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Toyota Motor Corp.

Auto sales strong in July on SUV, luxury demand

American drivers want to get noticed again. SUVs and luxury vehicles are selling fast, defying recession-era predictions that Americans would downsize and stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year; in the same time period, mass-market vehicle sales rose just 3 percent, according to car shopping site That demand drove July's strong U.S. vehicle sales. Sales of new cars and trucks were expected to rise 3 percent to nearly 1.5 million. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler both saw 6 percent sales gains over last July, while Honda and Nissan saw 8 percent gains. Ford's U.S. sales rose 5 percent. Volkswagen sales...