(This story will be updated as additional sales numbers are released.)
Automakers got a month-long gift from consumers in December, sales pushing the U.S. auto industry to an all-time high as it closed the books on 2015.
The surge in demand was nearly universal, records falling for brands large and small. The big exception was Volkswagen. Hammered by the ongoing fall-out from it diesel emissions cheating scandal, it reported a double-digit decline for December, a day after it was sued by the U.S. Justice Department.
Estimates are that total industry sales for 2015 will reach 17.8 million units, surpassing the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000. The big question is whether that momentum will carry over into 2016, a question heightened by the start-of-the-year slump on Wall Street.