DETROIT — Americans proved last month that they’re head over heels about small sport utility vehicles. They also wanted to buy more than just video game consoles and big-screen TVs on Black Friday.
November auto sales rose 9 percent above a year ago, with a solid piece of the gains coming over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Sales ran at an annual pace of 16.4 million cars and trucks last month, the best in almost seven years.
The numbers gave further evidence that the small SUV is replacing the car as the vehicle of choice for families and aging baby boomers.
Erich Merkle, Ford’s top sales analyst, said the small SUVs gained 2 percentage points of market share in November compared with last year, while small and midsize cars lost 2 points combined. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.