Mark Hines, brand manager for the Buick Regal and Century, says both cars have a similar sales story so far this year. Retail deliveries are down 24% for each so far in the first quarter, as Buick sales overall have plunged 16.4%. There are two reasons for the large drops, Mr. Hines says: Buick has only carryover models for the first half of the year, and '00 sales got a boost from an owner loyalty incentive program that is not in effect in 2001. Despite lower sales, Buick is not ...

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