The “horrendous” state of credit availability, coupled with a strategic retreat from historically unprofitable fleet markets, underlined an unprecedented industry slump that played havoc with Chrysler LLC January sales. Total sales nose-dived 56.6% on 61,801 deliveries, according to Ward’s data, adjusted to compensate for last month’s 26 selling days, compared with year-ago’s 25. Not counting the low-volume Dodge Viper 2-seat supercar, which recorded a 67.3% sales spike over ...

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