Several automakers had sales gain in January

Despite frigid temperatures during January, several automakers posted sales gains for the month. Chrysler, Nissan and Subaru each reported increases over the past month.

Some automakers were affected by the cold, including General Motors, which posted a 12 percent decrease year-over-year in January. Toyota and Ford also had year-over-year declines in sales at 7 percent each. Volkswagen was hit by the winter as the German-based automaker reported a 19 percent decline in sales, according to JC Online.

Not all news was bad this winter as several automakers had increases in sales during January. Subrau had major gains during the month as sales grew 19 percent year-over-year, according to a released statement from Subaru. Chrysler and Nissan each saw a rise in sales at 8 percent and 12 percent respectively.

Most of the new sales consisted of new vehicles. Chrysler, which had its best January numbers in six years, and Jeep sales were up 38 percent thanks to sales of Cherokee small SUVs. Nissan sold a new Rogue small crossover SUV, while the Forest SUV helped boost Subaru sales, a released statement 

Thomas Doll, president and COO of Subaru of America, said in a statement starting January off on the right foot is good for business.

"It's great to start the year off in such positive fashion," Doll said. "Attending the National Automotive Dealer Association meeting last month, we could see that our retailers are in a buoyant and positive mood. We have a lot to look forward to in 2014."

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