Summary Box: February auto sales

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2012 7:30 PM
Summary Box: February auto sales

FEBRUARY SALES: U.S. car and truck sales were the strongest in four years as gas prices drew buyers to smaller cars. Sales rose nearly 16 percent to 1.1 million last month. That's an annual rate of 15.1 million, the highest since February of 2008.

WHAT'S SELLING: Most market segments gained sales. But compact and midsize cars led the increase. Honda Civic sales were up 42 percent to more than 27,000. Sales of Chrysler's 200 midsize car hit more than 9,700, four times the sales from a year earlier.

WHAT'S NEXT: Analysts expect strong sales to continue in March and beyond despite high gas prices.