Another bright light for the northern Colorado economy, the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association reported that new car sales were up 15 percent in 2011 from 2010.

Dealers say 2011 registrations were up more than 15 percent statewide.

Association president Tim Jackson says statewide, there were more than 130,000 new vehicles registered last year, compared to about 113,000 new vehicles in 2010.

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