Traffic is moving on the Brand Boulevard of Cars, as local auto dealers say national sales numbers for major manufacturers are an accurate reflection of what they are seeing in showrooms.
"Not since January of 2008 have we had this strong a month," said Jeanne Brewer, general manager of Acura of Glendale.
Asked what spurred the shift, Brewer joked, "I don't know, but I've told everyone, 'Don't change a thing.'"
On Tuesday, the nation's largest car manufacturer, General Motors, reported sales 6% higher in December compared with the year prior for its core brands, including Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick.
GM, which emerged from bankruptcy and government control earlier this year, reported a sales increase of 21% for the year.
No. 2 automaker Ford Motor Co. reported a 19.4% increase in sales in 2010 and a 6.7% gain in December over the same period a year ago. Other manufacturers reported Tuesday that they are in positive territory with the exception of Toyota, which saw sales dip by 5.5% in December. Overall, Toyota sales in the U.S. were nearly flat compared with 2009.