U.S. auto sales may reach 14 million light vehicles in 2012, said Earl Hesterberg, chief executive officer of Group 1 Automotive Inc., citing better-than-expected growth in January and the fourth quarter.
“We think 14 million is a good number,” Hesterberg said today in response to a question about his outook for industrywide sales this year. “I would have probably said 13.8 million a couple of weeks ago.”
Hesterberg spoke to reporters today at an industry conference in Las Vegas organized by J.D. Power & Associates.