automakers ended 2012 on a high note as Americans kicked tires
and drove more new vehicles off the lots last month than they had in the past five Decembers, a sign that despite a continued slow U.
Families searched for sensible vehicles, men in suits polished and repolished gleaming cars, but most just kicked tires
and circled their dream cars.
Nearly 7 million Americans--more than 40 percent of all new car buyers last year--electronically kicked tires
via the Internet before finalizing a vehicle purchase.
They gawked and pointed, kicked tires
and popped hoods.
WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- President Clinton, five members of the Cabinet and 127 members of Congress were among 7,300 visitors who kicked tires
, looked under hoods and road-tested new cars and trucks here in a two-day auto quality festival sponsored by the UAW, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.