Forget the shopping mall. Americans were in a car-buying mood in December.
Year-over-year sales increases were recorded at General Motors (up 4.5 percent), Ford Motor (up 10 percent) and Chrysler Group (up 37 percent).
Across the Delaware River in Cherry Hill, Subaru of America also could tout December as its best sales month ever with total vehicle sales of 33,701. That surpassed the "Cash for Clunkers"-fueled month of August 2009 when 28,683 Subarus rolled off lots.
Subaru's December sales were up 26 percent, and the increase broke a seven-month string of lower monthly sales.