LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Last year was a good one for the Ohio-built Chevrolet Cruze. Sales of the General Motors compact increased by 4.4 percent in 2013, according to The Vindicator newspaper ( ).

The car is built in the GM plant in Lordstown, near Youngtown in northeast Ohio. The overall increase came despite a 14.5-percent decrease in sales in December, according to figures released Friday.

The Cruze sold 18,162 units last month, compared with 21,230 during the same period a year ago. But sales of the Cruze for the year registered 248,224 units - 10,466 more than in 2012.

The Cruze is Chevrolet's second best-selling vehicle behind the Silverado pickup truck. GM's overall sales also were up for the year.

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