U.S. Auto Sales Accelerate To Pre-Recession Levels

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New car sales jumped 17 percent to 1.5 million in August, their highest level in more than six years. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler and General Motors all posted double-digit gains over last August.


NPR's business news starts with car sales accelerating.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that buyers picked up new vehicles at a pace not seen since before the recession. According to the paper, Americans bought 1.5 million vehicles last month - about 17 percent up from a year ago.

Low interest rates and continued job growth were primary drivers. Automakers have added work shifts and production capacity to keep up with demand.

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