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April Auto Sales Expected to Rise 19%

But mounting shortages of Japanese products meant fewer good deals.

by on May.03, 2011

In increasingly short supply: the 2012 Honda Civic.

When automakers begin releasing their sales numbers later today the industry could be in for some good news, April new car, truck and crossover sales expected to show a 19% overall gain despite concerns about rising gas prices and an uncertain economy.

But for consumers, the April sales held some disappointment, nonetheless, industry analysts say, with prices rising and incentives falling as the March 11 disaster in Japan began to curb the availability of Asian-made products.

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Indeed, some observers warn that April could be the end of the steady stream of improving sales numbers due to those shortages.  Honda, for one, yesterday warned dealers that it will be unable to keep up with demand for the new Honda Civic, while both Honda and Toyota have decided to delay the launches of several important new products in the months ahead.