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General Motors sales rise 14%



General Motors Co. says its January sales rose 14% due to higher fleet and crossover vehicle sales.

Crossovers are SUV-like in size but sit on a car instead of a truck frame.

The automaker says it was helped by a stronger economy and Toyota's decision to halt U.S. sales of eight models due to a gas pedal system problem.

Toyota reported a 16% sales drop, while Ford Motor Co. was up 25%. Honda Motor Co. sales fell 5%, and Nissan Motor Co.'s rose 16%. Chrysler was down 8%.

Toyota stopped selling the models on Jan. 26.

Automakers were expecting January numbers to be up over the same month last year, when sales dipped to a 26-year low because of the tough economy.

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