Inventory might have been somewhat responsible for December’s U.S. sales falling slightly below forecast, but automakers evidently stepped up production and import shipments during the month to make sure they could meet hefty demand in 2015. After falling below year-ago levels for the first time in three years in November, U.S. dealers ended December with inventory of 3.49 million units, 1.1% above year-ago’s 3.45 million. Inventory was expected to head into 2015 below year-ago ...

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