The holiday weekend and an ongoing shift from cars to small SUVs boosted the auto industry in November, including the best November ever for the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze.
General Motors is reporting a sales increase of 14 percent, led by pickups, the Chevy Tahoe SUV and the Chevy Impala large car.
Buyers took advantage of Black Friday deals, and analysts say the late-month surge likely boosted November sales above a strong month last year.
Chrysler kicked off the sales reports by topping expectations with a gain of 16 percent. General Motors posted an increase of 14 percent while Ford sales rose 7 percent. Toyota posted a 10 percent increase while Nissan sales rose 11 percent.