Posted by | September 4, 2012 13:26 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Cheston Catalano

Higher gas prices haven’t deterred car buyers, who are snapping up compacts and S.U.V.’s.

The Detroit car companies all reported double-digit increases in sales for the month compared with the same period a year ago.

General Motors, the nation’s largest auto manufacturer, said its American sales grew 10 percent to 240,000 vehicles in August. The increase was driven by a strong performance by its Chevrolet passenger cars, particularly the new Sonic subcompact model.

G.M. also reported one of its best sales months ever for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The company said it sold 2,800 Volts during August, compared with 300 a year earlier.

By: Cheston Catalano

Cheston Catalano is a Kentucky-based journalist whose work has been featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. He is a long-time contributor to Liberaland.