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All four Orange County-based automakers beat the national pace of sales of new vehicles in February, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

U.S. auto sales rose 5.3% last month to about 1.25 million. They are on track to reach 16.23 million for the year.

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Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley reported its best February ever, selling 52,505 vehicles nationwide, a 7.1% increase over the same period last year. The automaker’s sales so far this year are up 4.3%, for a total of 97,010 cars and light trucks.

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine sold 44,030 vehicles in February, a 6.8% uptick from a year earlier. Its year-to-date sales totaled 82,329, up 5.2%.

Mazda North American Operations in Irvine reported a 5.4% increase, with 25,650 new cars and light trucks sold. Mazda is up 6.4% for the year, with 45,921 vehicles sold in January and February.

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. sold 7,533 vehicles, up 26%. It has sold 14,026 since Jan. 1, a 29.3% increase over the same period last year.

U.S. auto dealers have sold 2.4 million vehicles so far this year, a 9.2% increase compared with the same 2-month period last year.