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Certified Sales Reach Record

autosalesCertified sales reached an all-time high of 1,834,652 in 2012, passing the 1.8 million mark for the first time.

Sales were up 5.3 percent from 2011, according to AutoData Corp. Many brands posted double-digit gains.

December certified pre-owned sales were 156,352, up 5.7 percent from the prior month.

Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen posted their highest annual sales totals.  There were 26 selling days in December and 27 in December 2011.

Achieving their highest December CPO sales were Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, Nissan, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mini, Maserati, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Subaru and Porsche.   Kia and Maserati had their best month ever.