Toyota exec: Pent-up demand for new cars will end

TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota’s top North American executive says the pent-up demand that’s been driving sales of new cars will likely dry up in 2014.

North American CEO Jim Lentz tells The Associated Press in an interview that the demand came from people who kept cars through the recession. The average age of a car on U.S. roads hit a record this year at more than 11 years.

As buyers have gained confidence following the economic downturn, they’ve replaced aging cars. Lentz says that demand could be satisfied by late next year.

He says if that happens while the economy is still sputtering, auto sales may flatten out.

Auto sales have helped fuel the U.S. economic recovery for the past two years. Sales this year are at the best pace since 2007.

 

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