Behind the Wheel with Phil Lebeau

Black Friday spurs strong auto sales

2014 BMW 4 Series convertible
Image source: Kelley Blue Book

Black Friday turned out to be very green in auto showrooms across the U.S., and because of that surge in business, the auto industry posted its best monthly sales since February of 2007.

"What we saw in November was an excellent month," said Erich Merkle, Ford Motor's U.S. sales analyst.

Excellent is not an understatement.

(Read more: Detroit 3 auto sales rise in November, top expectations)

Overall sales were up nearly 9 percent compared to November of last year, according to final figures from Autodata, and came in better than many expected; the sales rate of 16.4 million vehicles was an improvement of more than 1.2 million compared to October.