to buy cars. They need to get to work.”