(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Their ranks have thinned over the past three years, but a renewed sense of optimism has appeared in the showrooms of the nation’s battered car dealers.

Even as President Obama has taken to touting the rebound of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC after the 2008-09 taxpayer bailouts, the dealers who sell their cars say revenues are poised to rev up in 2012 after a string of slow years.

“Business is good,” said Paul Tibolla, general manager of Darcars Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Marlow Heights, citing a 10 percent sales growth spurt last month. “The weather contributed to a certain extent,” he said.

Mr. Tibolla attributed a strong month to new cars that Chrysler is producing. “The recent strength is largely due to new products,” he said.

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