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Will record auto sales simmer down in 2017?


3 THE MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW OPENS TOMORROW AT DEVOS PLACE IN GRAND RAPIDS. 3 3 BUT TONIGHT AT 7, 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S MARLEE GINTER IS GIVING US AN EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK. SHE JOINS US LIVE NOW, MARLEE? 3 IT IS GALA NIGHT AT THE AUTO SHOW — AND TONIGHT AT 7, WELL BE SHOWING YOU SOME OF THE TOP CARS OF 2017… PLUS WELL EXAMINE THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY. 3 HERE’S A LIVE LOOK AT THE FLOOR… 3 IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, WE’VE GONE FROM TALKING ABOUT LAYOFFS AND PLANT CLOSINGS — TO NEW JOBS AND EXPANDED LINES. HOW LONG WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? 3 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S JOE LAFURGEY IS LIVE ON THE AUTO SHOW FLOOR WITH WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING ALL NEW AT 6. 3 3 WE MAY SEE A DIP IN THE ROAD… BUT NOTHING THE INDUSTRY CAN’T HANLDE. 3 3 HANLDE. INDUSTRY CAN’T BUT NOTHING THE THE ROAD…WE MAY SEE A DIP IN 3 WE MAY SEE A DIP IN THE ROAD… BUT NOTHING THE INDUSTRY CAN’T HANLDE. 3 JASON BURRELL SEES THE AUTO INDUSTRY AS A REFLECTION OF BETTER TIMES… TIMES…((JASON BURRELL, PROJECT MANAGER, SHOWFLEET/I’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR FIVE YEARS AND POPULATIONS AND NUMBERS IN CROWDS HAVE BEEN INCREASING EACH YEAR. )) BURRELL IS A PROJECT MANAGER FOR SHOW FLEET… THE COMPANY WHO’S JOB IT IS TO MAKE SURE ALL THOSE SHINY NEW MODELS ON THE AUTO SHOW FLOOR STAY SHINY. ((JASON BURRELL, PROJECT MANAGER, SHOWFLEET/THERE’S MORE AND MORE PEOPLE COMING TO THE AUTO SHOWS… GRAND RAPIDS IS ONE PLACE WHERE ALOT OF PEOPLE COME TO THE AUTO SHOW… TO COME CHECK OUT CARS. WHICH MEANS THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO BUY…)) THE NUMBERS ALSO TELL THE STORY. AT THE START OF THE GREAT RECESSION… LIGHT VEHICLE SALES IN THE U-S DROPPED FROM AN AVERAGE OF JUST OVER 16 MILLION A YEAR, TO 10.4 MILLION VEHICLES IN 2009 . BY 2016… THOSE NUMBERS HAVE REBOUNDED TO 17.5 MILLION… THE HIGHEST SALES FIGURES SINCE THE EARLY 2000’S. THERE ARE SOME EARLY INDICATORS SALES MAY SLOW IN 2017. JANUARY… A TYPICALLY SLOW MONTH TO BEGIN WITH… IS EXPECTED TO SHOW A SLIGHT DECREASE IN SALES FROM JANUARY 2016. BUT THESE ARE SMALL DECLINES, EASILY OFFSET BY A GOOD MONTH OR TWO. THE AUTO SHOW IS 3 ONE WAY TO BOOST SALES… SALES…((JASON DEUTSCH, GEN SALES MANAGER, SHARP AUTOMOTIVE/THIS IS THE BRAND NEW BMW 5 SERIES IT’S NOT EVEN OUT ON THE MARKET YET.)) ((JASON DEUTSCH, GEN SALES MANAGER, SHARP AUTOMOTIVE/ WE’RE FORECASTING INCREASES ALMOST ACROSS THE BOARD IN ALL OF OUR DEPARTMENTS. SO, WHILE THERE’S BEEN SOME NEWS OUT THERE THAT THINGS ARE STARTING TO FLATTEN OUT, WE’RE CERTAINLY HOPING TO SEE IT MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.)) DURING THE TOUGH TIMES.. FROM 2008 THROUGH 2012… JUST ABOUT EVERY SEGMENT OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY… FROM MANUFACTURERS TO PARTS SUPPLIERS TO DEALERSHIPS TOOK COST CUTTING MEASURES…. EXPERTS SAY THOSE MEASURES WILL HELP SMOOTH OUT FUTURE BUMPS IN SALES… AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO’S LIVELIHOODS DEPEND ON THE INDUSTRY 3 ((JASON BURRELL, PROJECT MANAGER, SHOWFLEET/IT BRINGS THE MANUFACTURES BACK EVERY YEAR KNOWING THAT PEOPLE ARE COMING TO LOOK AT THE CARS AND IT HELPS THE MARKET. )) 3 AND CONSIDERING HOW MANY PARTS MADE HERE IN WEST

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