Summary Box: Auto sales up, but buyers downsize

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Posted: Apr 01, 2011 6:52 PM
Summary Box: Auto sales up, but buyers downsize

AUTO SALES: U.S. auto sales rose 17 percent to 1.25 million in March compared with the same month a year ago. The industry's recovery remains on track.

WHAT THEY'RE BUYING: Sales shifted sharply toward smaller cars and crossovers in March, as gas prices hit $3.50 per gallon. New offerings like the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Cruze also piqued buyers' interest.

WHAT'S NEXT: Analysts expect the downsizing trend to continue if gas prices keep climbing. Deals may be hard to come by if imports from quake-damage Japan are limited.